RANDOM THOUGHTS – 01/28/11

PERSON OF THE WEEK

State Of The Union Transcript 2011

“As the Congressional ushers prepare for the Benevolent Offering and I throw open the doors to the country, I’m asking the choir to sing my favorite new song, ‘We Offer America To You’.”

LOON OF THE WEEK

Michele Bachmann

Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN)

“Hell if I know why anyone with the IQ of a neutered Cocker Spaniel pays any attention to anything I have to say. I mean, I’m crazier than a bunch of bats in a burlap sack. Or Sarah Palin on her best day.”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

I know many will have a knee-jerk reaction to seeing the names Obama and Reagan in the same sentence but, I urge you to read this article The Role Model: What Obama Sees in Reagan  BEFORE making any judgments. 

The beauty of Sarah Palin’s increasingly narcissistically fueled arrogance Palin Responds To Obama’s State Of The Union Speech: ‘A Lot Of WTF Moments’ (VIDEO) is that she just doesn’t seem to understand or even care that the more she talks, the dumber she seems to everyone except her faithful and adoring base. It’s statements like this one that serve to strengthen my belief that she will not run for the presidency in 2012, if ever.

TRYING TO RECAPTURE A MOMENT IN HISTORY?

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said at the inaugural Politico Playbook Breakfast in Washington DC on Tuesday that he is URGING Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) to take the presidential plunge: “He’s a very sharp, capable individual. … He’s a good speaker [and has] good leadership qualities which I see on display every week in the Senate. I’m a big John Thune fan.” Thune would be the only senator running – and if Rep. Mike Pence decides to run for Indiana governor instead, Thune would be the only member of Congress challenging Obama. Anyone who knows how Barak Obama came to make his decision to run for the presidency, is familiar with the story how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid strongly urged him to run for the presidency in his first (and only) term. ‘Game Change’: Harry Reid Was Chief Encourager Of Obama’s Presidential Run

Based on the fact that the GOP is going to have a struggle attracting any African-American or Hispanic voters in 2012, they are looking at a scenario of needing to attract every possible white voter if they hope to win the WH over President Obama.

In an interview with FOX News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday, we may have gotten a look at likely presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s main message when he said,  “I don’t know who else going to get in the race but I do believe that it would be helpful if at least one of the people who’s running in the Republican field had extensive experience in the private sector, in small business, in big business, working with the economy. Because frankly, not just solving the near term problems of unemployment, people not getting checks, is going to require someone with that experience, but also long term.” Whenever I read things like this from people like Romney or say, a Meg Whitman when she ran and lost the race to be California’s governor, I can’t help but wonder if they’ve ever contacted the WH in Romney’s case or Jerry Brown’s staff in Whitman’s case and said, “Look, I know I didn’t win but I’ve been very successful in creating businesses and jobs and I think I have some ideas that can help the country/state. Can we talk?”

Speaking of Mitt Romney, this article A big warning sign for Mitt Romney  clearly points out the problems facing him if he, as most pundits expect him to, run for the GOP nomination again.

HUBRIS, THY NAME IS SHARRON ANGLE

 Sharron Angle comes to Iowa, doesn’t rule out presidential bid Really Sharron? Being rejected by the state of Nevada wasn’t enough for you? Now you want to be rejected by an entire country? Perhaps you should team up with the equally delusional Rick “I’m Mullin Over A Run For The Presidency” Santorum who only lost his last election by the largest margin of defeat for an incumbent Senator since 1980 (Santorum was defeated in Pennsylvania 59% to 41% in the 2006 U.S. Senate election by Democratic candidate Bob Casey, Jr).

Clarence Thomas must think the American public is stupid – Justice Thomas said that in his annual financial disclosure statements over the last six years, the employment of his wife, Virginia Thomas, was “inadvertently omitted due to a misunderstanding of the filing instructions” Thomas Says He Erred on Disclosure Forms – if he wants us to believe that it took six years for someone with he and his wife’s resources to realize that they weren’t filing out the forms correctly.

Why doesn’t Toyota just get it over once and for all and just go ahead and recall every vehicle they’ve made in the last ten years instead of doing it a few models at a time every few months or so New Toyota Recall: 1.7 Million Vehicles Worldwide to Fix Fuel Problems?

