The Best Medicine
by Randi Rhodes
posted Apr 30 2012 11:59AM
President Obama joked it up again this year at the White House Correspondents’ dinner. And he killed again this year. It’s just that this year he didn’t also kill Osama bin Laden. I can’t imagine Mitt Romney doing the White House Correspondents’ dinner and getting any laughs if he was president. For one thing, if Mitt Romney was president, nobody would ever laugh again. Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were both at the dinner. These events don’t need security as much as they need a bouncer who knows who’s on the “A” list and who isn’t.
It’s been almost a year since Osama bin Laden was killed, along any chance the Republicans had to run on national security. There have been five stages in the Republican reaction to Osama bin Laden’s death. And yes, they are essentially five stages of grief, because for Republicans, Osama bin Laden’s death was a traumatic event.
Mitt Romney has some advice for young people starting out—just borrow money from your parents! No word on what to do if your parents don’t have a lot of money—I don’t think Mitt is aware that situation exists. Mitt told the story of a friend who started his own business with money he borrowed from his parents. At least this is a friend of Mitt’s who doesn’t already own a football team or a NASCAR crew. Any friend of Mitt who has to start his own business with his parents’ money—as opposed to be being born with several business—sounds like the least rich person that Mitt Romney knows.
If Republicans can’t get enough votes, their only strategy is to make sure that the Democrats get even fewer votes. Republicans are using voter ID laws to disenfranchise poor and minority voters. They’ve done everything but require that voters need to show ID in the form of a country club membership. The changing demographics favor Democrats. So as demographics are changing, Republicans are changing the laws. Republicans can’t make more white people, but they can prevent more non-white people from voting. The Republican ideal is “one person, one vote.” I think that’s their ultimate goal, too—just one person voting, as long as that one person is a Republican.