Odds and More Odds

September 26th, 2008

On a day when the President’s approval rating hit 26%, when he was referred to on CNN as a “high-functioning moron,” when Sarah Palin gave an interview to Katie Couric so desperately inept it made me long for on-camera political mercy killings, when the United States hosted the largest bank collapse in the history of the world, when John “Straight Talk” McCain telephoned David Letterman to cancel his appearance on Letterman’s show so he could “hustle back to Washington” and then spent the night in New York . . .

Well, I thought, let’s do a blog that’s a miscellany.  That way I can get a bunch of nonsense off my chest.

Twenty-six percent of Americans approve of the way President Bush is doing his job.  Can you imagine how valuable that mailing list could be?  That’s something like fifty million people who look at a country with the largest national debt in history, the largest trade deficit in history, home (as of yesterday) to the largest bank failure in history, that’s paying the highest energy prices in history, that’s embroiled in a pointless $12-billion-per-week war, that’s made a policy out of privatizing enormous profits and socializing losses so they can be paid by the taxpayer . . . these people look at the country and say, “Hey, no problem.”  This mailing list is worth a fortune. These people are prime customers for swampland in Florida, time shares in Sadr City, special-issue postage stamps for e-mail, limited-edition gold-plated coins commemorating fictional events, signed first editions of the Bible, lost-sock insurance, their personal genome on giftwrap ribbon, anything endorsed by Ed McMahon — you name it.

Conservatives are schizophrenic about Charles Darwin.  They reject evolution biologically and insist on Creationism, which seems to me to be based on the idea that God works in first drafts only (I figure, if God can’t change his/her mind, who can?)  but they embrace Darwin’s concept of “survival of the fittest” economically — only a completely unregulated free-market system will separate the wheat from the chaff, rewarding the best and brightest and, um, eliminating the weak and hapless.  Darwin in biology: no; Darwin in economics: yes.

Professional politicians are the root of all evil. Watching the expanded band of Marx Brothers known as the United States Congress scurry around as the dust from the economic earthquake settles, trying to figure out whom to ally themselves with, whom to distance themselves from, how to explain their complete and total lack of foresight, one is left with the overpowering impression that the only thing in the world they actually care about is protecting their seats.  And it can’t be a complete coincidence that “seat” is a polite euphemism for “ass.”

Except for this one. I know, nobody wants to hit a video link.  Do me a favor.  Hit this one.  Meet Representative Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, who should have been the vice-presidential candidate for both parties.  That way, we’d have been spared Palin and Biden, and this woman would have been the much-overused heartbeat away from the oval office.  And I’d sleep better.   PLEASE — click on this link.


We need a couple hundred million more like her.

5 Responses to “Odds and More Odds”

  1. suzanna Says:

    CNN was being generous when they described Bush as a high functioning moron. He’s not high functioning. And it’s sad it took them eight years to finally say what many people could see before the goofball stole his way into office and ruined our country. I guess now that Bush will be back to clearing brush in Crawford soon (not soon enough) big media isn’t afraid to talk about his shortcomings.

    Those 50 million people who think Bush did no wrong are as impaired as Bush is and should be sentenced to living out the rest of their days in Florida swampland, hunting crocs, slapping skeeters off their thick heads, and they should never ever be allowed to vote again.

    The good woman from Ohio would make a great President. She’s not afraid of losing her “seat” and she speaks in specifics — a rarity for most politicians.

  2. Lisa Kenney Says:

    Great synopsis on our Republican brain trust! But it makes my head hurt to think about them. Rep. Marcy Kaptur is my new hero. Wow. I may have to contribute to her campaign even though I don’t live in Ohio!

  3. Stephen Cohn Says:

    Your insightful comments bring to mind the whole issue of how intelligence and awareness relate to our democracy – a thread that is hard to see at present.

    I remember a conversation with my mother in the early seventies. She was a very intuitive woman and never afraid to rock the boat. She said, “People should not be allowed to vote for Richard Nixon”. Of course, I was outraged at the thought and blasted her with coughed-up stuff about the essence of the democratic process – stuff that I still believe is true…but my diatribe seems a bit simplistic when I look at what is going in America.

    If my mother were alive today, I would apologize to her and then say, “mom your idea needs work but I think you are on to something.”

  4. Jen Forbus Says:

    Thanks for the excellent link, Tim. And I agree, CNN was overly generous calling Bush a high-functioning moron!!

  5. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Suzanna — First, thanks for sending me the link to Rep. Kaptur. This should spread all over the net, until the NY Times and the other mainstream media are FORCED to pay attention to it. Second, I agree with both you and Jen that “high-functioning” is overstating the case.

    Lisa — I’m contributing to her, why shouldn’t all of us? This is about the only professional politician in America who meets my criteria for holding public office.

    Stephen, nice to see you. Your mother’s idea does need some work, but then I think that all the people in that 26% who support Bush should not only be denied the vote but also should be neutered. Well, maybe that’s an overreaction.

    Jen — Glad you like Rep. Kaptur. Let’s start a grass roots movement to make her the wild card in the presidential race (non-baseball fans can stop reading) so that in the event of a tie in the Electoral College, she’s appointed by default.

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