She must have some really, really good “P” They’re still together! Photos of former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and his South American girlfriend because he threw away his marriage and a very promising political career for it/her.

I agree 1000% with Robert Bianco who wrote in Tuesday’s USA Today: BET continues its shockingly successful revival of CW castoff The Game (10 ET/PT) as Melanie hosts a charity event. You can argue the merits of this African-American-centered sitcom, but considering the record-setting audience for its debut, one thing seems certain: A lot of viewers out there feel they’re not being served by broadcast networks; it might make economic sense for those networks to start serving them.

When I see the new Ford Flex spot with the “housewives”, all I can think is, I guess Ford couldn’t find any housewives of ‘color’ when they were casting the ad.

I think Oprah exploited a family situation for ratings. Why not just issue a statement and leave it at that? Why put your mother on blast in public like that? I lost some respect for Oprah this week on a personal level. By the way, since Oprah and Patricia had never met before all of this happened, how could they be “re-united”?

I think that based on the fact that the evening network news broadcast is a dying institution and that much like the morning shows – Today, GMA and The Early Show – the pecking order in terms of viewers is pretty much etched in stone – NBC, ABC, CBS – this Zucker-Katie Redux: Buzz has ex-NBC big ‘perk’olating a Couric talker makes a lot of sense. Plus, Couric’s just too damn perky and fun to be stuck just doing news anymore.

Will Smith’s daughter to star in ‘Annie’ remake  I can’t wait until Tom Cruise’s daughter is old enough to destroy a classic film too! Speaking of the world’s shortest action star…

At what point does Katie Holmes wake up and realize that ever since she “married” Tom Cruise, her once-promising career has gone downhill ‘Sons Of No One’ Starring Katie Holmes And Al Pacino Bombs At Sundance faster than Katt Williams’ after he challenged Steve Harvey a few years ago?

WHAT TERRY McMILLAN ORIGINALLY SAID ABOUT JADEN AND WILLOW SMITH:

“The Smith children already act like child stars. There’s an arrogance in their demeanor and behavior. I find it incredibly sad. It feels like the Smith children are being pimped and exploited. Or, they’re already hungry for fame. What about 4th grade?

“A lot of A-list movie stars shielded their children from the Hollywood-world until they were old enough to decide. Look at those who didn’t. Look at Lindsay. Phoenix. To name but a few. They miss out on childhood. It’s more important than fame.

“These kids don’t already know what they “love”. Total bullshit. They’re not prodigies. They think Hollywood is real.

“Why don’t they do a remake of The Little Rascals and call it a day? Or, come up with an original film with some ethnic pride. Come on.

WHAT TERRY McMILLAN SAID AFTER CATCHING MUCH HELL OVER HER ORIGINAL COMMENTS:

“I apologize for using the word[s] pimp and exploit in referring to the Smith children. It was insensitive and wrong of me.”

WHAT TERRY McMILLAN PROBABLY REALLY WANTED TO SAY:

“I’m sorry I used the words pimp and exploit in referring to the Smith children. I meant to say they’re being ‘whored out’ at the expense of their childhood.”

Which occurs first: Charlie Sheen dies in the company of a porn star/hooker or one of the “Housewives” kills someone during a reunion show? My money, you know, if betting were legal, would be on Charlie Sheen. Even after he gets out of rehab.

I don’t know if Jay Cutler of the Bears was really too injured to return to last Sunday’s NFC title game – only he and the Chicago team doctors can really answer that – but, it sure seems like a few of his NFL peers don’t believe he was Cutler’s NFL contemporaries go after him on Twitter and this had to be the first “players-on-player” attack in the relatively new Twitter age. 

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  “I’m playing like crap, we’re losing. How do I get out of this? I’ve got it! I’ll fake a knee injury! Yeah, that’s the ticket. Who will question that?”

