Moving Forward

There is a great deal of hand-wringing and finger-pointing going on in Republican circles after the recent election. Much of it is justified. After all, how is it possible that after four years of Obama’s policies that have resulted in a terrible economy, a weakened military and ObamaCare, Mitt Romney could possibly receive two million fewer votes than John McCain?

On the other hand, it’s not too shocking that Harry Reid and the Democrats picked up two additional Senate seats. Did nobody think to check Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock for signs of insanity before allowing them to win their GOP primaries? When one of these guys talks about legitimate rape and the other schmuck suggests that rape just might be part of God’s overall plan, they don’t belong in the U.S. Senate, they belong in a loony bin. For those who can’t see the difference between the two places, I’m referring to the one with the padded walls.

Going forward, I would like to see the Republicans attempt to impeach the president. I wouldn’t expect to see Obama booted out of office, but I’m convinced that the GOP has to at least go through the motions. If they’re going to give Americans a reason to believe there is a real difference between the two parties, they have to take action against a commander-in-chief who places more importance on his own re-election than on our nation’s security.

The articles of impeachment should start with the leaks from his administration to the NY Times that, among other things, led to Pakistan’s imprisoning a doctor for 33 years for his role in leading us to Osama bin Laden.

Then there’s the matter of all the lies that Obama, Susan Rice and Joe Biden, told about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, pretending that a video had anything to do with the murders of our ambassador to Libya and three of his courageous colleagues. This cover-up not only makes Watergate seem like an innocent prank, but points out how biased the media is when you consider what a big deal they made of the earlier scandal and how little attention they paid to the one that resulted in the massacre of four Americans.

And, finally, there is the fact that the FBI was ordered to hold off going public about the Petraeus-Broadwell affair until after the election. Apparently, the CIA Director shared national security secrets during pillow talk with his biographer, which should lead to his imprisonment and not merely to a divorce. (If nothing else, the affair gives new meaning to a journalist being embedded with the military.)

Getting back to the election, the aftermath reminded me of the 1990 Super Bowl game. With eight seconds left in the game, the New York Giants were leading the Buffalo Bills 20-19 when Scott Norwood attempted a 47-yard field goal. If he made the kick, the Bills would have won 22-20. But his kick sailed right of the goal post by a yard. If it had hit the right goal post and bounced left, he would have been a hero and the Bills would have won the championship.

Instead, the next day all the football pundits were pondering the future of the Bills. What was needed? A new head coach? New assistant coaches? A different quarterback? An entirely different offense? None of these questions would have been raised if the football had gone 37 inches to the left.

Well, that’s how close the election was. Perhaps if Romney had chosen Marco Rubio as his running mate, it would have sucked enough of those Hispanic votes away from Obama to have changed the results. Or, perhaps if half of those two million Republicans who somehow imagined that a nincompoop like McCain would make a better president than Romney had gotten off their lazy duffs and voted, we wouldn’t be facing another four years of Obama, along with ObamaCare and God only knows how many new left-wing Supreme Court justices.

Clearly something will have to change over the next four years if we Republicans are going to have any chance of taking back the White House, but it might be something as seemingly insignificant as getting a new field goal kicker.

I will confess that the other day, I woke up convinced that it was November 3rd and that the election was still three days off. It just didn’t seem possible that America had actually re-elected Barack Obama. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was when I realized that the election had actually taken place and that it hadn’t been one of my infrequent nightmares.

Although I heard a few rumors of cheating having taken place on November 6th, particularly in Florida and Pennsylvania, where in certain counties, the votes apparently out-numbered the voters, I’m not sure if Obama’s victory was or wasn’t the result of cheating, as it surely was when Kennedy defeated Nixon, when Al Franken defeated Norm Coleman and when any number of Democratic congressmen have defeated their opponents. But I do know that nothing will change until Republicans start doing some cheating of their own.

Understand, I don’t approve of cheating, but so long as Democrats receive all the benefits and suffer none of the negative consequences, they will do everything they can to make certain the vile practice continues unabated.

It’s only when boxes of uncounted votes start turning up in the trunks of Republicans, that white thugs start to intimidate black voters and that dead people finally start voting overwhelmingly for conservative candidates, that Democrats will finally have a reason to become morally outraged.

