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A Merciful Justice

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Having been mercilessly and unjustly pilloried by the media throughout the 2008 campaign, Sarah Palin had a clear choice in its aftermath: She could sober up and prove the buggers wrong, or she could collapse into ignominious pasquinade. Sadly, she chose the latter. The rest of us should choose to move on.

—Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review

Here Mr. Cooke plays fast and loose with reasonable understandings of mercy and justice. After all, the only fault his nebulous boogeyman media committed was in coming to a natural and too obvious conclusion before he has managed to follow his own mob of pilloriers in doing.

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29 January 2015 at 5:14 pm

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Prediction: Irreversible Damage

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An actuarial prediction for January 2017: Our next President will face a job that needs to be done with a public workforce against which irreversible damage will have been committed during the 8 years of the Obama Administration.

Supplemental prediction: not a single item on the Administration’s current to do list will be successfully accomplished.

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14 January 2015 at 6:41 am

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Bum Rush

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bum rushTo attack someone or something by wildly charging them full force with no sort of tact or skill other than one’s own momentum and possibly the backs and sides of their fists as they randomly flail them out of rage, but certainly consisting of no precisely swung blows.

urban dictionary

Sure, choosing a running mate so obviously inadequately prepared for any presence whatsoever on the national or international stage was a bone-headed decision demonstrating questionable leadership. And failure to reach toward a meaningful victory in the nation’s ill-conceived war in Iraq that might bring our soldiers home sometime in their own generation spoke of a dangerous failure to recognize the duty to govern for the people. And the failure to distance himself sufficiently from the serious failures of the Bush Administration – ranging from rampant morale problems in virtually every federal agency all the way through to an arrogant disregard for national and international law – contributed to electoral failures that extended far into the GOP’s various levels and far out into the party’s future.

But almost any citizen or commentator half awake through this past election would at least grant, if not vigorously agree, that what most killed McCain’s chances in the 2008 presidential election was his utter failure to suggest any cohesive strategy for dealing with the economic crisis. Just keep your faith in the basic underlying strength of the U.S. economy, blame any problems on “whiners,” and keep repeating meaningless old insults against the other side, without ever once enunciating a clear, cohesive policy of your own.

The American voter made it quite clear what we think of such a stay-the-course do-nothing stance.

Yet just like the charge of the light brigade, there go the House Republicans galloping pell mell right down the cliff trail blazed by McCain & Co. So in the end, McCain lost the battle but wins the war: the got-no-solution camp takes over the reins, doing their worst to block anything from being done to reverse the freefall. Tens of thousands more lose their jobs day after day after day, while with no solution of their own, all the congressional Republicans can come up with is leftover McCain campaign rhetoric.

So just like how Rove’s antics lost Congress for the GOP in 2006, then Mcain-Palin ticket lost even more in Congress while losing the White House in 2008, the remaining GOP congressional survivors seem bent on making Custer’s Last Stand look like a charity ball.

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29 January 2009 at 4:00 pm

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Sell the News

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Applause for the resounding success of Barak Obama.

And a nod to the success of the Democratic Party in both chambers of Congress, as well as in numerous state and local elections.

I join many others in the expectation that good will come of the momentous decision that has been made today.

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4 November 2008 at 10:00 pm

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Bush League Politics

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Actuary meets pollster: I don’t project the same hopes that McCain campaign handlers are said to dream as lurking in the tightest of the polls to come out in the past day or so from Pennsylvania, a so-called “statistical tie” which puts Obama at 47%, McCain “only” 4 points behind at 43%, with supposedly more than enough slack for catching up among the 9% undecideds. Let’s let the wider margins of other polls suggest that we can lock up Obama’s 47% in this one, then give McCain the benefit of the doubt by granting him his 43% here despite other polls showing him lagging further. Then let’s call the missing 1% rounding and another 1% out of the 9% votes likely to swing over to Barr or Nader. If only 2 out of the remaining 8 remain undecided to the bitter end, declining to vote at all, then McCain need to get 5 to Obama’s 1 out of the leftover 6 just to gain a tie. 5 to 1?!? That’s supposed to look like a sunny prospect?

