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“Oops” There Goes My Candidacy and Much More

6:29 pm in Uncategorized by SJGulitti

Judging from several pundits on the right, Rick Perry’s candidacy for president is all but finished. Perry’s latest gaffe during Wednesday’s Republican debate, in front of millions of potential voters, may be the proverbial last straw. Summarized by two New York Times reporters: “For any other candidate, the moment may have been quickly forgotten or easily explained. But for Mr. Perry, whose candidacy has been consistently undercut by his debate performances, the seriousness of the moment was not a question, only how deep and enduring the damage would be. It reinforced negative stereotypes about his candidacy, a point that was made clear after the debate when he made a rare trip into an adjoining room to face reporters and try to brush away what had happened.”

But least anyone think that criticism of the Perry campaign is solely a game being played by “progressives” consider the following critiques of Perry’s performance by Republican strategists and commentators:

Mark McKinnon, an aide to former President George W. Bush, describing the moment as the “human equivalent of shuttle Challenger.”

Mike Murphy, a Republican strategist: “I think the biggest question now is whether or not he can raise any more real money…A donor strike will totally cripple what’s left of his campaign.”

Sara Taylor Fagen, Republican strategist: “It was a political death knell. There’s just no recovering from a moment like that when you’ve had such a bad record of debates.”

Steve Schmidt, Republican Strategist who oversaw the reelection “war room” during George W. Bush’s campaign for a second term and who then went on to advise John McCain, speaking of Perry’s performance: “After a series of ruinous debates, this on top of it ends it for him… Since he [Perry] got into the race, he’s not been ready, he’s not ready to be Commander in Chief…Republican primary voters aren’t going to put Perry in front of Barack Obama in a debate.” Schmidt went on to say that Perry’s debate performance will be a videotape highlight for the next thirty years when the topic of poor debate performance is discussed.

Larry Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics labeled Perry’s debate performance as “the worst mistake ever made in a presidential debate.”

At this point in time and with all of the undercurrents swirling around and within the Republican presidential contest there is little reason, short of a miracle, to believe that Rick Perry will be able to pump enough water to keep his hopes from sinking altogether. But there are victims beyond Rick Perry as well, those on the far right who have been hoping beyond hope for a viable anti-Romney to emerge. At this point in time there can only be the utmost desperation within the ranks of the Tea Party movement and others on the radical right when they consider that the may be faced with having to choose between two political progressives for president next November, Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. While we all know that the radical right has as its expressed goal, the defeat of Barack Obama, voting for Romney will, in reality, do nothing to further their cause. One only need to recall the Massachusetts Senate race of 2010 when Scott Brown gladly accepted the support of the Bay State’s various Tea Party groups only to part company with them shortly after he took office. His voting record on major issues is hardly in line with the ideology advocated by the Tea Party movement.

So after seeing Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry rise only to quickly fall, and a Palin candidacy fail to materialize, what options are left to the radical right for 2012? Well there’s the perennial Ron Paul who can’t pierce the threshold of single digit favorability and then there’s the recycled Newt Gingrich. Gingrich’s poll numbers have been on the rise of late but how long will he be viable once the voters become reacquainted with his scandalous past and record of serial matrimony? Can Gingrich past muster with the Evangelical element on the far right? I seriously doubt it. Likewise if the allegations of sexual impropriety currently afflicting Herman Cain can not be dealt with effectively by Cain, the Evangelical’s won’t flock to support him either. Thus for the far right the dead end of their hopes for putting one of their own in the White House may be coming clearly into view. That will constitute a major setback for a movement that just a year ago thought it was on the threshold of fundamentally altering the structure and function of American government.

