Friday, June 3, 2011

FROM AL ROKER LOOKALIKE TO COACH OF THE LAKERS

(Is this a great country or what?)

“Hey Dan Gilbert, thanks for firing a brotha. How ya like me now? WEST SIDEEE!”

GOP PRIMARY PLAYERS

Herman “Godfather of Soul Pizza” Cain

Chris “Donuts” Christie

Jim “I’m Not Racist, I Just Prefer White People” DeMint

MC Rudy G (Giuliani)

Newt “3 Wives So Far” Gingrich

Jon “Puffy” Huntsman

Ron “Senior Crazy” Paul

Tim “Mr Charisma” Pawlenty

Rick “Governor Secession” Perry

Mitt “Suge” Romney

Rick “Snowball’s Chance In Hell” Santorum

Subtle Stupidity (Michele “Kelly” Bachmann and Sarah “Beyonce” Palin)

From The “Morning Fix” by Chris Cillizza – The Washington Post – 06/01/11

Newt Gingrich: Assessing the damage done

Two weeks removed from a political meltdown over his critique of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is beginning to see the political damage done.

In a new Gallup poll, Gingrich’s favorable ratings among Republican voters have fallen to just 61 percent, down from a high of 75 percent in early April.

His positive intensity score — a measurement used by Gallup that takes the percentage of people who feel strongly favorably and subtracts the percentage who feel strongly unfavorably — is now at just six, the second lowest of all possible 2012 candidates. (The lowest? Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, who had a positive intensity score of just four.)

Compounding Gingrich’s political problem is the fact that, unlike Johnson or even former Utah governor Jon Huntsman (positive intensity score of eight), Gingrich is among the best-known candidates in the field — with 85 percent of GOP voters recognizing his name.

The numbers suggest Gingrich’s campaign has sustained a blow. Can he recover? Nope.

Rich Galen, a former aide to Gingrich, says no. “No one’s even talking about him anymore,” said Galen.

Others were less willing to proclaim Gingrich’s campaign over almost before it started, noting that the first votes of the 2012 campaign aren’t until next February — a reality that gives Gingrich plenty of time to make up ground.

“He stumbled out of the starting gate and the latest numbers reflect some pretty harsh earned media,” said one senior Republican strategist who has closely followed Gingrich’s political career. “But it’s early and the situation is still fluid, so if he keeps his head down and plows through it, he will get a fair hearing from primary voters.”

Gingrich himself has gone oddly quiet; he has no public events on his schedule for this week. Spokesman Rick Tyler confirmed the lack of a public schedule but offered no explanation for it. It’s called having “How I Do I Exit The Race Gracefully?” strategy sessions.

What’s clear from the Gallup numbers is Gingrich has a major political problem on his hands. He is well known but not viewed strongly favorably by the people most likely to decide the identity of the party’s nominee next year. Translation: People DESPISE him!

Unlike relative unknowns like Huntsman, businessman Herman Cain (37 percent name recognition) or former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (50 percent name recognition), Gingrich is close to his ceiling in terms of name ID. His room to grow is decidedly limited.

“The key for Newt is to focus on his policy ideas and solutions for problems facing the country, which is his strength,” said Republican pollster David Winston. “When the discussion about him is not about that, he does not do as well.”

That reality means that Gingrich has to find a way to re-introduce himself to GOP voters over the coming weeks and months, which is no small task for a man who was the face of the Republican party for much of the 1990s. “Newt Gingrich: The Hangover” is a sequel that few, if anyone, wants to see.

It’s an uphill battle, but time is on Gingrich’s side. The Iowa caucuses are still 251 days away. He’ll never make it that far.

JON HUNTSMAN in WSJ, “Our Current Time for Choosing: Anyone who disagrees with Paul Ryan’s Medicare reforms has a moral obligation to propose an alternative”: “I admire Congressman Paul Ryan’s honest attempt to save Medicare. … We should not accept that election-cycle politics make it too hard to make the decisions that are necessary to preserve the most productive and competitive economy in the world. This is not just a time for choosing new leaders. This is the hour when we choose our future.” http://on.wsj.com/l5hhNc

ONE HALF OF “SUBTLE STUPIDITY”

God Gives Michele “Kelly” Bachmann The All-Clear

“This is God. Stay in your lane, you crazy-a** witch!”

 

New Hampshire: Mitt Romney’s must-win state 

Campaign 2012: Mitt Romney is poised for a very different presidential campaign

Mitt Romney 2012 Campaign For President Launches

Newt Gingrich to skip Faith & Freedom Coalition conferenceIt’s the beginning of the end for Newton Leroy Gingrich’s “campaign.”

