the most important election of your lifetime: 2012 american general election thread

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unless maybe if you don't work for Chrysler

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 6 May 2012 17:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

appparently JoeJoe spouted that in the last 2 weeks

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 6 May 2012 17:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

Joe's good at one-liners

Matt Armstrong, Sunday, 6 May 2012 18:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

Every time Joe opens his mouth I hear wookie noises.

a la bouquet marmoset (Austerity Ponies), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

*Biden smashes wrench into access panel on Amtrak engine.*

a la bouquet marmoset (Austerity Ponies), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

which seems encouraging, but

Surprisingly, little support is expressed by 18- to 24-year-olds for the Occupy Wall Street protests, at 19 percent. (A plurality of 42 percent are unsure.)

where would they find out about it, right? HBO?

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

Of course jobs is #1, but smh at the rest:

The top-10 issues ranked in importance for this cohort were creating jobs, reducing the deficit, lowering the tax burden for all, becoming energy-independent, ensuring affordable access to health care, creating a world-class education system, addressing Social Security, preventing the spread of terrorism, protecting individual liberties from government, and preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Combating the impacts of climate change fell near the bottom of the list.

a la bouquet marmoset (Austerity Ponies), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

college kids aping their parents shocka

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

Through facebook, right? Isn't this supposed to be the web.20 generation with their twitter revolutions and magic youtube text aps? Friedman and Bobo said so.

a la bouquet marmoset (Austerity Ponies), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

the legacy of the democratic party's failure to articulate a clear political philosophy of any kind for decades

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

^^^this

a la bouquet marmoset (Austerity Ponies), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

it's hard to do when you don't believe in anything.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

Surprisingly, little support is expressed by 18- to 24-year-olds for the Occupy Wall Street protests, at 19 percent. (A plurality of 42 percent are unsure.)

It is very hip, even on the Youth Left, to mock OWS.

Young millennials today are dramatically less politically engaged and less enthusiastic. Just 64 percent are registered to vote, compared to 73 percent four years ago. The number who say they are definitely voting in the presidential election has dropped significantly from 64 percent to 47 percent. And a majority of those registered or unregistered say that either their vote would not matter or they are unsure.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 7 May 2012 17:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

^And far easier than actually doing anything.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 7 May 2012 17:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

i don't know what to make of such a rapid fall in registration within a 4 year period. are ppl born in 1994 dramatically less involved than ppl born in 1990?

Mordy, Monday, 7 May 2012 17:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

it appears so!

goole, Monday, 7 May 2012 17:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

I assume some of the '08 kiddie corps let their registration lapse when Gizmo turned into Spike.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 May 2012 17:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

iPhone service cuts off when you go to a polling place.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 7 May 2012 17:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

four years of severe recession and political deadlock will do a number on people turning 18 during that time

xp yeah and that -- which i would expect you to be 'encouraged' by, morbs?

goole, Monday, 7 May 2012 17:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

i don't know what to make of such a rapid fall in registration within a 4 year period. are ppl born in 1994 dramatically less involved than ppl born in 1990?

― Mordy, Monday, May 7, 2012 12:34 PM (6 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

seniors suck, freshmen rule

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 7 May 2012 17:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

which i would expect you to be 'encouraged' by, morbs?

yeah I thought Morbz didn't want ANYBODY to vote

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 7 May 2012 17:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

They've been hearing about youth unemployment/not holding a job for 4 more years

a la bouquet marmoset (Austerity Ponies), Monday, 7 May 2012 17:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

I don't want em to recognize the Obamney choice as a sham

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 May 2012 17:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

i DO want em that is

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 May 2012 18:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

i didn't read that taibbi piece yet but i was thinking something similar yesterday. this thread has been relatively quiet, esp compared to last two elections.

Mordy, Monday, 7 May 2012 18:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Monday, 7 May 2012 19:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

it is a boring election, but it's only May. though I was in France recently & a friend asked about Mitt Romney & how the USA could consider electing such a fascist religious nutjob, & I found myself defending Romney as being just a bit more fascist than Sarko, & really only a very mild Mormon & thus not very nutso, & really he was a lot more mild & "centrist" than the GOP could have settled upon...I convinced my friend & found myself rather startled that I didn't care much anymore about who wins this election, except for the aid & comfort a Romney victory will give racists.

