The LuLac Edition #1848, November 26th, 2011
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MAYBE I’M AMAZED
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that there are some people thinking that President Obama will win a walk next year. They cite the fact that Ronald Reagan had a 36% approval rating in November of 1983. Also the fact that the GOP field seems fragmented and not well defined. Obama certainly can wield his incumbency like the proverbial flag but it’s going to take more than his being there to win a second term in these times which are vastly different than the early 80s.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that less than 6 months ago, the statewide GOP could not find any takers to run against incumbent Senator Bob Casey. Now there are more than half dozen Republicans lining up. The most intriguing is former house member Sam Rohr who ran against Governor Corbett in the 2010 race for the state’s top spot.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that the most quiet Governor in the United States seems to be New York’s Andrew Cuomo. There are no national press appearances or other media from this guy. It seems like he is keeping his nose to the grindstone to build an effective first term.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that anti-Wall Street protesters took their message about corporate greed to Black Friday shoppers, staging demonstrations in commercial areas around California on one of the busiest days of the year for retailers and bargain-hunters. BAD IDEA! The 99 per centers were out there trying to get a bargain, not the 1% of the super rich. America is a consuming nation. You don’t mess with that if you want them on your side. Sometimes I wonder who is organizing these protests.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that the “Dump Biden” talk has just started. Usually Presidents get that type of deluge around the summer of the third year of the Presidential term. Joe Biden will be on the ticket with Obama if he wants it. Obama will never pick Hillary now if he didn’t pick her in 2008 when he was riding high. Anyway, despite some gaffs Biden has been a good Vice President working in the stricture of the administration and doing something President Obama finds distressful: actually talking to members of Congress.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that Governor Tom Corbett is taking some heat for the Penn State Child Abuse scandal. It has been pointed out that while Corbett was chasing around State Legislators and their staffs to “bonus gate” infractions, he had only one State Police investigator on this case. Corbett defended himself at a press conference adequately but you know they’;ll be more of this to come.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that every year the Black Friday stories just keep on getting scarier and scarier. Pepper spraying fellow shoppers for a place in line? That’s just plain crazy.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…………that Pakistan has demanded that U.S. troops not use an air base in the war against Afghanistan. The Pakistan government is upset that 24 of its soldiers were killed in when bombs were dropped looking for militants. They are promising to block supply lines vital to the war. Yeah, let them dictate what we do in a war when we are paying for the privilege of their support.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that three entertainment stories kind of got downplayed the past two weeks. The retirement of Regis Philbin, the death of former porn star turned disco Queen Andrea True “More More More” and the death of Jamaican singer Barry Llewellyn of the Heptones. The Heptones were a major influence on reggae and rocksteady genres of music.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that journalist Tom Friedman answered a question as to what advice he could give the new generation. He responded: "I think the most important advice for your generation is, pay attention to what's going on in your world”. Yeah, good luck with that!