Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution. Sophocles
Pledges are nothing new for politicians. Some are broad in scope, like FDR’s pledge to a New Deal for Americans, or President Obama’s pledge to not raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year.
In 1994, Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America, while mostly a treatise on “family values” laced with anti-government claptrap, helped the GOP win the primaries. It was a pledge.
What a lot of Canadians are no doubt unaware of, is that Stephen Harper’s Reform Party helped to draft the Contract. (Read more…)
Well, it looks like Grover Norquist’s support for a carbon tax shift last Monday (Nov 12) lasted as long as a mayfly. By the time Tuesday (Nov 13) rolled around, he was back to opposing it, and likening government to a tapeworm. I suppose it’s a brave thing to say, considering that the highly-trained, armed [...] . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Norquist knee-capped by Koch-backed “Shift Disturbers”
Environmental and energy issues became one of the central issues of the 2008 U.S. presidential election. While the economy itself took center stage, energy issues were right behind it, being pushed by the insufferable chant of “Drill baby drill.” In the four years that have followed, the U.S. has seen a boom in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the worst oil spill in our history, skyrocketing (and then plummeting) gas prices, a disastrous oil pipeline plan that threatens the safety of our aquifers, and a Republican-led assault on environmental safety standards.
With all of these issues weighing
. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: Part 1 – What’s At Stake
There is a serious misconception that Democrats believe in evolution and Republicans don’t.
Republicans not only believe in evolution but that they practice it plentifully. You have to look at the current race for the Republican Presidential nomination race and you will understand what I mean. They understand and practice to the hilt the principle of “survival of the fittest”.
Romney politically slaughtered one candidate after another until 2 were left besides him. Newt Gingrich tried to slaughter both Santorum and Romney but fell on his own sword. Now Rick Santorum wants to slaughter Mitt Romney but only has a
. . . → Read More: LeDaro: Evolution and Republican Nomination Race
For any analyst, covering this GOP Presidential Nominee race is a humbling experience. Almost everybody – myself included – has made bad predictions. It has been so wildly unpredictable and erratic experiencing swings up and down in the polls for almost every candidate. While the eventual winner, Mitt Romney, has long been relatively clear, exactly how the race would pan out and who would be the final “not Romney” was not at all clear and almost nobody could have predicted the meteoric rise and fall of someone like Herman Cain in the middle.
As the primary season moves into its
. . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: The importance of fundamentals for a stable nomination race
Since at least last summer, conservatives have been parroting the oil industry talking point that President Obama is somehow the one responsible for the spike in gasoline and oil prices. As we have pointed out, they base this on their assertion that the President has been “hostile” towards the dirty energy industry by prohibiting drilling and denying the passage of the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal. While the Keystone deal is currently on hold (although not even close to being off the table,) the assertion that the president has been hostile to the oil industry is beyond false.
. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Tracking The Origins Of The "Blame Obama For Gas Prices" Talking Point
Your tone is more convincing than your words.
I guess winning the Georgia primary in tonight’s discount version of “Super Tuesday” may help Newt stay puft for a while longer in the race to be the standard bearer of ignorant, batshit-crazy white people across America, but what is up with the poor lad forced to hold a sign reading “Newt-a-Mania”?
Should be interesting to see how this putative appeal to deranged right-wing maniacs, that presumably are desperate for an egotistical windbag with the moral compass of a raccoon to be their leader, unfolds in the coming weeks.
. . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Newt-a-Mania!
If you were my father, I’d be very ashamed.
As American Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, continues to decry the Obama administration for its so-called assault on the Catholic Church, the fact of the matter is that Catholic priests, not the secular left, are the ones assaulting (literally) Catholics in America. For the facts, check out the Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States to comprehend just how much damage Catholic priests have done to their own institution. From BishopAccountability.org: “It is a matter of public record that U.S. bishops have knowingly transferred thousands of abusive priests into unsuspecting parishes and dioceses, placing fear of “scandal”
Ron Paul: There has been a lot of buzz recently about the fact that Ron Paul, while viscously attacking his other opponents, seems to give Ron Paul a free pass. And vice versa. ThinkProgress has a count which shows that Ron Paul has, despite 20 debates and 39 attacks on other candidates, has not once attacked Romney. His advertising has been targeted at Santorum and Gingrich even in states like Michigan that Paul has no hope in. Why would Ron Paul give Mitt Romney such a free pass? First we need to recognize that Ron Paul is not running . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: How the GOP candidates choose who to attack
I admit, I am a political junkie. I enjoy following elections and rarely miss any national level debates whether Canadian or American.
Watching the GOP presidential debate on February 22nd in Arizona, I have to say, this is the worse group of candidates any political party has ever put forward – Ron Paul the physician at least has some good ideas on foreign policy, but a dangerous small government policy domestically. Then there’s Romney the cardboard cut-out, fake Santorum, and lobbyist money-bags Gingrich, the last one claiming to “run against Washington” when he’s the poster boy of Washington corruption.
. . . → Read More: LeDaro: GOP Debates and the State of the Republican Party
CNN Arizona GOP Debate
As it often has been in the past, Iran was the principle foreign policy topic discussed in what may well be the last GOP Presidential Debate that we have to suffer through. If it is possible, the hyperbolic, warmongering rhetoric reached a new low. Additional debate comments outside of the Iran issue are offered at the end of the post.
