Greetings From The Land Of Nixon — The Sequel

I thought that it would never end but, blissfully, it did. Syanora Obamabots, adios PUMAS and hit the road “repugs”. Five billion bucks (and change) later it is all over. Hallelujah!! once again we got the best goddamn government money can buy.

The passage of Proposition 8’s shock wave is passing through California. It seems that some are upset that the Mormon church prodded it’s adherents into contributing two thirds of the funding for the passage of the proposition banning same sex marriage. The opponents of the measure are taking umbrage. The second largest temple in the world operated by the LDS is being picketed in West LA.
A quick look at the Utah contributions show that some high rollers boosted the stakes with hundred grand and million dollar contributions. My favorite is the “homemaker” in a suburb just south of Salt Lake City that ponyed up 50 grand. The woman is a wizard with the egg money.

So far the minority vote’s big part in passing the measure has been noted but is not being played up in the press. Gay protesters and Mormons make better copy.

Nevada just turned blue. Two of their three Representative are now Democrats. The state assembly and senate are now controlled by the Democrats as well. There may be some euphoria now but times are hard as evidenced by the rumors that the Rio Casino is in trouble. Back in the old days business problems were solved by a hole in the desert. Nowadays it’s more complicated.

Idaho and Montana remain red, although Montana is looking a bit wobbly. Larry Craig of Idaho did not run for the Senate after the wee problem he had in the men’s room in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport His GOP replacement, Jim Risch, creamed his opponent 2:1. By the way Mick, Risch succeeded Butch Otter, as Lieutenant governor in 2007.

Closure was finally achieved in the governor’s race in Washington. Four years ago Democrat Christine Gregoire beat her opponent by a handfull of votes on the third recount. This year the race was frightful, coating the airwaves with solid diatribe. The incumbent won this time by over a hundred thousand votes. The residents were so sick and tired of the factious governor’s race that taking the easy way out was appealing: Accordingly they passed the assisted suicide measure.

Our version of the silly season is now over. Change we can believe is about to transform our factious politics and we can bask in the audacity of hope.

Today I counted two websites collecting petition signatures for impeaching Obama.

  • Tanizaki Jun’ichiro

    “Syanora”? Um, did you mean “Sayonara”?
    Personally, I prefer “hasta la Microsoft Vista, baby”, but I’m easily amused.

  • Pendants hang
    pedants should

    Best of wishes to the horse you rode in on.

  • 6countyprod

    Smilin jim,

    ‘A quick look at the Utah contributions show that some high rollers boosted the stakes with hundred grand and million dollar contributions.’

    You seem to be good at following the money. Maybe sometime you can give us a rundown on how much money was given to BO via illegitimate sources.

  • Rory

    “Illegitimate sources”?

    Fair enough, 6countyprod, just so long as we can also have the names, addresses, e-mail, ‘phone numbers and favourite watering holes of the bastards who backed the McCain/Palin ticket.

  • Nice to see our greatest political export is still that old reliable: “Whataboutery”!

    Nice report Jim!! Did you catch Gore Vidal on YouTube we put up yesterday, or the day before?

  • Just looked up ‘Repugs’, and got this: http://tinyurl.com/68vk5t

  • Rory

    Firstly, a sheepish, ‘guilty as charged, m’lud’, to Mick on the ‘whataboutery’. Must try harder.

    There seems to me a certain self-defeating aspect to Mormonism’s opposition to male gay marriage at least. Wouldn’t an increase in the number of non-Mormon males marrying each other leave more women available so that Mormons could more successfully promote the benefits of polygamy and also aid proselytisation among non-Mormon women? Perhaps even point to polygamy as a social necessity that ought to be legalised? Or at least to be tolerated, Texas-style.

    As for me, I really don’t think that I could cope with more than one of Herself.

  • picador

    Jim,

    I’ve really enjoyed your posts – full of ascerbic wit. Is there really someome called Butch Otter?

  • Comrade “Vegas addict” Stalin

    Jim,

    The Rio in Las Vegas was always a troublesome thing and I never understood why Harrah’s took it over. The off-strip location means that you have to go out of your way to get there. I went there on my first trip to LV a couple of years ago but there’s no particular reason to return.

