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I wrote a sarcastic bad piece about Romney's NAACP appearance and deleted it when I realized that to stoop to Romney's level of disingenuousness in such an article is to mimic what I hate, thereby indirectly partaking of it and glorifying it.
Then I wrote what I thought was a much better piece with what I thought was a balanced perspective. In attempting to preview it, I managed to delete it. I take all of this as a sign. Stop trying to write about this subject. Suffice it to say that Romney's appearance was disgusting---in concept, premeditation, delivery, hokiness, and disingenuousness. In short, Romney's performance yesterday makes me embarrassed to be an old white man.  [Read more]
For the life of me I can't see Willard Romney as the leader of a Republican Party which in body, mind and spirit embraces teavangelicals masquerading as colonial rebels. Romney is oh, so much more like a Redcoat than a Lexington, Massachusetts militiaman. And Obama---even though he in many ways is an elitist for whom the teavangelicals have as much visceral hatred as the real colonial rebels had for their British overseers---Obama seems much more of an everyday American to me than Romney ever will.  [Read more]
The Texas Republican Party is backtracking from the Party platform plank, "Knowledge-Based Education", (that's one for the family archives) which opposes critical thinking skills and has already been approved by a state convention. A party spokesman said the language made it into the platform by mistake, adding that "...the plank should not have included "critical thinking skills" after "values clarification". I'm guessing Texas Republicans will not spend much time thinking about that correction.
Having spent a great deal of time in Texas and doing business in the state, the overall Platform seems well out of step with the many moderates in the state and perhaps even with the more religious and conservative wing of the Republican party.  [Read more]
"My opponent, Mr. Romney, said I wasted my presidency on healthcare. That's right, I wasted my presidency trying to bring health care to 30 million people, people in the middle class or trying to get into the middle class. In other words, if you help the middle class, you're wasting your time.
Mr. Romney won't waste time on the middle class.
That's essentially what he said, isn't it? Kind of reveals more about him than me.  [Read more]
Andrew Sorkin had a piece in the NYT yesterday suggesting questions to be asked Jamie Dimon in his upcoming testimony on Capitol Hill.
For example, "...when you called speculation about outsize risks in your investment office 'a tempest in a tea pot', what, if any, analysis had you personally conducted before making that statement?" [Read more]
There is a predatory notice
in the limbic eyes of an auction-goer:
Strike now! Take a chance with the drill-press-thing---
or is it a riveter or veneer slicer---
the attached shop light alone is worth the price.
The auction boss sets the stage---
smashed up pipe clamps, dried-glue glaze on them, [Read more]
Even though Romney's prospects look dismal by virtue of today's polling matchups with the President, I would not count him out. And anyone who thinks this election will be won by more than a few points in the national popular vote is dreaming. Romney may look like a lost dog but he will be rescued by Karl Rove, Frank Luntz and the Super Pac money crowd, as well as the unlimited wealth of the Koch Brothers funneled into the election on his behalf.
As was predicted on this site previously, the onslaught of negative advertising from both camps will reduce this election to a choice between which candidate one dislikes the least. Having said that, Romney's numbers (if you exclude what seems to be an outlier in Rasmussen's national polling) have deteriorated rather quickly. Whereas for the last three years Obama has been on the defensive, it is now Romney who must make a comeback---particularly with women and Independents.  [Read more]
Whether it's the River Run, Crossroads, or Fay's,
the Polka Dot, Loons on a Limb, or Four Aces,
a new breakfast joint is hard to breach; you're as
welcome as an order of English muffins and tea.
Shaded eyes from back booths slide off you
quicker than two poached eggs off a saucer;
ersatz butcher-block tables sprout crops of [Read more]
After listening to the Jesus-trumpeting of Rick Santorum for the last week and then having bile rise up in the back of my throat at the obscene remarks of Franklin Graham on MSNBC this morning, Romney, by comparison, is looking like a saint or even Jesus Christ Himself.
At what point will fair minded Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, reach the point of saturation with the calumny, hypocrisy and self-righteousness of people like Santorum and Franklin Graham, and say to themselves---this is not right, this is not America, and this is not who I am. [Read more]