Sarah Palin Failed As A Hard-To-Get-Candidate

And this assessment comes from a Republican columnist, Paul Gigot, who I respect and always enjoy reading.

Ms. Palin might have been a contender. Had she finished her job as governor, devoted a year or two to learning what she didn’t know about the world and economics, built a network of support around the country, and developed a thicker skin about the media, she might now be a formidable candidate. Instead, she chose to be a media celebrity and to play hard-to-get as a candidate. The best thing she could do for her reputation at this point would be to declare once and for all that she isn’t running, and then work to support whoever is the GOP nominee.


Michele Bachmann Has Campaign Shake-Up Woes

The Tea-Party might need some old-fashioned coffee to make it through this mess.

Top-level staff departures from Michele Bachmann’s campaign are raising fresh questions about her durability heading into the post-Labor Day stretch of the 2012 presidential primary contest.

As POLITICO first reported Sunday, her campaign manager Ed Rollins will be moving from day-to-day campaign managing to a senior advisory role. His deputy, David Polyansky, is leaving the campaign.

t wasn’t immediately clear who would be taking over the top slots in the Bachmann campaign, as she tries to find her footing in a race that is rapidly reconfiguring into a two-man contest between Perry and flagging frontrunner Mitt Romney – a fact that Rollins himself noted in an interview with the Washington Post early Monday.

Super Bowl Ads Sell For $3.5 Million Per 30-Seconds, Millions Without Health Insurance

This story about the Super Bowl makes me think of the local coverage last week by WISC-TV concerning the amount of money spent on home games when the UW-Badgers play at Madison’s Camp Randall.

Over $18 million dollars are generated per home football  game for Madison.  The average person who attends a home game spends roughly $240, and that does not include the cost of the game ticket.  That is a tremendous amount of cash floating from once source to another.

That is fine with me if people want to attend a game and eat nachos.  No problem.

But while I see the willingness to pay $4.00 for a small beer while watching a game I also hear that this nation can not pay for programs to make sure all Americans have health care coverage.  We all hear the same shameful news stories about health care. 

So when I read about these uses of cash for sports it makes me aware (again) that there is not a shortage of funds in this nation, but a lack of knowledge about how we should set priorities.

As USA Today reported this morning in spite of the NFL’s first game yet to be even played this season, there are just five, 30-second Super Bowl ad slots — at a record $3.5 million each —  left to be bought.

Thankfully, the players have health insurance.

Do all the viewers?

Pull Up Your Saggy Pants Now Law In Flordia, Let’s Make It National

This weekend at the mall I noticed a young couple laughing and pointing at something, and so followed the general line of direction of the aimed finger and saw quite a sight.

Not an unusal one, but still quite a sight.

A caucasian teenager, about age 17, was hobbling about as he tried to keep up with what appeared to be his mother.  She was walking in a normal fashion, but the kid had his shorts so low around the lower part of his butt, (or was it the top of his legs?) that it appeared from the gait he had just unmounted from a horse following a three-day ride. 

As I was looking in the direction of the young ‘cowboy’ I almost ran into an older and taller young black man who was holding his pants up as he walked so they would not slip completely around his ankles.  In one hand that clasped his upper portion of his shorts he held a credit card.  Even with his hands holding his shorts I am not sure they were high enough to have covered the family jewels.

I mused that it was probably best to just carry the credit card as a wallet to contain it would only add weight to the pants he had to hold up!  With his hands tied up holding fabric there was no way to make a transaction anyway, and then how would he have carried merchandise while not mooning the mall?

A couple of years ago, after this dreadful trend was well-established among some young men I asked a friendly looking young guy on State Street why anyone would want to be so encumbered with a fashion statement.  Furthermore, what precisely was the statement being made?

He informed me that his brothers in prison were not allowed belts and he walked in honor of them.   I recall I responded that prisoners were not allowed conjugal visits and so wondered if he was abstaining too.  His response was “now you’re talking —–“.

I have no way of knowing why young people think it sexy or hip to dress in such a fashion, but I can bet employers do not find it a quality they are looking for in any industry.  As such, I am at a loss to understand why parents are not more in control of making sure their kids look less foolish, and make them act more appropriately in public places.

This weekend in the newspaper I had to applaud the action taken by Southwest Airlines when they bounced Billie Joe Armstrong over his trouser problem. The Green Day singer was kicked off a flight due to his low-slung crotch.


Same praise goes to Florida for passing a law that states in their public schools belts must be used, and pants pulled up and made to look respectable.  The law provides that boys may be suspended for a repeat sag offense.  Girls also need to hike the jeans.

Call me whatever but I am not in the mood to see anyone’s underwear while waiting in line to check out at a store, or while walking in the mall.  I also certainly do not want to see low slung boxers riding along knowing that just the wrong move might bring a whole new ‘face’ into view!

Every generation has something it needs to do in order to show everyone else they are more in touch than others.  Might we now have these kids show us all that they know how to use a local haberdasher.