(Suggested songs to listen to while reading: Rick James, 'Super Freak;' The Angels, 'My Boyfriend's Back;' Felt, 'Sunlight Bathed The Golden Glow'

Well, at least Marie Antoinette can rest easy now. What else to think about Mitt Romney's recent remarks to his posse of rich hommies in a Florida Manse, except to think that the list of most toffee-nosed heartless twits in history has expanded to incorporate a new number one. It happened in Boca Raton, which has a certain ring to it, like it would be a good brand name for a vibrator, um personal massager, and apparently what happens in Boca Raton, doesn't stay in Boca Raton.

In case you've been obsessing over things way more important than what a 65-year old man running for a position of leadership of a great country actually thinks about the people of said great country he's trying to lead, let's just say there's a video of Romney at a fund-raiser basically calling half of his fellow citizens crack-heads. Anyway it would be funny if it wasn't so funny. Oh and Romney, Fuck You.

Ok, so now where is the race. Wait, did I just mention 'race'. Let's not go there. In the big polls, meaning polls of the whole US of A, the contest for the Presidency of the United States of America is sorta tied. In the polls of the 'swing' states, states that uh go both ways, Democrat or Republican, Obama is ahead. He's winning, and his opposition is whining. Like retirees at a hustler's séance, they keep trying to call up the ghost of the actor who once played the President for them, Ronald Reagan. Instead all they get is the Millionaire ("and his wife!," sing it with me) from Gilligan's Island.

They've even been trying to trot out the sad-sack that Reagan defeated, a man most of you reading this born after the invention of electricity (or the internet) probably have never even heard of, Jimmy Carter. He was a Democratic, and the economy wasn't so good, and he had problems in the Middle East, blah de blah blah blah. Yeah and he was a white southern evangelical peanut-farmer and a real sour-puss, so he and Obama definitely have a lot in common. No one's buying this, (even Republicans), but what no one's really saying is actually the comparison works the other way. Obama's the other guy (we all know George Bush Jr. was the Republican Carter). Obama is Reagan.


Yes. Obama himself has said it before. Reagan was a transformational figure, and Obama wanted to be that too. He's doing it. The change that his hinge, transitional generation represents, the real change that is in the very demographic of the country, is his base and it's a large one, and a majority. It's most of us and it's the world we live in and the way we see the word. We are different than Reagan's people, who are, all apologies for the brisk brutality of this, dying or have achieved dying. The dead have sometimes been known to get to the polls on election day. The living though usually sway the day.

to be continued...


Mike Tyler is a celebrated post-beat poet who has been covered over the years everywhere from The Times to Wired. He is releasing his debut UK album, Erection, on August 20th via The Art Can Not Be Damaged.

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