Political Animal


August 26, 2012 7:11 AM Morning headlines

By Kathleen Geier

Here are some of the stories currently at the top of the news:

— With a hurricane brewing in Tampa, the Republican National Convention has canceled Monday’s fesitivities. Apparently, speeches by Nikki Haley, Mike Huckabee, and Jeb Bush will be canceled. I’m sure you’re all crushed!

— Speaking of lame Republicans, Todd Akin’s standing in the polls has dipped precipitously ever since his infamous remarks about rape. Well, I should hope so! The only surprise is that his numbers haven’t sunk even lower.

— Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, has died. He was 82.

— Former Republican Florida governor Charlie Christ (remember him?) has endorsed Barack Obama.

— Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has become engaged to his Argentinian girlfriend. Here’s to a honeymoon on the Appalachian Trail for those two crazy lovebirds!

— And finally, lo unto the cast of Jersey Shore, a child is born: MTV reports that Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi has delivered herself of a 6 pound, 5 ounce baby boy. Snooki’s rep told MTV, “The world just got another Guido!!!” (Triple exclamation points: theirs). I trust that the baby’s all-leopard print nursery and wardrobe are good to go.

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee


  • Neil B on August 26, 2012 8:22 AM:

    I hope Crist's endorsement (great timing!) helps out, as another defection from a former inmate who's simply had too much of the GOPs descent into madness and plutocracy. BTW, I note (so far) that "news aggregator" (!) Matt Drudge hasn't even mentioned this yet ...

    hehe, "[o?]nlyjust vegetate" ...

  • j on August 26, 2012 8:28 AM:

    Upon reading an article on Op-ed news this am, stating that the rich have an estimated 20-30 trillion in offshore accounts, perhaps they should let the rest of us know the procedure, we could all do it, then america could be a tax free economy - of course we would have to eliminate the military, roads, schools, police, firemen etc, but it is said we should all play by the same rules.

  • MuddyLee on August 26, 2012 8:43 AM:

    Regarding Nikki Haley's speech cancellation in Tampa, I guess it's true what the Sojourners bumper sticker says: God is NOT a Republican...Too bad the Koch Brothers can't buy the weather the way they bought the 2010 elections. But what has South Carolina done to deserve back to back governors like Mark Sanford and Nikki Haley? Wait a minute, never mind...

  • Bo on August 26, 2012 9:47 AM:

    The RNC as cancelled the first day of its convention because of Hurricane Isaac. The irony of this decision is huge! Little Reince was on the Sunday shows this morning claiming this decision was made out of "an abundance of caution". What "caution" is reflected in delaying the convention one day in light of a storm that may linger for more than 24 hours? What "caution" is demonstrated by a delay that won't cause people to descend upon Tampa and be in the potential storm/evacuation area anyway? No. This is just window-dressing just like Mittens' "plans". The sum total of the GOP is political red meat . . . silly policy pronouncements that would either not change anything or, indeed, may things even worse.

  • Bo on August 26, 2012 10:04 AM:

    Correction to my last comment. I meant to ask "What 'caution' is demonstrated by a delay that won't PREVENT people FROM DESCENDING upon Tampa and BEING in the potential storm/evacuation area anyway?"

    On the other hand, Joe Biden completely cancelled his trip to Tampa. He's smarter than the whole damn GOP put together!

    p.s. -- what would Jerry Falwell caused God to send Isaac to Tampa during the convention -- that is, if he weren't burning in hell right now?

  • c u n d gulag on August 26, 2012 10:15 AM:

    RIP Neil Armstrong.

    And another little part of my childhood died today, in a never-ending series of mini-deaths…

    Ah, that was a time when we could all dream!

    A time when we were still, the “CAN DO!!!” nation.

    And not the, ”Well, we can’t afford to do this… or that… or, much of anything for that matter... Oh, and have we mentioned lately how important the 'Job Creators' are, and how we have to keep their taxes low?" nation.

    When you get there, Neil, say “HI!” to ‘Gidney and Cloyd’:

    If it was up to Conservatives, I doubt that we’d be able to put a ‘man’ in Passaic, NJ – even if that person lived there.
    Trains are “verboten!”

  • Varecia on August 26, 2012 10:34 AM:

    "Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has become engaged to his Argentinian girlfriend. Here’s to a honeymoon on the Appalachian Trail for those two crazy lovebirds!"

    Reminds me: saw 'The Campaign' with Will Ferrell last night and it was a welcome goofy respite from real politics!

  • anon on August 26, 2012 11:02 AM:

    Worth repeating for its hypocrisy:

    Mitt Romney mockingly says "nobody ever asked to see my birth certificate."
    Not only does the comment and his acceptance of crowd applause reek of racism, it reeks of white privilege, of entitlement by the rich who are buying this election.

