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The Sunday Political Brunch – July 29

This week's political analysis from ABC-6 Political Reporter and East Greenwich resident Mark Curtis.


With the Olympics now in full swing and many people in the middle of summer vacation, politics is probably the last thing on our minds. Or is it? Here’s a look at something of an odd week in the world of politics:

“A Game of Chicken” – Unemployment is at 8.2 percent, foreclosures are still happening at a staggering pace, and the European debt crisis threatens to send the free world back into recession. So, what’s the number one debate this week in politics? Why the “Chick-fil-A” sandwich and whether it will be sold in Boston and Chicago and other places. Mayors in those cities don’t want the franchises in their communities because the restaurant owner opposes gay marriage. Chicago’s Mayor is even trying to “invent” traffic and parking issues to block the chain, since it appears there are no actual legal grounds to block them from coming in.

“The Art of Compromise” – Here’s how both sides can “have it their way!” (Sorry Burger King). Let “Chick-fil-A” come in and build franchises and create jobs in fast food, construction and advertising, etc. Then if some people want to boycott the chain for its marriage stance, let the protesters vent! It’s a win-win! Both sides get something. We just don’t see old-fashioned compromise in this country anymore and this might be a good way to bring it back. Besides, it’s hard to picket something that isn’t there.

“My Olympics Were Better than Your Olympics” – Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney created quite a stir this week when he raised concerns about inadequate security at the 2012 games in London. Of course, problems with the security company were well publicized even before Romney spoke. Still, it struck many as odd that he would raise the red-flag in such a high profile way because, a) he might soon be President and such matters are usually handled more discretely, and, b) he’s already run an Olympics so he would probably know bad security when he sees it (though again, it’s something probably best addressed behind the scenes).

“Ouch!” – The Romney security flap certainly did not display the best of diplomacy on either side of the Atlantic. British Prime Minister David Cameron bristled at Romney’s comments and then said, “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course, it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.” That was an obviously slap at the 2002 Olympics that Romney ran in the far more sparsely populated Salt Lake City, Utah. Ouch! Let’s hope these two can patch things up if Romney winds up in the White House.

“He Said What?” – Friday I was on KGO Radio in San Francisco and was asked if the Romney security gaffe would affect the outcome of the election. “Good Lord, no!” I said. Look, it was an amusing story for a day, but as soon as the opening ceremonies began and the first medals were awarded, Romney’s comments faded away. These are the Olympics after all, and it’s all about the games. No one is going to care about this minor controversy when they actually vote in November. As I said, it was fun political fodder for a day!

“Who’s Winning?” – No, not the Olympics, the presidential campaign. Right now the Real Clear Politics composite poll has it Obama 46.4 percent to Romney 45.1 percent, a razor-thin lead of 1.3 percent. In likely Electoral College votes its Obama 231, Romney 191, with 270 needed to win. But, let’s just say Romney wins the toss-up state of Florida. That puts it at Obama 231, Romney 220. It’s just that close! By the way, people are already talking about a potential tie, with each candidate winning 269 Electoral Votes, which is actually possible. It’s never happened before, so we’ll talk about that more next week.

