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Australia...a lesson for America?
Posted - 9/8/2013 9:41:51 AM | show profile | flag this post
Now that Australia is about to change governments, it's going to be interesting to see if the newly elected leader, Tony Abbott, can turn their economy around and get control of their border intrusion problem. It's kind of like seeing what would have happened had Mitt Romney been elected here last year.
A comment from Tony Abbott that sounds like it could apply to the U.S.A.: "I now look forward to forming a government that is competent, that is trustworthy...,."
Posted - 9/8/2013 10:17:32 AM | show profile | flag this post
...by the rolling train wreck that WAS the Romney campaign (and really, I don't recall a more incompetent one than his), a Romney Presidency would likely have been bizarrely awful. And that's aside from whatever he might do intentionally.
Posted - 9/8/2013 11:13:39 AM | show profile | flag this post
Yeah, he could've run a better campaign...but
True, his campaign did have its problems; not addressing major issues head on...with common sense solutions...was one of them. But it didn't help that the media was backing Obama; skewing their coverage in favor of him and hard ball questioning only Romney. That plus the buying of votes (the Obama promise of more and more govt freebies) and idiots on the far right who didn't vote at all because they were blinded to anything other than their one issue...it all doomed the election of Romney.
That being said, he would have been a better president for this country than what we have had in there for the past almost five years. An incompetent and untrustworthy person is what we are stuck with for too many years to come.
Posted - 9/8/2013 12:26:55 PM | show profile | flag this post
Well said 'cred
I wouldn't change a word.
Posted - 9/8/2013 1:17:12 PM | show profile | flag this post
Are you kidding? The news media bent over backward to give Romney favorable coverage, which is a difficult task to do when the candidate is a dolt handled by other dolts.
As an example -- and I completely understand that you personally spit on examples -- I had a long commute during the campaign, and on some days I got so sick of the desperate Romney suck-ups taking up a disproportionate amount of time on KNX, and the anchor's glow for Romney and digs at Obama, that I changed the station. The straight newscast, which the anchors don't write but an in-house news writer does, went the same way. That's a CBS Radio affiliate in Los Angeles.
The other day, the station did the same thing, allowing some jerk congressman to rant and rave about partisan politics on the show "Business Hour" instead of talking about the possible economic implications of attacking Syria, the way the station promoted the segment.
I think media are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They want to be fair -- they're mandated to be fair -- but it is so difficult when the prominent individuals in one of the parties are kooks who seem only to be capable to one thing: grind an ax.
It's not media's role to fix the Republican Party. The party has to fix itself. First comes substance, then comes image -- not the other way around. To play on a saying from Yogi Berra, if Republicans don't want to come out to the ball park, nobody's gonna stop 'em.
It is worth noting that Abbott offered concrete solutions to problems facing Australia. It's also worth nothing that outside the United States, political parties with "Conservative" in their names in parliamentary governments aren't what far-right political conservatives in the United States might think they are.
Posted - 9/8/2013 2:11:43 PM | show profile | flag this post
People who think the US media is right wing
are typically off the charts to the left. The major radio news stations, broacasst television networks, major dailies, some of the surviving news magazines, etc., are demonstrably left of center.
And it's only those who would have preferred constant and relentless bashing of Romney and the GOP who could have posted the above.
Posted - 9/8/2013 2:50:31 PM | show profile | flag this post
from what i've seen about abbott..
he'd fit nicely into the middle of the tea party here..
Posted - 9/8/2013 5:10:24 PM | show profile | flag this post
Vote Buying, Freebies, Biased Media...
Isn't it nice to be on the right?
You never have to blame yourself for your failures.
It's all "their" fault!!
Posted - 9/9/2013 9:28:30 AM | show profile | flag this post
Cruster cuts through the BS...
and nails it again.
A Romney presidency would have been just as disastrous as the Romney campaign.
Posted - 9/9/2013 9:31:10 AM | show profile | flag this post
And conservatives here...
seem to forget that the Conservative Parties of the UK and Australia would be Democrats in the U.S.
Posted - 9/9/2013 11:02:18 AM | show profile | flag this post
"The news media bent over backward to give Romney favorable coverage,"
out of all your ill-informed, uneducated, or out and out falsehoods you have posted- this is the worst.
"seem to forget that the Conservative Parties of the UK and Australia would be Democrats in the U.S."
if a liberal says it- it must be true.
"Isn't it nice to be on the right?
You never have to blame yourself for your failures."
how nice is it to be on the left- accusing others for something they routinely do- with a straight face.
sometimes i wish i was a liberal. if i could only deal with the hypocrisy that comes with being a liberal.
Posted - 9/9/2013 4:50:00 PM | show profile | flag this post
Brainy post, con, brainy post.