I've said elsewhere that this was probably the last election where the Republicans stood a real chance of gaining the American Presidency with a program that mainly appeals to prosperous suburban whites and holds little appeal to most women and almost no appeal at all to racial minorities.
If the GOP is to survive, what do you think it would have to look like? What could it possibly look like?
I think it's clear Bush was fooled, too, by a particular Iraqi expat who had an agenda of his own, and who insisted that Saddam had WMD's. Apparently Bush forgot Reagan's dictum: "Trust but verify."
Remember, too, that Saddam didn't make verification easy and certainly ACTED like he had WMD's.
My personal opinion is that he didn't care, as long as he had deniability, he was free to do what his daddy started. I also believe that that is why Powell resigned, because he was too honorable to continue working for the diabolic trinity - Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld.
The Big Myth on the left is the "Bush lied, people died" canard. The right answered by creating their own Big Myth which is the "Obama is a muslim socialist" lie. Unfounded and unsourced rumors which doesn't conflict with one's own political stance and weltanschauung tend to used as facts.
As to the complete fumble the Iraq war was, the CIA has accepted that it did a bad job and provided an analysis as to why it happened. But hey, why bother to use credible sources anyway?
The biggest lie told in modern US politics remains Kennedy's "Missile Gap" which almost hurled the world into global nuclear war, but he's been sainted and become beyond reproach.
RE: "Knickers go in a twist. Panties go in a bunch." - I'm trying SO hard to learn political correctness! So what goes in a knot?
BTW - John Major responded to your comment on the other (Morality) thread --
A tie goes in a knot. A stomach goes into knots.
-- as mine is beginning to!
That's a great question worthy of its own new thread.
I hope the GOP brings Palin back. I so miss her.
"He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed." --Sarah Palin, on Paul Revere's midnight ride, June 3, 2011
Looking back, she was really funny. At the time, we were absolutely terrified that by some madness she would get elected as vice president.
She's just one more example of a type many Americans find irresistible. And they can be on either side of the political spectrum: Bush and Palin on one side, Pres. Clinton and Veep Joe Biden on the other...
I am a Libertarian atheist and not an American so I don't vote. If I had voted I would have voted for Romney, seeing the disaster that Obama did with his first term.
I agree that the Republican party must leave the Evangelical Right, but the media is greatly to blame in this election outcome. I mean, come on: Akin said something incredibly stupid and was disowned by the major Republican voices including Romney... but of course, the media hung on to that and made it a meme. I happen to be pro-choice, but I do agree 100% with Romney's proposal of leaving abortion to the states (that's Paul's proposal too, by the by).
And, of course, there is Sandy. I wonder, if Sandy hadn't happened, who would have been president (Romney lost Florida by 50k votes, less than 1%, and Ohio by 100k).
On a brighter outlook, the great thing about his reelection is that Obama won't be able to blame his predecessor for his failures any more... that grows old, don't you think? Imagine if unemployment continues above 8% for another year... what will they invent?
My prediction: in 2014, after a lackluster 2 years of Obama, the Republicans will take back the Senate... and among other things, propose a replacement of Obamacare that doesn't destroy the private healthcare and convert it into the Canadian/UK one. (And please, don't come to me saying how nice those two are. I lived in the UK and the NHS is absolutely appalling... and you can measure the greatness of the Canadian system by all those Americans crossing the border to get treatment there... not)).
I agree with Arcus: Obama will veer more towards the left, leaving the Republicans ample space in the middle. 2014/6 will be a Republican landslide. The best is definitely still to come.
"I am a Libertarian atheist and not an American so I don't vote. If I had voted I would have voted for Romney, seeing the disaster that Obama did with his first term."
I'm curious. What policy, executive order, or legislation of Obama and the Democrats was so disastrous? What was the nature of the disaster? Be specific and cite your sources of information.
"I agree that the Republican party must leave the Evangelical Right, but the media is greatly to blame in this election outcome. I mean, come on: Akin said something incredibly stupid and was disowned by the major Republican voices including Romney... but of course, the media hung on to that and made it a meme."
All the Republicans ever did was go on television to express their opinions to voters. It's not their fault for making all the unfeeling, misogynistic, superstitious, and scientifically inaccurate comments about rape victims and pregnancy. The media is mostly to blame because they broadcasted the incredibly stupid comments, and informed the public of what the Republicans said. Man, that is priceless!
"Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child." - Former Missouri Republican Congressman William Todd Akin, KVTI Tele...
"I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. I just struggled with it myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen." -Former Indiana Senator Richard Mourdock, during a live television d...
“I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you… rape victims should make the best of a bad situation.” - Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum, CNN News interview...
"On a brighter outlook, the great thing about his reelection is that Obama won't be able to blame his predecessor for his failures any more... that grows old, don't you think? Imagine if unemployment continues above 8% for another year... what will they invent?"
The Democrats won't have to "invent" anything. The Republicans caused the Great Recession, and ever since they took control of the House in 2010, it's been endless, scorched-earth opposition to Obama's good-faith efforts to restart the economy. If the recession drags on, it'll be because the House Republicans continue that policy: obstructing Obama and then blaming him for not doing enough. That tactic sure backfired in this election. Now we'll see if House Republicans are stupid enough to continue the same strategy in hopes of winning the Senate in 2014. They probably are.