Excerpt: In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Scott
Brown rode a wave of voter anger to defeat Martha Coakley
in an election that left Obama's health care
overhaul in doubt and marred the end of his first year in office.
The loss by the once-favored Coakley for the Ted's
seat signaled big political problems for the Democrats
this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial
candidates are on the ballot nationwide.
More immediately, Brown will become the 41st Republican
in the 100-member Senate, which could allow
the GOP to block the president's health care
legislation and the rest of Obama's agenda. Democrats needed
Coakley to win for a 60th vote to thwart Republican
That's not true.
What we need is a president who is less accomodating
to those who hate his f-ing guts and those who
kinda like him but they know he's a pushover
so they make outrageous demands which he then meets.
Democratic fingerpointing began more than a week
ago as polls started showing a tight race, with the
White House accusing Coakley of a poor campaign
and the Coakley camp laying at some of the blame
on the administration. Obama flew to Boston for
last-ditch personal campaigning on Sunday.
I don't know anything about Coakley but I know this election wasn't
This is what happens when the president
refuses to come to work.
I've been screaming about this since August,
when Obama went on vacation with our house burning.
Every TV in America was showing angry mobs, screaming
that they were "losing their country." As is his style, Obama stayed out of the fight
and turned his presidency over to Reid & Pelosi.
If Obama stays this course, we will lose the House and the Senate in
November and, I'm sure they'll
blame the Clintons for this, somehow. This train has been coming
right at us for six months, but we
believed the White House when they said the teabagger anger wasn't
Of course, the teabagger anger is irrational, but it does exist
and Obama refused to deal with it.
History is being made right before our eyes.
Will Obama finally decide to fight the enemy?
Or will he stay the course and comdemn us to a Palin presidency?
I know it's a little late to matter for the election
but isn't this the kind of values (or lack of same)
that our Repug friends get so worked up over?
And why are our candidates too nice to bring it up?
Democrats don't believe in listing the facts.
They'd rather lose than do something so ...tawdry.
Excerpt: It is a truly remarkable feat, in just one year's
time, to turn the fear and anger voters felt in 2006 and 2008 at a
Republican Party that had destroyed the economy,
redistributed massive amounts of wealth from the middle class
to the richest of the rich and the biggest of
big businesses, and waged a trillion-dollar war in the wrong country,
into populist rage at whatever Democrat voters
can cast their ballot against.
All of this was completely predictable. And it
Bartcop's been writing about it since August,
when Obama went on vacation
and chose to ignore the rage of the teabaggers
that was on every TV in America..
The President's steadfast refusal to acknowledge
that we have a two-party system, his insistence on making destructive
concessions to the same party voters he had sent
packing twice in a row in the name of "bipartisanship," and his refusal
ever to utter the words "I am a Democrat" and
to articulate what that means, are not among his virtues. We have competing
ideas in a democracy -- and hence competing parties
-- for a reason. To paper them over and pretend they do not exist,
particularly when the ideology of one of the
parties has proven so devastating to the lives of everyday Americans, is
a virtue. It is an abdication of responsibility.
Subject: Obama Finally Gets His
Victory For Bipartisanship
This is what we have been saying for the last
year. Do you think Obama will listen now?
If he doesn't start waving testicles now,
it's over for his one term presidency and over for our democratic majority.
Not that the majority status meant a damn thing
to us in the first place.
First we get "no fight" Obama, coupled with "weenie"
Reid and "no stance" Pelosi.
It was a knockout defeat for the democrats yesterday
in Mass. and a loss of everything for the national dems.
Jim in Utah
Jim, you are correct.
But Obama can be taught to fight.
Excerpt: Call this a pre-mortem, or The Audacity of Losing
A Sure Bet….something like that.
The loss of Ted Kennedy’s seat to a faux populist
republican nude model is so egregious,
so telling, and so…well, inevitable–that it justifies
jumping the gun just a bit.
What went wrong?
What didn’t go wrong?
The Democratic Pary is so convinced of its rightful
place at what it likes to peg as the center-left
of the US electorate that it is completely tone
deaf, out of touch, and self-congratulatory in its
assumptions that its once core constituencies
will follow it into the dustbin of history.
The most obvious and forgiveable mistake was to
assume–with complete historical justification–that the
race was a foregone conclusion and that the real
media show was in the Dem primary. However reasonable,
this assumption played neatly into the hands
of a clever and well-tuned opposition, who were able to portray
Martha Coakley as thinking she deserved the seat,
like it was some unwritten codicle in Teddy’s will.
Friends of Martha will protest, but no matter.
The real problems started when this effect began to snowball.