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Nard Glimrod August 06, 2012 at 01:13 PM
In the highly unlikely event anyone is curious as to why I replied twice in a row without an answer from Joe S., it's because Joe deleted a post to which I was responding. Fear not, Patch readers, I saved it: >> 6:23 pm on Sunday, August 5, 2012 >> I don't play your answer game I have my own answers to the problem, so stuff it ! >> NObama 2012 We can do better. I particularly liked the part where Joe told me to "stuff it !". So much for civilized and reasoned discourse based on the issues. For everyone else's benefit, if you reply to Joe, please be sure to quote his more abusive sentences in your reply since Joe seems to feel free to revise history through some timely deletions. In other news, Joe seems to believe that he (and his shameless sycophant yes-men) "got" me yesterday afternoon, but he didn't. Unfortunately for me, I chose to refer to an article that contained many quotes from many different viewpoints (i.e., balanced reporting). Joe and his yes-men (You are correct, Sir!") chose to harp on the portions of the article that supported their point of view, and ignore the portions that did not. A lesson was learned by me. In the future, I'll just lie back and wait for Joe to post an unequivocal mistake as he did in the case above, and then I'll come back at him with facts, just as I did here. It won't take long. See you soon, Joe. Just the facts, Mr. Stuff It.
Janet Sroczynski August 06, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Fox News regarding small businesses: Robert Carroll at E&Y-Ernst & Young; Jim Angle report entitled: "Obama Tax Increases Will Destroy 710,000 Jobs, Reduce Worker Pay. Article and watch the video at: 1) http://www.sarahnet.net/gary-p-jackson/6987-ernst-and-young-obama-tax-increases-will-destroy-710000-jobs-reduce-worker-pay.html
Ted Geisel August 06, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Realistic Voter, If you want to see politicians destroy something look no further than RI. The last time Democrats did not control both chambers at the State house was 1958. The last time they did not control at least one chamber was 1940. The legislature in RI has historically always been very strong. How is it that in nearly 45 years of Democratic Party control that RI is not everything that the party wants it to be? Honestly, how is that possible unless this is what the Democratic Party really wants? There is now meaningful third party or Republican threat in RI. If you have nearly 45 years of dominance and you cannot accomplish your agenda then you have no one to blame but yourself for your incompetence. Also I don't think the Democrats can really talk about the quality of their candidates especially after what happened in Tennessee. They have gone so far as to disavow the Democratic Party candidate which was chosen by the voters in the primary. http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/08/06/democrats-disavow-tennessee-senate-candidate/
Robert E August 06, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Hey joe as long as your not answering questions have you come up with that list of do nothing teachers yet?
Robert E August 06, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Here is the post that Joe deleated Joe Sousa. also commented on The Sunday Political Brunch – July 29. "I don't play your answer game I have my own answers to the problem, so stuff it ! NObama 2012 We can do better."
Robert E August 06, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Joe Sousa. also commented on The Sunday Political Brunch – July 29. "La st winter I had to go help an older friend who needed some help in his home. When I got there I noticed he came to the door with a coat hat and gloves on . He had his heat set at 50 deg. he told me he didn't want to run out of oil and have his pipes freeze . After I help fix his drain I asked if he needed help. He told me he would make out OK. The next day I sent the oil truck with a hundred gallons to his house. This is what our old folk face with high energy prices. It is just a shame people had to vote for this President and his ridicules policies." Joe the President doesn't set oil prices it's called the free market that's what the conservatives want and if the government tried to help people with their heating bills you would call it socialism and welfare and peotest against wasteful government spending.
Robert E August 06, 2012 at 05:45 PM
By the way Joe when you delete your posts you are a little too late we get them in an e-mail anyway.
Robert E August 06, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Joe can't blame this on the President: Senate Republicans block Democrats' jobs bill http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/19/us-usa-congress-jobs-idUSBRE86I1LJ20120719 It's the Republicans not the President who are responsible for the unemployment.
Jack Baillargeron August 06, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Robert E, both parties are just as guilty. Reid is currently holding on to 16 budget bills from the house that he refuses, to allow debate on. To me that is more disgusting then anything else, as it is UnAmerican and totally against the the Founders mandate of a representative Republic. This constant DOA of Bill from the house by Reid is dispicable also.
Ted Geisel August 06, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Reid is too busy helping communist Chinese solar firms represented by his son. He doesn't have enough time to work on the budget. http://twitchy.com/2012/08/05/report-harry-reid-helps-a-chinese-solar-firm-represented-by-his-son/
Joe Sousa. August 06, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Robert E The national debt has made our dollar worth less and less. The shrinking purchasing power of the dollar Who's fault is that . Not the Tea Party's
