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Kevin Diaz, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, has a column published in today’s press entitled “Pawlenty cool to stiumulus proposals.” Diaz, apparently the Scoop Sleuth of “liberal media” here in Minnesota, was sent to Washington DC to the recent Governors Conference and the best he could do was to write about Pawlenty’s skepticism on Obama’s proposals.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, meeting Tuesday with President-elect Barack Obama, distanced himself from a bipartisan group of governors pressing for federal funds to alleviate state budget shortfalls and boost local economies.

Nice, huh? An entire column that talks about Pawlenty bitching and whining about Obama’s proposals and filled with nay saying jibberish.

I have a couple problems with this:

  • Forgive my amnesia, but I don’t recall one single column Mr. Diaz ever wrote on some Democrat criticizing the Buish Administration on anything. For eight very long years, this country has been subjected to the rule of a President who has the diction equal to that of a third grader, and the IQ equivalent to that of a grapefruit. Banks have failed, the US Auto Industry has failed, anti-trust laws broken everywhere, and not one drop of ink spent on a Democrat criticizing the Bush Administration. Not one!
  • Exactly how does Governor Pawlenty rate as any political ghuru when it comes to governing anything anyway? Does the Governor propose more bridge crashing, tunnel caving and coal mine collapsing as a viable alternative? Why does Kevin Diaz write all of this crap about what Sour Puss Pawlenty have to say about anything? There’s nothing Pawlenty has to offer in the piece – except criticism. Exactly what we all need at a time like this!!

In the same newspaper, published in the very same issue, the very same Governor Pawlenty gets hawkish on our own Minnesota budget by hinting that he plans to cut more spending. In a piece entitled “Pawlenty to propose cuts with new budget, Pawlenty belches:

While Pawlenty declined to quantify the near-term deficit, he said he expects it to be “noteworthy” but not “unmanageably large.”

The Republican governor said he aims to work with the DFLers who control the Legislature to identify spending that can be pulled back within the next few weeks. He said he could also make cuts on his own through an executive power called unallotment.

I’ll let you dissect that second paragraph there anyway you see fit. But I’m translating that statement as a clear signal Pawlenty has already concluded that he

  1. Won’t work with the DFL on anything – but demand the DFL work with him and he’ll plan on bitching and whining because they won’t, and…
  2. Goes rogue and pull rabbits out of his Magic Hat by engaging in bizarre and under-utilized terms such as “unallotments”.

He’s going to sit back and criticize Obama’s plan to give money to local and state governments, and yet he’ll scratch his balls and complain about cutting Minnesota’s budget.

It’s clear people: Not enough bridges have fallen in Minnesota for Pawlenty’s liking. There’ll be more! And Minnesotan’s will continue to pay attention to a Republican that cares nothing about them. …And the Star Tribune will continue to print “Right Wing Philosophies” and ignore Democrats because it’s worked so well for us in the past! (err…That was sarcasm, okay?!)

Karl Rove: “Political Genius”

CNN is reporting that Karl Rove, “The Boy Wonder” of the failed Republican Party has gone out to hint that Governor Sarah Palin will be the ultimate subject in a marketplace of ideas.

That liberal “Clinton News Network” has published a piece entitled: Rove says ‘marketplace of ideas’ will decide Palin’s fate:

“Republicans believe in markets, so the marketplace of ideas will decide what the answer [to her future] is,” Rove told NBC Tuesday. “These people are going to get out there, campaign, offer their ideas, offer themselves.”

That’s right – Republicans believe in Markets more than they believe in our troops sitting in their own feces and urine at Walter Reed Hospital. They believe in markets just like they believe in no-bid contracts to the Vice President’s former companies like Haliburton and Bechtel.

Why isn’t Karl Rove in jail? Isn’t he AWOL from two congressional subpoenas or something? Oh nevermind; He’s a Republican. I forgot. If you’re a Republican, you’re above the law. Liberals and Progressives…We’d be in jail faster than a three twitches from a beaver’s tail.

But the best part of the article is the second comment left by someone called “In The Know” who said simply:

Palin who???

