I cannot figure out how the Republican Party isn’t living up to its self-imposed reputation as the Daddy party and taking the White House away from an eminently defeatable Barack Obama, who is losing the ear of the voters, according to pollster John Zogby.
Just this last week, Obama has managed to denigrate and disrespect liberals and progressives, and Latinos, to the point that they are beginning to look for someone else to back. Unions are threatening to boycott the Democratic convention, in part over his sorry strategy of eschewing employment policies in favor of banking subsidies. He is also discovering that the Black community isn’t very happy with him, even if they (like every other group that traditionally has supported the Democratic Party for decades) are believed to be locked in for 2012 because they have nowhere else to go. Cain, where are your brothers?
Yet the Republican candidates aren’t getting anywhere against Obama. You know things are tough when a well-known liberal blogger makes the case for Mitt Romney that even Republicans won’t! Can it truly be that Michele Bachmann is the best the GOP can do? That faith declares Rick Perry is going to ride in on his pygmy pony and save the day?
Rudy Giuliani doesn’t think so, for just this last week he’s again let it be known that he’s “thinking” of running. I wouldn’t start selecting that Inaugural Ball gown just yet, Rudy! Noun-verb-9/11 isn’t much of a campaign strategy.
But Rudy isn’t the only outsider thinking he’s got a chance to win the nomination. I won’t focus much on those who are more well-known, like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, or Pay-Me-To-Ask-Questions Rep. Paul Ryan, he who called the cops to arrest jobless constituents protesting his budget plan in his office, for you get exposed to more than enough drivel about those zeros from the real media. You especially have heard more than enough about Sarah Palin, who let it be known that she is “still considering a run for president” despite not entering the Ames Straw Poll.
I’m talking about real outsiders, the ones who were getting the ignore Ron Paul treatment from the corporate media long before Ron Paul narrowly lost to Bachmann in Iowa. I’m talking Former New York Gov. George Pataki, who is floating trial balloons and not getting much altitude from them; Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, who is tearing a page out of the populist manifesto and trying to reach the working man; Michigan Republican Representative Thaddeus McCotter, who likes to quote Led Zeppelin lyrics as a part of his House floor speeches to show how he’s hip and with it; Former Cranston, Rhode Island mayor and GOP Senate candidate Steve Laffey whose past supporters aren’t enthused by this news. “It would be highly irrational for him to run for president,” said one supporter, “… He would not be considered a serious candidate by any stretch of the imagination.”
I say that the real Americans of Rick Santelli’s rant, the haves and the havemores, are hoping for someone better. Their own financial investors are beginning to worry that Barack Obama is off on the wrong track where the economy is concerned, and not just for partisan reasons. When such people promote the idea Obama isn’t doing the necessary things to repair the economy, things that Democrats since FDR have traditionally done, you know that even Houston can tell we have a problem without us having to say a thing.
When Republicans complain that the Democrats aren’t doing their part to keep the two-faced one-corporatist political party racket going (see: JP Morgan report of 15 Aug 2011), one knows with certainty that we’re in it deep. It has to make a rational person look beyond the usual limits for a solution.
Two of the announced Republican candidates have done this very thing this week. Jon Huntsman, clearly hoping to gather educated secular environmentalists to his Oval Office effort, announced that not only does he believe in evolution, but also that he is convinced environmental change isn’t just a myth promoted by hippie tree-huggers to keep Rick Santelli’s viewers from realizing the fruits of their hard clear-cutting wood products company stock trading labor. Just to show how far Huntsman is willing to go, he even links to a video of Captain Beefheart. This is intended to show us that Huntsman is the real deal, and not just a mere Trout Mask Replica! Lick my decals off, Jonny!
Gary Johnson isn’t buying this approach, however. He has to doubt that an affinity for Captain Beefheart music videos will draw in the Hamptons Society, so he’s taken an approach which clearly exudes desperation: he’s appealing to reason. Yes, reason! He wants the Republican voters to abandon completely all the social issues and focus exclusively on economics. This from a member of the party which loves the extremes that FOX will go to push fear and panic upon their viewers on the behalf of the GOP: Run! The Republicans will save you from the liberal, gay, fascist tree-hugging Muslims from Kenya who are coming to get you from under your bed at night!
It isn’t working for Johnson or any other Republican candidate, at least not yet. NYT’s Nate Silver still holds (as of 8/19/11) that the latest polling data shows that Obama has “a fighting chance of winning reelection against a good Republican nominee and reasonably strong chances against a poor one.” This does, of course, assume that the economy doesn’t drop into a second dip. People with far better economic data than I have time to peruse aren’t yet convinced that Obama’s lackadaisical approach to leading this nation will prevent this, and they aren’t all Wall Streeters.
So whoever is hiding behind the elephants waiting for his moment to ride them (I’m lookin’ at you, Jebbie!), I’m thinking that his time is soon coming. The preliminary work is underway as I write. Former Bush strategist Karl Rove told Sean Hannity that, “I think we are likely to see several other candidates think seriously about getting in” (deflecting specific focus away from a certain Bush family member) while other former Bush staffers are going after Rick Perry. Mitt Romney’s religion is just one of the reasons Tea Baggers despise him, and even more mainline Republicans are leery of him. Michele Bachmann almost daily adds additional verbal gaffe lumber to her auto da fe, and that about takes care of the front-running GOP candidates.
So the GOP’s Appian Way is clear for yet another triumphal entrance into New Rome for yet another member of the family who has been on the scene of every major 20th Century event. You heard it here first: Jeb is coming. Let’s hope Jeb has learned not to sit frozen in fear on television as a Category Four hurricane is about to come ashore, for the world is facing a much bigger calamity than a mere tropical weather disruption. Let’s also hope his daughter has cleaned up her act, and that his wife has emptied her purse of undeclared jewelry bought while out of the country, if he agrees to this coronation. He’s got to think of the family reputation, after all! By the time he’s had his two terms, his son George should be ready to be president. Wouldn’t be prudent for the dynasty to have skeletons in the closet!
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