“7 candidates to appear in Republican primary debate” – New Hampshire’s WMUR: “Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will participate in the June 13 debate on the campus of St. Anselm College. This is the first time that Bachmann, Gingrich and Romney will appear in a 2012 presidential debate. The event is being sponsored by WMUR, CNN and the New Hampshire Union Leader.” http://bit.ly/kh3EtQ Frankly, I’ll be as stunned as a Miami Heat fan was Thursday night if Gingrich actually shows up for this event.

NEWS

“A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans don’t like what they’ve heard so far about congressional Republicans’ plans to change Medicare.  According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, a majority also don’t think the GOP has cooperated enough with President Barack Obama and, for the first time since they won back control of the House last November, the number of Americans who say that Republican control of the chamber is good for the country has dropped below the 50 percent mark.” – CNN, 6/1/11

Obama, Paul Ryan clash in White House meeting on debt

Eric Cantor, the majority leader, told POLITICO that “we pressed him repeatedly to stop the demagoguery.” President Obama, he said, replied by saying that “the demagoguery runs on both sides.” Republicans repeatedly calling the Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare”, isn’t demagoguery?

A guide to the Barack Obama – Paul Ryan smackdown

Obama Rebuffs Democratic Plea To Be More Forceful

“He [Obama] said, ‘There’s a difference between me and a member of Congress,'” another lawmaker said, paraphrasing the president as saying: “When I say something the markets react, all of society reacts, other countries react. I’ve got to be careful with what I say. I can’t just say it for brinkmanship. I’ve got to say it in a way so that I get what I want said, but I don’t upset markets and so on.”

Boehner-Backing Economists Have Deep Republican Ties

“Sheeeeeettttttttttt.”

“60 MINUTES responds to Lance Armstrong’s lawyers”: “60 MINUTES stands by its story as truthful, accurate and fair. Lance Armstrong and his lawyers were given numerous opportunities to respond to every detail of our reporting for weeks prior to the broadcast and their written responses were fairly and accurately included in the story. Mr. Armstrong still has not addressed charges by teammates Tyler Hamilton and George Hincapie that he used performance enhancing drugs with them. … Jeff Fager, chairman, CBS News, executive producer, 60 MINUTES.”

Austin returns to soul/R&B roots on new CD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BEST EVER?

Inside look at new Allstate Mayhem ads: Allstate gears up for fresh round of Mayhem with actor Dean Winters

I don’t know if he can lead the Lakers back to the Finals, but after watching and listening to Mike Brown for a few days now Los Angeles Lakers’ Mike Brown: First meeting with Kobe Bryant ‘went very well’, I’m ready to join his “church.”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Well, after two very different meetings with House members – Republicans on Wednesday and his fellow Democrats on Thursday – more than at any time during his administration so far, President Obama should know that he can’t expect any cooperation whatsoever from the GOP on anything that doesn’t involve a direct attack on America or Americans abroad. Apparently, the “adults” in the Republican Party have lost and/or ceded control of their senses to the “children” that they are supposed to lead and keep in check.

Unless the economy goes into free-fall again, whoever ends up with the GOP nomination is going to have to get every single white vote to beat Barack Obama next year.

What is it with sons of Hall of Famers named Luke? First, there’s Bill Walton’s son who, if his last name was Walker, wouldn’t have ever made it to the NBA let alone luck his way to as many championship rings as his much, much, much, much better father and now NBC insists on foisting the late, great  Tim Russert’s son on its viewers. God bless his soul, but if his name was Luke Russell (or his daddy hadn’t died so suddenly and tragically three years ago), he’d be lucky to get a job on Good Morning Paducah.

Listening to MC Michael Steele on the various NBC News platforms is really, really difficult. He’s the kind of speaker that on the surface sounds good until you go back and read the transcript. That’s when you realize he’s an idiot.

Herman “Godfather of Soul Pizza” Cain and I have the exact same chance of being the Republican presidential candidate next year: absolutely none. The difference is, I’m not running. Yet.

When it’s all said and done, Ohio State’s football program is going to come this close to getting the SMU “Death Penalty” when the NCAA finally issues its findings. I mean, if they don’t drop the hammer on both former coach Jim Tressel and the university, then USC should stride into NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis and bust a cap in its collective ass. Metaphorically speaking of course…Maybe…I’m just saying, I’d understand if they did.

You just can’t lose a game like that Nowitzki saves Mavs in epic comeback at home during the NBA Finals the way Miami did Thursday night and expect to have a ring ceremony in the fall. You just can’t. Note to Chris Bosh: Dirk likes to go left.

If Shaquille O’Neal had retired after Miami, or even Phoenix, Wednesday’s news wouldn’t have elicited a major “’Bout time” from so many NBA fans. Also, the fact that someone with his Hall of Fame credentials drew such remarks as, “He was great but should and could have done more if he wasn’t so lazy or petty”, is really a shame. I just hope his retirement doesn’t mean a reunion CD/tour with Fu-Schnickens!

FINALLY

Somewhere, Elizabeth Edwards is having herself a good cry or laugh.

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