My sentiments exactly. “Palin who?!?!” They must be referencing that governor from Alaska who ends every sentence with a prepositional phrase and who’s sentences have ninety-five words or more in them and then are free then there to ramble on with no point at all whatsoever and where she rules from a land that can see Russia from her state and who was called a “Diva” from the John McCain campaign and who helped McCain lose the election there and type things like that. That “Palin”?! Oh, now I know who Karl Rove was talking about…

Ryan Evans: Arclight Zero – It’s not just his IQ level anymore

I have a number of favorite Republican blogs I like to read. Mostly for the entertainment value found in them. Some folks like the Sunday funny pages, I like Republican bloggers! Roger Ailes, CEO of Fox News Television, being my all time favorite. But I digress.

Evans is a blogger in a small town over in Chedderville Wisconsin who spends a great deal of his time pontificating on Republican ideology. (As if any Republican alive today would be willing to take credit for the financial debacle we’re currently in right now, makes pontificating anything on Republican Ideology nothing short of stupid. Yes, I said it: “Stupid”. Arclight Zero pontificates on really Stupid Stuff. There, I said it again.)

Mr. Evans blogs a piece that bitches from his side of the St Croix and Mississippi River about those of us in Minnesota and our smoking bans in bars and restaurants. In his piece “Smoking Bans: Learning from Mistakes“, Evans says:

Well, it would seem that the Minnesota smoking ban is doing exactly what it was predicted to do; it is making the anti-smoking crowd feel empowered and driving small bars out of business. Is this what should be considered a success story? I guess if the goal was to stomp out small business in the name of “public health,” sure, let’s call it a success. I’m not rightly sure what else has been gained; of course if you ask the anti’s, they carry a different opinion.

He grabs a “headliner” from that ultra-conservative CBS affiliate WCCO here in the Twin Cities who’s ran a story about a bar that’s closing in Detroit Lakes, and the bar owner is blaming statewide law that bans smoking in bars and restaurants.

WCCO doesn’t take a look into the bar’s finances … Perhaps the bar has closed because the bar was a crap-hole in the first place? Or, perhaps it became a haven exclusively to the smoking crowd because the non-smokers couldn’t and wouldn’t sit and drink in a cloud of toxic smog? These conversations are never taken into consideration. Never! And as long as the Conservative Republicans run and control our media, they never will.

Evans crabs about the anti-smoker crowd and laments the crappy bar owner in Detroit Lakes as a “poor small business owner” by noting the issue of public health:

They don’t even address the issue, which tells me that they feel that they are above this issue. To them, the issue ends at public health. Everything else is just trivial. I guess they just consider it to be collateral damage that comes with forcing their cause upon the rest of us.

In a country where our health care is for shit already, and people don’t have universal health care, what is the state expected to do? How else is the state going to reduce the number of people rotting in our Emergency Rooms dying from lung cancer because they worked in a toxic cloud as a bartender and a restaurant server.

But, Republicans couldn’t give a crap about “public health” in America, nor could they care about the common worker here in America. If it’s bad for business – Then let’s criticize it! Let’s ridicule it!

Do you remember S-CHIP? When they could offer health care for children, the Republicans felt it would be bad for business and they voted against it! Children, for Christ sakes! They’d rather see children go without health care for the benefit of “business owners”.

Hey, Mr. Evens – Something to be said about our bars and restaurants…

“You can come over here, enjoy a beer or two, and you won’t go home smelling like an ashtray! Because there’s no way I’m going to any bar or restaurant over there in Chedderville if that’s what I’m going to smell like when I leave.

Oh…and by the way… I’m a bartender.”

Sincerely,

Fruit F. Fly

Republicans need to think in different terminologies. The Smoking Ban has lost a lot of customers who smoke. Forcing them outside has inconvenienced them so much that they’d rather stay home and smoke than to hang out with their buddies and have a beer. Bartenders and bar owners have the unique opportunity to be even more competitive in their business without overflowing ashtrays on their tables and bars. But, “competition” and “creativity” are terms that Republicans aren’t willing to explore. They’re lazy. And I’m willing to bet, they are just as lazy as that bar owner up there in Detroit Lakes.

