Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pay equity for women

Obama hit home run cuz he had Lilly Ledbetter.

Romney said he hired women. No mention of pay – his answer puts him in about 1982.

Oh dear Elvis,  he’s actually talking about ‘pulling women into the work force”. Has no one told him that women constitute the majority of the work force? Worse – he now says we need to look at flexible hours because women have children you see.

The killer line: Mitt said he had a ‘binder of women’. He said that, really.

Strong comback from Obama. He went right back to pay equity.

Romney not sounding so good right now

Very inadequate response on jobs and taxes. Very inadequate. Repeating himself. . . AGAIN talking over Crowley. Or trying  . . . she just shot him down. Again. Good on Candy.

Some good words there Barry

Jobs. And taxes. Obama seems to suddenly have found his sea legs.

Did Romney just say the top 5% pay 60%??? Did he?

Romney just said ‘women’ too. That’ll get the lady votes alright.

Also, Mittens wants you to make more money

He will stop the demon Obama from crushing the middle class. Whew. One of the ways? NO taxes on interest, dividens or captial gains. Combine that with a little coupon clpping and presto – everything is coming up roses.

Barry – third chance to say the obvious

Oh no!!!!! Crowley actually asked if he could bring down gas prices. Did he say anything about world markets? No, he didn’t.

On the other hand, Romney is trying to push Crowley around like he did Lehrer. She’s not standing for it.

Ooooh, disrespectful much?

Just now, Romney was as disrespectful of a president as I’ve seen since Joe Wilson yelled ‘liar’

Yippeeee!

They’re arguing. I love that!

Nooooooo . . .

Dear Mr. President:

When someone asks you about the price of gas, you really ought to say that no president can affect the price of gas. No president.

Oil is fungible. The world market sets the price. People would understand that. Really.

Love, Moe

Zing!

9:03pm: Right out of the box, Romney opened with “and thank you Mr. President for being here”. Put himself right in charge.

Dear Mr. President:
Please don’t call Romney “Governor”. Call him ‘my opponent’.

Love, Moe

Watch the bouncing ball!

Memories,
Like the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories
Of the way we were

His mom would be so proud.

Could the debate turn on Benghazi?

Dear Mr. President:

Tonight, when you are challenged on Benghazi (you do know that that one is coming, right?) I think (and isn’t that what matters here?) that you must 1) correct one by one the points of misinformation that people have already absorbed, 2) follow  with a policy statement about Libya and the region, and 3) own up to some part of it. Any part.

Also, Moe thinks it essential that throughout those remarks, viewers see and hear a President of the nation that was attacked, not a candidate who himself is under attack.

Oh, and don’t get defensive. Please don’t do that.

Love, Moe

What mac said in 2010. (We wuz smart!)

In comments below, talking about Obama, mac just reminded me of a dialogue he and I had in June of 2010, after he posted 10 reasons Obama is quitting in 2012. I just re-visited the post – quite prophetic and a must read – our conversation back then is eerily accurate, given that it was only 15 months into the presidency. (I am surprised that I’d had so many misgivings s0 early –  I’d actually forgotten.)

I think mac got it right in all ten points, except for thinking that it would be Obama’s decision not to do a second term. If there’s no second term, the decision will not have been his.

Funny: If Ryan and Biden switched hair*


*Picked up at Buzzfeed. That Biden looks like Reagan has unnerved me.

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Friday

Here’s something old. He first recorded this in the late 1950’s, but this one is more fun.

Biden’s strongest moment

Syria.

That’s where experience shows. Substance vs slogans and substance won.

Good on Joe.

Today might be the last time this is funny

UPDATE ANDD YIKES!!! –  AS OF NOVEMBER 23: Yikes, the vid I posted here was  a prez debate vid, I’ve tried to get it back up but it keeps reverting to this Twilight thingee. I’m helpless in the face of youtube’s secret army of confuserers.

MOE’S ORIGINAL OCTOBER POST: BadLipReading videos are a genuinely original form. No one else has ever done anything like what they do. This may be their best.

A self-inflicted wound in a class by itself (also, not dead, merely unbloggy)

Sobering words and numbers from Nate Silver at The New York Times today – the electoral college projection particularly is unnerving. Story here [CAUTION, NY Times paywall link). I think it’s possible that a veep debate could, unusually, make a difference if Biden nails it.

Mr. Romney may have increased his chances of becoming president by 15 or 20 percent based on one night in Denver.

Could that gay Kenyan Muslim be this diabolical?

I think we all agree that Obama’s oddly lethargic demeanor handed Romney the win in Wednesday night’s debate. But did it also . . .

  • . . . . deny Romney any opportunity to put his own spin on the 47% video? I’m sure he had a crisp and well rehearsed answer. All he needed was the question, but it didn’t come.  He was locked and loaded, 70 million viewers and their 140 million eyes were waiting, but the question didn’t come. Poor guy had to go on Hannity the next night and present his case to barely a tenth of the audience.

. . . .  boost the chances for Democratic ‘down-ticket’ candidates? Even before the debate, party and PAC money was shifting away from Romney into the war chests of Republican Senate and House candidates. But the dollars did a quick U-turn after the debate because Romney wasn’t a loser anymore! Which is pretty good news for the Democrats who are running for those Senate and House seats.

I don’t beleive it either, just fishing for a silver lining.

Best John Stewart line ever

On last night’s post-debate show, Stewart ran video of a very distraught Chris Matthews, whose voice got louder with each utterance, whose face got a little redder with each utterance, who nearly cried out to the gods, as an illustration of how bad was Obama’s debate performance. To wit:

STEWART: Mr. President, you broke Chris Matthews!

