Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 130

On Politics
As Mitt Romney won the total votes and delegate count in the Ohio primary, interestingly Rick Santorum won 69 of Ohio’s 88 counties; however, Romney won the metropolitan areas. Interestingly, the Romney pattern follows President Obama’s pattern in both the 2008 Ohio primary and 2008 general election.

With Rick Santorum referring to President’s Obama hope of people going to college as elitist, here is an interesting view of his position.

The GOP evangelical vote continues to interest me because of the way this group of Republicans incorporate one of the greatest liberals in human history. Here’s an interesting read at CNN’s Belief Blog.

As advertisers leave the Rush Limbaugh Show, given the number of listeners, I’m more curious about the advertisers that are filling the void and which return after the dust settles.

I expected Sarah Palin to defend Rushbo and blame the lamestream media. Meanwhile, seeing the latest movie about The Nincompoop (Game Change) would be a waste of my time, money, integrity, and sensibility.

In the race for the GOP nomination for Ohio Ninth District House of Representative seat, Joe the Plumber beats Steve the Auctioneer.

Leave it to The Onion for this awesome Super Tuesday campaign report. WARNING: Any Republican without a sense of humor should not watch the video … and I voted (and have been voting) in the GOP primary.

On Headlines from The Onion
Player Reports to Spring Training Exactly the Right Amount Overweight
Road-Kill Squirrel Remembered as Frantic, Indecisive
Girlfriend Changes Man into Someone She is not Interested In
Rick Steves Cleaned Out by Gypsies
Fiery Explosion from Daytona 500 Donated to NASCAR Hall of Fame
Guy from Pringles Ad Convicted on Law and Order

Interesting Reads
Fast-Running Robot
Peaceful Transition in Yemen
The Rise of a Master: Michaelangelo
Why Culture is in Our Genes
The Visual Planets in the March Sky
Cool Pics of Recent Solar Flares

On Potpourri
Nicknames of sport teams cover a wide range, yet, many are more common than others. Earlier this week, this sports headline caught my eye: Jackrabbits Leaps over Leathernecks.

Worthy Dolt of the Year Nominations: Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh

Although these Christians are preaching against Islam, they do not speak for all Christians.

When I see bloggers ask evolution (science) or creation (religion), I wonder why there are only two choices.

I will have a post this weekend.

To send us into the weekend, this is a great clip of impressionist Steve Bridges with President George W. Bush. RIP Mr. Bridges. Have a good weekend everyone, and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Super Tuesday Campaign Shorts

Super Tuesday 2012 is upon us – the day awarding more delegates than have been awarded to date. Being an Ohioan, the day after will be a great day to celebrate the circus leaving town. After all, they will return for fall campaign to flood Ohio with ads. Oh well – here are a variety of campaign notes in the shorts.

Since politics belongs to the people who vote, would the GOP race be different if more people were voting?

Mitt Romney will do better today than many anticipate.Here in Ohio, Rick Santorum’s 7-9% lead from last week has vanished. With his name missing from a significant number of ballots in this state, I wonder about the polls accurately assessing the vote; therefore, I say Romney gets the most votes and delegates.

A Gingrich win in Georgia will be insignificant.

The longer the GOP primary continues, the further the candidates move to the right with hopes of attaining the gold ring. Because presidential candidates win elections by capturing the center, it will be interesting to see how the eventual nominee backtracks with hopes of capturing the center.

Here are two interesting polls:

Politico’s Battleground Poll (plus each party’s analysis)
Purple Poll: February 2012

Santorum’s streak of focusing on social issues has and will continue to work in Romney’s favor.

As candidates, especially Mitt Romney, keep saying the same thing, using the same speech, the same lines, the same answers to different questions …. zzzzzzz

Gov. Romney is so robotic, that most of his stumbles occur when he goes off script.

Here’s an interesting line from a local campaign flyer promoting a slate: … they are not the incumbent candidates, nor have they held paid political office before. If any of them wins, do they realize that both aspect of that statement will do longer be true?