Steven J. Gulitti

Sources:

“Oops” at Debate When Perry Can’t Get to Three;

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11314/1188910-84-0.stm?cmpid=nationworld.xml#ixzz1dLxIcCLT

Perry takes a lengthy pause during debate; http://hardballblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/10/8741648-perry-takes-a-lengthy-pause-during-debate

Marco Pinocchio

3:48 pm in Uncategorized by SJGulitti

What is it about this Tea Party crowd and their embarrassing commentary? We have Michele Bachmann who wants to be president yet doesn’t know where the American Revolution began. Then there’s Sarah Palin for whom misstatements are a staple regardless of the topic. We had two contenders for the U.S. Senate, Sharron Angle and Joe Miller who basically talked their way out of winning with comments about “Second Amendment Solutions”, confusing Asians for Latinos, calling unemployment compensation unconstitutional, and lying about using coworkers computers to unfairly influence GOP polling. We’ve had Christine O’Donnell talking about witchcraft and Rick Perry accusing Ben Bernake of treason and suggesting Texas might just leave the union. Does this sort of thing run in the family so to speak?

Well now we have one of the few remaining Tea Party supported stars apparently fudging the facts as to how his family “escaped” from the clutches of Fidel Castro and his Communists. According to Marco Rubio’s onetime official Senate biography: “In 1971, Marco was born in Miami to Cuban-born parents who came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover” However, the official account seems to be sorely at variance with the facts. Rubio’s family actually came to the United States in May of 1956. However, Castro’s revolution was nothing but a Communist hope and dream at the time when the Rubio family headed for Florida. In fact in May of 1956 Castro and his cadre of revolutionaries were still in exile in Mexico and they would not return to Cuba until December of 1956, seven months after the departure of the Rubio’s. Thus there was no way anyone could predict the success or failure of a future Communist revolution in Cuba or if one would even take place. That said Rubio has clearly embellished his family history for political ends and as such his personal honesty is now highly suspect.

The questions surrounding Rubio’s honesty are even more pronounced when you consider that: “In various television interviews over the years, Mr. Rubio gave various dates for his parents’ arrival, 1957, ’58 or ’59.” Quoting University of Miami Cuban-American political science professor George Gonzalez: “Every Cuban-American knows when their parents arrived and the circumstances under which they arrived… That’s part of the Cuban exile experience, the political and psychological trauma of it. So the idea that he was murky on those does not cut ice… To my father and grandparents, if you came before the revolution, it puts you in a different category.”

Responding to articles in the St. Petersburg Times and the Washington Post which underscore the discrepancy between Rubio’s official statements and his family history Rubio said: “essential facts of my family’s story are completely accurate.” Clearly they are not, in fact the history shows that Rubio is both on the wrong side of the facts and is guilty of public dishonesty. Marco Rubio would seek to defuse the controversy by suggesting that “the dates he had referred to in the past were based on his parents’ recollection of events and were told to him two decades later.” Well believing that a young man who came from a family that had left Cuba in the 1950s would not be aware of the circumstances surrounding their emigration is just too far fetched to be credible. Moreover, to think that a candidate for the U.S. Senate and possible 2012 Vice Presidential candidate wouldn’t spend the requisite time on his own official biography to insure its accuracy is even less believable. In fact Senator Rubio had the phrase “Cuban-born parents came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover” removed from his official senate biography after the abovementioned news articles came to light. In the end it all amounts to sad commentary on the career of a guy who had so much to offer in the way of hope for the future of the Tea Party movement as an agent of change inside the Washington Beltway and nationally on the political stage.

Steven J. Gulitti
10/27/11

Sources:

Florida Senator Denies Claim He Gilded His Family History; http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/us/politics/marco-rubio-denies-claim-he-exaggerated-his-biography.html?emc=eta1

Senator Lashes Out at Critics Who Say He Embellished His Family’s Story; http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/22/us/politics/rubio-lashes-out-at-critics-of-his-biography.html?emc=eta1

1959 The Cuban Revolution; http://library.thinkquest.org/18355/the_cuban_revolution_-_1959.html

Time to Put a Fork in the Bachmann Campaign?

7:06 am in Uncategorized by SJGulitti

Has Michele Bachmann become a Tea Party darling that forgot to heed the dimming of the stage lights? Well apparently that may in fact be the case. As it turns out: “Five of Michele Bachmann’s New Hampshire campaign team released a statement on Monday confirming that they have quit the campaign despite comments by Bachmann and her team that the New Hampshire campaign was still together. The five members, who comprised the entirety of Bachmann’s New Hampshire staff, said that her campaign was “rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel” to the New Hampshire staffers.”

