Talking Politics

by BurtPrelutsky

Although the general election is still a long way off, the primaries are right around the corner, unless you happen to live in California. Out here, I think we get to vote sometime in July or August. But since we west coast Republicans comprise such a small band of rebels, it probably doesn’t matter that New Hampshire and Iowa, whose cumulative population is about half that of L.A. County, actually get to play a major role in determining who will be the GOP nominee.

But, unlike some perpetual pessimists, I remain confident that whoever our candidate turns out to be, he or she will defeat Chairman Obama even if he’s armed with a billion dollar bankroll. All that dough squandered in a losing presidential election only means the Democrats will have less money to spend in their futile attempt to maintain control of the Senate.

Counting down to

Still, at this point, I think just about all the contenders have made some major gaffes. Mitt Romney should have disowned RomneyCare the first chance he had. Rick Perry should not have called Republicans heartless bigots. Herman Cain should not have stooped to calling Rick Perry a racist. Michele Bachmann should not have engaged in pissing contests with Rick Perry or Tim Pawlenty. Newt Gingrich should not have cheated on any of his wives. Jon Huntsman should not have believed the person who said he should throw his hat in the ring simply because he looks like a smaller version of Mitt Romney. Ron Paul should not have believed the person who said he should throw his hat in the ring simply because he looks like a bigger version of Mr. Magoo.

This being an election year, it figures that I am hearing a chorus of “Throw the bums out!” from my readers. If they were merely referring to Obama and his cronies in the House and Senate, I would sing right along with them. But, in most cases, they’re referring to everyone in Congress. Although I can share some of their frustration with politicians in general, the fact remains that there is no good reason to toss out people like Allen West, Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann and Marco Rubio.

Furthermore, the problem isn’t simply with liberal politicians, as awful as they are. After all, if term limits applied to the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Charles Rangel, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Bernie Sanders, Maxine Waters, Henry Waxman, Dennis Kucinich, Brad Sherman and Sheila Jackson Lee, do you actually imagine that their constituents would belatedly come to their senses? Don’t you realize that they would simply go out and elect younger versions of those very same leftwing knuckleheads?

Speaking of leftwing knuckleheads, I wouldn’t want anyone to get the idea that I favor socialism or that I have an anti-capitalism bone in my body, but I have to confess that when I see billionaires in their 80s, guys like Warren Buffet and George Soros, still devoting so much of their time and attention to making more and more money, I find myself wondering what part of “You can’t take it with you” they don’t get.

Finally, I haven’t yet made up my mind which of the people vying for the GOP nomination I will support. The one thing I do know for certain is that whoever it is will be a crazy person. I’m not happy about it, but what else can it mean when in a nation of 310,000,000 people, someone decides he or she is the one person best-qualified to be the boss?

When I was young, if a cartoonist wanted to show us a crazy person, he would draw a little guy with his hand tucked in his vest insisting he was Napoleon. How does that differ in any appreciable way from someone insisting that he or she is cut out to be leader of the free world?

Perhaps if they all wore fancy coats and three-cornered hats, and spoke with a French accent, you would notice the resemblance.

In a sane universe, you wouldn’t allow such people to take up residence in the Oval Office, at least not until you’d padded the walls.


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Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • Mike Jackson

    Say what you like about Iowa, but here’s where it is different in fly-over country. Over the past three decades of being politically inactive and active, I have had the opportunity to sit at the same table with numerous presidential candidates. Informal meals with Lamar Alexander, Pat Buchanan, Elizabeth Dole, Steve Forbes, both George W. Bush and his father on separate occasions, and my kids have met GWB. One of them met him twice.
    We were mot standing in the nosebleed sections, but less than 20 feet distant. I have seen my children engage these same people in brief conversation as well.
    In other words, being in the hinterlands of Iowa, one has the opportunity to meet, see, and most important observe most of the candidates of both parties in a less manufactured and informal setting.
    For my own part, I’ve had some nice conversations with them about things that are not political in nature. That’s not always possible to achieve in a setting with 50,000 other attendees and listening to some stump speech with a teleprompter. FWIW, in the Obama appearance I attended (I took my son per his request), Obama was three hours late and the environment was totally different from anything I had seen.
    After his speech and rapid departure (BHO was too busy to meet and greet us regular folk), my son said if it had been a republican event and the guy was that late, brief, and quick to leave, he’d never make it to the caucus.
    So, why are Iowa and New Hampshire important? These two insignificant states are the best opportunity to see candidates as they really are. Not packaged and presented as larger than life, etc.
    It’s a stark contrast from what you see on television. With George W. Bush, I saw a man talking with a nine-year-old boy who’d never have the chance to vote for him as the most important person in the room at that moment. Once as candidate Bush and two years later as president.
    That isn’t something you get to see very often.
    Maybe fly-over country isn’t that appealing, especially when it’s -20 outside with a harsh north wind blowing. But for being able to help determine the leadership of our nation, I’d say Iowa and New Hampshire do a pretty good job in getting the ball rolling.
    May God save the Union.

