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Louisiana tells us what we already knew – Romney is weak

Angry at the wrong person

Maybe this is a test for liberals. How is it that conservatives have put together the worst field in a generation and no one from the conservative side is fixing the problem? You have Karl Rove and Dick Armey. These are conservative thinkers. Where’s their solution to Romney, who really, really wants to be president but has the pizzazz of Erkel? There is Ron Paul, who appeals to three to five percent of conservatives. He is consistent, but consistency isn’t the only virtue that Americans are looking for. Gingrich. I’m not sure where to start with him. He was the “thoughtful conservative.” He was the one who would speak the truth (sort of). He said that global warming was a real deal. Now, not so much. I’m not even sure if he knows what he is saying. He seems to be a punch-drunk fighter who is simply swinging wildly at everyone and everything. Romney is milquetoast. He can’t stand firm on any issue. The fact that conservatives aren’t embracing him shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

From TPM:

Rick Santorum easily won the Louisiana primary Saturday — but it may be too late to make much of a difference.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting in Louisiana, Santorum had 49 percent, Romney 26.7 percent, Gingrich 15.9 percent and Paul 6 percent, according to the Associated Press. CNN, Fox News, NBC and CBS projected Santorum the winner as soon as polls closed, based on an overwhelming lead in exit polls.

The Louisiana primary uses a proportional system for delegates, with a minimum threshold of 25 percent for candidates. Romney will therefore still gain some delegates, bringing him closer to the magic number 1,144 needed for nomination, and in either case will maintain his wide delegate lead over Santorum.

Oh, and did you see that Rick Santorum was showing off his macho’ness at a shooting range in West Monroe. While he was proving that he has much more testosterone than Mitt “I shoot varmints” Romney, a lady shouted “pretend (the target) is Obama.” Santorum didn’t hear the comment since he was wearing headphones to protect his ears. (Can you be macho and wear ear protection? I’m just askin’) He later denounced the comment. But seriously, what is this about? We get into this ridiculously stupid mindset that it is our side against their side. We have to win at all costs. If we don’t win all will be lost. Garbage. I have spent more time that I would like to admit to in Monroe and West Monroe Louisiana. There are some very good people down there and many of them are struggling. It doesn’t matter who is in office. They are working hard and getting nowhere. I can tell you that there are few who are getting ahead and they (those few) seem to get ahead no matter who is in office. Republican or Democrat. Look no further than Wall Street and others who do high finance. They are making money hand over fist and are robbing America blind. They are very, very good at suctioning money out of our wallets. Half the time you don’t even know who robbed you. At the end of the day, all you know is that you don’t have any money to show for all of your hard work. then Rush or Sean convince you that the problem is Blacks, Hispanics or/and Democrats. Before you know it, you are yelling something very stupid at a campaign rally. So sad.

By |2012-03-25T23:34:06-04:00March 25th, 2012|Party Politics|2 Comments

What did we see in DC yesterday?

From C&L:

I apparently missed the largest flash mob in American history today, and it took place just a few blocks from my house. Michelle Malkin and the redstaters have been abuzz about how there were more than two million people marching on Washington today, (that would make it bigger than even the inauguration) but all anyone who wasn’t a right-winger saw today was 30,000 to 60,000 right-wingers bused in from around the country.

Here’s what the organizers themselves told us to expect. Dick Armey told the right-wing Newsmax that they’re generating hundreds of responses in interest to the 9/12 March. The tea party patriots told us that they were expecting as many as one million to turn out and that they had permits for a one million man march on Washington.

After reading breathlessly on the twitter feeds of several right-wingers that millions of people were descending on the capital, Michelle Malkin on her blog estimated two million people. I went up to take pictures of crazy signs, of which there were many, many, many, many samples.

Now, there were real people at the rally. At certain points organizers for different county Republican parties would use a bullhorn to try to round up their members back to the buses for the trip back to Pennsylvania and Virginia. But one would think that after six months of organizing by Fox News and local Republican parties, the 9/12 protests could get more than thirty to sixty thousand people to come out to D.C. After all, there’s apparently a groundswell of anger at the President. If nothing else, there’s got to be more than 30,000 Republicans who live around the DC area. (more…)

By |2009-09-13T15:11:13-04:00September 13th, 2009|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on What did we see in DC yesterday?

John Mackey of Whole Foods and the Republicanism of healthcare reform

If John Mackey came up to me in the grocery store, I wouldn’t know who he was. He wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal entitled The Whole Food’s Alternative to ObamaCare. Why? Why is the CEO of a grocery store chain allowed to take up the opinion pages of the prestigious Wall Street Journal on a topic about which he has no expertise?

This article could have been penned by Michael Steele, Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey or Senator Charles Grassley. It is a generic Republican healthcare article which hits all the talking points. People want choice. We should have health savings accounts and high deductible insurance plans (more choice). We need to let the marketplace work — decrease regulation. We need to allow health insurance companies to freely roam our country. There should be no mandates on what insurance companies can cover and can’t cover. We need to make costs transparent so that the marketplace will work better. Reform Medicare. Allow tax breaks so people can donate money to help those who have no insurance. Tax cuts, decrease regulation and cuts to government spending. The Republican trifecta.

One of the things that I find so infuriating is that a CEO is allowed to pen an article in the Wall Street Journal and has nothing new to say. He is regurgitating the same old talking points. He sprinkles on a couple of references to what “his employees want” and he gets time in the Wall Street Journal.

It has only been since Republicans have been crashing these town halls that we’ve heard anything about people who want healthcare choice. I think this is a complete myth. People want to go to their own doctor. People want to be able to choose their own hospital. People want to be covered. I don’t think Americans want any more choices. We don’t want to choose between this complicated healthcare insurance plan and that complicated healthcare insurance plan. Look, I’m a trauma surgeon and I have no idea when I sit down and look at my own health insurance plan that is provided by the hospital. I find these plans unintelligible. All I want to know is, when I go to the emergency room and when I go to the doctor, will that be covered. I want a plan that covers me (and my family) going to my doctor and the emergency room. That’s it.

I think health savings plans are crazy. If you want to save money, put your money in some sort of financial institution (assuming that it is solvent).

Repealing state laws will do the same thing for insurance companies that it did for the banks. It’ll be the wild wild West once again. Small insurance companies will be crushed. There will be insurance mergers. We will end up with a handful of insurance companies — wait a minute, that’s what we have right now. Basically, the big gets bigger. It doesn’t mean that they will offer lower premiums. It means that the healthcare executives will be flying nicer jets.

Why are employers in the healthcare business anyway? Why don’t we take them out of the healthcare business and let these employers get back to managing their business.

I think that tort reform needs to be enacted but we live in a society that is run by lawyers. 90% of the folks on Capitol Hill are lawyers. I think it would be very difficult to get meaningful tort reform especially in our polarized environment.

I wonder if I write an essay on grocery stores will the Wall Street Journal except it?

By |2009-08-15T20:58:47-04:00August 15th, 2009|Corporate Wrongs, Healthcare|Comments Off on John Mackey of Whole Foods and the Republicanism of healthcare reform
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