Okay so lets all ask ourselves a question, if New Hampshire is the preeminent forum for retail politics and Bachmann’s New Hampshire team has ditched her and she can’t effectively manage her own campaign, then how can a Bachmann administration ever hope to function effectively in leading the United States during a period as challenging as this? The answer of course is that it can’t and it’s high time for her to realize this and get out of the way so serious political contenders can get down to the business of determining who will lead this country after 2012. The time for frivolity is long since past and the time to get down to business has long since arrived. Enough said?

SJG
10/26/11

Sources:

Bachmann’s NH team quits, cites campaign dishonesty, rudeness, cruelty; http://minnesotaindependent.com/90549/bachmanns-nh-team-quits-cites-campaign-dishonesty-rudeness-cruelty

Bachmann NH Team Quits; http://thepage.time.com/2011/10/21/bachmanns-nh-team-quits/

Poof Goes Palin

4:06 pm in Uncategorized by SJGulitti

Well we sure are in the midst of non-stop political news. Coming close on the heals of Chris Christie declining to run for the presidency we get much the same news from Sarah Palin. Hot from a cool Wasilla: “After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States.” I don’t know how much there really was to consider. After all the G.O.P. establishment was against her, the talking heads in the main stream media never gave her a chance at winning and if the experiences of other Tea Party backed candidates are any indication, the Tea Party label isn’t necessarily a winner either, at least not at this point. Rick Perry’s hopes are sinking and Michele Bachmann’s have already sunk. Perry may have a second wind in him if he can overcome the fact that his support among conservatives has been cut in half, according to political analyst Chuck Todd, and if he doesn’t have any more pet rocks sitting around the ranch that might embarrass him. As for Bachmann, who is rather Palinesque in her own approach, she seems doomed and beyond resurrection as her campaign staff continues to jump ship and big money donors continue to give her the cold shoulder.

But there is another part of Palin’s announcement that I find even more interesting if at least from the viewpoint of comic relief: “My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency.” Well for one thing, scolding us for spending too much aside, I don’t think you’ll find too many voters who think that “common sense Conservatives” have achieved much more than running a campaign of obstruction in Washington. Not for nothing but congressional Republicans are polling lower favorability ratings than either the Democrats or Barack Obama. Likewise independents aren’t exactly joined to the hip with conservatives. What’s also funny is the intended swipe at the Democrats. Why would I find that funny? Well simply because that when Palin was Governor of Alaska her political success was a function of her alliance with the state’s Democrats and her alienation of Democrats generally after 2008 pretty much sealed the end of her political career at home. As for Palin’s effectiveness in helping other candidates get elected, well that’s a stretch as well. I doubt you’ll see too many Republicans sharing a stage with Sarah Palin. God forbid she start lecturing the crowd about the Constitution or some other long ago historical moment that she’s apt to get wrong or if not getting the moment technically wrong, misconstruing the significance of the event. Lastly, I can’t help but laugh at the phrase “effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office”; does that mean she doesn’t consider herself to be a “true public servant” seeing as she quit the office of governor in mid-term? Go figure.

Personally I was hoping for a fiery Palin finale with her entering the race for on last political kamikaze flight where she would go out with a big bang, a pop heard round the political world. Instead, all I got was a poof!

SJG
10/5/11

Sarah Palin Will Not Run for President; http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/10/105741/

