Generally Awful

image of Mitt Romney standing in front of a giant flag at a campaign event, to which I have added text reading: 'Where the heckfire is that giant flag I asked for like a million flippin' times?!'

Congratulations to Mitt Romney, who was voted least barfiest in three more states last night: Indiana, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Yay for Mitt Romney, who managed to trounce his only remaining competitor, Ron Paul, whose failure to have dropped out of the race is strong evidence for the case that he may be dead.

I mean, I don't want Ron Paul to be dead—I hope he's happily counting all his gold pieces in a beautiful mansion made out of discarded Ayn Rand paperbacks—but has anyone seen him lately? Anyone? Bueller? I'm beginning to suspect that Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were Weekend-at-Bernieing Ron Paul through the last two debates, y'all.

image from Weekend at Bernie's in which I have replaced the actors with Paul, Santorum, and Gingrich

Anyway! There's not a whole lot of news to share today. Ron "Bernie" Paul hopes to influence the Republican convention with his cool collection of delegates (good luck with that). Mitt Romney is still terrible and also suuuuuuuuper bored. President Barack Obama is still not progressive and also overconfident. And a GOP newsletter has called for armed revolution if Obama is reelected, because that party definitely becomes more reasonable by the day.

In good news, or news that will be repeatedly and depressingly denied throughout the day, President Obama is reportedly "disappointed" by the antigay vote in North Carolina, and his North Carolina spokesperson Cameron French said: "President Obama has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protections as straight couples and is disappointed in the passage of this amendment." Which of course is some bullshit parsing that pretends marriage and civil unions are equal, but that still whiffs of evolution, ahem.

At Think Progress, Igor notes that a "senior adviser to the president said in an interview last month that Obama 'may get around' to supporting the freedom to marry before November."

Basically, the President is waiting to see if he can win without endorsing marriage equality. And if it looks like he's going to lose without endorsing it, he'll pull out the "fierce advocate" card, endorse federal marriage equality, and see if that rallies the progressive troops to put him over the top. Not a bad political play, except for the fact it's so goddamn obvious he looks less savvy and strategic than craven and unprincipled.

But naturally anyone who expects the President to prioritize decency over winning is just a stupid rube who doesn't understand how politics works.

One of these days, I hope to be able to cast a vote for a politician who understands there are lots of people in this country desperate for a president who runs to lead, instead of one who runs to win.

Talk about these things! Or don't. Whatever makes you happy. Life is short.

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