“We play enough games. We have a system that works. Why add [games]?”- Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney, now the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, to a small group of reporters in Pittsburgh Friday, commenting on his opposition to the NFL discussing increasing the number of regular-season games from 16 to 18.  I’m not at all surprised by Rooney’s contrarian role in this. After all, he’s the only NFL owner who publicly supported and campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008.                                                                                                                  

I assume he means well and Lord knows, he and his nine children by seven different women, including THREE 4-year olds who aren’t related otherwise, need his paychecks to continue flowing but, I’m guessing that the NFLPA has better spokesmen in their union than Antonio “Babymaker” Cromartie. And if they don’t, God help them.

I wish more NFL analysts were as outspoken as Troy Aikman, Cris Collinsworth, Warren Sapp and Phil Simms are.

This may turn out to be a great deal Angels trade for Vernon Wells  when it’s all said and done, but right now, it’s hard to see how tying up this much money in over-30 outfielders (the team is still paying Gary Matthews Jr) will help them win a World Series. That said, the Angels did more with this one move to excite their fan base than anything the Dodgers did this off-season.

Brian Cashman may walk away from Yankees I’ll believe when I see it and maybe not even then. You don’t leave the NEW YORK YANKEES to go run the Kansas City Royals or Pittsburgh Pirates. You just don’t. On the other hand, with the Marlins getting a new stadium soon and an owner who has some money to spend…Nah, not even that is anywhere close to being the GM of the most famous professional sports team in America.

Manny “Being Manny” Ramirez to the Rays, managed by team-first guy Joe Maddon? I give that a month, two at the most.

Tiger Woods needs to do what Ben Roethlisberger has done to regain his standing after a scandal – shut up unless talking about his game, be nice to the media and fans and most important of all: win.

Only someone as secure in his manhood as Jack LaLanne apparently was, could have gone on national television in the 1950s wearing a one-piece jumpsuit with stirrups and what appeared to be ballet shoes.

PARTING THOUGHT

Let’s say the economy continues to improve, things get better in Iraq and Afghanistan, the GOP’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act fails, and the president’s poll numbers continue to rise. Add in the contrast between Obama’s State of the Union address – inherently upbeat, optimistic, and future-oriented and the official Republican response from Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan – Ryan was left warning that our best days may be behind us and that Americans are being lulled into “lives of complacency and dependency” – and one has to wonder which Republican besides Mitt Romney will want to risk running against him in 2012. And that might have more to with ’12 being Romney’s last realistic opportunity in that he’s been out of elected office for four years now and will be 65 years old in 2012.

Two years is a long time in the real world and it’s practically an eon in political terms. Who would have predicted at this same time four years ago that a junior Senator with an exotic sounding name from Illinois would not only win the nomination of his party, but defeat the biggest name in that party’s recent history? Maybe lightning will strike twice but this time, it hits on the other side of the aisle.

However, when one takes the time to look at some of the possible Republican candidates – Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Jon Huntsman (how he would run against the man who he’s served as ambassador to China since 2009 would be one of the more compelling storylines of the primary season), Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, and John Thune – it’s hard to see how absent a complete economic meltdown, a spike in combat in either Iraq or Afghanistan or both and an unforeseen situation or scandal that Barack Obama simply can’t handle, any of them stand a realistic chance of defeating a popular incumbent president with history on his side.

Barack Obama, of course, is hardly a shoo-in for 2012. But the weeks since November 2nd have offered vivid reminders of how he could well become one as the 2012 campaign process unfolds. Add in the fact that the Tea Party and extreme right of the GOP will have to be catered to by anyone hoping to win the party’s nomination which in turn, will be an albatross around their neck in a national election Senate Tea Party Caucus holds first meeting without some who had embraced banner and that could be the underlying reason why leading Republicans seem a lot less eager to jump in to a presidential race than they were the last time a Democratic president suffered a midterm “shellacking.”

As I see it, the only real hope the GOP as of retaking the White House and Senate, and even holding on to the House two years from now, is for Barack Obama’s administration to be a complete and utter failure across the board. And I don’t think that’s something that even his most ardent opponents want for America.

I might be wrong but God help us if I am.

JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric helps IAC honcho Barry Diller push his Maserati out of the snow in New York City’s Central Park on Thursday morning.

RIP Gladys Horton of The Marvelettes.

 

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