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Team Obama mostly ignores issues, pushes utterly uninspiring money race

Wow. Team Obama isn’t even bothering to make false promises anymore. It has become entirely about the dash for cash.

On June 24 I received a fundraising e-mail from Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s “deputy campaign manager,” titled, “We’re getting outspent‏.”

“For the first time in modern American history, the incumbent (that’s us) will get outspent in a re-election campaign — by some estimates as much as 3-to-1,” Cutter whines in the e-mail, asking for a donation of $25 or more.

(Um, why does Cutter have to remind us that Barack Obama is the incumbent? Because we’re too fucking stupid to know what the word “incumbent” means or because where actual progress is concerned, Obama has been so fucking invisible that we need to be reminded that he occupies the White House? Or maybe some combination of both?)

Two days later, on June 26, I received an e-mail supposedly from the Big O himself. “I will be outspent‏” is the title of the e-mail supposedly from Barack.

“I will be the first president in modern history to be outspent in his re-election campaign, if things continue as they have so far,” he proclaims, asking for a donation of $25 or more.

In the e-mail Obama attacks Repugnican Tea Party presidential candidate Mittens Romney for Mittens’ fundraising, even though Obama broke all previous U.S. presidential fundraising records in 2008.

“I’ve got other responsibilities I’m attending to [other than fundraising],” Obama proclaims in his June 26 fundraising e-mail, which is an interesting choice of words, because when he was asked where the fuck he was when the labor movement was fighting for its life in Wisconsin, he replied, “I have a lot of responsibilities.”

The president of the United States of America has so many responsibilities, you see, that he cannot be bothered to actually do anything other than to hold the title of president of the United States of America. (And to fund-raise in order to keep that title.)

Fuck, sure, fine, let’s say, for argument’s sake, that the man is busy — but the battle in Wisconsin went on for well more than a year, from the time of the occupation of Wisconsin’s capital by angry throngs of the pro-working-class in early 2011 all the way through the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election of earlier this month.

Obama, as busy as he might be, wasn’t so fucking busy that he couldn’t have done a hell of a lot more in Wisconsin than he did (which was next to fucking nothing).

Obama didn’t do anything in regards to Wisconsin because he just doesn’t give a flying fuck about the labor movement and the working class (except for their votes and their campaign contributions, of course) and/or because he is so beholden to his corporate sugar daddies that he was too terrified to actually stand up in any meaningful, effective way for the working class and the labor movement.*

Anyway, the fundraising e-mails from Team Obama continue. On June 27 I received an e-mail titled “Get onboard” from Julianna Smoot, yet another Obama “deputy campaign manager.” In this e-mail she proclaims, “We know the other side is going to have more money in this race. President Obama will be the first incumbent in modern history to be outspent.” In the e-mail she asks for “$25 or whatever you can” give.

On June 27 I received, at my other e-mail address, yet another e-mail from Smoot, this one titled, “If we’re drastically outspent.” It says, in part:

If we’re drastically outspent in this election, there’s a very good chance we will lose to Mitt Romney.

This is a distinct possibility. The financial landscape in this race has changed over the last few weeks.

What concerns me is the Obama supporters I’ve encountered who don’t understand that this is what we’re facing.

The fundraising deadline this week is a test: Are we going to allow the other side to dominate us, or are we going to prove that elections are decided by everyday Americans pitching in what they can?

In this e-mail, Smoot asks for (“only”) “$10 or more.”

Yesterday I received a fundraising e-mail supposedly from Vice President Joe Biden in which he proclaims:

Tomorrow is the biggest fundraising deadline of this election so far. Romney and the Republicans may outraise us again — you can bet they’ll  have a whole slew of special interests who want to see Romney make good on his promise to repeal Obamacare on Day One. …

Unsurprisingly, in the e-mail Joe also asks for a donation of $25 or more.

Today I received yet another fundraising e-mail supposedly from Obama himself, this one titled, “This is important.” It reads, in full:

Robert —

Today is one of the most important fundraising deadlines of this campaign so far.

We might not outraise Mitt Romney.

But I am determined to keep the margin close enough that we can win this election the right way.

To do that I need your help today.

Please donate $25 or more before tonight’s deadline:

https://donate.barackobama.com/Tonight

The stakes in this election are real. Thanks for all your support so far.

Good week.