    Vegas is a tricky place to call. MGM are proceeding with CityCenter, obviously taking a hefty gamble (hey, that’s their business), a gamble that Boyd decided not to take with Echelon, but I think it will be the low-end places that will suffer from higher airfares and fuel prices and reduced disposable income. I’d wager that the high-end joints, Wynn (and the new Encore), Bellagio etc will do fine. The richest people will remain the richest people recession or no recession, and they’ll continue to fly to the place in their private jets. On the other hand, I would have put the Venetian in this category except that I read recently that the LV Sands corp is likely to default on some of it’s debt.

  • susan

    Absolutely wonderful stuff, Smilin’ Jim. Now I have to read it over a few times more to figure out what it all means. I watched Mick’s clip and still haven’t a clue what a repug is. And I think I must be confusing “PUMA” with “Urban Cougar,” better hit the Google button.

  • Wilde Rover

    Smilin Jim,

    “Hallelujah!! once again we got the best goddamn government money can buy.”

    Yes Jim, the money has been slipped into the g-string and now the people paying will expect their lap dance.

    “The opponents of the measure are taking umbrage.”

    Nice euphemism. I believe some posters on certain websites have called for the burning of Mormon churches.

    “So far the minority vote’s big part in passing the measure has been noted but is not being played up in the press.”

    The people who ensured a Democratic victory were the ones who voted this proposal in. Irony of ironies.

    “Change we can believe is about to transform our factious politics and we can bask in the audacity of hope.”

    That reminds me of Little Orphan Annie singing about the sun coming out tomorrow. Nice.

    “Today I counted two websites collecting petition signatures for impeaching Obama.”

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Obama isn’t even President-Elect, at least technically. That decision has to be reached by the Electoral College on December 15th, with the votes counted on January 6th, right?

    And if it is proven that he was born in Kenya, or that he was born in the US but became an Indonesian (via his mother’s marriage) and then a naturalized US citizen, he wouldn’t be eligible to become POTUS, right?

    Keep smilin Jim.

  • I’ve been wondering if McCain’s decision to pick Romney was linked in any way to a calculation that the Dems would link the Mormon campaign on Prop 8 to Romney and thus label Romney as one heartbeat away from a theocracy.

  • @Wilde Rover – his birth certificate has been authenticated. He was born in Hawaii, end of story – so says the Hawaii government and the judiciary. Remember, the candidate not born in the United States ran for the GOP.

  • 6countyprod

    SJ
    ‘Change we can believe is about to transform our factious politics and we can bask in the audacity of hope.’

    We are all anxiously waiting to see what this ‘change’ actually is.

    One of my favourite quotes of this election cycle comes from Mark Steyn: Obama has marinated in the swamps of the Chicago political machine and the campus radicalism of William Ayers and Rashid Khalidi.

    Now, with a 20-year slow cook under the fiery breath of Rev Racist Wright, we will get to experience the full flavour of ObamaNation.

    Rory,
    Don’t you find it interesting that, despite the fact that 90% of the media was backing him, BO got only 400,000 more votes than Bush did in ’04? One would think with all the hype that BO won by a landslide. Far from it, eh!

  • @6countyprod – read this before ranting further about Khalidi
    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/10/the-khalidi-gam.html

  • Rory

    Keep going, 6countyprod, you’ll soon have yourself convinced that Obama lost, that McCain succumbed to a fatal heart attack on learning of his own surprising triumph and that Sarah Palin is now lady-in-waiting to be the Leaderene of the Free World.

    But meanwhile you can console yourself with the comfort that it was probably the white half of Obama that actually won or perhaps that he’s really a white dude who only ‘blacked up’ in order to confuse the Afro-American population and trick them into voting for him.

    Why don’t you invite Mark Steyn over for a drink and you and he can cry gently into your beer together?

  • 6cp,

    Dems haven’t done landslides since LBJ… I agree about the Chicago machine… Though to be fair he didn’t have to lean on it the Kennedy had to in Cook County. He got himself sufficiently comfortably over the line not to need it.

    But there’s an interesting discussion between Anne Althouse and Glenn Reynolds in which Anne notes that as a law professor she sits on committees with people from the extreme left exactly like Ayers.

    She does it as part of her job. As did Obama (in my understanding). That’s not campus radicalism in the way it is commonly understood, more particularly in the way Steyn is crafting it.

