The charts explain it all:
The charts explain it all:
This was the scene 40 years ago today:
The country was in chaos. This was a devastating speech, given by a man who had lost everything. And it was a very moving speech. I don’t know how anyone could watch it then and not cry, no matter how much they hated Richard Milhous Nixon and everything he stood for. He is the father of today’s dysfunctional Republican Party, and he showed you could win elections by cobbling together the racists of the old confederacy and the money men of the North and West.
Not to mention George McGovern was a completely incompetent candidate for the Democrats.
The overwhelmingly stupid thing about Watergate was that Nixon’s people never had to break into the Democratic headquarters in the complex to find out what McGovern was up to. The Democrats had totally blown themselves up in 1972 and there was no way in hell Nixon wasn’t going to win in a landslide.
But the thugs and criminals did their job, and the administration covered it up, and Nixon lied about it.
Want to know what’s more astounding about this? Nixon wasn’t impeached. He resigned before it happened. The last president who was impeached was Bill Clinton, and what he was impeached for, on a scale of impeachable offenses, didn’t even touch the top inch of the ice burg of corruption that was the centerpiece of the Nixon presidency.
Still, Nixon was the most fascinating president of my lifetime. I’ve read biographies and autobiographies about him, trying to make sense of how he got to this point in 1974. And at the end of it all, Nixon is immortalized in this song.
Even Richard Nixon has got soul.
Teen age girls have questions they want a grown man to answer.
So Stephen Colbert answers them. The real Stephen Colbert. Not the right-wing character on Comedy Central.
I’m sorry, but at a certain point, the stupidity is just too much to absorb (from the Salt Lake City Tribune):
Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there.
This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to someone whose native language does not have that feature.
It’s 2014, which means we’re gearing up for the 2016 presidential election. (Yeah, we have the midterm congressional elections coming up, but now is when the messaging for 2016 actually begins.
So which Republicans are among the likely presidential contenders, and what are they doing?
From the Washington Post:
Since giving up on cowboy boots (the arched heels agitated his back) and wearing hipster glasses, [Rick] Perry has a look more bookish than buckaroo — and more in keeping with his attempt at intellectual reinvention.
What was it that Rick Perry did that made him look dumb, anyway?
Yeah, glasses. That’ll fix everything. Because we all know that people who wear glasses are smart. Here’s what the site Eye Candy Optical says:
Scientific research has shown that we do perceive people who wear glasses as more intelligent when compared to those who do not wear glasses (As an aside, we also view people who wear glasses as more competent, and more industrious according to a recent article in Psychology News and Reviews). Count me in!
Although perception is not a reality, you may give yourself a leg up just by putting on a proper pair of specs. Let’s face it….it couldn’t hurt! In today’s competitive world anything that gives us a little extra boost (real or perceived) is worth a try.
And since looking intelligent is part of the strategy for potential Republican presidential candidates, what other ways will they present themselves to the American voter?
Again from the Washington Post:
The last time Republicans began running for president, there was a race to be the most confrontational, the most unbending. Mitt Romney said he was “severely conservative” and got caught mocking the “47 percent.” Rick Perry called the Federal Reserve “treasonous.” Rick Santorum said he was “for income inequality.”
What a difference a disastrous election, two years and terrible polling make. If 2012 was a contest to be the toughest, the 2016 presidential Republican primary is likely to include a competition to appear the most compassionate.
The rebranding effort is taking center stage this week with pleas for more compassion from four potential GOP presidential candidates: Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rand Paul (Ky.), House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (Wis.) and former Florida governor Jeb Bush. The Republicans are working to redefine the GOP as kinder, more connected to the daily economic anxieties of poor Americans — and better able to win national elections.
Remember the last compassionate conservative?
But how do you look compassionate?
That’s Paul Ryan on the right at a heroin clinic, looking compassionate. The GOP message had been, “You use heroin, you go to jail.” Now, let’s pull a gem from the past, quoting George Bush (the smarter): “Message: I care.”
We are not dealing in substance anymore. This is all about illusion. Nobody is going to read these guys speeches or cross reference their statements in newspaper articles. This is the first step in the Fox News election strategy.
We know what the message will be, and how they’re going to present it. So what can we do?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) appeared at Netroots Nation Friday and explained it all to you.
Most true Americans believe these things, not the stuff that the Tea Party terrorists stand for, and …
Wait?! Wasn’t that the Incredible Hulk at the end? If we’re gonna fight, and Hulk smash, we will win.
And here’s a Nova episode on the lunar mission:
I’ve probably said this before, but this was the greatest human achievement in history. So it’s frustrating to think that what I consider the most outstanding event of my lifetime happened 45 years ago.
C’mon, people. We’re now in the 21st century. We can do better. We already did.
It takes 14 minutes, but it boils down to the rich will always get richer and the rest of us better start tasting cat food now, because that’s all we’re going to be able to afford to eat when we retire.
They are risking their lives to save their lives. It’s not that complicated. They’re just using a law approved by Republicans in Congress and signed by a Republican president.
But Republicans have a short attention span. They don’t remember anything before Jan. 20, 2008.
After the Supreme Court ruling on whether women can control their bodies (the five old Catholic guys on the court say no), it’s time to think about the perception of women as weaklings who need a man to tell them what to do.
Which means it’s time to really reassess what people think when someone says, “You do that like a girl.”