Life Lessons After Defeat for the GOP

The dust has settled. Somewhat. The race for the White House captured much of the nation’s attention but while Mitt Romney’s loss was the highest profile defeat, Republicans lost to Democrats in other attention-worthy races across the nation. Each loss presents the GOP with an opportunity; enter the analysis phase of the post-election cycle.

Whether one blames Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy or bad message delivery what cannot be disputed is that, as Bob Dylan said years ago, “The times…they are a-changing.[Read more]

Vote!

Enough said.… [Read more]

Today’s Retro GOP: Hey, Mr. Spaceman

In the 1950s, the science fiction genre was at its highest popularity with movies depicting aliens from other world coming to earth to take over the human population for various reasons ranging from food to slave labor, to the total annihilation of the human race.

My all-time favorite Sci-Fi movie is the classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.… [Read more]

Distracted by Conservative Ugliness

Monday night, I knew exactly what I was going to write about:  The third and final presidential debate on foreign policy, with Romney acting a fool and a typical blunderbuss (when, that is, he wasn’t telling the American public that, when it came to President Obama’s foreign policy, he wouldn’t change a thing).  And then there were the post-debate Tweets from conservatives which demonstrated, without question, that right-wingers are in the grip of demonic possession.  … [Read more]

Football Follies and…Paul Ryan

My esteemed departed father would have been 76 years old today. Born in London, on the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805, where the immortal Admiral Nelson knocked down the French fleet. In our family lore my father was (almost) named Horatio Nelson Davies – a rate determining step on most 1940s schoolyards, one might think…but ‘Bryan’ eventually prevailed.… [Read more]

A Statement Worth Debating

Now that the second round of presidential debates is over, I’ve been revisiting last week’s Biden-Ryan debate because something Ryan said bothered me and it’s still unresolved. While watching the Vice Presidential debates, and trying not to get too irritated with stream of nonsense coming from Paul Ryan’s verbose answers, there was one thing Ryan said more than once that stuck out to me: “Mitt Romney is uniquely qualified to be President”.… [Read more]

Paul Ryan’s Ayn-Rand-Worldview Flunks the Foreign Policy Test

According to most media outlets, especially the spectacle of cable news, the best way to judge a political debate seems to be tantamount to judging a beauty pageant or American Idol contest without the musical talent evaluations. It’s all about presentation, facial expressions, what one is doing while the other is speaking, “looking presidential.” Numerous pundits have advised viewers to best take in the debate with their volume off.… [Read more]

Would I Lie To You?

This week’s Say It In Song pick is a Eurythmics hit. It came to mind because the recent presidential and vice presidential debates have made us ask that simple question…and apparently, if you’re Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan, the answer is a resounding yes.… [Read more]

‘Malarkey’ Is Not An ‘F-word’

“Hello, 9-1-1? There’s an old man beating a child on my TV.”   ~ Bill Maher

The debate moderator, ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz’s decades as a respected professional journalist (and motherhood experience) kept the peace between squabbling pols and the tough questions flowing. No Fox News softballs or a first Presidential Debate open brawl which Jim Lehrer often was unable to keep on topic last week.… [Read more]

Biden vs. Ryan: The Rumble. Score One for Joe

Body language told the story tonight during the first and only vice presidential debate. For much of the debate, VP Biden showed what many of us felt: a head-shaking disappointment at Paul Ryan’s inability to be honest with the American people. Ryan lost on both foreign and domestic policy.

Ryan gave no real specifics on the economy and no specifics on tax policy.… [Read more]