Leader of the pack?

July 20, 2009 by barbara

barbara writes

You know that thing about truth being stranger than fiction? It’s true. Gallup polled Republicans on their current thinking about who should be their banner-carrier in 2012:

First pick: Mitt (“I hate to say I told you so, but...”) Romney, with 26%.

Close behind him: Sarah (“I’m not a quitter; I quit!”) Palin with 21%. (Important to note that this poll was conducted after her wildly weird resignation.)

Then Mike (“Affable Wingnut”) Huckabee (19%), Newt (“Family Values, Multiple Families”) Gingrich (14%), and far down the pecking order, Minnesota’s own Tim (“Totally Desperate for National Attention”) Pawlenty (3%), and Haley (“Who’s She?”) Barbour (2%). More cogent commentary.

Okay. There you have it. And I believe this illustrates with absolute clarity why the GOP is in such terrible shape. Never mind Michael Steele, Glenn Beck, Fox News, Lindsay Graham, Mark Sanford, Ann Coulter, Dick (“Because I could!”) Cheney, et al. No. The single biggest problem is Rank and File Disease. It’s an affliction that affects intelligence, judgment and sense of smell.

Now to be fair, these are the six candidates Gallup served up as choices to the poll-takers. It would have been interesting to see who emerged had they been offered an “Other” choice.

What’re you thinking about this? (Yeah, it’s interactive time at the Clothesline.) Is there a “good” GOP choice at this early stage (a full six months into Obama’s term)? Enlighten, me, please. Enlighten all of us. Is this really the best the GOP has to offer? Just askin’.

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Cron (not verified) | July 21, 2009 - 4:53pm

How about Joe Lieberman? I assume he is a Republican these days, since he was seen standing by McCain's side more last fall than Palin was (I had assumed he was nominated for "second vice-president," until my 13 year old son told me there was no such thing). Or has he impaled himself trying to perch on a fence? I like the idea of a Gingrich-Sanford ticket -- instead of a contract with America, they can sign respective hypocritic [sic] oaths. Is that too many twisted images for one post?


barbara says (not verified) | July 22, 2009 - 3:05pm

You see? No one is verified here!!

Joe Lieberman. I've been thinking about him lately (and believe me, it's not about romance!). Wondering how someone so immensely slithery found his way onto the ticket with Al Gore. Jewishness, yes. Even so, this guy . . . oh, wait! He absolutely belongs with the Republican party, doesn't he? So in the interest of gender balance, maybe Joe and Sarah? And just so you know? No such thing as too many twisted images at the Clothesline!!


barbara | July 22, 2009 - 3:16pm

I'd have been a long time coming to Sowell-Schlesinger, and the only possible reason I can see for that not working is that it's extremely difficult to say. And in this era of sound-bites and mini-thinking, that would never do, now would it?

I'm not so much disturbed by sleep-walking rhetoric by PBO. Even at his soporific worst (or best), he is miles beyond all that we have endured in the past via he-whose-name-cannot-be-spoken. I know. That's an old complaint, but the wounds run deep and lasting.

I am trying very hard not to be bulldozed by the very vocal contingent (on the left) who seem determined to destroy Obama. It's not that I don't listen. I do. It's not that I don't factor all of that into my world view. I do. But the bad-mouthing has become so constant and so bitterly under-cutting, it resembles the worst of what comes from the right.

So I am still withholding final judgment. Meanwhile, I make phone calls, write emails, and will soon resume my old pastime of writing LTEs to see if I still have any chops at all.

OMG, you're right, Poet. Just a little over three years. We're late, we're late, for a very important date. No time to say hello, goodbye, we're late, we're late, we're late!


Cron (not verified) | July 22, 2009 - 4:21pm

Better idea: Lieberman and Clarence Thomas. Need I explain why Clarence Thomas running for office would be the greatest service he ever performed for this country?


barbara says (not verified) | July 22, 2009 - 5:15pm

Cron, if great service to the country would be the outcome, you can be certain Thomas won't run.


Poet (not verified) | July 21, 2009 - 8:47pm

Well this is a fine dilemma in need of solving and quick! (lead times being what they are for big money to construct a successful marketing campaign to sell these clowns to the public).

