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Month: November, 2012

The Republican strategy moving forward: Same bullshit, more charisma

The other day I opined how I’d like Republicans to see the error of their ways and completely revaluate all their policies to try to become more rational for their own sake as well as for the sake of the rest of the country. A few days later, I can safely say that I was wrong. Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong. The Republicans aren’t going to change a damn thing.

I consume an unhealthy amount of derp from right wing blogs, and I keep hearing really troubling things coming out of their mouths. Like this little gem from noted right wing hack Bernie Goldberg in his latest condescending pile of readable internet dogshit entitled “Santa Claus and the GOP Civil War”

What the GOP needs more than a conservative who can deliver uncompromising rhetoric, is a conservative with charisma — someone who can articulate conservative values but not scare the dogs and children and moderates who would be willing to vote for a Republican.

No. You don’t need someone who can better “articulate” your terrible policies. You need better policies. You didn’t lose big with women, youth voters, and minorities because you didn’t explain yourself well enough. You lost because everything you’re offering these groups of people totally sucks.

Firstly, don’t expect people you openly dismiss as unamerican leeches to vote for you. The whole “Obama voters just want stuff” talking point is absolutely ridiculous. Think of it this way, Mitt Romney is a guy who has it all. He was born into wealth, he’s enjoyed all the advantages that come along with being in the upper echelon of society, he has an ivy league education and millions upon millions of dollars. But Romney saw himself as a victim of an unfair tax code. He wanted even more personal wealth, and he didn’t want to earn it by getting back into the private sector and fighting for a bigger piece of the pie. He wanted to get that money by changing the US tax code to reroute tax dollars that go to the poor to himself.

Your economic policies absolutely suck balls for anyone that isn’t already rich. And even a good handful of rich guys are smart enough to remember back to the last time Republicans were in charge that they proved the only things they know how to do is wreck the economy and get us tangled up into expensive new wars, so stop acting like everyone who didn’t vote for another years of trickle down economics is some kind of idiot. There’s absolutely no reason to believe Mitt Romney’s insultingly vague economic policy would have outperformed Obama’s, especially after Obama was able to pull the economy away from the brink of depression, and take us from hemorrhaging  hundreds of thousands of jobs to 25 consecutive months of job growth.

All my conservative friends tell me that social issues aren’t important, but that’s just because the Republican position on just about every single one of them is obviously wrong and will be embarrassing to look back on decades down the line. Why on Earth would anybody who is gay or has gay friends or family members want to vote to against their rights? Why try to stop them from getting married or visiting their dying loved ones in a hospital? There’s no reason. It’s unnecessary social cruelty to appease a group of old religious busy body types who grow increasingly irrelevant each election cycle. Even if I was rich and wanted the tax cut, you can’t expect me to vote against the rights of the people I love.

Bernie’s also been quick to blame cretins like Todd Aiken and Richard Mourdock for their comments on rape for the loss last Tuesday. The problem is, Aiken and Mourdock didn’t come up with those ideas out of nowhere. The idea that women should be forced by the government to carry rape babies to term is a plank in the Republican 2012 platform. The only mistake Aiken and Mourdock made was admitting it out loud instead of hand waving away like Mitt Romney and all my Republican apologist friends did.

Republicans, for your own sake and for the good of the country I hope you learn to moderate yourself in the next four years. Stop focusing on your rhetoric, step out of your alternate reality and try to listen to the voters you so despise. They didn’t vote for Obama to get “free stuff,” they voted for him because he doesn’t actively demonize and belittle them like you do. There’s a reason why the country doesn’t trust you to run the economy, and bringing in a more charismatic guy to explain to gays why they shouldn’t be allowed to get married won’t make a lick of difference. You can try to better explain to women that they should pay out of pocket for their ovarian cyst medicine if their boss decides he doesn’t want the insurance company to cover it, but you’re wasting your time.

If you honestly believe the only thing you did wrong this past election was rhetoric, you might as well run Romney again in 2016. Maybe four more years of finely toning his bullshit talking points will convince all us idiots that voting for tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the women/gay/minority rights is all this country needs to compete with all the western countries who moved past all this bullshit years ago and live measurably happier lives.

Pie-in-the-Sky Hopes for the Next 4 Years

Hello everybody! It’s been a crazy couple days for me, but if you haven’t noticed the election is over! Hooray! Obama won again and I got to watch it all play out in real time on Fox News, where apparently nobody ever gave them the memo that losing was a possibility.

