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The Morning After

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So Barack Obama, by cobbling together diminished segments of his 2008 coalition, by relentlessly mischaracterizing his opponent as the paragon of all evil, by luck of a hurricane, and by some amount of outright fraud and voter suppression, retains his job as president of the United States. In doing so, he becomes the first president to be reelected smaller than the first time. Seems fitting as he proved by his campaign to be a little man, undignified, petty and mean.

I'm still absorbing what it means, but for the record, I do not blame Romney. He ran a very good campaign, but it wasn't enough to overcome the president's vile strategy. Which brings me to those responsible: each and every Obama voter. You voted for a man manifestly unready for office four years ago, and those of you who stuck with him this time for a man manifestly unfit for the same office which he has proved each and every day since he took the oath. An oath he has violated by the way. You own his failures, both those that have been and those inevitably to come. This was never Bush's fault – democrats were and are responsible for the economic meltdown, and when it gets worse, I hope the nation finally wakes up. But after yesterday, I wonder if that's possible. Obviously too many Americans still want free stuff, aren't willing to pay for it, and refuse to look fiscal disaster in the face. Well, four more years will get us there fast. (Those of you who voted on abortion, contraception, or gay marriage are too silly to even consider.)

Meanwhile, here are some thoughts for conservatives.

Update: Victor Davis Hanson has more:

A taste –

In textbook community-organizing fashion, Obama won the election by brilliantly cobbling together factions with shrill warnings of supposed enemies everywhere. Young women were threatened by sexist Neanderthal males. Minorities were oppressed by neo-Confederate tea partiers. Greens were in danger from greedy smokestack polluters. Gays were bullied by homophobic Evangelicals. Illegal aliens were demonized by xenophobic nativists. And the 47 percent were at the mercy of the grasping 1 percent. Almost any American could fall into the category of either an Obama-aligned victim or a Romney-aligned oppressor.

How, then, can a reelected President Obama put the fractured American Humpty Dumpty together again after it has been shattered by such a nasty campaign? Certainly, it will no longer work for the president merely to wax eloquent on the need for more civility. Instead, his congressional opponents will expect more hardball Chicago politics and will probably reply in kind.

 

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Written by martinipundit

November 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

It’s Crawl Over Broken Glass Day!

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Vote!

The day is upon us, and it is time to vote out the failed Obama experiment. In truth, I'm not certain he thinks he's failed, since part of me still thinks that this is what he and his Alinskyite allies planned all along.

But, for the rest of us, this is abject failure. And four more years would only make it worse. Possibly unfixably worse.

More debt, more spending, more regulation, more government control, more environmental restrictions, more division, more failed foreign policy, more bowing, more dead Mexicans, more dead Americans, more tyranny!

Less jobs, less economic growth, less energy independence, less household income, less healthcare, less purchasing power, less military power, less international respect, less unity, less freedom!

Romney has made the case for a brighter future. He's got the experience and the vision to bring this country back to greatness. He gets it. Cut spending. Cut taxes. Cut regulation. Get government out of the way, and watch the innate resilience of America roar back. Keep our national defense strong, and bow to no one.

MartiniPundit proudly endorses Mitt Romney for president. Now go out and vote for him. And while you're at it, vote straight Republican down ticket. President Romney is going to need a congress willing to work with him to get the job done.

Vote! Crawl over broken glass but vote!

Profiles in Cluelessness

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I overheard a conversation today between two twentysomething girls, who were evidently recent college graduates. The first part of their conversation was all about budgeting, and how hard it was to make ends meet. One explained her budgeting process to the other, which involved listing her expenses, and then comparing it to her income. This, she allowed with some gravity, was typically negative. Her next step was to see where she could cut back, with a goal of cutting out ten percent. Cigarettes were one example she cited of things she could do without. She went on about she'd like a dog, but seemed amazed that she would have to pay for its food and veterinary care.

The other agreed that things were hard, and that she was usually short of money. She said she was glad she didn't have a lot of things weighing her down, and felt sorry for all the people who had lost stuff because of Hurricane Sandy. I noted they both had recent model iPhones.

