The State of New Hampshire has, for a very long time, held the first in the nation primary. This is an old tradition, and has a lot of history behind it. Iowa, likewise, holds the first in the nation caucus… they, too, have been at this for a very long time. It works, it’s reliable, and it sets the parameters whereby candidates can prepare, get their ground games in the right places at the right time, and work the neighborhoods to drum up support.
Oh-and it gives the right people in the right places the right amount of time to get registered and actually participate in the election process. Last I checked, that was a crucial element of the Republican strategy to win elections wasn’t it? Well, up until Steele had his gig I suppose, but that’s all water under the bridge now, right guys?
Thanks to Florida… a little overly sure of itself these days… we’re looking at the whole apple cart being flipped upside down:
Florida decided Friday to hold its Republican presidential primary on Jan. 31, snubbing a party rule against fast-track delegate-selection for 2012.
Now, as a big 10th amendment cultist, I can’t really criticize these guys for asserting themselves and doing just whatever the hell they want. Within their borders they can and should do as they please with their primary. But, that said, this news begs the question(s) why…and why now?
As happy as Florida might be with itself right now over grabbing a few headlines, Iowa and New Hampshire have been put in a really tight spot. They either give up their first in the nation status, because some other yay hoo state felt like asserting itself into a long-settled process, or they move up their own dates…which Iowa has now done apparently, and New Hampshire is scrambling to figure out a way to follow suit.
Worse, the GOP is considering PUNISHING New Hampshire for trying to keep its long-standing status, while doing nothing to Florida in response to their having created this whole mess in the first place. And this could all have been prevented… and NOW we’re looking at the 2012 cycle starting up during the Christmas/New Year holiday break. Have these people lost their ever loving minds? Are they paying attention to the people this affects the most, and who they desperately need to step up and support them against the Obama trainwreck?
Christmas holiday? Really?!?!?!
We’re all as poor as dirt; we’ll be struggling to buy our families their Christmas presents this year let alone take a little time off (if we even HAVE a job to take time off from), eat excessively (if we can afford to splurge on “extravagant” foods like a turkey or a ham) or bond with family for a couple weeks. It’s that stretch of the year where we like to put the real world out on the doorstep for a spell… and these clowns want to run a Caucus and a Primary during all that? And only because Florida decided it wanted to be important this go-round? Really?
To reiterate: have these people lost their ever-loving minds?
We have a Democrat President with poll numbers approaching our last guy, accomplishing this feat in nearly half the time. He’s Commander-in-Chiefed his way to losing two wars, surpassing, in less than 3 years, the KIA numbers in Afghanistan it took Bush nearly 8 yrs to reach. We’re approaching 30% unemployment amongst the most potentially dangerous-when-idle-too-long demographic in the country (hormone-addled teenagers), people are losing their homes and their cars and their stuff… and families are breaking up and merging back together in ways we haven’t seen since the great depression.
For color and ambiance, we’ve had a few liberals, including a sitting Governor (no less) that thinks we ought to suspend Democracy for a couple years so we can get stuff done…in Congress, no less, where they actually DO the Democracy thing every day!
And, not to be outdone by crapping on the Constitution, we’ve seen the rise of the next anarchic wave of dimwits and idjits. This new batch of nuts is out there walking the streets and crapping on cop cars and suggesting we tear down the banking industry – by violent and brute force I might add – and seize their cash and their assets. This, of course, so they can redistribute the proceeds amongst themselves – personally – in order to continue being unemployed and continue needing to rely, heavily, on the very institution which is ultimately at the root of their problems; the Democrat-ruled Federal Government.
So I guess it should come as no surprise, then, that the President and the former Speaker of the House actually support this mentality. Those two got us IN to this mess, and they fully understand the value of keeping the people down, keeping them pissed off, and continuing to encourage the angst while sending their condolences and extending hollow offerings of expanded Government assistance “if only they could remain in power and kill off the evil Republicans once and for all.”
This strategy has worked several times (however temporarily it might have been, all things considered) over the course of human history, IIRC, and it helped some really bad apples to attain their utopian goal of a central government which oversees every aspect of the peoples’ lives. If I wasn’t seeing it with my own two eyes, I’d suggest that anyone bringing me this news every day should be put in a straight jacket and locked in a padded room for 90 days of back-to-back non-stop viewings of George Orwell.
But it’s not a dream.
Now… I don’t get paid to do this stuff but… it’s not brain surgery to make the educated guess that the 2012 elections, given these few poignant observations, should be the Republicans’ to lose. If they don’t, however, un-plant their collective heads and stop the bickering and the name calling and the tugs of war and this one-upmanship nonsense, their damn egos will become the death knell of this election, and they’ll have no one but themselves to blame. Will they care what happens to us when they throw this fight?
Enough guys; get your act together please…my grandkids are forced to rely on you getting this done before it’s too late for THEM.