The Sinking of the Good Ship Lollipop

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 Karl Rove thinks that Barack Obama has a good chance of winning in South Carolina.  If this is the case, it is all over.  The Pink Flamingo, among others, is hearing, increasingly, that the Good Ship Romney is in deep trouble.  There is no other explanation for getting so nasty. There’s no way Mitt Romney can be the Ship of State.  I now understand why we have such an endurance triathlon marathon campaign season for POTUS.  We need to see the metal of a candidate.

After all, he’s insulted the Brits, insulted the Aussies, and will probably end up re-igniting the Cold War.  What does he do for an encore?

As The Pink Flamingo writes this, there are rumors flying that Mittens is in very serious trouble.  I’ve been collecting things for about a week for this article, to it is a little disjointed, but you get the picture – I hope.  So much is going on, I’ve deleted, added, and throwing in new material.

Let’s just use those immortal words (rephrased) “Tampa, we have a problem!”

As for the tax evasion problem, The Pink Flamingo is hearing more and more that that is the problem.  If so, it’s all over.

“…No one who has received amnesty for a serious crime, such as tax evasion, can be president. One would think that someone for whom the clear implications are that he has received amnesty, but will not release exculpatory documents, also cannot be president.

As the press has been focused on what we now know as Romney’s “retroactive retirement”, that does not help him escape clear responsibility for his outsourcing strategy anyhow, I have tried to shine a light on the clearest, cleanest, unspinnable, problem with Romney’s finances — amnesty for his Swiss accounts — suggesting that the Republican leaders, who dislike him anyhow, could not abide such a fatally-flawed nominee….”

The possibility that Romney is going to be forced to withdraw after a VP choice is nominated, and let the VP lead the ticket is being discussed.   The Pink Flamingo finds this quite ironic.  Once upon a time – about a year ago, Mitt Romney was being pounded into our heads a the one person who could defeat Barack Obama.  It was about the economy and Romney being such a good business man.

Right about now, The Pink Flamingo would like to see some of the pundits be forced to eat their words and choke on them.  It is increasingly obvious that Obama is going to obliterate Romney at the polls.  There is talk that in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, Gary Johnson will finish ahead of Romney

We’re stuck with a possible tax evasion perp who could only get where he could this cycle, by lying and cheating.  Yep, that’s tax evasion.  You do know that The Little People go to jail for that sort of thing.  But, for Mittens, it’s just good business.

Mitt Romney couldn’t beat New Gingrich fair and square, so he went below the belt, hitting him with illegal punches.  He was cheered on by minions of the once honorable right, who are so brainwashed and inflamed against Barack Obama that they will do anything to win – lie, cheat, steal – it doesn’t matter.  The fate of the nation is in their miserable, sniveling little talons.

“…Indeed, facing what the candidate and his aides believe to be a series of surprisingly ruthless, unfounded, and unfair attacks from the Obama campaign on Romney’s finances and business record, the Republican’s campaign is now prepared to go eye for an eye in an intense, no-holds-barred act of political reprisal, said two Romney advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity. In the next chapter of Boston’s pushback — which began last week when they began labeling Obama a “liar” — very little will be off-limits, from the president’s youthful drug habit, to his ties to disgraced Chicago politicians.

“I mean, this is a guy who admitted to cocaine use, had a sweetheart deal with his house in Chicago, and was associated and worked with Rod Blagojevich to get Valerie Jarrett appointed to the Senate,” the adviser said. “The bottom line is there’ll be counterattacks.”…”

The Good Ship Lillipop, is starting to list hard to right.  Once upon a time, it was known as the Ship of State.  Today, we’re talking the Good Ship Lillipop propelled by an entire group of Pollyannas.

“…“I know that people in this room are probably doing relatively well, relative to folks across this country. But not everyone in America is doing so well right now,  it’s tough being middle class in America right now. The waiters and waitresses that come in and out of this room and offer us refreshments, they’re not having a good year. The people of the middle class of America are really struggling. And they’re struggling I think in a way because they’re surprised because when they voted for Barack Obama…he promised them that things were going to get a heck a lot of better. He promised hope and change and they’re still waiting.”…”

Then there is this dribble.  Romney and his conservative apologists want everyone to think that anything government does is wrong. Sorry, but Obama is 100% correct about this.

“...Mitt Romney continued his assault on President Barack Obama Tuesday by saying ‘I’m convinced he wants Americans to be ashamed of success.’ Romney and his supporters, like former New Hampshire governor John Sununu, have been attacking the President after a campaign stop in Virginia last week where Obama said that a business’ success is not solely the product of it’s employees but also the government which helped the business thrive.

‘Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,’ Obama said at the event….”

According to Ed Kilgore, the vetting is going to hurt Romney far more than it will hurt  Obama.  Ouch!

Washington Monthly

I agree with Steve at No More Mr. Nice Blog:

“...What Romney is really doing — as I’ve been saying for days — is trying to placate his rabid base, and also his big donors, who may be zillionaires but are still angry old white male cranks who constantly watch Fox News just like all the other angry old white male cranks in America.

The base and the donors just can’t believe that all these timeworn lines of attack are unpersuasive to swing voters — Valerie Jarrett and Fast and Furious make their blood boil, so surely the rest of the public must feel the same way, right? The public just doesn’t know! It’s because Obama wasn’t vetted! The lie-beral media didn’t do its job four years ago!

This is the Breitbart strategy — Breitbart is now running Romney’s campaign from beyond the grave.