Some TV commentators hint that voters who remain undecided so long into this election after the deluge of media from the Obama campaign must indicate sufficient residual doubt to push the majority of those undecided votes into McCain’s column. That I find very highly dubious. I’ve seen and heard from way too many Republicans who have gone through much the same process that first turned me into a hesitant McCain supporter, then into one who planned to simply abstain from voting altogether, then finally into deciding to cast a vote against the abject void of leadership and outright dirt being displayed by the GOP this year. So yes, many of those undecideds may have strong doubts about Obama, doubts that McCain and Palin’s smear tactics might even convert into fears strong enough to keep the voter from casting a vote for Obama. But as long as the McCain campaign persists in virtually 100% negative campaigning without offering any concrete plan for dealing with the current economic and social issues, those undecideds are not going to vote for a hole in the air. At best, from McCain’s perspective, they simply won’t vote; but that doesn’t win him Pennsylvania.

I sincerely believe that if the American system of government permitted a “None of the Above” option on the ballot and had a workable process for interim government (i.e., not even another single day of the Bush Administration) until a candidate could actually win a true majority, then this year would be a year when voters would send both major parties back to the drawing board. Whether or not that belief is actually true among all registered voters, certainly it is a prevailing opinion among any remaining undecideds that neither candidate is winning their approval. But if those “None of the Above” undecideds are finding cause to doubt and fear Obama, don’t look for them to just shrug and vote for a “trust-me” blank page that has failed to sufficiently distinguish itself from the failed policies of its predecessor. Or if a few are influenced enough by GOP demagoguery to fear Obama enough to vote against Obama in similar spirit as I’ve voted against my own party in going with Obama, don’t expect it to be in numbers of the order of 5 to 1.

I would rather pay a little higher tax on a higher profit than a lower tax rate on lower profits.

Victor Hammel, CEO of J.C. Ehrlich,
a pest-control company based in Reading, PA

As a general rule of thumb, my own profession tends to be economically conservative and lined up politically pretty much the same. But starting about four years ago, I found more and more actuaries at conferences and other business meetings speaking openly of disaffections with where the GOP was headed. We are not socialists, nor are we liberal. But we do expect leadership and positive action toward realistic goals. And although certainly not to speak for the profession in general, I have been hearing from hundreds who are no longer hearing what they want to hear from their traditional party. So seek instead to form a moderate coalition with someone whom they know not to be boogeyman caricature the McCain campaign has degraded itself into painting Obama as.

I am not alone. I know of many just like me, Republicans who would have given almost anything to have a reason to vote for McCain, but instead only have been muddied up by despicably ignorant attempts to keep us from voting for Obama. And for every one like me whom I personally know, there are thousands more. Not un-American. Not Marxist. Just seeking solutions that are MIA from the McCain campaign. When he loses, it will be because he lost voters like me. Pushed us away.

Bush League: Below good standards, not good or incorrect. Pitiful, poor, terrible, awful, bad, sucky.

Urban Dictionary

Pretty accurate characterization of the campaign that Bush’s would-be successor has run.

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Written by macheide

31 October 2008 at 4:16 pm

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Campaign Failure

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Sad to say, this waste of campaign contributions will probably be duplicated outside every polling site throughout the country. None of these signs “work,” neither to keep nor to convert any decided voter, nor to persuade an undecided one. Not a single vote will be influenced by this trash. Not one.

At least there exists strong evidence that robocalls, smear commercials, and other negative campaigning do have an effect – in the opposite direction intended, especially when there exists no strong, consistent positive message standing behind those low-road tactics.

As long as political parties persist in wasting campaign contributions on worthless or negative strategies, they need not come looking to me to donate to the “cause”! Nor can they hope me to be alone, nor even in the minority.

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Written by macheide

26 October 2008 at 3:06 pm

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Decided

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McCain’s campaign has finally convinced me.

I voted for Reagan both times around, remain solidly Republican despite all the damage our current president has done to the party, and don’t plan to switch my party affiliation. And have been waiting and hoping and urgently wanting good reason to vote for the Republican ticket in this election.

All I am being offered by the GOP is fear. Or worse. Powell called it what it is: demagoguery. Yet far from disavowing it or distancing himself from it, John McCain embraces it, repeats it, uses it as the basis for his own decisions.

Warren Buffett, one of the most thinking, successful men in the world in economic circles and surely no socialist, endorses Obama and believes in Obama’s leadership and plans; but without being given any solid reason for doing so, and without being given any substantive proactive alternative leadership or plan beyond stay-the-course, I’m supposed to choose otherwise on the basis of simple fear. Colin Powell, one of the most thinking, successful men in the world in foreign policy circles and surely no pal of terrorists, endorses Obama and believes in Obama’s leadership and plans; but without being given any solid reason for doing so, and without being given any substantive proactive alternative leadership or plan beyond stay-the-course, I’m supposed to choose otherwise on the basis of simple fear.

