The full interview is being aired today, check your local listings – thanks utaustinliberal
Heh. If PBO, ever gave me a wink like that I’d dissolve into a puddle of happy goo.
Hi, LL. Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your comments. You are often illuminating, always delightful.
Thank you Pamela. Speaking of comments, I just left a doozy downthread. LOL
2nd that LL. Just read the whole thing and will read it over and over whenever the media and the GOP circus haters get me down. It was truly a left-me-up.
That piece was brilliant! I hope it is also a great piece of prognostication.
Bravo LL, take a bow or two.
FLOTUS, you are gorgeous. Thanks for making Leno eat that apple! CNN reported it and were seemingly baffled by the White House having its own “honey” or “bees” or an actual “garden” that could be seen — gasp –from the street! OMG!LOL!BBQ!
FANTASTIC RACHEL RAY INTERVIEW…I HOPE HER NEW BOOK HAS RECIPES IN IT…YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT!
PB Wolf, do you mean TeaNN?
A few thoughts.
The spectacle provided by the GOP primary race is one that could dishearten anyone who believes in the salutary power of democracy. The race has come down to four candidates, only two of whom have any traction with what passes for the GOP base—and the traction is very light, even then.
One, Willard Mitt Romney, is a scion of wealth, running for the Presidency for no discernible reason other than because he feels it is owed to him due to his class prerogatives. He is a man of no values, of no core beliefs, other than a belief that as a wealthy man his assets should be well nigh untouched. When he ran against Ted Kennedy for Senate in 1994, he claimed to be to the left of the late senator. He failed in that race. He succeeded in gaining the Massachusetts governorship in 2002, during which time he was able to enact comprehensive health reform, one that formed the basis for President Obama’s own successful effort; he now runs away from that worthwhile achievement, not because he thinks it was a bad reform, but simply because it is now associated with Obama’s own signature piece of legislation, and thus tainted with the imprimatur of the foreign, the socialist, the practically evil. He ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, and lost quite badly to John McCain. But, unlike everyone else, he didn’t stop running after the primaries were over. He kept a low-level campaign going after the November elections, pressing the flesh, building networks, trying to create an air of inevitability around himself so that he could take on the hated Usurper in 2012 and restore America to whatever America needed to be restored to. In that effort, as the GOP base has moved further to the right, consumed with its Obama derangement, wanting to stamp out the onerous stain of an African American man with a Muslim name in the White House—their house—Romney has moved rightward with it, to the point where he has turned himself into a rhetorical pretzel, disavowing everything he had ever done politically that smacked of moderation, of accommodation, of working, in some general sense, for the common good. There could be no compromise with the Evil that occupied the White House—possibly illegitimately, definitely with malicious intent towards the greatness of the United States and its traditions. The base wants a rabid warrior, one who will smite all of its perceived enemies, extirpate them from the American scene, and restore the social order to its rightful arrangements. Romney has tried to refashion himself into that image, to fulfill that yearning; but, at heart, he is not a true believer; or, rather, what he truly believes in is in satisfying his own needs, his own desires. His desire is the Presidency, and if the voters of his party want a Berserker to take on Obama, then that is what he will give them, or try to. But his attempts are anemic, the motions of a poor actor with only a bare comprehension of the part. He brings no conviction to the role, and the base notices this; it leads to a much harder road towards the nomination, his inevitability as ephemeral as his convictions.
