May 27th, 2011

Speaking about the 2012 election…and the weather

I’m tired of reading those polls telling us how all the Republicans in the field are doing against each other.

First of all, we may not even have the full field yet. Second of all, the lesser-known names on the list have not built up their constituencies yet. Third of all, all sorts of things will change and change and change. And fourth of all, there are so many entrants that even the so-called front-runners (Romney at present) don’t have anywhere near a majority.

It’s just so much blah-blah-blah at this point, even more than usual. But what else are pundits to do in a slow season?

I’m always kind of glad when the news is slow, even though it gives me less to think about and less to write about. But slow news is good news most of the time, because most news is not of the feel-good variety. What’s more, New England has finally decided to stop pretending it’s Seattle in the winter and has started impersonating North Carolina in the spring. We’ve got a three-day weekend coming; let’s hear it for slow news and fine weather!

18 Responses to “Speaking about the 2012 election…and the weather”

  1. Ymarsakar Says:

    Like the election of 2008, if you can convince people that one candidate is the strong horse, people will drop out even before all the primaries are settled. Thus disenfranchising Republicans as well as other voters.

  2. Ymarsakar Says:

    Even though Democrats are ruthless, Mrs. Clinton did the right thing by sticking to the various primary state votes, even though many delegates were bought by the Obama-Chicago machine. That is so that people get a choice. No choice, no voting right.

    If only this would be due to boredom entirely but I suspect that enemy action also plays a great part. Not everyone who was against McCain’s pick of VP was a Democrat or Independent. Many Washington DC and Beltway aristocrats have it in their interest and mind to control the playing field so that less couth candidates are disbarred. The appropriate committees and campaign flunkies will make that decision utilizing their superior intellect and education credentials, of course.

  3. Artfldgr Says:

    but look how its kept you and everyone from noticing the new secret laws and a week overdue on the war powers act..

    we are in a state of emergency technically, so constitutional things technically are suspended. he need not have a riechstag fire, as he already has the status that one would create… they were just quieter about it, and more..

    A national emergency exists by reason of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, New York, New York, and the Pentagon, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, I hereby declare that the national emergency has existed since September 11, 2001 . . . .

    Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. Consistent with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register the enclosed notice, stating that the emergency declared with respect to the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, is to continue in effect for an additional year.

    The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on September 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues. For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue in effect after September 14, 2010, the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat.


    Wartime presidential powers supersede liberties
    By Frank J. Murray

    Simply by proclaiming a national emergency on Friday, President Bush activated some 500 dormant legal provisions, including those allowing him to impose censorship and martial law.

    kind of getting tired for people to read and follow the important lines of things.

    instead they worry about twaddle created for their amusement, and get sucked into the play.

    its like they believe a murder mystery party is a real murder mystery… and to point out it isnt, spoils all the fun for them… spoils all the making up stuff, and all that.

    i guess it depends on what you want.

    i want a future…
    they want entertainment…

    was this too long? 🙂

  4. vanderleun Says:

    No! NOT NEARLY LONG ENOUGH DGR! We live for the long, long,log dgr entries at an average length of 15,000 words not counting at least 7,654 words of cut and paste.

    Come back, Dgr, all is forgiven!

  5. SteveH Says:

    The Kentucky Derby would look like our Presidential elections if they ran only two horses and they were picked beforehand by conventional wisdom based on punditry hype. And rarely would the best horse even be in the race.

  6. expat Says:

    I’m tired of the polls, the Messiah seekers, the inside leakers, and the pundits. We have no idea what kind of s**t will happen in the next year and a half and no idea how anyone will respond. I did like Pawlenty’s response about the Ryan plan. He showed how to express differences without destroying the team.

    Meanwhile, I’ve gotta pot a bunch of herbs and flowers. Get back to earth, so to speak.

  7. Artfldgr Says:

    your wish has been granted in the other thread…

    thanks for going with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  8. Roy Says:


    The post above was just the right length. Not too long and to the point.

    I can only speak for myself, but let me be honest with you. I am usually interested in what you have to say because for one thing, you tend to do your homework. However, when I see a comment post that’s 10 to 14 pages long, I usually just skip past it.

    There’s just not enough time in the day to wade through it all.

  9. Roy Says:

    … I mean the post at 1:40 PM

  10. Curtis Says:

    It’s all Palin and that’s it. She is running a genius campaign, one that is going to redefine strategy and weaken the lame main stream media. You’ll know it’s official when Romney becomes her VP.

  11. Curtis Says:

    Here’s one to heckle the liberals with: Minnesota, which favors photo ID’s for voting registration by 80%, was denied representation when its governor vetoed the bill requiring such.

  12. bluewaterneocon Says:

    That will not heckle liberals. They love it. Vote fraud was the only reason Mark Dayton was elected. That why he had to veto this bill. In Minnesota, a registered voter can “vouch” for 15 unregistered voters to vote without any identification. Overturning this process was also vetoed. Voter fraud is the only reason Democrats win any election.

  13. kcom Says:

    I drove through Tuscaloosa last week, missed a wind storm that destroyed a factory west of Memphis by one day, and woke up in Atlanta this morning to the news that three people were killed by falling trees as a result of last night’s storm (in which I witnessed rain coming down like it was shot from a cannon). I’m not quite ready to trust the weather just yet.

  14. Curtis Says:

    Let this jump start your weekend. I’m on cloud nine:

    Wisconsin DoJ files brief with state Supreme Court to vacate Sumi ruling:

    This is soooo sweet.

  15. Curtis Says:

    The “perception is reality” assertion relies on an assumption of continuity. When the slope downward finally reaches a critical mass, it creates an anger resulting in “aspectation,” where new views and alliances are formed.

    Aspectation: the formation of a new paradigm.

    This could be total bullshit.

  16. Curtis Says:

    Amy needs to post so we can link to some beautiful New England photographs.

  17. Marine's Mom Says:

    It’s flipping cold in Oregon too. I’ve been turning the heater on every day this week. I’d say “Roll on summer”, but I have a feeling I’d live to regret it. We’ll probably go straight from chilly to scorching, missing our lovely spring altogether.

  18. Beverly Says:

    82 degrees in Gotham City tonight.

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