All of the remaining candidates have been sucking up in great Southern fashion (of course, Ron Paul remains in his same format… no need to change here.) Romney raves over “cheesy grits,” although I’m not sure they will ever get on his campaign plane’s menu. Santorum pushes himself as the “true Conservative”when he faces the Romney challenge. Newt knows he is from the south and needs to get at least one of the two states to maintain his position if there is a brokered convention.
Of course, all of them have to look squarely in the eye of the EDUCATED SOUTHERN CONSERVATIVE POPULATION! How educated? Well, as examples:
See? This is a thinking group of voters who are not held back by either truth or proof. They believe what they want to believe, right or wrong. How this relates to the current candidates, we will know tomorrow.
“If a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth, as someone once said, why isn’t that a good thing? Don’t we prefer the truth, even if it pops out by accident? Increasingly, no. What the press seems to value is successful spin. As gaffes and the phony umbrage that follows them gradually swallow up our politics, the press has taken on a bizarre role like that of judges in a figure-skating competition, as opposed to referees in a hockey match. What counts is the artistry.”
– Michael Kinsley
There is much more in this Truthout article which bears reading. Makes me wonder who to listen to and what to believe. Why do I always feel we’re being dragged by our ears into absolute abomination?
Think I’ll go read “1984” again.
Here’s the beginning clip:
As many of you know, I was born and spent a large part of my life in Connecticut, where I voted for Chris Dodd when he first ran for the Senate. Somehow, this has kept me on his e-mail list (and apparently the good list – not the one that simply asks for money). I got this today with a good summary on the Democratic Caucus this week and I pass it on to you:
We had a meeting of the Senate Democratic Caucus yesterday, and I wanted to send you a quick update about the health care reform bill.
First of all, we had big news Monday when the Congressional Budget Office released its report on the cost of the reform bill to consumers. The CBO confirmed that our bill would lower health care premiums for almost everyone in America. Whether you have insurance through your job or purchase your own coverage, your premiums will likely go down under the current bill.
This was a watershed moment in this debate, because Republicans are making the cost of premiums one of their primary talking points. They insist that premiums would go up for middle-class Americans, and tout studies by their friends in the insurance industry to make their point. But the unbiased, nonpartisan CBO provides the definitive answer to questions about pending legislation, and its report shows once and for all that the vast majority of Americans will see their premiums go down.
Does this mean the Republicans will stop fighting our health care reform efforts? Of course not. In our Democratic Caucus meeting yesterday, we discussed the ongoing efforts by Republicans to delay, obstruct, and kill this bill using every means at their disposal. Their latest weapon of choice is the politically motivated poison pill amendment.
They are going to try to force Democrats to make politically difficult votes, votes that if they succeed would end our chances for passing a reform bill. In the Caucus meeting, we discussed the importance of maintaining the unity needed to beat back these efforts from the Republicans.
While they are working to kill this bill, Democrats are working to make it even stronger. A great example is an amendment, proposed by my friend Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, which would protect women’s health services. (NOTE: This amendment passed this morning 61 -39)
There’s a long debate ahead of us, and the continuing support that you have shown our reform efforts are helping us face the relentless attacks from the Republicans. Thank you so much.
Juan Cole has a wonderful essay at his blog Informed Content this morning. All the press coverage of the South Carolina Republican Joe Miller and his unfortunate harassment of President Obama may have made you forget the other Joe Miller who was smeared by the Bush Administration and whose wife, Valerie Plame, had her career destroyed.
Juan also has what may be the best quote of the day:
“We only need the one kind of Joe Wilson, the one who shouts “truth” to lies; not the one who shouts “lies” to the truth.”
Go HERE for the essay.