Barack

These people are nothing if not on the same talking-points memo: Barack Obama might be the first incumbent president to be outspent in his re-election bid in modern history, so give $25 or more today!

What is most disturbing about these e-mails from Team Obama is that while we might get a throwaway line such as “The stakes in this election are real,” there is no mention in these fundraising e-mails of what the stakes actually are, no mention of the working class, the middle class, the struggling. No mention of how our perpetual warfare for the war profiteers and for Big Oil in the Middle East has destroyed the middle class here at home (because, of course, the drone- and assassination-loving Obama has only perpetrated such perpetual warfare); no mention of the beyond-ridiculous income gap between the richest and the rest of us (which persists in no small part because Obama puts Wall Street weasels in charge of his fiscal policy); no mention of the Homo-sapiens-threatening environmental catastrophe that we face; no mention of the persecution at the hands of fascistic wingnuts that women and minority groups, such as “illegals” and other non-whites and non-heterosexual and non-gender-conforming individuals, still experience today in the so-called “land of the free” that values “liberty and justice for all.”

Nope.

All!

That!

Matters!

Is!

That!

Barack!

Obama!

Is!

Not!

Outspent!

By!

Mitt!

Romney!!!!!

The focus on fundraising was bad enough when John Kerry ran for president in 2004.

I remember that when my brother and I organized Meetups for Kerry’s campaign here in Sacramento (quite independently from the actual Kerry campaign), when Kerry was still an underdog, the attendees mostly wanted to talk about the issues that were important to them.

But after it was clear that Kerry, who came back from the dead like Lazarus, was going to win the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, a self-serving Democratic Party hack, who had never attended any of the previous Kerry Meetups, wholly hijacked the Meetups and made them into Democratic Party presidential fundraising events. Gone were the discussions of issues, and all that she did was ask the attendees to give money.

It was because of that deeply negative experience that I was not active in Obama’s 2008 campaign at all, except (stupidly, in retrospect) to give him at least a few hundred dollars (primarily to knock Billary Clinton out of the primary race) and (stupidly, in retrospect) to vote for him.** (And of course I blogged in support of Obama defeating first Billary and then John McCainosaurus and Sarah Palin, and I did talk him up with friends, family and associates, for whatever sway I might have over anyone else’s vote.)

This time around, though, I have been unable to give Obama a fucking penny, I could not in good conscience tell anyone else that he or she should support Obama’s re-election (even by just casting a vote for him), and in November I plan to vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein for president (Obama’s e-mail remark, “Thanks for all your support so far” notwithstanding…).

I don’t give a flying fuck whether or not Barack Obama is outspent by Mittens Romney, because I don’t see what I got in return for the at-least-few-hundred dollars that I gave Obama the first fucking time.

(I already hear the Obamabots’ chorus, so let me respond: “Obamacare,” Obama’s “signature” “achievement,” even assuming that it’s a good thing, won’t/wouldn’t kick in until 2014. Giving Obama credit now for having turned around the healthcare mess is as stupidly premature as was was giving Obama the Nobel Fucking Peace Prize in 2009. [You’ll agree with me when the drones are attacking you…])

On the issues nearest and dearest me — such as the preservation of the working class and the labor movement and the reversal of beyond-ridiculous income inequality; stopping the corporate war machine that is only sucking this nation dry in the holy names of “national security” and “national defense”; and the expansion of equal rights for non-heterosexual and non-gender-conforming individuals — Barack Obama has been a dismal failure, maintaining the steadily decaying status quo at best.

“Hope” and “change” are what Obama promised. What he has delivered is more of the same.

I still expect him to win re-election, however. I expect him to garner no more than around 51 or 52 percent of the popular vote in November, but a win is a win. (Indeed, George W. Bush didn’t garner even a full 48.0 percent of the popular vote in 2000, which showed us that if one has the right-wing U.S. Surpreme Court on his side, actually, a loss isn’t always a loss, and Bush garnered only 50.7 percent of the popular vote in 2004, while in 2008 Obama garnered 52.9 percent of the vote, which is 2.2 percent better than Gee Dubya Bush ever did.)

