The Widdershins

Remain Calm, Etc.: The Boys of Spring

Posted on: April 10, 2015

Happy Friday, Widdershins.  I know that this is a bit of a departure from form, but I felt the need to post some commentary today.  I promise to put up a Lazy Sunday as well.

This has been quite a week for our Republican contenders, and next week should bring Marco Rubio’s announcement that he’s ready to take the plunge.  In the meantime, Jeb is flirting with an announcement while he vacuums up as much money as he can find.  While declaring himself to be “my own man”, he has surrounded himself with advisors of all stripes who have all save one worked for his father and his brother.  Clearly Jeb plans to wrest the nomination the old-fashioned way – e.g., he’ll purchase it.

Jeb is aware that the Grand Old Pachyderm has a problem with Hispanics, but he is convinced that he can plow his way through that.  After all, his wife is Mexican, and while he was Governor of Florida, he winked and nodded while thousands upon thousands of undocumented migrant workers poured into the state to pick crops for his Big Agra contributors.  It’s unimportant that these people worked for scant wages, as the property owners of the various towns and cities could handle providing basic necessities, medical care and public schools.  Jeb was the first Governor to authorize the issuing of driver’s licenses to undocumented people, despite the fact that it is clearly prohibited by Florida’s state Constitution.  One quick executive order took care of that problem.

If all of this was not enough, Jeb further endeared himself to our Latino population when it came to light that he had checked “Hispanic” on his voter registration.  Well, ¡ hola, Heb!  Bienvenidos á Miami.  (He would have gotten away with it, if it weren’t for those meddling kids.)

Jeb is actually from a fine old New England  – the Bushes are not Texans, but rather carpetbaggers  – family of which at least one member was a renown slaver, as appears to be the case with many of that ilk.  Jeb’s was a man named Thomas “Beau” Walker (namesake for H.W. and W. alike?), who was such a miserable human being that his demise came by a mutiny aboard one of his vessels.  I suppose that given such a choice, I would consider an alternate description as well.

Senator Rand Paul decided to leap-frog Jeb and had already announced his plans to move into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and has spent the rest of the week mired in some pretty messy interviews.  He has had three separate occasions where he got quite testy with some of his favorite targets:  the mainstream media (Savannah Guthrie), the DNC, and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.  He spurned rescue from Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly, despite their best efforts.  Hannity attempted to fluff things over, but Megyn Kelly called him out and told him that women reporters were not treating him unfairly.  Paul sputtered something about the “contentious nature of interviews”, but she never let him off the hook.  When he talked over her, she talked over him.  She also asked if he perhaps had become a bit emotional.  It was a thing of beauty, and you can access the film through the above link.  Lessons learned?  Nah, probably not by Rand.  As far as the rest of us, and especially Savannah Guthrie are concerned, never ever ever ask Rand why he doesn’t believe in his last stated position, as he is admittedly a bit thin of skin and short of temper.  You know, just what we need in a President…….

Personally, I just can’t wait for Marco Rubio to announce.  Rumors have it that he plans no cuts, big child care credits, and a top tax tier of 35%.  We shall see what we shall see, as my grandfather used to say.  Maybe there will be some explanation for why he voted against the immigration bill that he sponsored.  At least, maybe there will be some water close by.  But any way he goes, he will maintain a direct path toward a head-on collision with Jeb, and that will play poorly in Florida.  Loyalties will be divided, friendships strained, and donors diluted.  It will be one helluva mess, even by Florida standards.  So let the games begin.

This is an open thread.


21 Responses to "Remain Calm, Etc.: The Boys of Spring"

And ain’t it going to be fun for Marco when Obama says he wants to normalize (or whatever) relations with Cuba. According to Mrs. Alan Greenspan they especially want to look at some stuff dealing with banking. Currently makes it difficult for the Cuban folks at the U.N.

Almost spit out my drink at this from the Jezebel article:

If that wasn’t enough, she then asks Rand Paul: “Did you get overly emotional?” which is brilliant when you consider how often that same barb is thrown at women.

LOL!! 😆

@2: Wasn’t that great????

chat@3: Honestly I was thinking of a Ralph Cramden quote: Bang! Zoom!

Dear Old Rand. He will prove to be an entertaining candidate.

Not that I’m wishing anything bad for Daddy Ron but this is an interesting image.

Huh? Did Ron die? I don’t get it.

Great post Chat! Yes, the repub rollout will be very entertaining, and now with Hillary getting ready to announce…too much excitement!

annie, no Ron Paul didn’t die. I think the guy just had an image of Rand Paul in that circumstance.

Has anyone (oh hell, who am I kidding? I mean you chat, and annie!) seen this before?

ignore rude comments below the youtube link

Fredster, that was amazing…and inspiring! Moved me to tears. Even laker came in to see it, and was really impressed.

Haven’t seen it before. I heard that she would declare tomorrow.

Hey guys, sorry I disappeared. I had a wicked sinus infection and had tons of work to do through it. I am on the mend now and will be back on Monday.

I love the post Chat…amazing how the female bloggers, who almost uniformly supported Obama over Hillary, seem to be getting the significance of her run this time. .

amazing how the female bloggers, who almost uniformly supported Obama over Hillary, seem to be getting the significance of her run this time
Yeah, until Cory Booker declares his candidacy.
Sorry, I just so darn cynical.

I’m just so darn cynical. Ugh typos.
Madamab, I’m glad that you’re feeling better.
Always love your posts, chatblu.
Fredster, honey, thanks for posting the Hill vid.

@14 – Yeah, but it’s no longer new and shiny to have an AA candidate. Now, if a gay man declared….:-p

mb@13: Not to worry. Ugh…sinus infections. Glad you’re feeling better.

When I made the comment about just chat and annie, usually, when I comment early in the a.m (or late nite?) I’ll still catch annie around and it sometimes is just right before chat arises.

Sweet Sue@15: Thanks! I just happened to find that vid embedded in a tweet. I had never heard of that group before. I did find this about them though:

I think the group just got overshadowed by the Ready for Hillary outfit.

h/t to SophieCT for this link:

Amazing how many are lining up and making nice now.


May need to click on the image to see it and see what the arrow points to.

LOL on skooks tweet, funny comments on it. Fredster thanks for posting the Hillary article. It was very interesting.

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