Friday, November 9, 2012

All I’ve got to say is “Yes!”

One story in Thursday’s New York Times pleased me a great deal. Let me say that more strongly: “I took great pleasure from one story in Thursday’s New York Times.”
by Charlie Leck

Here’s the headline to a story in the New York Times, by Ashley Parker, that just really pleased me: “Little to Show for Cash Flood by Big Donors!

I made that neat move that Tiger Woods makes after he sinks a 35 foot putt to win a golf tournament; that is, I pumped my fist with great vigor into the grand space of emptiness before me.

“Yes!” I shouted with great exuberance. “Yes!”

Sheldon Adelson was one of the big losers! The New York Times calls him “the biggest single donor in political history.”


It appears that Mr. Adelson supported eight candidates “with tens of millions of dollars” through Super PACs. All of them lost on Tuesday!


Karl Rove was the organizational genius who pulled all these mega-rich folks together and tutored them on how to funnel their money – perhaps as much as 300 million dollars – into various Super PACs that would then spend the money on behalf of the chosen conservative candidates. Rove has egg on his face today – egg that covers up completely that shit-eating grin that normal spreads across his kisser.


One of those mega-millionaires spent approximately 100 million of her own dollars dollars on her own campaign. Linda McMahon, a Republican from Connecticut, spent the money on her own candidacy for the U.S. Senate. She lost!


“The bulk of that outside money came from a relatively small group of wealthy donors, unleashed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allowed unlimited contributions to super PACs. Harold Simmons, a Texas industrialist, gave $26.9 million to super PACs backing Mr. Romney and Republican candidates for the Senate. Joe Ricketts, the owner of the Chicago Cubs, spent close to $13 million to bankroll a super PAC attacking Mr. Obama over federal spending.
“Bob Perry, a Texas homebuilder, poured more than $21 million into super PACs active in the presidential race and the Senate battles in Florida and Virginia, where Democrats narrowly prevailed. A donor network marshaled by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists and conservative philanthropists, reportedly sought to raise $400 million for tax-exempt groups that are not required to disclose their spending.”


Unlimited contributions and secret money in American politics have resulted in the past in scandal and the corruption of government decisions,’ said Fred Wertheimer, the president of Democracy 21, a watchdog group. ‘This will happen again in the future.’”


On Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal, a piece written by Karl Rove placed the blame for the election loss on a number of malefactors; like, Hurricane Sandy (it’s possible we could identify that culprit more precisely as God), the editors of the nation’s major and influential newspapers (e.g., the New York Times, the Washington Post and the LA Times), that working stiff who captured Mitt Romney on a cell phone video talking about the 47 percent he didn’t care about, dirty tricks by Obama’s campaign and Mitt Romney (of course). Rove accepts none of the blame.

In a tweet on Wednesday, his royal hindass, Donald J. Trump wrote: “Congrats to @Karl Rove on blowing $400 million this cycle. Every race @CrossroadsGPS ran ads in, the Republicans lost. What a waste of money!”


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