Fox News Turns the Guns on the Far Right

3:01 am in Uncategorized by SJGulitti

Something happened on the way to the presidential forum in Orlando last week, Roger Ailes the CEO of Fox News decided to change Fox News’ ideological course and turn the guns on conservative candidates themselves. Quoting Howard Kurtz, “It was part political spectacle, part American Idol, part YouTube extravaganza, a pure Roger Ailes production—and the latest sign that the Fox News chairman is quietly repositioning America’s dominant cable-news channel…the real eye-opener was the sight of his anchors grilling the Republican contenders, which pleases the White House but cuts sharply against the network’s conservative image—and risks alienating its most rabid right-wing fans.” While this may come as a surprise to many, this “course correction” has actually been underway for some time. The first piece of baggage pitched overboard was Glenn Beck who’s yammering about Barack Obama being a racist was in Ailes words, “a bit of a branding issue for us”. In other words the loss of advertising revenue due to Glenn Beck’s ranting, raving and crying was all that Ailes needed to seal the fate of Beck on the network. Ailes went on to categorize Beck as a “performer” as opposed to a journalist which of course is spot on. Kurtz writing for the conservative leaning Newsweek said of the changes: ” Fox executives say the entire network took a hard right turn after Obama’s election, but, as the Tea Party’s popularity fades, is edging back toward the mainstream…After the Gabrielle Gifford’s shooting triggered a debate about feverish rhetoric, Ailes ordered his troops to tone things down. It was, in his view, a chance to boost profits by grabbing a more moderate audience.” Kurtz goes on to note that Ailes has grown tired of Sarah Palin and her antics as well.

In a scathing attack on Ailes and Fox’s new tack to a less strident tone, Rush Limbaugh proclaimed that “Fox wants these people to tear each other up, ’cause they want approval from the mainstream media.” Limbaugh may be miffed by being left behind as a result of this new course being set by Fox but in the final analysis Roger Ailes is a businessman who just happens to be a conservative. What he isn’t is a hard line blind faith ideologue that’s going to go down with the sinking Tea Party or to allow a crackpot like Glenn Beck to become an all encompassing “tar baby” that traps and encumbers Fox News to the point of completely destroying whatever credibility the network has left while costing the network millions in lost revenue. Ailes, a consummate businessman, played the Tea Party, Beck and the hot rhetoric of the far right like banjoes when he profited from an association with them and moved away from them as soon as their value to the network came into question. It seems to me that Roger Ailes has astutely read the declining fortunes of the Tea Party, the slump in standing of Congressional Republicans, the sinking campaigns of Perry, Bachmann and Paul as well as the stymied political future of Palin for what they are, harbingers of the end of an extremist right wing surge across the landscape of American politics.

I would bet that Ailes, being concerned about the future of the country, as so many of us are, has come to the conclusion that during desperate times like these it is reckless to engage in a campaign of blindly denigrating the incumbent administration to the point that it might hobble that administration’s ability to govern effectively. Ailes may have finally come to his political as well as business senses in seeing much of what has transpired on the far right since Obama was inaugurated for what it is, borderline sedition and that sort of thing isn’t good for business.

Steven J. Gulitti
9/27/11

Sources:

Roger’s Reality Show; http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/09/25/roger-ailes-repositions-fox-news.html

Roger Ailes: Fox News Is On A ‘Course Correction’ Away From Far Right; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/26/roger-ailes-fox-news-course-correction_n_980850.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=092611&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

Is the Far Right Shooting the G.O.P. in the Foot?

1:30 pm in Uncategorized by SJGulitti

Peggy Noonan, columnist for the conservative Wall Street journal and one time primary speechwriter and special assistant to Ronald Reagan said today on ‘Meet the Press” that Rick Perry’s recent comments made her wince. Noonan said that Perry, like other Republicans in the 2012 presidential sweepstakes, read Michele Bachmann and possibly Sarah Palin, presently have a persona problem in that they can’t tone down their rhetoric to the point that moderate voters find them appealing. Judging from the fact that independent voters have decided the last three elections, that’s a real problem for the Republican Party going forward. Financial commentator Maria Bartoromo appearing on the same program pointed out that even on Wall Street, a bastion of conservative sentiment, that people have grown tired of comments such as those made by Rick Perry since he has entered the 2012 race. Likewise Maria Cardonna of CNN opined: “(Perry) announced his candidacy on Saturday and has since campaigned like an angry bull cornered by a Matador. . . . This approach may help win him the nomination, but it also will help lose him the White House. . . . The firebrand technique may endear him to the tea party faithful, but it will alienate him from the critical voting bloc made up of sensible, rational, moderate, mainstream independent and even Republican voters put off by the extreme right-wing factions of their party.” Frank Bruni of the New York Times labeled Perry’s comments “general-election arsenic”: “And thus did a candidate who appeared so fearsome on the horizon — and who, for now, rides high in polls — come to look somewhat frizzier and patchier in the barnyard upon closer inspection. . . . Perry and Michele Bachmann, with their particular evangelical fervor, frighten many Republicans as much as they do Democrats and could be general-election arsenic.”

