Hey Dems, Pull Our Trigger Finger!

      Giddyap, Budget

So Harry bagged it and sent the tired brats to bed, but now there’s some kind of a deal that includes maybe a new new bipartisan supercommittee, and maybe a vote on a balanced budget amendment, and maybe the Trigger of Damocles cutting both Defense and Medicare, but definitely no new taxes, which will cause a great cry to ring out, but it doesn’t matter anyway because Lindsay Graham says Republicans won’t pass it, and we get to bite our nails or perform whatever repetitive obsessive behaviors will comfort us, all over again! Wee-Hoo!

ETA: C-Span Feed! Time to pop some arsenic!

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 07/31/11 at 09:57 AM • Permalink

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I’m really starting to wish Obama had yelled louder or used his Presidential Ray of Desolation to make the House vote for a better plan, earlier.

Also, if he had used a Magic Card to increase his monsters’ Attack Points, he could have won this turn and brought back all of his Dragons from the Graveyard.

Jane Hamsher’s so crabbed-off she even wants to primary Bernie Sanders.

Jane Hamsher hell, you should read hear the gnashing of teeth in the never ending open threads at BJ.

Well, Janie’s right to be pissed, after all the hard work she put in getting us a solid majority in both houses.

Jane’s answer to undermining Democratic majorities is to undermine them harder.

John McCain is having another “episode.”

Thirteen minutes left, but always time for Senator Windsock from Arizona to be a schmuck.

And his tie is strobing. Most animated he’s looked in a decade.

@MikeJ: It seems lately anytime a democrat does or says anything about anything it’s fainting couches ahoy at BJ. WTF? FDL all full up or something?

Wonderful: Durbin reminding the poor old Arizonan that his own economic advisor thought the stimulus saved the economy. Walnuts: he wasn’t my MAIN advisor!

We remember how great McCain was during the meltdown.

It seems lately anytime a democrat does or says anything about anything it’s fainting couches ahoy at BJ.

Pretty much what I’d observed, only democrats don’t necessarily need to say or do anything. It’s all-curl-up-and-die-all-the-time over there anymore.

C-span link up, and I owe Strange a drink. Great balls of balls! Durbin:

I thank the gentleman from Arizona; the last time he campaigned against me, I got 60% of the vote, and he’s welcome to come to Illinois and campaign against me any time.

Two minutes.

As I recall, the stimulus caused the Depression.  What we need now is a Spudnuts moment.

I’ve been stockpiling Spudnuts ever since Obama threw a Tarp over Lady Liberty!

I sure hope this blows up, or I’ll never be able to use that “14th Amendment” graphic.

Since 43 Republicans already said they wouldn’t vote for the Reid bill, I don’t know why I’m laying on the suspense and all.

This is yesterday’s bill, anyway, so I’m not really excited.

Padiddle!

I sure hope this blows up, or I’ll never be able to use that “14th Amendment” graphic.

You can still post it in an irony-heavy “Dewey Defeats Truman” kinda way.

But I don’t think you have much to worry about.

Padiddle!

Are we playing the Wiki version, or the Urban Dictionary version?

Oh, all right.

So will the Baggers primary Al Franken for voting for the no-revenues-raised-bill that the Republicans didn’t vote for anyway?

Padiddle!

I’m tired of buying drinks. From now on, posting the same thing at the same time will have real consequences.

Harry Reid just voted “no.” I guess this is done.

Good thing I’m typing in opera gloves.

Cloture not invoked, Blue Dogs voting Red, Scott Brown voting Blue, vamping till 4.

While we’re waiting, making hemp sandals is easy and fun!

Strange wins it with the second paragraph in his first comment. 

Re:  BJ.  Yeah, it’s pitiful.  ::pours one on the curb for BJ::

I’ve been reading PJ open threats, so I am in utter despair ......started hating on Obama and Dems, while curled up in a fetal position and crying myself to sleep. Someone talk me down!

Anya, if you need to be talked down, talk to my friend with the bearskin hat, Mr. Beefeater. Optionally, include his friend Ms Vya in the conversation.

I read a lot of sad, depressed people over at Balloon Juice. Not so many Teabaggers, though.

I don’t know why so many folks feel so defeated, when nothing’s actually happened yet.

If it was up to the Tea Party, we’d have an instantaneous 40% cut in the Federal budget that would dramatically increase unemployment, further choke off State government programs and beat the living shit out of poor people.