    And it reminds people that George Romney, Mitt’s father, was actually born in Mexico, and by rights had no right to the presidency. And that Mitt was an anchor baby.

    Mitt is just so out of touch and repressed as he insipidly panders and plays--ironically, he doesn’t even realize he opened up a new avenue for criticizing him for his relentness and seemingly oblivious hypocrisy!

  • P Stover on August 26, 2012 11:27 AM:

    That Hurricane Isaac Has Targeted Tampa and the Gulf Coast On The Selfsame Day That The GOP Convention Kicks Off There Is Proof Positive That It Bears The 'Mark of the Beast'---As Prophesized In Revelations. A Sign The Lord Has Sent Each and Every One of Us Warning Of The Consequences Of Evil and Perfidy! . . . God Bless The Democratic Faithful!

  • Renai on August 26, 2012 11:51 AM:

    The Crist article and a large percentage of the subsequent comments on it were heartening. The remainder comments were simply empty reiterations of conservative buzzwords, these stance conservatives who come to battle with the blanks for arms they're handed.

  • anon thoughts on August 26, 2012 12:40 PM:

    Speaking of the Republi-con Convention and its secret/scary platform--here is the best-ever essay on what Romney, Ryan and the Republi-cons will do to our cherished Medicare that we paid into all these years and is now very much threatened by right wing candidates.
    Voters take note!!!!!


  • Lucia on August 26, 2012 1:06 PM:

    Could we please not use lame as an insult?

  • TCinLA on August 26, 2012 2:34 PM:

    Charles Pierce's beautiful blog post about Neil Armstrong


    Somewhere in my house, most likely in the drawer containing all the stuff I can't find, there's an old three-by-five card containing the only autograph I have ever sought. It belongs to Sir Edmund Hillary, credited with being the first man to climb Mount Everest. I saved the card for more than forty years because there was only one other autograph I wanted on it. It was the only autograph worthy of sharing space on that card. But that other person was shy and didn't talk very much and, on Saturday, in a quiet moment in a very noisy time, a period of its history in which his country's ambition is a small and withered thing, Neil Armstrong died at the age of 82.

    My god, we almost lost him twice even before he made Cronkite's palms sweat on TV in 1969. In 1966, as commander of Gemini VI, with his spacecraft docked with a booster rocket, a thruster froze in the ON position, and the whole jerryrigged assemblage started to spin so wildly that Armstrong and his crewmate, Dave Scott, nearly passed out from the torque. Finally, the two men managed to gain control. Then, during his training for his Apollo XI mission, Armstrong's lunar-landing trainer quit on him a couple of hundred feet above the ground. Armstrong ejected just before the vehicle crashed. That was the great gift that he had — that great icy core of knowing that there was always something else to try, that a man can outthink his fate, on the spot, if he knows what he knows and when to apply it. There was in this guy a terribly fierce opponent for mischance.

    After his big moment, he largely withdrew, and that was all right, too. For at least a time, there literally was only one other person in the history of man who knew what Armstrong knew — how that sandy soil feels when you walk on it, the exact places where the shadows fall, the precise geometry of the mountains of the moon. Today, there are only eight of them left, all of them in their 70's. What will happen when the last of them dies? It's very likely that there will not be a living human being who knows what Neil Armstrong knew. It will all be for videotape and digital libraries, for historians and, if we're very lucky, for poets, as well. But there will be nobody alive who actually knows. Not a single one of our fellow humans, anywhere on the Earth. That knowledge will be as dead in the world as Columbus is. One fewer person on the Earth was able to look up at the moon on Sunday night. What he thought when he looked at it, night after night, is a perspective lost to all but eight old men. Sooner or later, there will be none of them left. On that day, like today, we should mourn for what we once thought we were. From that day forward, I fear, it is all going to sound like myth and magic, and the tales that the old men told around the ancient fires.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/neil-armstrong-dead-12058885#ixzz24g0g8d43

  • anon on August 26, 2012 7:51 PM:

    Have to post on Mitt Romney in Tampa with the big theme we built this--in a building actually built by Florida taxpayers. Lots of irony all around.
    Which reminds me-- a fail:
    Romney and Bain Capital got ultra-rich taking funds from the companies it scoured then bankrupted--and they
    ultimately ran off with the profits but shifted the cost of employee pensions to taxpayers--How?--Through the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. How very clever?
    Mr."I built this" reaped mucho profits bankrupting firms but dumped on the federal government/tax payers to follow though paying out the pensions of terminated workers. Small government, my friends?
    Interesting as well that he has claimed his speech in Tampa's a work in progress--we know that Mitt as a presidential candidate remains a work in progress, ever-changing, shape-shifting and an etch-a-sketch.

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