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  • Burt Prelutsky

    Like everyone else in this neighborhood, I am for the most conservative candidate who can get elected. I like Perry, but I think he has ruined his chances by his terrible showings at the debate.

    I agree that Gingrich does well at the debates, but I can’t see someone who has sat on that stupid couch with Nancy Pelosi nattering on about global warming getting the GOP nomination. On top of his shilling for Al Gore, Gingrich simply can’t resist a big payday, whether the money is coming from Freddie Mac or Rupert Murdoch.

    I believe that Romney will get the nomination. What’s more, I think that in a nation that is only slightly to the right of middle, he is probably the ideal candidate in a general election when moderates and those Democrats who recognize the harm Obama has done to America will have the final say.

    Regards, Burt

  • usa1776usa

    Like Newt but going with Perry. It still amazes how so many conservatives have moved away from the most conservative and successful candidate in the field. Perry is the jobs governor. He is unmatched in job creation, economic growth, protection of innocent life, and border security. He passed tort reform, voter id, balanced the budget for the last 10 years, and cut spending by 15 billion. Really, how can any thinking conservative not see he is our best shot. No skeletons in his closet, sticks to his word/positions and speaks plainly. Great interviewer but absolute worst debater for sure. That said,he did very well in the last two so he is improving. Maybe he had to hit rock bottom by forgetting an agency to finally get his groove on.

    The in-state tuition knock makes no sense. 98% of Texas legislators representing approximately 98% of the Texas constituency passed the bill and sent it to Perry. Of course he signed it. Besides, it’s win-win. It does not cost the tax payer anything and is a boone to the community colleges where many kids go. They have to jump through more hoops than kids born here but the end result is a productive member of society versus a potential drain on society.

    I’ve seen reported lately that MA Healthcare places an additional tax burden on it’s citizens and the federal govt by offering tax payer supported care above emergency room care to everyone including those here illegally. I’ve not read the actual provision just the reporting on it from many of the major news papers. I have seen interviews by our leading candidates showing them supporting a form of amnesty (something Perry does not support but work visas instead) and are now trashing Gingrich for saying essentially the same thing.

    I will support whoever the Republican Nominee is but still believe Perry is our best candidate.

  • Shirl

    Newt has proven he has the right tools in the chest to take on the anointed one and the cajonies to take on the socialist left-wing media and that’s what it is going to take to win. I’ll take all his baggage FoxNews keeps talking about as long as he gets the job done; period.

    • Jeannette

      Shirl: I’ve tried very hard to like N.G., but I can’t help seeing his initials as meaningful. And it doesn’t help that he doesn’t seem to be the type of person you’d like to hang out with on the back deck on a summer’s evening. Not for long, anyway. His attitude is entirely too haughty.

      While I may, indeed, be one of the “little people,” N.G. would forever make me feel as though I were one for sure. I’d like to take some of the real experience and pure smarts of N.G. and insert them into the head and heart of M.R. “M.R.” sounds so much better than “N.G.”; you have to admit that.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Momlee: A lot of us used to be Democrats. But as Reagan pointed out, he didn’t change, the Party did.

    Burt

  • Iklwa

    Another way crazy people used to be depicted was to show their googly eyes staring wildly in different directions at the same time.

    Frankly, whenever I watch almost anyone speaking who lives (or would desire to live) within the Washington DC inner beltway, visions of those same googly-eyed people invariable raise their ugly heads in my mind. It matters little if they are politicians, news anchors or paid pundits. You have to wonder about them all.

    Really, I don’t wonder any more. Acquisition of power and maintenance of same is what drives the preponderance of that crowd.

    There are those on both sides “fighting the good fight” or so they would have us believe.

    One side looks at the American voter as an idiot and steadfastly tries to save that great unwashed mass from itself because they have been self anointed “Most Enlightened”.

    The other group sees the first as usurpers of rights enumerated by the Constitution (also saviours) and would try to slow down that loss of rights (if not actually stop that loss) but all too often become ensnared in the continual bid for re-election and thereby sacrifice fundamental principals that led to seeking office in the first place.

    Me??? I have taken to wearing an aluminum foil hat whenever I turn on the television as a prophylactic against mind numbing thought control.