The fact that Americans are fairly evenly split between Obama and Romney — most recent nationwide polls show that both of them are at 40-something percent each, with Obama usually no more than a few percentage points ahead of Romney — is, I think, evidence of the fact that the pro-corporate Democratic Party and the pro-corporate Repugnican Tea Party are so similar to each other (I think of them as the Coke Party and the Pepsi Party) that a good chunk of Americans see no huge difference between the two.

Regardless of which party occupies the White House, the rich get richer and the rest of us get poorer, and the United States of America continues its decline into collapse. A “Democratic” president might slow down that slide a little bit, but the downward slide continues nonetheless.

So: All other things being more or less equal, Presidential Election 2012 will come down to, I think, which candidate is considered by more voters to be more likeable.

Obama, despite his abject failure to use the office of the presidency to benefit the most number of Americans, is considered by most Americans to be more likeable than is the weird-ass Mittens Romney, whose status as both a multi-millionaire and a Mormon*** makes him alien to most of us, because most of us are neither a multi-millionaire nor a Mormon.

Money does not mean everything in an election, which 2010 California gubernatorial candidate Nutmeg Whitman, a billionaire and a long-time personal buddy of Mittens who ran on the Repugnican Tea Party ticket, discovered when she outspent her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown.

Nutmeg spent more than $140 million of her own money in the gubernatorial race, breaking all records for a self-financed political campaign for any elected office in American history. Despite that fact, on Election Day Brown beat her soundly, 53.8 percent to 40.9 percent.

True, in October 2010 California’s voter registration was 44.1 percent Democratic to 30.1 percent Repugnican, which gave Brown a decided edge, but after all of the votes were counted, Nutmeg still trailed Brown by double digits even after she had smashed all previous self-financed-campaign-spending records.

It wasn’t just California’s voter registration statistics that did Nutmeg in. Repugnican Arnold “Baby Daddy” Schwarzenegger, after all, still won California’s 2003 gubernatorial recall election even though at the time the state’s voter registration was 43.7 percent Democratic to 35.3 percent Repugnican.

Baby Daddy’s popularity, his status as a testosterone-movie star and his perceived status as a real he-man, and the perception of the then-incumbent Democratic Gov. Gray Davis as a weakling, overcame the difference in voter registration.

After all, many if not even most voters wanted to be like Schwarzenegger — the way that they perceived him to be, anyway.

Similarly, more of the state’s voters in November 2010 wanted to be like Jerry Brown (who still more or less is considered to be a cool cat here in California, for his age, anyway) than wanted to be like the weird-ass, overprivileged Nutmeg Whitman, whose status as a billionaire CEO whose money gets her (almost…) anything that she wants and with a years-long housekeeper whom she apparently cold-heartedly fired for being an “illegal” because she thought that it would hurt her gubernatorial campaign to have an “illegal” as her housekeeper, were things that the majority of California’s voters, especially in our protractedly shitty economy, could not and still cannot identify with and did not and still do not wish to emulate, any more than the majority of the nation’s voters can identify with or wish to emulate Mittens’ purchasing an elevator for his cars or his making jokes about factory workers being laid off (ha ha ha!).

That, I think, is what Team Obama should be focusing on if Barack Obama wants to win re-election: Not on the fucking money race, which indeed, Obama might not be able to win this time, but on how much Mittens isn’t just like the rest of us.

Mittens is an overprivileged, out-of-touch freak who should not be put in the Oval Office, and while it’s too bad that Team Obama can’t run on Obama’s accomplishments, since he hasn’t found it necessary to even partially deliver on his 2008 campaign promises until his fourth fucking year in office, at least Team Obama has Mormon multi-millionaire Mittens’ freakishness and Obama’s “likeability,” which, if exploited enough, should get Obama his second term, even if he only ekes by.

*Obama said of the battle in Wisconsin that eventually saw Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett lose to Repugnican Tea Party Gov. Scott Walker in the June 5 gubernatorial recall election:

“My goal has always been if we can bring parties together, there are ways that we can manage through tough fiscal decisions whether on the federal level or at the state level, but make sure that everybody is a part of it and everybody is doing their fair share, nobody is carrying the entire burden of sacrifice. I think that’s what the American people are looking for – balanced approaches that take everybody’s interests into account.”

Jesus Fucking Christ, in year four of his woefully unremarkable, disappointing first term, Obama still is talking about holding hands and singing “Kumbaya” with the Repugnican Tea Party traitors.

