Monday, 12/26/11, Public Square


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24 responses to “Monday, 12/26/11, Public Square

  1. I hope everyone’s Christmas was super and Santa left each of you something special. 🙂

  2. Newt, the self-proclaimed genius can’t manage a campaign. And this is the best the Republican Party has to offer.

    Wednesday: New poll shows Gingrich leading in Virginia. Thursday: State announces he didn’t qualify for ballot. Friday: Newt promises “aggressive write-in campaign.” Saturday: Media reports Virginia doesn’t allow primary write-ins. Christmas bonus: Newt is a Virginia resident, so he won’t be able to vote for himself.

    • By late last night, the Gingrich campaign was trying desperately to reassure the public that it could recover. Campaign director Michael Krull went on Facebook to convey that Newt told him “this is not catastrophic — we will continue to learn and grow.” Then, in the very next paragraph, Krull employed a “catastrophic” metaphor to suggest the campaign is now recovering from a calamity:

      Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941: We have experienced an unexpected set-back, but we will re-group and re-focus with increased determination, commitment and positive action. Throughout the next months there will be ups and downs; there will be successes and failures; there will be easy victories and difficult days – but in the end we will stand victorious.

      Yeah, right. Comparing the failure to get on the ballot in Virginia to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The inability to count signatures is like thousands of deaths?

      • This genius is even a Virginia resident, you say? This guy has been in politics for how long? This guy cannot seem to maneuver election rules as to qualifying to get on his own state’s primary but yet this guy is trying to tell ME he is qualified to run the entire country?

        I would like to add to wicked’s comment — NO effin way……

    • I’d really love to comment on this, but it’s so un-effing-believable that there just aren’t words.

  3. “When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, ‘Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don’t believe?’ ”
    — Quentin Crisp, Author

    [big eye roll]

    • At least the questioner used proper grammar. 😉

    • This scenario sounds alot like those Tea Party people screaming about too much government spending and government health care is wrong – but at the same time these folks are screaming ‘don’t touch my Medicare’.

      There are some folks you just cannot help…..

    • I just do a lot of sighing and try to remain as positive as possible…which isn’t all that easy to do.

    • The most exasperating feeling I had while watching the fight over the payroll tax cut extension was the fact that Republicans had absolutely NO problem extending those special Bush tax cuts but yet for 160 million Americans – the payroll tax cut extension was not morally right?

      In what world do these Republicans live?

  4. Wonder how many Texans think this doofus has represented their state in a positive manner? Wonder how many are as embarrassed by him as I am by Brownback?


    Texas taxpayers to shell out $5MILLION for Rick Perry’s security detail – the highest among GOP candidates

    Excluding President Barack Obama’s campaign for president in 2012, the largest security personnel assigned to a running candidate is Texas Governor Rick Perry and it appears to be tax payer funded as well.
    Mr Perry explained the funding by the Texas Department of Public Safety as a joint benefit to the state weeks before announcing his presidential run in August.

    ‘I’m going to be promoting Texas,’ Mr Perry earlier in July reasoned the spending which has racked a whopping $400,000 a month according to the Texas Tribune.

    Mr Perry is not the first politician to be scrutinized for spending, notably in the state of Texas.

    According to the Tribune’s reporting, the state spent at least $400,000 a month in the former Governor George W. Bush’s first quarter of his running for president in 2000.

    Read more:–highest-GOP-candidates.html#ixzz1hei2mwDe

    • Promoting Texas? If I was a taxpayer from Texas, I would demand my money back due to lack of salesmanship – unless you count being the butt of every joke as a plus for your state.

      Besides that – I thought Republicans were all about prudent and wise spending? Is it really wise to spend that much money on one man’s security detail when he should be ahle to get that money from the campaign fund?

  5. This explains alot of Newt’s sudden popularity……this theme of ‘anybody but Romney’ has helped quite a few candidates in the past – Bachmann, Perry, Cain and now Gingrich.

    • Yet we’ve all known for a long time Romney is their guy. Wait until it’s finally a done deal and they all get in line like good little Mittbots who never remember when anyone else was the next best thing to sliced bread. They’ll have themselves convinced (and hope to convince thinking people) this was their man all along!

    • I’m hoping it takes them right up to their convention to ‘settle’ on their guy. As long as more than one is in the race they’ll continue to throw dirt at one another.

      Here’s an interesting piece on how that might happen —

  6. When you hear talk that defense can’t be cut, and you hear the war drums being banged, please remember what is true and don’t pay attention to what the republicans have decided to remember about the past.


    The Forgotten Cold War: 20 Years Later, Myths About U.S. Victory Persist

    As the Soviet flag was lowered from atop the Kremlin 20 years ago this month for the last time, it marked the first time in modern history that major powers ended their struggles without war. After threatening American values and interests at home and abroad for nearly half a century, the Soviet Union and the Cold War simply vanished. The perilous contest died, but a dangerous myth lived and thrived– that President Ronald Reagan won the day with unmatchable hikes in military spending and by being tough and uncompromising. Today, that myth tugs daily in wrong directions regarding the most momentous U.S. policy decisions in hotspots like Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, and China.

  7. Anyone want Ron Paul in charge?

    Libertarians make BAD lifeguards!

  8. Americans saw enough of what republicans have to offer in that series of silly debates. We heard no ideas, no solutions, just a bunch of losers being critical of what they think is wrong without suggestions of what they would change or how.

    Gallup: Obama Approval Goes Positive For First Time Since July

    Gallup’s tracking poll released Monday shows something not seen since July of this year: President Barack Obama’s approval rating in positive territory. The national survey that interviews 500 American adults per night showed 47 percent of those polled approve of the President’s job performance, versus 45 percent who disapprove. The Gallup poll uses a three day average of their nightly interviews, for a total of 1,500 responses over that time.

    The last positive score Obama received in Gallup’s numbers was a 46 – 45 split over surveys done from July seventh to the ninth. The TPM Poll Average of the metric still shows a little over a four point difference, but the numbers are evening since this summer’s debt ceiling fight.