Friday, June 12, 2015

Reprint Heaven: In The Buh-Buh-Bubble

Will Ann Ever Ride Horses Again?

(This post is worth repeating as we move into another Presidential election season -- filled with conservative intraparty warfare: Hereditary Wealth and Patrician Privilege, versus vicious, god™-fueled liars and black-helicopter Randian libertarians.  And on the Left -- well, Hillary.

(It'll be fun.  Jebby is an Empty Suit for the Carlyle Group; Greg Stillson Cruz, Le Gouvernor Placard Perry and Lil' Mikey Huckabee are the Guns 'n Jesus candidates of the Church Of I Kill You ! ; Good-Ole-Boy Sen Graham is there to uphold 'Southern Values'; Randy Paul has a mop of hair [Is there really anything under there?]; and let's not forget Lil' Ricky Santorum extolling Amerikanischer values.

And, there will be plenty of money! Kochbruder money. Addled Sheldon money. Money from corporations and hedge funds and donors abroad. There's so much money -- and there is soft music, and treats, for those who deserve so much; because they are the Owners, and we are their chattel, one way or another. Go vote, Little People; do as we bid you. Then clean our toilets.

(On the Left , despite the fact that Bernie Sanders is an adult, as is Elizabeth Warren, it makes no difference. We're going to get a Hillary candidacy filled with Hillary issues -- it's fated; she's watched Ken Burns' The Roosevelts sixty bazillion times now and wants her own documentary.

(And lest we forget -- Herr Obama has been a lasting, fucking disappointment. But, hey; he was America's first non-Caucasian President. And Bin Laden!  S'all good. Corporations are people !!

(But, before you laugh too much at the capering antics of the Right -- remember what people like Mitzy are. Remember how they see the world, and what they believe your place is in it.)
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I Just Really Like This Graphic.

It was surrealistic; Marcel Duchamp could have written the script:  Mitzy, arriving at The White House for lunch with the Once and Future President Of The United States, Barack Hussein Obama. The pair photographed shaking hands in the Oval Office -- Romney a textbook image of awkward discomfort, Obama at ease, hand-in-pocket casual. It was bizarre; What did these two people have to talk about, really?

This was followed by a Washington Post article which underscores how badly out of touch, how In The Bubble the Republicans were -- and specifically Romney, his wife Ann, and Little Paulie Ryan. All of them were served Kool-Aid by GOP pollsters, and had been drinking it for months.  Reality arrived on election night.

In a conference call with big-money donors after the loss, Romney claimed he had failed to win because of "big promises" made by Obama and the Democrats of entitlements or social program spending to specific constituencies -- Hispanics, African-Americans; 'the youth'. It wasn't because the message the GOP delivered during the campaign -- that they were the party of wealth, godliness, racism, homophobia and Good-Ol'-Boy southern power -- was so out of touch with... well, Reality.

At nearly the same time, one of Romney's campaign advisors quipped that Romney had carried the (Republican-defined) true middle-class voters, so by inference had actually 'won' the election. He hadn't failed. He hadn't really 'lost', and the Republican Party was really strong and a reflection of real America -- because the People Who Mattered had all voted for Mitzy. Simple! Wasn't it?

Now, Romney is in seclusion in San Diego -- not far from San Clemente, where another bitter Republican loser nursed his wounds, after being forced to resign ahead of an Impeachment for conducting a criminal conspiracy from the Oval Office. His wife, Ann, is heartbroken, and just can't make herself ride the horses again (These are rich people, remember. They can afford to buy, house and keep horses).
“Is [Romney] disappointed? Of course he’s disappointed. He’s like 41,” adviser Ron Kaufman said, referring to former president George H.W. Bush. “Forty-one would hate to lose a game of horseshoes to the gardener in the White House, and Mitt hates to lose. He’s a born competitor.”
Comparing the contest between Romney and Obama this past year, with an image of GHW Bush vs. the 'White House Gardener' is telling, given who Romney believes he is -- and who the GOP perceives Obama to be... because Romney is an elite multimillionaire with extensive property, investment holdings and Cayman Island accounts, and you're not.

That was really the crux of the election just past, and the Right is utterly gobsmacked to have lost -- not just the Presidency; they lost in most of the hotly-contested, controversial Senate and House races. The American voting population rejected their message.

The Right has been living in a Cloud-Koo-Koo Land of evangelical wishful thinking and Troglodyte hubris since the mid-1990's, and on the night of November 6th, that collapsed on itself again -- as it did in November of 2006, and again in 2008. All the bizarre, self-serving sore-loser comments made by Rightist pundits, the screeching of the Lard Boys and Little Mikey Wieners, ever since only serves to make that clearer.

If Romney had won, the next four years would have etched the divide between  people like Mitzy and Ann and The Rest Of You even deeper into American society -- and Romney would have presided over that with gusto, because he truly believes in that kind of social stratification as the natural order, something ordained by god.

Which is why, after the majority of the American people voted No to this notion, Mitzy is having such a hard time adjusting.

Meanwhile, back in Oz On The Potomac, President Boner and President Yertle The Turtle and President Graham and President Cantor are saying they will not play nicely with the evil illegitimate Socialist up the White House what thinks he's Prestident.

They intend to force Obama to give them what they could not win at the ballot box by dint of typical Rethug behavior -- bait-and-switch, outright lying, threats, and posturing for the cameras. Little Rupert's Fox is ready to support all this by repeating those same lies over and over, 24-7.  And all this is standard operating procedure for the Right, though these same tactics didn't work in the months leading up to the election. 

In November, the Republicans lost because they only saw what they wanted to see. So far, they haven't really admitted to themselves that they did, in fact, lose the election in a very fundamental and substantial way -- that the very 'Republican Brand' may be heading for extinction.  The reasons for that loss don't seem to have made any difference to the Republican Congressional leadership -- but, clearly, like Mitzy, they have Bubble problems of their own.

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