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Republicans, pawns, and game changers

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It's a game changer when pawns become bowling pins; it's a game changer.

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Artist Mark Petersen opened his new show, titled "game changer," at the "local 123 cafe'" gallery in Berkeley on Friday March 16, 2012; the premise for the show is that 99% of society are pawns in a game being played by the one percent of the population that believes in a government of the elite by the elite is run for the benefit of the elite.   We took some photos of the artist and assumed that the philosophy underlying the works of art would provide a graphic metaphor for starting a column that would explain the results of this week's Primary Election in Illinois, which we were expecting.   When the final count ran completely contrary to our expectations, the lede for this week's column wasn't the only thing that needed a quick revision.

 

The World's Laziest Journalist has assumed that Karl Rove hasn't worked all these years for the Bush family so that he will get a prestigious seat assignment for the Inauguration of Mitt Romney as President in January of 2013; so when JEB endorsed Romney the day after Romney won in Illinois, it seemed that it was time for the various radio talk shows to use "A simple twist of fate" for their bumper music as the week drew to a close.

 

There are two ways to write political commentary.   You can either report your own personal thoughts and reactions or you can read up on other commentary and then make the choice to either follow the crowd or go rogue.   Since our access to TV and the Internets is rather limited lately and since our budget has necessitated a drastic reduction in our ability to read the New York Times on a daily basis, we have been forced by circumstances to go the "I column as I see 'em" route to forming our political opinions.

 

Our immediate reaction to Tuesday's election results in Illinois and the JEB endorsement story was to begin a search for a clever line that would casually mention Bishop Romney or to make some snarky remark about Mitt Goldwater or Senator Barry Romney.  

 

Are the Republicans really going to give the Presidential Nomination to a fellow who turns off a goodly number of their own voters?   Apparently they are.   Are the Democrats going to give their party's nomination to a guy who has put his imprimatur on the Bush war policies by adopting them with a Nihil Obstat rating?   Apparently they are.

 

Political commentary hasn't had to contend with a game changer like Tuesday's Illinois results since Linden B. Johnson told Americans, on March 31, 1968, that he wouldn't seek reelection.

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BP graduated from college in the mid sixties (at the bottom of the class?) He told his draft board that Vietnam could be won without his participation. He is still appologizing for that mistake. He received his fist photo lesson from a future (more...)
 

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