Political Rumor and Reality

A few afterthoughts on Scott Brown’s upset in Massachusetts: his victory does not kill socialized medicine, which we already have; it merely delays implementation of the latest attempt to fully impose it. Obama, speaking in Ohio today, used the term “fight” 14 times according to MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews, as in “fight’ for a tax on banks that did not take Bush’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) subsidies, banks that did and paid it back, and banks that did and have not paid it back. And, of course, as in “fight” for government-run health care. Already in California, Democrats are advancing a bill for the state to seize control of the Golden State’s medical profession.

And then there is the problem of the Republicans, isn’t there. Beware of Scott Brown’s commitment to promoting capitalism: he refuses to disavow socialized medicine, which he supported when Mitt Romney imposed it on Massachusetts, he advocates banning certain abortions, and he hasn’t said that health care is not a right. But at least he’s part of a trend, attracting secular independents who oppose Obama’s economic agenda like those victorious GOP candidates in New Jersey and Virginia. Brown is a potential threat to the Republican Party’s slate of religious conservatives, Palin, Romney, Pawlenty, Huckabee, Jindal, Gingrich, all of whom explicitly seek more government control of the economy and religion. The reality is that Tuesday’s victory in Massachusetts has yet to play out.

The rumor, according to a reliable source, is that Walt Disney Studios chief Robert Iger wants to pull out of Disney, move to the Empire State, and become a United States senator from New York (which could mean he wants to become President of the United States). Iger, who has gone ballistic tearing up what was once Hollywood’s best movie studio, has been dismantling Disney’s independent creative pipeline and stocking up on secondhand material since the economy tanked. He’s ditching the studio’s classic Disney ideals, themes, and stories for generic fare which instantly qualifies him as a politician. Another modern politico, Obama’s belligerently foul-mouthed chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is rumored to be gunning for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Power-lusting Emanuel apparently wants to be mayor and seize control of that toddlin’ town. Mayor Emanuel? Senator Iger? President Romney? Anything’s possible in these uncertain times … including socialized medicine and worse.

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