Here we go…Bachmann, Perry, Parry…I think I’m gonna be sick

The silliness has already begun, and this promises to be a funny one. As long as by funny, you know in your heart that I mean so stupid you’re not sure whether to laugh or cry and you choose laugh as the more positive of two impotent reactions.

What we really need to be doing however is getting our asses on the street to protest an absurd Washington political culture where the ultrarich are allowed to be labelled “job creators” and the dollarocracy means that the ultrarich can buy their way into our government. Welcome to the new PAC season. In case we forgot, the wall street giants like citigroup and the oil giants like exxon are the biggest donors to both parties, so whoever gets in is beholden to the great private interests.

Bidding for president in 2008

Beholden to the rich

Hardly democratic. But frankly we only have ourselves to blame. Washington, like the kings of yesteryear, only changes when revolution threatens. Not until we the people, poor and middle class together, actually put the fire of revolt to the feet of the politicians will they pass legislation that helps us and not the ultra rich.

The dollarocracy of 2008: he who raises the dough wins the prize

And so, behold the coming silliness of our silly electoral process where, as Gore Vidal puts The American Presidency:

He who can raise the most money to buy time on television si apt to be elected president vy that less than half of hte electorate which bothers to vote. Since the same corporations pay for our two-party, one-party system, there is little or no actual politicas in these elections. … As a result today’s candidates rush toward a meaningless place called “the center,” and he who can get to the center of the center – the dead center, as it were – will have a four-year lease on the White House TV studio.

The importance of the evangelical vote is huge, representing an estimated 40% of Republicans who will vote in the Iowa caucus, which is scheduled for February. Iowa, as the first of the contests, matters – helping to propel candidates to the front of the race and seeing others heading for oblivion.

Let the bidding begin...

And so, having been fully purchased on the auction block by the big corporations, here is Romney eager to tell us how corporate profits end up in the pockets of human beings:

ROMNEY: Do I believe that Social Security should take no part in deficit reduction negotiations? Social security and Medicare are a large part of federal spending. It is about half. Not just this year, but over the coming decades, if we are able to balance our budget, we have to make sure that the promises we make for Social Security and Medicare are promises we can keep. There are a couple ways to do that: one way is to raise taxes on people. [“Corporations! Corporations!”] Corporations are people. [ “No, they’re not!”] Of course they are — where do you think it goes? [In their pockets!] Whose pockets? People’s pockets? Human beings, my friend. Number one, you can raise taxes. That is not the approach I would take.

And the clarification from twitter (via): Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom took to Twitter to defend Romney’s quote: “Do folks think corporations are buildings? They’re people who incorporate to conduct business. They create jobs and hire more people.”

The Young Turks’ Cenk has some decent comments.

The Bachmann v. Perry fight is bound to get vicious:

The importance of the evangelical vote is huge, representing an estimated 40% of Republicans who will vote in the Iowa caucus, which is scheduled for February. Iowa, as the first of the contests, matters – helping to propel candidates to the front of the race and seeing others heading for oblivion.

Bachmann has received the endorsement of more than 100 pastors and Christian leaders in the state in the past week alone. But Perry’s entry upsets her calculations. He is both a politician and part-time preacher, the kind of southerner who appeals to the Christian right. “Perry’s entry shifts the dynamic,” said Steve King, a rightwing congressman from Iowa, who was speaking at the Iowa state fair, where a string of Republican candidates used soapboxes to address voters sitting on straw bales.

And here to remind us that we are still allowed to ridicule this whole process is Steven Colbert’s breathtaking satire, which is actually airing on the campaign networks.

First and second ColbertPAC ads.  (People for a better tomorrow, tomorrow). (Or just watch Thursday’s full episode here).

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One Response to Here we go…Bachmann, Perry, Parry…I think I’m gonna be sick

  1. Andrea says:

    How and why do Universities donate to presidential campaigns? I didn’t think UC could, it’s allegedly public. What is Harvard’s interest in “buying” a candidate?

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