Into the Political Wilderness…

My favorite Republican propagandist, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, has an interesting piece in today’s Opinion section by prominent Republicans Christine Todd Whitman and Robert M. Bostock. Titled “Republicans fail to hold the center“, it’s the sub-title that has the larger messasge: “The party is locked in the grip of fundamentalists, and it’s in denial about that.”

Four years ago, in the week after the 2004 presidential election, we were working furiously to put the finishing touches on the book we coauthored, “It’s My Party Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America.”

Our central thesis was simple: The Republican Party had been taken hostage by “social fundamentalists,” the people who base their votes on such social issues as abortion, gay rights and stem-cell research. Unless the GOP freed itself from their grip, we argued, it would so alienate itself from the broad center of the American electorate that it would become increasingly marginalized and find itself out of power.

Now I know nothing about this book they claim they wrote. Flatly put; “If it came from Republican activists from within their own party, I have very little interest in reading it.” Close minded? Perhaps, but our society has been drowning in Republican ideologue, philosophy and nabobs wagging their fingers at television cameras. Why bother giving them money by buying a book that more than likely will tell me what I already know: “Liberals” = “Bad”, “War on Christmas” = “Fox News”, “Karl Rove” = “Boy Genius”.
But this piece has substance. The authors points out their caution to the Republican Party’s focus on the evangelical voter and essentially kicked out the social moderates.

At the time, this idea was roundly attacked by many who were convinced that holding on to the “base” at all costs was the way to go. A former speechwriter for President Bush, Matthew Scully, who went on to work for the McCain campaign this year, called the book “airy blather” and said its argument fell somewhere between “insufferable snobbery” and “complete cluelessness.” Gary Bauer suggested that the book sounded as if it came from a “Michael Moore radical.” The National Review said its warnings were “at best, counterintuitive,” and Ann Coulter said the book was “based on conventional wisdom that is now known to be false.”

Wow! Ann Coulter was wrong on something?! I always thought she was never wrong on anything! Like, when she couldn’t talk about John Edwards “because you have to go into rehab if you use the word “faggot“, I was actually disappointed when it was revealed he was screwing some woman in a hotel room! Coulter wasn’t wrong, you see. She was just, ummm…Ahh…. Lemme get back to you on that.

The piece throws out some interesting facts:

  1. In seven of the nine states that switched this year from Republican to Democratic, Obama’s vote total exceeded the total won by Bush four years ago. So even if McCain had equaled the president’s numbers from 2004 (and he did not), he still would have lost in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia (81 total electoral votes) — and would have lost the election. McCain didn’t lose those states because he failed to hold the base. He lost them because Obama broadened his base.
  2. Nor did the Republican ticket lose because “values voters” stayed home. On the contrary, according to exit polls, such voters made up a larger proportion of the electorate this year than in 2004 — 26 percent, up from 23 percent. Extrapolating from those data, McCain actually won more votes from self-identified white evangelical/born-again voters than Bush did four years ago — 1.8 million more. But that was not enough to offset the loss of so many moderates.
  3. In the wake of the Democrats’ landslide victory, …many in the GOP are arguing that John McCain was defeated because the social fundamentalists wouldn’t support him. They seem to be suffering from a political strain of Stockholm syndrome. They are identifying with the interests of their political captors and ignoring the views of the larger electorate. This has cost the Republican Party the votes of millions of people who don’t find a willingness to acquiesce to hostage-takers a positive trait in potential leaders.
  4. Unless the Republican Party ends its self-imposed captivity to social fundamentalists, it will spend a long time in the political wilderness. On Nov. 4, the American people very clearly rejected the politics of demonization and division. It’s long past time for the GOP to do the same.

This last point was bulleted by Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama on Meet The Press. Powell complained that the Republican Party wasn’t working to be inclusive of social moderates.

To that endorsement as well as Powell’s complaint about the GOP:

Rush Limbaugh:

“Secretary Powell says his endorsement is not about race… OK, fine. I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed. I’ll let you know what I come up with.”

Pat Buchanan:

“Alright, we gotta ask a question,” he declared on MSNBC, “look would Colin Powell be endorsing Obama if he were a white liberal Democrat…”

George F. Will:

And I think this adds to my calculation — this is very hard to measure — but it seems to me if we had the tools to measure we’d find that Barack Obama gets two votes because he’s black for every one he loses because he’s black because so much of this country is so eager, a, to feel good about itself by doing this, but more than that to put paid to the whole Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson game of political rhetoric.”

