And So, Campaign 2010 Grinds to a Halt

The elections are tomorrow, and from everything I’ve been able to see, it looks like the Democrats are going to maintain control of the Senate but lose the House. Nate Silver suggests about 52/48 in the Senate and about 203/231 in the House.

These numbers are bad if you’re a Democrat like me (ie: one who is a Socialist by nature, but a Democrat by default), but they could be a hell of a lot worse.

What’s going to be interesting is to see how the Republicans/Tea Party people govern. They promised to repeal health care, which they can’t (Obama would veto, they can’t override that, and wouldn’t want to anyhow, given how popular the various elements of health care reform are). They likely won’t allow the Bush tax cuts to expire, but economically they won’t have a choice and will probably just howl like animals when they do it. I strongly doubt they’ll make any sort of compromises.

Basically I think we’re heading towards what we had in the late 1990’s when the government was shut down by Congress. That didn’t go well for them (or the President, given what he got up to during the down time), and I see much the same happening here. What does go through will likely be of some benefit to them and to the President, but the upshot of this is that I’m at least 80% sure Obama gets re-elected in 2012 and the Republicans likely lose Congress then, too.

Either way, congrats to them for winning, if indeed they do. I don’t even remotely approve of their message or their tactics, but they do tend to work (because the American public are very stupid). You guys are gonna win. Let’s see what you do next.


Wow, I Don’t Know Where to Begin…

This may be the most obnoxious political ad I’ve ever seen.

Ok, let’s break this down.

1. The great empires of Greece, Rome and Britain did not collapse because they somehow strayed from the principles that made them great. Greece and Rome were both under constant military attack by outside forces. Rome had a whole series of problems based around religion, economics, slavery and the like. The British Empire collapsed because of a combination of two world wars and people deciding they wanted their own countries. We can be certain none of those collapsed because of attempts at health care reform.

2. While the ad lists a whole series of tea bagger partier concepts, like that the stimulus, health care reform, regulation of Wall Street, etc, are all Bad Things. Tellingly the ad, like tea party people themselves, offers no other solutions to the problems these issues express.

3. The last thing China would want is for the USA to collapse. We owe them tons of money and we’re their primary market for business. If we go down, they’d go down even harder.

4. Wow, yellow peril much?

This is the kind of ad that is frankly going to only appeal to, well, idiots who haven’t bothered to learn about how the world actually functions.

Political Talking-Points That Need to Die – Volume One

It’s campaign season for another few weeks and there’s all the usual nonsense from both major parties. This means plenty of eye-rolling from me at the stupid ads from both parties. It also means lots of political talking-points that I really, really hate.

1. “Al Gore said he invented the internet!” – No, no, he didn’t. He never said he did. What he said was, “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.” This isn’t quite the same as saying that he said he invented the internet. It’s also actually true. He did, as a Senator, help get money to the projects that developed into the internet. So he did do what he said he did, and didn’t say or do what critics like to say he said. If you see what I’m saying.

2. “Republicans favor small government!” – Total, utter bullshit. They favor small government when it comes to things like education, environmental and business regulations, social services, welfare and things like that. They favor very big government when it comes to the criminal justice system, the military and basically anything that generates jobs for their constituency.

3. “We’re taking back America!” – Taking it back from who, exactly? Other Americans? No, of course not, because no true American could possibly be on the side of things as they are! So therefore we’re taking it back from the Other. From that Socialist, Communist, Nazi, Kenyan-born Muslim illegally occupying the White House! Yeah!

4. “America is the best country God ever created!” – No, we’re not. We’re really, really not. First, we were created by people, not by God. Second, we’re not best at anything important, really. We don’t have the best schools, the best medical care, the freest press or any of the wonderful things people like to think we have. We do make good movies, though.

I’m sure there’s more of these that will come to my mind over the next few weeks. Consider yourselves warned. 😀

Carl Paladino, Professional Moron

As I wrote the other day, it’s not easy being gay. If Carl Paladino, bestiality-porn enthusiast and Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York, has his way, it’ll be even more difficult. Here’s some lovely things he said recently about the gays.

I just think my children and your children would be much better off and more successful getting married and raising a family. And I don’t want them to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option.

Charming. He was addressing an Orthodox Jewish group when he said this. Gee, who thought you could gain traction by slamming on gays to a bunch of religious nutjobs?

Of course he was called-out on these stupid comments and blamed the media for it rather than ‘fessing up and taking it like a man.

“When I talk about issues such as this, I talk from my heart,” he told NBC, “and I expect that the press will properly interpret my remarks. If they don’t interpret my remarks correctly … that’s wrong.”

