If you've read this this blog before and/or pay attention then you might have worked out I am not American, but I like to keep up with US political discussions, even though it's degenerating faster and faster into finger-pointing, name-calling and utter futility, or was it always like that?
I probably shouldn't do this, but could not resist the urge... to reproduce (cut/paste) other peoples comments without their permission or knowledge, but hopefully they would forgive me in the circumstances...
arhhhh political comment threads the most unsavoury blood sport
(re: recent Pretraeus 'scandal'...)
Send a man to an isolated war zone then send a real good looking woman that is attracted to a uniform to spend time with him and act surprised if he reacts normally. I don't get it, democrats defended congressman wiener, president Clinton, Barney and some even tried to defend candidate John Davis and now they attack the general like a mob stoning a woman for infidelity. He didn't lie or deny but did the honorable thing, admitted his mistake and resigned. I hope boy gets girl and they live happily ever after. I assume his wife is no Hilary and kicked him out, which he does deserve.
November 14, 2012 at 12:31 a.m.
PETRAEUS SHOULDN'T RESIGN
The FBI reported that its investigation into the Patraeus affair found no criminal behavior. If that's true, I don't see why he's out of a job. While military code is strict, to accept the CIA post the former 4-star general had to retire from the Army.
If he's qualified we shouldn't let him walk. What he did was dumb but it's not against the law to exhibit poor judgement. Here's a fact: divorce rates are high for troops deployed overseas including commanding officers.
In the meantime we can all eagerly await the next realty show, 'Real Housewives of Tampa Bay,'
November 14, 2012 at 12:52 a.m.
(re: republican party self-reflection/rethinking post-2012 election thumping...)
Not while there remains one libertarian, one weather system, or one tax return that can be blamed. Never surrender!
November 13, 2012 at 12:02 a.m.
Do Republicans even cast reflections?
November 13, 2012 at 12:07 a.m.
And have liberals nothing to reflect on? Benghazi? Solyndra? The utter failure of the stimulus bill to keep joblessness below 8%? The utter failure of the Constitution to give Congress power to regulate health care? (If it's that great an idea, amend the Constitution.) The benevolence of murdering unborn babies? The hypocrisy of requiring ID for everything but voting? The arrogant pride of putting bureaucrats between doctor and patient? Repent, you makers of disaster. (Please.)
November 13, 2012 at 12:26 a.m.
Self reflection?? Are you kidding me? That's something that only liberal wusses do! Real Amurikans (and we all know that only conservatives are real Amurikans) don't reflect. They shoot first and ask questions later. Or rather, NEVER ask questions.
And they certainly don't apologize! They just shoot, spit, climb on their hosses and giddyup go. Oh yeah, and they wave the flag, thump the Bible, and create wars for the poor to fight in (keeps them grubby takers off welfare and food stamps at least). But self-reflect? Nah. Why self-reflect when you're already the purfekt
November 13, 2012 at 12:42 a.m.
More than just the title of Romney's autobiography, it's also at the core of republican political strategy. Never apologize and never admit a mistake; just blame the other guy.Andrew just offered a perfect demonstration of that technique. Andy could have said that the GOP has been damaged so badly they even lost the Cuban-Amerian vote in south Florida. He could have said the republican base is shrinking, the complexion of America is changing, and republicans have to have a serious reassessment or they'll go the way of Whigs and Mugwumps. But he didn't. He just blamed democrats over and over again.
When you use real arithmetic, not the math republicans tell themselves to feel better, the numbers should be frightening. But go ahead, blame Rush, blame the media, blame Romney, blame the campaign strategists, blame down ballot candidates, blame whomever and whatever you want.
"The Fault, Dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves."
November 13, 2012 at 1:12 a.m. permalink suggest removal
Join Obama and blame Bush, seems to work pretty good.
November 13, 2012 at 3:36 a.m.
In 2008, the GOP nominated moderate John McCain and lost and got pummelled by Barack Obama. Four years later in 2012, they nominate another moderate Mitt Romney and get hammered again. In 2016, they need to change course and nominate an extremely radical right wingnut.
November 13, 2012 at 5:39 a.m.
Another stupid cartoon. Obama was elected because of minority racism. If he was white Romney would have beat Obama like a government mule. Democrats always play the race card. Minorities have too many cultural problems too be preaching to republicans. A wise thing to do would be to emulate a successful culture. Instead of making excuses.
The sad thing is that the Rino dominated GOP is falling for this crap. The domination of conservatives in 2010 and the failure of two liberal candidates in 8 years doesn't seem enough to convince this idiots that more conservative is the way to go. You can't out liberal and out-pander the democrats.
This advice you are getting from your enemy the democrats is only meant to manipulate republicans. Do you honestly think they are trying help us beat them?
November 13, 2012 at 7:19 a.m.
Yes, timbo, yes! Hard right turn! Yank that freaking wheel! That's not a ditch, it's a new way forward, the GOP-HOV lane!
No, wait, bypass the cities completely!
November 13, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.
dude......now that was good advice......thanks
November 13, 2012 at 7:41 a.m.
The shattered reflection was the image of religious whack-jobs like Akin, Bachman, Palin, and Mourdock, and the Republican Inquisition "God and Jesus" uber-fundies who scared the bejesus out of otherwise political conservatives and moderates.
Anxious to defend Israel, ready to bomb Iran, can't wait to invade Syria, throw Palestinians and non-Christians out of Jerusalem, and make Old Testament Christianity the law in America.
Killing for the Glory of Gawd and Jebus.
November 13, 2012 at 8:28 a.m.
A Farewell to the "Southern Strategy"
Republican operatives have used some form of the race-dividing Southern Strategy since Barry Goldwater’s team invented it in the 1960s. That’s nearly 50 years of race baiting aimed at under-educated, white rednecks.
The Southern Strategy tapped into the ludicrous belief that black people are dumber, lazier and more venal than white men. It helped secure victories for Nixon, Reagan, and George Bush Sr. by fomenting the view that white people needed to band together to keep black people from stealing the national cookie jar.
But it fell entirely flat this time. Apparently, you can call the President a Muslim-Socialist-Kenyan-Anti-colonial-Black-Nationalist-Terrorist-food-stamp-lover who worships at the feet of his Southern Baptist, Anarchist Pastor.
But you can no longer expect to be taken seriously by a large proportion of voters when you do.
Columnist Jimmy Zuma
November 11, 2012 at 1:18 a.m.