- The National Memo » Arithmetic For Republicans: Why Boehner’s ‘Offer’ Just Doesn’t Add Up
- Psychodrama Queens, Revisited – NYTimes.com And Krugman writes in this article (the emphasis is mine) …
A while back I worried that the Obama administration actually believed in pundit fantasies, those elaborate psychodramas supposedly going on in voters’ minds as they contemplate whether Obama has reached out enough to the center or whatever. My point wasn’t that voters are stupid; it was that people have lives, they aren’t following politics at all closely, and they vote based on broad perceptions of where politicians stand, not on the kind of thing that pundits obsess about.
At this point the Obamians seem to have learned better. But I couldn’t resist flagging a couple of examples of what voters really know. First, Public Policy Polling found that 39 percent of voters have a view, pro or con, about Simpson-Bowles. Not bad, you might think. But a quarter of voters also hadviews on Panetta-Burns, a plan that as it happens doesn’t exist.
I quote this because it relates to something else I picked up on and and read about this morning…
From the you just can’t believe it true thermonuclear naivety department…
- Yes, Half of Republicans Think ACORN, Which Doesn’t Exist, Stole the Election – Politics – The Atlantic Wire
- Half the GOP thinks ACORN (which no longer exists) stole the election for Obama — MSNBC
- Half of GOP Voters Believe Defunct ACORN Stole 2012 Election For Obama | The New Civil Rights Movement
- Poll: Half of Republican voters say ACORN stole election – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room
- Santorum to ride black helicopters all the way to the White House in 2016 sss
There’s been some talk lately about bringing some sanity to the Republican Party after its recent tea-fueled race to the extreme right.
In the other hand, there’s Rick Santorum. The ex-senator, ex-presidential wannabe and ex-Philadelphia Inquirer columnist is back, and he’s determined to use his new platform at the birther-friendly World Net Daily to keep the GOP firmly planted in Looneyville:
Santorum warned that a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty adopted in 2006 “has much darker and more troubling implications” than to simply improve the treatment of disabled people in other countries.
The staunchly anti-abortion Republican worried that the treaty would “put the government, acting under U.N. authority, in the position to determine for all children with disabilities what is best for them.”
And taking that thought to its absurd conclusion, Santorum suggested that the U.N. treaty would have meant the death of his daughter, who has a rare genetic disorder.
“In the case of our 4-year-old daughter, Bella, who has Trisomy 18, a condition that the medical literature says is ‘incompatible with life,’ would her ‘best interest’ be that she be allowed to die?” he asked.
“Some would undoubtedly say so.”
Some would undoubtedly say that Santorum needs to launch his 2016 campaign for the Oval Office RIGHT NOW! That would be the best political Christmas present a liberal could ask for.
- 5 dumbest UN “conspiracies” – Salon.com – Claiming a treaty that ensures rights for the disabled “undermines American sovereignty” is only the right’s latest
- Mike Lee UN Disability Treaty – The Problem With Mike Lee – Esquire
- Objections to Disabilities Treaty don’t stand up to scrutiny – The Hill’s Congress Blog
- Disability Treaty Defeated in Senate Would Have Made No Changes to US Law | FDL News Desk
- Bob Dole Can’t Sway Republicans to Back UN Disabilities Treaty – ABC News
- Harold Meyerson: In this election, makers beat takers – The Washington Post
…Obama won overwhelming backing from the most productive and innovative sector of American capitalism. Romney won the backing of finance and casinos, whose contributions to American productivity and well-being are more difficult to discern, and which are industries based on reshuffling resources in games the house almost always wins. Obama, if you will, won the makers; Romney, the takers.