Sunday, January 22, 2012
- Do you think that Romney's comments in the debate mentioned above really were "the dying gasps of the anti-equality Republican rhetoric"?
- Do you think that winning the Republican Primary in South Carolina will give Gingrich the push to win the nomination?
- How can the religious right and family values Republicans support a candidate, i.e. Gingrich, who has had two failed marriages because of infidelity and is currently on his third marriage?
"Titled “A Tribute to Horowitz,” the concert featured, at the great master’s beloved Steinway, Lola Astanova, a 26-year-old native of Uzbekistan who wore slinky, shimmery gowns; spike heels; and $850,000 in jewels borrowed from Tiffany, which sponsored the evening."
Ms. Astanova names Horowitz as her pianistic god. She prefers to play Eastern European music (ie. Slavic and mostly from the Romantic period). The Times review of the concert conceded her a good technique, though accompanied by melodramatic gestures at the keyboard such as ending a piece by flinging her arms high and backward over her head or clutching her bosom (perhaps in recognition of what a lot of men and some women in the audience might also like to be doing). She sometimes launches into or ends virtuosic works by grunting like a tennis play serving the ball.
Interestingly, the Times says that for all of her love of the Romantic piano literature, her playing often lacks feeling. Their final comment was that in a piano recital, a Chopin etude should shine brighter than the three quarters of a million dollars worth of diamonds the pianist is wearing.
2. It might. The Repugs want to win. If they think Newt will be their best chance to win, they will push him forth. Remember that the Repug Primary is always a blood bath. But once the victor emerges, they all get behind their candidate, lock step. And Newt, like Romney, will say and do anything that will please the crowd. He has no values that he personally believes, save getting power and wealth. While I do agree that the Repugs will hope for a dark horse to emerge, they also saw what happened to their first late comer, Dickhead Perry.
3. Yes, definitely. It's all about the repentance for them. They are hypocrites all, remember that. They don't really care about "family values" or anything spiritual at all. They just use that as rhetoric to redirect the focus of their campaigns so their base will understand and follow them. Think about all the wealthy televangelists that have come, fleeced their flocks, gotten into scandalous trouble, cried on TV, and were graciously allowed to continue to fleece their flocks. They have to show "forgiveness", or they will be seen as the cold, callous, greedy people they are. It's all about money for the Repug politicians. Not one of them are truly spiritual people. So they will fully support Newt, if it comes to that. He is an old insider, and knows how to play by the rules. What they don't want is a wild card.
Those are my two cents on the questions.
2) No, though the word is that the GOP leadership are panic-stricken over the possibility. Their best hope IS a "last minute" dark horse who will not have been stained with over-scrutiny. But who?
3) Newt Gingrich IS the Jimmy Swaggart of politicians. Fundamentalist Christians cannot get enough of a man redeemed from the clutches of Satan. And who KNOWS how many voters can convince themselves that his transgressions are just fabrications from that Liberal Media?
4) (I know there wasn't a #4) As far as nominations go, I subscribe to the notion that the Republican party threw the last election intentionally by nominating John McCain, so that they could blame the black man for all the ills in America and set up a landslide in 2012. A landslide is not looking good. That said, I wonder if we aren't at the tipping point, where someone even worse than Dubya could be elected President.