‘a shallow tank’

Robert Shrum: Shortly after Donald Trump was fired as his poll numbers receded faster than his real hairline, Mitch Daniels became the latest candidate to flee the contest …. Mike Huckabee would rather be rich and on television … Haley Barbour would rather be his good ole boy self. And the third Bush (Jeb), along with John Thune, would rather be president in 2016 than a losing nominee in 2012. So would Chris Christie who’s presently pear-shaped in his home state polls and probably couldn’t carry it against Barack Obama.

…So who’s left to jump into this shallow tank… Her sell-by date may be passing, but the once and obvious entrant could be Sarah Palin. That cure would be worse than the illness. Fox’s Roger Ailes apparently, and rightly, has come to the conclusion that she’s “stupid” … It looks like she’d rather be raking in the dollar bills …. but she might suddenly tweet her way in…

Palin’s delay supposedly leaves room for Michele Bachmann, Minnesota congresswoman, Tea Party firebrand, and patriotic Mrs. Malaprop, who recently relocated the start of the American Revolution to Lexington and Concord, New Hampshire…

Then there’s Paul Ryan whose stunning proposal to dismantle Medicare has already put the House Republican majority in jeopardy … Ryan insists he won’t run; Democrats wish he would…

….the dissatisfaction represents a verdict on the inauthentic Mitt Romney, the inconceivable Newt Gingrich, and the implausible Tim Pawlenty, who just announced to the national sound of one hand clapping.

….Romney, once pro-choice, pro-stem-cell research, and pro-health reform, has decided to repudiate his past … he, as Sen. Edward Kennedy once said, isn’t “pro-choice, but multiple choice.” Meanwhile, Pawlenty grovels on stage at the first candidates’ debate as he cravenly crawls away from his record on climate change and cap and trade.

Jon Huntsman, who in a sensible party would be taken seriously, has already taken a similar road, but negotiated it with a certain degree of cleverness and credibility … (but) what will he say now about his past support – as governor of Utah, no less – for civil unions? Can the GOP abide a conservative with a tinge of moderation ….

… thoroughly beaten they will be if Republicans entirely lose their heads and settle on Rick Santorum, a defeated and far right senator from Pennsylvania – or Herman Cain, the one time CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, who now peddles hate speech instead of pepperoni…

Plainly, this is a weak and hobbled field. … from Jeb Bush to Mitch Daniels, they don’t want to do this … They anticipate that in the end, at high noon on Jan. 20, 2013, Barack Obama will raise his right arm and take the oath of office from a chief justice who will get the words right the second time around….

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16 Responses to “‘a shallow tank’”

  1. 1 CTGirl
    May 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Wow! I can’t stop laughing!! :-).

  2. 2 Me4obama
    May 27, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Morning TOD family, got sick reading about all these nightmare of nominees. What a disgrace to our country that these clowns will be claiming to lead us. I bet all of them just acquired a passport in the last 2 years and some of them never traveled abroad to live in the real world outside their comfort zone. Thanks Robert shrum you tell it like it is.

    May 27, 2011 at 9:39 am


  4. May 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I’m still undecided on whether it would be good for the Republican primaries if Sarah Palin joined in …

    At least we had a lot of fun coming up with titles for her “promotional movie” at Balloon Juice:


  5. 5 Proud of Obama
    May 27, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Happy Friday, everyone! I just want to say that I know we are all ready to be in fighting mode to get PBO re-elected for 2012. I have no doubt that he will be, but the rethugs as we can see are pulling out all the stops. They are constantly lying through their yellow teeth, stupid Pawlenty tweeting that PBO was on a pub crawl instead of coming up with a plan for Medicare when he knows that AHC IS the plan, flip flopper Romney trying to steal credit for the auto bailout.

    I flip through Morning Joke because this imbecile tells you want the rethug meme of the day is going to be. Today it was nothing but discussion of the rethug pretenders. And nothing but lies.

    They also whined about the commercial that shows the rethg throwing grandma off a cliff. Why? Because that ad is one effective ad. And they know that their wanting to kill Medicare and overreaching in the states has made the gullible
    American people who believed their lies in 2010 turn back to the Democrats. They know we have a more effective and fighter in Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. They know PBO has destroyed every lie (birther, weak CIC) they tried to put out there.