OK, so it’s the media’s fault? How many ways can we interpret the line “And I don’t want them to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option.”? You said it, jerk-face. Man up and say that, yes, that is what you meant or no, it’s not what you meant. Don’t blame the media for playing your exact quote on the news.

This of course highlights a larger problem within the Republican party and that’s the fact that the party is still very anti-gay. Yes, they’ve gotten better in the last few months, but that doesn’t make up for the damage they’ve done in the past. While it’s true that the Democrats are not as enthusiastic in their support of gay rights as I’d like them to be, I have never heard of any Democratic candidate dumping on gays as a way of getting votes. I’ve certainly never heard them cite their opponent’s participation in a gay rights parade as being a valid reason to not vote for said opponent.

Paladino is a jerk on many levels. I’m unclear as to why anyone supports him. I take some comfort in the fact that he’s behind in the polls and likely won’t get elected. I take significant discomfort in the fact that he’s the party’s nominee.

She’s a Witch! Burn Her!

Certified wackaloon and possible criminal Christine O’Donnell has been quite the media darling lately, which is somewhat surprising given that she basically refuses to appear on any non-sympathetic (ie: places other than Fox News), media outlets. Well, it turns out that before she got all gun-shy with the media she was a regular guest on Politically Incorrect. On one fun episode she talked about her brief experience with witchcraft.

That is of course in addition to her mid-1990’s, and as yet unrefuted, views on masturbation.

I take great solace in the fact that the GOP is apparently stupid enough to pick people like this for their nominees. If you people want her, you deserve what’s likely to happen to you during the election.

God, I Hate Arizona Politics

So here’s a video to look at. It’s for Congressional candidate Ben Quayle. He’s the son of former VP Dan Quayle, and I’m sure a number of readers right now are going “Dan who, what now?” Yeah, he was a nonentity at the time and even more of one at this point. Let’s see what his son is like.

Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha! OMG! *falls onto the ground laughing* Jesus, what a horrible video! *watches it again* BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA! Oh, that’s so awful!

Ok, a few points here.

Barack Obama is the worst president in American history.

First, really? I can think of at least three off the top of my head that were pretty damn bad. In no particular order, Nixon, Harding and Pierce. I can even think of three Democrats off the top of my head that most conservatives would rate far worse than Obama; namely Clinton, Carter and Johnson. So, yeah, really, the worst president in history? After only a bit more than a year-and-a-half in office? Yeah, fuck off, Quayle.

Second, I think it’s highly inappropriate to say something like that in a campaign ad. Now it’s true that a number of people on the Left referred to Bush II as the worst president in history, and while I personally wouldn’t put him at the bottom, I’d certainly place him in the lower ten. But I don’t recall any of them doing so in campaign ads and I certainly don’t recall any actual legitimate voices on the Left doing so less than two years into his first term.

Third, this line.

Someone has to go to Washington and knock the hell out of the place.

Memo to Mr Quayle: This is the sort of quote you can use if you’re built like Schwarzenegger or Jesse Ventura. This is not the sort of quote you can use if you’re built like a wimpier version of Justin Bieber. You are about as intimidating as moss. This line does not work and makes you look like an ass.

There’s really nothing good about this ad. It comes off as pretentious, stupid and whiny. This guy’s a jerk, and I sincerely hope he doesn’t win. With an ad like this, he really doesn’t deserve to.

John McCain: Murderer?

John McCain used to be a pilot for the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. This war was undeclared, illegal and by most definitions its mere execution was a war crime. Yet John McCain knowingly participated in this war, flying several combat missions which no doubt resulted in the deaths of many.

John McCain – Washington insider, hypocrite… murderer?

Well, of course not. Of course he’s not a murderer. Yes, he no doubt killed dozens, if not hundreds, of people, at least some civilian, while a pilot in Vietnam. Yes, it was an illegal, undeclared war that we had no business being a part of. Yes, pretty much everything we did there was a war crime by the mere fact we were doing it. But the fact that he was a participant in the war does not make him a murderer.

Also, despite the fact that the McCain campaign seems to feel otherwise, J D Hayworth’s shilling for a company that turned out to be violating several laws does not make him a “huckster”.

This is an incredibly disingenuous ad. I’m sure Hayworth, for all his many, many failings, didn’t know the company was engaged in fraud. He was a hired spokesman for them, that’s all. It’s not like he was on the board of directors or anything like that. His being involved with them might have showed poor judgment, but that’s about it.

This is an ad for the Republican Party primary coming up next month, so it’s largely got nothing to do with me. I hope McCain loses because I don’t see Hayworth winning state wide, but since I haven’t seen a single Hayworth ad, I’m sure McCain will win (but probably not by much).

Either way, I’ve lost all respect for the man.