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Thursday, September 29. 2011
"Okay, folks, let's get down to business. Jane, you're fired. It's been a resoundingly successful couple of weeks and I'm proud of the whole team. Department heads, please make sure your staff are aware of upper management's approval. They set out two specific goals for us, and we've accomplished both of them handily. Yes, Mary?"
"Make that two and a half, boss. Doc and Jeanette have cooked up a little something special. I'll get to it later."
"We'll look forward to it. Okay, our first goal was to get the candidates to focus on the usual crap, like Social Security and Medicare, rather than the umpteen jillion programs and entitlements that would actually make a difference if they had the balls to cut them. What'd you call it, Shirley?"
"The 'Don Quixote Plan'. We've got them tilting at immense windmills they don't have a hope in hell of beating. Social Security and Medicare are familiar names that everyone knows and are comfortable arguing about, so it's an easy trap to get sucked into. And, given that every candidate for the past thirty years has promised to 'clean up' or 'fix' Social Security, all it's doing is making them into just another bland brand of standard fare politicos. Yawn."
"Getting sidetracked with the Ponzi Scheme definition was truly a masterful stroke. Wasn't that your doing, Mack?"
"I'll humbly take some credit, oh great leader. Perry actually said Social Security is 'like' a Ponzi Scheme, but by the time we paid off the editors bureau and the bloggers cartel, it became 'IS' a Ponzi Scheme, and you saw the results. Two solid weeks wasted on nothing but semantics while striking the fear of god into the nation's elderly. It just doesn't get any better than that."
"Outstanding work, Mack. And who was it that put the bug in the Witch's ear about Perry's 'crony capitalism'? Shirley?"
"That would be Jim Buschnel and his team inside Bachmann's camp. Most of her advisers were against it, knowing it was going to make her appear vicious and vindictive — a typical conservative female politician, in other words — and we all saw what happened in last week's Florida straw poll. Dead last. But Jim and his team kept claiming how it would deal Perry a 'fatal blow', and, in the end, she just couldn't resist."
"She just couldn't resist blowing Rick Perry?"
"Buschnel told me at the MSM celebration party afterward that the real joke was that they never actually used the word 'Perry' in their discussions with Bachmann. His team simply kept asking her, 'Don't you want to deliver the fatal blow?' They just casually forgot to mention who the fatal blow would end up being against."
"Perfect! You want another Richard Nixon, folks? Just vote for Rick 'I am not a crook' Perry! Yes, Jim?"
"At the risk of incurring the boss' wrath by using the dreaded P word..."
"Go ahead, Jim. All we need is a little advance warning so we can mentally steel ourselves."
"Well, so far, Sarah Palin has remained the apple of the Tea Party's eye, right? She has done no wrong. Unlike Perry, who after only a few weeks has already managed to alienate a big chunk of the voters by calling the US Treasury 'treasonous', Social Security a 'fraud', his attempt to kill innocent young girls with a barely-tested vaccine and encouraging illegal immigrants to invade our country by rewarding their offspring, Palin has managed to avoid any such stigma for four long years, despite our best efforts."
"Well, except for claiming she could see Russia from her house."
"And not knowing which newspapers she reads every day."
"And using her baby as a political prop."
"Right, but none of those have the same zing, the same pop that killing off young girls and old people has. Worse, the Queen Bitch has fended off every attack by our valiant FemLib troops, never showing any bias to one gender or the other. Men, women, amateurs, professionals, politicians, voters; they were all gender-neutral in her eyes. Until now."
"So, the Royal Bitch finally shows her true colors by ripping apart her own party just to side with another woman. Would you see the above if Paul or Romney had made the accusation instead of Bachmann? Very doubtful. So, no longer pure, no longer unsullied. It's the first dark seed of doubt ever to enter her followers' hearts, and there it will fester and grow. She has now shown herself to be partisan, and once one shows that side of oneself, it's inferred that he or she can be partisan in any area, and, in politics, that usually translates to money. With this one little act, she's implied she can be bought, just like any normal politician. The magic is gone, folks. Boss, try not to openly weep with joy."
"(sniff) Sorry, everyone. It's just that magical little moments like this are what make this job truly worthwhile."
"We understand, boss. I've got a tear in my eye, too. It's not often that you get to see history unfold before your very eyes."
"The end of an era."
"A chapter closes."
"The dream is dying."