The other, Newton Leroy Gingrich, is a self-described intellectual giant, a bomb-thrower of the highest order, a race-baiter, a philanderer, a corrupt, failed Speaker of the House ushered in by the 1994 landslide which inaugurated the past 18 years of see-sawing control of Congress. Like Romney, he has an outsized ego, and at heart, like Romney, his only conviction is to satisfy his needs by any means at hand. One could argue that he had no serious intention of winning the nomination: that it was all a PR ploy to push his books and films, get him more speaking engagements, keep his name in the public eye. (Really, before he declared for the GOP nomination, had anyone given a second thought to Gingrich in the recent past?) He had no ground game, had built no network of allies to push his candidacy in the first two contests. He had almost no fundraising apparatus, and even failed to get on the ballot in several states. But then, almost by accident, he started to get noticed, started to get support as the anti-Romney. He had name recognition, his dirty laundry had long been hung out for everyone to see, and, unlike Romney, he played to the clamor of cultural resentment quite well. The Gingrich who made a public service announcement with Nancy Pelosi washed away, replaced by the Gingrich who claims that children raised in poor neighborhoods—read “black” for “poor”—had no work ethic, and that “poor” children in New York City could work part time as school janitors to instill that up-by-the-bootstraps mentality that their parents obviously lacked. Gingrich, wallowing in irrelevancy since losing his Speakership to a palace coup in 1998, suddenly mattered again, suddenly had an audience, and a man of his ego can’t let that go. Maybe at first running for the nomination was a lark; but now, it’s deadly serious, and with every negative ad that Romney or his Superpac surrogates spend millions to air against the Gingrich insurrection, the more he becomes aggrieved, and the more he speaks the language the base truly wants to hear, that of a total culture war, of a crusade to remake America into what they remember, a fever dream of nuclear families with one breadwinner and one homemaker, where everyone knew their place and never dared question it, where being American meant never having to apologize.
So, yes, one could argue that a believer in democracy should be disheartened that such unserious, demagogic charlatans are vying for the most powerful elected office in the world.
I beg to differ, though. I think what we’re seeing is the quickening of a process begun in 2008 by the Obama victory. It is a corrective to the conservative dominance of the past 30 years. Just as liberals became bloated and unresponsive to change by the long, post-FDR liberal ascendancy, and were trounced by the Reagan Revolution, the conservative era is at an end. Obama had the prescience to see this, and everything he’s done in his 3 years in office has been to show the American people the utter bankruptcy and degeneracy of the conservative movement. It has no ideas to make the lives of ordinary people better aside from platitudes and a belief that coddling the rich will bring benefits to everyone. (And don’t for a minute think they actually believe this. They don’t care if benefits flow down to those on the ladder beneath the rich. It’s just what they tell their benighted followers to keep the votes coming.) The conservative movement is a cesspool of corruption and pathology, becoming more extreme as it increasingly realizes that the world continues to change in spite of its best efforts.
And what do I mean by an “end”? I don’t mean another cycle of liberal dominance for two or three or four elections. No. I mean an end, full stop, as in this particular iteration of conservatism has run its course, and will wither away and die. Eventually a conservative movement will arise again; it always does, as it should. But the next conservative movement that arises will not be one that gets built up to undo the achievements of liberal governance; it will be a movement that will perforce accept the broad outlines of liberal programs; it will just claim that it can run them more efficiently, at less cost. What Obama is doing is fulfilling the revolution that FDR began, which was only partially successful. He will win a second term, and if polls are to be believed, the Democrats are on their way to regaining control of the House. This sham of a GOP primary season is setting the pieces in place for a calamity on the order of 1936; the difference is that when conservatives finally do recover, they will be unrecognizable to the near-fascists who now dominate the movement. They will accept universal health care, strict regulation of financial markets and instruments, and the notion that while government cannot and should not guarantee equal outcomes, it should and will guarantee equal access to the tools to succeed, because the voters will expect nothing less from a party that wishes to govern.
Does the GOP realize it’s sowing its own destruction? I doubt it; it’s too blinded by its own prejudices to see that the sheer cliff is only a few feet away. But I can live with that. And, more to the point, the Republic will continue to live because of it.
AMEN! THE GOP WILL BE GETTING EXACTLY WHAT IT DESERVES…FOR THE GOP=GREED OVER PEOPLE!…THERE ARE NO REWARDS. THEIR ELEVATOR IS ON A DOWNHILL SLIDE TO NOWHERE! CLEAN-UP IN AISLE #3!
LL, these are brilliant thoughts and I pray with all my heart that they are prescient. Everyone should read what you’ve written as a form of inspiration for the fight ahead. Bravo!
