The GOP primary election is still going on but it’s time to make the switch to the general election for President. So the political posts at Frank’s Place will appear under the heading Derision 2012! I was going to use Decision 2012, but CNN had copyright issues with that. They way I hack the campaign coverage, Derision 2012! is much more appropriate. Suck it Blitzer!
First things first. A question: if no-one votes in a presidential primary, does it make a sound? Answer: no, not really. While you were sleeping, last Tuesday, the GOP held its primary elections in Nebraska and Oregon. Governor Romney won both states in a landslide but received almost no delegates. Delegates from those states won’t be appointed until the state conventions. So, no those primaries were insignificant to say the least. It’s hard to understand all the negative comments on those state web sites about the Governor not actively campaigning there. Really? He should waste his time and money in states who can’t get their primary system into the 21st century?
Kentucky and Arkansas are up next, Tuesday 22 May. Then the big tamale, Texas votes 29 May. The Governor should technically and officially clinch the nomination at the Texas primary. Look for him to have a big presence there. Texas will figure big in the general election. Speaking of the general election, on to the opening question. Are you smarter than a Presidential Campaign Manager?
Sadly this will probably be a recurring question throughout the campaign. Anyone looking for the level of campaign discourse to be raised is in for a big disappointment. I offer but a few examples of the genius we can expect from the President’s campaign.
It’s dog eat dog, literally. The President’s reelection gurus decided it would be a good idea to jump on this 20-year-old story of Governor Romney putting the family dog in a carrier and strapping him to the roof of the car while on vacation. It was supposed to show how disconnected Gov. Romney is from human emotion and thus unable to connect with the American people. They even posted this picture to contrast the President’s love of Bo, the First Dog, and Romney’s hatred of Seamus.
A little creepy, considering the President’s childhood diet.
Apparently none of the President’s team has ever read his first book. In that auto-biography the President tells of how he ATE dog when he was a child. Why would you hammer the dog on the roof story when your own guy would have just eaten him to save space? It gets better. The Obama team’s response to the canine kabob enjoyed by young Obama? ‘Well he was ten, you’re really going to pick on something that happened 30 years ago?’ That last sentence is paraphrased. But I would have fired the lot of them for even thinking this, much less saying it out loud. Here’s why.
The Bully vs the Drug Lord
The next salvo from Team Three Blind Mice was even worse. Still fresh from the ‘don’t pick on a kid’ defense they decide to…pick on a kid. Yes they went back to an alleged incident involving young Romney in prep school. The incident involves the would be Governor shaving the head of a hippie student at the very prominent prep school in Michigan. Turns out the kid was also gay, although it’s not clear anyone knew that at the time. The kid in question died of cancer in 2004 so no way to know who knew what. The family of this kid has since come forward and made the whole story fuzzy if not outright manufactured.
Why this is stupid: Obama’s campaign just got done crying about picking on the President for something he did when he was ten. But of course it’s ok to pick on Romney for something he did in high-school. But the bigger issue, again back to the President’s auto-biography, where he admits to using cocaine. What the hell is wrong with these people? How can they be employed? Do they think that they are the only people who don’t read? The millisecond that bullying story about Romney came out, the cocaine stories were flying. We all knew that was going to happen. And by all I mean everyone in the known universe except Team Obama.
The Bain of My Existence
For those of you that have followed my coverage of the 1.3 million GOP primary debates, you know that the subject of Romney’s time at Bain Capital came up again and again. Beating a dead horse doesn’t come close to describing the detail in which that story was hashed out. But Team Obama felt they could squeeze one more ounce of blood out of that rock. So they took on Romney’s record while at Bain Capital. You know like the other 6 GOP candidates did the other 57 million times during the debates. They decided to highlight the amount of people who lost jobs as a result of Bain buying up companies and then selling them off. Now that would have been a great strategy except for one minor detail, the truth.
While it’s true under Romney’s direction Bain put people out of work buying up companies and selling them off or restructuring, it’s also true that in the long run Bain put more people to work or back to work by reducing and restructuring. It’s still painful for the people who didn’t get jobs back. That’s an issue for another post. The issue: Team Obama not only showed they are willing to lie and distort data, or maybe they’re just not able to comprehend said data, they failed to score a hit on Romney and actually proved his financial theory. The capitalist system can create jobs and stimulate business.
So the gang who can’t shoot straight is suffering from a lack of physics. Yes physics. Had any of those people stayed awake in high-school physical science class they would have been versed in Newton’s 3rd law of motion which in effect states actions and reaction are equal and opposite. Talk about my dog carrier and I’ll bring up your doggie burger. Talk about my days as a jerk in high school and I’ll bring up your days as a cocaine addict.
It’s simple science guys, not rocket science. Be Smarter.