Political “Bits and Pieces”

 Political “Bits and Pieces” (Tuesday, November 2, 2010)

 Prediction: There will be no “avalanche” or “landslide” against Democrats in Today’s Election

 By Juanita Bratcher 

CopyLine Magazine did not conduct any polls on today’s election – crunching numbers as to what the possible outcome would probably be. I never professed to have that kind of expertise, and frankly, I’ve never had that much confidence in polls. Yet, my basic instincts and gut feelings about this election are that there will not be a “landslide” or “avalanche” – as  has been reported – against Democrats in today’s (November 2, 2010) election. That said, if I’m proved to be wrong after the dust settles (votes have been tallied), I will clearly walk up to the plate and admit what would now be evitable.

 But for some reason or another, I have faith in the American people, the voters, that they will forcefully push back and turn away from extremist candidates and strongly reject their messages. However, it would be foolhardily and remiss, of course, to dismiss the fact that extremists have their supporters, too. There are some whose ideology fits right in with theirs and they will strongly support them and their views. But my prediction is that several of the supposedly “shoo-in” extremist candidates will surprisingly be turned back in their tracks at the polls.

 Secondly, I believe the media’s gloom and doom of Democrats in this election has really fired up a “fighting spirit” amongst many of those in the so-called “silent majority”, and they will make it a point to go to the polls to buffer that predicted effect of gloom and doom by the media.

 For certain, Democrats will lose some seats in this mid-term election. It’s possible they will lose control of the House. But right now nothing is marked in concrete…stone. Everything is still up for grabs. So don’t pop the bottle cork just yet.    


November 1, 2010

Political “Bits and Pieces”

Waiting for the Fat Lady to Sing


By Juanita Bratcher

Whew! What an election campaign year this has been. Not to worry, though, it’ll all be over in a day (tomorrow) – that’s when the Fat Lady will come to the stage and joyfully sing for some and painfully sing for others. The political landscape will be in the midst of a transformation. And some candidates will get a real taste of reality – whether bitter or sweet. By then “political junkies” (I say this in a good way) can cease speculation because they’ll then know the winners and losers, can compare their notes (on whom they thought would win or lose), albeit, or perhaps hear about a few hanging chads interfering in a race or two. But that won’t stop the Fat Lady from leaving the stage and sit in wait for her next big political performance.

Obviously, the end results will bring disappointments to some and retirements for others. But isn’t that the nature of politics? Then, too, hanging chads might be political history since the 2000 Presidential Election outcome between Republican Candidate George W. Bush and Democrat Candidate Al Gore. Remember when hanging chads delayed the results of that election for sometime? However, voting is more sophisticated now since most states are using Touch Screen voting.

So what was different about this election year? Well, there was a lot of public unrest; an extraordinary amount of protest in regards to Health Care reform legislation and other issues of concern. The Tea Party revolution – one of rebellion was in full swing….and the beat goes on to this day as I write.

Health Care reform informational rallies sponsored by various Washington legislators in their local legislative districts were met with angry protesters, many with an awkward display of incendiary and insulting placards mostly about President Barack Obama and the Obama Administration. Some participants at these rallies and marches showed up with guns strapped to their hips. Obviously, their intentions were to keep havoc going through fear tactics.

There were three major rallies – The Tea Partiers’ September 2010 march/rally, “Remember in November”, in Washington, D.C., sponsored by FreedomWorks’ founder Dick Armey, the former Republican House Majority leader; Talk Show Host Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally and Comedy Central entertainers Jon Stewart and Steve Colbert’ “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear”, both held on the National Mall. There were several mini-rallies in certain cities across the country. Reportedly, a CBS commissioned poll, found that the Stewart and Colbert rally drew 215,000 and 87,000 for Beck’s.

 And what about those annoying Robo Calls many of us were inundated with and squealed about? Television ads were plentiful. Then there were those spiked up ads giving a good pitch for the buyer candidate of the ad – making he/she look good while at the same time literally destroying their opponent in a matter of seconds? Those ads painted an excellent scenario of the good guy/bad guy syndrome. They walk away looking good while their opponents are made to look like liars, wimps, carpetbaggers and ruthless. So who is the voter to believe? That’s why it’s important to do your homework, research information about the candidates and closely peruse their agendas.

And there was the issue of secret money flowing into campaigns; some they alleged was coming from foreign countries to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that was helping to influence America elections, which the Chamber denied. Many cried wolf (especially Democrats) and point fingers at the Chamber that reportedly pumped millions of dollars in ads for Republican candidates. Then there was the issue of big union money being funneled into Democrats’ campaigns. But a union leader said their money was contributed above board.

I have been a Journalist/News Reporter for 34 years. And during those years I have covered many elections and wrote numerous political articles. This election year is certainly different. It is one of the strangest election years I have ever witnessed. Some of the candidates running for office have spewed out some of the nastiest venom imaginable – hateful, incendiary remarks, and dirty tricks beyond reasoning.

