Thursday, August 2, 2012

This nimrod used to be a Governor?

In a Huff-Po op-ed yesterday, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm let it all hang out. Mostly an unhinged rant about Ted Cruz and the tea party, Granholm does take the time to plug her show on Current TV, "The War Room with Jennifer Granholm." Hands up, who's ever heard of it? Who's actually watched it? That's what I thought. But anyway, most of what she said is just typical progressive sputterings about a movement she just doesn't--and never will--understand. Look at this bit:
Whether it's their Sharia law and birther conspiracies or their unwillingness to buck Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge, the Tea Partiers have hijacked their party and carried it all the way to the right. 
Don't believe me?

Think back to the Republican presidential debate when the moderator asked Republican candidates to raise their hands if they would reject a budget proposal that that offered ten dollars in spending cuts for every one dollar in tax increases. Ten to one! Ten bucks of what they want for one measly dollar of what's actually fair. And how many of them rose their hands? Every. Single. One.

That's insanity!
No Governor Granholm, that is Sparta!

But first of all, let's be clear on what we're actually talking about, here:

The question she is referring to was posed to Republican candidates during a televised debate in August of last year, at a time when the debt-ceiling issue was front and center on the national stage. The moderator who asked the question qualified the tax cuts as "real" and "meaningful," but frankly that's a bill of goods technocrats in Washington have been promising for ages, but never, ever deliver on. Given the issues of the moment and the knowledge that there would never be any "real" and "meaningful" spending cuts, the candidates were fully justified in their responses.

The real insanity here is the belief that people like Governor Granholm can be trusted to hold up their end of such a deal. Because it's easy to raise taxe rates. People will have to pay the new rates--via Withholding--whether they like it or not. But actual spending cuts just don't happen. The cuts are always future cuts and there's just no mechanism to insure--following the kind of deal suggested above--that they really take place.

Thus, it was a loaded question from the get-go. Granholm--and others--can't believe that no one would take the deal, but then she's hardly known for her economic acumen. She's much better at winging around the world--at the expense of her State--to make useless deals with other countries, though she did get a knighthood out of it all. Want a real laugh? Obama was actually considering her for the Supreme Court. I kid you not.

But back to her piece. After she's done drooling, she does say something worth looking at. Namely:
So congrats, again, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, David and Charles Koch and the whole Tea Party gang. Thank you for the opportunity for the Democratic Party and progressives to reclaim the votes of the sane citizens of these United States.
The idea is that the tea party is a drag on the Republican party, that because it's so "extreme," it will benefit the Democrats; voters in the middle--including ones that usually vote Republican--will be more likely to vote Democrat. It's a cute theory. The problem is, it was offered once before, in the months preceding the 2010 mid-terms. And we all know how wrong it was, as evidenced by the tea-party led, landslide Republican victories in those mid-terms. But I guess Granholm is using the broken clock theory: if she keeps making the same argument, she might eventually be right.

Cheers, all.


  1. I agree the democrats have become unhinged. I live in NV now and still can't figure out who the hell voted for Harry Reid. The train has left the station, everyone seems to have gotten their financial house into the best state of repair that they can, the federal government, not so much

  2. I, for one, am thrilled that Jennifer has her own TV show now. I'm in favor of anything that keeps her out of public office.