About this time, the second girl received a text from a friend (this sort of thing went on throughout their conversation), apparently concerning the FEMA director at the time of Katrina criticizing Obama's haste to weigh in on Sandy. After deciding this wasn't something out of the Onion, they proceeded to ridicule the notion in a fascinating verbal shorthand. It took three sentences to indict Bush, the gist of which was his response was poor. Sole data point was the charge that some people in NOLA were still in their houses three days later. I wondered if they would remember NOLA's mayor and LA's governor, both democrats, but I should have known better.

At about this time, an Obama commercial came on a nearby TV warning of all sorts of contraception bans if Romney is elected. Bang, and we're off to the races! Their mood improved tenfold, and whereas up to this point they had been somber and serious, they now became lighthearted and smugly superior. In no way questioning the premise of the ad, they took it as gospel, even bringing up Rep. Akin's ridiculous remark as a rare example of when someone said what “they” all believe. They then all but high-fived each other on reproductive rights and how as women they know something about that. Case closed – the election would save their birth control and hurricane response to the stuff they don't have because they can't afford it.

There were several times when I was tempted to interject, but refrained, finding the insight too good to pass up. Here I was, sitting at a table not four feet away, fully able to hear every word they said, but they didn't give that a thought as far as I could tell. We conservatives are more circumspect here in Boston, but liberals seem to assume everyone around them thinks the same way. Their support for Obama was, of course, uncritically given, and they did not strike me as two people who a week out from the election thought there was a chance Obama might lose.

After they left, I pondered the intellectual disconnect in their unnuanced lives. These girls were clearly not stupid, but neither were they thoughtful. Their thoughts proceeded from received dicta, and completely predictable, right down to their parents being clueless about texting. Yet, each was dissatisfied with work and career prospects. The first one clearly understood basic budgeting, and the need to reduce spending to meet income. But neither ever mentioned, because I doubt it ever occurred to them, the connection between Obama and their straitened economic circumstances. That Obama doesn’t understand basic budgeting. That wasn't something they had been told to think, and so they didn't. They were the very definition of clueless.

Joss Whedon Jumps the Zombie

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Wow. I can't believe how stupid Joss Whedon believes his fans are. Check this Whedon ad out.

Again, all I can say is wow. What on earth is he trying to convey here? That Mitt Romney will bring about a currently fashionable event called the Zombie Apocalypse? Um, I have a newsflash for Joss – zombies are not real.

Now, I am a fan. Love Buffy. Thought Angel was great. Serenity – can't stop the signal. Dollhouse – ok, you have me there.

But now Whedon is trading on his nerd cred to influence the election. Sorry, that's where you cross the line. I don't give a flap about what Joss Whedon – or anyone else in the entertainment biz – thinks about politics. But it is pissing me off that they keep trying to deploy their celebrity in the cause of politics. That they somehow think their entertainment will blind us to our own cognitive faculties. Astonishing for a guy whose fans tend to be pretty bright.

Thus, I will ignore Whedon in the future. I already own his shows I like on DVD so I can watch Buffy any time I like. But here you go Joss – for interjecting yourself into the election above your weight, I will ignore anything you do in the future. You are creatively dead to me. In short, no more money for you to renovate that nice kitchen in which you filmed the ad. I will also circulate this among my friends who are your fans. They may or may not agree with my stance, but that's your problem.

One more thing Joss. Romney's going to win this thing. So how do you like them brains?

 

Written by martinipundit

October 30, 2012 at 12:57 am

Messing With the Unemployment Number

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7.8%.

Piffle.

I have all along expected the unemployment number to magically decrease just before the election. The BLS has been cooking the books all along. Is it really credible that people have “stopped looking for work?” There is a difference between being discouraged and throwing in the towel.

I would have been disappointed if Obama and his BLS didn't try to buffalo us at this point. 23 million+ fewer people (according to Obama) in the workforce. Add back a few hundred thousand in part-time jobs and hey, the “private sector is doing just fine.”

Really? Job recovery begins as soon as Obama loses his.

 

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October 6, 2012 at 1:19 am

Obama at the DNC

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So Obama just gave us a State of the Union address. I don't think that will cut it. No substance, no vision, no balloons. No reelection either.

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September 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Enjoyed Some Pizza Last Night

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After hearing that Michelle Obama wanted people to skip pizza and send the money to Barack, we promptly changed our dinner plans at Villa MartiniPundit and ordered in a couple of pies from Domino's. Pepperoni and mushroom and a Hawaiian. Tipped the driver well too – people need the work.

 

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September 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

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