RIP Tony Benn

Tony Benn passed away today.  He was a member of parliament and a voice for the poor.  Benn was the rarest of political figures – he said what he might and meant what he said.

Tony Benn will be missed.

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Gone but not forgotten. Tony Benn will be missed

CPAC – the Ticket to the White House

Congratulations to Rand Paul on winning the CPAC Straw Poll.  He repeated as champion.  I am sure this will guarantee he has the same electoral success as past winners.  Did I mention past winners include Gary Bauer, RonPaulSteve Forbes, Jack Kemp, George Allen and Rudy Giuliani?  Between them they won TWO states in Presidential primaries.

Just something to keep in mind as the political world lavishes praise on Paul.  It also helps Paul that 94% of the libertarians in America live in the DC area, so this kind of a home game for him.

Well duh, Matt Bevin

It looks like Matt Bevin, who is running for Senate in Kentucky against Mitch McConnell, has a new reason to fear gay marriage. Apparently if gays and lesbians can marry the following is just around the corner:

“If it’s all right to have same-sex marriages, why not define a marriage — because at the end of the day a lot of this ends up being taxes and who can visit who in the hospital and there’s other repressions and things that come with it — so a person may want to define themselves as being married to one of their children so that they can then in fact pass on certain things to that child financially and otherwise.  Where do you draw the line?”

That goes without saying.  Given that parents already have those rights regarding their children I can see why those same parents would want to marry their children.  Yeah, that makes perfect sense… on planet Fucking Crazy!!!

I am sure hipster wannabe Matt Kibbe is thrilled that FreedomWorks endorsed this guy.

Is Steve Stockman Legit?

There is a new poll showing Senator Cornyn leading challenger Congressman Steve Stockman 43-28 with 29% undecided.  This should scare Cornyn’s people some.  He is well known and has a boat load of money but for some reason is pulling under 50% against a guy no one thought would win a few weeks ago.

One thing to keep in mind Tea Party challengers have a habit of closing strong against incumbents who don’t take them seriously.  Will Stockman did it to Cornyn?

Will be interesting to see what the next round of polling says.

House of Cards – Why DC Sucks

Some in the D.C. political media HATE the show House of Cards.  They say it is not realistic and it makes D.C. looks evil.  First, it is not realistic because it’s a TELEVISION show.  The real world of Congress is really boring and filled with people who are not half as interesting as they think they are (imagine guys who really like the Dave Matthews Band and gals who make the inane morons on Sex and the City seem intelligent).  People fight over pointless things like naming Post Offices and answering constituent letters.  If people saw that reality the show would last about 3 episodes.

Second, as for D.C. looking evil, if the shoe fits fucking where it.  D.C. is not a place driven by ideas or hard work.  It’s about money.  You can walk the halls of Congress and run into way too many people who are their because dad and mom wrote a big check and now jr. gets to play staffer.  Unfortunately that does not just apply to the staffers.

Frankly, because we can’t really talk about (or let along do something about) class distinctions in this country people have to take out their frustrations in some way.  How do they do that?  By watching an anti-hero like Frank Underwood claw his way to the top with the thought that if the world were a fair place may they would have a chance to do something like that.

As I said before, it’s fantasy people.