He will win because the two coastal areas that vote for him will be supplemented by at least four large once-industrial states where he has opened eyes to a new economy
This will be enough to enable victory
More than enough if his opponent is as hapless as those in the current crop or has the initials RP
A second reason is that Obama's rope-a-dope is perfectly suited to the GOP which specializes in transparent overreach
A third reason is that voters continue to be entertained by divided government and might just create a revolution by changing many of the players in both houses to see if their choices fare any better than their previous selections
Finally if Obama's exhortation of folk to communicate with DC actually was effective it could be the start of something good both for politics and his re-election
For more than a year, scammers have been racking up unauthorized charges on iTunes accounts, leaving Apple's customers to clean up the mess."
I am not even an Apple customer and have spent the whole morning reckoning with this mess. Paypal says it is investigating on my behalf. The Apple site I was directed to was unnavigable, a usability mess and part of the obfuscatory system I associate with degenerate capitalism.
Don't get me wrong I would live capitalism to work. Not to mention democracy. And government.
If you missed it keep an eye out for it in the future. This was a roundhouse diss by all four youthful talking heads referring to old people as ancient and engaging in serial laughter based entirely on ageist premises. I rarely watch CNN. I will not bother with it in the future.
As August dawns, I wake up to Michele Bachmann standing for crippling government that has supported her and Marcus with liberal aid. Such hypocrisy (sorry inconsistency) is standard on the right. The Tea Party is the GOP depending on what day it is. We have no idea even now what idiocy may be launched in the coming hours. Michele wants us to do nothing. Let the global panic develop. She creates extemporaneous lies to suggest this is not a real crisis. Much has already been done. It was done when we let Michele and her ilk take over the narrative, turning a simple legislative act into an Armageddon moment. We should never have allowed this to develop but hindsight is 20/20. Now we need to flag the Tea Party for what it is. We must wrest the narrative back. The narrative is how we can move the country in the direction of greater tolerance, greater helpfulness, greater democracy and end our idolatry of everything and everyone save the One Jesus called Abba. (I am listening to a Maureen Down column being read on Morning Joe. It echoes this text, minus the articulation of saving values.)