Um, the Repugnican Tea Party traitors want to annihilate what little is left of our labor unions. That is their goal. Their goal is not to “make sure that … everybody is doing their [sic] fair share, [that] nobody is carrying the entire burden of sacrifice.” Their goal is to make damn sure that the haves get even more and that the have-nots get even less.

You cannot take a “balanced approach” with an insane opponent who has no interest whatsofuckingever himself in taking a “balanced approach.” All that you can do with such an opponent is to crush him. You don’t negotiate with terrorists.

**Even then, I was not sure, until I actually completed my ballot, whether I was going to vote for Obama or vote for independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader. If I could do it over again, I would have voted for Ralph Nader again, as I did in 2000.

***No, Mittens’ Mormonism certainly isn’t off limits, just as Obama’s being called a “Muslim” very fucking apparently was not off-limits for the Repugnican Tea Party traitors. Fuck. Obama isn’t a Muslim, but Mittens is a fucking Mormon, and I’m hard pressed to say which group of patriarchal, misognyist, homophobic theofascists I’d prefer to have in charge of the White House: the cabal of stupid old evil men in Salt Lake City or the fucking Taliban.

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Repugnican slayer Allred is all right

Sharon Bialek, left, a Chicago-area woman, prepares to addresses a news conference at the Friars Club, with her attorney Gloria Allred, in New York,  Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. Bialek accused Republican presidential contender Herman Cain of making an unwanted sexual advance against her more than a decade ago, saying she wanted to provide "a face and a voice" to support other accusers who have so far remained anonymous. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred, right, appears with Sharon Bialek at a press conference today in New York City. Bialek, a former employee of the National Restaurant Association, claims that in 1997 then-association head Herman Cain, who now wants to be president of the United States of America, blatantly, physically sexually harassed her and linked her acquiescence to his sexual advances to her employment.

For a Repugnican campaign, a press conference by California attorney Gloria Allred is worse than a visit by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

I like Gloria Allred.

Sure, she might be a sleazy lawyer, but the woman gets results.

In September 2010, shortly before California’s 2010 gubernatorial election, Allred held a press conference with a tearful Nicky Diaz Santillan, the former undocumented housekeeper and nanny of billionaire Repugnican gubernatorial candidate Nutmeg Whitman. Megalomaniac Whitman dumped Santillan after nine years of service because Whitman thought that having an undocumented housekeeper would harm her gubernatorial campaign, Allred alleged.

Despite that fact that Megalomaniac spent more than $140 million of her own funds in the gubernatorial race, breaking all previous records for self-funded political campaigns in U.S. history, Nutmeg lost the November 2010 gubernatorial election to her Democratic challenger Jerry Brown by 13 percentage points.

Sure, Nutmeg had other things against her: being a Repugnican in a blue state; spending millions and millions to the point that it was apparent to California’s voters that she was trying to buy the governorship (which was offensive to those of us California voters who have been victims of the post-BushCheneyCorp economy); using her deep, deep pockets to overexpose herself to the voters, who grew tired of All Meg All the Time; and, let’s face it, she’s not only physically unattractive (which shouldn’t matter in a political race, but so often does), but she comes across as wooden and cold.

But Allred was one of the nails in Nutmeg’s political coffin. Allred helped to complete the picture of Nutmeg as another Cruella de Vil, and not only the state’s Latino voters had a problem with Nutmeg’s reported cruel, politically motivated dumping of her long-time housekeeper and nanny, but the state’s anti-brown-skinned-people wingnuts (yes, we have plenty of those here in California) had a problem with the fact that Nutmeg had employed an “illegal” in the first place.

Now, Gloria Allred has polished off Repugnican Tea Party presidential candidate Herman Cain.

To date we have not one, not two, not three, but four women who have reported that they were sexually harassed by Herman Cain.

At a press conference with Allred in New York City today, Sharon Bialek, a registered Repugnican of the Chicago area, reported that in 1997 she was sexually harassed by Cain, who, she claims, put his hand under her skirt and went for her genitalia. She reported that when she protested, Cain retorted, “You want a job, right?”

We now have a face to put to the allegations of Cain’s serial sexual harassment. It’s not just an abstraction anymore.

Cain cannot politically survive this.

If Bialek were lying, Cain could sue her for defamation. But she probably isn’t, so I don’t expect him to.