Undeserved leadership is something of a sore
spot for jilted voters who have realized with a vengeance that
their love for the dems is unrequited. A party
that seems unable either to oppose in opposition nor lead when
in power is one that shouldn’t be allowed to
play with matches, as long as there are any adults around to stop them.
So, Daniel Webb thinks Coakley lost because she was arrogant?
Webb thinks Massachusetts gave Ted's liberal seat to a Facist dog to
punish a local Democrat?
If we continue to say the anger isn't real, we are doomed.
Obama represented himself as the new Sheriff in
town who was going to put the thieves,
rapists and war criminals of The Bush Crime Gang
behind bars and clean up Dodge City.
Instead, he gave all the criminals a get out of
jail free card, stabbed the people who elected him
in the back and told the bankers on Wall Street
to just keep the keys to the treasury that the
GOP Nazi thugs had handed them in 2001.
Look for Hillary to come back and challenge Obama
in the 2012 primary.
The support of Blacks alone won't be enough to
save his bacon this time.
Or, Hillary could be selfish and retire as a rich winner with 70% approval.
> If Ted's seat goes Nazi right, will Obama
finally get the message?
It's almost worth finding out.
In fact if this thing does end up in the sweaty
mitts of a hard right hand job let's hope (against hope)
that a valuable lesson is learned and President
Obama gives up his humiliating bi-partisan fantasy and
starts kicking some wing nut ass.
It's not like the man isn't capable of true greatness,
he just needs to deal with these clowns
once and for all and get down to business.
Now that Obama has lost Ted's seat, the media
firestorm will be worse than Eldrick-gate.
The only thing a media whore likes better than
building a man up
is the fun they get out of tearing him down.
"There are important lessons from the past
year that Obama had better learn if he is to achieve his goal of being
a "transformational" president like Reagan." -- Eugene Robinson, Link
"Transformational president, are you kidding?
At this point it will be a miracle if Obama is elected to a second term. And once
the right realizes that he is finished politically, there will be unceasing wafare in both
houses. The mid term elections, will lead to Republican domination of politics in
this country for another 8 years. Every important chance for reform or change, has been
one sellout after another. He’s lost the support of independents in this country, it’s
over." -- G. Anderson, Link
It's only over if Obama stays the course towards disaster.
If he learns how to fight, he can salvage his presidency.
Excerpt: I've got all sorts of complaints about Obama.
He's been weaker on civil liberties than I'd like. His approach to
bank regulation has been far too friendly to
financial interests. I'm not thrilled with his escalation in Afghanistan.
He hasn't moved as quickly on gay rights as I
hoped. And he hasn't used the bully pulpit nearly as effectively as
I think he's capable of. He could afford to attack
obstructionism and conservative retrenchment far more directly than he
Still, none of that comes within light years of
providing a reason to turn on him.
The national security community has tremendous
influence; the financial lobby has a stranglehold on Congress;
Obama told us explicitly during the campaign
that he planned to escalate in Afghanistan; his caution on gay rights
is quite likely smart politically; and he certainly
gave us fair warning about his dedication to reaching across the aisle
and trying to work with Republicans. The fact
that they've spent his entire first year in a raging temper tantrum is
hardly his fault. Given the cards he was dealt,
he hasn't done badly.
Hasn't done badly? If this is success, what does failure look like?
Of course, "turning on Obama" isn't the answer - he's all we've got.
But I think slapping him hard enough to wake him is a good idea.
We lost Ted's seat to a Fascist dog.
The Palin/Beck ticket carries California?
I just cannot bend my mind around the fact that
this teabagging fucktard won TEDDY'S seat,
out of all the seats in the Senate. The irony
is mind-boggling. And that rumbling you may have
noticed beneath your feet is FDR and all the
Kennedys turning over in their graves.
Fuck, I don't even want to get up tomorrow.
Jane in Beantown
We can still have a bright future - if Obama is
willing to fight for it.
Excerpt: Several Coakley supporters were injured during
her rush to get to the phone as quickly
as possible to concede the race to Scott Brown
even before AP called the race.
That, while some 25% of the precincts had yet
to report even how Diebold's easily-hacked,
oft-failed optical-scan machines (which are in
violation of federal voting system standards and
programmed by a company with a disturbing and
criminal background), had even reported their
tabulation and, more disturbingly, while 0% of
the voters' cast ballots in Massachusetts had been
counted or examined by any human being on the
face of the earth.
Excerpt: A big reason I started blogging in the first
place is that the nation’s political discourse, as conducted by mass media,
had degenerated into one lie on top of another.