How is it that there are stricter rules governing baseball than politics? I mean, if they can keep cheaters out of Cooperstown, how is it we can’t keep them out of Congress or the Oval Office?

©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • Burt Prelutsky

    Just for the record, I replied to most of you yesterday. Today, for some mysterious reason, my comments are missing.

    I just wanted to assure that I did respond.


  • JohnInMA

    On the last question you ask Burt, I’m not aware of anybody with their eyes on Cooperstown having the ability to use other people’s money to bribe their way in. Clearly there are many who are willing to look the other way if not even actively support a candidate as long as they are ‘getting theirs’, whatever that might be for each.

  • JohnInMA

    I am so far from being politically astute that I often give people too much credit for being ‘human’ versus a rigid, win-at-all-costs political operative. But this cycle proved to me that many on the left – not just the elected but in all of the entertainment world, e.g. (and I include the likes of CNN and MSNBC in that realm) – are able to coalesce and drive a message even when evidence is weak. Should the GOP target Obama for impeachment, I think they’ll need a plan to combat not only the lack of testimony and endless claims of ‘executive privilege’, ‘classified information’, etc., but also the onslaught of painting them as ‘radical’ from the entertainment world.

    It would be a challenge to win that battle. They need to be ready if they begin that process.

  • Moebius

    Going forward, I would like to see the Republicans attempt to impeach
    the president. I wouldn’t expect to see Obama booted out of office, but
    I’m convinced that the GOP has to at least go through the motions.

    What, did Republicans learn NOTHING from 1998? When for the first time in at least 70 years the party occupying the White House escaped being routed in either the Senate OR House in the sixth year of a presidency? Republicans have got to get the idea out of their head that an attempt at impeachment, or anything else that will (or will be used to) make them rather than the occupant of the White House THE issue is a recipe for disaster. While doing what we can to stop the worst from happening we need to make sure that the next election is a referendum on Obama, NOT the Republicans, as much as the media want it to be about the latter. Don’t give them or the Left the ammunition. Don’t give them the wiggle room to escape responsibility for their own disasters.

    If we follow Burt’s advice, it’s more of the same lamebrained strategic mistakes that have prevented conservative gains in the past.

  • cmacrider

    Burt: As I understand your central point, you are suggesting that the Republican Party does not have to re-invent itself and abandon its fundamental principles. If that is what you are saying, I couldn’t agree more. I do, however, think that it has to convey its fiscal and constitutional conservatism in language which resonates with the average American. Let me give you a small example to explain my point. In the G.O.P convention they provided endless example of people who started with little and ultimately became wealthy. Why would they confine the concept of “the American Dream” to only those business people who started with very little money and ultimately became multi-millionaires? There are many Americans whose prime objective is not to become a multi-millionaire. I know of a young kid of modest means from Chicago who dreamed of being a script writer in Hollywood. At that time America was a country which afforded him that opportunity … he worked hard .. fulfilled his dream of becoming a successful script writer for numerous T.V. comedies. Surely that man “fulfilled the American dream” every bit as much as Donald Trump. If they would describe the “American dream” in this broad context, every American who has dreams of building an authentic life would relate to the G.O.P’s message. In like manner, constitutional conservatism should be defined as ultimate protection of your family, your church, and your ethnicity and I think many Hispanics would gladly cast their vote for the R”s rather than some party which promotes a godless society , replaces the family unit with the state, and continuously touts a moral nihilism.
    I could be wrong … but the G.O.P should try out sensible conservatism … they might be surprised at their success with the so called “middle class.”

  • Bruce A.

    The GOP will be back. A little battered & bruised. I am looking forward to some good speeches at the next CPAC convention to get the blood flowing & boiling again.

  • deny916

    Amen to everything you just said Burt! I still can’t understand HOW obummer pulled this one off. Now there’s 4 more years of exactly what we’ve had before. And now all economies are going to suffer because of it. What is the matter with people??? As for what you said about those morons Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock I really couldn’t agree more. We DEFINITELY need a new field goal kicker!!!!! *sigh*

  • DOOM

    Republicans certainly have to do something. They nominated a guy that didn’t beat Obama’s record, and that’s impressive.