Avoiding that is Priority #1. Priority #2 is taking decision-making power for future cuts out of their hands, which is the whole purpose of the Super Congress.

There are several other priorities, but you can see where this is going.

I read a lot of sad, depressed people over at Balloon Juice.

Same thing a Booman. 

There is this for instance:

❛When will it dawn on you that Obama is the father of the Tea Baggers?  His lack of leadership on the economy elected them.

Now you ask us to unify behind him in fighting the beast he created? Talk about “magical thinking.”❜

It’s just totally baffling to me.  It’s sort of Freeperish but without the counterbalancing rabid support they also exhibit.

@Bob Stanley — I have no idea what that person is talking about.

Maybe if Obama had passed Single-Payer Healthcare and held out for a Stimulus Package twice as big as the one he got, small-government, abortion-hating, racist gun-owners wouldn’t have risen up against him? Dream on, Mr. Progressive Pony-Pants.

While we’re waiting, making hemp sandals is easy and fun!

And trés chic!  Maybe now we can find something on making slacks and blouses out of burlap or sackcloth!  I’m just hoping my garden produces enough this year that I can set up a truck stand out front.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell anybody, but doctrinaire UberLibs are even more sad and boring than Tea Partiers, who at least aren’t going to torment you with Hegel and stories of the Homestead Strike.

Strange, good point about the “Super Congress” being designed to marginalize the teatards. Picking through the media dump looking for hopeful news bears uneven results these days. But did you hear Limbaugh Friday? I don’t think I’ve heard him so close to stroking out since right before Gingrich took a dive in the 90s.

Of course, in a sane world, an ass cyst like Limbaugh wouldn’t have anymore clue what’s going on than anyone else. But that’s not the world we live in. His “we’re not losers” and “we’re all Sarah Palin now” speech was oddly encouraging—for those who oppose his agenda, I mean.

Stick around, mar. Later, I’ll show you how to make a wallet with a paper plate and a stapler.

good point about the “Super Congress” being designed to marginalize the teatards.

Be interesting to see who is on this “Super Congress.”  I’d love a Bernie Sanders/Louie Gohmert match-up or Al Franken/Michele Bachmann (oh wait, she’s too busy campaigning).

@Betty — Yeah, I listen every day, and Rush has definitely become increasinly angry and strident over the course of these negotiations.

The funniest thing I’ve ever heard was him declaring, “We are all Sarah Palin now!”

The only use Rush Limbaugh has for the Tea Party is to sell more tea.

You notice he doesn’t hang out with “We the People” much. They’re kind of smelly, and they dress wrong, and he’s tired of always picking up the check.

Well, I was enjoying reading Booman tribune because it was cheering me up but then one of the worst booster/hysterics from Balloon Juice, Joe from Lowell, decided to run the comment threads into the ground.  I think Obama’s doing as well as he can, given who he is, in a situation in which ordinary political acts take immense courage and the ability to both take a punch, and counterpunch.  I think he’s doing the best he can at playing ping pong on the titanic but ultimately I think a better strategy would have been to realize that you can’t play a game on a tilted surface and perhaps we are all drowning while watching. 

All of the handwrining and the angst happens because we are a) kept in the dark, b) promised various things, c) watch negotiations that seem to go against us and then d) told that this is the best we can do.  I don’t even mind (d) and plan to vote Democratic again. But its way, way, way more than just voting for Obama because Obama and the dems have just demonstrated that they are incapable of governing from the majority—incapable of dealing with an intransigent minority even when that minority is a minority in both houses.

If Obama and Reid had played hardball with their own defecting Dems in the first instance and had run things ruthlessly the first year we wouldn’t be in this mess.  We gave them a pretty near supermajority but they weren’t willing to fuck up Senate Rules and get shit done.  If they had, we wouldn’t have lost the house at the midterms.  So now they need us to give them a supermajority in both houses as well as the Presidency to even get people appointed to standard admin positions.

Well, if we’ve got to, we’ve got to.  But I don’t see the Democrats in the Senate (though I do see them in the house) really making the case that “if we could, we would, really fight hard and present a united front.”  IF 2012 isn’t another wave election in the Democrats favor sweeping all three branches we are doomed. I don’t care what good intentions or clever strategies Obama has. He has demonstrated that he and the dems can’t run the country and that an intransigent, destructive, insane minority can (run it into the ground.)

aimai

Why doesn’t Obama just go all 14th amendment? The editor at not-exactly-Obot Buzzflash has a pretty good reason: the “Five Kings” of the Supreme Court.

