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Friday, September 30, 2016

Could Jon Huntsman have quit the presidential race because he feared an embarrassing loss to Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert? The comedian’s Super PAC is reportedly on the air with a TV ad buy in the Charleston, South Carolina media market.

The ad charges that Romney must be a serial killer if he believes corporations are people and yet dismantled several of them anyway while CEO of private equity firm Bain Capital. John Lithgow narrates:

No word yet on the size of the buy, but the very fact of its existence is sure to further outrage voters by drawing attention to the absurdity of the campaign finance system in the post Citizens United world.

That Stephen Colbert — with his millions of devoted fans and perhaps even millions of dollars in Super PAC money — has taken this on as a pet cause could have a real affect on the debate this fall.

Huntsman, who echoed Joe Lieberman’s now laughable 2004 claim of “Joementum” made right before he finished fifth in New Hampshire and dropped out of the race, initially claimed a “ticket to ride” from a distant third-place finish of his own in the Granite State.

Perhaps it just took some time to sink in. But this brings to an end what was from the start a hopeless presidential campaign in a year where pragmatism and John McCain-style appeals to ascetic patriotism are falling on deaf ears.

 

  • RoyHouston

    Colbert for Presidente

  • IsaiahJefferson

    Mitt,Leona Helmsley,Romney is so not right for this country! He represents exactly what put us in this mess in the first place.

  • kurt.lorentzen

    Romney doesn’t represent what got us into this situation in the first place, but he did capitalize on the fallout. Corporate influence was, and continues to be, the force behind “free trade” and other favorable trade agreements that permit US corporations to essentially become foreign operations that suck America’s capital to their foreign headquarters like a vacuum. With them go the jobs that were once ours. As our domestice source of capital has dried up, those companies that eventually became Bain acquisitions were failing. Bain salvaged what there was, and used what is clearly fraud (IMHO) to acquire government funds that increased their profits. Republicans and Democrats support trade agreements that favor these corporate practices. Republicans certainly are responsible for instigating these things, but Democrats are just as culpable – instead of ending this sell-out of America, they just want to borrow more money to offset the lack of business-generated capital with debt-financed government capital (hint: “government capital” does not exist). Corporations should be punished for taking their business to other shores, not encouraged and rewarded. It all looks like a sham to me with Republicans and Democrats as willing participants as they continue to convince the American people that they are on opposite ends of everything. It is solvable, but Obama is just worsening things, and Romney would be no better.