Euler, Monday, 7 May 2012 19:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

totally gonna be a boring election. will be a replay of Clinton v. Dole sans Perot, more or less.

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 7 May 2012 19:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

be careful what you wish for

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 May 2012 19:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

that was an observation, not a wish

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 7 May 2012 19:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

k, don't tempt a totally gonna crash again economy, then

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 May 2012 19:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

The irony being that our socialist Keynesian overlords, Messrs Bush and Obama have left us with an economy far less dire than the austerity budgets have left those in Spain, Greece, France and Britain.

L'ennui, cette maladie de tous les (Michael White), Monday, 7 May 2012 19:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think a few of us were aware very early on how boring (a vulnerable) Obama vs. (any kind of) Romney would be, so, Yippie-style, we tried to levitate Rick Perry or Herman Cain or Newt Gingrich into the lead. It just didn't take.

clemenza, Monday, 7 May 2012 21:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

The National Review is nostalgic for the excitement of '08 too.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/299147/dohrn-connection-robert-verbruggen

clemenza, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 00:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm pretty apathetic to all of this, but then something like this comes along: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/05/07/479229/house-gop-military-cut-programs-poor/

Fas Ro Duh (Gukbe), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 00:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

Santorum has endorsed Romney. With that kind of clout...

Fas Ro Duh (Gukbe), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 03:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm pretty apathetic to all of this, but then something like this comes along: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/05/07/479229/house-gop-military-cut-programs-poor/

― Fas Ro Duh (Gukbe), Monday, May 7, 2012 7:31 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

a la bouquet marmoset (Austerity Ponies), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

As CAP’s Melissa Boteach, Lawrence Korb and Max Hoffman noted in a report last month, with the cuts they are calling for, House Republicans will be protecting “largely useless” weapons systems, preserving funding for unnecessary programs like the V-22 Osprey, and adding two nuclear submarines to the U.S. military’s already “overwhelming preponderance of sea power.”

At the same time, the GOP plan would, for example, cut food stamps for 2 million people and reduce the same benefits for 44 million others. Nearly 300,000 school children would lose free school meals and hundreds of thousands could lose their Medicaid or CHIP coverage.

a la bouquet marmoset (Austerity Ponies), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

sort of like Bill Clinton's abolition of this cost (or would've) him your '96 re-election vote.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aid_to_Families_with_Dependent_Children

There are no useless weapons systems! They create JOBS.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

I was thinking about welfare reform when I posted that quote. Mostly because I waiting for you to post it.

a la bouquet marmoset (Austerity Ponies), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

As far as I can tell, there are Democrats and Republicans over here, and there are the mysterious entities (aliens? ghost pirates?) on the other side who maintain, and occasionally improve the welfare state.

I have no idea who these mysterious entities that create and protect the policy I like that somehow exists. And I have no idea how the ratio of Democrats to Republicans might affect this.

All I know is that Democrats and Republicans are indistinguishable. This is proven by NAFTA.

a la bouquet marmoset (Austerity Ponies), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

PS I voted for Clinton in '92, but not in '96

I think i was trying to send a clear message to someone

a la bouquet marmoset (Austerity Ponies), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

you did it just because you knew that eventually ilxor would exist and you could tell us about it and we could applaud you for your principled stand

raw feel vegan (silby), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

hahaha. no, I did it just because I knew that eventually Dr. Morbious would exist and be smug on political and movie threads and I wanted him to be wrong again

a la bouquet marmoset (Austerity Ponies), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh, have I been wrong? Haven't noticed, need more coffee.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

...and I guess I know what I'd do in San Francisco this Saturday night.

http://www.gp.org/press/pr-state.php?ID=506

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

I like Rose Aguilar

L'ennui, cette maladie de tous les (Michael White), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

I finally read that Sunday Times Mag piece on the '08 Wall St Obama donors who think he hasn't kissed their ass enough. Start this country over please.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:19 (1 year ago) Permalink


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