Let’s Hope the Debates Will Make Things Worse for Mitt

Perhaps it’s foul to put it quite that bluntly but, as is the case for many of us, election day can’t arrive soon enough. The campaign season seems endless; misleading ads, voter suppression efforts and full-throated lies may be what is expected but that doesn’t make it easier to endure. After all, while the follies go on there’s still a nation to run — and the more time we spend watching an extremely lackluster candidate who is supposed to represent the best that the ‘loyal opposition’ has to offer, it’s now just a matter of time and how disgusted the voting public can become.… [Read more]

Unfit

You have to be kidding me if you tell me that there’s anyone who considers Mitt Romney to be of viable presidential material after his latest blunder, in which he called Barack Obama supporters people who are always looking for a government handout. He said the 47% of Americans who support the President for re-election do so because all they want is a government to give them something like health care, housing, food.… [Read more]

What Would a Romney Win Mean for America’s Relationship with China?

Sino-American relations have always been a carefully choreographed exercise. This exercise has been well-played by President Obama and has worked to manage China relations for the benefit of American business. But what would a change in choreography mean for our country’s relationship with China?

Although not unusual, it is always intriguing to follow the logic behind the China-stance of a presidential nominee.… [Read more]

Attack Ad Blues

“Now let me tell you a story…’bout the Attack Ad Blues…” (with apologies to George Thorogood and his Delaware Destroyers)

Once upon a time, when American politicians first understood the Marshall McLuhan mantra that the ‘medium is the message’ (another Canadian genius, we have spawned several), political campaign television advertising had a vestigial legitimacy. Slagging the opposition with assaults that maintained only a tenuous connection to truth has been campaign sport since the first Athenian demos, but throughout history such attacks usually made at least passing reference to why our guy was right for the job!… [Read more]

Good Grief, Mitt, What Planet Are You From?

As election day draws closer, here’s something to consider. Rightfully so, we’ve pounced on Mitt Romney’s character (or lack thereof); his inability to remember the Lord of the Flies style bullying incident in which he was the ringleader; the fact that he’s incredibly phony and boring; and his Etch-A-Sketching being indicative of his unquenchable thirst for power — but what about this: What if he truly believes what he says?… [Read more]

Happy Trails, Newt!

Good grief, Newt! It surely took you long enough to figure out something that the rest of us have known for a long (no, looooooonng) time: You can’t win. You couldn’t win. You’ll never win. See what happens when you piss off upset nearly everyone  in your party (and most of the country)?

We are as long on memory as you are in goodbyes; we remember your temper tantrum leading to the government shutdown during the Clinton administration, your ethics violations, and the fact that, well, you’re just plain deceitful and use that horrid character trait to continually attempt to rewrite history.… [Read more]

Ron Paul…

Poor guy…well, not so much. I wonder if he has said anything that people could consider somewhat offensive? Whyyyyyyyyy won’t people listen?… [Read more]

Game Change: The Embarrassing Legacy of Sarah Palin

I watched the HBO movie “Game Change” this weekend.  I thought Julianne Moore did an outstanding job of capturing the essence of Sarah Palin, along with an almost uncanny resemblance. Woody Harrelson did a great job as her political Svengali, Steve Schmidt, but this is not a movie review.

I’ve read that Sarah Palin hated this film, and has done nothing but whine and play the victim since it became a reality.… [Read more]

Can Twitter Help Predict the GOP Presidential Candidate?

Caucuses, straw polls, primaries, and Twitter. This is how the GOP presidential candidate will be decided in 2012. Well, maybe not actually on Twitter, but political pundits are watching Twitter closely this election cycle as if peering into a crystal ball. Can anything be gleaned from the Twitter feed?

As social media continues to grow in number of active users and collective influence, these sites are providing valuable feedback this election cycle.… [Read more]

Normalizing Mormon or Marketing Mitt?

When Mitt Romney announced his second run for President in June 2011, he began his announcement speech in a seemingly innocuous way. He briefly mentioned the diversity of the crowd gathered to listen to him. Pointing out retirees, college students, couples, a single mom and people of “different backgrounds,” he seemed pleased with the turnout. He did not, however, make any connection as to why people of “differing backgrounds” would be gathering other than to participate in the democratic process of electing a new president.… [Read more]