But it’s not just the pundits on political television that are pointing out the potentially destructive farce and folly of comments like those of Rick Perry. Conservatives with established bona fides like Karl Rove, John Podhoretz, Ed Morrissey, Ron Paul, Michael Gerson and others are pointing out the same thing. To wit; Karl Rove: “You don’t accuse the chairman of the federal reserve of being a traitor to his country. Of being guilty of treason. . . . And, suggesting that we treat him pretty ugly in Texas. You know, that is not, again a presidential statement.” John Podhoretz: “What Perry did was make a thoughtless blunder, an unforced error; we’re now going to spend a couple of days discussing whether he was summoning violence on Ben Bernanke’s head or not, which is of absolutely no use to Perry. … This was a serious rookie mistake on the national stage.” Ed Morrissey: “Perry needs to learn a lesson from this experience. It’s good to offer red meat to the base, but it’s bad to let yourself get caught up in the feeding frenzy.” Ron Paul: “Now they have this other governor, I can’t remember his name . . . . He realizes that talking about the Fed is good, too. But I’ll tell you what, he makes me sound like a moderate. I have never once said Bernanke has committed treason.” Michael Gerson: “I think the unfortunate context here is that that’s the importation of language that’s used on the Internet, used on talk radio, used in book titles. We have titles like “Treason.”… that type of language has been imported in the Republican primary process. I agree that it’s a long-term problem. I don’t think that it’s necessarily a short-term political problem in Iowa and other places.”

The bottom line in all of this is that the Republican Party has got to come to terms with its fatal attraction to the Tea Party. It must decide whether or not it wants to become the party of political extremism or a conservative party that can offer some semblance of an alternative to the Democrats and it must come to this conclusion in short order as the 2012 political season is now underway and gaining steam all the time. What all of this hot rhetoric on the right does is to reframe the 2012 presidential debate from whether or not the “hope and change” of 2008 is to be rejected to whether the fear of electing a right-wing radical is just too great a risk for the American people to take. That fear would thereby make the reelection of Barack Obama the safer course to follow.

S.J. Gulitti
8/21/11

Sources:

Meet the Press; http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032608/

Talking Points: Rick Perry’s political land mine; http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1041905–rick-perry-s-political-land-mine

Perry Made ‘Rookie Mistake’ With Bernanke Comments; http://www.newser.com/story/125973/perry-made-rookie-mistake-with-bernanke-comments.html

Marcus and Gerson on GOP Candidates’ Language, Presidential Vacations; http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec11/mandg_08-19.html

Rick Perry, Does He Even Understand the Meaning of Treason?

5:06 pm in Uncategorized by SJGulitti

What is it about those Tea Party types, are they genetically programmed to spout out absurdities as a way of getting attention? Does this constitute some sort of political personality disorder? The verbal pratfalls of Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell or Sharron Angle are by now all the stuff of political fact if not legend. To this we now add the ridiculous yammering of the latest entry to the 2012 Republican presidential race, Rick Perry. Not that Perry needs all that much of an introduction. He’s already on the record as having said that, under certain circumstances, Texas might leave the Union. However, now only days after entering the 2012 presidential sweepstakes, Perry has gone so far as to suggest that Fed Chairman Ben Bernake might be guilty of treason. In Perry’s own words: “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treasonous in my opinion.”