Now, as was the case with Nutmeg’s numerous other negatives, Gropegate isn’t Herman Cain’s only problem. His lack of political experience — he’s never held a single elected political office — and his buffoonery (including his abject ignorance of foreign affairs and his penchant for spontaneously breaking out in song), while not a problem for the Repugnican Tea Party fucktards, would have killed him in the general election anyway, had he ever made it that far.

But it’s nice to see the Repugnican Tea Party’s favorite go down in flames early anyway. Rick Perry comes across not only as another George W. Bush, but as a publicly drunken George W. Bush. The “tea party” dipshits are stuck with Mitt Romney, from what I can tell, and I know, I know, that Mike Huckabee flagellates himself frequently for having jumped out of the race so early.

Cain’s destruction — his very apparent self-destruction, let me add — is a victory not only for us wingnut slayers, but for feminists. Sexual. Harassment. Is. Not. OK. And it’s not OK to shame and blame the victims of sexual harassment.

And this phenomenon in which the accused wrongdoers want us to focus on who leaked the wrongdoing instead of focusing upon the wrongdoing itself (which we have seen in the WikiLeaks case as well) — yeah, that fucking shit has to fucking stop, too.

If wrongdoing has taken place, it doesn’t fucking matter who leaked it.

Those who bring wrongdoing to light deserve medals, not scorn or retaliation or punishment. Let’s reserve that for the wrongdoers. 

In the meantime, it’s time for Herman “Black Walnut” Cain to sing his swan song.

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Issa is an asshole

Republicans flex muscle, Obama promises corrections

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Uber-ambitious Repugnican pipsqueak Darrell Issa promises nothing but gridlock in Washington over the next two years.

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Barack Obama received more than 69 million votes, with his Repugnican opponent receiving more than 9 million fewer votes. Obama received the most number of votes for a presidential candidate in U.S. history.

Love him or hate him, but a “tyrant” (as the wingnuts love to call him) Barack Obama is not. He is a democratically elected U.S. president — um, the most democratically elected U.S. president in history.

Repugnican U.S. Representative Darrell Issa of Southern California, by contrast, by the count thus far, received a whopping 110,329 votes on November 2, according to the California Secretary of State’s website. (Some ballots are still being tallied, so his eventual total might be a bit higher than that, but still, I think, you can get the point.)

The numbers don’t daunt Issa, however. He’s a regular Little Napoleon.

Issa initially called Obama “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times” on Rush Limbaugh’s show. Issa then backed away from that slander, stating, “I am not saying that the president is personally corrupt. But his administration has to change direction…”

(Because the unelected, bogus-war-starting, record-federal-budget-deficit-setting Bush regime was all about not being corrupt, you see.)

Issa is set to head the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in January, and, already having decided that Barack Obama — er, the Obama administration — is “corrupt,” Issa promises an orgy of investigations into the Obama White House.

Politico quotes Issa as having declared, “I want seven hearings a week times 40 weeks,” and Politico adds:

To give an idea of how expansive Issa’s oversight plans are, look at the record of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) when he chaired the oversight committee during in the 110th Congress during George W. Bush’s presidency. Waxman held 203 oversight hearings in two years; Issa has signaled he’s prepared to hold about 280 in just one year.

This isn’t good-faith “oversight.” This is badgering. This is nothing but an attempt of a man with a small mind but big ambitions to try to make a bigger name for himself by ensuring that the Obama administration gets done as little as possible over the next two years.

Darrell Issa — “formerly a CEO of Directed Electronics, the Vista, Calif.-based manufacturer of automobile security and convenience products,” according to Wikipedia (hey, wasn’t Tom DeLay a pest-control guy?) — perhaps is best known here in California for having spent more than $1.6 million of his own money for the petition-signature-gathering effort for California’s 2003 gubernatorial recall election (the election that put Arnold Schwarzenegger in charge of the show). 

“At the time he made the contribution, it was widely believed that Issa intended to place himself on the ballot to replace [Democratic then-Gov. Gray] Davis,” Wikipedia notes, adding, “However, following the entrance of fellow Republican … Schwarzenegger into the [gubernatorial recall] race, two days before the filing deadline, Issa announced that he would not run.”

