The Chimes at Midnight
Friday, January 30, 2015
 
In The End, Romney Bailed.
He huffed and snarked, drank some coca-cola but in the end, Jeb eased him out, before Romney could ever get in...Advantage Bush so sez me. While everyone else was wingnutting it up in Iowa Last Weekend, Bush was showing Romney the Color Glossy Photographs, the uncompromised account books, the lists of die hard Romney Donors who'd sold their souls to the Bush Family in 1987....and what the hell Mitt chickened out. About the only shred of dignity left to Romney is his current reluctance to endorse anyone and Jeb will fetch that Pound of Flesh from Mitt when the time is ripe, count on it. So maybe this really is Mitt Romney's political epitaph...(although with him ya never know)....and if I had to Sum Mitt Up in a single sentence as he leaves The Great Game, that he was start to finish a rather unskilled political amateur with no great respect for the Political Process. Romney was a wealthy flash-in-the-pan who thought up until today, that Politics was somehow Easy, so easy in fact he never need bother to learn the fundamentals of the Great Game. His speeches? Charmless chiding bromides designed to manipulate his base nothing more, his program & proposals always vague easily denied and even more easily ignored. Mitt literally though, no one was looking, no one was cataloguing his promises his failures, his lies and his distortions. HE STILL THINKS THAT WAY...and it has ended his political career, at least for now. I won't miss him chiefly because I suspect he may yet try and foist the Summer Olympics on Boston as a last vicious revenge on a State that Turned It's Back on Him Long Ago. Anyway...its either that or Mitt will end up Jeb's Reserve Bootblack in the West Wing, that is of course, IF Jeb Wins...;)

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
 
In Case You Missed It Yesterday...
ISIS swore they would behead President Obama in the White House. This conclusively proves the President has in fact snuffed enough terrorists to earn the undying emnity of militant Islam's worst actors. All the same it is not yet enough to earn the slightest toleration let alone legitimacy for The President from the Tea Partei. Ah but ISIS the Tea Partei have similar opinions at the end of the day....they differ in their actions though. :D
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
 
Speaker Boehner is conjuring
with another fruitless gaudy lawsuit against the White House with respect to the President's executive order's on immigration. Which is pretty much as close to an unequivocal confession from the House Leadership that they have neither the votes nor the desire to pass a bill superceding said executive orders. Instead they go for the useless showy gesture that will keep them in good with their baseline voters. Well, it goes without saying at this point that we cannot expect Leadership from John Boehner regarding immigration in any way this pretty much proves it. On the other hand there might be some legit discussion if not outright lawmaking on the issue if the current house majority wasn't a vengeful pack of ideological anarchs elected from utterly dubious rotten boroughs. That problem, the issue of redistricting has taken a toxic turn that now seriously influences policy in a bad way. I mean think about it, if your "fifty percent plus one" is pretty much the Tea Party how much incentive is that to negotiate with respect to immigration reform? Keeping that sweet fifty one percent gulled, happy and or angry is pretty much your go-to...in effect the lack of debate in congress is a larger function of corruptly draw districts that restrict electoral diversity (I know...that word...) and thus themselves are immune to healthy debate. Granted perhaps I am no one to talk, Massachusetts has a 100% congressional delegation...but they at least are willing to discuss the issue in a serious way sand recourse to stunts and posturing.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
 
One Burning Question from this weekend's "Iowa Freedom Summit".....
Will Donald Trump ever ask Sarah Palin to compete on "The Celebrity Apprentice"? Because after this weekend that is about all that is left to the Former Alaska Governor after her berserker speech to the Faithful. You can pretty much forget about Palin running for President, she can't raise the money and besides she has a shallow attention deficit disordered personality that compels her to chase the short term payoff...Running for President requires patience and discipline two qualities Sarah lacks. Trump was making Presidential noises this weekend as well, pay him no mind, despite the "brand propaganda" he hasn't got the personal fortune necessary to run for President nor does he seem well positioned to fundraise. He has learned though from Newt Gingrich the incalculable benefits hinting at a Run for the White House as a means to gin up book sales, goose ratings and in general keep the larger mediasphere a-simmering. No...Trump and Palin are provocateurs, good at saying mean things about President Obama on Cable TV they can even get off a good wingnut trending zinger now and again, but you know neither of them are allowed in the room when serious policy is being discussed. Anyhow at this point I still say it's Jeb versus a bunch of crazies on his right, his boot on Romney's neck and Chris Christie bellowing & snorting slightly to the left. Thats where the money is gonna go thats where the fight will be.

