The Lovable Losers

Now that the international horrorshow known as the Olympics are finally over, may I have my newspapers back?  Olympics-related non-news items have even leaked out of the sports section where they’re easily ignored to the front page, exacerbating the stench of hollow nationalism, and showcasing the next generation of photogenic millionaire hucksters.  “We train for life and perform for god, our country, and the promise of unfathomable riches pitching products and services our agents arrange for us!”

Great stuff.  Forced to choose, I’d watch professional wrestling.

The other great news over the weekend concerns Mittney’s selection of a running mate.  But let’s not get too comfortable with this.  It’s only Monday, and the candidate’s  reputation for reversing his core beliefs suggests the possibility of a switcheroo should the winds change or the water rise.  As one wag noted, the only public figure who has assumed more positions over the years than Romney is Jenna Jameson.  Heh.  Had he named her to the ticket, flip-flopping would become a desirable trademark.

I tripped across this nifty little factoid over the weekend:

Members of the House of Representatives have only occasionally been selected as running mates. The last one on a winning ticket was John Nance Garner, the speaker of the House, in 1932. The last time an ordinary member of the House was elected vice president, and the last Republican, was more than 100 years ago: in 1908, when William Howard Taft and James S. Sherman, a New York congressman, were chosen by voters. (Coincidentally, that fall was also the last time that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.)  — NYTimes

The odds makers can have fun with that one, and certainly the chattering classes will have months of material like this with which to bombard us.  But for my money, the reference to the last Cubs’ World Series victory is a bulls eye painted on the heart of the beast that is the hope of the party.

So I guess it’s safe for Floridians to vote for Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party this fall.

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5 Responses to The Lovable Losers

  1. 'Nonymous says:

    Romney and Ryan are a formidable combination whose leadership this country desperately needs. The only loser here is you. I question the lovable part, too, but that’s not my problem.

  2. Dawgbowl says:

    Has anybody pointed out that neither Romney nor Ryan have a whole lot experience in foreign policy? And that precisely that criticism was a major weapon in the Republican arsenal that McCain threw at Obama in 2008? Why was it important then and not now? Wait, wait, don’t tell me….!

  3. C. Howard Fields says:

    A first time President has absolutely no experience being President.
    Apparently, experience is irrelivant and, it shows.

    Stiky B.O., the Moron Bush, the amoral, degenerate Clinton, etc.

    In America anyone can grow up to be President… and, often does.

    • C. Howard Fields says:

      That’s stinky B.O. (typo)

    • Dawgbowl says:

      Well, duh. A first-time anybody has no experience. The difference is neither of these two have any significant experience specifically in foreign policy. Romney might have chosen a more seasoned hand….I would have liked to see somebody of Lugar’s stature (at 80, Lugar is too old) to build the ticket.

      One reason BO picked Biden is his long experience in Congress. Well, that and the cheap laughs he’d inspire.

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