Dan Billings, a prominent Republican and attorney from Maine, went out on a limb:

“If Obama was a white man, Powell would not have made the endorsement.”

When Colin Powell endorsed Obama, the GOP played the racism card, proving their own snobbery and elitism.

To the Goof-Ball Citizenry of the GOP:

Welcome to the Wilderness!

Gay rights needs to be included in the Republican Party, whether they like it or not. Duh! Abortion rights needs to be included in the Republican Party, whether they like it or not! (Continual picking on South Dakota doesn’t seem to be effective – Duh!) Equal pay for women needs to be included in the Republican Party. Duh! Stop shipping jobs to India, Mexico and Canada. Duh! Universal health care with no strings attached! Duh!

But they won’t.

Their party platform has become a blank-slate.

  • Reaganomics is dead. Believing in Reagan’s theory “The Government Isn’t Party of the Problem, The Government Is the Problem!” cost the American people collapsed bridges in Minneapolis, radiator fluid in toothpaste and lead paint on children’s toys.
  • Their political tactic of “Divide and Fear” is dead. What was extremely effective in the 2004 re-election of George W., fell horribly this time around. Their fear mongering this time around was almost comical.
  • The “Family Values” ideology is dead. Playing that card with Obama and his family along with Joe Biden and his family compared to John McCain disgusting story about adultery and his second wife and Sarah Palin’s own illicit affair just didn’t add up.
  • “Deregulation and a “Free Market” system” is dead. When John McCain’s senior level adviser, former Senator Phil Gramm, wrote the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act in 1999, the last and most notorious banking deregulation laws, has cost the American taxpayer $700 Billion.

Put simply: The Republican Party is dead.

Finally.

But I’m not one to gloat.

Well..maybe just a little bit.

Rahm Emanuel: He’s a Chief of Whatzitz?!?!

The Republican Party, gosh I gotta tell ya…These guys are so full of total and utter bullshit that I could swear, their breath even smells like it.

Spotted with my sodomizing and yet, sharp eye, this video clip on dKos of K-K-Karl Rove on Faux Snooze trying to explain to Neal Cavuto what exactly are the duties of the President of the United States ‘ “Chief of Staff”.

Well, the Chief of Staff, there is no corporate role, but in the Chief of Staff in the White House is an honest broker. When the leader of the opposition Party in the House or Senate calls up the Chief of Staff of the President of the United States, he expects and has a right to expect that whatever he says to him will be properly conveyed to the President in an honest and forthright way. And it’s really troubling that, I mean, Rahm is smart, but he doesn’t have the trust and confidence of a lot of his Republican colleagues.

Yeah Karl – Unlike Rahm Emmanuel, who doesn’t have the trust of his Republican colleagues, you were Deputy Chief of Staff and you had all of the trust of your Democratic colleagues. In fact Karl; you were issued a subpoena six months ago by your fun-loving and trusting Democratic colleagues, which you still have refused to participate.

In fact, Karl; on the day you were expected to appear before the full House Committee, you sent your weasel of an attorney who noted that you left the United States rathern than appear before it.

In fact; it is by the good graces of the Democratic Party than the Congressional Sargeant at Arms hasn’t arrested you and frog-marched you in handcuffs before Congress right now!

Karl Rove has become the laughing stock of the country, and the court jester for the GOP. How long before the newest clown-gag will include four hundred Karl Roves climbing out of the VW Beetle while little children point and laugh, elephants beg for peanuts and the pretty girl in the sequined dress trips and sprains an ankle?

Karl Rove has become the stuffed-shirt of the GOP. Hark! I can hear the kilt-clad bagpipers playing “Amazing Grace” over the Republican grave-site!! Oh wait… No! No… It was just a little gas… Nevermind.

K-K-Karl Rove is the punk with a bad comb-over… The great-aunt with the mustache forcing you to kiss her on those mustached-wrinkled lips. …The herpes blister that’s been re-appearing on your foreskin since the days when your folks hired that baby-sitter when you were fourteen years old.

Oh… Sorry. Was that TMI?!!