There was a beautiful piece in the Atlantic this week by Conor Friedersdorf entitled How Conservative Media Lost to the MSM and Failed the Rank and File. It’s fascinating to see that while Nate Silver and all the polls were indicating an Obama victory, the Romney people essentially just surrounded themselves with yes men telling them what they wanted to hear rather than what was actually happening around them. Silver, having accurately called the last 3 elections, is the kind of man supposed “numbers guys” like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should have been paying attention to, but instead they chose to look to faux experts like the morbidly obese huckster behind Unskewed Polls, a website which earned it’s page clicks by essentially taking Silver’s numbers and switching Obama and Romney’s names.

I’m happy to have President Obama back in office. I’m glad we’ll have another 4 years of a president who doesn’t actively work against gay rights, science, women, etc. I also acknowledge that the chances of the Republicans admitting any sort of fault and learning any lessons from this election is pretty far-fetched. Still, this is my hope for the next 4 years.

Tone Down the Rich Guy Rage

2012 was the year for the richest and most powerful people in the country tried to present themselves as victims to the American people and lost big time for it.

It’s hard for anyone who hasn’t bought into the propaganda or who isn’t rich themselves to cheer on a bunch of blue bloods snubbing their noses at poor people/veterans/single mothers/etc, but it was the cornerstone of the Republican argument. This is why when Romney’s 47% video released, everyone but the Republicans was able to say “This is not good for Romney” while the conservatives were patting each other on the backs saying “So true! Go for it Mitt! Stick it to those leeches!” And Republicans are still astonished their strategy didn’t work. Hopefully they will learn.

Stand up to those in the party who are anti-gay/anti-woman, rather than downplaying the importance of the issues

Because I live in a blue state near a large city, the Republicans I know actually tend to be pro gay marriage, yet are completely comfortable voting for the party’s anti gay stance. They reconcile this by saying “The economy is the most important issue,” but that doesn’t change the fact that for many in the country, a vote for the Republican Party is a vote to disenfranchise their friends and loved ones.

My Republican friends scoff that people are foolish for voting to support gay rights rather than supply side economics, but them’s the brakes. You can’t have it both ways. If the conservative argument is that marriage makes society stronger because the institution in and of itself promotes hard work, respect, and loyalty, why deprive your fellow Americans of it? The American tide has turned, a majority of the country is ok with the idea, and gay people tend to be productive members of society who work and contribute to the economy. It would be wonderful to see the Republicans direct their efforts away from preventing gays from being happy, and focus on better things.

Admit that the sky is not falling

The country has been experiencing positive economic job growth for 25 months now. A big part of Romney’s strategy was to run ads in swing states with regular looking people asking “Where are the jobs Obama? Where are the jobs?” The problem with that was in Ohio, the unemployment rate was well below the national average thanks to the auto bailout. The people of Ohio weren’t swayed by the “Obama destroyed the country” argument because generally speaking, they were doing ok.

For every one of my conservative/libertarian friends bemoaning the death of America for the next four years, I hope they get over it and come up with a different strategy. They predicted quite literally that the world would come to an end in 2012 after Obama’s first win, and 4 years later we’re not doing too bad. Obama hasn’t outlawed guns and free speech, and (big shocker) hasn’t rounded up the Palin family and euthanized them in liberal death camps.

Bottom line is the entire right wing characterization of Obama voters is wrong. Nobody wants to live in a Marxist dystopia where everyone stops working and instead enslaves the millionaires and billionaires. Americans aren’t going to suddenly decide they no longer want money and success. This “the world is going to end” bullshit worked well in 2009 when everyone was in a panic after the economic crisis. Continuing to cry wolf four years later just makes them look silly, and if they continue the strategy they will look even sillier when we still have guns, free speech, and another round of confused Republicans wondering why they’ve lost the general election yet again.

Obama is President Still. Hooray? Hooray!

We did it everybody! Obama’s still the president. What does that mean?

Anybody who follows this stuff closely is seriously drunk as hell right now. Nate Silver is off partying with hookers somewhere I’m sure, and I’m here watching Fox News full of optimism. From the moment Fox called Wisconsin, it’s been nothing but joy for me tonight.

I voted for Obama, and maybe I’m a sucker for doing so. But I’m so happy he’s president once again. He’s the first president I ever voted for, and his words tonight touched me again. Words are words and soaring rhetoric is ripe for mockery, but what does a president have but his ideas? While I criticize my president for his tactics he projects to me that he’s at least pointed in the right direction on issues like not hating science, not being needlessly cruel to gay people/poor people/minorities, and not pulling out our dicks and starting several new unfunded wars.

I sincerely hope the American people are less easily fooled in 2012. Now that we’ve had four years without forcing the Palin family into FEMA death camps with an improving economy, America won’t be as terrified of the moderate right wing solutions proposed by the president.