What Would Healthcare Be Like If Republicans Had Their Way?

Here’s the world under Sharon Angle…(But really, you can exchange Angle’s name with any Republican.)

In her world I get a job from an employer who tells me that I’ll be “covered” by insurance company x. I have no choice, but I’m just grateful to have “insurance”.  I say ” insurance” because my six year old was diagnosed with Asthma a year ago so the insurance company refuses to cover him because he has a “pre existing condition”. Because of this any medical care he needs, has to come out of my own pocket. They also refuse to pay for things like mammograms which would have likely caught my wife’s now advanced breast cancer at an early stage increasing her slim chance of survival.

Sharon Angle believes insurance companies have the right to determine the medical procedures they cover based on their profit margins. After all the free market will empower me to make choices. But in a depressed economy with high unemployment I don’t have the luxury of choosing a job with better insurance. So here I am stuck in a world where my employer and insurance company have freedom and choice while I am stuck with neither.

Think of that on election day…

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Why Do Politicians I Work For Keep Cheating On Their Wives?

In case you’ve missed it, the biggest political story of the last 24 hours has clearly been  Senator John Ensign’s (R-NV) confession that he had an affair with one of his married campaign staffers:

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) has acknowledged an extramarital affair with a campaign staffer in a statement released by his office. “I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions,” said Ensign. He is expected to announce the affair at a press conference at 6:30 pm tonight. The affair, which was with a woman who worked for both Ensign’s re-election campaign and his Battle Born leadership political action committee

But the aspect of the story that REALLY makes this political drama interesting is that I worked for Senator Ensign’s re-election campaign during the time in question and knew the woman he cheated with.

OUCH

But wait…it gets better. According to MSNBC and Politico, the reason Ensign disclosed his affair is because the husband of the women involved tried to blackmail him for a large sum of money. Yes, that’s some good ole fashion extortion right there.

And yet, despite all of the press coverage, there’s one angle that’s being overlooked by all of the media outlets. Not only is the couple involved in the affair/alleged blackmail close and personal friends of the Ensign family, they’re arguably even close to top Republican strategist couple Mike and Lindsey Slanker, the brains and brawn behind Senator Ensign’s political apparatus. It remains to be seen which side the Slanker’s take, but any schism between the two sides could have drastic repercussions for the Republican party.

But, what we do know is that Ensign’s confession will no doubt have major repercussions on the landscape for the 2012  presidential election.

To Run or Not To Run?

Before word broke of an alleged extortion scheme, the prevailing wisdom believed that Ensign’s seemingly random admission of guilt was an attempt to air out his dirty laundry well in advance of a potential campaign for the Republican party’s presidential nomination. But with new information coming to the forefront, no one knows for sure if Senator Ensign will make a 2012 run.

One thing’s for certain. 2012 is a long ways away and no one knows what the political landscape will be like then. Personally, I don’t think Senator Ensign’s confession will harm his political standing one way or another. People have short term political memories. And when it comes to “unimportant” conservative issues like family values, Conservatives  have historically been more than willing to self rationalize forgiveness. Of course, this is only if you’re a Republican and not at all Bill Clinton.

Do As I Say Not What I Do

Though the more curious point that needs to be made is how any person could claim to hold integrity when their current actions oh so clearly violate their past statements. Personally, I believe a politician’s private life is private. As long as there’s two consenting adults there its none of my business what you’re doing in a relationship. But when you run on a socially conservative platform that stresses the values of the family, when you jihad against providing same sex couples with equality under the law, and when you stand on the biggest soapbox you can to routinely criticize other politicians for marriage infidelity, even going as far to demand their resignation, how can you with good faith, postulate your supposed moral authority?

In short, you can’t.

Is General Petraeus Planning a 2012 Run?

Conservatives around the blogosphere so:

“THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that General Petraeus is planning on delivering the commencement address at the University of Iowa in 2010.”

So reports Michael Goldfarb, late of the McCain campaign, on the magazine’s blog.

Petraeus going to Iowa, a state he doesn’t have previous ties to, is going to create a huge amount of buzz about his presidential ambitions because the Iowa Caucuses kick off the whole presidential nomination process. If he does, deliver the address–and Petraeus must know this–it will be seen as a sign that he is thinking about running in 2012.

Previously, it has been thought that Petraeus would not run against a president who had been his Commander in Chief. But there are reports of tension between Petraeus and Obama over both Iraq and Afghan strategy.

Is it just me or there something unseemly about a general gearing a potential presidential run while serving the commander and chief he would be running against. If that’s not a conflict of interest i’m not sure what is.

Admittedly, a Petraeus/Romney or Romney/Petraeus ticket definitely has potential. Maybe even a Petraeus/Gingrich ticket.

Jesse Jackson Jr To Replace Obama In The Senate?

Man I wish my dad was famous.

For those looking for a reason to not vote for Barack Obama here’s a big one. If elected, there’s a good chance that Jesse Jackson Jr could replace Obama in the Senate.

That would be the same race baiting Jesse Jackson Jr who accomplished the rare double whammy when he managed to play the race card AND the Hurricane Katrina card, not once but TWICE in less than two minutes.

…there were tears that melted the Granite State. And those are tears that Mrs. Clinton cried on that day, clearly moved voters. She somehow connected with those voters.

But those tears also have to be analyzed. They have to be looked at very, very carefully in light of Katrina, in light of other things that Mrs. Clinton did not cry for, particularly as we head to South Carolina where 45% of African-Americans who participate in the Democratic contest, and they see real hope in Barack Obama.

And:

We saw something very clever in the last week of this campaign coming out of Iowa, going into New Hampshire, we saw a sensitivity factor. Something that Mrs. Clinton has not been able to do with voters that she tried in New Hampshire.

Not in response to voters — not in response to Katrina, not in response to other issues that have devastated the American people, the war in Iraq, we saw tears in response to her appearance. So her appearance brought her to tears, but not hurricane Katrina.

Nothing Says Elitism Like A $150,000 Clothing Bill

I wonder how all of those fiscal conservatives who donated to the RNC feel about their money being spent on designer clothing for Sarah Palin:

The Republican National Committee appears to have spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.

The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.

The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.

I wonder if the Republican party is trying to expand their voting base into the 16 year old girl demographic.

Man Names His Child After McCain-Palin Ticket

No I’m not kidding:

A new father has secretly named his baby girl Sarah McCain Palin after the Republican ticket for president and vice president.

Mark Ciptak of Elizabethton put that name on the documents for the girl’s birth certificate, ignoring the name Ava Grace, which he and his wife had picked earlier.

“I don’t think she believes me yet,” he told the Kingsport Times-News for a story to be published Tuesday. “It’s going to take some more convincing.”

Ciptak, a blood bank employee for the American Red Cross, said he named his third child after John McCain and Sarah Palin to “to get the word out” about the campaign.

“I took one for the cause,” he said. “I can’t give a lot of financial support for the (McCain/Palin) campaign. I do have a sign up in my yard, but I can do very little.”

So let me get this straight. This guy can’t afford to donate to the campaign so he NAMED HIS KID after the campaign? Wow. And he doesn’t even tell his wife about it? That’s what I call balls.

I also love how he compares having a yard sign in his yard to naming his kid after the Republican ticket. I’ve got to hand it to him. That’s a true believer.

P.S. Wouldn’t it be funny if his wife was a Democrat?