    There is no doubt this election was bought, and not just in money terms. The various equivalents of the ‘Swift Boat Veterans’ were ripped down and torn to shreds before they got any distance by online activists like those at TPM Muckracker.

    And no future Presidential candidate is going to try and pull a fast one like McCain did with Palin knowing just how rough and damaging ‘peer review by internet’ can be.

    One thing that should happen, but won’t because all levels of the state curated by democratically elected officials is real follow up on various talking points during the election: one, to find if they were anything more than partisan talking points; take action if they are.

    Checking online subscriptions accord with US law would be one worth going for.

  • PS,

    Do the terms dimpled chads; Texan electoral law; George Bush; and the Supreme Court mean anything to you?

  • Harry Flashman

    @Mark

    “his birth certificate has been authenticated. He was born in Hawaii, end of story – so says the Hawaii government and the judiciary. Remember, the candidate not born in the United States ran for the GOP.”

    Really? As a matter of curiosity I never heard that, have you a link? I understood that the Governor of Hawaii “sealed” the document so that it could never be seen by anyone other than Obama which I have to admit seemed like a rather odd thing to do, why not simply put the blasted thing out there once and for all and be done with it rather than let the conspiracy cooks run with it for generations?

    I’d be interested in a link to this authentication so that I can calm some of the odder types with whom I debate on other forums.

    @Mick

    In fairness there’s a bit more to the Ayers connection than simply sitting on boards together, it would appear that Obama’s political career was launched in Ayers’ house.

    Anyway like the birth cert it’s last week’s news, the people of the US have spoken and it’s time to move on.

  • Harry,

    The Prof linked about a week ago…

  • Harry Flashman

    OK, sorry I must have missed it, could you link again? It would certainly settle a few arguments for me elsewhere, thanks.

  • Harry Flashman

    Hmmm, ok I really don’t want to sound like a half crazed internet conspiracy theorist, trust me I have debated them elsewhere, but that link is some guy on the internet saying “oh yes I’ve seen the cert, and I confirm it’s genuine and you’ll all have to take my word for that”.

    Look I’m willing to believe the guy was born in Hawaii, I’d be stunned to think he would run the chance of being exposed if he wasn’t, furthermore if there was a sliver of doubt Hillary would have pounced on it a year ago, so I can only ask, why is this thing even allowed to bubble on? Why is some obscure website the best proof that the birth cert is genuine (that proof being you’ll simply have to accept the word of the website)? For Pete’s sake just put the blasted cert out there, let every one see it, where the feck is the harm? He’d put out his tax returns if anyone questioned them, McCain made his medical records public.

    Just let the electorate see the freakin’ birth cert, stop shilly-shallying, get it out there and put an end to the conspiracy theorists once and for all. Otherwise this thing will never go away and frankly if the Obama people can’t do something so downright simple then they have to accept responsibility for letting this crazy idea rumble on.

  • latcheeco

    Mornin’Jim,
    Didn’t a good part of the yes vote come in from the democrats large minority turnout (black/hispanic). Irony for the republicans that the communities they like to vilify to their base turn out to be the most conservative on certain issues. Like the lawbiding Catholic community in the north they are very much maligned and misunderstood.

  • 6countyprod

    Mike: The various equivalents of the ‘Swift Boat Veterans’ were ripped down and torn to shreds

    The swift boat men were defamed by sections of the media and the internet. They were the honourable ones in the controversy, the ones who were stating the truth. It is a sad day when stating facts, or asking simple questions exposes people (like JTP and the lady who survived an abortion attempt) to the wrath of vicious political machines. But that’s the way things operate.

    Now that Obama has been elected, I doubt that Obama’s past associations are going to have any impact on the American electorate or political discourse for the next couple of years, so in a sense, it is futile to continue discussing them. The thing that is important, however, is understanding the influence that these folks – Ayers, Wright, Rezko, etc. – have had on Obama. They are the ‘father figures’ in his life, and have helped him to form his current view of the world.

    It is going to be interesting to see if Obama is in fact as radical and left-leaning as some of his record would indicate.

  • latcheeco

    6CP,
    OK I’ll bite. Where’s your evidence that they are father figures? Where’s your evidence that they and not his mother and grandparents formed his world view?