Instead of frank, factual discussion of issues, we got political hacks
bashing their opponents with any disingenuous
talking point they could think up. The nadir of this was the debate we
weren’t able to have about invading Iraq, because
any attempt at informed discussion was shouted down by Bush goons
shrieking that we had to get Saddam now
now now. Mushroom clouds. WMDs. Gassing his own people (15 years
The Right came to dominate American politics because
they became brilliant at exploiting people’s ignorance of issues to
mislead them, and mass media were all too accommodating.
You might remember that one of the first leftie blogs to cut
through the noise was the late Media Whores
Online. It was thrilling to see someone, finally, call bullshit on
all political “news.”
While enacting progressive legislation is an important
goal, to me the bigger goal has always been to heal our political culture
and find a way to allow Americans to have factual,
adult, honest discussions about important issues that don’t turn into partisan
Punch and Judy shows. Progressivism ultimately
is about citizens using their own government to improve the quality of
I sincerely think that most Americans make sensible,
and even progressive, decisions about issues if they understand them.
That’s why it’s so discouraging to see lefties
fall into the same exploit-the-ignorance habits of the Right.
First, I miss MWO, too.
It's sad that she left without saying goodbye, but she's around - it's
not like she died.
Second, another way to fight the exploit-the-ignorance
bastards is to LIST THE FACTS.
People are naturally stupid, but they can be
educated - but the Democrats aren't into education.
The American people will almost always do the right thing - if given
When the teabggers say, "Obama is killing
our country" and the Democrats remain silent,
the regular voter takes the Democrats' silence as proof that the GOP
is telling the truth.
When will Obama and the Democrats get some Bartcop in them?
Excerpt: Having taken the oath of office just one year
ago, Barack Obama is a flashing meteor that sputtered out too soon
- or so the national media narrative tells us.
According to this story line, the young president is a presumptuous liberal
who disappointed his own idealistic followers
while irritating everyone else. At ABC News, they already speak of a
"final judgment", so we may soon hear declarations
of a "failed presidency" from Washington’s pundit herd.
After a run of extraordinary luck that helped
get him into the White House,
I'm sorry, I can't let that one go by. Luck didn't
put Obama in the White House.
Obama won because the entire media, every Republican
and half the Democrats turned Hillary into a racist
and then all Obama had to do was beat McCain
who might've won if the economy hadn't crash just before the election.
How could my good friend Joe call that luck?
Mr. Obama is indeed confronting his share of trouble.
He may well encounter more and worse as the midterm
election approaches. But he and his critics should
remember the last time a Democratic president had to listen to
the drafting of his own political obituary.
Those premature farewells came early in Bill Clinton’s
But there's a difference.
Clinton's problems came thru inexperience, but
he's a genius and he learned quickly.
Obama's plan is a failed plan. He wants to stay
above the fray and not join the fight.
During those exceptionally difficult years - including
a historic midterm landslide that cost Democrats control of
both houses of Congress - that young president
heard members of his own party urging him to step aside rather
than run again. Instead, he formulated the strategy
and tactics that led to his decisive reelection; a smashing midterm
victory in the midst of personal scandal; and
a presidency that has come to be regarded by the American people
as one of the most successful in the postwar
Clinton was successful because he fought back.
Obama's failure to fight has cost him, and health care, and us - dearly.
Now the question is will he stubbornly stay the course to disaster?
Or will he listen to the people who are urging him to come to work
and join the fight?
Bill Clinton did not lie about sex in his deposition.
Every deposition has a list of attached definitions
that, in this case, were negotiated beforehand by the attorneys
As I recall, this process took several weeks.
The definition of sex as used in the Clinton deposition involved actual
penetration by the Clenis into Monica's Hoo-hoo.
Because this penetration did not happen, President Clinton did not
lie during his deposition. The Republicans
lied to us about that.
The folks in Massachusetts who knowingly replaced
Ted Kennedy with a man who pledged
to defeat Kennedy’s lifetime goal, in order to
"send a message to Democrats", are like a person
who knowingly infects another with STD, in order
to send a message about safe sex…
One pundit said Massachusetts already has universal health care (from
so they didn't want to pay for the rest of us to have it.
Excerpt: Guitar God Jimmy Page has been handed a United
Nations peace prize after announcing plans for a Show of Peace concert.
The Led Zeppelin star was given the inaugural
Global Peace Award from the UN's Pathway to Peace organisation.
Page said that the honour meant a lot and was
a tribute to the power of music.
"Music has been the most powerful language to
reach the hearts of people around the world," he stated.
"During my career, I've experienced the connection
and harmony that music can bring."
He got the award after announcing he was playing a concert?
Then Michael Jackson should have dozens of these awards.
Every year, he'd announce a tour or a trip to the Moon that never took
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