Liberal Violence

6 11 2012

While we wait for the outcome of the election, let’s revisit some of the acts of “kindness” (sarc) to Romney supporters from liberal loons.

Should Romney win tonight, this may be just a taste of things to come (unfortunately).

Here is a sample:

78-year-old bus driver in New Berlin, Wisconsin tells a 12 year old boy “maybe your mom should have chosen abortion for you” because he had a Romney yard sign in front of his home. She was moved to another route, then later fired thanks to public outcry. Story here.

Teenager Samantha Pawlucy from Pennsylvania had to change SCHOOLS after being bullied by a teacher when she wore a Romney shirt. Story here.

In Alta Loma, outside Los Angeles, 2 cars were keyed with the word Obama and another car’s seats were slashed outside a home with Romney signs on Oct 27. Story here.

A truck with an Obama bumper sticker drove through the parking lot in Racine, WI on Oct 27, dumping nails during a Tea Party rally. Story here.

I really have not seen stories like this towards Obama supporters. That’s not to say conservatives don’t have their share of nuts, but you just don’t see this type of hate from that side.

Hope and change – what ever happened to that?





Going, world, president: Romney’s words of the last debate

23 10 2012

Again, the word clouds tell such a story about the Presidential debates. The last debate was last night. There were two men on my TV screen: a President and another guy wearing a blue tie. Obama was wearing a blue tie. Romney looked, and sounded, like the President. Obama became snarky again, with smirks and rambling statements, with outright lies on top.

The word clouds again show the trend of discussion. Romney’s most used words were: going, world and president (president lower case, as in “when I am president”, not uppercase when he would refer to Obama by his current title).

Obama’s most used words? Make. Going. Governor. Again, he referenced his opponent most often! So to recap, in the first debate, Obama’s top three words were Governor, make, going. Second debate was Governor, make, going and last night was make, going, Governor. Hmmm I see a trend of nothingness there.

And only one candidate used the word peace. Guess who? Yep – Romney. Peace is a good word to use in a foreign policy debate.

So now the debates are over and they will go down in history for changing the election. Romney’s decisive victory in the first debate was epic and his surge has been unmatched. Even IF he does not win, history will show the importance that these debates have had.





Word Clouds Don’t Show The Smirks

12 10 2012

Here are the word clouds from last night’s Vice Presidential debate. They are fairly even, unlike last week’s Presidential debate when Obama mentioned his opponent the most.

What you don’t see here are Joe’s smirks. If you added the word “blew it” for every time Joe smirked last night, it would be the largest word in the cloud.

The debate will go down in history for Joe’s conduct and unfortunately, not the content of what needed to be discussed. It appears that we have lost the path to civil discourse in an election. So far in two debates, one candidate (the President) appeared doped up and the second candidate (the Vice President) appeared high. Neither options are good for serious debate and discussion.

The excerpts of the debate are very good for Paul Ryan, who did seem to struggle and look a bit awkward especially in the beginning. Because of the short nature of excerpt clips, you see Ryan answering questions while you see Joe with a crooked grin and fake teeth. You don’t see the long stretches where Ryan looked at Joe, seemingly just taking it all in.

Ryan through it all was confident, measured and vice presidential. Biden was hot, blown up and creepy.

It is a good set up for the next debate. Ryan prepped the stage well for Romney – he made no mistakes or gaffes. Biden prepped the stage with crap for Obama.





A look back at election numbers

7 10 2012

I thought this was a good time to remind myself of the last election numbers. I remember looking at this right after Obama beat McCain and it gave me a lot of perspective.

From my notes, in 2008, Obama won 62.443 million votes compared to 55.386 for McCain.

It seems today that we all remember this “landslide”, record turnout vote, but it really wasn’t that vastly different from 2004.

In 2004, Bush won with 62.04 million votes compared to 59.028 million for Kerry.

Obama received only 439,000 more votes in 2008 than Bush did in 2004.

The perception though is that the Obama machine had voter turnout like never seen before, and one to be feared again. While the turnout was exceptional, it wasn’t really that far from the successful vote of Bush in 04.

The gap may not be that difficult to cover with a base more enthusiastic of Mitt Romney than John McCain, and add in those who are dissatisfied with Obama who may switch their vote or not vote at all.