    I have even considered wearing my hat while operating this computer and surfing the web.
    You never know when an attack may come.

    So far, my eyes are still both pointing in the same direction.

    • usa1776usa

      First laugh of the morning…Appreciated

  • Momlee

    Can’t wait until we fumigate air force one and the white house. Whomever the candidate is for the GOP I will vote for him. It’s said that 50% of the dingbats out there are in Obama’s corner. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I ask god to keep me alive to see him defeated in 2012…even with his billion dollar war chest. The press, most TV and cable TV are supporters. The lies and omissions are so flagrant. Our country has one chance to turn our economy around. Don’t fall for the lies and let your common sense rule your head. If not for yourself, your children. Vote Republican. I used to be a democrat….never again.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    IndependentinVegas: I wouldn’t take anything Michael Savage says to heart. Just how is the GOP throwing the election? Anyone who wants to run is up there on that stage. Nobody hand-picked them. There was nothing stopping Christie, Palin, Trump, Ryan or anyone else from tossing his or her hat in the ring. I have felt all along that Obama would lose in 2012, and now that I learn that Mr. Savage disagrees, I am even more confident.

    As for Newt Gingrich, I don’t know how much harm he did himself with his remarks about immigration the other night. But you know it’s all BS. Does anyone really believe that President Gingrich would limit his amnesty policy to a Mexican who has lived her for 25 years, raised a family and attended church on a regular basis? It wouldn’t even be legal to include church attendance. You can bet that the time limit would be something like five years by the time the bill was proposed.
    But my reasons for objecting to Newt include but are not limited to his belief in global warming; his tendency to do anything for a buck, whether it’s cutting a book deal with Rupert Murdoch or lobbying for Freddie Mac; and the fact that his seamy sex life more closely resembles that of a Democrat than a Republican.

    Burt

    • Glen Stambaugh

      Burt, I’m trying to get in step with you here, but you’re making it hard. A few weeks ago I was defending Cain’s lack of political experience and you said you liked Newt best. Now I’m seeing Newt as most electable and you’re balking. You were probably right about Cain (still love his 9-9-9), but don’t be too hard on Newt. Sure he used the more extreme description of a 25-year, church-going paragon, but that’s just for the sake of good argument. Lets be real here, whether 5, 10, 15…. this will have to shake out in the American debate on immigration.

  • gerry tache

    We hear and read about Obama’s supporters (private and public unions, environmentalists, african-americans, across-the-board liberals, socialists his billion dollar campaign checst, and last but not least ;the mainsteream media). How much is a fawning pro-Obama editorial in The New York Times and Washington Post worth in terms of dollars? What about the thousands of photo-op pictures from around the world showing Obama in a favorable light. How mauch is that worth? What about the unfavorable story’s about Obama, Biden, Holder, Geithner, Obama’s Environmental Czar; the corrupt NLRB, etc.)
    that never get published or aired on NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, etc.? What is that worth? Why is no one talking about the power of the left-wing press and the financial impact it will have on the 2012 presidential election. The presses support of Obama and his cronies must be worth several billion dollars. But no one is talking about their corrupt support of a corrupt administration.

  • Barker

    Whoever gets the Republican nomination gets my vote. Of course I’ll have to hold my node if Ron Paul or Hunysman get nominated, it would be a case of the lesser of 2 evils.

    Obama may be a lying phony but he can spin the truth with a silver tongue. We need a strong opponent who can get the message out and isn’t afraid to sock it to Obama and the Dems in congress.

  • Jeannette

    Forgot to add this in my previous comment: In your graphic, it appears to show the elephant giving way to the j……. er, donkey. I wonder if I’m the only one to see it that way.

  • Jeannette

    Burt: As to your second paragraph, I hope you’re right. The idea of that one for another four years just about does me in, and at my age I can’t afford to lop off four here, four there, four, four everywhere.

    As to your last paragraph, are you sure the walls (or at least some of them) haven’t already been padded? They certainly should be — the ones that “that one” occupies most frequently.

    Come to think of it, do you believe they have padded the insides of Air Force One? Or the helicopter that takes that one to and fro?

  • IndependentLasVegas

    The goal is to get rid of the socialist Obama and his thugs…

    Michael Savage says the GOP is throwing this election. Look at thie group of GOP candidates!

  • IndependentLasVegas

    The goal is to remove the socialist dictator and his thugs out of the whitehouse…

    If the GOP loses, the GOP wanted to lose. In this country of 310 mil, is the best the GOP can do to defeat Obama? Pleeeeeeeez!