"Okay, so steps one and two have been accomplished. We've got them focused on issues they don't have a snowball's chance in hell of actually fixing, ignoring all the entitlements and exorbitant pensions that, if cut, could actually make a real and discernible difference, and the infighting between them is taking on the characteristics of an alley cat brawl. Jane? What's the story on Cain and his surprise Florida win?"
"Two words, everybody. Straw. Poll."
"Good point. All right, let's move on. Mary, you said you had some icing on the cake?"
"You bet, glorious leader. My department's been busy whipping up a new TV ad campaign destined to drive a stake right through the emotional heart of America. May I use the projector?"
"Go right ahead. Doc Murky again?"
"Yep. He came up with the idea and Jeanette's helping him work on the production details. We have the first one ready to air. Would you get the lights, please, Steve?"
(room lights come back on)
"Jeez, that's just marvelous, Mary. Are they really trying to take down the P.O.?"
"Who the hell knows, boss. If they'd tear down Social Security, they'd tear down anything."
"Too true. Please give Doc and Jeanette our kudos for a job well done. Steve, bring us up to speed on any remaining potential candidates and the final date of commitment."
"In a nutshell, Giuliani's not showing any interest and the P word hasn't uttered a peep since her 'Perry is a crook' debacle. Christie is out, at least according to his brother-in-law's second cousin on his mom's side. Final date to get in the Florida primary is the end of October, but that'll be too late to gain much traction even for the Royal Bitch, so I'd give them to the middle of the month and no further. Personally, I think the field is already set."
"Good enough. Okay, people, listen up. Our first two goals have been accomplished, but there's still a long way to go. Don't forget, with an 80% reelection rate for incumbents, we've got history on our side and should be able to squish these people like bugs, but, as we're all sadly aware, the American voter can occasionally be downright unmanageable. Sometimes, it's almost like they have a will of their own. Yes, Shirley?"
"Don't sweat it, boss. Not only will we continue to encourage the candidates to claw at each others' throats, but we'll constantly remind the public how frustrated they are with the current selection with our new 'still looking for' meme."
"Excellent! Let's stick with that meme right through voting day. All right, people, you know what to do. Let's get to work!"
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MSM Couldn’t Organize A Clusterfark in a Whorehouse
The Morning Meeting at MSM Headquarters 9/29 - Maggie’s Farm Minutes of the meetings: 7/14, 7/21, 8/2 Minutes from this morning’s meeting are below the fold. Nah. They’re just not that smart. ...
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Election 2012: The Nevada debate tonight
First off, before the peanut gallery pipes up with "Not another debate, already!", I should note that the last debate was solely about economics, and that the previous debate was a month before, so it's been a while since we've heard Perr
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Paul's coverage is kind of strange. There was a point around the second or third debate where I was seeing him mentioned almost every day, then suddenly, poof! I think the MSM looks at third parties like a fad, something to drag out of the closet when appropriate, then shove away until next time.
Ron Paul won't be talked about at all if Gary Johnson got any coverage.
1 - Actually, that gather 'round the Post Office lobby isn't that far from the truth - at least for me anyway. When I lived in Woodstock, population of 6,500 permanent, there were four postoffices and five zip codes (that is the truth). Our post office in South Woodstock was the Saturday morning gathering for local news, gossip, the latest New England sports debacle, politics (local/state/national) and everything in between. Usually presided over by the office post master, but sometimes others would fill the role.
2 - Sarah Palin. Sometime somebody has to do a post on why she's so politically attractive to conservatives and anathema to liberals. I just don't get it. The way I look at Palin is exactly how I look at President Obama - empty suit, flash in the pan, how ever you want to describe here today, done tomorrow.
3 - What? No Ron Paul swipes from MSM?
4 - Cain/McMillan in 2012!!!!
I'm with you on Palin. Natural attractiveness initially grabbed my attention along with her eccentric location and initial sound bites sounded good, but she just hasn't worn well with me. The more I've heard her and watched her the more I think political celebrity gadfly. I think she's about past her 'best used by' date.
I'm OK with a technocrat like Romney as POTUS. Might just be what we need; someone who understands the current path is unsustainable and hires a bunch of hatchet guys to reform and shrink the bureaucracy.
1. I meant it to be exactly the truth. You'll notice that all the bloggers and writers who want to disband the P.O. (James Taranto, TigerHawk, Hot Air, Pajamas, etc) are all city people.
2. I was talking with my next-door neighbor (female, mid-50's) about Palin yesterday and she said something like, "I like her because she's so much like normal people!" Any other questions about her popularity?
