I’m still riding my high after President-elect Barack Obama’s win last week but the Republicans have already begun working on the next election. The remarkable thing is that George Bush is still president.
I can’t say that I am surprised by these actions by the GOP. After all, the Republicans have proven for more than 2 decades to be party first. For the 8 full years of Bill Clinton’s presidency the Republicans were in full-out attack mode.
We most recall the Monica Lewinsky scandal since that was the scandal that stuck. All the other garbage the Republicans and the media threw proved to have no substance. There were questions about whether Clinton ‘knocked off’ anyone who opposed him.
There was also Whitewater, Travelgate, Susan McDougal, Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers and so much more. They attacked Hillary on her healthcare plan which if the GOP had cooperated on developing a plan with Hillary and the Democrats 15 years ago rather than attacking it, we wouldn’t have the health coverage woes we currently face. Still one of the top causes for bankruptcy is bills associated with catastrophic illness.
Instead, the GOP remained in attack mode for all 8 years. Rush Limbaugh began each of his radio programs with ‘America Held Hostage’ beginning on Inauguration Day 1993. (I was a regular listener of Limbaugh’s back then)
The media loved the attacks because it meant great fodder for their newscasts and newspapers. Cable news was really beginning to pick up during that time and they needed minutiae for the 24/7 news cycle – so much for the liberal media.
During the 8 years of the Bush administration, the GOP continued their attacks on the Democrats. How many different ways can you call someone anti-American? Cut-and-runner, enabler, emboldening the enemy, appeaser, French-lover, socialist, Marxist, pal around with terrorists, not like you, Hollywood values, San Francisco values and supported by Hamas. Had enough yet? There are more. Ask Max Cleland, John Kerry and MoveOn.org.
Rush Limbaugh is somehow blaming Obama for the economic crisis, calling it the ‘Obama-recession’. It a neat trick considering Obama will not be president for 2 more months and the Republicans have controlled Congress for most of the last 12 years. And Bush, a Republican has been in office for 8 years and still holds the position.
Sarah Palin is acting like Sybil, one second being complementary of Obama and then rolling out her stump speech attacks the next.
And the media went right into Campaign 2012 mode. The Daily Show / Colbert Report’s final segment on their Indecision 2008 election night live coverage hit the nail on the head. After 2 years of non-stop election 2008 coverage, they have nothing left to cover.
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It’s no wonder they are starting right in with 2012. I wonder how many blonde women have gone missing during that time. (Maybe Greta Van Susteran kept track). O.J. Simpson was convicted of a crime. Imagine the coverage he would have received had there been no election to cover.
So instead of doing real investigative coverage that we should expect from our media, they are covering only 2 stories.
Countdown to Inauguration Day: What is Obama doing today? Who is joining his cabinet? Who’s on his transition team? Anyone see Hillary? The Biden’s are shown their new home by Darth and Lynne Cheney. What is Obama going to do about the economy, foreign policy, and Bush’s signing statements?
Countdown to Election Day 2012: Everyone is running to Google to find out more information on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.
Debate is dominating the news over whether Sarah Palin will be the Republican nominee or is she going to fall to the jinx of the losing VP candidate. (See John Edwards, Dan Quayle, Traitor Joe Lieberman)
Meanwhile Palin is everywhere doing interviews and had a press conference in an attempt to keep her 15 minutes alive until 2012. (Would you believe that during her press conference, she mentioned Joe the Plumber at least 3 times?)
What about Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee or Charlie Crist? I wonder if it is still too soon for Jeb Bush to give the Bush name another try.
Regardless, the election is 10 days shy of 4 years away and I’m not planning on blogging about it. There will be plenty to discuss with the Obama administration, world events and other unexpected items.
I will see how I feel about pointing out attacks from the GOP, though I suspect it will be too many, too frequent and designed to distract us from the real issues that we will face.
What may reduce these relentless smears and attacks will be a phone call to all Republicans up for re-election in 2010. Mel Martinez is up for re-election in Florida and I am certain he wants to be remain in the Senate where his party is not in control. He’d be guaranteed a victory by working across the aisle on important issues for Florida and for the country. A real Country First approach.
The Republicans need to reinvent themselves and become the Republicans of old. Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Richard Nixon went to China and started the EPA. The divisive BS must stop. America is tired of it. This is a time for the 2 parties to work together to take us forward in the 21st century.
The right wing hate on the radio and television need to go. If they want to be a watchdog and provide constructive criticism and offer solutions – that’s one thing. But don’t come out and use lies, fears and smears in order to bring down the Democrats. Use your opposition party status to help raise America up by really putting Country First.