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…

Mario Piperni 

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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  1. LongTimeLurker

    I remember that prediction, kstreet. Great call!

    Since, to me, he was such a turnoff, I didn’t know enough about him to form an opinion. Obviously, I should be careful about that kind of willing ignorance.

    Now tell us – will he be our next President?

    I have this pet theory, and I hope someone will tell me it isn’t so. It goes like this:

    Most African Americans were officially slaves until the Thirteenth Amendment, which took effect in December 1865. The experiment with “Reconstruction” lasted until 1877 until Klansmen and friends put an end to that silly notion. From then until the Brown v. Board of Education decision by the Supreme Court in 1954 there were Jim Crow laws rendering us, at best, second class citizens. So it was roughly only in 1954 that this country began to look seriously at racial injustice in America. After that, there was a lot of hand wringing and not much action until the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Immediately upon its enactment, however, there was a concerted effort to cut it back, beginning with calls for ending “preferential treatment” as well as “affirmative action” for African Americans. That argument has been at the root of one of the major philosophical differences between the modern Republican and Democratic parties.

    So here’s the thing. If you accept the story that Columbus discovered America in 1492 you will see that out of an American history of roughly 560 years, its only been in the last 50 plus years that racial discrimination has not been America’s “official” public policy. That’s about one eleventh of this country’s history. Non-discrimination (always more theoretical than actual) has been a mere experiment much of the country has always frowned upon. And presently the Republican party is stumbling all over itself trying once again to move the nation to the right. What’s really scary about it is that the Republicans pay very little attention to history or the facts. All that stuff seems to get in their way.

    Bottom line, America is at a real crossroads. The Obama presidency could be the equivalent of the Reconstruction era – just a frivolous experiment before the country starts making its way back to what it knows best and feels most.

    And, IMHO, Rick Perry could easily lead the way with a Vice President Bachmann explaining how God planned it that way – for “mutual respect” between the races and to save African Americans from their (our) nature.

    What do you think, kstreet?

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    • Bottom line, America is at a real crossroads. The Obama presidency could be the equivalent of the Reconstruction era – just a frivolous experiment before the country starts making its way back to what it knows best and feels most.

      LTL, this is how I see it:

      There will be an urgency to circumvent the impending theocracy that Perry/Bachmann or whomever he chooses for a running mate will bring.

      It just puzzles the hell out of me how those same people speak so highly of the Constitution but only
      the amendments THEY like. We witnessed that on the first day of the 112th congress when they read the Constitution out loud but conveniently skipped over the uncomfortable parts.

      The real problem, as I see it is the Supreme Court. I don’t care how much Obama has disappointed many people. There are no options here. If a Republican wins, pretty soon the Court will be tipped 6-3!
      Given their rulings over the past three years alone, it is vital and URGENT that we not let a Republican back in the White House.

      That should be the underlying reason why Obama supporters and sane independents should vote for him.

      Don’t believe the hype that he is ruining the country. The American people know better. That’s simply GOP propaganda. It is the Republicans who are ruining the country and if the get into power in the White House, we will have Bush to the 10th power!

      Regarding civil rights and the attempt to take away the gains of the last 50 years…(by the way you are quite right that in all the years since slavery existed in this country, only the last 50 years have we shown any progress.)

      Once again, this points to the importance of re-electing Barack Obama.

      I might write more later. Time for my grandsons’ baths.

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      • LongTimeLurker

        “The real problem, as I see it is the Supreme Court. I don’t care how much Obama has disappointed many people. There are no options here. If a Republican wins, pretty soon the Court will be tipped 6-3!”

        Kinda makes me feel cornered. BTW, are you aware that’s about the ratio of Republican to Democrat appointed judges in ALL courts nationwide? It might actually lean even more than 6 – 3 Republican. More Republican presidents have appointed more Republican judges, simple as that. The same applies to state governors. That’s where we get out judges. In some state courts (not federal courts) the judges have to run for reelection, but once they are in, they are pretty much set – especially since nobody’s watching them and official complaints against judges are permissible only on extremely limited grounds.

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  2. More Republican presidents have appointed more Republican judges, simple as that. The same applies to state governors.

    You’re leaving out one major factoid:

    In order to maintain the ratio of 6-3 or better in the Federal courts, the Senate has held up dozens of Obama appointed judicial nominees.

    http://judicialnominations.org/recommended-readings

    The don’t want any of Obama’s “Liberal” Judges appointed so that they can, in fact maintain the ratio you mentioned.

    What kills me is that many very qualified judges have asked the POTUS that their names be removed because so many were on hold for more than a year.

    Republicans are like school boys playing a dangerous game with senate loopholes, allowing this fiasco and not caring about the country (as usual.)

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    • LongTimeLurker

      It’s a dangerous game and a deadly game as it impacts African Americans.

      A judge can impact a citizen’s life in a practical manner by presiding over any of the countless legal disputes, civil or criminal, to which ANY citizen may become a party. It is in the courts where a citizen experiences society’s official expression of what is considered to be proper conduct. A good judge will try to reach a good outcome (and vice versa.)

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  3. The following is a list of the five judicial nominees who have been waiting the longest for confirmation. Click on any nominee for more information, or click below for information on all pending judicial nominees.

    Louis Butler Jr., Nominated to the Western District of Wisconsin on September 30, 2009

    Edward C. DuMont, Nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on April 14, 2010

    Victoria F. Nourse, Nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on July 14, 2010.

    Charles Bernard Day, Nominated to the District of Maryland on July 21, 2010.

    Marina Marmolejo, Nominated to the Southern District of Texas on July 28, 2010

    http://judicialnominations.org/#judicial-nominations-at-a-glance

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    • LongTimeLurker

      See! You’re way ahead of me. You’ve got the specifics. That’s what I like about you.

      Good, kstreet!!

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  4. See! You’re way ahead of me. You’ve got the specifics. That’s what I like about you.

    Good, kstreet!!

    Thanks LTL! I simply supply the same thing that I would expect to see as proof from anyone else’s political statement or legal argument..

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