Uncategorized — March 7, 2012 at 8:12 am

Random Wednesday morning thoughts



  • One of the reasons I didn’t go for Democrats crossing over to vote in the Michigan Republican primary was that I feel pretty certain that neither Romney or Santorum is going to be able to lay a glove on President Obama this fall. Now that Mitt Romney seems to have it all but in the bag, I don’t feel any different.

    Have a look at these fundraising numbers for the last year:

    That’s gotta make any Republican tremble a bit, particularly when you look at how much of it was raised in small donations.

  • How’d you like to be Detroit Mayor David Bing and have to give a State of the City address right about now? Poor bastard.
  • I have this terrible feeling that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder‘s upcoming speech about public safety is going to tell us that the solution to Michigan’s failing cities is more cops and more prisons, not more investment. I hope I’m wrong.
  • Did you know that Rick Santorum wasn’t on the ballot in many parts of Ohio? It’s true. In fact, because he didn’t qualify, he wasn’t eligible to compete a third of Ohio Congressional districts. Some are saying that if he had been on the ballot in the whole state, Romney wouldn’t have won it. Also, too Newt Gingrich and Santorum weren’t on the Virginia primary ballot at all because they failed to collect enough signatures there. Gingrich actually lives in Virginia. D’oh! (He didn’t bother to vote in the VA primary, either.)
  • You won’t have Dennis Kucinich to kick around Congress anymore. After redistricting, he got beat yesterday in the Democratic primary by Marcy Kaptur. Apparently Kucinich pulled a total dick move and decided not to congratulate Kaptur. Kaptur will face, I shit you not, (not) Joe the (not) Plumber in November. That’ll be a hoot. Can’t wait for the debates.
  • Rush Limbaugh is back at it. It’s (surprise) another sexist attack against a young single woman named Tracie McMillan.
    Limbaugh spent the entire first hour of his program today discussing “The American Way of Eating,” a new book by journalist Tracie McMillan, who logged almost a year working low-paying jobs at Wal-Mart, Applebee’s and other places to learn about the food industry. Despite the backlash he’s faced for branding law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute,” Limbaugh didn’t shy away from the matter of McMillan’s sex. On the contrary, he referred to her as an “authorette” and attempted to tie her to a broader trend of “all these young single white women” who are threatening Americans’ freedoms.

    Here’s the context of that latter quote, according to the show’s official transcript:

    What is it with all of these young single white women, overeducated — doesn’t mean intelligent. For example, Tracie McMillan, the author of this book, seems to be just out of college and already she has been showered with awards, including the 2006 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Social justice journalism. This woman who wrote the book on food inequality, food justice, got an award for social justice journalism.

    McMillan had some choice words for the odious example of human excrement:

    “It’s interesting — I grew up listening to Rush Limbaugh and we actually watched his talk show in my high school [back when it was televised] for a class on current events. So I’m familiar with the politics. I certainly don’t think they’re foreign or alien or weird.

    “But this really intense dismissal of women by someone like Rush Limbaugh, who’s considered an authority by a lot of people — that, to me, is distressing. I just wasn’t expecting anybody to say flat out that my work wasn’t valid because I’m a single woman.”

    She also takes exception to Limbaugh’s calling her “over-educated.” “I only have a B.A. I don’t have an advanced degree,” she says. “Maybe he thinks women shouldn’t go to college at all?”