REM had a song about Leonard Cohen called "World Leader Pretend".
...who has expanded the War on Terror in a way endorsed by Dick Cheney; and whose singular domestic achievement, the Affordable Health Care Act, was a Heritage Foundation creation designed to permanently enrich insurance companies...
That's an Obama completely invisible to the right wing. The guy who killed Bin Laden and saved the auto industry didn't exist in Tampa this week and hasn't ever existed in the right wing mind.
The guy they talk about, the radical socialist Kenyan intentionally trying to bring down the United States like a Batman villain, the guy who would fumble for a response in a debate with Clint Eastwood and have to resort to suggesting that Romney perform a sexual act on himself - that's the guy they see. Dirty Harry wasn't talking to an empty chair; he was talking to who the right wing sees as the President. Anti-business, anti-American, anti-Christian - that's the guy sitting in the chair. It's Obama.
Sure, he's imaginary, but that doesn't matter. They'll keep saying he's real on Fox and the right wing will keep believing it.
Tendown 138 is here. This is Tendown 139
1. Paul Ryan Admits to Lying
About that GM plant that closed before Obama took office? No, not that one.
About Medicare? You know, Ryan's only "accomplishment" is a budget plan that would take away the guarantee of health care to senior citizens and replace it with a coupon system, but somehow it's Obama who is threatening Medicare? No, not that one.
Or this - when Ryan said this:
We have responsibilities, one to another – we do not each face the world alone. And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak. The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves. … We can make the safety net safe again.
When actually, his budget would set fire to that safety net in an unprecedented way in order to pay for massive tax cuts to the very wealthiest.
No. Not that either.
It's this. He said he ran a marathon in under 3 hours. He didn't. He copped to it.
2. 82 million bucks
In case you're interested in what groups have spent what dollars so far in the election cycle - here it is.
Conservative groups have outspent progressive ones by almost 4:1 and one group, Restore Our Future, has spent 82 million dollars.
3. 60 Million Bucks
A high school in Texas spent 60 million taxpayer bucks on a football stadium. Here's what that looks like.
4. It Gets Better
The first MLB team to shoot an It Gets Better video was the Giants; the first NFL team - the Niners.
5. The War On Voting
Remember when Glenn Beck said Joe McCarthy was absolutely right?
The right wing has spent the last two years trying to rehabilitate Jim Crow.
From the Atlantic, Here's piece one.
6. In 29 States
... you can be fired for being gay.
And in 7 states...
8. Presented Without Comment.
Just like for profit prisons have grown.