February 9th, 2012


Back to square 1, GOP?

"His candidacy all but dismissed just days ago, Rick Santorum won the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses and a nonbinding primary in Missouri on Tuesday, an unexpected trifecta that raised fresh questions about Mitt Romney’s ability to corral conservative support.

With his triumphs, Mr. Santorum was also suddenly presenting new competition to Newt Gingrich as the chief alternative to Mr. Romney, the front-runner. Where Mr. Gingrich has won one state, South Carolina, Mr. Santorum has now won four, including Iowa.

His performance added another twist to an unruly nominating contest that has seen Republican voters veering among candidates and refusing to coalesce behind anyone. It came after Mr. Romney scored back-to-back victories in Florida and Nevada that had led to predictions that he was finally on a straight march to the nomination.


So what do we have here. The economy shows some signs of recovery (or not!?), and Santorum snatches 3 (admittedly, irrelevant) primaries caucuses (with 0 delegates). And suddenly such social issues like birth control, same-sex marriage and religion are resurfacing (plus, let's not forget some flag burning at OWS rallies -- which were presumably dead and buried, by the way).

So hypothetically, if we assume the economy will keep the trend towards a steady improvement (or not), what would the GOP be running on, other than social issues? Can they exploit the debt card? Maybe they could point to the deficits, but the numbers are showing a tendency to deficit shrinking as well (and at a surprising rate btw), so how strong would that card be? Besides, Obama wouldn't shy away from reminding the GOP that Bush had inherited a surplus (or not!?) - which then evaporated after 8 years of Bush rule. (But of course Clinton was guilty for that).

Collapse )

That Hopey Changey Thing


Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

I recently posted regarding our current situation in America. Some saw it as pessimistic, cynical and without a bright outlook for the future. I saw it as a inventory of our sins that has lead to our current situation. These were the conditions inherited by President Obama.

Collapse )

Слушам и не вярвам на очите си!
  • htpcl

The spies who became politicians

Nice to meet you! Bond. James Bond. Look at these names now... Andropov, Bush, Putin, Kinkel, Panetta, and now Ungureanu. All of them have one thing in common. They jumped over from professional espionage and plunged into politics. Nothing too unusual, some would say. Dangerous!, others would counter. And who would be right?

During the Cold War the spies would often shift gears and go up the political ladder, and some would even reach the very top. At both sides of the Iron Curtain people at the high positions in the intelligence services (or "State Services", as they were called here), looked almost destined to enter big politics. And how wouldn't they? They possessed a secret weapon, the "secret knowledge" on the most important issues of power: who's with us and who's against us? From where and from whom could we expect destabilization of the status quo? Who's most likely to cause trouble? Stuff like that. They knew everything about it, and this gave them a huge advantage.

Collapse )