Cross Posted at Magnana Mouse.
The Republican debate spectacle is like crappy homemade porn shot by 7th graders using homeless actors with super-8 cameras. Crappy bing chiba boing boing music at what’s supposed to be a Bach opera. A bunch of Weeble Wobble wooden cartoons trying to be Pinocchio’s bitch and failing at even that.
The kid clown table in the super-loser low poll table (Graham, Santorum, Jindahl, Pataki) was a polling keyword and “OMG, Obama is a crazy man and Hillary is killing us with socialism” BS fearmongering, and not much more needs be said about it. I think it was best summed up with the way CNBC filled the open-air time that would normally have commercials. It was Benny Hill’s theme song on a loop.
Not sure if it was up to mirror the theme of the first half of the “debate,” or a theme song preview of round two. It amazes me anyone watching this travesty is taking a word of the vomit they’re spitting up seriously or god forbid, actually thinks any of these jokes has a chance in a general election. Geez, Pee Wee Herman could dress up in a lace nightie4 and a blue cape and run against their bestest, whitest hope and shame them in a landslide.
One of the most interesting bands I saw at SXSW. They were at St. David’s Bethell Hall — an Episcopal Church, no less. I thought they would be a sure catch — who would be trolling anyone at a church bingo parlor, right? I wasn’t sure how they were shuffled to a 2nd rate church dive where none of the players would be there to see them.
Boy, was I unprepared for reality. Before I showed up, I was sure no one was going to snap this song up from under us. But, you’re not going to pull the wool over the Game of Thrones cartel. You van’t hide stuff like this in a Church basement from the HBO Gods.
Evyen Klean’s PA was there, and I knew we were outclassed from the git even though I have known Liam and Charly since my San Fran daze. Don’t know for any kind of sure that this is the case, ‘cos I haven’t been bold / stupid enough to dare any of my friends to trust me past an NDA. But, if I were a betting man . . .
Keep a lookout for it in Season Six.
So, Paul Ryan has agreed to run for Speaker of the Republican House.
It’s absolutely not what he wanted, because he’s not a fool, so much as a tool. The appropriations committee he already chairs is gold standard. Speaker of the House is like lead in comparison. Imagine it like this: appropriations isn’t even school principal, it’s superintendent. Speaker is like being hall monitor. He doesn’t want to be left holding the hot potato. But, Paul is the only one of their ilk that can pull it off. Well, he won’t be able to, but he’s the only one who remotely could.
If Ryan does it, he’s guaranteed to NEVER be POTUS. So, he would rather have his nails ripped out in his next pedicure. But, w/o a speaker, the House fails and the Republican party dies with it. It would be a species-ending event for these dinosaurs.
It is my firm belief that the REAL leaders of the GOP sat the pipsqueak down and told him if he didn’t do it, they would crush his future like a roach. He would lose appropriations anyway and worse. He won’t be viable for POTUS, but they’ll get him something to please him. Tickle him. Power in some way. And, money’s on the likelihood they had similar “offer you can’t refuse” meetings with key Tea-scum (now called Freedom Caucus) leaders with the same kinds of threats. Made it possible for him to play tough guy with his “demands.”
Whole thing’s a joke. He’ll be speaker, no doubt. Some of the Nazis will protest vote no for their bases. And, the party will grit its teeth and play nice for its survival. Question is, how long will it hold? My guess is through the 2018 midterms. If it works and the GOP House survives and picks up some seats, it’ll last. But, gerrymandering is in the process of being outlawed; the Voting Rights Act is coming back; and all the voting suppression BS is about to be attacked by Obama’s Justice Dept and further slaughtered in 2017 when Hillary flexes her grip. It won’t hold.
Ryan has a year and a half of smooth sailing before he gets Titanic’d in a perfect storm of BLUE ice raining on his dinky little face
Cross Posted at Magnana Mouse.
Hillary Clinton was in Alabama. You are a dedicated servant of the people if you leave the civilized world to brave the neo-Jim Crow confederate South. Alabama has the worst civil rights voting record of any state in the union. And, this isn’t even figuring in their recent decision to close down almost all of the DMV offices anywhere near where African Americans live, so they cannot get the ID’s they now require to cast votes.
Hillary has always had a passion and strong record in support of civil rights and making democracy available to all Americans. She is in Alabama now to call out the State Legislature for their Jim Crow behavior and to raise money not for her Presidential campaign, but for the Alabama Democratic Conference — a group formed in the 1960’s to make sure African Americans were active in their electoral representation — an early massive GOTV campaign.
“It’s hard to believe we are back having this same debate about whether every American gets a chance to vote, This is a blast from the Jim Crow past.” she declared, raising her voice as the cheers grew louder.