Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Warning! Going Rogue is on the Lose!

Jimmy Fallon had some fun with Sarah Palin’s new book, Going Rogue.  See, Rogue is on the lose and the Feds are on the case!  Watch Rogue take down Rachel Maddow, jump off a building, a la The Fugitive, and do it with New Moon.  This appears to be one dangerous book!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Teabaggin’ 09 – If You’re Gonna Talk Smack, Make Sure to Get it Right

Michelle Bachmann, Fox News, and the Astroturfing Right marched, yet again, on Capitol Hill to fight health care reform.  In a moment of accidental brilliance and brutal truth, Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri called on the mob to join him in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  Being the smarmy prick he is, he pointed out that it was fitting and proper, and “it drives the liberals crazy!”  Ha Ha!  Hilarious!  Fired up, he broke into a rousing rendition of the Pledge, which he proceeded to fuck up!

Stupid.  Reciting the Pledge doesn’t drive liberals crazy.  The words “Under God” don’t drive liberals crazy.  No, the only thing that drives liberals crazy is the fact that people actually listen to these stupid asses!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Election 2009 – All’s Not Bad…All’s Not Good

You probably heard there were elections yesterday.  Both New Jersey and Virginia now have Republican Governors.  There were also special elections for House seats in New York and California, both going to Democrats.  I’ve read a number of stories this morning about how this is a huge win for Republicans and that Democrats should be concerned about next years mid-terms.  Michael Steele was not gloating/gloating about it this morning:

Frankly, I don’t know what he’s so happy about.  Yeah, you have Governors in two more states than you did yesterday.  But Democrats picked up two votes in the House (CA-10 was previously Democrat, but Ellen Tauscher resigned to become Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs).  I’ll take the votes, thank you very much.  So will Steve Benen:

by winning both of yesterday's congressional elections, Democrats have not only managed to expand their House majority, they've also moved the caucus ever so slightly to the left. Bill Owens (NY-23) is a moderate, but he's more liberal than the Republican he's replacing, John McHugh, and he's endorsed a progressive approach to health care reform.

Likewise, (John) Garamendi (CA-10) is more liberal than (Ellen) Tauscher was, and he, too, favors a progressive approach to health care reform.

This is a great thought, but all is not roses.  Democrats need to take heed because now is not the time to get soft or take this as a sign that the nation is moving right.  Remember, we voted for everything on Obama’s agenda.  Everything.  There is a lesson here and Kos delivers:

  1. If you abandon Democratic principles in a bid for unnecessary "bipartisanship", you will lose votes.
  1. If you water down reform in favor of Blue Dogs and their corporate benefactors, you will lose votes.
  1. If you forget why you were elected -- health care, financial services, energy policy and immigration reform -- you will lose votes.

That’s right.  One year ago today, the nation stood up and voted.  Remember that night?  It was amazing!  I’ll never forget watching the celebrations all over the country and thinking to myself, “this is like the end of ‘Return of the Jedi’”.  Our guy won.  We had the House.  We had the Senate.  We’re going to get things done!  They’re going to work for us!

Well folks, I still have that optimism, but it’s fading fast.  I can’t express this any better than Kos does, so I’ll let him:

Tonight proved conclusively that we're not going to turn out just because you have a (D) next to your name, or because Obama tells us to. We'll turn out if we feel it's worth our time and effort to vote, and we'll work hard to make sure others turn out if you inspire us with bold and decisive action.

The choice is yours. Give us a reason to vote for you, or we sit home. And you aren't going to make up the margins with conservative voters. They already know exactly who they're voting for, and it ain't you.