>If the elections were held today, who would win the GOP nomination?
I giggle ‘cuz it’s true.
|Sorry. I know you all hate this
picture, but it shows the True
Huckster in all his glory.
Once considered a front runner for the GOP nomination for president, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has announced that he will not run for the office. And the scramble within the rest of the motley crew of GOP nominees begins.
Huckabee said, over the weekend: “All the factors say go, but my heart says no and that’s the decision I have made.” This, as I said on some other blogs, is Huckabee-speak for “I know I don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning so I won’t even try.”
And yet, even while stating he wouldn’t run, the Huckster talked about how he felt he could have won the nomination, and the office. He said his wife and children encouraged him to run. He said recent polls show that he could’a been a contendah. He said he could win voters outside the south. He said he could raise the money needed to run.
He could. He could. He could. He won’t.
“I had come to believe I would be in the race,” Huckabee said. “The external signs … point strongly toward running,” he said. “But only when I was alone, in quiet and reflective moments, did I have not only clarity but an inexplicable inner peace.”
I have inner peace, too, Mike, knowing I won’t have to listen to your bigoted, anti-gay, holier-than-thou rhetoric for the next 18 months.
I used to have such high hopes for Iowa, and Iowans. They seemed to be free-thinking, equality-minded, live and let live kind of people.
When marriage equality became the law of Iowa, most Iowans just shrugged and went back to work. And when people, and by people I mean the GOP, who have nothing better to do than work to discriminate against the LGBT community, got all hot’n’bothered about same-sex marriage, the majority of Iowans asked their politicians to give it up. They were more concerned about war and money and jobs, and less concerned that John married Joe, or Jane got hitched to Helen.
Like I said, I had high hopes.
But then they elected people who seek to overturn equality, and remove judges from the bench who interpret laws in ways they don’t see fit, and I began to wonder about my Iowans.
And now this:
It seems that nearly half of Iowan Republicans believe President Obama was not born in the United States. Seriously. Once their heads were screwed on straight, and now they’re all askew.
Some 48% of registered Republican voters said Obama was not born in the U.S., while 26% say he is an American. Even more scary is the 26% who say they are unsure. Unsure? Seriously?
Let me set this queer for you Iowans. The people, and by people I mean Birther wingnuts and GOP goosesteppers who sidestep the issue, who don’t think Obama was born in this country think so simply because of the color of his skin. I mean, black people becoming president!
Or, they think because his name is Barack that he isn’t from “here”. I mean, if his name was George or Bill, we wouldn’t be having this discussion, would we?
Say what you will, you Birther wingnuts, but you are riding this one-trick pony out of racism and fear and ignorance. Neither the color of a man’s skin, nor his name alone, makes a man unAmerican.
And Iowans should know better. Or, at least, I thought they did.
And maybe now, since Obama has released his birth certificate AGAIN, we can focus on real issues.
Up in Indiana, when the Legislature isn’t voting to ban the already banned gay marriage, the Indiana House is also considering what would be one of the nation’s most restrictive anti-abortion laws. The new bill will ban all private insurance coverage–I’ll say it again, private insurance coverage–of abortion, and it would require abortion providers to tell women that the procedure carries a risk of breast cancer–although the American Cancer Society says there is no evidence of a link between the two–and that a fetus can feel pain.
Women will also be told that there are couples “willing and waiting” to adopt children and that those couples might pay for prenatal care and childbirth. And abortions would be illegal after 20 weeks, except to preserve the life of the woman.
But, before the law was passed, it’s sponsor, GOP asshat Representative Eric Turner, objected to what he called a proposed “loophole” in the law, whereby in the cases of rape and incest, the victims of those crimes could proceed with terminating their pregnancy. In fact, Turner went so far as to say that women will fake having been raped in order to get free abortions:
“I just want you to think about this, in my view, giant loophole that could be created where someone who could–now I want to be careful, I don’t want to disparage in any way someone who has gone through the experience of a rape or incest–but someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they’ve been raped or there’s incest.”
Yes, Eric Turner thinks all women are so cavalier about abortion that they will blatantly lie about being raped, or being the victim of incest, in order to get an abortion.