LL, I just have no words for how brilliant that is. I would love everyone to see it – do you mind if I post it on the ‘front page’?
Oh, not at all. God, now I’m blushing.
It’s a masterpiece I just tweeted this abundance of truth.
Blush away, LL, blush away: it’s a sign of humility. Like I said up-thread, your posts are so illuminating; they nourish head, heart and soul.
P.S. Have I mentioned that I have a special love for librarians?
Brilliant and insightful. Thanks!
Stellar, LL! Your comments never disappoint me but I think this is one of the best you have ever made. When Chips posts it to the front page, I will send the link to my crew ♥
thanks for putting that into words so brilliantly that we can feel our own hearts have spoken!
LL – you wrote this?? I am so impressed. At first I thought it was a blog post, but alas, it is your brilliance. Thank you for sharing it with us. Drop a note to The People’s View” they should take you on as a guest blogger in a heartbeat.
Brilliant! I will share with my OFA neighborhood team.
FLOTUS was her usual AMAZING self. The woman is truly something special.
The Rachel Ray interview and Jay Leno appearance were fantastic. Can’t wait for her to fully begin campaigning. She’ll be formidable indeed.
In the words of Stevie Wonder, “Isn’t she lovely?”
Don Cornelius has died in Los Angeles. Soul Train was such a big part of millions and millions of people’s lives as well as my own. May he Rest in Blessed Peace.
RIP Mr. Cornelius
HOLY SHIT DICK HALPERIN IS DEFENDING ROBNEY!
Halperin has gone ALL IN for Romney!
And bears you-know-what- in the woods
After what he said about President Obama this man is a useless waste of human fresh.
Heh, Lorraine, my guess is you meant “flesh” not “fresh”. Anyway, I agree and I have to wonder if SOME of his “dickishness” is about having enough access to Romney so that he and John Heillman (sp) can recreate their success and line their pockets with a “Game Changer II?
Gasland’ Filmmaker Josh Fox Arrested For Trying To Film Fracking Hearing |
Josh Fox, the documentarian whose Oscar-nominated film “Gasland” exposed the risks of unregulated natural gas fracking, was arrested in handcuffs by U.S.
Capitol Police at the behest of Republican lawmakers after refusing to stop filming today’s GOP hearing attacking EPA oversight of fracking’s air and water pollution.
“I’m within my First Amendment rights, and I’m being taken out,” Fox shouted as he was led away, Politico reports. Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) called a motion to suspend the committee rules and allow for Fox and an ABC crew also present to film the hearing, but Republicans rejected the motion.
Watched the Leno interview. FLOTUS was simply wonderful. What a treat for Jay and the audience.
Sorry to link to RedState but even they know the Romney has stepped in it, big time:
“The presumptive nominee for the Republican presidential nomination, in a class warfare/economy/jobs election, said on national television that he doesn’t care about the very poor in our country, but that the opposition party does. As @Slublog noted on Twitter, “The only thing that could have made that Romney quote worse is if he ended it by laughing manically and lighting a cigar with a $100 bill.”
The fact he didn’t mean precisely that is immaterial; you simply can’t say that in a political campaign, particularly when you’re (a) already filthy rich (and have never spent a day of your life in the middle class, let alone as a ‘poor’ individual), and (b) running for the top position in a party that is already portrayed by media and opposition as being unconcerned with any Americans outside of the super rich. Again, the fact that (b) is entirely inaccurate is immaterial; just as every possible Rick Perry gaffe contributed to the narrative that he was incoherent, inarticulate, and mentally challenged, every statement by Mitt Romney that could possibly be construed as being out of touch with (and unsupportive of) “the 99%” adds to the narrative that the rich, white, out-of-touch GOP is preparing to nominate a rich, white, out-of-touch automaton to lead its party and the country.
Point (b) is entirely inaccurate ??? Is it CD or deliberate lying ? I can’t decide.