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Friday, January 23, 2015
 
When BiBi comes a knockin'
At the invitation of Speaker Boehner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited to speak before both houses of the US Congress (invites like this are "Winston Churchill" rare BTW). Wisely the President and Secretary of State have declined to meet with the Israel PM under the circumstances since they were cut out of the invitation completely. Conventional wisdom indicates that the GOP lead congress is using this as an opportunity to intervene in US-Iranian nuclear negotiations with the possible goal as to make the US delegation look incapable of delivering on a deal and thus occasion the withdrawl of Iran thus ONCE AGAIN putting the region on a war footing. I take a counterintuitive view, Netanyahu is faced with a difficult reelection campaign at home (although as I've said before I think he will win in the end) and needs to keep the focus in Israel on issues relating to national security (held to be a key strength of his electorally speaking) and a speech before the US Congress is one of those unique global platforms to gin up war talk in a venue wherein his domestic opponents have no reach. The fact that Netanyahu has to foul his relations with a US President still further and stoke up war hysteria among a bunch of grim jobbers entirely elected from Rotten Boroughs is secondary to his own short term political needs, The Israeli PM can always moan "I'm soweee" after he wins. But I suspect there might be some hidden costs for Netanyahu after all this blows over....and so with kindness in my heart I advise him to recall the Sacrifice of Abraham...and if an Angel of The Lord bids Benjamin to "Stay his hand" he might wanna listen...just saying.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
 
Ah the Keystone Pipeline...
the latest symptom of wingnut dementia...so that Canada can ship it's oil across America and overseas where it will likely end up in the PRC lowering production costs still further and thus speeding up the deindustrialization of the U.S.A. Oh and they won't even use US Steel to build the goddamned thing....anything I'm leaving out? And this is a good idea because why?? If it was Iranian oil they'd be another one of their tedious fugue states...guess it really is all about who gets paid and who gets enabled.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
 
The President Prospers...
In part because his sworn political enemies are all to a man, twitchy weird, humorless & self destructive. Take last night's SOTU address, while the President took the rest of the nation on a soaring tour of a better tomorrow well within our grasp, the loyal opposition was searching high and low for the most lugubrious and inane spokespersons to give the "coveted response"...a job that has routinely wrecked political careers since it was thoughtlessly implemented back in the early 1980's. Piyush "Bobby" Jindal's national ambitions still have not recovered from his stint as SOTU designated responder in 2009. So if Jodi Ernst thinks her goofy quaalude evocative performance last night was gonna light up an "Ernst for Veep" boom....dream on sister, dream on. Otherwise I suspect the President domestically speaking is going to be on the defensive for the rest of his term, but this is where what I call "The Jacksonian Vertical Stroke" (ergo swift clear action in the public interest, evolved and decided upon in private reflection), comes into play. Obama has the bully pulpit and can take all sorts of decisions in hand sans recourse to Congress, Cuba, illegal immigration, last night's tax proposals & the drive for net neutrality all bear the marks of an emerging Jacksonian Agenda, one that is "with the people, against the interests". Clearly, Barack Obama wants to set the agenda for 2016, plain and simple. He is immeasurably aided in a larger sense by a GOP lead congress largely composed of corrupt grievance addicted jobbers elected from preposterously rotten boroughs. If The President really wanted to set off a serious mishaugas he ought to go down to North Carolina and start talking about serious redistricting reform...then we will see shit storm par excellence! I dunno maybe I'm a mark, but it seems like the wind is shifting out there, imperceptibly in the President's favor, despite all his challenges in DC.

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