Skip to main content

I've been commenting on my absolute opposition to publicly endorsing the re-election of President Obama, on the basis that any candidate should have to win my vote for the current election.

No seconds just because you're the person in the seat, as it were.

I've amazed any number of Kossacks for having that viewpoint, I know, because they've replied to my comments with amazement at my stance.

Today, I have decided to give that up and the reason why is below the Fleur-de-Kos...

I've watched all of the Republican Debates, including tonight's.

Their candidate pool is shrinking, but so is their sanity factor.

Tonight's display of Republican icky started right at the first bell.

The first topic of interest and the first question of the night went to Newt Gingrich.

The topic?

His former 2nd wife's television interview with ABC today, and her statements that the former Speaker of the House and values voters candidate since the late 1970s had asked her for an "open marriage" and her compliance in his sexual perfidy.

When the Debate Moderator, John King, asked Gingrich, point blank about this, and
asked:

"Would you like to take some time to respond to that?" asked King.

"No, but I will," said a visibly angered Gingrich, earning sustained applause.

"The destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office, and I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that," he said.

The crowd in Charleston, S.C., leapt to its feet and cheered.

Yeah, that's right. The public gets the news that another Republican politician is a cheezy schmuck who just can't get enough sex from his wife, and that this one had the nerve to ask his then-current wife's permission to screw around on her, and the candidate's response is not to apologize for his former behavior.

Hell no.

His response? Rebuke the moderator for having the nerve to ask him about it!

The crowd? These are the same people who've been cheering at the idea of letting poor people just die if they weren't smart lucky enough to have a job and some healthcare insurance. The ones who can't get enough of the ideas of Ron Paul and Rick Perry - to wit, that all healthcare and financial assistance from the federal government is an overreach of power and should end, including Medicare and Social Security.

These maroons gave Newt Gingrich a fucking standing ovation for rebuking the moderator for having the gall to ask such a question!

Plus, Twitter is now flush with references to this YouTube video, which I present to you in all it's (55 seconds) of glory.

So. I'm giving up my principled stand of requiring the President win my vote.

The opposition is insane and their supporters are lemmings on the trot to the cliff.

And anyone who can give a reasonable rendition of a classic Al Green song?

Good enough for me.

UPDATE:
If you liked this diary, please go read THIS ONE, by Patience John.

You'll be glad you did.

Originally posted to My .02¢ from The Other Washington on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 09:15 PM PST.

Also republished by I Vote for Democrats.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Meteor Blades, N in Seattle, Grassroots Mom, JekyllnHyde, Chris Andersen, Trix, Jack K, Bill in Portland Maine, lapin, lowkell, murphy, mwm341, jennybravo, Timaeus, ORDem, Cali Scribe, dengre, Shockwave, donna in evanston, SanJoseLady, eeff, Mnemosyne, red moon dog, grover, Doctor Who, geordie, cinnamon68, Delilah, bronte17, missLotus, sarahnity, whenwego, ZsteveM, mkfarkus, roses, splashy, Cedwyn, high uintas, revsue, MrSandman, Farugia, HeyMikey, BMarshall, NYFM, Steven Payne, Catte Nappe, kalmoth, riverlover, exlrrp, zerelda, Sembtex, Kitsap River, WisVoter, tomjones, AlwaysDemocrat, xxdr zombiexx, Julie Gulden, maybeeso in michigan, radarlady, Unit Zero, UncleCharlie, Tonedevil, PBen, basquebob, Kdoug, Laurence Lewis, dansk47, SaraBeth, GreyHawk, blue jersey mom, markdd, sunbro, paxpdx, Blu Gal in DE, JanF, fhcec, begone, Philpm, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, mjfgates, Mr Bojangles, Clytemnestra, BlueInARedState, dopper0189, koNko, dougymi, bubbanomics, NearlyNormal, myrealname, onionjim, doingbusinessas, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, doin it for the shorties, Statusquomustgo, Friend of the court, markthshark, hawaii2, Debs2, Dartagnan, gloriana, la urracca, Matt Z, shesaid, jhop7, OIL GUY, Rumarhazzit, GeorgeXVIII, janatallow, dizzydean, TomP, Empower Ink, gizmo59, Blue Boy Red State, MikePhoenix, Sixty Something, dadadata, bythesea, Laughing Vergil, CDH in Brooklyn, mikeconwell, Lujane, tofumagoo, pamelabrown, dewley notid, smartdemmg, TokenLiberal, Jeff Y, glendaw271, luckylizard, BlueStateRedhead, qm1pooh, JamieG from Md, Our Man in Twisp, dmhlt 66, DavidW, Diogenes2008, maxcat06, LaFeminista, maggiejean, Bule Betawi, WhizKid331, Stephen Daugherty, rsmpdx, ronnied, Methinks They Lie, susanWAstate, RageKage, zaka1, Alise, Rick in Oz, Shelley99, sfarkash, nancat357, mahakali overdrive, Dragon5616, Livvy5, French Imp, Lefty Ladig, BlueOak, Tim D M, dtruth, commonmass, foufou, elijah311, America2028, estreya, Observerinvancouver, boriquasi, stunzeed, on board 47, Polly Syllabic, VickiL, Lost and Found, ATFILLINOIS, gulfgal98, tb mare, pixxer, dlemex, DiegoUK, Betty Pinson, LiberalCanuck, ericlewis0, skindig55, science nerd, Oh Mary Oh, wwjjd, stevenaxelrod, not4morewars, Wisdumb, Xtatic, theKgirls, no way lack of brain, Onomastic, Jane Lew, CornSyrupAwareness, PaDemTerry, Miniaussiefan, the mom in the middle, jardin32, kirbybruno, BirdMom, KelleyRN2, CoExistNow, EquityRoy, armd, trumpeter, mrsgoo, thomask, ShowMeMoBlue, beka, sound of progress, Mets102, blue aardvark, Curiosity, SoCalSal, zenox, grannycarol, No one gets out alive, boredwitnuts, AnnetteK, absdoggy, jacey, weatherdude, stormicats, Heart n Mind, isabelle hayes, Siri, im a plugger, ahumbleopinion, SilverWillow, AnnieR, Deep Texan, CA ridebalanced, martinjedlicka, Lorinda Pike, peachcreek, scarolinamom, belinda ridgewood, AspenFern, the Don, hardart, Arahahex, BusyinCA, doroma, qannabbos, noise of rain, Margd, redstella, jennyp, etherealfire, Kinak, Anton Bursch, imsodizzy, raina, Spirit of Life, Marjmar, Kurt Sperry, Lensy, frustrated1, SwedishJewfish, nomandates, Dallas L, koosah, 6ZONite, countwebb, Tim DeLaney, Setsuna Mudo, SanFernandoValleyMom, broths, Crazy Lace

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site