3. I'm insulted! Here Jeanette and I go to all that work to produce an Emmy-winning political ad -- and you MISS the Ron Paul reference? Jeanette will be crushed when I tell her.
4. McMillan comes across as too desperate to win something...anything!..., so desperate that he'd actually abandon his faithful and beloved Rent Is Too Damn High party and join the (cough!) Republicans. Traitor.
Now that's a ticket I could support. Whoever wins better get Christie in the admin to take the role of bad/crazy cop. I'd like to see him take down ALL the big and stupid deparments...Commerce, Education, Agriculture, Energy...
If those departments shouldn't be anything more then data collectors/analysts if they exist at all.
Christie is Obamaheavy. He makes Romney look like a conservative...
Believes in Global Warming and Carbon Taxes? Check.
Anti second amendment gun grabbber? Check.
For giving amnesty to Illegal Aliens? Check. (And just think how people got their knickers in a twist about Perry having to deal with an in state tuition law that was passed by the Texas Legislature...)
Acted to essentially give amnesty to Illegals by declining to prosecute them when he was a US Attorney? Check.
Pro Ground Zero Mosque? Check.
Has called Obama 'a great ally'? Check.
I think Christie's appeal is that he is so plain and forcefully spoken and also maybe because the rest of the country hasn't heard about some of the things you mention.
I listened to his speech at the Reagan Library and was not terribly impressed. It was ok, but not a lot better than that for me. I, like a lot of people, like his style and most of his substance (that I was familiar with before your post) was not terribly objectionable so it was a positive. I had some of the same feeling about a Marco speech posted here a few weeks ago. It was mostly ok, but when he started talking about the government not letting people fall through the cracks, he lost me. That's how we ended up with SS, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, and a whole host of nice sounding but disastrous programs.
Agreed, I really don't have much info or exposure to Christie. I might not like him much when I get to know more about him.
I liked your first response MUCH more than this one. The knock on Christie has been the same from the beginning -- he's not a 'true conservative', but my response would be, 'Who gives a fuck?' Look at the terrific job he's doing, and this is in New Jersey, probably the second-most corrupt state after Louisiana. If he can accomplish in Washington half of what he's accomplished in N.J., we'd be way better off. Like Perry, his adversaries in the N.J. Legislature will criticize him to High Hell and back -- but they'll admit at the very end that, yes, he's extremely good at reaching across the aisle. And if you want things accomplished in Washington, I'd suggest that's prerequisite #1.
It would be great to have Christie go after unions and spending, etc., but I would not be happy if he went after my guns, instituted a carbon tax, cozied up to radical islamists, or gave amnesty to 14 million illegal immigrants.
I like him and I think he would be worlds better than Obummer, but I think we can do better. In any case, he's not running. I'm amazed that people are mad at him because he doesn't want to run!
Any other questions about her popularity?
Yes - why do people perceive her as "normal"? She's anything but normal. How many politicians can you name that abandon a successful career just as it gets started? Her constant chase of media attention isn't "normal". Neither is her apparent lack of political research witnessed by her support of Christine "I am not a witch" O'Donnell and Michelle "Perry is a crony captalist - don't pay any attention to the Merck endorsement and money I got from them" Bachmann. How'd that piling on of Rick Perry thing work for her? And her voice - she puts Margaret Hamilton to shame for pure body shuddering screech. And on and on and on.
If that's "normal", I'd like to know what isn't "normal" for a politician.
"Yes - why do people perceive her as 'normal'?"
Oh, well, that's an easy one. Because people perceive her as 'normal'. She doesn't try to hide her accent with studied voice lessons, she has a ready, easy smile, she carries herself like a real woman, as referred to the typical stick-up-their-ass female politicians, and she has great taste in bras. None of that 'natural' saggy stuff for this hot little ticket, no sir! High and proud, just the way we like 'em.
The bottom line is that for four long years both sides of the aisle have been accusing her of "not being like normal D.C. politicians" -- a cut if coming from the Left, a compliment if coming from the Right. If you're suddenly going to jump on the "Palin is just like every other politician" bandwagon, I suggest you get a fresh team of horses. :)
I ain't jumpin' on no Palin band wagon. I think she's a total waste of time and effort. Along with Ron Paul. Maybe they should have an affair or something - they are about at the same level of being inconsequential to anybody or anything except for their loyal fan base - which in Palin's case is diminishing by the second.
I'm telling you - Cain/McMillan - the natural pairing and they are both black - take that Democrats!!
Of course, I would go for Cain/Rubio, Perry/Rubio, or even Romney/Rubio.