What a great lesson the Republicans gave the opposition party on Friday. Faced with an incompetent leader the Republicans dumped Michael Steele.
Steele had gambled that his skin color guaranteed him the top job at the RNC. In the wake of the 2008 election Republicans gambled that Steele’s skin color would help them fight the “racist” charge. That gamble paid off.
However, Steele’s subsequent multi-faceted nincompoopery and blue state pedigree combined to turn the Republican gamble into an overall loss (especially of donors and money and consequently additional 2010 election victories). Steele gambled his skin color would continue to protect him. But with the increase in African-American Republican elected officials, the increased and very visible diversity of the Republican ranks, the Republican National Committee voters realized they did not need Steele’s protection from the “racist” charge anymore. Furthermore Obama is so weakened at this point, the “racist” charge so flaccid from overuse, Republicans gave the heave-ho to the blunt Steele.
Obama Dimocrats by contrast relected Nancy Pelousy to be their leader, created an extra position for James Clyburn even as Steny Hoyer kept his post. Tim Kaine and Harry Reid have nothing to fear.
Digest that. The Republicans won victories not seen in generations and they (despite protests and controversy over the new leader) dumped their leader because they wanted to prepare for 2012 and the future. The Obama Dimocrats were slapped nationwide with defeats but the motto remains “stay the course – together we thrive”. Which team would a sensible person hire to run their business?I was streaming a lot of Netflix over the holiday and would try things I normally don't. For example, I saw this one movie that was not even an hour long. The husband and the wife are trying to solve a murder -- she writes murder mysteries, he hosts a radio program each week where he solves a crime. And I was thinking how great the actors were. Turns out the man played Tracy Lord's fiancee in "The Philadelphia Story." And he's passed away. Now, of course, most of the people in older films will have passed away, some might argue. But I was watching another movie with Judi Dench (who is one of my favorite's). It was something "Cert" -- an action one with horseracing. And I'm looking up cast members there too and a lot had passed away.
It was just really depressing. I doubt, for example, that Bob Smith of whatever movie made in 1941 gets online looking for a review of himself. But it was just depressing to find so many talented performers worth praising and realizing they had already passed away.
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