I have investigated more, read more, watched more, gone far further into this election than for any before in the decades I’ve been a voter, because I have wanted desperately to vote for McCain. Alas, his campaign gives me only reason to vote against him, and he has shown no leadership whatsoever as his campaign gets only uglier and uglier. Is this what we want of our President: as the pressure and adversity get worse, the decisions made by the leadership only spiral out of control?

At first, McCain’s poor campaign decisions and abject lack of leadership only convinced me to abstain from voting for him. He and his campaign have finally convinced me what I need to do instead. I’ll be voting for Obama. With no regrets.

 

 

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Written by macheide

21 October 2008 at 9:56 pm

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Desperately Lost

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OK. Still haven’t been pushed far enough away from my Reagan votes to swing over to Obama, not just yet. But McCain’s sure doing a lot more than Obama himself to get me there. For now, he’s convinced me I’d rather abstain than give my vote to the GOP this time around.

Look, the mess that W gave us of foreign policy and the economy and the political world and everything else that matters will pretty much assure us that we’ll be needing a crisis manager around for at least the next presidental term, if not longer. And as if the Palin choice hadn’t already shown us how poor his judgment is, not to mention his dishonesty for pretending his choice was anything other than the cynical political game it misplayed, this cheap dodge we’re seeing during his campaign’s dying moments proves he doesn’t belong behind the wheel when our own ship follows W down.

Keep making those same poor, deluded decisions, and by Election Day I will be casting my vote for Obama, as much as I hate voting for one person just to keep someone else out of office. And for the one or two brainless voters McCain already had in his back pocket, who might shake off their nervousness at his sham long enough to be miscounted as having been swayed by this recent shrill sharpie charade, I can seriously point to a dozen like me whom McCain is turning off, completely off.

 

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Written by macheide

10 October 2008 at 7:04 am

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On Not Buying It

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I’ve known Bob Rumson for years, and I’ve been operating under the assumption that the reason Bob devotes so much time and energy to shouting at the rain was that he simply didn’t get it. Well, I was wrong. Bob’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t get it. Bob’s problem is that he can’t sell it! We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections. You gather a group of middle-aged, middle-class, middle-income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about family and American values and character. And wave an old photo of the President’s girlfriend and you scream about patriotism and you tell them, she’s to blame for their lot in life, and you go on television and you call her a whore.

The American President

Ditto Palin. And ditto McCain.

They can’t sell it.

Superficial fear-mongering smears are no substitute for trustworthy leadership.

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Written by macheide

6 October 2008 at 8:38 pm

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Inexperienced with Truth

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“[Obama] is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word ‘victory’ except when he’s talking about his own campaign.” – Palin, 9/3/2008

“I want Iraqis to take responsibility for their own future, and to reach the political accommodation necessary for long-term stability. That’s victory. That’s success. That’s what’s best for Iraq, that’s what’s best for America.” – Obama, 7/15/2008

Hmmmm, yes, maybe it does look like Palin would carry on another four years of the same kind of truth we’ve had handed to us the past 8 years: Make it up as you go along.

Is she just an idiot liar, too stupid to know that the Internet makes it too easy to know of her deception? Or is she merely practicing fitting in with her newfound friends?

Suggested Revision for Her Speechwriters (since admittedly those words in her speech were not really her own): “Obama is a man who can enunciate precisely the victory that America wants to see in Iraq. As long as the GOP persists in trying to fool Americans into calling that ‘defeat,’ our party will continue to enjoy the same kind of ‘victory’ at the polls that lost us control of Congress and eroded confidence in the course obstinately set by the ruling Administration.”

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Written by macheide

4 September 2008 at 4:38 pm

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Attendence Not Required

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First Bush found himself an excuse to scurry off to Crawford instead of facing up to his own dwindling party faithful about why he remains so oblivious to the damage he has done to GOP presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial chances this November. Then McCain suggested he might rather telecommute to the convention from the flooded home of any sympathetic Gulf coast victim that might be found still trusting in FEMA. Now Schwarzenegger has ducked out, giving Democratic-led state legislatures nationwide a whole new strategy for keeping future GOP conventions under-attended. And Larry Craig . . . well, it is the Minneapolis airport they had him flying into, after all.