I am strongly tempted to suggest that a ticket of Ronald McDonald and Carmen San Diego might do the trick--but both being fictional characters (and one being an animated fictional character at that) they are both unavailable for consideration.

I think that Thomas Sowell (the Black arch-reactionary Hoover Institute think tank fellow) and Dr. Laura Schlesinger (the perenially PMS afflicted talk radio advice psychologist)would be ideal. It's black and white, male and female, Jew and Gentile --in short a perfect "dream ticket" for the backward-facing GOP.

Now on to the Democrats because, at the rate he is going, Barack O could very well become a one-term President like Bush the elder. The Dems need a infusion of passionate oomph (to counter the almost sleep-walking rhetoric of the current prez.) and someone with a little spine who tells bipartisanship "BYE BYE!".

I like Keith Olbermann (the perenially angry denunciator of "Dumbya" on MSNBC) and Whoopi Goldberg (the very Black, very left, very female and politically-correct actress-comediane).

Again, black and white, male and female, philosophical and new age, angry and funny--this ticket could really draw ratings and crowds where ever it appeared.

Can't you see the excitement as Keith passes out yellow "terrible towels" for his supporters to wave at rallies and Ms. Goldberg passes out "Whoopi cushions" on which her supporters can sit to express thier disdain for her opponents.

Hurry, bhurry, just 3 and a half years to the next election--(can it ever come soon enough!).


Anon 1 (not verified) | July 22, 2009 - 9:27am


You are much closer to reality in your Obama prediction than you even realize. Let me tell you that the urge to move away from this administration's "policy's" is accelerating on a DAILY basis...and from within the Democratic Party...including the Minnesota delegation. In private conversions, it is getting ugly and political career survival mode is moving into high gear.

It might not be to late to stop it, but it is now being measured in weeks here..not months.

A classic case of mis-judgment and overreach.


barbara | July 22, 2009 - 3:18pm

Anon 1, the matter of political career survival mode is deeply disturbing. Not new. Just disturbing. And I think this underscores the essential need for term limits and campaign finance reform. Whatever happened to serving the electorate and upholding the Constitution? Rhetorical . . .


Anon 1 (not verified) | July 22, 2009 - 9:48pm

It has nothing to do with campaign finance reform... or term limits...and everything to do with overreach for political positions that are politically fatal. . What he is selling, Americans are not going to buy ..... By continuing on this path we will witness an implosion of a Presidency never before seen..all within a a matter of months.

He desperately needs to separate himself from those that are driving his collapse. He still has time...but time is not his friend.


barbara | July 23, 2009 - 9:45pm

Okay, I'm almost over my snit fit. Oh, its' not what you think. It's about writing a lengthy, carefully considered response to Anon 1's most recent comment, and when I clicked to see what my formatting options were, the system ate my whole freaking comment!!! Must be a Republican system.

So. It went something like this.

Basically, though I disagree with you for the most part, I am intrigued by what you are saying.

For starters, I believe that anyone who runs for POTUS is over-reaching. No one can be fully prepared to take on that role from the get-go.

I continue to believe that election and campaign finance reform is a major issue. As things now stand, it requires an obscene amount of money to buy the presidency. And yes, I do mean that. It's what we've allowed to happen. And the barrels of money create some unholy alliances that seem to be inviolable once someone is elected to national office.

Given that costly process, wise ones with fine minds and a whole set of hard and soft skills are lost in the flurry of dollars. And I believe that's wrong. Not totally new, but still wrong.

I agree that the matter of those with whom Obama has surrounded himself is at best puzzling and in some cases situated on the frustrating to infuriating scale.

That's my short form response.

Now, my snarkless question to you, Anon 1, is this: If you were Obama, what would you do? How would you accomplish it, beginning today (whatever day you catch up with this, if you do)? Please enlighten me. Thank you.


the haiti man (not verified) | July 23, 2009 - 10:16pm

I like an all Minnnesota ticket:
T Paw and Joe Repya, All White, All Right and Not Very Bright


barbara says (not verified) | July 24, 2009 - 9:47am

Okay, I'm laughin', haiti man. Ummm, kind of. Joe Repya is not going to go away anytime soon either, is he? And is it too soon for Michael Brodkorb to run for king of the hill?