I see little difference between Repugnican millionaire Issa’s pathetic attempt to buy the California governorship in 2003 and Repugnican billionaire Nutmeg Whitman’s* more recent effort, except that Whitman’s record-smashing self-funding made Issa’s look like chump change, even though Wikipedia calls Issa the “richest member of Congress.”

I’m all for good-faith oversight and I’m all for checks and balances, but what Issa promises us is not an improvement of the state of our nation, but even more gridlock while he tries to make, yet once again, a bigger name for himself.

While Darrell Issa is rabidly investigating the “corrupt” Obama administration, who’s going to be watching Darrell Issa?

*And just as Nutmeg Whitman had never held elected office but sought to buy the governorship of California right off, Wikipedia notes:

Issa’s first campaign for elected office came in 1998, when he sought the Republican nomination for United States Senate to run against incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer. He backed the campaign with $10 million of his personal wealth, but lost the primary election to California State Treasurer Matt Fong. Fong’s campaign raised $3 million from contributions and complained that Issa’s wealth made for an uneven playing field (Issa had only $400,000 in contributions)….

Failing to buy a U.S. Senate seat, Issa then went on to try to buy the governorship of the nation’s most populous state, apparently. I have little personal doubt that he’d love to try to buy the presidency someday.

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Win some, lose some

Posted November 2, 2010, 10:50 p.m.

John Boehner

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You say Boehner, I say blogging material: Anyway, here Repugnican U.S. Rep. John Boehner’s steel-cold blue eyes well up with tears as he ponders how he’ll abuse his new-found power to further help the filthy rich at the expense of the dipshits who actually believe that the Repugnicans actually care about them (and also at the expense of the rest of us).

Tonight’s election results turned out to be what I’d expected: A win for Democratic Governor-Elect Jerry Brown and for Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer here in my home state of California, a ref — er, a repudiation of Repugnican millionaires and billionaires who want to buy office, at least here on the Left Coast.

I had expected Proposition 19, which would have legalized the use of marijuana here in California, to fail, as polls had predicted that it would. (Marijuana, like same-sex marriage, will be legal in all 50 states one day; we just have to wait for a lot of old fucks to kick off and take their stodgy, outdated beliefs with them to their graves.)

I had expected Proposition 23, Big Oil’s attempt to hamstring the fight against climate change in California, to fail, and it did, enabling California to remain at the forefront of combatting climate change.

And last but not least, I had expected the Democrats to lose some seats in the U.S. Senate but to retain their majority, and I had expected the Democrats to lose control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The upshot of the Repugnicans winning control of the House is that (1) I’ll have plenty of blogging material for the next two years, as Repugnican Ohio Rep. John Boehner, to me, with those icy cold blue eyes of his (I have blue eyes also, but mine are warm blue eyes, thank you very much), is Evil Incarnate, and (2) the Repugnicans in the House certainly won’t be able to fix the nation’s economy, any more than the same surgeon who botched your operation is the one to fix the damage that he created, and therefore I expect that in 2012 the Democrats will regain the House after the fickle voters swing back to the Dems, and that the Dems will keep the White House, as well as make up for at least some of today’s losses in the Senate. 

In politics, you rarely get everything you want.

Today, in politics we got most of what I wanted — and, I daresay, now the Democrats will fare better in 2012 than they would have had they retained control of the House of Representatives today.

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Nutmeg lies about her poll numbers

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The gubernatorial campaign of Repugnican Nutmeg Whitman put out these bogus poll numbers in an e-mail to the campaign’s supporters today, showing how much contempt Team Nutmeg has for its own supporters. (Graphic copied and pasted from the actual e-mail from the Megalomaniac Whitman campaign.)

Nutmeg Whitman is a fucking liar.

Reputable polling organizations recently have put her Democratic challenger Jerry Brown anywhere from 8 percent (a Public Policy Institute of California [PPIC] poll) to 13 percent (a Los Angeles Times/USC poll) ahead of her, with yet another recent poll (a Field Poll released yesterday) putting Brown at 10 percent ahead of Nutmeg.

It’s safe to say that Brown’s lead is in the high single digits to low double digits, yet Team Whitman sent out an e-mail today (yes, I’m on the enemy’s e-mail list) that states:

In a survey conducted by Hill Research Consultants among 604 likely voters on October 26th and 27th, the race for governor is tied 43% Whitman to 43% Brown…. In a separate McLaughlin & Associates survey conducted among 900 likely voters on October 25th, 26th and 27th (300 each night), Meg Whitman has a slight lead over Jerry Brown 44% to 43%…. This neck and neck race represents a marked improvement for Meg Whitman….

