What did Obama or his father do?
Posted by Viv on October 18, 2010
First let me start off by saying that I think Sarah Palin has done a lot for the 2010 elections, while waking up some of the GOP. Plus, she is a good fundraiser. She can fire up a crowd with her speeches like nobody’s business. That said, I think it is a huge mistake to even consider her as a GOP candidate for 2012. Here is why.
1) Palin is a divider not a uniter.
The fiscal conservatives of the GOP cannot win a presidential election alone. The moderates of the GOP cannot win by themselves. The neo-cons cannot win by themselves. The social cons/Christian right-wing cannot win alone. The libertarians of the GOP cannot win. The independents can’t win. You get the picture. Each of these groups usually share some common ground, but their priorities are all placed differently and therefore party purity will never exist.
Purging the party of any of these groups is a big mistake. Pragmatism must prevail.
Palin has a problem helping and/or endorsing candidates with whom she is not ideologically equal. There is a reason that Palin isn’t out stumping for Carly Fiorina (R-CA) to defeat Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in the Senate race. [Yes, I know she endorsed Carly.] She doesn’t want to have that bite her later with her pro-life base. Plus, Fiorina wouldn’t benefit substantially in a more moderate-voting California, by having a Palin endorsement. Do you think Susan Collins (R-ME) would welcome the support of Palin? No, of course not. As a female Republican voter, I find this trend to be disturbing.
At a time when the majority of female voters leans toward the Democrats, it is imperative for the GOP to gain ground with women voters – YES, even the pro-life and/or pro-choice voters. [DISCLOSURE: I'm vehemently pro-life and have substantial creds on this subject. ] I am not a big fan of Republicans who are pro-choice, but I’m a realist and believe they have to have a place in the “big tent.” Don’t you think that Collins, Snowe, Fiorina, etc… would vote for a Supreme Court nominee that may hold pro-life views among others? They have and they will. Despite their occasional abhorrent votes on other issues, that does not make them unworthy of a united front by the GOP, including Sarah Palin’s support.
Naturally, I support a more conservative candidate (i.e., Rubio (R-FL) to claim victory over a less conservative Republican, but ONLY when that candidate is viable (and not down double-digits). I frown on tossing away a possibility at a majority vote and the right to drive an agenda, just for the sake of party purity. Anyone who doubts this logic need only look at the historic numbers achieved by the best Republican uniter, Ronald Reagan. Palin is no Reagan.
2) Palin is not strong enough to lead the GOP in the ousting of Obama.
Why? Because like it or not, Obama is just better at the fluff speeches. The reason we have Obama is because so many independents and moderates bought into the hope/change/dreams lines from Obama’s idiot boards. Palin can give some entertaining speeches too, but not as well as Obama. And because she can’t seem to unite the factions of the GOP, she will struggle gaining the confidence of the independents and moderates, no matter how well she throws out the one-liners to bait them.
The incumbent has the advantage. [Also at play are Obama picking Hilary Clinton as his new VP running mate and an economy that may not recover while the Republicans have control of the Congress between 2010 and election day of 2012.] While Obama doesn’t do well in interviews and debates, neither does Palin. Again, she’s weaker when pressed in those ‘gotcha moments’ and the media isn’t going to start doing her any favors. Obama was their golden child and they will work hard to push him, especially if Palin is his 2012 opponent.
3) Palin will be slaughtered in the GOP primary.
You think that Obama and the media will be hard on Palin, just wait until she has to go head to head with the other GOP possibilities. Can you imagine her in a debate with Huckabee, Romney, Barbour and Daniels (just to name a few)? They are all governors who never QUIT their job. They will nail her on that. Palin can hit the pulse of the talking points (reduced government, lower taxes, strong defense, secure borders, etc…), but when it comes to substance, she is going to struggle against the credentials of the aforementioned candidates. She will have to come prepared to not only defend her record but also bring appealing ideological solutions beyond the catch phrases.
4) Palin is sexy, but I think America is getting weary of sexy.
