Guess Nobody Dared Tell Gov. Goodhair About the “Closet” Rumors…

… or else the Letterman audience would’ve witnessed Perry read a Top Nine list:

10. Actually, there were three reasons I messed up last night. One was the nerves, and two was the headache and three … um … uh … oops.
9. I don’t know what you’re talking about – I think things went well.
8. I was up late last night watching Dancing with the Stars.
7. I thought the debate was tonight.
6. You try concentrating with Mitt Romney smiling at you. That is one handsome dude!
5. Uh, El Niño?
4. I had a 5-hour Energy Drink six hours before the debate.
3. I really hoped it would get me on my favorite talk show, but instead, I ended up here.
2. I wanted to help take the heat off my buddy Herman Cain.
1. I just learned Justin Bieber is my father.

Then again, maybe Perry really is the guy Matt Taibbi calls “The Best Little Whore In Texas“:

… [T]his is America, remember, where one should never underestimate shallow. And Rick Perry brings shallow to a new level. He is very gifted in that regard. He could be the Adolf Hitler of shallow.
Perry’s campaign is still struggling to recover from the kind of spectacular, submarine-at-crush-depth collapse seldom seen before in the history of presidential politics. The governor went from presumptive front-runner to stammering talk-show punch line seemingly in the speed of a single tweet, rightly blasted for being too incompetent even to hold his own in televised debates with a half-bright pizza salesman like Herman Cain and a goggle-eyed megachurch Joan of Arc like Michele Bachmann. But such superficial criticisms of his weirdly erratic campaign demeanor don’t even begin to get at the root of why we should all be terrified of Perry and what he represents. After all, you have to go pretty far to stand out as a whore and a sellout when you come from a state that has produced such luminaries in the history of political corruption as LBJ, Karl Rove and George W. Bush. But Rick Perry has managed to set a scary new low in the annals of opportunism, turning Texas into a swamp of political incest and backroom dealing on a scale not often seen this side of the Congo or Sierra Leone.
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Queen City Shuffle

Across the river in local election results, Cincinnati voters made some major changes to the City Council in the wake of city and Hamilton County employees taking major budget cuts over the last year.

Voters ousted four incumbent Republicans from Cincinnati City Council on Tuesday night, choosing instead seven Democrats, a majority of African-Americans, the first openly gay candidate and enough support to move forward with the streetcar project.

The outcome clearly was the result of the turnout generated by Issue 2, the measure to repeal the collective bargaining reforms of Senate Bill 5. The issue was expected to draw a lot of Democrats and union supporters to the polls.

Issue 2 lost in Hamilton County big, the Nos getting nearly 60% of the vote, and it was a bloodbath for Republicans on the ballot, but they’re blaming Issue 2 for their crushing loss and rightfully so.

Ousted: Chris Bortz, Leslie Ghiz, Amy Murray and Wayne Lippert.

“Issue 2 seems to be dragging the Republican Party down,” said Lippert. “This is transformational, but not in a positive way for the city.”

Hamilton County Republican chairman Alex Triantafilou said the results left him “concerned for the future of the city.”

“No question that Issue 2 played a significant role in this,” he added.

The new council means Cincy’s streetcar project can finally move forward unimpeded by Republicans and that the city can now take steps to fix the city budget without sacrificing police, firefighters, and teachers.  It’s a start.  We’ll see what Mayor Mark Mallory can do with the kind of support he’s always wanted, like from Cincy’s first openly gay council member, Chris Seelbach.

He worked for former Vice Mayor David Crowley and modeled his candidacy after the lessons Crowley taught him. He promises to carry on the goals of his mentor, who died early this year of cancer. Crowley taught him to look for “issues of justice in everything you do.”

All he hears out of City Hall, he says, is what should be cut and not cut. He wants to turn the debate more toward what council can do to make Cincinnati more of a place sought out by young professionals and young families. He worked in 2004 to help defeat Article XII, which banned naming gay people as a protected class. He wants to make public transportation the top priority and move toward a fixed-rail system connecting all neighborhoods.

He’s 31, vice president and chief financial officer of The Seidewitz Group, a marketing and consulting firm. He lives in Over-the-Rhine, is an endorsed Democrat, and is the city’s first openly gay council candidate.

And that’s just how big of a disaster Issue 2 was for Ohio Republicans last night.  Expanding on what Kay was saying below, Kasich is toast, folks.  The failure of Republicans to coalesce around this issue not only backfired miserably, it had the completely opposite effect, creating an off-year grassroots surge that knocked the blocks out from under Cincy conservatives.  He cannot be jettisoned fast enough in the Buckeye State and Republicans in Ohio are now in a deep hole.  The network to bring Ohio back into the blue column next year is already in place.  The overreach was brutal, and a significant number of Ohio GOP voters jumped ship on this measure and mobilized Democrats to boot.

The coattails on the Issue 2 No vote completely reworked the government of one of the more conservative cities in the state and made it overwhelmingly progressive, not to mention creating a majority African-American council to back Mayor Mallory.  Between this and Dems rolling to wins in Kentucky as mistermix mentioned, yeah, Tuesday was a pretty good day for our side ’round my neck of the woods.

