Brokered Republican convention? They select Chris Christie as Candidate?
A friend predicted this possibility today, the morning of the Michigan and Arizona State Republican Presidential primaries ... and ...
Well, yeah, but I think Christie won't do it, even aside from the fact that he can't get elected since he's even fatter than I am and gets short of breath just wiping his butt -- it's gonna be some 10-20 years till our obesiate electorate would vote for a fat guy --- aside from that, he's smart enough to know what Romulus and Re-bop don't -- no one is going to beat Obama this year.
They (R's) keep looking back at 2008 to fantasize how an extended debate season between two candidates is a good thing -- overlooking the fact that in 2008, either of the two would have made a very good president, and all the Dems understood that, which was why the indecision.
The R's don't seem to understand that the debates are dragging on because they don't have ANYONE who could actually be a president (except maybe Jon Huntsman whom they disposed of immediately, since this was going to be a masturbatory death match suicide pact). What they have is fantasists and lynch-mob exhorters.
They also seem to be thinking of 1992 when all the hot prospect Dems -- Sam Nunn, etc -- backed off from running because NO ONE could beat old Number 92% approval rating, not after he buried 100,000 Iraqi soldiers alive in only 100 hours even tho it was a completely jive setup where he faked Saddam Hussein into attacking Kuwait by (1) telling Saddam we "have no interest in arab-vs-arab conflict," i,e we have nothing to say if you go into Kuwait because (2) "they are stealing my oil" using slant drilling equipment sold to them (Kuwait) by Stansfield Turner's Santa Fe Oil Company and then (3) convincing the Saudi princes of the total bullshit prospect that Saddam was planning to invade them (anyone with a smidgeon more military knowledge than watching Rambo movies or playing Risk had to realize no way, no how, wasn't going to happen...
BUT it allowed President 41 to do what the whole charade was about -- put an American military base in the Middle East, on what Osama Ben Ladn -- returning home to get finance to invade Iraq because he despised Saddam as a disgrace to Islam who let women drive cars and wear dresses -- Ben Ladn saw as an outrage, defiling "OUR SACRED SOIL!" thereby leading to his promise of jihad (literally "drive out the invaders").
And we know how THAT turned out -- saw it on TV on September 11, 2001.Thank you, Bush pere et fils (Because they thought it was pere with a facelift.)
Which is why Bill Clinton ran and won, cuz the dem biggies believed no one could overcome that 92% and now the Republicans keep thinking they can do the same, not realizing that they don't have anyone who is a political genius like Bill Clinton EITHER running or not running.
And even then -- Obama's 4 years are not total bullshit do-nothing but sit in the big chair like Poppy Bush did. (0h right -- he DID introduce an anti-flag burning amendment, my mistake.)
The R's seem to have set a new standard in self-deception.
Even the political press -- the towel-boys of the No-Tell Motel Rave that is this endless repub primary season -- even they can't keep a straight face -- CNN, MSNBC, FOX, ABC, etc -- have been willing to let the laugh come through at the prospect that there's anyone in playground fight that can be seen as vaguely presidential, even squinting and covering one eye. Even admitting that they hope the cage death match these guys are doing goes on because it's good for their ratings.
The smarter, more realistic Repubs (if that's not a contradiction in terms) are hoping Santorum wins it because they realize the only way for them to have an actual political party again -- as distinct from this Kindergarten free-for-all ("He apologized to the Arabs for burning their holy books! Ha Ha -- they made him flinch! He's a traitor!") --is for them to go down in monstrous defeat (thereby allowing our President to have a kick ass majority in both houses) and to stop jerking themselves off with the Tea Party.
Of course, I can only hope, by that time, we will have actual single payer and a WPA/CCC style infrastructure repair situation -- roads, bridges, schools, national parks, etc -- with 10 -20 million people on the job to stop the physical USA from doing a total Gormenghast.
But that's just a thought....
AND so -- after going for my morning rant (above) -- some people go to the gym, or run, or jog.. I rant -- gets the blood flowing...
I turn on the news to see all the pretty horses vying for votes (MSNBC, favorite of nasty leftists, anarcho-syndicalists, and such like me) and what do I get?
Coverage of a skinny little Timothy McVeigh wannabe who shot a couple people (schoolkids) in Ohio.
They, the "OMG -- I'm on NETWORK, not just local news WOHO! Big Break!" journalists keep asking each other "Why did he do it?"
For the love of Christ, Moses, Buddha, and Krishna -- do these people ever come up with new questions?
I've BEEN in Ohio.*
I don't have to ask why someone who's stuck there would be getting a homicidal itch.
I don't want to see some smalltime midwest gunslinger... I want to see BIGTIME homicidal maniacs -- total psychos who are deep into acting out Lenny Bruce's defined "flop sweat" -- fear-gripped losers pulling out every desperate trick in the book -- who actually would rather have some other guys invade Iran and kill MILLIONS, rather than lose the job interview.
I want to see BIGTIME sociopaths like Newt Gingrich publicly taunt Afghanis who are protesting the American military burning their holy book.
"Stop yelling and go back to your pathetic lives."
Now THERE'S a man who knows how to stir up a lynch mob.
(Ahh, what a wonderful thing religion is. Even when the books are burned accidentally. Right. accidentally and if you believe that...)
So I say "I don't want to see this creepy little pezzonovante." (the Ohio shooter, not Newt Gingrich, another one who imagines himself to be something big time).
But, they say, "He killed schoolchildren."
And I can only paraphrase Wm Goldman's wonderful Princess Bride -- a line delivered by Vizzini (played by Wallace Shawn in the movie but not delivered there -- only appears in the book) when Fezzick objects to an order ("I don't like killing a woman.")
In this case, the networks say: "But he killed schoolchidren"
and I can only paraphrase Vizzini's retort:
"So what. God kills thousands of them every day. I want to see the REAL demons -- the ones who crawled out of the 9th circle of hell."
I want to see Mitt cry and Santorum run screaming through the streets of Hamtramck screaming "I'M NOT A SNOB. ELECT ME!."
(A snob? Has anyone used that term in the last 50 years?).
I want to see Newt search his memory for a tired old plagiarized quotes to explain this.
And Ron Paul just being whatever it is he might be.
I want to see Mitt pretend he knows who Kid Rock is, when he introduces him.
(Ahh, ok, they just ran that tape.)
And for dredging up a quote to pretend I'm really smart, here's one from Charles Bukowski, someone who was:
"Wars, politics, causes -- for thousands of years, we've wound up with a sack of shit. It's time we learned to think."
*As my wife reminded me, it's February in Ohio, and the observation made many years ago by Mike Robbins, originally said about Philadelphia in February, is applicable to Ohio in February as well:
"It has that certain nothing."