Nel's New Day

November 13, 2012

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With all the big stories out there—especially the David Petraeus scandal—some of the other information is falling through the cracks. Here’s an attempt to pull them back out.

Bobby Jindal shows the deep schism in the GOP with this statement: “It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that. It’s not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can’t be tolerated within our party. We’ve also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.”

One newly elected Republican senator also understands the GOP’s serious problems. Ted Cruz, a Canadian-born Cuban-American from Texas told The New Yorker: “In not too many years, Texas could switch from being all Republican to all Democrat. If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House. New York and California are for the foreseeable future unalterably Democrat… If Texas is bright blue, you can’t get to two-seventy electoral votes. The Republican Party would cease to exist. We would become like the Whig Party.” Cruz indicated that he might be aiming for the presidency. There may be a crowd in 2016.

Former VP Republican candidate Paul Ryan (doesn’t the word “former” sound wonderful!) has another reason for his loss. He had no idea that the “urban turnout” would be so huge. Is there something about vote suppression that he knew and we didn’t? Whatever it was, it didn’t seem to work. And another question for Rep. Ryan (R-WI). When he bragged that he and Mitt Romney would win, he said that could justly claim a mandate to push through his initiatives. He lost. Maybe that means that Barack Obama and Joe Biden now have a mandate to push through their initiatives. 

Wisconsin is still as crazy as ever. Refusing to accept that Obamacare is the law of the land, nine members of the state legislature serving for the next two years are backing a bill to arrest any federal officials who try to implement the health care law. Eight of these nine also want to write a law that would see Transportation Security Administration agents charged with sexual assault if they conduct pat-downs of passengers going through airport security. Other positions they support are carrying guns without permits and blocking state funding for the federal Real ID law that requires states to develop more secure driver’s licenses.

The GOP is finding less and less support for their opposition to Obamacare. The latest poll, one from the Kaiser Family Foundation poll, shows that 49 percent of Americans want this health care as compared to 33 percent for the opposition to the Affordable Care Act. The percentage of approval just keeps growing.

In their public statements since President Obama was re-elected, conservatives have been speaking about the GOP compromise for the tax problem—to follow the Romney proposal. The Republican definition of compromise is still “do exactly what we want.” They have a few days left to legislate, considering that they meet a small percentage of the time, in the less than seven weeks before the 112th Congress is finished.

There’s a good chance that Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) will chair the House Judiciary Committee, starting in January. This is the man who thinks that Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional. In fact, he thinks most of what the government does is unconstitutional.

Arizona still can’t decide one House and one Senate seat because over 324,000 ballots of the 1.8 million cast in the state are still not counted. Although the count must be finished by Friday, the pace is slow—only 18,000 finished today. Meanwhile Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) assumed that he had been elected for the Senate without the counts done and showed up at the freshmen orientation, one of only three new Republican senators as compared to the eight Democrats. Krysten Sinema, a bisexual woman who calls herself “non-theist,” has been declared the winner of a House seat after an extremely tight race, making four Democrats and four Republicans in the House from this traditionally red state.

The ninth House seat is up in the air, lacking counts and in court after Republican contender Martha McSally wanted some of the ballots pulled for improprieties. She seemed fine with the counting process until she started losing. A judge left the decision open this afternoon regarding McSally’s demand for a half to 130 ballots, ordering that the ballots be counted and kept separate until a later ruling.

At this time, Democrat Ron Barber, former aide to Gabby Gifford who was seriously wounded almost two years ago, has a lead of 879 votes. The number of uncounted ballots from this district, CD2, is not available, but 26,000 ballots are still not counted in Pima County where Barber has a lead of 8,700 votes. McSally is ahead by about 8,000 votes in Cochise County that still has 9,000 uncounted ballots, including 2,300 provisional ballots that must be verified.

The infamous Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio who is positive that President Obama’s birth certificate is false, who has declared a vendetta against Hispanics, and who perpetrated a large number of abuses on the prisoners of the county jail is losing his lead. In the past few days, it has gone from 53 percent to 51 percent with tens of thousands of county ballots still not counted.

Megyn Kelly may have had the best quote of Election Night when she said to Karl Rove on the Fox network as he scrambled for numbers that would prove Romney had not lost Ohio: “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?” This is the woman who complained about Candy Crowley’s moderating of the VP debate, had a hissy fit about Sandra Fluke who Rush Limbaugh had designated as “slut,” and declared pepper spray “a food product” after students at UC Davis were shot in the eyes with the high-grade commercial product.

After this one slip, Kelly is back in the fold, calling Bill O’Reilly’s racist remarks “interesting.” Her contract is up this coming summer, and Howard Kurtz guesses that she may be headed for greater things than a daytime show.

At a white supremacist rally in North Carolina, the 50 protesters from the National Socialist Movement and the KKK were outnumbered five to one by red-nosed, squeaky toyed clowns who threw white flour in the air every time that the protesters chanted “White Power.” The protest was expanded with the presence of 75 police officers.


1 Comment »

  1. Interesting.


    Comment by lynchly — November 13, 2012 @ 9:08 PM | Reply

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