I don’t know if Romney’s going to go full Breitbart — which would mean going racial whenever possible (Jeremiah Wright, New Black Panthers, et cetera). I suspect the Romney people aren’t that stupid. But at the very least they’ve decided that if they aren’t going to win, at least no one’s going to be able to say that they lost because Romney didn’t run as a “true conservative.” (This attack-dog craziness is, after all, what it means to be a “true conservative” these days.)

But Romney can’t win that battle except by winning. If he wins the election, they’ll say it was because he ran as a “true conservative,” no matter what he’s said or done. If he loses — even if he’s gone birther and picked Joe Arpaio as his running mate — they’ll say it was because he was RINO squish….”

The Good Ship Lollipop is badly listing to starboard.

“…The second possibility is even more troubling. One doubtful, but possible, explanation is that >Romney is part of the super-confidential IRS amnesty program for tax evaders with Swiss bank accounts who came forward voluntarily to pay limited penalties. This is only plausible if, as has also been reported, Romney never intended to release his returns. Otherwise the American people would hear the faint echoes of Richard Nixon’s famous statement, “I am not a crook.”

In either case, Romney’s lack of transparency is a betrayal to America and to the two-party system. The American system depends on trust. Our success as a nation requires that we trust our leaders, our institutions and one another. Romney’s behavior is further destroying this trust and corroding our democracy.

It is a truism in American politics that presidential candidates effectively give up all rights to their privacy. The American people have come to expect that otherwise personal records, including health and finances, will be available to them as they decide on who should be the leader of the free world. Romney’s finances are one indicator of his character and how he regards his responsibilities to the nation. I strongly suspect that the vast majority of voters who supported Romney in the primaries assumed that he would demonstrate he was worthy of their trust with an appropriate opening of his records. Now, he is betraying this faith….”

The Daily Beast

There are times when life gives you the lemons. You squeeze ’em up, make pie, lemonade, cookies, and a few other desserts. This is one of those times. Please, sit back and enjoy. It’s just too much fun, way much fun. Seems one of Mitt’s poster persons for up from their boot-straps with no government help did not get there on his own!

The problem with the libertarian right is they can’t admit factual accuracy about life. Take Mark Hendrickson, a libertarian writer for Fobes.

“...A reader of one of my earlier columns wrote that I shouldn’t view Obama as a threat to individual liberty because Obama is no Pol Pot or Stalin. Well, of course he isn’t. What a flimsy straw man that vacuous statement is! My point is that the loss of individual rights to government power is the slippery slope to tyranny. Isn’t it better to warn about creeping tyranny now rather than wait until that noose has tightened around our neck?

Were Obama’s July 13 remarks Marxist? Yes, in the following ways:

“There are a lot of smart people out there… There are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.”

These declarations show that Obama is still somewhat under the sway of Karl Marx’ defunct labor theory of value. He seems to believe that it is how hard one works or how smart one is that should determine income. The economic truth that eludes him is that in a market economy, honest participants prosper to the extent that they deliver value to others. Value is not the same as effort or potential. It seems that only a minority of people have the talent of successfully and economically providing value for others. Those entrepreneurs are society’s economic benefactors, creating wealth and jobs for their fellow citizens. Contrary to Obama’s views, society’s wealth generators merit respect, not scorn; praise, not derision; gratitude, not envy….”

The problem is the fact that, once again, Mitt Romney, manipulated facts.

W Post

No Man Is An Island

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
John Donne

…Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something—there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.…”

Raw Story

The problem here is that The Pink Flamingo thinks Mitt Romney is a lying, manipulative rat fink who is doing the same thing to Barack Obama that he did to Newt Gingrich – turn him into a socialist. What stands out to me is the fact that anyone who reads what Obama said and say that he is a socialist is either lying, delusional, or has never been into business for him/herself.

I’m going to use my small business as an example. When I first decided to go into business, I went to the SBA. I went to the Thurmond Institute for information about the area where lived. I contacted SC’s tourism agency

I guess that made me a socialist.

Daily Kos

Paul Krugman, my new favorite liberal, wrote:

“…Wait, there’s more. Not only do many of the superrich feel deeply aggrieved at the notion that anyone in their class might face criticism, they also insist that their perception that Mr. Obama doesn’t like them is at the root of our economic problems. Businesses aren’t investing, they say, because business leaders don’t feel valued. Mr. Romney repeated this line, too, arguing that because the president attacks success “we have less success.”

This, too, is crazy (and it’s disturbing that Mr. Romney appears to share this delusional view about what ails our economy). There’s no mystery about the reasons the economic recovery has been so weak. Housing is still depressed in the aftermath of a huge bubble, and consumer demand is being held back by the high levels of household debt that are the legacy of that bubble. Business investment has actually held up fairly well given this weakness in demand. Why should businesses invest more when they don’t have enough customers to make full use of the capacity they already have?

But never mind. Because the rich are different from you and me, many of them are incredibly self-centered. They don’t even see how funny it is — how ridiculous they look — when they attribute the weakness of a $15 trillion economy to their own hurt feelings. After all, who’s going to tell them? They’re safely ensconced in a bubble of deference and flattery….”

This is about all that is left of the GOP this election cycle.

Please, say this is a joke.

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One thought on “The Sinking of the Good Ship Lollipop

  1. You got some interesting stuff. This brings up one big worry I have if Obama gets reelected: people are going to get hurt. I can only imagine how much more hateful/crazy the pundits and politicians will get and since this hate helped drive the death of Dr. Tiller, the Unitarian church shooting and the attempted attack on the Tides Foundation, it could get worse. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was an attack on President Obama and/or his family if he wins.

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