So as not to have GOP rank-and-file party members feel left out of the growing absenteeism, the following absence excuse form will be accepted, if accompanied by a suitable donation to help defray GOP expenses for all the empty seats:

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Written by macheide

1 September 2008 at 4:32 pm

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Running to Nowhere

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People are learning that [GOP presumptive VP candidate Palin] pandered to us by saying, I’m for this’ … and then when she found it was politically advantageous for her nationally, abruptly she starts using the very term that she said was insulting.

Bob Weinstein,
mayor of Ketchikan,
site of one end of the “bridge to nowhere,”
an Alaskan pork project that had been enthusiastically supported by Palin
until after Congress eliminated federal money for the project

So much for Palin’s biggest applause line from her introduction by McCain as his running mate. Turns out that her strongest experience has been in making trips to Washington, D.C., at her constituents’ expense to obtain as much federal money as possible for local sewer projects and the like. But like a good up-and-coming politician, conveniently portraying her position as being the opposite when it suits the politics (oh, and when one has to pay one’s own way, without a federal handout).

Gee, that deep experience will come in handy if we send her to carry on four more years of the Bush Administration, won’t it? Maybe she can be put in charge of dealing with visitors from the other 49 states, every single one of which has received less federal money per citizen than Alaska, in no small part due to her “experience.”

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1 September 2008 at 10:14 am

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Thank the Gods for Gustav

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What luck! Usually you just can’t script these things so perfectly, can you?

     GEORGE:   Whew!!  Now I have a good excuse
not to show up at the convention!

JOHN: Whew!! Now he has a good excuse
not to show up at the convention!

(Equally scripted: The GOP craves political redemption from Gustav without having the truth be acknowledged that that’s what they want. Heck of a job, Georgie.)

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Written by macheide

31 August 2008 at 2:06 pm

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Only a Game

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Oh come on, John. Look your would-be constituents straight in the eye, just once, and tell them what they already know anyway. No? Oh, that’s right: everyone also knows your idea of the truth is no better than that of the failed Administration you have ever-distant dreams (our increasingly scary nightmares) of carrying on for another sad four years.

One can only hope the American voter is not as stupid as your cynical move demeans us as being. And for every weak vote this political joke swings your way, that there will be at least ten who see it for the sad display of absence of leadership and sound decision-making that it is. And that any “bump” this gives you in the polls is nothing more than the illusion that comes from hitting the car ceiling when you’ve been blind enough to steer through a huge pothole.

(And no, it is not “mean-spirited” to expect that a presidential candidate’s first major decision show some intelligence and wisdom beyond very shallow politics thinly veiled behind a pitiful lie.)

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Written by macheide

29 August 2008 at 2:47 pm

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Opposite the Zenith

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So Ralph is doggy-paddling for scraps of reality-show-quality presidential exposure again?

I had lunch with the fool once, just me and two others who knew how to stay on topic, and Ralph there doing his damned best to keep his sorry reputation alive.

He hasn’t changed his little act much in all the years since then, has he.

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Written by macheide

25 February 2008 at 1:13 pm

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8-Second Attention Span

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OK, I’ll ‘fess up: I have been turning into a bullriding fan.

I do have a ready excuse: Susan won’t let me actually ride the beasts, so the best I can do is spectate. Or hope that someday they’ll have alpaca-riding events.

My recent “interest” was a combo of having nothing else worth watching on TV as I’m settling down toward sleep, having some fun playing with the new satellite dish that gives me more control over scheduling programs to come on automatically, finding out that we have a station that regularly delivers bullriding almost every night at 10pm, teasing Susan by continually having our TV switch to that, and pretending that watching enough of such fun might make a cowboy of me. Now the joke’s on me: not only do I know the difference between a sub-80 ride and a 90-plus ride, but I can usually score within a point of where the judges will put it. And I’m even starting to be able to identify my favorite bulls. (Yes, I cheer for the bulls, not for the cowboys.)

Tonight, though, I won’t need to have the television switch over. There will be more than enough bull on the screen all night long, what with all the candidates and commentators telling us what Super Tuesday means to our own rough rides into the future.

Except in this case, I have no favorite bull. All of it is plain old country-variety crap.

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Written by macheide

5 February 2008 at 5:17 pm

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