First off – the DNC:
Shorter Question Everything
Has Mittens given up? After the RNC, what should have happened, as with every other convention, is an all out push in the time left before the election. After getting no bounce from the convention, you’d think maybe there would be a desire to try even harder. Or something. But nope. Mittens is doing doodly squat. His big press thing turned out to be the press taking footage as Mittens drove away on his boat.
So has he given up? Or is he so absolutely sure that money talks that he feels he doesn’t have to do anything, just wait for the day to arrive? What’s really going on?
• After the RNC, Romney’s staying out of the public eye? On purpose? It’s a strange strategy. It’s beyond strange. Has he given up? Or is he so confident in the ability of the right wing to simply buy him the election that he doesn’t care?
Something else that’s apparently disappeared is the welfare lie:
• The sudden disappearance of the welfare lie. So, over the course of about a week, this one transparent falsehood went from being the most potent attack in the Republican arsenal to a lie Romney and his team suddenly didn’t want to repeat. What happened? For now, we can only speculate — the campaign has not explained the shift — but I wonder whether the allegations of racism started to take a toll.
Some things I wish would disappear, but don’t:
• Idiot: Action hero Chuck Norris has a flourishing second career as a raving, insane wingnut, and his new video features his wife Gena, warning that if Obama is reelected American children will be condemned to “a thousand years of darkness.”
• Last week [Romney surrogate Ted] Nugent appeared at a senile rockers concert in Ft. Worth and delivered a message to the audience that was really meant for people who wouldn’t be caught dead (literally) at a Nugent affair:
“I vow that I will use our freedom to get these dirty cock-suckers out of the White House. The president is a bad man. The vice president is a bad man. They’re all bad people. If you don’t get that, you’re a dead motherfucker.”
• Louisiana HS reunion letter includes pot luck event for ‘white graduates only’. Sometimes I simply want to give up - will this country ever rid itself of the idiocy and evil of racism? Here’s another sad tale of self-segregation because apparently some of the St. Martinville, Louisiana’s, Class of 1973 have no interest in celebrating with non-white classmates.
• Lyin’ Ryan at it again:
Mr. Ryan also cited bankruptcy numbers to make the point that failing businesses mean fewer jobs. “In 1980 under Jimmy Carter, 330,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy,” he said. “Last year, under President Obama’s failed leadership, 1.4 million businesses filed for bankruptcy.”
At a certain level, the comparison itself is idiotic — there was no global economic crash in 1980 or the years leading up to it. But just as important is the fact that Ryan’s figures are simply wrong. The Republican vice presidential candidate told voters 1.4 million businesses filed for bankruptcy. The actual number is 47,806 — a number that happens to be steadily improving as the economy continues to slowly recover. In other words, Ryan — hailed by the media as an honest “wonk” who loves facts and figures — was off by a factor of 29. (Kudos to the New York Times, by the way, for telling readers the truth, rather just publishing Ryan’s falsehood because he said it.)
• Former Bush political strategist Matthew Dowd: Paul Ryan, what he did in his speech, I think so stretched the truth. And I like Paul Ryan, have a lot of great respect for Paul Ryan, but the elements that he said about closing the GM plant which closed before Barack Obama took President [sic], about the Simpson-Bowles bill which he opposed and then all of a sudden he faults Barack Obama for. At some point, the truth should matter…He was trying to convey that Barack Obama was responsible for the closing of that GM plant and that isn’t true.
The New York attorney general is investigating whether some of the nation’s biggest private equity firms have abused a tax strategy in order to slice hundreds of millions of dollars from their tax bills, according to executives with direct knowledge of the inquiry.
The attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, has in recent weeks subpoenaed more than a dozen firms seeking documents that would reveal whether they converted certain management fees collected from their investors into fund investments, which are taxed at a far lower rate than ordinary income.
Among the firms to receive subpoenas are Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company, TPG Capital, Sun Capital Partners, Apollo Global Management, Silver Lake Partners and Bain Capital, which was founded by Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president. Representatives for the firms declined to comment on the inquiry.
Even Mitt Romney’s allies found it hard to believe: in his first national address as the Republican Party’s official presidential nominee, Romney delivered a 4,000-word speech that failed to acknowledge the war the U.S. is still fighting.
The word “Afghanistan” was not uttered, even in passing. There were no references to “veterans” or “troops,” either. The Associated Press found that, despite the fact that the U.S. is in the midst of the longest war in our history, Romney “became the first Republican since 1952 to accept his party’s nomination without mentioning war.”
Yesterday, Team Romney tried to justify the omission.
Assorted Right Wing Idiots:
• Yes, this was tweeted on freaking LABOUR DAY of all days. Disrespect? Hell yeah: Eric Cantor: Today, we celebrate those who have taken a risk, worked hard, built a business and earned their own success.
• Kansas Republican Rep. Pete DeGraaff’s response to Rep. Barbara Bollier’s challenge, as reported by the McPherson Sentinel:
Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican who supports the bill, told her: “We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life?”
Bollier asked him, “And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with pregnancy?”
DeGraaf drew groans of protest from some House members when he responded, “I have a spare tire on my car.”
“I also have life insurance,” he added. “I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.”
Bits and pieces:
• Quebec’s separatists look to sweep back into power in elections Tuesday, buoyed by rising frustration with the current leadership and months of student protests over a planned tuition hike. Voters in the country’s only majority French-speaking province will choose 125 lawmakers — and pre-election polls point to theParti Quebecois coming out on top, though without a full majority, a rarity in Canadian politics.
• Former Bush administration National Security Agency head and CIA director Michael Hayden told the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz that Israel may not have the military capacity to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities and reiterated his belief that any attack would only delay the Iranian program and perhaps push it toward obtaining nuclear weapons.