LL, that is a great, cogent piece of thinking and writing, spot on and clear. Is there any way to get this to a wider distribution? I don’t know how to do this, but I know someone on this wonderful blog does. This belongs on Maddow’s blog, The People’s View, Politicususa….any number of places.
Chips, would you happen to have part 1 of that interview?
Wow. That was fast! Thanks!
Bathtub Grover has already ceded the 2012 election to PBO. And Bathtub Grover sez the coming R House AND Senate will impeach PBO on charges more bogus, if possible, than those brought against Big Bill, for which he was acquitted.
Working for and donating to the downticket races is vital. Regaining the House and fortifying the Senate with a 2/3 majority is the goal. Then we’ll have 4 years of true progress.
The Bush tax cuts were specifically and deliberately designed to last ten years, so they wouldn’t have to show the impact to the deficit and the cost could go unpaid. They were extended for another two years under President Obama, in order to help the middle class and poor people – the same ones that the GOP front runner says he doesn’t care about. And now, if they are not extended at a cost of over a trillion to the deficit, the President will be hauled into court on impeachment charges? These people are insane.
LULZ. Of course they’re insane. Lack of total and complete power makes them insane. Wall-climbing, skin-peeling insane.
what a day to have a slow crappy internet connection. The videos are too slow to load.
Mine, too. The tubes are clogged with freakin trucks!
But our FLOTUS is just fabulous, nevertheless. We are so lucky to have them both at this ridiculous point in time.
LL, that is a master piece of writing. “Does the GOP realize it’s sowing it’s own destruction?”
They don’t have clue. And frankly, they don’t give a damn. They just want this Black man out of the WH.
Everyone should read this. It is sad to say but the ones who really need this have too much hate, fear and condemnation in their hearts to even grasp one sentence. Their hearts, minds are fixed. Mitt , Newt and others will continue to tickle their ears with what they want to hear. While the truth marches on. Their fates are sealed with their own lies and hate.
2008 was historical. 2012 is personal. This will not leave me. It keeps me grounded and focused. Thank you, again LL.
“2008 was historical. 2012 is personal. This will not leave me. It keeps me grounded and focused.”
You said it all LDS.
Manufacturing grew at the fastest pace in 7 months!
I’m officially re-naming you Jovie: Bringer of Good News!
But but but Byron Tau said…
Thanks Jovie. Excellent news. By rebuilding a strong manufacturing base, not only will middle class Americans have more jobs, but it will be safer for us lessers to wisely invest in the stock market where , IMO, the masters have turned it into a casino.
Shhh, dont tell anyone about this, keep it quiet-
Things are looking up for Barack Obama in the crucial swing state of Ohio. His opponents are unpopular, his own numbers are on the rise, and as a result he holds a healthy lead over the entire Republican field of candidates.
Obama has broken even with Ohio voters. 48% now approve of him with an equal 48% disapproving. His net approval has increased 8 points from 41/49 when PPP last polled the state in early November. The most important thing that’s happened since then is Obama’s base rallying around him. He’s gone from a 73% approval rating with Democrats to 82%. And although he remains unpopular with independents he’s still seen a 13 point net improvement with them from -26 (30/56) to -13 (40/53).
While Obama’s becoming more popular, his opponents are moving backward. Only 28% of Ohioans have a favorable opinion of Mitt Romney to 56% with a negative one. Independents (30/53) and Democrats (14/73) pretty universally dislike him and he’s not that hot with Republicans (43/36) either. Ron Paul (27/57) and Newt Gingrich (25/59) are even more unpopular. Rick Santorum actually has the ‘best’ numbers of the Republicans in Ohio at 35/48.
Bless you, Chips. my heart is heavy today. Just thinking about all the poor people who have safety nets. While mitt sons are worth over 100 millions and they just like the father are too good to serve in any Armed services. Talk about class warfare.
That just does not sit well with me at all. Every time the President says, “it’s just not fair.” My heart actually aches.
And LL ‘s heartfelt viewing of the homeless family outside her window……..I need to make a donation.
Mitts says his sons are serving their country- by helping him get elected. So there.
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