Posts Tagged ‘Election 2012’


Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

On their deafening defeat by the Democratic Party and President Obama, the Republican Party is doing what any smart loser does: assessing where they went wrong. The problem for the current Republican Party, however, is not WHERE they went wrong.  It is that they ARE wrong.

They are a “country” of old white men who live in the Twentieth Century. They are throwbacks to a time that no longer exists, and should not. If you’ll imagine a hunt-country tableaux with a the Lord of the Manor seated in his wingtip chair, his Fox News-type bride dressed circa 1950 wearing just a tad more Pan make-up than necessary painted on so thick meant to camouflage vacuity, and she with her guiding hand on her husband’s shoulders, well, you almost have the picture. Sitting at their feet, wearing their adorable-not Lily Pulitzer Sunday best, the requisite children and their proper brace of AKC hunt country dogs. Sigh.

The current brand of Republicanism is on the right about everything, and wrong about everything. The party no longer even represents the best of conservatism, and surely there is something best about conservatism. But who remembers? Conservatism has been raped by its own.

Conservatism, like their women has been held hostage – so much for Ayn Rand – by a misguided need to protect their white male fiefdoms, their women as complicit as their men in their attempt to strip away a woman’s right to make her own choices in body, mind spirit and economics.

Ruled by their elitist sense of self, that they somehow know what’s best for us all, they act as the Queen Bees to what they conceive of as a nation of drones, on this earth to only serve their needs. Is Rush LIMPaugh a Queen Bee in disguise? Surely Ann Coulter thinks that she is. Oh how she and Limbaugh do drone on in mindless buzz.

The middle class is drowning and these Apoidea know it, yet they insist that their tax cuts remain in force. They protect the big oil companies and their absurd subsidies. They want to abolish Medicare as we know it and hang the youth of our nation out to dry. Theirs is a Ponzi scheme – and we see what their trickledown scheme has done for the fiscal health of this nation.

They are self-serving. What else could be behind their selfishness, their need to keep the money at the top of the food chain while the drones, the middle class, are annihilated by Republican narcissism?

They despise the color brown, except on their rifles, and deny the relevance of people of color as anything more than annoyances who they would like to see slither across the sand colored earth as they make their way back to wherever it is from whence they came.

They are the party of exclusive, not inclusive.

Thus, as I began: The problem for the current Republican Party is not WHERE they went wrong. It is that they ARE wrong. About that, I am RIGHT!


Walsh, Cooper, Grunwald – Top Political Pundits – Guests for the Hour

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

POST-ELECTION COVERAGE – Illuminating hidden truths The Halli Casser-Jayne Show explores the hot button issues of race, media influence and the ideological divide with top political pundits on Nov 7, 3 pm EST.

Top political minds will bring you post-election coverage of Election 2012 and insight into what is in store for the U.S. in the upcoming four years, Wednesday, November 7, 3 pm EST, on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds.

Joining host Halli Casser-Jayne is Joan Walsh, editor-at-large for, the pioneering, award-winning website, and an MSNBC political analyst, author of “What’s the Matter with White People?” Walsh will shine her perspective on the browning of America and why white working class opportunities have stagnated and declined.

Ms. Casser-Jayne’s second guest is a Time Magazine senior national correspondent, Mike Grunwald, author of The New New Deal, The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era in which Grunwald seeks to enlighten America’s thinking about President Obama and his stimulus package as being the most aggressive fiscal stimulus bill in U.S. history, helping to stop an economic death spiral, easing the pain of a great recession and preventing a depression. Grunwald is recognized as one of this generation’s most original and tireless journalists with a talent for illuminating hidden truths.

National Journal editor and former White House correspondent, Matt Cooper, will also join in a political roundtable hosted by Halli Casser-Jayne, author of A Year in My Pajamas with President Obama, the Politics of Strange Bedfellows.

Don’t miss The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds Wednesday, November 7th at 3 – 4 pm ET as our guests shed light on America’s political future. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds and Lovers of Politics is always enlightening.