  • Comrade “Vegas addict” Stalin

    latcheeco,

    I’m inclined to agree with the reasoning behind your question, and wonder why his friends in the Harvard Law Review aren’t considered “father figures” in the same respect.

  • latcheeco

    Comrade,
    Get out of that morally dissolute capitalist hellhole toute suite before you’re infected.

  • Glenn definitely mentioned it last week, I just can’t find it Harry. And that’s a right wing blogger that he linked in the summer.

    6cp,

    Right or wrong, what the swift vets did was to question the veracity of the whole US Military honours system in order to neutralise a Presidential candidate.

  • latcheeco

    In fairness Mick,
    Didn’t Kerry do something similar when he publically threw his medals away?

  • 6countyprod

    Kerry made all sorts of accusations against his former comrades in arms that turned out to be pure fabrications. His colleagues called him on it. But that’s old Bush/Kerry stuff.

    Getting back to Obama and who influenced him. Yes, maybe his friends at Harvard were mentors and had an impact on him. Problem is, none of them are allowed or want to talk about P-E O. Who were they? Obama’s higher education process, before, during and post Harvard is a well kept secret. No paper trail. Locked up grades and papers. Nothing to show for his time at Harvard. We learned a lot about Palin, but nothing about Obama. How come?

    It just seems weird that we still know so little about Obama.

    Mike: …she sits on committees with people from the extreme left exactly like Ayers. She does it as part of her job. As did Obama

    I can’t believe we are back talking about Ayers, but here are two links that show the duplicity of Obama in talking about ‘a man in the neighbourhood’:

    CNN pulls the Ayers’ rug on Obama

    Top ten Obama-Ayers highlights over the past twenty years

  • OK, so everyone wants to talk about Obama and has no interest in Western politics. I can handle that. Hells bells, most of the time it bores the tits off me too.

    First a clarification of terms

    PUMA —-> Party Unity My Ass
    Coined by a group of Hillary supporters who were very upset when the Democrat Party hierarchy chose Obama over Clinton. They got some press in June & July but never numbered enough to fit in a bus shelter, despite a large Internet footprint. For those of you who remember the Reagan years, think Reagan Democrat.

    REPUG —> Republican
    Pseudo insider jargon used with dismaying frequency by Democrat bloggers and blog commentors. Use of the term was designed to display destain for the Republicans and to impress the reader that the user was sophisticated by the use of the term. Relate this to Republicans who insist on speaking only Irish in mixed groups.

    Next let us speak of the President Elect.

    Obama is a well manufactured candidate, but manufactured nonetheless. When he left Colombia with a BA and started the community organizing work in Chicago with an eye on politics he was confronted with two very distinct problems. He was never going to get political money without the Chicago Machine: He needed to network with white people. He was never going to get votes unless he could network with black people, several shades darker than him.

    The white angle was addressed easily because he was raised in the white culture. Once he left Chicago to get his law degree he found that he could network easily with well-educated white kids and excel. He can also communicate very well with white liberals.

    Ayers is a touchstone with this old white liberal structure since he is a 60’s leftie rock star: Ergo Obama or the Obamas, counting Michelle, hobnob with the guy who blew up the Pentagon crapper and mingle with his associates. This networking leads to the old SDS crowd which leads to Acorn and the SEIU. Thus our lad networked his way into the liberal wing of the Chicago Machine and found ties to organized labor. This leads to the money, including Rezko.
    Step One check.

    The black angle I covered in another comment but I’ll repeat it here. Black inner-city politics is racist in extreme. If you have a Netflix account watch Street Fight for a wild ride through a Newark, NJ mayoral race.

    Obama’s primary problem in the Chicago black community was that he is a light-skinned kid from Hawaii raised in the white culture and without an urban accent. He had only spent two years east of the Mississippi when he first moved to Chicago after obtaining a degree at Colombia. He has a life story which is beyond exotic when compared with the life experience on the south side of Chicago.

    He is unlike any of our black politicians of the Jessie Jackson brand insofar as he is an integrated mixed race man. He was not raised to be hardwired into the black-is-beautiful and separatist mantras that emerged when SNCC and CORE drummed the white kids out of the civil rights movement in the early 60’s.