    I believe we must now go on the attack. Expose their every lie. Use twitter to respond to their lies. Flood sponsors of MSNBC and these media liars. Flood these rethug offices about things like how they’re staying in recess to keep PBO from making appointments.

    These are evil people. The tea partiers are evil people. We cannot allow them to undo all of PBO’s hard work and ruin this country.

    The Democrats are taking off the gloves, and we must do the same.

    Sorry for the rant.

    • 6 Lovepolitics2008
      May 27, 2011 at 10:52 am

      POB, I agree with you. Since their agenda doesn’t sit well with the people, republicans are reduced to double down on their usual dirty tricks, with the collaboration of the MSM.

      The one thing I’ve disagreed with the Obama team is on their refusal to confront the disinformation on a day-to-day basis. I agree they have to play the long game and use their own information system, the grass-root organisation, etc… But the disinfo is so well organized, so systematic, that there is no choice to counter-attack ferociously. We just have to remember the Health Care Saga.

      Apparently, the Obama team is giving this a thought. I read somewhere yesterday, maybe in a comment here or on the BWD’s site, that they have hired someone to do just that on the social networks: constantly debunking the lies. It could have an effect on the journalists who follow these things.

      But more has to be done. COLLECTIVELY, democrat activists have to push back on the MSM for their enabling the republican talking points to take root.

      This will be the worst, nastier election in a long time. Because the corporate establishement is very scared of Barack Obama. And by corporate establishment I mean the big, big lobbies like the military-industrial complex, Big Pharma, Big Oil. They understand that Barack Obama means business when he says he wants to work towards world peace, when he says that he wants to rebuild the middle class and bring back more fairness into the tax code. They understand that Barack Obama means business when he says he wants to rebuild the american economy based on cleaner energy.

      2012 will be tougher than 2008. I happen to think that in 2008, the corporate establishment wasn’t “that” interested in a republican in the WH. Better let the democrat deal with the mess and get blamed for not getting the economy back on track fast enough. 2012 is a different story.

  6. 7 Proud of Obama
    May 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

    These are the kinds of “deep” thinkers the rethugs have. I mean how stupid is this.


  7. 8 Proud of Obama
    May 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

    And then there’s the foreign policy “expert” T-Paw confusing Iraq with Iran. Stupidity.


  8. 10 Lovepolitics2008
    May 27, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I admit beeing concerned a bit by Huntsman. Because he’s the strongest one for the general election and since republicans are about power MORE than ANYTHING else, they could decide his mormonism is simpy an inconvenient they have to accept in order to beat Barack Obama.

    Don’t forget folks. Republicans didn’t like McCain but voted for him anyway. The ones who didn’t vote for the republican ticket were the moderates who were put off by Sarah Palin. With a less crazy VP nominee they could go back to their party.

    I don’t want to be a downer, but we have to avoid too much complacency…

  9. 12 CoyotiMarti
    May 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    My Dear Chipsticks,

    Would you possibly consider finding a replacement for the Muppets pics (funny as it is)? I just adore them all, and I grew up assuming they were little Progressives just like me! Let’s be honest, how could “Rainbow Connection” and “Being Green” be anything BUT progressive anthems? And Miss Piggy is such a feminist (of a very strange sort, to be sure). They’re on PBS for gosh sakes, the bane of every loony-tunes Republican! It just breaks my heart to see them associated with that other scurvey bunch. Thanks for considering my plea. And for your marvelous blog!


    • May 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      No problem CoyotiMarti – I’ll retire the Muppets from this blog! As I mentioned before, the reason I use the pic is because ‘muppet’ means a bit of an idiot in the UK/Ireland, so I’m more used to that meaning that it representing cute little things! I’ll leave them in peace now, promise!

      • 14 CoyotiMarti
        May 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm

        How very cool. I did not know about that meaning, and [oops]clearly missed your previous explanation. Thanks for making me smarter! Have a great weekend; don’t go working too too hard for us. 😉

  10. 15 Patricia Kayden
    May 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Please do not compare the Muppets to the Repugs. That’s a huge insult to the Muppets, who were funny, witty, intelligent and entertaining. The Repubs are repugnant, racist, nasty, and nauseating. There’s no comparison.

  11. 16 Tien Le
    May 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Here’s an alternative to the Muppets: http://hubpages.com/hub/History_of_the_jack_o_lantern

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