It could happen!

 





18 charts showing the rise of government dependence

18 09 2012

Oh my the liberals think they have found gold in revealing a video, taken in secret, at a Romney donor event where Mitt talks campaign strategy.

His quote:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…

“And I mean the president starts off with 48, 49 … he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to convince the five to ten percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not.”

And he’s right! As a strategy, he can’t worry about those people. He will never convince them to work (not just work harder – but to work). They don’t want to hear about tax cuts because they aren’t paying taxes. More people than ever are becoming dependent on government.

Here is a great link to 18 charts showing the rise of government dependence.





The Unhinged (and unchained?) Liberals

4 09 2012

Hypocrisy at it’s finest.

Here is a list of what happened TODAY as democrats gathered in North Carolina for their convention:

1. A union leader of the AFSCME (Lee Saunders) was speaking to the Ohio delegation at a breakfast. He was doing a mock Clint Eastwood talking to a chair routine. Then it went violent. He kicked the chair, threw it and yelled “Dirty Harry, make my day, we’re gonna kick ass in November.”

2. A California delegate was ejected from the DNC for being drunk and impersonating a member of Congress.

3. The Chairman of the California Democratic party, John Burton, told a radio station that Republican tactics had been akin to Nazi propaganda.

I’m pretty sure that if at last week’s Republican Convention you had three different people kick/throw a chair, get drunk and impersonate a Congressman, and liken Democratic strategies to Nazis, there would have been outrage.

Again – who is their leader? Are there any adults in the Democratic room?





All About Himself

2 09 2012

One of the disturbing trends with Obama is how much of a loaner he is. He will share the stage with no one, not even Neil Armstrong, not even his own fellow Democratic candidates currently running for office. It’s all about himself.

Here is Obama’s Tumblr tribute to Neil Armstrong, who recently passed away. Obviously, it is a photo of himself. Of all the iconic photos available of Neil Armstrong, he chooses a photo of HIMSELF as the tribute.

After the Republican convention and the speech/skit of Clint Eastwood using an empty chair to mock Obama’s empty presidency, Obama staff posts a picture of HIS chair, which has a gold plated marker on the back that is engraved ” The President. This chair is taken”. That photo may seem funny for the moment, but think, that chair really, really does exist and he really does sit in it for meetings. Singular. This is about me.

(Note to the next President: take that chair and change that plaque to say “The President. This chair is for the people I represent.”)

But the most selfish of Obama’s actions are what is occurring now to his Democratic colleagues running for local and national office. He will not campaign for them. He will not campaign with them. He will not share money. Or telephone banks and ground operations. The Wall Street Journal notes this “solitary route” that he is taking, comparing it to George Bush’s 2004 campaign where he did all he could to help other republicans on the ballot, and even Bill Clinton’s 1996 approach. Obama’s campaign is focused on him winning, and he does no fundraising for Senate or House candidates, and he rarely urges those at his rallies to volunteer locally for them. He rarely shares the stage and, as was noted in the article, he has sometimes not even acknowledged that they are in the room.

The problem with his strategy is that it does not build a base for cooperation in his own party after he may win reelection. They will remember. When he asks or demands for them to take action, they will probably not listen. Or care.

This fraction is already occurring within his base. Take the Fall 2011 Jobs Bill. Obama went on a tour demanding that Congress “pass this bill now”. But they had not received the bill. It look the White House 4 days to send the bill to congress, then nothing happened. No Democrat put the bill forward. In fact, enough time passed that a Republican representative from Texas actually had the time to file his own version of a jobs bill and he filed it using the same name as Obama’s drafted bill.

This is like saying “call our hotline 1-800-222-2222” before even having that phone number registered to your name, and your competition gets that phone number under their name first.

And Obama’s flop “to do” list. He hit the campaign trail earlier this year saying he has given Congress a “to do” list. So some in the media starting asking Democrat representatives what is on the list and what are they doing. But the Democrats didn’t know of this list. Never heard of it. Didn’t have it. That is because it didn’t exist. He was acting on his own, making it look like he was doing something. Always about himself.

So while we watch him campaign for a job, for himself, it will be interesting to see how many in his own party start to take notice. And ignore him.