  • Common Sense Patriot

    The constant attacks against Romney that claim he is not a “real conservative,” but a moderate are continuing proof that right wing extremists and Christian evangelicals have taken over the Republican Party. The votes and polls so far indicate that the radically conservative candidates running against Romney, add up to between 50% – 75% of the total vote. So, from that standpoint, Romney was swamped by a divided bunch of radical conservatives – largely because no matter what he says now, Romney’s record is clearly that of a Republican moderate. He will probably win the Republican nomination when all the dust settles, but that leaves us in the general election with another ”lesser of two evils” choice between Romney and Obama. The reason there is such a dearth of good candidates in the Republican races this year is the same reason there has been such a poor crop of candidates in every election for the last 20 years – extremists have taken over the Democratic and Republican Parties – left wing ideologues and fanatics in the Democratic Party and right wing neo-Nazi, knee jerk ideologues and fanatics in the Republican Party.
    The reality of political elections is that you can’t get nominated if you don’t appeal to the extremists who control both party’s machinery. The Republican base doesn’t like Romney or any other moderate national, state or local candidate. The Republican base has been taken over by right wing extremists, composed of a loose network of tea party reactionaries, religious fundamentalists, one issue voters (abortion, immigration, etc.) and people so far to the right they make Nazi’s look like liberals.
    This is not just my opinion. Search the internet and you will find a clear plan by those right and left wing activists, especially when the Tea Party was organizing for the 2010 elections, that advises like-minded nuts to become precinct chairs and delegates to the county, state, and national conventions. They quite correctly state that this is the way to power. And they succeeded, at least enough so that they have significant control of the party machinery which raises money, gets out the vote, distributes literature, and holds neighborhood meetings. Most importantly, they are the ones who select the candidates that will run in the primary.
    It works this way in both parties. I know. I was a political activist in the 70s who helped turn Texas into a solidly Republican state, wrenching control from the Democrats. I was a paid consultant and one thing I learned is that the average voter has no idea how politics really works. Most people complain about the candidates in the primaries and even more so when the general election comes about. They end up voting for the “lesser evil”. They feel they have done their duty by voting, but it is not enough. It’s like starting a race when the other runners have already completed the first lap.
    The same thing has happened in the Democratic Party, only it is controlled by left wing extremist radicals with virtually socialist agendas who despise capitalism and believe in big brother government handing out a never ending cornucopia of “aid” to everybody too lazy to work for a living or make the sacrifices to gain skills or education that will earn them good money – with no thought about where the money comes from or that it will eventually, and nearly has, bankrupted the government. Look at what’s happened to the socialist democratic governments of Europe and their financial crisis that is now forcing extreme austerity measures and causing riots. Several of them are on the verge of economic collapse and many of the would-be “rescuers” have had their own credit ratings downgraded, just as the U. S. did. These are not idle warnings by the rating agencies, now on a crusade to prove they can make tough calls after sitting placidly on the sidelines while governments spent themselves into crisis.
    The right wing Republicans are just as bad, believing in no government regulation, unfettered capitalistic greed, extremist religious positions (a theocracy), destroying the environment in the name of profits and easy money – and most of all, the preservation and dominance of a politically corrupt uber rich upper class that controls the country. They are crafty idiots. All of them. On both sides. Because they are close to killing the golden goose. The middle class is shrinking into poverty, losing income and wealth, while the uber-rich, including most corporate CEOs, grow richer and richer. They already control over 50% of the national income and wealth. Yet they throw millions into pushing political candidates that will block any efforts at tax reform that would require them to pay their fair share.
    Things will not change with all the talk, opinions, protests, editorials, blogs, etc. They will only change when moderates get involved at the precinct level of politics and take back control of their respective parties.
    McCain was a moderate, frequently “crossing the aisle” to partner with Democrats on some legislation, including liberals like Ted Kennedy. That made him hated by the Republican base. He only won the Republican nomination because he started taking more right wing stances and slavishly courted the right wing Republican base. But even after the nomination, his support was lukewarm and he knew he couldn’t get out the party machinery in the general election, so he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, which at least gained him the support of the Republican base. But in the general election, independents and moderates blanched at the idea of Sarah Palin being one heartbeat away from the Presidency, so he lost the election.
    Romney is now in the same position, flip flopping previously moderate and even some liberal views to gain support from the right wing party base. No candidate can win the Republican nomination without it. But once he gets in the general election, he will face the same problems as McCain. The same is true of candidates for the Senate or House, and for state candidates for Governor of state senate or house, even local races that are partisan for mayor, county commissioners and city councils.
    Obama and many Democrats may be unpopular, even with many in their own party, but they will vote for them because they don’t like what the Tea Party conservatives have done in Congress. In the general election, Obama is going to beat Romney to death for being one of the uber-rich and for his record at Bain Capital. Yet, Obama himself is multi-millionaire and will become even richer as soon as he’s out of office. More books, more highly paid speeches, and lots of investment opportunities steered his way. The same process that has made almost all current and former members of Congress uber-rich.
    This election is certainly about more than the Presidency. No President can get anything done without strong support in Congress. Nor can any governor without strong support in his/her state legislature. Since radical extremists control both party’s machinery, they will seek to nominate candidates in line with their respective extremist philosophies. Moderates and independents will again have only a choice of the “lesser of two evils.” No matter who wins what race, they are almost sure to be an extremist right or left winger. Today, there is not a single moderate member of Congress, so we deadlock and get nothing done.
    Wake up, America! Wake up moderates! Wake up independents! For that matter wake up if you are not an extremist liberal or conservative. Take back the party machinery. Get off your duffs and save the country from the control of the extremist fanatics!

  • valszy

    There are few, if any, left wing extremists in our present government, and the last one to run for president was Nader, and while there certainly are right wing extremists running for pres, anyone who believes they are “people so far to the right they make Nazi’s look like liberals” either doesn’t know history and what the Nazi party did to the world, or is a complete idiot. Please stop comparing people to Nazis, there was only one Hitler.

  • Curculio

    Corporations are to persons as pizza is to vegetables. The government needs a new dictionary.

  • Maria C. OBrien

    I would vote for Stephen Colbert for President

  • thepiffler

    an expensive soap opera no fdemacracy insite except OWS and citizens with souls and collective conscience!