From William Galston, Brookings Institute (Entire column)

It is societies such as ours, badly divided and obsessed with the present, that most need communal ties. But they are the least likely to produce them. … Indeed, in these circumstances, only a steady appeal to common sense and common decency has any hope … But it’s still an open question whether our leaders have the fortitude to make, and our citizens the disposition to hear, such an appeal.

From columnist David Brooks (entire column)

Without real opposition, the wingers go from strength to strength. Under their influence, we’ve had a primary campaign that isn’t really an argument about issues. It’s a series of heresy trials in which each of the candidates accuse the others of tribal impurity. Two kinds of candidates emerge from this process: first, those who are forceful but outside the mainstream; second, those who started out mainstream but look weak and unprincipled because they have spent so much time genuflecting before those who despise them.

As the GOP refers to President Obama as an elitist, what if each of them had more college degrees? I appreciate these words from columnist Kathleen Parker. (entire column)

Santorum elected to pander to the idea that ignorance beats an education that might lead one to become an elite. His words, in addition to being false, were, dare we say, rather snobbish. How else to characterize speaking to people as though they aren’t capable of recognizing truth — or that their children aren’t smart enough to go to college and, grasping the flaws of liberalism, stay true to the conservative values with which they were raised?

Interesting Reads

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 126

On Politics
Newt Gingrich came to Cincinnati this week, and I didn’t consider giving him any of my time. Even if he was just down the street (which he wasn’t), I have no interest in the boisterous curmudgeon.

By the way, no GOP candidate has 10% of the delegates needed, so Super Tuesday (which includes me in Ohio) could be a big swing for someone. These campaigns are so hungry that they are calling my fax machine to talk to the fax shrill.

As Republicans continue in yearn for President Reagan’s resurrection and return to the political scene, they continue to miss an important point – Whether conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican, Americans want to a president that they respect and can believe in – and in retrospect, the majority of Americans felt that about Ronald Reagan.

From conservative economist Bruce Bartlett: My concern is that the Republican effort is just a smokescreen to incorporate phony-baloney factors into revenue estimates to justify unlimited tax cutting. How soon before the CBO is required to incorporate estimates from the right-wing Heritage Foundation in its calculations? ….. It is reasonable to assume that the Republicans’ effort to alter the budget process is just another aspect of their goal to politicize policy and institutionalize their philosophy.

I wonder how many times politicians have misused “small business” in their statements.

As the situation in Syria continues and gets more press, our pathetic politicians are a much better alternative to bombing one’s own people.

Here is a classic leading to my next section. Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) thought this story from The Onion was real: Planned Parenthood opening a $8 Billion Abortionplex

On Headlines from The Onion

  • Fantastic Roommate Won’t Stop Buying Toilet Paper
  • Man in International Airport Only Speaks Business
  • New Photos Reveal Stress of Obama’s First Term has Rapidly Aged Americans
  • Group of Calm, Confident Squirrels Stroll Upright through Central Park
  • Congressman Hurt to Discover Lobbyist not really His Friend
  • Intelligent, Condescending Life Discovered in Distant Galaxy

On Headlines from the Campaign Trail

  • Ron Paul Blames Florida Loss on Expensive Advertising Costs of Poster Board and Markers (The Onion)
  • Coke Super Bowl Features “Mean Mitt Romney (Satirical Political)
  • GOP Introduces New Mystery Candidate with Paper Bag Over Head (The Onion)
  • Mitt Romney Attacks Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac (Satirical Political)
  • GOP Nomination Now Two-Way Race between Romney and Total Voter Apathy (The Onion)
  • Right Proves Every Super Bowl Commercial was Pro-Obama (Satirical Political)

Interesting Reads

On Potpourri
Just learned about the Abrahamic Council – a group of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim scholars committed to longer-term dialogue.

Why are banks sitting on a robust of cash (thus not lending)?

Our handbell ensemble plays this weekend. It’s a very calm piece, which you can hear with a click. However, we do this without a vocalist, use different striker settings, but hopefully with the flute.

FYI: I will be posting tomorrow.

Have a good weekend everyone, and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch. Here is an interesting song to send us into the weekend. (Thanks xandi.)