Daily Archives: August 14, 2011

The Republican Primary – Act 2

 

I can never say it enough, in my opinion,  Mario Piperni is the best political illustrator I have seen thus far.

Here is a prediction I recently made  in the comments section:

Jean-philippe, in a few days Rick Perry will announce and Romney as well as Bachmann will be toast. NOT because Rick Perry is the ideal candidate, but because he’s had 10 years of executive experience as governor (more than Romney) as well as a hard nosed grip on evangelicals who think Bachmann is too “flaky” and lacks credentials and credibility. Once those two get overshadowed, there might be a runaway sweep all the way to the convention for Perry, IF he doesn’t screw up in interviews, debates and whatever else a “D” student can possibly do.

It appears Piperni thinks similarly in terms of Perry rocketing to the top of the GOP primary ladder…

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Perry is in, Pawlenty is out, Bachmann wins the Iowa Straw Poll and Palin continues her life as a grifter.

Pawlenty – as much as he tried to push his conservatism to the far right, he simply wasn’t crazy enough for a base that generally prefers their leaders with a few less moving parts in the cranium. Throw in Pawlenty’s lack of charisma and the man never stood a chance.

Bachmann – the perfect mix of insanity, persona and Jesus to keep most teabaggers happy. But while the woman who was hoping for a U.S. default on the debt might have the recipe to keep wingnuts clapping their hands in joy, those very same traits would make her a major underdog in a national election. Enjoy her while you can.

Perry – the gun-slinging, Bush wannabe, has just made Romney’s pursuit to the top a little more stressful. Similar to Bachmann, he has the persona/Jesus ratio just about right but comes a bit short on the crazy scale, but not by much. His strength lies in his ability to appeal to all factions of a Republican party – from Religious Right zealots to establishment type Reaganites. It’s a potent mix in a Republican primary but less so when trying to appeal to independents still shaken from eight hellish years of Bush.

Perry, by the way, also has an affinity for having people executed, guilty or not.

In the Hank Skinner case, Perry has actively fought DNA testing that could confirm the innocence (or guilt) of another Texas man on death row. Skinner was at one point hours from execution before the Supreme Court intervened (the intervening justice was Antonin Scalia, believe it or not). In Skinner’s case, the prosecution actually began to conduct DNA testing on crime scene evidence, then stopped when the first tests confirmed Skinner’s version of events. Perry again justified willful ignorance in this case by simply noting that he’s personally convinced of Skinner’s guilt.

Watch him move ahead of Romney real quick. The primary just got a little more interesting.

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Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers

Here’s a musical trivia break.  Rolling Stone’s selections are not necessarily mine…

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This is an excerpt from Jonathan Lethem’s introduction to the Greatest Singers of All Time feature in the November 27, 2008 issue of Rolling Stone, available in the digital archive. A panel of 179 experts ranked the vocalists.

There’s something a bout a voice that’s personal, not unlike the particular odor or shape of a given human body. Summoned through belly, hammered into form by the throat, given propulsion by bellows of lungs, teased into final form by tongue and lips, a vocal is a kind of audible kiss, a blurted confession, a soul-burp you really can’t keep from issuing as you make your way through the material world. How helplessly candid! How appalling!

Contrary to anything you’ve heard, the ability to actually carry a tune is in no regard a disability in becoming a rock & roll singer, only a mild disadvantage. Conversely, nothing in the vocal limitations of a Lou Reed guarantees a “Pale Blue Eyes” every time out, any more than singing as crazy-clumsy as Tom Waits guarantees a “Downtown Train.” Yet there’s a certain time-tested sturdiness to the lowchops approach forged by touchstone figures like Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison and Jonathan Richman, one that helps define rock & roll singing.

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West Wing Week 8/11/2011 or “Made in America”

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Welcome to West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President announced new initiatives that will put unemployed veterans back to work and new fuel economy standards for trucks, buses and other heavy duty vehicles that will reduce oil consumption and pollution and save businesses money. He also traveled to Holland, Michigan to visit an advanced battery facility that is using innovative technologies that will help America achieve these new fuel standards and used an address to the nation on the credit downgrade to talk about how we can create more jobs. That’s August 5th to August 11th or “Made In America.”

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Politico’s: The week in one-liners: Mitt, Newt and Al

 

 

 The top quotes in politics …

“Corporations are people, my friend!” – Mitt Romney talking about taxes in Iowa.

“But resist we much, we must, and we will much, about that, be committed.” –Al Sharpton flubbing his lines on MSNBC.

“Ask Donald Trump to be Treasury secretary.” – Mike Huckabee suggesting that Trump could do Tim Geithner’s job.

“I wish you would put aside the gotcha questions.” – Newt Gingrich getting annoyed at Fox’s Chris Wallace during the GOP debate in Iowa.

“Look, I’m not going to eat Barack Obama’s dog food, all right?” – Mitt Romneydeflecting a question during the debate.

“America has got to learn how to take a joke.” – Herman Cain responding to a question about a statement he previously made regarding immigration.

“I think it’s super stupid.” – Tim Pawlenty weighing in on the “supercommittee” charged with reducing the deficit.

“I’m embarrassed by all of us.” – Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe expressing her disappointment in Congress.

“Shame on you, Newsweek.” – Jon Stewart critiquing the magazine’s cover photo of Michele Bachmann on “The Daily Show.”

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