So what in fact is Perry suggesting? That Ben Bernanke, if he were to engage in further monetary easing and then decided to show up in Texas, should be pursued by a lynch mob or vigilantes so as to be subjected to some old fashioned frontier justice? Really? What would Rick Perry suggest his “Texans” do to Bernanke; hang him till he quit kicking, tar and feather him or hot brand him with the Tea Party logo “DON’T TREAD ON ME”? If this is the mindset of a G.O.P. presidential hopeful in 2012, then perhaps we can create a work release program for any number of convicted Mafia hoods currently doing time who are more than well practiced in the arts of intimidation and extortion, both verbal and physical. That said, the prudent and rational participant in American democracy can only ask the one compelling question that has to be on his mind; Based on this kind of talk, is Rick Perry even remotely qualified to lead the leading nation of the free world into this challenging century and out of the the Great Recession? The answer is, most likely not. Moreover is this latest Perry pratfall the last straw for Michele Bachmann? Will she, as a strategic campaign ploy, now take off the gloves and accuse Rick Perry of anti-American views in the same manner in which she has accused so many liberals and progressives on Capitol Hill?

You know for all of the problems besetting the embattled Barack Obama as he enters the 2012 election season, he and his consort must be thanking God in heaven above for the Bachmann victory in Iowa and the entrance of Rick Perry into the 2102 presidential campaign. They may very well bail Obama out of the predicament within which he is currently embroiled.

Steven J. Gulitti
8/16/11

Sources:

Perry on Bernanke: ‘I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas’

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/08/15/296552/perry-on-bernanke-pretty-ugly-down-in-texas/

Rick Perry Accuses Bernanke of Treason

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2011/08/rick-perry-wants-get-ugly-ben-bernake/41310/

Gov. Perry: Bernanke printing more money would be ‘almost treasonous’

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/176985-perry-bernanke-printing-more-money-would-be-almost-treasonous

3 Points on Rick Perry

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/08/three-points-on-rick-perry/243679/

Will Bachmann Now Condemn Right-wing Anti-American Views?

8:08 am in Uncategorized by SJGulitti

Michele Bachmann once condemned Barak Obama for his “anti-American” views and suggested that the media should investigate “anti-American” sentiments in Congress. Ms. Bachmann would later retract what she said about Barack Obama, however she has never retracted her general position that there are those on Capitol Hill who harbor “anti-American” sentiments. Now that Bachmann has jumped into the forefront of the 2012 Republican presidential race will she turn and condemn “anti-American” views on the right?

Rick Perry, who recently threw his hat into the ring had once suggested that Texas could leave the Union. Isn’t that an anti-American sentiment? If you believe that America should remain as it is and that the strength of this country is a function of how it is presently constituted shouldn’t Rick Perry’s comments be seen as anti-American? Didn’t we settle this question with the outcome of the Civil War? Why raise the specter of another Civil War when the country is in the midst of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression? Needless to say Texas leaving the Union would cause significant disruption with all of the military bases there, the fact that much of our petrochemical industry is there and a good portion of the through flow of trade with Mexico comes through Texas. Thus wouldn’t Texas leaving the Union directly threaten the well being of the united States? Will Michele Bachmann take Rick Perry to task on this?

Ron Paul, during the Iowa Debates on August 12, suggested that Iran’s attaining of nuclear weapons is not a concern of ours. Isn’t this also an anti-American sentiment? Even though Iran doesn’t currently have the capability to strike U.S. soil, a nuclear Iran could threaten Israel and American allies in Europe and Asia, thereby threatening our foreign policy and larger defense interests. Presently the Iranians have good relations with the Chinese and their acquiring of long range intercontinental ballistic missiles isn’t entirely out of the question. As such Ron Paul’s views here can clearly be seen as contrary to the best interests of American security. Isn’t Ron Paul guilty of anti-American sentiments as his tolerance of a nuclear Iran could ultimately put this very country in danger if and when the Iranians come to possess intercontinental ballistic missiles? Will Michele Bachmann take Ron Paul to task on this?

Well what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If Michele Bachmann is truly concerned about the threat of anti-Americans among us, isn’t she now required to go after those on the far right who harbor sentiments that could clearly be seen as inimical to the greater national security of the country that she now hopes to be elected president?

SJG
8/14/11

If Rick Perry is Elected President Will America Secede From Itself?

5:09 pm in Uncategorized by SJGulitti

If Rick Perry is Elected President Will America Secede From Itself?

