Sunday, 12/19/10, Public Square

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  1. Call it Obama’s Wonderful Life. Ex-Bush aide Matt Latimer imagines what would have happened if the Republican ticket had taken the White House in 2008—and where the world would be now.

    “President John McCain is pledging to move quickly to fill the vacancy left by Sarah Palin’s stunning announcement last week that she would not complete her term as vice president of the United States. Denying widespread reports that she and the president are no longer on speaking terms, Vice President Palin, who communicates with the press only through Twitter, tweeted that the overwhelming press scrutiny “from the lamestream media” and actress Tina Fey were making it “darn tootin’ impossible to do this here job.” Already reports are surfacing that Mrs. Palin has signed with a Washington super-agent for a two-part book deal. She is also making preliminary steps to seek a job that she feels will have less press scrutiny: the presidency of the United States.

    “Meanwhile Republicans are urging the Democratic-controlled Senate to promptly confirm McCain’s chosen replacement for Palin: Guam Governor Felix Comacho, whom the president met briefly at a White House reception last year. Mr. Camacho, whose name the president initially mispronounced, is a newcomer on the national political scene but is highly touted by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol.

    “In other White House news, McCain aides are working feverishly to explain the president’s latest reversal, this time on support for an extension of Bush-era tax cuts. McCain, who earlier this month said that the tax cuts he opposed in 2000 were essential for a struggling economy, puzzled reporters yesterday by saying he would not support their extension after all and in fact had never supported it. The tax cut issue is but the latest McCain flip-flop. Last year the Arizonan, whose approval rating has had a slight uptick, to 23 percent, denied that he had ever supported Democratic legislation on health-care reform, global warming, and immigration, calling photographic evidence of his collaborations with leading Senate Democrats “an obvious and easily proven smear job by the far right, far left, or both.”

    “White House spokesperson Dana Perino, asked to comment on the flip-flops that have earned McCain the sobriquet ‘President Mood Ring,’ told reporters that, “Despite the naysayers and cut and run crowd, we are proud that there has not been another terrorist attack on our soil.” Republican National Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham also invoked 9/11 and praised McCain’s inconsistencies as “another sign that the Mac is back.”

    “More WikiLeaks controversy today after top-secret documents revealed that U.S. Secretary of State Joe the Plumber once stunned Saudi Arabia’s Prince Bandar by telling him during a meeting that quote, ‘I learned so much about your country from watching ‘M*A*S*H.’ Secretary Plumber responded to the story by saying he misspoke. He actually had been thinking of ‘Hogan’s Heroes.’

    “Also on the foreign front, President McCain is preparing to send another so-called ‘surge’ of U.S. forces into Iraq in response to the Iraqi parliament’s failure to include ‘In God we Trust’ on all Iraqi currency. ‘They’re going to do it our way whether they like it or not,’ McCain vowed. ‘Otherwise the terrorists win.’

    “On Capitol Hill, top Republicans announced that they have agreed to rent out half of their office space to the overcrowded Democrat majority in what the GOP calls a cost-cutting effort. ‘We don’t need all the space,’ a Republican aide told Politico’s Mike Allen. ‘The GOP is down to Mitch McConnell, Jon Kyl, and John Cornyn. McCain has screwed up so much that all they do now is turn off the lights at night.’

    “In a sign of his party’s continued unpopularity, former President George W. Bush’s publisher today announced another delay in the release of his memoir, tentatively titled, It Was Cheney’s Fault.

    The television screen fades away and President Obama is again alone with his guardian angel.

    “I don’t understand why you showed me this,” Obama says. “It looks like the Democrats would have been much better off without me, well except for Hillary.”

    “You aren’t looking at the big picture,” the angel replies. “Think of all the dreams you have realized for those unfortunate Republicans. All the chances you’ve given them that they never would have had on their own. Why, without you, John Boehner would be a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice by now.”

    “You’re right,” a smiling Obama replies. “My presidency is helping some people.”

    “Yes, it is. Because of you, every time a bell rings another Republican is effortlessly winning political office, whether he deserves it or not.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-12-18/what-if-john-mccain-had-won-the-white-house/2/

  2. tosmarttobegop

    I will admit it is hard to predict how and what a President’s term will be like?
    I saw G. W. Bush as being as vanilla as his father was, more a source for the comics then new worthy.
    Was not expecting much out of him and ready to settle in to at least four years of not much to note.

    By the end of his administration I was concerned that he might declare himself “War time President” and invoke one power given to such a President. That of suspending the elections for the duration of the War on Terror!

    i.e. a Dictatorship, or so it would be under a unending term of a single leader till kingdom come.
    McCain concerned me with his suddenly finding the Neo-Conservative ideology.
    I do believe contrary to the disastrous conclusion of declaring a kind of sort of war on Iran.
    That he would and by now have gotten the country into a yet another war and one that would have made
    “War” look more like that of WWII.

    Using the Neo-Conservative thought process it would be good for the country and for the failing economy.

    “We declared War on Germany and Japan and now look they are strong allies, Capitalist and Democracies!”.

    • While America finishes the final touches of the change to Plutocracy. I think we’re already there and should drop the pretense that we might still be a Republic or a Democracy.

  3. tosmarttobegop

    I tend to agree with that Fnord, it has gotten to be they play that game of slapping another in the back of the head then pointing toward someone else as to blaming.
    The problem is that there is only two people in the room!

    When the incentive is not to improve the U.S. economy but now have yet another excuse for moving even more jobs to other countries. While pretending to be so concerned with employment in the U.S.
    While both parties shouting they are for the common people yet continuing to do things to further the wealth of a select few.

    Moving more power and money to those select few, it reminds my of that line from a Abet and Costello movie.

    A: “How stupid can you get?”

    C: “How stupid do you want me to be? “.

  4. If anyone should harbor any doubts about who owns us, who the puppet masters are who plan in advance for how everything will happen, or that those without power and money matter in the least little bit —

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    WikiLeaks cables: Mervyn King plotted banks bailout by four cash-rich nations

    Bank of England governor suggested new group of UK, US, Swiss and Japan could facilitate global bailout, cable shows

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/dec/13/wikileaks-mervyn-king-bank-bailout

  5. Zippy

    Fnord: They still let us vote, and it can get much, much worse.

    For my part, I’ve been doing a tad more than bitching about it here (or there), and it is best that I leave it at that.

    Ciao, folks.

  6. Zippy

    . . .and there are still far more of us than of them.

  7. Zippy

    P.P.S. Julian Assange may have gotten some people killed–in theory–and I do not in the least approve of that. But that’s not why they’re after him, of course.

    In the event that Wikileaks is forced out of business (censorship completely unrelated to any single action by an individual), there is already talk of a new site called “Open Leaks.”

    Do I generally favor the open dissemination of classified information? No. Do I believe that information that was freely given by to an information outlet remains “classified”? Well, after a document was taken back from a defendant after accidental release–which proved he was subjected to un-American, unconstitutional treatment, and, as importantly, that the government’s case was weak at best–I would be inclined to argue that prior restraint of a third party who receives freely given information is still unconstitutional.

    I guess we’ll see.

  8. Zippy

    Heh, just gotta a say it. The resident conservative over, ya know, are shocked–shocked!–that the Republicans would cut a budget-busting deal to benefit the wealthy.

    Apparently, they’ve all amazingly recovered from some undiagnosed disease which caused inattention to the previous 30 years.