Hill Research Consultants? McLaughlin & Associates?

OK, if these poll numbers are accurate, how come no poll that wasn’t purchased by billionaire bitch Nutmeg shows a “neck and neck” gubernatorial race? Why do only the Team Nutmeg polls shows this to be the case?

Megalomaniac Whitman wanted better poll numbers and so she simply bought them.

She and her henchpeople apparently didn’t want their supporters to become dispirited and perhaps not vote, so they decided to just lie about how well Megalomaniac actually is faring against her opponent. 

With such blatant fabrications now, one must wonder what Queen Nutmeg would do were she actually to gain major political office.

But Nutmeg Whitman will find out on Tuesday that, despite her billions, the governorship of California cannot be bought.

Practice saying “California Governor Jerry Brown.”

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Queen Nutmeg: Off with their heads!



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Repugnican California gubernatorial candidate Nutmeg Whitman, who more and more reminds me of the Red Queen, is poised to lose to Democrat Jerry Brown on November 2 by anywhere from eight to 13 points

An increasingly desperate Nutmeg Whitman, trailing California’s next governor, Jerry Brown, in the polls from the high single digits to low double digits, more and more looks like Tim Burton’s Red Queen.

Queen Nutmeg now promises that she’ll make support of the death penalty a “litmus test” for any judges whom she would appoint as governor.

It’s pretty safe, when you’re a billionaire bitch whose legion of lawyers can get your own filthy rich ass out of anything, to ensure that those of lower socioeconomic status get executed.

And I love how the majority of wingnuts claim to be Christians yet support the death penalty.

Whom would Jesus execute? Especially given the fact that he was a victim of the death penalty himself?

California has plenty of problems, and one of them isn’t that we don’t execute enough individuals who could, instead of being executed, be incarcerated for life so that they can never kill again, if we want to talk about public safety. And if we want to talk about California’s budget crisis, the legal process associated with executing someone costs more than it does to keep him or her incarcerated for life.

Jerry Brown is not, as Team Nutmeg has alleged, “soft on crime.”

Jerry Brown has more reverence for human life than does Team Nutmeg, which is shamelessly exploiting the blood lust of the lowest common denominator of the electorate in a last-ditch effort for votes that more than $140 million of Nutmeg’s own money have failed to buy.

If Megalomaniac Whitman had her way, she’d rule from a castle encircled by a moat filled with severed heads, a la the Red Queen.

Get Queen Nutmeg a nice warm pig for her tired feet — and don’t dare touch her tarts or otherwise piss her off, or she’ll have your head.

P.S. This just might be the Best. California. Political. Ad. Ever.

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Why Maidgate hurts Nutmeg

Blogger’s note: My home computer has been out for more than a week now (I’m in the process of getting it repaired), so my blogging has been light as of late.

Meg Whitman, Griff Harsh

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With Maidgate, billionaire Repugnican Nutmeg Whitman (pictured above with her husband on Thursday at a news conference over Maidgate) most likely has lost the California gubernatorial contest, thank Goddess.

This past week’s big political news in California has been the revelation that billionaire Repugnican gubernatorial candidate Megalomaniac Whitman employed an undocumented Mexican housekeeper for nine years.

This has come as no big shock to me, knowing what I know of Nutmeg Whitman, but this has rocked California.

There have been allegations and excuses aplenty, with Nutmeg, without any proof, ultimately blaming the Jerry Brown campaign, of course* (because Jerry Brown forced Nutmeg to keep an undocumented worker on board for almost a decade, and because Jerry Brown forced the housekeeper to appear at a press conference with her attorney, Gloria Allred, outing herself as being in the nation illegally, you see).

My money is on the probable fact that Megalomaniac long knew, or always knew, of her housekeeper’s citizenship status but that she didn’t care, since she was getting cheap slave labor, and that Megalomaniac fired the housekeeper only once she (Megalo) knew that she was going to run for governor. And my best guess is that billionaire bully Nutmeg had thought that she had her former housekeeper so intimidated that her housekeeper would keep her mouth shut. (I mean, billions of dollars can buy you an awful lot, can’t they?)