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Halli began her radio career on “The Dick Summer Show” on WYNY in New York City and has also worked as a reporter and photographer; actress and documentary producer; radio personality; author, editor and publisher. Her radio show, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, features stellar guests from the world of politics, books, art, culture, and celebrity. Recent guests have included Gloria Feldt, author-activist and former CEO of Planned Parenthood; actress Linda Evans; bestselling authors Kristin Hannah and Jackie Collins; star of  Broadway’s Jersey Boys, Russell Fischer; Representative Betty Sutton; Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Danny Danon, two-time Pulitzer prizewinner political cartoonist Jim Morin. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, a production of RESSAC LLC, airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on For more information, visit Like the show’s page on Facebook,, and follow Halli on Twitter,


Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

Here’s what I wrote four years ago in my last column before ELECTION 2008…
from A YEAR IN MY PAJAMAS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA, The Politics of Strange Bedfellows C. 2009


c 2012 Halli Casser-Jayne

The elitist jerks (the same ones Sarah Palin referred to recently) of the Republican Party, led by their thank goodness he only has days to go before he’s history, George W. Bush, in eight years brought the United States to its knees with its supercilious, super-ridiculous, super-fractious and oh, my God, super-religious ideology, the same convinced of the absurd notion that God was on their side, and it was their God’s way or the highway, to hell with the rest of America.

The divider who never a uniter was, pulled the shroud over too many American eyes with his cheap theocratic talk, his Biblical religious Babel, his suggestion that his Presidency was a divine appointment. Tush, in his personal hour of need had found his higher power and wanted to save the nation as he believed he’d been saved. But the nation never needed saving; it needed leadership. George W. Bush, the Christian, was but a follower of religious dogma.

Let me say that not all of the Bush Administration’s ideas were wrong. Nevertheless, too much of Bush’s agenda was steeped in theocracy, Rovian piety, and personal belief versus e. pluribus Unum, the term faith-based initiatives a code for political Christian evangelism. The religious devotee Bush came to understand too late how he’d been victimized by his fellow brethren, his Judas Iscariot was Karl Rove and the leaders of the Christian Right.

The religious fervered Bush, in some ways naïve and always inherently angry, never realized that the agenda of the politicos behind him was never for his benefit and certainly not for the good of America. Bush was the unwitting disciple of those that sought the best for their pocketbooks, all those elites that are the Republican Party, the oil baron’s, the Wall Street tycoons, and the Neo-cons, each wanting  money, power, world dominance, but few seeking what was truly best for the future of America.

The last eight years Americans have been the victims of drive-by Christian religious indoctrination culminating in the Bush Administration’s slow but steady abortion of a women’s right to choose.

No less despicable than the Bush Administration are the leaders of the Christian Right with the help of their recruits, whose attempt to divide and conquer the American electorate with the aide of Karl Rove took the sacred and turned it into the profane.

There are many reasons for the considerate Obama win last week, but it would be a sin to overlook the nation’s rejection of the Christian Right, including by many evangelicals themselves, tired of the despicable hold on the American political process by a cadre of religious zealots hell-bent on inserting their religious convictions into the womb of American society. It’s been ungodly to watch public policy be gang-raped these last eight years, America the victim of religious molestation.

Now the Christian Republican Party is dead, but we can only imagine what will emerge from its sound defeat. The Republican Party will spend the next four years in political purgatory, engaged in a prolonged Baptism of renewal, atoning for its sins? Sadly, it didn’t have to end quite the way that it did by throwing the baby out with the Baptism water.

John McCain might have been John the Baptist. He might have saved the Republican Christian party from itself. McCain had never been a believer in politics by religion. But hungry for power he ate the Christian manna fearful of the loss of the party’s base and without them his own defeat. McCain went religious with the choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running-mate rather than choosing, for instance, the fiscally conservative Mitt Romney. You can bet it is a decision that John McCain will probably put on the same level of stupidity as the day he crashed his fighter jet into the hands of the Vietcong.

Palin is smart, charming, even interesting, but she is just another Christian who believes her way is His way and His way is the only way and if you don’t follow His lead you are doomed to purgatory. McCain thought that Palin, a woman, would bring to him the disgruntled Hillary voters. How could a man understand that Roe v. Wade stood between McCain, Palin and their dream?  Oh, the Egg Wars, that perennial fight between all women that keeps them from the halls of power. In particular, Evangelical women simply don’t understand that they don’t have the moral high ground on the issue of abortion, only their righteousness.

The large female vote that went for Obama told the story. Welcome to purgatory Sarah Palin and the rest of the Evangelical arm of the political party called the Republicans. Welcome to the land of the politically barren.

Had he had the nerve to stand up to the likes of James Dodson, John McCain might have brought the party back from the brink. But he didn’t. Maybe there is a God and she was watching over the United States, the land of the free, the home of the brave, the un-Christian nation, a country of individuals borne out of the pyres of religious oppression that was the demise of the once Great Britain.

