Lessons learned from the election of Nov 6, 2012

1.  American voters are a lot like court juries. They have an uncanny ability to cut through hype, glitz and spin to get at fundamental issues. Last night the American jury cut through stellar amounts of partisan bullshit to re-affirm that a spectacularly weak candidate cannot be made acceptable by partisan psych-ops media anointing.  In the end, Romney was identified as what he was, a consolation prize that rose from the worst slate of presidential candidates in history.

2.  Last night also vividly demonstrated that a nonstop blitz of the most conceptually awful, insulting and mostly untrue political attack ads financed by groups no one ever heard of like the “Committee to form silk purses from sow’s ears.com” probably do the opposite of their intent. Everyone I know including myself pushed the “mute” button at first sight of any of them. Billions of dollars from special rich interests bent on psych-op coercion served only to make TV stations rich. Ignored by audiences.   A saga of greed, corruption and failure that makes Nixon look like an amateur and Charlie Manson a punk.

3.  The propensity for sour grapes amongst Republican losers is legendary, and nowhere more visible than the following pathetic wound-lick:


Brought to you by none other than far right wing pundit Ben Stein, writer and producer of the impeccably stupid and totally inaccurate film “Expelled: No Intelligence Needed”, a cinematic pile of shit that generated the lowest rating ever from critics, including Roger Ebert who opined: “This film is cheerfully ignorant, manipulative, slanted, cherry-picks quotations, draws unwarranted conclusions, makes outrageous juxtapositions, segues between quotes that are not about the same thing, tells bald-faced lies, etc.”

4.  The endless series of polls through the months meant nothing in the end and are now under suspicion for partisan manipulation. All the highly biased predictions from Republican pundits and soothsayers meant nothing. Krauthammer is hiding out in a New Orleans bar drinking heavily. The ridiculous and contemptible pseudo-film “2012: Obama’s America” that Republicans touted as a chronicle of the end of the world that voters were packing theaters around the country was in reality a millisecond long blip on the screen.

5.  Important:  last night proved that a political agenda cannot fly with American voters if there is a thinly veiled hidden agenda of unacceptability behind it. Romney and Ryan espoused a primary agenda of fiscal responsibility but it was also pointed out that their hidden agenda, especially as it pertains to Ryan, was a Santorum-like social repression that if ever enacted would foment rioting in the streets. If the GOP ever expects to win another Presidential election, it’s time for them to undergo some reality therapy, viz:

a)  The GOP needs to get back to it’s roots of fiscal responsibility without being dragged down by unacceptable social platforms that either no one cares about or will bring out vociferous non-partisan opposition that will drag them down.

b)  They need to evaluate the circumstances that, metaphorically speaking, brought the Star Wars Cantina barflies into a National election as serious candidates. The thought of Michelle Bachmann actually at some point having a Republican wave of support is something that really need to think about.  Newt Gingrich is so aggressively evil that he glows at night.  He played in a league where Romney will never be anything but a bat boy.

c)  They need to consider what the Tea Party has done to disrupt their credibility. That Sarah Palin still gets a spot on Fox News is something they need to think about at great length. She has all the credibility of Tiny Tim leading the Boston Philharmonic. Tabloids should beat her like a red headed step child every time she appears.  The National Enquirer should publish nude pictures of her sans airbrush

d)  They need to think critically about the terrible, frightening specter of Rick Santorum and the far Christian right and what they’re capable of doing to destroy any GOP credibility with moderate voters next time around. Historians will remember him as a rat who kept scrambling to get back on the sinking ship.

“Politics is like the stock market: It’s a bad business for people who can’t afford to lose” (Nixon, 1968).

Some will march on a road of bones, others will be nailed up on telephone poles.  That’s the way it works.

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