Board of Tax Appeals Commissioner Joe Berrios’ Campaign has a “Question for Forrest Claypool”, his opponent in the race for Cook County Assessor:

Have you really sunk to this level? Judging me for raising money in a charity coat drive?

I proudly helped the Illinois State Crime Commission-Police Athletic League of Illinois in raising money that went toward the purchase of 6,500 coats for poor children.

But you criticized me for it in your radio ad that launched this week. You failed to note that several community ministers and elected officials also participated – people such as Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Senator Donne Trotter, and Rev. Senator James Meeks. The coat drive was chaired by Bears player Brian Urlacher.

I grew up in public housing. I know what it’s like to be part of a struggling family, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Nor am I ashamed to give back to the community.

The only shame to be had is on you, Forrest Claypool, for turning your back on poor families in poor neighborhoods.


At a rally in Chicago Saturday, President Barack Obama told about 35,000 supporters in his Hyde Park neighborhood (where the rally was held), to get out and vote and see that their friends vote, too. He also told supporters “that this will be a tough election.

 Said Obama: “There’s no doubt that this is a tough election. It’s tough here in Illinois. It’s tough all across the country.” He reminded them that Republicans were counting on voters’ “amnesia” to win, but urged them to let Republicans know “that we have not forgotten. It’s up to you to let them know that this election is a choice between the policies that got us into this mess and the policies that are starting to lead us out of this mess.”

 October 29, 2010

By Juanita Bratcher

A message to Congressman Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.):  For the good of your Democratic Party and the country, some voters outside of Florida and inside of Florida feel that you should drop-out of the Senate race and put your support behind Independent Candidate Charlie Crist. Their reason: You can’t win, so why be a spoiler? Polls show that Republican Marco Rubio is the front-runner for the post. Reportedly, Democrat Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has endorsed Crist because he feels Meek can’t win…..On another note, some voters in Illinois feel that Scott Lee Cohen, Independent Candidate for governor, chances are slim to none to win in Illinois’ Gubernatorial race, that he can be a potential spoiler in taking votes  from Gov. Pat Quinn, the Democratic Party Nominee for governor, rather than the Republican Party Nominee Bill Brady…..Hopefully, Nevada voters will see Sharron Angle for what she really is (an extremist and out of the mainstream) before they press that button at the polls. Her extreme thinking about issues and what she will do, if elected, is not good for the country. Democrat Harry Reid, Majority Leader in the Senate, deserves to be re-elected…..Of all the problems and challenges this country is facing, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) got in line behind Radio Talk Show Host Rush Limbaugh (R-KY) when noting that the single most important thing he wants to achieve is for President Barack Obama to be a one-term president. He further stated that, “Our single biggest political goal is to give our nominee for president the maximum opportunity to be successful…” Shortly after Obama was elected President, Limbaugh said he wanted Obama to fail. Now that McConnell has expressed his intentions, his legislative actions during the last two years are right in line with his recent remarks……It was downright disrespect of a woman, disgusting and unsettling in nature to see Lauren Valle, a MoveOn.org supporter, being fiercely mobbed and manhandled at a Senatorial Debate in Kentucky between Jack Conway and Rand Paul. In an interview, the main culprit, Tim Profitt, a Rand Paul volunteer, who stomped on Valle’s head, said it was no big deal, that Valle was not an innocent bystander. He had the arrogant gall to say that she owed him an apology. While I was watching the tape of the incident, which has been played over and over again on television, there were two other men involved and a lady pointing her finger at the woman (Valle) on the ground. What would the thugs have done if their wife or mother had sustained such beating at the hands of a man? A few days earlier, at a debate in Alaska, a supporter of Senate Candidate Joe Miller, manhandled, handcuffed and detained a reporter because he asked Miller a question….. It’s not often that Karl Rove and I are on the same page. But his remark that the former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin not having the “gravitas” to be President was right on target.Rove told the Telegraph that there are high standards that the American people have in regards to the presidency. “They require a certain level of gravitas. … They want to look at the candidate and say, ‘That candidate is doing things that [give] me confidence that they are up to the most demanding job in the world. ‘”My belief is that Palin is not qualified to be President. And the media should stop playing with the idea that she can be a viable candidate for President. Truth be told, Palin is an extremist and a very polarizing figure…..And what’s with Frank Caprio telling President Barack Obama to “shove it” because he didn’t get Obama’s endorsement in his gubernatorial bid in Rhode Island? Obama didn’t endorse Caprio out of respect for Linc Chafee, a friend and former Republican who endorsed Obama in his 2008 bid for President. Chafee is now running as an Independent for governor of Rhode Island. Reportedly, Caprio’s words have cost him big time – his numbers are steadily falling.

Stay tuned for the next Political “Bits and Pieces.”