Compassionate conservatism is dead if ever it was alive because really, compassion and the politics of conservatism is an oxymoron. Conservatism worships the state, not the needs of the people. It stands behind the corporation, not the citizens who make the corporation work.

In the wake of what wasn’t is a new progressive agenda in which the needs of the people count. It as if Moses discovered the eleventh commandment: People First.

Now it’s the Second Coming, the world has found its new Messiah in President-elect Barack Obama. He is not the blond Christ so often depicted on the walls of Christian churches when as a Semitic Christ surely would have had dark skin and hair. What a shock to discover that the new savior is a “mutt,” as the president-elect recently called himself. Obama is also a progressive, and, by the way, his middle-name is Hussein. He says he is a Christian, but he says it as an afterthought. Thank you, Jesus. The religious wars of the Bush years served no one; certainly not America.

The country has been blessed. The religious war is over. America has elected a true leader and God-willing, the United States is about to enter the Promised Land.

And that is truly Divine.


Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

OK. When a seemingly legitimate candidate for the presidency of the United States of America stoops to the low that Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney did today in invoking the “birther” controversy into his campaign, I cannot let it roll by. Yes, of course, there’s the proverbial question as to how low will a pol go to win a campaign, a question we sadly  know the answer to: lower than low. But there’s something even more unseemly here that needs to be addressed.

The question of President Obama’s birth  by the lunatic fringe is fraught with layers. These are not frivolous attacks on the legitimacy of the Obama presidency. They are, in fact, deliberate, focused attacks on the black president fueled by racism by a predominately white Southern constituency.

Of course, Mitt Romney knows this, which is what makes his invocation of the absurd claims by the absurd fringe of his absurd party that much more heinous. And, one might even go so far as to say desperate.

But mostly it is despicable, and in my mind, should disqualify Governor Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate. When a presidential candidate plays the race card, however cleverly, he should not qualify for a chance to win the highest office in the land that  is the American presidency.

In response to the horror over his remarks by his detractors, the Romney campaign replied with this: “Governor Romney was just illustrating that he was born and raised here in Michigan.”

An absurd excuse.



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Mormon Temple

For those of you who asked, here is the  information on where you can learn more about the guests who appeared on Wednesday’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show: Is Mitt Romney’s Mormonism Fair Game? We tackled the controversial subject of Mormonism, the often besmirched and little known religion. In that context, we asked the question whether Republican presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney’s Mormonism would be a consideration of voters when they make their choice for president. It was an informative and sometimes controversial discussion. I hope that you’ll all tune in. You can listen right here on our website, or download the episode/podcast directly from iTunes. If you do go to iTunes, we ask that you leave a comment there to help us build our presence on iTunes.

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Election 2012: Boring…boring…boring!!!

Maybe it’s because Election 2008 was so extraordinary. Maybe it is because during Election 2008 I was researching what would become my book A YEAR IN MY PAJAMAS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA, The Politics of Strange Bedfellows. Maybe it’s because the two men vying to win Election 2012 could not be running more lackluster campaigns than Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

From the man who took presidential campaigns to new heights in 2008, the once mercurial Barack Obama now comes across as phlegmatic.  The campaign itself is equally composed.

Boring, boring, boring!

And then there is Mitt Romney and his uninspiring style. Mitt Romney reminds me of the Ken doll. I suppose he might be considered good-looking, if you like the type of man who graces the back pages of cheap newspaper supplements with their arms in that odd waist-high position and their dead facial expressions. Romney is a figure in a wax museum. His voice is as mundane as his looks, and as annoying as his lack of style. He speaks with a nasal tone and always seems breathless to me, his cadence oddly staccato.


My description of both candidates must seem oddly superficial. I talk about their style and delivery and not about the content of their campaigns. There is good reason for this: There is no content in either campaign. The candidates attack each other, they attack each others’ party, they attack each others’ politics. Election 2012 is a campaign Against and is nothing about FOR.  Romney is against whatever Obama is for, and Obama is against whatever Romney is for. Or I could say that Romney is for whatever Obama is against, and Obama is for whatever Romney is against. Whichever way you play the sentence, it gets you to the same place. No innovation, nothing inventive, no wealth of ideas. Truth is, they were both for it, whatever it is, before they were against it.


So, if you believe, as I do, that our candidates reflect us, than you have a pretty good idea where America is today. America is no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave…it’s just…



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