About Jim Lehrer and that debate

It’s interesting to hear those purveyors of the latest meme agree most robustly  that Lehrer failed as a moderator. They’ve called him old, out of touch, slow to the draw . . . all the important people say he failed. He lost control.

They also say it was a substantive debate for a change, something that’s been missing and we need more of.

How can these two things both be true?

As goes Rush . . .

Oh Democrats my Democrats.

Just like that turtle in a slow boil pot of water (is that the right metaphor?), you never noticed when you capitulated. You now use in blithe ignorance words specifically designed to insult you. Words designed by a morbidly obese, four times married, college dropout, indicted drug offender and now iconic standard-bearer of the conservative movement. Words like:

  • LIBERAL MEDIA: In debate coverage, on bleeding MSNBC, I heard liberal pundits automatically refer to the ‘liberal media’. They’ve not only accepted but are now employing the very label assigned them by the morbidly obese, four times married, college dropout and indicted drug offender, a label he invented and employed over decades to discredit, denigrate and insult you. Throughout, if you even bothered to defend, your arguments were weak. “No we’re not” doesn’t do it. (Exception is Eric Alterman’s 2003 meticulously researched book What Liberal Media? – hurry, only two left at Amazon!). So you failed and now a good part of the country assume media to be liberal; they even believe that outlets like the broadcast networks exhibit bias in their vapid little 19 minutes a night of ‘news’.  Well done, Rush; fail, Dems.
  • DEMOCRAT PARTY: Same thing. The morbidly obese, four times married, college dropout and indicted drug criminal began some years ago saying “Democrat Party” instead of “Democratic Party”. Again an insult, meant to strip from the party’s name any suggestion that it stood for a democratic ideal or even process. You’ve no doubt heard it from Rush: Dems now say it too.
  • OBAMACARE: This one only took about five minutes. As soon as the morbidly obese, four times married, college dropout and indicted drug offender invented the name, it was universally adopted because, after all, it’s so much easier to say than Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

3-0. Three-zip. As Mr. Jackson said “wake the f**k up!”

It’s my fault. Romney took my advice

Friend Gina just reminded me of what I said Romney needed to do in his convention speech if he wanted to appeal to a broader base. Since he’d already won the nomination, that acceptance speech should come from a guy who’s going to actually be running in the general election. He didn’t take my advice then, but by Wednesday night he’d listened to this mama and he did as he was told. Full post here. Summary:

He’s a technocrat, a strategizer, an analyst and he’s been very very successful where those qualities have mattered.

He shouldn’t hide from it. He should acknowledge – publicly – who he isn’t.

But whatever way he goes, he’ll still be a weak candidate unless he actually presents a vision that goes beyond the bumper sticker talking points.

I think that’s what he did the other night.

Dishonestly for sure, lying openly for sure, cavalier to the extreme, but he knew that millions of viewers were taking their first good look at him as a candidate – and what he said is what they’ll remember.

The arc of history sets the narrative. Not presidents.

Now that we’ve heard from the candidates, here’s some reality. This overshadows everything. It’s not a national problem – it’s a global problem like so many of the other challenges we face these days. As has been said, by whom I cannot remember, ‘demographcs is destiny’.  Which may be why the increasingly insular plutocrats of this globe are systematically separating themselves from the rest of us. They know very well what’s happening and will create their ‘safe zones’.  Soylent Green guys, Soylent Green. (I really have been in a foul mood. Working on it.)

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Not a handsome man

Someone needs to tell Howard Dean that his new hair coloring job makes him look like Calvin Coolidge.

Let us entertain you

This exchange is from a chat below with Jim Wheeler on the state of the media. I’m sharing it here because my reply to Jim pretty much summarizes my  own evaluation of the current state of TV “news”.  (Also because copy/paste is this lazy woman’s way of posting some thoughts even from my current land of Unbloggistan.) I agree with everything Jim said.

JIM: Faux News is solidly in the grip of conservative politicians, and those politicians are solidly in the grip of corporations. That includes not only the Military Industrial Complex and the Medical Industrial Complex, but also Big Energy, a,k.a. Big Oil and Big Coal. Thus we are seeing the ramifications of the Citizens United SCOTUS decision made real in what we used to think of as television journalism but which has now become a form of corporate oligarchy. Profit trumps environment and the future is never more than one fiscal quarter away.

MOE: The traditional network news shows are just shells, filling their 21 minutes a night with a few headlines, some syndicated video and a few press releases from the likes of Big Pharma or the military about cool new things. CNN is useless; they simply do an awful job (and until they remove Wolf Blitzer from the air, I cannot watch). FOX, as you say, is indeed in a class by itself, happily acting as transmitter of whatever meme suits that oligarchy. And of course, changing the narrative as instructed and  doing it with absolute aplomb. MSNBC started out well, but seem now to be doing the ‘outrage of the day’, all day. Even so, they still have some good shows, Chris Hayes weekend show being the very best because it’s’ not the same old people, and is always about things that aren’t talked about elsewhere.

That said, my secret vice is still Chris Matthews. I cannot quit him. He’s frequently fact-challenged or ignorant of the current state of a story, but the guy is passionate, loves politics, loves the minutia of government and knows his political history unlike anyone else on air. I forgive him a great deal because of that.

Ultimately, we agree that since the majority of people get their information from TV, it’s not looking to good for the future – an ignorant citizenry, no sense of civics . . . it’s all Monday Niight Football.

And Ayn Ryan didn’t help

Look at “Age 65 and Older”. That’s a demo where Romney should be doing much better. Perhaps some day, in one of what will be many stories about how the 2012 election played out, this graphic might be resurrected and renamed How Medicare sunk Romney ‘s dreams of the White House. Chart from National Journal where the story is worth a read.