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gif me a break

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GIF ME A BREAK: THE TREYVON MARTIN CASE

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the trouble with romney

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Mitt Romney is slowly, yet actually not so slowly, becoming the inevitable Republican candidate. I think we kind of all knew in the back of our minds it would happen, even though a Santorum candidacy would have been both terrifying and magical. Terrifying because, well, it’s Rick Santorum -how is he not terrifying? This is the guy who labeled college as for “snobs,” pretty much. He’s also the man who said he wouldn’t even give his daughter an abortion, even if she was raped -he thinks it’s best to make “a good situation out of a bad one.” Yeah. Oh and he’s the guy with the Google bomb of his last name. Yet, a Santorum candidacy would have been magical because imagine the debates. Santorum would have his Santorum’d ass handed to him by President Barack Obama. I can only dream of the amazing quotes, gifs, and historical shame we would get from it all.

Honestly, I don’t think Mitt is going to win the whole sha-bang. Why? Because he’s not relatable to, like, 99 percent of the population. This is the guy who said that while he doesn’t watch NASCAR that much, he does have some friends who own teams. NASCAR TEAMS. Do you know how rich you have to be to own a freaking NASCAR team? Really freaking rich.

Not only does he not relate to most of America, but he doesn’t relate to a big constituency of conservative America: the Evangelicals and rednecks -and I mean that in the nicest way possible. The Evangelicals are behind Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Why? Because Mitt hasn’t always been a big conservative. He was governor of Massachusetts for crying out loud -MASSACHUSETTS. You’re not going to become governor of a state like Massachusetts if you’re an über conservative like Santorum or Gingrich -you have to be a moderate, and that’s what Romney essentially ran as. But now he’s changing his tune and pandering to the staunchly religious conservatives, yet I think people take these Evangelicals and Fundamentalists as dumber than they really are. I mean, yeah, they believe a lot of dumb stuff, but they’re not so stupid to just follow Mitt blindly as he flip flops through the issues. That’s why they’re voting for Gingrich and Santorum, and to be honest, I think they’d rather vote for Gingrich but since Santorum is doing so well in the polls, they’ll settle for him.

As for the rednecks, he’s too “hoity-toity” for them, plain and simple.

Truthfully, I was okay with Mitt until he started pandering to the far right. Unfortunately that’s wat has happened to this country. We’ve become so polarized that it’s pretty much impossible for a moderate to get elected -granted, Pres. Obama is pretty much a moderate in respect to his colleagues on the far left and right.

Americans today pretty much vote for parties and not candidates. Granted, parties are made of candidates, but these candidates are compromising their beliefs as well as the beliefs of some of their constituents because the only easy way to win is to get the vote of an entire party.

GOP

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As the Florida Primary is about to begin, I realize now how sick I am of Newt Gingrich. I mean, I’ve never really liked the guy but seriously, the stuff he says is actually mental institution admittance criteria. I really like watching the GOP debates because it’s just hilarious and awkward to see them fight one another. It’s also very predictable. That’s why I have established a drinking game —

WARNING: use with extreme caution, you could end up drinking yourself to death

Take a sip every time…

  1. The audience boos/cheers about something that normal people would not boo or cheer for.
  2. Mitt Romney’s taxes are mentioned.
  3. Newt Gingrich attacks the moderator.
  4. There is a reference to three different candidates winning three different states.
  5. Gingrich makes a reference to Ronald Reagan/him being a Ronald Reagan conservative.
  6. Good ol’ Uncle Paul has a confused look of bewilderment on his face -not to be confused with his confused look of not understanding a joke was being made.
  7. Rick Santorum makes a reference to him winning in a predominantly working class Pennsylvania democratic constituency.
  8. Romney mentions that he worked at Bain Capital.
  9. Santorum has the look of utter disgust and confusion on his face.
  10. Space colonies are mentioned.

Anyway, the other day I watched the GOP Florida debate, and pretty much all I gleaned from that was that…

  1. Ron Paul, bless his soul, is probably going to die soon so we shouldn’t elect him.
  2. Rick Santorum should just quit now and save himself money and the inevitable embarrassment of just existing past Florida.
  3. Mitt Romney needs to watch his own ads.
  4. Wolf Blitzer is a BAMF. (Especially compared to John King).
  5. Newsflash, Newt is still a d-bag and his wife is still creepy as hell.

What I really found interesting was that one of the questions asked was “why would your wife be the best first lady?” Okay, am I the only one who thinks that question is just awkward and kind of insulting? It’s like, really? Do we need to know that your Mars Attacks wife plays the French Horn? Should I care? NO. Many people play the French Horn. My own mother plays the French Horn (for serious). How does playing the French Horn make her stand out? How does it even portray her as a person? Are we supposed to like her just because she can play an instrument? Ugh.

I also watched MissRepresentation yesterday and found out that our country SUCKS when it comes to equal representation of men and women in the political process. GAH. I think we’re ranked 90th in the world in accordance to the amount of women in higher political office, which means that we’re behind obvious places like Sweden, and quite surprising places like Cuba. CUBA, PEOPLE. Yeah.

I think it is so unfortunate that women in politics, regardless of the candidate’s wife or the actual candidate, are judged on their outer appearance. And what is even more unfortunate is that women are lumped in two categories, they are either hot, MILFy, and stupid (Sarah Palin) or smart, shrewish, and asexual (Hillary Clinton). This even occurs in the news media with anchors, like those blondes on Fox compared to someone like Rachel Maddow (even though I think she’s prettier than them, and I have proof because I met her in real life when she was just walking down the street and she was dressed casually with no makeup and she was seriously just gorgeous).

It just seriously bothers me.

 

the joys of being stuck in wisconsin

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Okay, I have to admit, I met Scott Walker, and to be honest, I didn’t hate him. In fact, I thought he was pretty likable for the most part. I mean, the guy did agree to sit down with a group of 15 journalism majors from UW-Madison and talk to them about pretty much anything in relation to his policies.

Anyway, for those of you who have been living under a rock for the past six months, Scott Walker is the Governor of Wisconsin. He is probably best known for the crazy protests and rallies about his union-busting policies. Oh yeah, and for that whole prank call situation he got himself into.

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the pilgrims came to america… to find the grand canyon… and Michele Bachmann

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My roommate and I just took the U.S. citizenship test… AND WE PASSED, FOOLS! One of the questions seriously asked why the pilgrims came to America, and among the answers was this gem: “to find the Grand Canyon.” HELL YES! YEAH THAT’S TOTALLY WHY! …I mean, well, no they didn’t, but you know what, I could potentially see people tripping up on this one. Mainly because the Grand Canyon is kind of a big effing deal. 

So the CNN Tea Party/Republican debate was tonight, with all of our favorite crazies like Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich!  Other guests included Ron Paul (bless his smarmy soul), Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, Herman Cain, and Mitt Romney.

Just when we all thought Michele Bachmann and her craziness might go away (actually no one believed that but just go with me on this), she BRINGS IT BACK -consistency 2012! One of my favorite moments from tonight was when Bachmann tore into Texas Governor Rick Perry and his 2007 executive order mandating that girls in his state be vaccinated against HPV. Here’s what Bachmann said:

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