Random Thoughts – March 1, 2011

Pray for me. I took a pledge to not talk about a certain former governor this week and by God, I intend to stick to it no matter how difficult she may make it for me.

 GOP reality check: Obama looking tougher to beat in 2012

“Bring it on bitches.”

From the article: “The people that are sitting around saying, ‘He’s definitely going to be a one-term president. It’s going to be easy to take him out,’ they’re obviously political illiterates – political idiots, let me be blunt.” Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in an interview. And then there’s this fact: Just once since 1896, has a sitting president lost his re-election after taking over from the opposite party four years earlier – Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Damning with faint praise: “The president is one of the greatest politicians in the history of the United States,” Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press.

This might be the height of chutzpah from a potential GOP presidential candidate Mitch Daniels: Don’t Focus On My Time As Bush’s Budget Director. Apparently, the current Indiana governor wants us to forget that when he served as budget director during George W. Bush’s first term, this country had an annual surplus for the first time in 30 years of $236 billion. and when he left, two and a half years later, the deficit was $400 billion. While I don’t think he will get his wish, frankly, I can see why he wants us to forget all about his time in the Bush administration.

It’s the common-sense, positive things that Mike Huckabee says about the Obamas Mike Huckabee full of love for President Barack Obama that will ultimately bring him down if he runs for the GOP nomination again. 

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick won’t be receiving a thank-you card or email from Mitt Romney after he said, “One of the best things he [Romney] did was to be the co-author of our health care reform, which has been a model for national health care reform” on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.

Let me see if I’ve got this straight: It’s not House Speaker John Boehner’s job “to tell the American people what to think,” when asked on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on February 13th of this year about a recent focus group of Iowa voters shown on Fox News during which several said they believe Obama is Muslim but okay for him to say Sunday in a 25-minute speech at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville that “We have a moral responsibility to address the problems we face. That means working together to cut spending and rein in government – not shutting it down.”

Why it’s important to keep an eye on Karl Rove How Karl Rove Is Revving Up for a Comeback — New York Magazine as the 2012 GOP field shapes up.

Why Newt Matters

Good Newt and Bad Newt

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) continues to move ever-closer to a run for president in 2012, a bid that will almost certainly highlight his great gifts and equally large potential flaws.

Party strategists who have long followed Gingrich’s career tend to see two men in the Georgia Republican: Good Newt and the Bad Newt.

Good Newt is, without question, one of the most talented politicians operating in the party today — brilliant, brimming with ideas and charismatic.

Bad Newt uses his rhetorical firepower — and it is considerable — too freely, falling off message and, in so doing, bringing trouble down on himself.

“He always believes he is the smartest guy in the room,” said one Republican consultant who has studied Gingrich’s career closely. “And usually he is. The problem is, he knows it.”

The two sides of Gingrich were on display — in spades — during his rise (and fall) as speaker of the House in the 1990s.

He was, without question, the intellectual force and strategic visionary behind the “Contract with America” that put Republicans back in charge of the House for the first time in 40 years.

But, Gingrich’s willingness to engage in a battle of chicken with then President Bill Clinton over the budget in 1995 badly wounded him and his party, and when his predictions that the GOP would pick up seats in the 1998 election proved off-base, he left Congress with his colleagues threatening mutiny.

More than a decade later, Gingrich is set to re-emerge in the national spotlight with many of those same questions surrounding him.

Can he be the Good Newt? Can he stay on-message amid the daily meat grinder that is a presidential primary in the age of blogs and Twitter?

Early indications are mixed.

Gingrich has drawn rave reviews — and won considerable support — during his trips to Iowa, and his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this month was generally well-reviewed.

But, Gingrich seemed put-off — to put it nicely — when he was questioned by a student about his personal life last week during an appearance at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gingrich is his own best advocate. He has demonstrated, however, that he can be his own worst enemy too.

Which one will he be in the coming presidential race? The answer to that question will determine whether he is a serious top-tier candidate or an also-ran in a year’s time.


His wife may be a crazy loon but by God, Clarence Thomas isn’t going to be as silent as he has been in Supreme Court proceedings for the last five years and counting, and let people talk about his beloved “Ginny” without saying something in her defense Defiant Clarence Thomas fires back.   


Mike Huckabee and Haley Barbour: A Tale of Two Souths

Congratulations to all the Oscars winners. I turned the show off after the first 30 mind-numbing minutes so I have no idea if Katie Holmes and her dwarf-like husband went ahead with their threatened boycott of co-host Anne Hathaway or if things ever got better after poor Kirk Douglas – whose terrible idea to let him onstage during a live television broadcast was that? – finally got through with whatever the hell he was saying. And yes, I know he’s a “legend” who suffered a horrendous stroke a few years ago; even more reason why he shouldn’t been allowed to embarrass himself in such a public manner.

I sure hope Charlie Sheen’s business managers have done a great job of tucking away his “2 & ½ Men” money because after he’s through napalming every single bridge he’s crossed these last 8 years charlie_sheen_slams_producers_again_on_nbcs_today, he’s never going to work in Hollywood again. 









“I’m high on meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!”

Why anyone still watches Jay Leno is beyond me when there’s this kind of real comedy out there on late-night TV Jimmy Kimmel’s Workout Tape: Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, Lindsay Lohan.













                              Oscar Gamble in 1975


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