Well if the 2012 Republican field of challengers arrayed against Barack Obama wasn’t interesting enough, we now have Texas Governor Rick Perry throwing his hat into the ring. Fresh off of an old timey religious tent revival meeting and not a moment too soon, mind you, as the Iowa Straw Poll will be conducted this Saturday.

Perry’s entry into the race certainly adds yet another twist to a already interesting if not bizarre field of candidates and pseudo candidates. Let’s see there’s one who doesn’t seem to know where the American Revolution actually started but would like to be president of the country anyway, one who is running for the umpteenth time, hoping beyond hope that being a Libertarian will somehow matter this time when it hasn’t yet mattered, a guy who wants’ to legalize marijuana, one who created a forerunner to Obamacare that now treats his creation like tar baby, one who having committed serial matrimony now has found God as a Roman Catholic and one who isn’t running but keeps showing up in Iowa or New Hampshire at the same time the actual candidates are in state.

To this we can now add Rick Perry, a man who just a few months ago publically mumbled that if things didn’t quite suit his fancy that the State of Texas might just leave the union. All this begs a rather interesting set of questions. If Rick Perry were to be elected and if his election were close, like the past three or four have been, would he then take the states that voted for him and leave the union thereby abandoning those states where he had not received enough popular votes to gain their electoral votes? If faced with divided government and stymied by an intransigent Democratic controlled Senate or House, would a President Perry, upon being frustrated, attempt to force a dissolution of the federal government or would he simply retreat to Texas and attempt to effect a recreation of the old Confederacy? We had a vice presidential candidate who, upon losing in the 2008 election, decided to resign as Governor of Alaska. Thus can we expect that a guy who suggested that his state should leave the union might just secede from the presidency himself if he were to find himself frustrated by divided government or the politics inside of the Beltway?

All of this has a bit of the tragicomic about it considering that while the country is in the midst of the greatest economic crisis since the 1930s, the Republican Party’s process for nominating a contender has become less like what one expect of the G.O.P. and more and more like a traveling circus every day. And all of this with the theatrics of the Tea Party movement as a backdrop. Well, at least it’s good for a laugh if nothing else.

sjg
8/11/11

Ms. Bachmann a Migraine Headache for the G.O.P.?, A Postscript

6:14 pm in Uncategorized by SJGulitti

In an earlier post, Ms. Bachmann a Migraine Headache for the G.O.P.? I pointed out that Michele Bachmann appeared to be the target of a “political hit” which emanated from within the G.O.P. establishment. Judith Warner in an Op-Ed published July 21 pointed out some related information that may ultimately affect Bachmann’s ability to parry any attempts from within the G.O.P. to derail her bid for the presidency in 2012.

Warner stated that “I do not believe that Mrs. Bachmann’s migraines, in and of themselves, should be viewed as a disqualifier for running for the presidency. Migraines are largely treatable and can be “controlled” through medication — as Mrs. Bachmann said in response to the Daily Caller article that revealed her condition earlier this week. What Mrs. Bachmann does, however, to control her headaches, how she responds to them, thinks of them, lives with them, is something that voters should pay attention to. While there is much about migraines that will forever elude her control — weather changes, for example, can trigger terrible headaches — managing migraines involves a lot of meaningful decision-making. And those decisions can speak volumes about who she is as a person and how she might deal with the stresses of the presidency.” Warner went on to say, at this time “Voters have not been provided with the kind of information that would give a clear picture of how Mrs. Bachmann manages her condition.” To date the Bachmann campaign has done whatever it takes to divert attention from Ms. Bachmann’s condition and especially the particulars of those treatments that she is undergoing to battle her migraine problems.

So based on how events have played out thus far and how the Bachmann campaign has fielded questions pertaining to her condition the voting public is left in a political limbo of sorts in determining whether or not Bachmann is fit to be our chief executive. The longer her handlers take to dispel questions about the degree to which Bachmann’s migraine headaches are incapacitating her and impeding her ability to perform under pressure the longer the “political hit” put on Bachmann will continue to do damage.

SJG
7/25/11

Me, Michele and Our Migraines

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/22/opinion/22warner.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=me,%20michele%20and%20our%20migraines&st=cse