Tuesday, March 27, 2012
My first advice is to listen to reason when they formulate their positions. Reason never harmed a presidential candidate… My other advice is to check their watches from time to time: it is 2012, not the mid-1970s.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, offering election advice to Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican field. (via theatlantic)

Medvedev also noted that Romney’s comments were “very reminiscent of Hollywood.”

(via dendroica)

Friday, February 24, 2012
theamericanbear:

Mitt Romney is actually a CG image generated by the wizards at ILM.

How is Hillary Clinton less favorable than John McCain, John Kerry, and George Bush? America, I have had enough of your sexist crap.

theamericanbear:

Mitt Romney is actually a CG image generated by the wizards at ILM.

How is Hillary Clinton less favorable than John McCain, John Kerry, and George Bush? America, I have had enough of your sexist crap.

(Source: bostonreview)

Monday, January 16, 2012
[When] you unpack all that is going on in this Bain Capital story, you actually find a delicious contradiction. Those on the right — Perry and Gingrich especially — like to pretend that capitalist systems are utterly flawless and totally without fail. Meanwhile, they attack Romney for what is essentially a failing of capitalism, and then campaign against the social safety net that is supposed to correct that failing. In a more sophisticated political environment, these kinds of accidental critiques of capitalism and internal contradictions would pose a problem for GOP candidates. But as it is right now, I am sure it will all just blow over without consequence. Bain Capital and the Social Safety Net | Matt Bruenig (via theamericanbear)
Saturday, December 24, 2011 Monday, December 5, 2011

The Circus

theamericanbear:

From the The German newsweekly Spiegel:

“Africa is a country. The Taliban rule in Libya. Muslims are terrorists. Immigrants are mostly criminals, Occupy Wall Street protesters are always dirty. And women who claim to have been sexually molested should kindly keep quiet.”

Welcome to the wonderful world of the Republican Party. Or rather: to the distorted world of its presidential campaign. For months it has coiled through the country like a traveling circus, from debate to debate, from scandal to scandal, contesting the mightiest office in the world — and nothing is ever too unfathomable for them… These eight presidential wannabes are happy enough not only to demolish their own reputations but also that of their party, the once worthy party of Abraham Lincoln. They are also ruining the reputation of the United States.

They lie, deceive, scuffle and speak every manner of idiocy. And they expose a political, economic, geographic and historical ignorance compared to which George W. Bush sounds like a scholar. Even the party’s boosters are horrified by the spectacle…

Platitudes in lieu of programs: in serious times that demand the smartest, these clowns offer blather that is an insult to the intelligence of all Americans. But as with all freak shows, it would be impossible without a stage, the U.S. media, which has been neutered by the demands of political correctness, and a welcoming audience, a party base that seems to have been lobotomized overnight. Notwithstanding the subterranean depths of the primary process, the press and broadcasters proclaim one clown after the next to be the new frontrunner, in predictable news cycles of forty-five days.

Translated by Scott Horton.

Sunday, October 16, 2011
Modern social conservatives, in my experience, do not hate black people en masse. To the contrary, there are two kinds of blacks they love. The first is those, like (Condoleezza) Rice, who are mainly mute on the subject of race, seldom so impolite as to say or do anything that might remind people they are black. The second is those who will engage on race, but only to lecture other blacks for their failures as conservatives conceive them. And that, friends and neighbors, is Herman Cain all over. Explaining Herman Cain | Leonard Pitts Jr. (via diegueno)