Posted on January 31, 2012 in Countdown
Countdown Vol. 10, No. 33
Romney Leads, Gingrich In Trouble
If you haven’t watched Jon Stewart’s ‘Mortal Kombat’ take on the Gingrich/Romney fight, then you should settle for the Huffington Post’s characterization that “the strain of the nastiness showed on both men” after their increasingly aggressive exchange of attacks. But Romney seems to be feeling better today, sitting with an 11-point lead over Gingrich as the Florida polls open. Want to know what political desperation sounds like? Hear this from Gingrich: "Romney cut off kosher food to elderly Jews on Medicare." Yup, now that sounds like scrambling in the kitchen sink for something else to throw. Apparently the Herman Cain and Sarah Palin endorsements weren’t the campaign-boosting miracles we all just knew they had to be. Nor was Newt’s simultaneous effort to paint himself as an insider and an outsider. Now we’ll just sit back and see how it all plays out tonight.
Once Upon a Time, At a Republican Debate
Something unusual happened at the last Republican debate. Palestinian American Abraham Hassan posed a question to the candidates: “How would a Republican administration help bring peace to Palestine and Israel when most candidates barely recognize the existence of Palestine and its people?” Unfortunately, the “unusual” ended right there, and the “usual” divorce from reality plagued the candidates’ responses, repudiating a constituent whose vote they’re supposed to be courting in order to toe the mindless line on Israel. Romney explained that the party destroying the two-state solution with incessant settlement-building somehow really wanted that solution, while the people bending over backwards to bring it about somehow didn’t want it. After the typical one-sided concerns for the effects of violence, Gingrich topped Romney by saying his presidency would immediately move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. And if you think Obama is much better this election season, then you haven’t seen the 7 minute Israel-pandering video he released. This is what election season does to our leaders. But before you walk away from your computer in frustration, be sure to read Abraham Hassan’s follow up thoughts on our blog (well, and read the rest of Countdown).
Equality? What's That?
When Rick Santorum is not blaming racist remarks on an implausible vocal accident, he’s saying such insightful things as this: “Where do you think the concept of equality comes from? It doesn't come from Islam. It doesn't come from the East and Eastern religions. It comes from the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." The consequences were tragic: immediately following Santorum’s remarks, over a billion and a half Muslims died of laughter. We at Countdown encourage the remaining ones (when done mourning, of course) to let Santorum know that equality is kind of a familiar concept to them, and that the God of Abraham is actually their God too. Oh, never mind… Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists have already pointed out how ridiculous Santorum’s remarks are.
Ship the Dems Out, After the Muslims
If you heard that a Republican politician wanted to get the Democrats out, you’d probably think s/he meant “out of office” or something. Well, anti-Muslim Allen West is not your average Republican politician. His message to the Democrats is this: "Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America." Sounds like your friend’s crazy uncle who lives in the woods, except this one is actually in Congress (sigh). It’s always nice when you have such thoughtful, civil, and reasonable people representing us, no?
Imagine if crazy “birthers” tried to keep President Obama from appearing on the primary ballot in a U.S. state in the upcoming election. Imagine if these guys filed suit and demanded that the President and his lawyers show up as defendants. Imagine if a Deputy Chief Judge then subpoenaed the President after refusing to hear his legal team's challenge to the case. Imagine if that particular state’s Secretary of State told Obama’s legal team that they could choose to skip this hearing “at [their] own peril.” Ok, now stop imagining, because It’s actually happening. The state is Georgia. The aforementioned Georgia Deputy Chief Judge is Michael Malihi, and the Secretary of State Brian Kemp. The judge is expected to make a ruling after receiving all the requested briefs by February 5th. Just when we thought we saw the full extent of crazy this year!