Pity the Billionaire

English: President Barack Obama meets with Pre...

English: President Barack Obama meets with President Clinton in the Oval Office 4/21/09 Français : Le président Barack Obama recevant l’ancien président Bill Clinton dans le bureau ovale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pity the Billionaire, The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right by Thomas Frank.

It is Frank’s contention that Barack Obama would have gotten better results in his first term if he had followed the FDR model instead of the Bill Clinton model.

“Moneyed interests understand that with no second FDR, no incorruptible new cop on the financial beat, no return to the rules that once made banking boring but safe, they have nothing to fear from us, and may do as they please. This is the real  tragedy of the Great Recession.”

2016 revisited

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English: Scott Brown, Republican U.S. Senator representing Massachusetts, at a U.S. Senate campaign event on December 31, 2009, in Plymouth Massachusetts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s too early to predict the race, but there is a rule of thumb that is often applicable; voters in a presidential election prefer the candidate with the shorter last name. This rule of thumb may be affected by the state of the economy, but has worked well in many elections. Bush (four letters) versus Gore (four letters) was a virtual tie. Bush (4) defeated Kerry (5). Obama (5) defeated both McCain (6) and Romney (6).

In 2016, Clinton (7) will defeat Christie (8) if nominated. Former Senator Scott Brown (5) would do well against Clinton (7) if he enters the race and manages to secure the nomination. Cruz (4), Paul (4) and Rubio (5) might do well, but none of them will be nominated.

Mud

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Throw enough mud against a wall, and some of it will stick.”

That is the strategy of the Right now with President Obama and it was the strategy used against Bill Clinton when he was President. Hillary called it a vast, right-wing conspiracy and she was correct. Mud thrown at President Obama seems to stick better because he is black and because his name makes him seem foreign to some. Before the November, 2012, election, I was a member of the Barack Obama Truth Team, and I followed some of the more outspoken blogs against him. They were filled with lies and hatred. They would not listen to the truth when I tried to correct their lies.

The same lies are repeated in all the books of right-wing pundits that I have read (and I have read more than a dozen). Those pundits are a regular fixture on radio and TV. Their books don’t contain the obvious hatred to be found on the Web. In Orwell’s 1984, the Ministry of Truth presented lies as true and truth as lies. The Right now turns facts on their head, claiming lies as truth. In previous generations, this technique was known as the Big Lie.

Petty and small-minded

English: Seal of the President of the United S...

English: Seal of the President of the United States Español: Escudo del Presidente de los Estados Unidos Македонски: Печат на Претседателот на Соединетите Американски Држави. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barack and family are on vacation this week and Chris Hayes and Bill O’Reilly were on vacation last week, so naturally Barack’s time away from the White House was discussed by both men. Continuing the FOX News policy of petty and small-minded 24/7 criticism of everything the President says and does, Bill O’Reilly criticized the expense of the President’s vacation. Putting the trip in context, Chris Hayes listed the days of vacation of Presidents Reagan to Obama. Only Bill Clinton had taken fewer days of vacation at this point in his presidency. Ronald Reagan took a lot more vacation days at his ranch, and GW Bush took roughly 4 times as many days of vacation as President Obama has taken to date. Considering the difference in the quality of information offered, I wonder why anyone watches O’Reilly when they could be watching Chris Hayes at the same hour.

We built that

President Barack Obama meets with Senator Kenn...

President Barack Obama meets with Senator Kennedy and former President Clinton to discuss national service. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last night at the DNC, Bill Clinton, in under an hour, demolished the structure that the GOP had built attacking Barack Obama and supporting Mitt Romney. Brick by brick, stick by stick, lie by lie and misrepresentation by misrepresentation, Bill Clinton left the Republican structure in ruin. My advice to Mitt, concede now.