Archive for the '2012 Election' Category

Obama turns focus to destroying economy

Friday, February 15th, 2013

In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Barack Obama made a few favorable references to his erstwhile opponent, Mitt Romney, the guy who four months ago was such a heartless cad that he “didn’t even care” that some woman got sick and died years after she left a company that Bain Capital took […]

Where now, Grand Old Party?

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The divided Republican Party failed to mount much of a get-out-the-vote campaign this fall. Here in the battleground state of Nevada, National Republican forces, wary of a state party whose largest county organization (Clark) was dominated by a disgruntled Ron Paul insurgency, did an end run around the state GOP apparatus (such as it is), […]

Where now, Grand Old Party?

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

The divided Republican Party failed to mount much of a get-out-the-vote campaign this fall. Here in the battleground state of Nevada, National Republican forces, wary of a state party whose largest county organization — Clark — was dominated by a disgruntled Ron Paul insurgency, did an end run around the state GOP apparatus (such as […]

Tough love: Sometimes you just have to stand aside and let them fail

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Thirty-some years ago, that branch of the Republican party which preaches free enterprise and a smaller, less intrusive government (I say “preach” — practice is a different thing) entered into a marriage of convenience with the Christian Right. In exchange for the evangelical Christians delivering large numbers of voters, particularly in the Midwest and South, […]

He wasn’t supposed to leave Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty to die

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

It’s Benghazi, stupid. Who elected Barack Obama president, four years ago? A mass of enthusiastic if somewhat naive young black people — many of them first-time voters — and curiously enough a lot of older white voters, among them my Mom, bless her. These two apparently disparate groups shared a high level of excitement over […]

If our team wins, what do we get? (Or: Elections — the big minstrel show we stage for Massa)

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Today’s relaxed rules for absentee balloting destroy the secrecy of the voting booth — and thus the credibility of the overall canvas. Because the voter no longer even has to pretend he or she will be out of town or in the hospital, union shop stewards and presumably even the occasional employer can order their […]

‘Fast and Furious’: what are they hiding?

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Univision, the largest Spanish-language network in the U.S., aired a lengthy report on the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” Mexican gun-running operation on Sept. 30. Gerardo Reyes and Santiago Wills offer an English-language version at http://tinyurl.com/9jdp2gh: “On January 30, 2010, a commando of at least 20 hit men parked themselves outside a birthday party of […]

Economy tanks, Mideast in flames, Romney doomed

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

I’m not a hop-up-and-down political champion of Mitt Romney. As an individual, Mr. Romney is a talented and decent man. It’s interesting to note the times he’s gotten in the most trouble with our left-leaning press, all they’ve been able to “get him on” is telling the truth in an incautious manner. Oh, the horror! […]

Science: Something made up to justify their latest power-grab

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

“Too many elected officials in Washington are still calling climate change a liberal hoax,” declared U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, in prepared remarks as he opened his fifth annual “National Clean Energy Summit” show in Las Vegas Aug. 7. “They falsely claim scientists are still debating whether carbon pollution is warming the planet. …” But “This […]

‘Stroke of the pen, law of the land, kinda cool’

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

President Barack Obama’s supporters have cheered the boldness with which he’s cut through the Gordian knot of congressional “gridlock,” instituting changes in the law that meet with their approval through executive fiat. But to fully grasp the danger of a president thus bypassing our constitutional system of checks and balances — a system in which […]