Tuesday, May 31, 2011


President Barack Obama comforting a resident of Joplin, Missouri on Sunday.



John McCain’s mantra, ca. 2007-2008, defending his support for the surge and unpopular war in Iraq: “I’d rather lose an election than lose a war.”

Romney’s new line, to the Boston Globe, defending his support for the unpopular Massachusetts health care overhaul: “The health of the people in Massachusetts is more important to me than the health of my political prospects.”


Say what you will about whether or not she’s qualified to be president or if she’s actually going to run for the GOP’s nomination, let alone win – and Lord knows I’ve said plenty since John McCain introduced her to an unsuspecting nation almost three years ago – but there’s no one in the Republican Party who can rile up the media and public the way Sarah Palin can. And, she’s doing it again this Memorial Day weekend with what one writer has dubbed Sarah Palin’s political mystery tour, a seemingly last-minute attempt to recapture her once-potent appeal that Michele Bachmann has tapped into recently with her own special blend of Subtle Stupidity.


“I’m not crazy! I just don’t know anything about anything!”

I’ll be here debating, I’ll be here being interviewed, I’ll be here speaking, and you’ll get to know me even better than you did last time.” Mitt Romney describing his Iowa strategy to Iowans this weekend The biggest risk with this scenario is the more Iowans get to know him, there’s a very good chance that they’ll like him even less than they did in ’08.

You can say stupid, irresponsible things like former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty did when he stood firm in his position that Congress should not raise the debt ceiling in his appearance on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday – “I don’t think we should raise the debt ceiling,” said Pawlenty, who announced his candidacy for president last week. He added that if Congress “moves in that direction” then they should demand concessions like a balanced budget amendment and permanent spending caps in exchange. He also implied that suggestions that failing to raise the debt ceiling would result in a financial disaster are overblown. “Well, there are some serious voices challenging that very premise,” Pawlenty continued. “And the answer is nobody really knows because we’ve not been at this point before” – when you’re not the one who has to make the hard decisions.

Romney and health care: In the thick of history

The former governor has faced a fusillade from the right for the plan they call RomneyCare. But a look back at the birth of the Mass. law shows why he can’t, and won’t, back away. It was an amazing political feat, and no one’s role was bigger than his.

Governor Romney signed the state health care overhaul bill into law to much fanfare at a Faneuil Hall ceremony in 2006. (David L Ryan/ Globe Staff/ File 2006)

President Obama’s secret weapon in Florida: Rick Scott

Republican 2012 Presidential Contenders Drift To The Right



Mitch McConnell: Paul Ryan Medicare Plan ‘On The Table’ In Debt Ceiling Discussions

“Yes, I’m aware of the fact that I look like a mutated toad. What’s your point?” 


Sports Illustrated investigation on Jim Tressel, Ohio State

LeBron James and the Miami Heat have given the NBA an extraordinary boost in interest this season and during the playoffs.


I’m not sure how President Obama’s opponents will find fault with the following, but I’m sure they will: On Monday, the President and First Lady will host a breakfast for Gold Star Families in the State Dining Room. … Afterwards, the President will make Department of Defense personnel announcements in the Rose Garden. … Later in the morning, the President and First Lady will visit Arlington National Cemetery where the President will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. … Following the wreath laying ceremony, the President will participate in the Memorial Day Service at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. U.S. Army Military District of Washington Command Chaplain (Colonel) Steve Berry, will deliver the invocation, followed by remarks from Admiral Mike Mullen, Secretary Robert Gates and President Obama. The First Lady will also attend. I’m sure Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin will find fault with “Obama’s wreath-laying technique” or something.

Republicans are going to have to go so far “right” to win their party’s nomination that it’s going to be almost impossible for the eventual nominee to get any independent voters in 2012.

We’re getting closer and closer to the Mormon Primary between Mitt “Suge” Romney and Jon “Puffy” Huntsman with Romney scheduled to formally enter the race later this week and Huntsman is widely expected to do so within the next two weeks or so.

Speaking of “Suge” Romney, it’s a damn shame that in order to have even a chance at winning the GOP nomination this time around, he has to practically renounce what was the most significant achievement of his time as Massachusetts governor – bipartisan healthcare reform.

When Mitch Daniels, or any other Republican who decided not to run in 2012, make statements like I could have beaten Obama, my first reaction is to laugh for about 5 minutes. Then I wish I had a way of getting in contact with Daniels, et al so I could say, “Hey big boy, there’s still plenty of time to get into the race. Quit writing checking that you a** can’t cash or step up to the plate, and to your wife and daughters, and get in now!”

Sarah Palin’s bus tour prompts confusion on Day 2 If the MSM that she ridicules as “lamestream” on a consistent basis had any guts, they’d just ignore the attention whore and this “bus tour” until she actually says or does something newsworthy.

“Heck if I know where we’re going. I’ll tell you as soon as Bristol gets through ‘Googlizing’ areas full of good old-fashioned white Americans.”

Not that I really expect him to say anything different, at least not publicly and “on the record”, but when he says things like this Sarah Palin Can Beat Obama In 2012 with a straight face, I just have to wonder if John McCain truly believes this or deep down inside, regrets the day he picked her as his running mate.

If, as he says, he has absolutely no intention of running for president, why does New Jersey governor Chris Christie keep having these types of meetings Iowans head east this week to court Christie? Oh yeah that’s right, he’s and attention whore too!

I can’t be the only Democrat who wishes that Bill Clinton would just STFU, can I? I mean, isn’t this Bill Clinton to Paul Ryan on Medicare Election: ‘Give me a Call’ aiding and abetting the enemy?

When Hall of Famer and former Michael Jordan sidekick, excuse me, teammate, Scottie Pippen says Lebron ‘could be better than MJ’, I think I understand where he’s coming from. But, just as there will never be another James Brown or Willie Mays, there will never, ever be another Michael Jeffrey Jordan. Well, not unless another player leads the NBA in scoring and is named first team All-Defensive and All-NBA all six years that he won the NBA championship while being named Finals each time.

Don’t think for a millisecond that USC won’t be waiting with bated breath, and their attorneys on standby, to see how the NCAA punishes Ohio State.



Heat in 7.



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