Countdown to Election Day 2012

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.

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7 responses to “Countdown to Election Day 2012

  1. Patrick O'Neil

    Republicans call Democrast 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 because…..

    they ARE 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.

    It’s no coincidence that the Barack Market took it’s biggest post-election plunge in history last week. Maybe the Democrats should have reformed Fannie and Freddie in the last two years that they controlled Congress instead of defending it. While Bush and McCain were sounding the alarm for reform, Barney Frank (Chairman of the Financial Services Committee) was saying that “I believe that there has been more alarm raised about potential unsafety and unsoundness than, in fact, exists.”

    And if we had gone along with HillaryCare, our taxes would probably be doubled, and we would without a doubt receive the same kind of mediocre, slow care that the failed, failing, expensive European systems provide.

  2. Patrick O'Neil

    Republicans call Democrats 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 because…..

    they ARE 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.

    It’s no coincidence that the Barack Market took it’s biggest post-election plunge in history last week. Maybe the Democrats should have reformed Fannie and Freddie in the last two years that they controlled Congress instead of defending it. While Bush and McCain were sounding the alarm for reform, Barney Frank (Chairman of the Financial Services Committee) was saying that “I believe that there has been more alarm raised about potential unsafety and unsoundness than, in fact, exists.”

    And if we had gone along with HillaryCare, our taxes would probably be doubled, and we would without a doubt receive the same kind of mediocre, slow care that the failed, failing, expensive European systems provide.

  3. Patrick,
    I recommend that you stop believing everything you hear on Fox and from Rush. There is something called fact checking.

    You lost credibility with the name-calling attack repeating my examples of the name-calling attacks.

    Patrick, maybe you missed the activity of the market over the last year. Down about 5,000 points! Did you miss the 777 point drop on September 29th? You’re going to blame Barack Obama for the market going down and he’s not even the president for 2 months. The alarm Bush and McCain had been sounding is more deregulation.

    Your comments on the Clinton plan prove you buy into the talking points hook, line and sinker. You should probably do some real reading about the universal healthcare plans around the world before making these uninformed comments.

    And where the Democrats did have a majority in the House, the Democrats could do little with the filibuster-happy Republicans in the Senate and a president who was ready with his veto pen.

  4. Patrick O'Neil

    I guess you missed the Barney Frank quote about Fannie and Freddie being fine. But ignoring that point, It was Jimmy Carter who originally signed the “Community Reinvestment Act”, which forced banks to give loans to people who flat-out couldn’t pay them. Bill Clinton brought the bill back stronger than ever in the early 90s, but no one wants to remember that, it’s more convenient just to blame George W. Bush because he hates all those poor people and blacks that are getting foreclosed on.

    In any capitalist system, the market goes up and down, there was no way that the Reagan boom was going to last forever. It ended because of Clinton-era policies, it just happened to be during the Bush Administration. Bush couldn’t do anything about it, even if he wanted to. It’s not like he could have taken away thousands of mortgages or forced lenders to renegotiate, the contracts were already signed and the damage done.

    P.S. CNN, NBC, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, ABC, and Err America aren’t exactly moderate sources of news either.

  5. First let me start by commenting that the networks listed in your PS have been negligent in their responsibilities for the most of 8 years. Don’t even attempt to say that they are the liberal media. They are 100% complicit in the activities of the GOP that have been a disastrous 8 years.

    Nice try pinning this on the Carter administration. If you had come back with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, then I’d have gone along with you. Even The Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 (also Phil Gramm) would have been better.

    But you had to throw in Carter and early Clinton. Look at Gramm’s lobbyist ties. Notice that the Republicans controlled Congress during that period, but we can blame Clinton if it makes you feel better. But Bush and the GOP did NOTHING during the last 8 years to fix it.
    The mortgages that are failing aren’t from the 1970’s or 80’s or even 90’s. They are related to the deregulation from the Gramm bills and began going out of control in 2003.

    You blame Carter for the problems today – then you blame Clinton for the drop in the Reagan policies and pointed out that the Clinton policies collapsed during the Bush administration. First you may want to refer to a timeline. Second, you may want to ask yourself why Bush did nothing to fix these ‘horrible’ Clinton policies for 7 years (that is when the market started going south).

    Why don’t you come back and tell me how Rush can already be calling this the ‘Obama-recession’ when he won’t take office for 2 months.

  6. Patrick O'Neil

    Darn, I had to “throw in” the concrete bills that created this mess. Sorry.

    Rush can call this the “Obama recession” because the stock market is based on speculation. Not any sort of complex math or formulas, just pure speculation. If things are going well, traders will buy and the market will go up. If things aren’t going well, traders sell and the market goes down. The day after The Obammessiah is elected, the market plunges straight down. Worst one-day post-election drop in history, actually. Worst election week drop in history. This is not coincidence. This is a foreshadowing of things to come, it’s the people in New York telling us “there’s no way that this guy makes the economy better.” Anyone who thinks it’s a coincidence that it plunged right after Obama got elected is just naive.

  7. Actually, I don’t care about the names but you blamed a 30 year old bill that assisted lower income families from buying a home and realizing the American dream. How many of their homes would have to go into default to equal just 1 million dollar home that went into foreclosure?

    That worst 1-day post-election drop is a terrible argument since the market has been fluctuating at extreme levels for a number of years.
    So it’s Obama’s fault that the market has fallen almost 5,000 points over the last year and it was Obama’s fault that it fell 777 points on September 29th.
    And no, it isn’t a coincidence. The market is chaotic now just like the last 8 years have been chaotic in the market. But I guess that is Obama’s fault too.
    And of course the 1,500 point drop over a 2 week span in March 2001 was Clinton’s fault. Nice try having it both ways. I’ve been hearing from the right over the last year that this is a market correction.
    The market went up 151 points today. So this was because of Bush, right?

    And the job loss that has been occurring over the last few years is all Obama too, right?
    And the real messiah and celebrity is your precious Sarah Palin.