Monday, January 30, 2012

Newt is Us

A shilly shallier is a dilly dallier,
a dilly-dallier hems and haws

--Shilly Shallier
children's song

Territory folks should stick together,

Territory folks should all be pals.

Cowboys dance with farmer's daughters,

Farmers dance with the ranchers' gals


There is no deadline

There is no schedule

There is no plan we can fall back on

The road this far can't be retraced

, The Mountain Goats

Well, it was kind of cold that night

She stood alone on her balcony

Yeah, she could hear the cars roll by

Out on 441 like waves crashin' on the beach

--American Girl
, Tom Petty

The snake oil salesmen are working their way through our state now, home of grifters and get rich quick schemes . . . the gentlemen are in their milieu.

Newt is positively brilliant in terms of capitalizing on his pasty-faced doofusness -- it is image-maximization, 2012-style. He has co-opted Sarah Palin's extreme mediocrity, parlaying it into a battle cry for dis-informed Republicans everywhere: I am YOU; we are reactive and ill-informed, but emotional, and Romney thinks we are stupid!

It is the I know you are, but what am I children's game. Gingrich knows we are stupid, too, but he has enough savvy to ally himself with the numbers. In other words, Romney is a cad for being grossly elitist, and therefore not patriotic (Newt to Voters: Romney Thinks You're "Stupid".)

We are Americans, and therefore, covetously mediocre in an aggressive sort of way. Don't you say it though, but we'll walk out in our pyjamas, thanks, because WE are NOT French! (But, this non-royal WE also fancies they are not welfare hootchie mamas, either, and so assiduously takes pains to rein in their brand of mediocrity; they will not share their bloc.)

Newt is their poster boy. It is Newt who petitions for our rights to clap and laugh at rallies, and generally act like the cowman and farmers at a house-raising in Oklahoma! We are just
that sort (or like to think we are). We do not like France and we do not wear lycra padded racing shorts. Do not! Look at the man ... could you even imagine Newt in John Kerry's shorts (figuratively, of course, though he is a Republican)? Could it have been such a vision which has caused Callista's eyes to remain perpetually agog?

asks, since
both Gingrich and Romney are both consummate insiders. So why is only Gingrich able to portray himself as an outsider? It's image, stupid. It's pretty clear Romney follows a diet and works out, and that is not the American Way (see "Twinkies to Fuel"), unless you're some East or West-coaster. While they correctly note, "The economic diversity at the top of the Republican field runs the gamut from A to B", it is not the reality but the patter that matters. He is a simulacrum populist, and that's good enough for us.

Now Florida is somewhat more diverse than South Carolina, and though
Newt may be able to carry the day on the back of his bumpkin-ism, Romney will give him a run for his money because he resonates with the strivers in the middle-class -- those who fancy they can one day afford membership at the country club but meanwhile manage greens fees at the municipal course for the day. They get to play golf, when they are not slaving away at their tenuous jobs. That makes them look like arrivistes, and that makes them feel good.

Romney is what the middlin' folks hope to be but probably never will, so in Florida that means he'll take much of the Latino vote in South Florida, too. He dresses well, and Newt is a schlump. Not for them is a candidate who looks like he could go to Walmart in his p.j.'s; alas, Callista's Tiffany jewels cannot make up for the failing of his shape.

Despite the fact that Florida has the highest rate of chronically unemployed (and the fifth lowest rate of unemployment benefits), the thing that fires us up are the quaint and reviling notions that reek of an empire in decay, Gothic issues, like suppressing the Copernicus's of the world:

"Speaking at a Baptist church in Winter Park on Saturday, the former speaker received a standing ovation when he declared that embryonic stem-cell research amounts to “the use of science to desensitize society over the killing of babies" (Gingrich vows to ban embryonic stem-cell research, questions in vitro practices).

Facts are quite immaterial here -- facts like no babies (or fetuses) are getting killed; facts like stem cells may be extracted from the umbilical cord after birth (in other words, from medical waste). Facts get in the way of passion, a good rumpus, and that's what Newt gives.

We are not talking rationale -- we are talking hootenanny, here. And if there is one thing most Floridians love, that's a swamp fete ... a tailgating party or a hog roast. Yee-haw. Newt is all that and more; he's the whole kit and kaboodle.

In our neck o' the woods, people hop on motorized carts at Walmart whether they need to or not. It is both sport and sloth, for some. These are not fit people and would in fact do well to walk, but have bought into a society which has effectively rendered them hostage to Big Pharma and Big Agra. They feel impotent -- often are -- and out of frustration will vote on seeming kinship alone, so disenfranchised are they from the system. Maybe someone who looks like he has to take the same statin drugs or eats the same fast food will feel their pain. (It was in this way that Bill Clinton was exceptionally successful.)

As Joel Achenbach noted in the WaPo yesterday, a lot of us don't even know there is an impending election. If we muddle off to the polls, for the majority of us, it will be to check the box for someone who looks like us, and that is not necessarily good.

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Anonymous Blackhawk said...

Beware of Slick 'Mitt', $250 million in the bank most of in offshore cayman bank accounts, and in the 15% tax bracket!

Bankrolled by Bain Capital and sitting in the board room chair next to him, Benjamin Netanyahu, now Prime Minister of Israel, rightwing nut job and his biggest supporters The ultra orthodox Zionist settlers (read occupiers) crazies in the West Bank. Peace bulldozers proudly made in the USA. Oy!

Monday, January 30, 2012 at 5:58:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

bad news.
caterpiller bulldozers are made in mexico.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 8:20:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

Blogrolled ya. Nice post.

BTW, I was looking at your flag counter - you've got a hell of an international readership. Good deal. Keep up the fire!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 4:04:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Blackhawk said...

I wasn't educated in the School of America, but I do have enough common sense to do research and get my facts right. You're shit's weak here. Wish I had better news (see below)

The family of Rachel Corrie and the families of 16 Palestinian killed or injured by Caterpillar machinery used by the Israel Defense Forces sued Caterpillar Inc. in the United States alleging Caterpillar violated human rights and committed war crimes by knowingly selling its equipment to the Israel Defense Forces
The U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Washington dismissed the lawsuit in 2005.[The plaintiffs appealed and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal on September 17, 2007, stating that the equipment was paid for using United States government funds, representing an extension of United States foreign policy and that it is not the court's jurisdiction to criticize United States foreign policy decisions made by the executive branch

BH out

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 8:39:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

BH, Nay,Nay -my shit is always in a tight ball.
I am the ranger and this is RAW, but bad news-Lisa wrote that article and it's so acknowledged.
lisa is not jim. and i never cross dress.(except on friday nites!)
But your point is well taken. WE ARE BOTH CORRECT. the catrerpiller co is a us corp , but their vehicles are made in mexico.my friend rich miklaucic transitioned the production to mexico a long time ago.as a result he lost his job when the deal was done.
as a us corp then they would be sued in us courts.
i hope this makes my shit strong again.i'm thinking i'll ask for a bulldozer burial when my time comes.
btw- i submitted the tu duc art. to VN mag for pub.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 8:38:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Blackhawk said...

The lady doth protest too much, methinks

BH out

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 10:56:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Blackhawk said...

YOUR SHIT IS STRONG, so a CAT D9 might environmentally correct. My last request is that my ashes be sealed into a can of 'Ham and Motherfuckers' and mailed to Ho Chi Minh City when the next 'Year of the Monkey' cycles. Merde, 44 years ago on this date.......

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 11:21:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Could be, BH. There are aspects ...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 11:45:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Blackhawk said...

Round up the usual suspects.....

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 1:02:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

To BH:


Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 1:28:00 PM GMT-5  

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