    This leads to the need for Trinity membership and to the Reverend Wright. He needed to mix with the industrial-strength, heavy-duty Chicago black culture to rebrand himself in the eyes of the black community, his constituency.
    Step Two check.

    In all these cases he has networked his way to success. In the process some of these links have brought him grief. He has had no problem whatsoever in all cases severing these links once they prove toxic. He’s really not the guy you want to have a beer with although he will convince you that he is.

    Obama is a determined executive, possibly a ruthless one, who just hired a Type-A enforcer who served in the IDF and whose pappy was an agent of the Irgun.

    Good thing, this is not the time for Kumbaya

  • Sam Graham

    The thing that amazes me is for a country that has 300 million people how utterly stupid Americans now are.

    How could the GOP choose such an inept senile fool like McCain when they knew he would be up against the shining charismatic young Chicago lawyer? For instance, Romney would have blown Obama away by his brilliant business skills and knowledge.

    How could so many Americans in the worst financial Crisis in history make such a fool of themselves in weeping and genuflecting over a man who has no clue about economics, has two years less executive experience that Palin, and has achieved in his lightweight pampered life exactly what?

    Obama has promised “change” – err, and thats about it. Ohh… he will raise tax for the middle classes. What a financial whizz kid he will be.

    Please turn the lights out in USA. Expect lots of foaming at the mouth and indulgent trips around Europe for Obama for the next 6 months before the reality of rising unemployment, recession wipes the smug grin of the Democrat Saviour.

    Hitchens does a good job today in exposing this – it is a pity his colleagues in the Mail had not his moral courage last week in doing the same.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1084111/PETER-HITCHENS-The-night-waved-goodbye-America–best-hope-Earth.html

  • Comrade Stalin

    How could so many Americans in the worst financial Crisis in history make such a fool of themselves in weeping and genuflecting over a man who has no clue about economics, has two years less executive experience that Palin, and has achieved in his lightweight pampered life exactly what?

    What, you mean Americans have a reputation for electing people who have experience and clue about economics ?

  • 6countyprod

    Obama is off to an inauspicious start.

    First he insults the wife of one of America’s most popular presidents and has to apologise; then he has a simple telephone conversation with the presdient of one of the US’s main allies, and leaves a very confused impression which has to be clarified by his aides; and then he has to withdraw his suggestion of compulsory community service.

    Is he ready to be president?

  • Greenflag

    Sam Graham ,

    ‘For instance, Romney would have blown Obama away by his brilliant business skills and knowledge.’

    Americans obviously prefer a ‘Moslem’ to a ‘Mormon’ . Romney could’nt make it past third place in the Republican primaries ffs .

    Remember America is a Christian country and Mormons are not Christian ‘ Also prior to the recent Wall St crisis Utah led the USA in terms of financial frauds , tax evasions and no end of corporate swindling 🙁

    America had enough of that from the Bush /Cheney shower without another doese from Romney and the LDS’s 🙁

  • Greenflag

    smilin jim ,

    ‘and whose pappy was an agent of the Irgun.’

    Some Muslim Obama turned out to be eh . Imagine that a Moslem hiring a Jew to be his chief of Staff .

    Well they seem to be making a better fist of it than Messers Robinson and McGuinness back in toad in the hole land

  • Greenflag

    Out of the mouth of babes and fools always the truth eh ? . I’ll let the Bush/Republican apologists decide whether or not the ‘babe ‘ is a fool 😉

    Sarah Palin told local reporters in Alaska that unhappiness with the Bush administration’s Iraq war policy and spending record were responsible for the GOP ticket’s defeat this year.

    ( in plain english – it was NOT Sarah Palin who lost the election )

    “I think the Republican ticket represented too much of the status quo, too much of what had gone on in these last eight years, that Americans were kind of shaking their heads like going, wait a minute, how did we run up a $10 trillion debt in a Republican administration?’

    Indeed -fiscal conservatives were not amused .Note of course she had to ‘think’ about this ? Somethings just seem more obvious to some people than others eh ?

    “How have there been blunders with war strategy under a Republican administration? If we’re talking change, we want to get far away from what it was that the present administration represented, and that is to a great degree what the Republican Party at the time had been representing. So people desiring change I think went as far from the administration that is presently seated as they could. It’s amazing that we did as well as we did.”’

    She got that right .

    This sequel will run again and again all the way to 2012 .