Janet Sroczynski August 06, 2012 at 07:35 PM
@Joe Sousa - there are other options for jobs & suggestions to kick-start the economy. Try reading 1) http://www.pwcmoneytree.com -PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP or 2) http://www.garage.com - view portfolio companies; search other venture capital firm(s) and their portfolio companies. Better yet, try: 3) http://www.Inc.com - Inc Magazine, when there click on the link in the upper right hand corner that states "Inc 500/Inc 5000 List" - and a Listing of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America List will pop up, with a direct-link for job application(s).
Robert E August 06, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Janet when will you learn that fox news is not a credible source you mightr as well qoute mother goose as a source. But then again mother goose is more credible.
Realistic voter August 07, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Robert wasting your time with this brain washed fool!!
Realistic voter August 07, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Didn't want you on my side, GODDDD go get some stress relief!!! You need it!! I'll even buy the batteries!!
Dark star August 07, 2012 at 04:25 AM
If there were a franchise in RI I would gladly by a $4 sandwich weekly to support them and their beliefs. They can fund whoever they want with their profits. It does not bother me in the least and I have no right to insist they change. If you, trophies for all, no score-keeping for the kids, politically correct liberals don't like their beliefs, don't buy their product. Pretty simple huh? But please stop trying to force others into your twisted, mis-guided belief structure.
Realistic voter August 08, 2012 at 09:07 PM
No Joe I would think Greece would be one of your favorite places!! In fact you and coventry voter would both love a vacation there.
Realistic voter August 08, 2012 at 09:13 PM
It's awesome that Coventry voter is as we all know wrong on all the facts!! I am not Bill and I just figured who you think I am ......WRONG!!!!!! again LOL
Realistic voter August 08, 2012 at 09:17 PM
And what does tennessee have to do with RI??? Please don't compare us with the south,
Realistic voter August 08, 2012 at 11:37 PM
This is what the right-wing is about http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/07/right-wing-terrorism-sikh-attack_n_1752726.html
Realistic voter August 08, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Larry I think your right in-breeding and all!! LOL
Ryanthegirl August 09, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I have never seen so many one sided links posted. As a Mom of 2 who works 55 hours a week, I know it’s hard to research who, what companies or what party backs and pays a boat load a year to publish/politically back most sites/links but my goodness I am under whelmed with some of the comments that come along with them. If we didn’t have bias, one-sided, politically paid for media to tell us what to think and say where would we all be?
Ryanthegirl August 09, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I thought this was a joke...then I open my old IBEW contract and there it was! A UNION STEWARD’S PRAYER Grant me, Oh Lord, the genius to explain to my brothers and sisters the policies and plans of our great union even though no one explains them to me. Give me the understanding that I may forgive the apathetic member, curb the overly ambitious member, and accept the views of the member who does nothing until I have done something... and then tells me what I should have done and how I should have done it. Oh Lord, make me formidable in debate, logical in argument and fearless in confrontation. Let me be a lawyer, actor, mathematician, sage, philosopher, sociologist, and economist; pleasing, cajoling, threatening, and belaboring so that I make the best of a good case and a good case from no case at all. Teach me, Oh Lord, to stand at all times with both feet firmly on the ground …. Even when I don’t have a leg to stand on.
Ryanthegirl August 09, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Joe... I got the joke!
Joe Sousa. August 09, 2012 at 12:54 AM
No matter how bad Romney may seem to some. He is a Capitalist not a Communist. Reason enough to vote the bum out . NOboma 2012
bustopher1 August 09, 2012 at 02:29 AM
So, Mr. Sousa - I take it you have been in the President's bedroom and had access to the contents of his wallet? Otherwise, how can you state these "facts"? Please remember the words of Abraham Lincoln (an early Republican stalwart) who said: "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove any doubt".
Nard Glimrod August 09, 2012 at 10:23 AM
>> Then why does Obama sleep with a copy of "The Communist Manifesto" under >> his pillow and carries a picture of " Karl Marx " in his pocket. Pretty damming >> evidence there Larry . What "daming evidence" are you talking about, Joe? What facts do you have? I see a pattern here: 1) Joe makes a post citing "facts" or "evidence". 2) One or more people ask him to cite his source. 3) Joe either: a) Blithely ignores the request -- OR -- b) Makes some cutesy reply You're the one who's fooling no one, Joe.
Jim August 09, 2012 at 12:20 PM
304 comments?! Just too much but I will add another; ................. Okay I feel satisfied now
Nard Glimrod August 09, 2012 at 12:31 PM
This would be a good solid example of #3A as noted in the "Joe Sousa Reply Tracking System". Please see post above for details. We're not "touchy", Joe. What we are is fair minded and in search of the "evidence" you mention. Just the facts.
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Hi all. I'm closing the comments section now, but you are invited to continue the conversation on www.MarkCurtisMedia.com.

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