The concept of communism is rightly reviled in this country for the simple reason that it is blind to human nature, allowing a small group of individuals near-total control, while sticking everyone else with the same crappy systems — and the bill. America spent countless lives and half a century fighting against this system of government. So why are we standing for it now? – The Cost of Corporate Communism, by Dylan Ratigan
The article from Dylan Ratigan linked above is the backdrop. The staggering new numbers putting Tea Party candidate Marco Rubio 23 points ahead of Charlie Crist the foreground.
Was it all made possible by Democrats?
Segue to the Boston Herald, which has some very, err…. interesting quotes from Sarah Palin.
Conservative superstar Sarah Palin opened the door yesterday to joining forces with Mitt Romney for a 2012 White House run – a hot ticket that has some Republicans licking their chops at the prospect of unseating President Obama.
“Sounds pretty good,” Palin declared at yesterday’s Tea Party Express rally on the Common when asked about pairing up with the former Bay State governor – giving the idea a big thumbs-up as she left the stage after her headline speech.
Palin goes on to say “I have a lot of respect for Mitt.” Being polite is always smart, especially since Mr. Romney is the establishment frontrunner for the spot.
All of this comes as more evidence is revealed that Pres. Obama has not gained from passing health care. That’s what happens when you don’t give out the goodies up front, but instead slap people with an undemocratic mandate inside a monopolized monstrosity, which Dylan Ratigan writes about today. It’s nice being in Dylan’s company on this one.
Getting back to Palin demurring to Mitt, there is no better vice presidential pit bull than Sarah Palin. Even as people are not comfortable with her in the top slot, her presence on the ticket would bring the Republican establishment and Palin’s throngs together in a powerful twosome that could electrify the Republicans and unite them against Barack Obama and Joe Biden in 2012.
Traveling over to Hot Air, GOP strategists weigh in on the possible Romney-Palin match:
They quote GOP strategist Douglas Lorenz in calling that ticket “formidable,” while one Republican candidate for Massachusetts governor called it “the best of both worlds” and another declared that partnership “a good looking ticket,” which may have been meant literally.
But would Sarah take number two? Since it’s the wingnut base who elects the nominee, would she have to?
And what about Mike Huckabee? Some think he’s got as good of a chance as anyone, but I’m still not convinced. If I were an opponent, I’d simply lay down a negative barrage on his parole decisions when he was Arkansas governor, then watch the man flail. His homophobic views on gays and adoption border on psychotic.
Another conservative weighs in on Palin and Romney:
Could happen, and sounds like a powerhouse ticket with two experienced, adept candidates, no matter who’s on the top of the ticket. One problem. OK, two problems. Romney’s perceived as a fence-hopper, flip-flopper who despite his confidence and campaign-trail message discipline, is vulnerable to attacks from both right and left on that score. Palin, meanwhile, has become such a polarizing figure that there is the potential she could cost the ticket some of the Brownist independent support that Republicans should be able to count on to swing the middle in 2012.
Romney will have primary problems on health care, while Palin will have primary problems with everyone to the left of the right-wing.
However, Democrats have their challenges for 2012, too. One of Pres. Obama’s biggest unknowns looking forward is energizing Democrats like he did in 2008. Mitt Romney isn’t that scary, even if he’s just barely in front of Ron Paul in straw polls, someone the Republican establishment won’t allow to win. Romney is also young, in good health and looking as vigorous as anyone, so the fear of Palin taking over that existed during 2008 when John McCain didn’t exactly present a picture of longevity would be carved away. However, Sarah Palin at the top of the ticket? Democrats would likely come home in droves to help take her down; not so if she’s veep.
Now’s the part where any political writer says, it’s a long way until 2012, but no one actually knew until yesterday if Palin was willing to grab the second rung again for another ride, though the quote from the Herald shouldn’t convince anyone. That said, it’s also possible that Palin could calculate that she’s got plenty of time, with a vice presidency still being a history making move if Mr. Romney can do the job Sarah Palin just isn’t ready to undertake. Yet. Or she could stay out, raise cash and the roof for the Republican nominee.
One thing Mrs. Palin should learn is the proper way to eat the local fare.
Let’s face it. After oysters and lobster at the Union Oyster House, where are you going? Mike’s for cannolis. Great old world Italian bakery on Hanover Street. Swooning Palin fans will be interested to know that she got the chocolate, which as one Palin-smitten cannoli expert noted last night, is a little bold, naughty, risque … sort of like the red leather jacket and boots of cannolis. Good girls stick with the traditional white Ricotta cheese.
The genesis of Sarah Palin’s power (also Marco Rubio), which comes through Tea Party discontent, only matters in order for us to moor their anger in the bad economic policies of Republicans, which actually had its original genesis in Reagans’ deregulation, which precipitated Wall Streets’ greed; the most recent spending by Republicans being George W. Bush (but also a GOP Congress that rubber-stamped his policies) where their discontent ignited, even if they can’t admit it. It had to be G.W. Bush who kick-started the current Tea Party and independent outrage against spending, if only because Barack Obama inherited the situation from Bush. That’s simply a fact. Don’t expect Tea Party people to admit it. However, they have no argument to make on taxes. Also worth noting is at this point we still have no proof that the Tea Party can deliver anything beyond crowds and theater. (Virginia’s Bob McDonnell is not a Tea Partier, nor is Sen. Scott Brown, much to their chagrin.)
The trouble remains that Barack Obama campaigned on change, which independents and Republicans, even Democrats, bought, but when he came in to Washington he did the opposite.
Pres. Obama inherited Bush’s bailout, including of the car industry, however, then he added on to them with the stimulus; though it was Obama continuing the Washington – Wall Street coziness, which voters thought he’d fix, that ignited the latent economic fury. The Democratic cave in to big insurance on health care was simply the final straw.
The mid-term elections will be the first point at which people can direct their fury and much of the ground on which their anger is laid is shared by Republicans, even if the target now is all things Obama.