One of the problems in presenting Iran as a dire threat to the US is that America is, of course, an entire continent away from the US and protected by the world’s most powerful military. It
. . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Iran and the CNN Arizona GOP Presidential Debate
Desperate Republican no-hoper Newt Gingrich is currently promising that, if elected, he will reduce the price of gasoline to $2 per gallon. Maybe a terrific prospect for gas-guzzling American consumers feeling the pinch of rising oil prices, but not one without consequences…
To realize the promise of $2 per gallon gasoline would require a per barrel oil price of approximately $67. Most estimates, however, are that a market price of $75-$90 per barrel is required to make the heavy oil (bitumen, tar sands, or whatever you want to call it) strip-mined in northern Alberta a profitable venture. So, in other
. . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Newt Will Destroy Alberta’s Economy
Rick Santorum’s recent rise to the number one contender spot versus perennial front-runner Mitt Romney has frequently been described as simply being the last in line of a long list of not-Romney flavor of the months. As in, there is nothing particularly special or meaningful in his recent and likely transient rise. However, this fits into a larger pattern; namely, the decline of the Tea Party as a relevant operating force within the Republican party and a turn to the long running, conventional establishment vs. evangelical schism within the Republican party. As an archetypal member of that latter category, Rick
. . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Rick Santorum signals the declining relevance of the Tea Party
… apparently shares the political satire genes with her northern kin! Good one! Gotta meet these relatives one day! I think it would be a blast! Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
Since Citizens United paved the way for the wealthy to buy U.S. political candidates outright, there is more for Americans to worry about than losing their democracy, though that is certainly a blow to a once democratic country.
The people with all of this money expect something in return and in the case of Newt Gingrich, and his financial backer Sheldon Adelson, it might be a price few Americans are willing to pay.
Adelson apparently has demanded that the $10 million he gave to Gingrich be repaid with a war in Iran, if Gingrich is ever president. (maybe
. . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: When is the Price of a Politician Too High?
Newt makes another appeal today on Keystone: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich spoke directly to Canadians at a campaign stop in Tampa Monday, vowing to kick-start the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in the Oval Office.
“I want to promise Canadians on the very first day I will sign an executive order authorizing construction [of Keystone] as of that day,” Mr. Gingrich said at a rally here. “Canadians will know on election night they do not have to build a pipeline across the Rockies.”
We don’t vote in your primary, Mr. Newt. And if we did,
. . . → Read More: Impolitical: You’re doing it wrong
Newt Gingrich frightened even Republicans this week with his plans to develop a colony on the moon by 2020. He had obviously given this a lot of thought, because he indicated that the colony would consist of 13,000 people and would be named the 51st state.
What he didn’t say was how he would choose those 13,000. Would it be a penal colony? Would he snatch up vagrants on the streets? Arizona’s illegal immigrants?
I think he should have a contest and allow people to choose who they would like to send to the moon.
. . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: So Who Would You Like to Send to the Moon?
Well, not really. Actually Newt Gingrich is a corrupt, overly ambitious, unexpectedly arrogant candidate. The fact that he is still seriously in the running for the Republican ticket is evidence of how pathetic a spectacle American corporatist politics has become. But I cannot stress how much more pathethic has been the public response to Newt’s surprise proposal to establish a permanent moon base within the next ten years.
The response has been uniformly negative, not just in the United States but here in Canada as well, where the media is for some reason paying unusual attention — this piece in
. . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Newt Gingrich is a Visionary
“This man would: Newt Gingrich.”
That, from a new ad about to hit the US from Newt Gingrich (except the last NG bit, it actually says, ‘Mitt Romney’) attacking frontrunner Mitt Romney.
Which begs the question: does Gingrich have even the remotest sense of self awareness or shame? The ethically-challenged, disgraced former Speaker could be asking the titular question of himself as much, if not
Just too fun to resist. How the Gingrich moon base plan fared in the Republican debate tonight. Predictable responses from his fellow candidates, largely challenging the expense it would represent. Not so predictable, Newt’s invocation of Chinese competition on the moon front. Even as he spoke at the CNN debate, Gingrich’s three rivals for the nomination seemed to be struggling not to burst into laughter. Ron Paul, when asked to weigh in on the question, dismissed the notion of colonizing the moon, quipping: “We should send some politicians to the moon.”
To be continued, hopefully.
I don’t know, these things never seem to end well. Always too many hatches and lasers and super villains around.
Where to start with Newt’s big announcement yesterday? It is a very serious announcement made during a presidential nomination contest, after all, it deserves some kind of attention, at least.
So let’s start here at this fun thread in the Guardian. Check out the 6 pm entry and others around that time for example. Wink, wink, we know why Newt’s big on space travel. Seriously. Tourism to the moon for honeymooners. Come on.
As those items in the Guardian demonstrate,
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This is awesomely awesome stuff and further proof that the American political system can only be defined as being from outer space. Newt Gingrich made a campaign speech in Florida in which he promised to establish a permanent moon base – for science tourism and advanced manufacturing – within 8 years.
Actually, it wouldn’t surprise me if it could be done theoretically speaking. I mean, they