  • Talon’s Point

    Here’s the problem, Obama has tens of billions if not more at his disposal through all the leftist stimulus appropriations. These tax dollars borrowed from Communist China to use for Communists here will use portions of those funds not only to directly support this would be dictator through political donations but will also use those funds to promote him at the local level. So in effect he literally has multiplied billions at his disposal. The money he is asking for now will ultimately go into his Ghadaffi fund. (Ghadaffi fund – A massive bank roll acquired through a myriad of nefarious / dishonest means.)

  • MARINA

    Hi Burt,

    Thanks for the “early morning” laugh. And thank God for the crew of writers at BernardGoldberg.com!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John

    Burt, About your “crazy” point. We believe we are all “crazy” in that we are all “fallen”. The founders, who were imbued naturally with a Judeo-Christian world view, realized that man is a flawed creature and when given power tends to become more mischievous. The only solution is in Jefferson’s words: “Let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

    • Glen Stambaugh

      Those chains are looking mighty limber in the hands of liberal judges. If the individual mandate holds, it will render the constitution merely sculptors clay. Make anything you want.

  • Bill Hurdle

    I share your frustration with the field of candidates and their inherent flaws. I had settled on Gingrich as having the least objectionable imperfections, but his little pearl on immigration leads me to believe he will morph into supporting amnesty. That leads me back to Rommney as having the least flaws. This is no time to insist on purity since the overiding objective is to remove the Revenger-in-Chief and his merry little band of double digit IQ intellectuals.

    • Glen Stambaugh

      I don’t think Newt said anything other than the reality of our immigration situation. He did come mighty close to Perry’s “got no heart” explanation, which wasn’t artful. Still he is correct. Some who came here illegally will stay and enjoy some level of legal status. The question is which have earned the chance and what status. If you’re here 20 years, you’re woven into the fabric and removal will really tear things up for everyone.

      • Drew Page

        Glen — Seems that everyone has their own perception of ‘reality’ when it comes to illegal immigration. My reality is that amnesty for illegal aliens just invites more illegal immigration and makes a joke out of our immigration laws.

        Reality for the illegals is knowing that if they stay under the radar, have a couple of kids and locate in the right state, they are home free.

        Someone sneaks into your home, helps themselves to food in your regrigerator, takes your credit cards and runs up bills that you have to pay for, including schooling for their kids, any medical treatment they may need and pocket money. If you do not have a problem with that, fine; you pay for it. But keep me out of it.

    • Barker

      Right on! Although Bachmann is also high on my list She has the knowledge, the experience and great debating skills.

  • Roadmaster

    You have my sympathy, Burt. I know a few R’s in CA, some who switched parties over the years, but they are continuously outvoted by half-wits and idiots. I couldn’t live there – extracted myself in ’79.

    Everyone is lucky (and I’m so glad) I’m not running for Prez. I’d make Newt look like a choirboy, and he’s WAY smarter than I am. However, I do think I could hold my own in a debate with Cain and Perry, and maybe Ron Paul, but he is a doctor. Michelle has fire, but tends towards shrill. Mitt and Huntsman strike me as wimps, compromising cowards, worshipers of the mushy middle. Santorum is a good man but needs to hang it up.

    Whoever wins the nomination is certainly better than the racist, Marxist/socialist, America hater we have now, and if there is a God in Heaven, he/she will win. It looks like many people have wised up to the Down Stream Media/GOP establishment manipulations which attempt to select our candidate for us, so that’s progress.

    It’s been fun so far. Many are complaining there have been too many debates, but I’ve watched them all and will probably watch the rest. I’m looking for steadfast determination and first principles, coupled with genuine solutions – not Band-Aids and certainly not kicking the can down the road, again. That can is so flattened, no one can get a toe on it anyway – they have to pick it up and fling it like a Frisbee.

  • cmacrider

    Burt: thanks for the late night laugh. The reference to Ron Paul as Mr. MaGoo clarifies much. I’d often considered Ron Paul to be blind to many of the realities when it came to foreign policy … now I understand its caused by some sort of genetic cloning experiment that he got caught up in when he was going through medical school.

    Have you ever considered that this whole 2012 election is a giant sting operation being conducted by your FBI? May sound silly but look at the facts: (1) PBS make a full disclosure that inside trading is legal if you are a member of either house (2) then there is going to be nominations which should give cause for everyone who thinks inside trading is great to throw their hat in the ring (3) the American people get to elect them. (4) they all gather in Washington (5) Elliott Ness swoops down arrests them all (6) under due process of law Alan West and others are found innocent and go back and run both houses without interference from Nancy et al.