English: President Barack Obama’s signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010. The President signed the bill with 22 different pens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
No longer the Grand Old Party or even the Grand Opposition Party, the current GOP have degenerated into the Party of No. No matter what President Obama proposes, the GOP are against it. Not by principle, but by politics, the GOP put politics ahead of country. For example, the Affordable Care Act is based on a proposal from the right-wing Heritage Foundation and echoes Romneycare, enacted in Massachusetts while Mitt was governor. If the Affordable Care Act were Heritage Foundationcare or Romneycare, the GOP would support it. Since it is called Obamacare, they oppose it.
It is the essence of an opposition party to oppose the party in power, propose alternate solutions, and then compromise for the good of the country. The GOP no longer do that. Instead, they oppose for the sake of opposing and refuse compromise. That is why they are now the Grand Obstruction Party. The solution is fragmentation of the GOP with the rational bits and pieces re-assembling themselves into a functioning opposition party. Where are the Republicans with the courage to say “no” to obstruction?
Official photo of Florida Governor Charlie Crist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The governor’s race in Florida in 2014 will pit former GOP governor Charlie Crist, now running as a Democrat, against current GOP governor Rick Scott. Since the GOP supported Crist when he was governor, they will be forced to reverse themselves now to attack him. They plan to run a Mitt Romney style campaign, one not limited by facts. In other words, the Scott campaign will lie a lot.
English: Governor Mitt Romney of MA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mitt Romney has vowed to restore the US economy by building new homes, for himself. Just a short distance downslope from his new Park City home, Mitt has filed building plans for a new 5900 square foot home in the Salt Lake City suburb of Holladay. Located only 29 miles from the home of Senator Mike Lee, or 20 miles as the vulture capitalist flies, the home will boast a secret room which Mitt will probably configure as a safe room to escape roving mobs with pitchforks. Good job, Mitt. Keep up the good work.
English: Karl Rove Assistant to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Stalin said, “The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do.”
If the GOP are willing to steal an election before votes are cast by restricting who can vote, they certainly are willing to steal an election after the votes are cast. In the last election, the companies supplying the voting machines were run by “friends of Mitt.” In Ohio, Karl Rove was certainly expecting that Mitt would carry the state. When it didn’t happen, he had his famous 20-minute meltdown on FOX. Rumour has it that Rove‘s plans were foiled by hackers supportive of President Obama. In any case, for our form of government to continue, we must ensure a fair and accurate count of the votes.
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.