This sent one of his colleagues, Congresswoman Linda Lawson–who was a sex crimes investigator for the Indiana police for six years–into a rage: “Women don’t make this up! My Goodness! This is the state of Indiana!”
Now, women in Indiana do not have the right to decide what to do with their own bodies. The Legislature has decided that Indiana women will have to pay high out-of-pocket costs for abortions, even if the procedure is necessary to save their life or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.
How have we come to the point where a politician can call half the people, half the voters, in his state, liars? How is it that we’ve come to the point where women, all women, will stand by and let men dictate what they can and cannot do in terms of their own bodies?
Women are not so cavalier about abortion that they simply schedule it as part of their day. They don’t squeeze it in between shoe shopping and Cosmos with the girls. I have known women who’ve chosen abortion, for their own personal reasons, and not one of them came to the decision lightly, or without careful thought. And not one of them ever felt the need to lie about their reasons for choosing to end a pregnancy. And not one of them, after the procedure, went out to celebrate.
How is it that politicians don’t see this? Mainly because it’s male politicians, who seek to control their women, all their women, of their state.
Once again, I’ll say it: if the situatuon were reversed, and men were the ones who got pregnant, we wouldn’t be having this discussion, because men would never let anyone, even a wingnut like Eric Turner, tell them what they can do with their own bodies.
>I’m sure you all remember Chris Lee, the New York Congressman, and Republican, of course, who resigned after getting caught in an Internet flirtation with a woman who wasn’t his wife.
Well, Jack Davis wanted to fill that seat; and then he opened his mouth.
Davis shocked local GOP leaders when, during an interview, he suggested Hispanic farmworkers be deported, and that the government then bus inner4 city African-Americans out to the farms of New York State to pick crops,.
Oh, but he did. And before he made those asinine comments, he was the frontrunner for the GOP endorsement. Then came the news that he made similar statements back in 2008, when he said: “We have a huge unemployment problem with black youth in our cities. Put them on buses, take them out there [to the farms] and pay them a decent wage; they will work.”
The GOP obviously has thrown their support behind another candidate, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin.
Davis spokesman W. Curtis Ellis acknowledged that Davis’ comments “may not be politically correct and … may not be racially correct,” but when Davis was asked about his comments, he simply said, “It’s politics.”
Um, no it’s not. It’s racism.
Our governor, Nikki Haley, promised transparency in government. You know, no secrets, everything above board. No, um, hikes. But what I think she meant is that it will become transparent that she is out to do what’s best for Nikki, not for the people of South Carolina.
Case in point: Nikki, as is her right as governor, has removed Darla Moore from the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees, and replaced her with a man who donated $4,500 to Nikki Haley’s gubernatorial campaign.
Like I said, that’s her right. And her mouthpiece, er, spokesman, Rob Godfrey, said Moore was removed from the board a week ago, but damn the transparency, we’ll keep it a secret for a week: “As is the case with many of our appointees, the governor looked for a fresh set of eyes to put in a critical leadership position –- a governor’s appointee to the USC board.”
Hmmm, sounds good, you know a fresh set of eyes. And those eyes belong to Lexington attorney Thomas Cofield.
Okay, an attorney will be on the Board of Trustees, replacing Darla Moore, who graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1975, and since 1998 has pledged more than $70 million to USC’s business school because, as she says, she’d “like to see [USC] become once again a nationally-recognized business school” graduating the best and brightest minds in business.
She’s out, and the campaign donor is in.
And on the very day that Nikki Haley announced that Moore had been removed from the Board of Trustees, news broke that the Moore School’s–named for Darla Moore–graduate international business program is once more the number two business program in theU.S.
But she’s out.
Haley’s surprise move has elicited strong reactions on both sides of the issue. While everyone understands that the governor has the right to do what she’s done, many feel it was an insult to Darla Moore, who has given a lot of money to help the university. Well, maybe Darla Moore didn’t give a lot of money to help Nikki Haley become the transparent governor that she is today.
Haley wrote on Facebook–how Sarah Palin of her–that: “Each governor deserves the chance to appoint board members that share his or her vision to a board. Being that there are 19 board seats, and that a governor has but two appointments, we believe it’s entirely appropriate to put people in those slots who share our vision for the university.”
I think she means someone who “shares my vision”, not someone who has a proven vision for the university.
That’s our Nikki.