Maybe I’m jumping the gun on this one and giving voters more credit than they deserve. But I’m tired of the only candidates that seem electable are the ones who look good. I’d rather have a chunky Haley or a comb-over Daniels because they can bring real solutions to the table. They can bring more than just looking good in a suit (or pumps) and flashing a million dollar smile. Are we really this shallow? Haven’t we learned this lesson enough times? I think all the protests over the last few years suggest that we are tired of slogans and pretty faces and want substance. My concern is that Palin may not be able to offer the latter.
5) The whole “I’m just like you” meme is part of Palin’s charm, but also a flaw.
I’m a female Republican, so naturally it is exciting for me to have a candidate with whom I can identify. I liked Palin on McCain’s ticket because of that very reason, and because she brought executive experience. Also, she complimented McCain’s weaknesses on energy and immigration policies. However, I don’t want a president who is just like me. I want someone better than me. I want someone smarter than me. I want someone who can communicate better than me. I do not want a victim, because I’m not one. Palin does occasionally take the “I’m a victim of media slant and establishment criticism” road and I am not impressed by that. While it is probably true, she doesn’t need to remind us of this fact. Very few Republicans get a fair shake in the media. Suck it up, girlfriend. Our nominee doesn’t have to be a Yale or Harvard graduate, but I can say I went to fewer colleges than Palin to get my undergraduate degree. Remember, I expect more. We don’t want a snob or an elitist, but I think she will struggle with her credentials against some of the others who can also pull off the “I’m like you” too — Mike Huckabee comes to mind here.
I believe the GOP will need a candidate that can appeal to all of the GOP groups, not just the Tea Partiers, in order to defeat Obama. I will certainly support Palin if she is the GOP nominee, but I am admitting now that I will be disappointed if that is the best we can do and will be more than skeptical of her chances to beat Obama.
Posted by Wickedpinto on October 17, 2010
Read this over at geekpress, and it’s genius.
When you are famous, and when you live in the very place that virtually everyone loves you, how do you go to get the latest issue of X-men without having everyone mob you? Why, you go as yourself, because no one would believe you would be so brazen.
John Elway Wears His Own Jersey.
Posted by Viv on September 27, 2010
While I’m not usually an advocate of candidates and elected officials using “talking points”, I think it is long past due for the GOP to publish a memo to all Republicans telling them how to respond to questions about Obama’s religion and/or birth certificate. How many more times does this have to happen before people know how to respond?
Tim Walberg, the former GOP congressman running to win back his Michigan seat from freshman Democratic Rep. Mark Schauer, says he doesn’t know whether President Obama was born in America or if he is a Muslim.
Asked on a local call-in radio show whether he believes Obama was born in America or if the president is a Muslim, Walberg said Thursday he wasn’t sure.
Personally, I like the way Buzz Aldrin handles the nutters.
Posted by mesablue on August 6, 2010
Worst. Serial Killer. Ever.
* On August 3, 1991, the Laser Man shot his first person. The victim was a 21 year old immigrant to Sweden from Eritrea, whom Ausonius shot in the back. The victim, however, survived. Two of the victim’s friends said they saw a circle of red light on his body before they heard the shot.
* On the evening of October 21, 1991, outside the Stockholm University, Shahram Khosravi, a 25-year-old student of Iranian origin, was shot in the face but survived.
* On the night of October 27, 1991, a homeless man of Greek origin was shot twice in the stomach. The victim saw a bright red light, heard the shots but managed to run away. Although wounded, he survived.
* In the middle of the day of November 1, 1991, Ausonius walked into a restaurant kitchen in Stockholm where he had seen an immigrant and shot him once in the head and several times in the stomach. The victim, Heberson Vieira Da Costa, a musician from Brazil, saw a red light before he was shot, and got a good look at his assailant. The victim survived, seriously wounded, but was able to give a description of the Laser Man to the police.
* Ausonius continued his shootings and, on November 8, 1991, he mortally wounded Jimmy Ranjbar, another Iranian student, who died the next day.