Also, the latest PPP numbers in Ohio are looking really good for the President, but I’m waiting to hear how the Issue 2 vote was meaningless because TEH YOONYUN THUGZ created tens of thousands of fake cardboard standee voters after raiding every Office Depot and Staples in the tri-state over the weekend for art supplies…

Wednesday Morning Open Thread

(Jeff Danziger’s website)

Who doesn’t love the smell of roasted chestnuts black walnuts in the morning? But, given that Koch daddy Fred C. was a John Birch Society Founder, I don’t know why there weren’t more references to Strom Thurmond’s “unacknowledged” daughter

Speaking of schadenfreude, Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly ponders the new conservative website

… Organizers, in explaining the purpose of the “Not Mitt Romney” campaign, argue that because of the candidate’s lack of core principles, Republicans will “have a White House that believes in little” if Romney “some how [sic] squeaks it out.” They added that a Romney nomination will produce a Republican Party “split at the seems [sic].”
The campaign features some fairly prominent right-wing voices, including GOP activists, operatives, and media figures. The names that jump out include Pamela Geller, Roger Stone Jr, Robert Stacy McCain, and Matt Mackowiak, led by a conservative public-relations professional Ali Akbar.
I can understand their dissatisfaction with the Republican frontrunner, and I can also understand their willingness to get organized in opposition to Romney. What makes less sense to me is the underlying strategy — Republican voters are going to nominate the party’s presidential candidate, and “Not Mitt Romney” won’t be on the ballot. If these right-wing players want to stop Romney from winning the GOP nod, they’re going to have pick an alternative…

As a proud Democrat, I think it can only be good news for President Obama if outspoken conservatives spend the next few months trying to kneecap Willard. And (via Dan Amira atNYMag Daily Intel), if Willard’s distant cousin Jon Huntsman wants to keep making attack videos, more power to him:

Open Thread: Break Out the Barn Jacket, Scotty

Per Glenn Johnson at the Boston Globe‘s Political Intelligence blog, Senator Brown (R-Masshole), a man not necessarily in danger of developing full-bore workaholism, is being forced to step up his schedule:

Senator Scott Brown is stepping up his campaign activity.
The Massachusetts Republican today released a web video highlighting his recent visit to Gloucester, during which he called for the resignation of the country’s top fisheries official.
Brown also wrote an op-ed column for the Lowell newspaper rebutting a television ad campaign being aired against him by the League of Conservation Voters…
Brown publicly states that he won’t start campaigning until next year, when he will be seeking his first full, six-year term after winning a January 2010 special election to replace the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
But the rise of Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, as well as early advertising by, first, the League of Women Voters and, now, the League of Conservation Voters, have prompted a change…

Shot of the fisherfolk-pleasing barn jacket in action at the link, although the news photog couldn’t shoehorn both the Glouchester Fishing Memorial and the Pickup Truck of Campaigning into the same frame, alas. There’s also a link to Brown’s video, which is a sackful of fail with a slight tang of flopsweat. Schadenfreude being a powerful drug, I am thoroughly enjoying Cosmo Boy’s disgruntled expression — he figured he could loaf through on Tea-Party talking points and blast-fax AFP boilerplate for another six months as long as his competition was split between the first-term mayor, that guy who won’t stop talking about City Year, an Episcopalian priest whose most significant political accomplishment was failing to be elected lieutenant guv, a lady pediatrician, a software engineer, and a state senator whose name is known only to his immediate family. Then Elizabeth Warren lost her dream job at the clammy hands of Scotty’s Rethug co-conspirators, and now he’s got an an actual race on his hands, poor fella. Sweat, Scott Brown, sweat!

Monday Morning Open Thread

Quick pick-me-up Sunday post, now going wide in the pixelverse. Greg Sargent reports that “David Axelrod goes there: GOP may be trying to destroy economy on purpose“:

… As you know, Obama’s newly aggressive populism and (gasp) partisan rhetoric has sparked a good deal of handwringing and complaining from centrist columists (see Brooks, David) and leading GOP officials (see Ryan, Paul), who have been arguing that the new approach is somehow out of bounds or that it risks alienating the middle of the country. Axelrod’s amplification of the charge that the GOP may be tanking the economy on purpose suggests the Obama campaign isn’t taking these objections too seriously.
Indeed, it’s worth asking whether we’re seeing a fundamental shift in the thinking of the Obama team and some Dems — a basic recognition that the old rules don’t apply anymore, that the unprecedented tactics being employed by the opposition require a new kind of response. As Dana Milbank notes, you can see the evidence of this in the unapologetic populism driving Elizabeth Warren’s Senate candidacy, which suggests that “Democrats will no longer play by Marquess of Queensbury rules while their opponents disembowel them.”
But this may be about something broader than just a new approach to Republicans. The Occupy Wall Street protests; our political conversation’s intense new focus on inequality and economic justice; and the extraordinary levels of voter anxiety and dissatisafaction with our institutions all seem to suggest that the political landscape is shifting in ways we can’t really appreciate yet. It looks like the Obama campaign is placing its bet on what kind of political response these big changes are demanding.

More at the link. This is good news for Democrats — to hell with the “centrist” fetish for imaginary moderates in search of the perfectly tepid non-response; it’s only the One Percenters (and their deluded supporters among the Twenty-Seven Percenters) who believe “All Is for the Best, in This Best of All Possible Worlds” is a workable political philosophy.