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Debate Winner: Bachmann

7:22 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

If you’re like me — and I imagine you are, unless you are a straight middle aged man posing as a lesbian blogger — you expected to tune in to tonight’s John-King-wishes-he-had-lights-and-buzzers debacle on CNN hoping to see Michele Bachmann go completely off the rails, screeching about Obamacare’s secret funding for abortion clinics and Sharia law governing Hillary Clinton’s discussions with Bennie Netanyahoo.

Well, that didn’t exactly happen, now did it?

Bachmann looked composed, sounded intelligent, got her bio out there (were you surprised commentator David Gergen did not know about the Bachmann’s double-dozen foster kids? Who’s not paying attention now, David?) and managed not to screw up big-time. She even kept her eye on the operating camera, which we know from her State of the State of the State of the Union speech to America can be a challenge.

Even Anderson Cooper had to give the Congresswoman points for “time-management” in terms of her child-rearing duodecathlon.

By not embarrassing herself in front of New Hampshire GOP voters in the hall, the national media, and political junkies watching everywhere, Michele Bachmann won the debate. She did well, I think, and accomplished four unspoken goals:

1. She demolished Frothy Mixture, the has-been to her right.
2. She sparkled unlike the Tiffany Debtor, the has-been to her left.
3. She probably kept Snowbillie Grifterella out of the race entirely.
4. She showed she runs with the leaders, being favorably mentioned by every single one of the men on stage tonight.

The leaders for the GOP nomination are now Romney, Cain, and Bachmann. I think Pawlenty screwed the pooch tonight, looking argumentative, bland, and unsure of himself all at the same time. Cain managed to get out from under his “no Muslims need apply” unforced error by blaming the media, repeatedly, for misquoting him, always popular with GOPs.

And Ron Paul was, well, he was Ron Paul. I continue to be amazed that someone with that speaking voice has succeeded for so long in politics, but I guess his policies have a certain appeal to the AynRandians.

What was your take on tonight’s Goat Rodeo Launch?

Newt’s Campaign Team Quits En Masse

12:13 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Perhaps in anger over Newt and Callista taking a two-week cruise in the Aegean Sea after the worst campaign launch in modern American history, the senior staff of the Gingrich campaign for president has quit en masse.

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s campaign manager, senior strategists and key aides in early delegate-selection states all resigned on Thursday, a mass exodus that leaves his hopes of winning the Republican nomination in tatters.

According to reports, Newt and Callista returned to the US earlier this week to find the campaign staff in “a rebellion that had been brewing for some time among the senior echelon of his campaign.”

Never fear, though, Newt4.2 is on the way. The disgraced former Speaker posted this on Facebook:

“I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring. The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles.”

And it wasn’t just the new guys, apparently:

The defections included several veteran Gingrich political advisers, along with new aides who were recently hired. The list, according to two aides, included: David Carney, a New Hampshire-based political strategist, Sam Dawson, a strategist, Katon Dawson, a South Carolina consultant and Craig Schoenfeld, an Iowa consultant.

And, ouch:

“There was a path to victory, Newt had a different path. When that happens, the people who work for the campaign have to leave,” Rick Tyler, who resigned today as Gingrich’s spokesman, told CBS News.

In addition to Tyler, Gingrich’s campaign manager, Rob Johnson, and senior strategists and aides in important early voting states have stepped down.

Hey Newt? You can’t treat campaigns like wives. With so many candidates running, there’s only so much senior GOP staff to go around. You appear to have pissed off your Team A. There may not be a Team B available now.

GOP test-markets its next ‘gay marriage’ issue in OK

2:02 pm in 2010 election, Drug Policy, Elections, Judiciary, Just Say Now, Legislature, LGBT, Politics, State Government by Teddy Partridge

It’s no secret that the GOP used ‘gay marriage’ prohibition referenda to great success in turning out their most fundamentalist, right-wing voters in states that mattered to the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign in 2004. But American voters, especially inward-looking, family-oriented fundies, must be constantly re-entertained to be electorally motivated. To that end, the GOP is test-marketing its second-decade turnout-motivator issue in Oklahoma: Sharia law.

Yes, Oklahomans will vote next week whether to prohibit their judges from considering international or Sharia law in their deliberations.

One of 11 ballot initiatives in the state this November, State Question 755, better known as the “Save Our State” constitutional amendment, would prevent courts from using international or Sharia law. The question made it to the ballot by passing the state Senate 41-2 and the House 82-10. In addition to potentially rallying the conservative base to the polls, the initiative, which bans something that is nearly impossible statutorily, is worth watching because the GOP may employ it in swing states two years down the line.

If this works — and why wouldn’t it, given the huge threat Sharia law currently poses to Oklahomans? — it may very well be the ballot issue that supplants ‘gay marriage’ in states the GOP needs to win the presidency in 2012. Look for compliant state legislatures, and some new GOP governors elected next week, to get this pressing issue on statewide ballots in 2012.

‘Gay marriage’ got the fundie preachers’ flocks up and out of the pews to vote in 2004. Eight years later, these preachers will naturally align themselves with such a pro-Christian issue: would you like your next brush with the police to be decided under Sharia law? ‘Sharia law’ is a double-barreled issue, too. It not only has the charming xenophobic resonance of George W Bush’s famous “with us or against us.” It also shuts down debate pretty quickly: “You’re not a terrorist-sympathizer, are you?”

Of course, that Sharia law poses absolutely no threat to American jurisprudence makes no difference whatsoever. Marriage equality hasn’t ended ‘traditional marriage’ anywhere, has it? The logic of the issue isn’t important. In fact, it’s counterintuitive, since anyone who argues against a Sharia law referendum is, by definition, on the side of terrorists.

See?

Suddenly, all that recent braying from disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich about a federal ban on Sharia law begins to make sense. The GOP must get folks scared about Sharia law if they to be asked to vote on it next cycle. If the unresponsive federal government won’t recognize the very real threat of creeping Sharia-ism in our courts, at least states can ban it.

For motivating base voters, 2012 might shape up to be Sharia v pot.