Ausonius then went to Las Vegas to gamble and visit the Grand Canyon. The Laser Man disappeared for a few months, but he would return.
* On January 22, 1992, Ausonius went to Uppsala, where he walked up to a couple, and shot the man in the head. The victim, Erik Bongcam-Rudloff, was a Ph.D. student in medical sciences. He survived and is now a scientist representing Sweden in several international scientific networks.
* January 23, 1992, back in Stockholm, Ausonius shot a black bus driver, originally from Zimbabwe, in the middle of the day. The victim was shot in the chest but survived. That evening, Ausonius walked into a Somali club in central Stockholm and shot two men, both of whom also survived.
* On the night of January 28, 1992, Ausonius walked up to a kiosk where Isa Aybar, an immigrant of Turkish origin, was working. Ausonius shot him four times in the head and arm, and walked away. Aybar was seriously wounded but managed to call the police and survived.
* On January 30, 1992 Ausonius shot his last victim, from Lebanon, in the head, a store owner in Hägerstensåsen, paralyzing but not killing him.
I’m feeling more than a little sorry for Jimmy Ranjbar.
Posted by Wickedpinto on July 24, 2010
Tiffany (nice juggs btw) squaring off against Debbi Gibson in the movie called “That Movie Where Tiffany and Debbi Gibson get into a Cat Fight, making me spend a lot of time in my bunk.”
Not sure if that is the actual title, or just the working title.
Posted by Wickedpinto on September 16, 2008
What is a fundamentalist Christian?
I, sorta kinda raised in a Catholic environment, always understood that the “fundamentals” of christianity was the acceptance of Jesus, as the Christ and Lord, and that we are all Sinners, and that through The Christ, Jesus, we are forgiven our sins.
are there any more fundamentals that I’m missing? Or are there a few thousand pages missing from my bible?
Also, I’m sure most of you guys know, I’m an atheist, so this is an honest question.
Because I don’t believe that vitriolic lefty’s know what fundamentalist christians believe
Update: I’m an atheist, but I am comfortable with that moniker because of my understanding of the will of god through my somewhat sorta catholic upbringing. I can live a good life, and apologize for those things that I have done wrong, and be forgiven if I am wrong. I think that my not exactly, but somewhat related to my upbringing that is associated with Catholocism has given me a firm grasp of right and wrong, even though I don’t think that there is an all knowing and caring individual sitting on high messing with my life, or the lives of others. So, I try to live a good life, a kind life, and when I don’t I feel bad and I beg forgiveness from those I might have wronged. It’s easy to be an atheist, if you realize that a good and proper god, doesn’t mind, as long as you follow his perfectly reasonable edicts (christian, not Joo.)
Posted by Wickedpinto on August 30, 2007
Tucker? let me inform you of something. I’m a soft bitch, but I probably have 60 pounds on your self righteous scrawny ass.
I’m willing to call homosexuals fags, and doughnutpunchers, and rimriders, and you THINK you are the “least anti-gay conservative.” though you threaten to throw heads into the stall?
Bring your 3 breast friends, and I will bring ONE gay friend, and the two of us, one gay and one hetero will mop the floor with your “least anti-gay” conservative ass, faster that it took you to give your “I have black friends” or ” I have gay friends” defense.
You were a patronizing little shit, and even if you weren’t patronizing, you are a little shit. I could snap your neck with one arm, and one leg as a “handicap” you tiny tiny tiny little elitest prick.
Hell, I bet if I had mesa shouting instructions from the corner, I could beat the living snot out of you with only ONE limb.
Ain’t the media SO FRIGGEN TOUGH!!!!! when they aren’t actually facing anyone?
NOTE: I’m a soft bitch now, VERY SOFT, but I’m still a relatively fit 220lb’s, at 6’1+
Tucker is just a napoleonic midget hiding behind the only job that allows him to say “THE CONSTITUTION, THE CONSTITUTION.” Tucker? You are a liar, and a pussy, you need some ass kicking to actually understand the “strength” you think you represent, but I guess thats a requirement for MSNBC.