There is no argument as to whether or not Megalomaniac Whitman employed a non-citizen as her housekeeper for almost a decade — this is established fact — and the argument now is whether or not Nutmeg knew of her housekeeper’s citizenship status.

But, whether Nutmeg knew of her indentured servant’s citizenship status or not, I can’t see how Maidgate can help Team Nutmeg.

First of all, only a handful of us economically depressed Californians can afford to hire maids or servants, so the fact that Nutmeg is served by maids only underscores the fact that indeed, Nutmeg is not one of us.

Another pundit correctly pointed out that it isn’t flattering to Nutmeg that, from the nag’s own mouth, she would have someone in her close employ for almost a decade but know so little about her. (But, of course, Nutmeg is probably just lying that she didn’t know.)

I watched MSNBC’s pundit Andrea Mitchell and Politico’s pundit Andrew Barr basically assert, from the ivory towers of the East Coast, that Maidgate probably won’t hurt Megalomaniac, but, having lived in the great state of California for 12 years now and knowing something of its politics, I have to advise Mitchell and Barr not to presume to know jack shit about my state from the other side of the continent.

Minimally, Maidgate has thrown Team Nutmeg way off course with just a month until election day on November 2.

Jerry Brown is fairly well known among Californians, except perhaps primarily among the younger ones who aren’t up on their state’s political history, but Nutmeg always has faced a rather uphill battle to get herself known in the state (indeed, she has spent more of her own money than any other candidate for any elected office in U.S. history to get herself known in the state), and offering to take a lie-detector test over Maidgate in the last month of her campaign is not where Team Nutmeg wants to be right now, I assure you.

Team Nutmeg also has needed the Latino vote, and images of Nutmeg’s former housekeeper, Nicky Diaz Santillan, crying at a Wednesday news conference called by her lawyer — 

Nicky Diaz Santillan

Nicky Diaz

Nicky Diaz, left, former housekeeper for California ...

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— and alleging that Nutmeg and her husband treated her like dirt (which is credible, given the fact that we know that Nutmeg paid off an eBay employee $200 grand for having physically assaulted her) is not the way to get the Latino vote.

I don’t expect Maidgate to cost Nutmeg the already-solid support of her fellow Richie Riches and the white supremacist wingnuts (a.k.a. “tea partiers”). Nutmeg’s fellow billionaires and millionaires see no problem in having maids and servants or in mistreating them, and Nutmeg’s white supremacist followers don’t give a rat’s ass about brown-skinned Latinos.

But billionaires and millionaires and “tea party” dipshits are a minority in California and they aren’t enough to push Nutmeg to victory.

Nutmeg has needed the crucial “swing voters,” the politically retarded dipshits in the middle whose votes can be bought by millions of dollars worth of television commercials — indeed, Nutmeg has been working for months and has been spending tens of millions of dollars to get the crucial votes of these dipshits — and with Maidgate, methinks, she has lost this critical voting bloc.

With California’s gubernatorial election only a month away, it’s pretty safe to call the election for Democrat Jerry Brown.

Buh-bye, Nutmeg.

Thanks for playing.

Too bad that you pissed that more than $120 million down the drain.

P.S. Nutmeg Whitman of course is not the first rich Californian Repugnican politician to have illegally employed non-citizens while blasting non-citizens for political gain. The Los Angeles Times notes:

California too has revisited similar situations time and again. In 1994, the state fought its way through a debate over Proposition 187, the measure that would have denied most taxpayer-financed government services, including schools, to illegal immigrants.

That year, a Senate race between incumbent Dianne Feinstein and Republican challenger Mike Huffington [ex-husband of Arianna Huffington who since has come out of the closet as a gay man] exploded when he was found to have knowingly employed an undocumented nanny. The matter went nuclear because Huffington had argued that he would be tougher than Feinstein on illegal immigrants.

A year later, while preparing to run for president, then-Gov. Pete Wilson was stung by reports that he too had once employed an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper. [Repugnican] Wilson, now the campaign chairman for Whitman, had been the chief proponent of Proposition 187….  

*Brown’s response to Nutmeg’s blaming him for Maidgate was: “Don’t run for governor if you can’t stand up on your own two feet. You have blamed her [Nicky Diaz Santillan], blamed me, blamed the left, blamed the unions. But you don’t take [any] accountability [for yourself].”

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