Monday, September 10, 2012

Things to Know - 11 September

Stuart Carlson
1.  Who needs Sheldon Adelson, The Koch Brothers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Karl Rove and all the Super-Pacs when you have a photo op like this.  The TV media will be playing this all day for free as a news item.  Simply real and beautiful.
These photos are worth a million dollars to Obama.  The crucial fact: Obama doesn't look at all alarmed or annoyed at being unexpectedly picked up by a big Southern white guy. 
Now Romney needs to get a big powerful black guy to pick him up unexpectedly.  Hmm... hard to envision.  

2.  The Teapublicans have no sense of humor, and are vicious in their attempts to show disagreement.  The words dignity and grace to not exist over on the dark side of the opposition that used to be called the Republican Party.   The party that would cheer an uninsured dying individual to be refused medical attention cannot be expected to be more amiable than the lining of a 20-year old sewer pipe.  At least the sewer pipe performs a useful function:

3.  The lack of specifics on how Romney proposes to reform the tax code actually raises more questions.  It seems that the methodology guiding the Romney campaign strategy never looks at what the Democrats and other critics will be asking:

4.  After wondering what Romney was thinking of by taking time off after the RNC in Tampa, I am even more in wonderment why his first public move was to go up ti Virginia Beach, VA to hop in bed with the Pat Robertson loonies and make a sweeping pandering pass at the extreme right wing of the Teapublicans.  If Romney is going to try and etch-a-sketch his way back to centrists positions, while on the stump, and at the same time shoring up his creds with the loonies, he is not doing anything to belay the reputation is that he is all over the map and has a flip-flopping spine:

5.  For those of you who want to take the time to read an analysis of the hidden and encrypted language of the Ryan Budget proposal, here, have at it.   It shows that how Ryan can actually look a journalist in the eye, and say something that is not true for which he just previously said was true - he can do with a written budget proposal.   There are some scary things being proposed to VA benefits, and anyone who one would consider is a likely bloc to vote for Democrats.   It is a disingenuous proposal, in the face of what the RomRyan duo is saying publicly.  It seems to be specifically designed to be ignored by reporters and lazy investigative journalists who would find it too long and confusing to read.  The writer of this article calls it the "Ryan Sinkhole":

6. This WashPost writer opines that Romney is running out of time.  TV ad money in bucket fulls has been spent by his Super Pacs, and does not seem to be doing the trick.  Picking Ryan as VP has not worked.  Ryan has his own problems, since he has never run in any race outside of his 700,000 population congressional district, and he's now under the scope of the national press - and has shown poor judgement in all the lies he's been able to get away with before - but not now.  The convention gave them no bounce, and the RomRyan duo is getting desperate.  Romney has been running for this job for 6 years, and he's not doing well.  Desperate people do desperate things, and this may drive him to strident moves and careless statements.  It does not look good for his Mittness.  The second link is a NY Times article the speaks to the anxiety that the Romney camp is starting to have:

7.  This next column by David Brooks is very unique, because (1) it was written by a man (2) it is probably a very obvious column in women's magazines, and has probably already been expressed many times in women's publications.  However, since David Brooks wrote about it, maybe more men will accept it and take it to heart.  Women these days are out performing men in the class rooms, the social world, and the economic stage - in the USA.  So guys, since Mister Brooks wrote it, maybe now we should believe it:

8.  This NY Times editorial hones in on the three big things that RomRyan are running on right now, and that none of them make much sense.  If this indeed is the thrust of the best that they have, it is going to be difficult for the Teapublicans to mount a comeback challenge. However, we really don't know the the 100's of millions that the Super Pac influence may have:


"The Detroit String Quartet played Brahms last night. Brahms lost."
       -- Bennett Cerf
"A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all - he's walking on them." 
       -- Leonard Louis Levinson
"Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions." 
       -- Albert Einstein
"There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say." 
       -- Cyril Connolly
"The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it." 
       -- Dudley Moore

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