And hey, nobody should be without the Tightwad Gazette! How to dumpster dive, make a greenhouse from milk jugs, and actually a very good all-purpose muffin recipe.

Note to Betty: also includes a universal casserole.

;o}

That’s more longwinded and negative than it should be. I apologize.  I truly admire Obama and many of the things he’s done and I admire him for keeping on keeping on with everything from CAFE standards to his long game.  I’m really principally disgusted with the Democrats in the Senate for continually sabotaging the party with voters. 

aimai

We gave them a pretty near supermajority

That’s like an almost-loaded gun, utility wise.

@aimai— A near-supermajority wasn’t always enough, given that Obama was fairly ruthlessly ramming things through, either by legislation or Executive Order, that were anathema to the Right.

Had he gone Total Barbarian with a Far Leftist agenda (which he never had the power to do, and couldn’t have passed under any circumstances), the ENTIRE GOP caucus would now be composed of Teabaggers.

Hey aimai ~ I’m disgusted by just about the whole thing.  It is easy to be when you think about where we were in November 2008 and on January 20, 2009.  Now here we are with a virtually unfunctioning (is that a word?) Congress and a media that enables the folks trying to completely screw the non-wealthy while being hypocrites.  It is enough to make me want to tune back out but the toothpaste doesn’t go back in the tube as much as I might wish it to.

(There is a reason I haven’t been to too many sites today; can’t deal with the uncontrollable angst.)  :)

I’m really principally disgusted with the Democrats in the Senate for continually sabotaging the party with voters. 

Yeah, too many DINOs.  If you’re going to call yourself a Democrat you should damn well vote like one.  That’s been my biggest frustration since the 2008 election.

Pah. I’m watching with sympathy and shared trepidation from the safe comfort of the sidelines.

Excuse me butting in, but I don’t know how many times I’m going to have to re-post this sort of comment—and if you’ve bothered reading what I’ve typed over the past three years or so, you’ll know damn well what’s coming—but any of your demoralization (hey, I read DU, so I know all about it, at least from the perspective of the armchairitariat) is all part of the plan (as much as your current RW has any sort of plan).

The fact that “progressive” voices so readily join the doom chorus is par for the course and why I don’t join in, as it’s just a cacophony of nihilism that counterpoints the nihilism of the right.

Boehner and McConnell and the Kochs and all the rest of them are as much hostage to all this teabaggery nonsense as the rest of us who aren’t craven moneygrubbing assholes. It only remains to be seen what flavor of lifeline will let them save face while doing what they know full well has to be done, and should have been done as a matter of course without all the faux drama.

Had he gone Total Barbarian with a Far Leftist agenda (which he never had the power to do, and couldn’t have passed under any circumstances), the ENTIRE GOP caucus would now be composed of Teabaggers.

Helloo-oo?

Do I have to explain everything to y’all?

Comment by Jewish Steel on 07/31/11 at 02:46 PM

You know who burns me more than the Democrats? The nosy Socialist Brits who’ve run their Empire into a tar-pit and turned their country into a catered holiday camp for Islamicists, but feel compelled to snipe at their “unsophisticated” American Cousins, that’s who.

You know who burns me more than the Democrats? The nosy Socialist Brits who’ve run their Empire into a tar-pit and turned their country into a catered holiday camp for Islamicists, but feel compelled to snipe at their “unsophisticated” American Cousins, that’s who.

Old climber joke:

Why do mountain climbers rope themselves together?

To prevent the sane ones escaping.

If Obama and Reid had played hardball with their own defecting Dems in the first instance and had run things ruthlessly the first year we wouldn’t be in this mess. 

How exactly do you do that?

There are three parties in the Senate, but only two labels.

There are Democrats who are Democrats[1], Democrats who are Republicans, and Republicans who are Republicans. (There used to be Republicans who are Democrats, but they’re extinct.) And all of those senators have their own stand-alone fundraising and campaigning capacity, don’t need the White House, don’t need Reid, maybe even stand better for re-election distancing themselves from the White House.

[1] If you want to see the Democrats who are Democrats, look at any good whip count on the public option

Dems who claim it’s Obama’s fault they stayed home and let the Tea Partiers get elected are about as cowardly and deluded as it gets. Those people got the representation they deserved.

(Not talking about anyone here; I was just reacting to some of the Pony-Pants Pouters at DKos.)

Dems who claim it’s Obama’s fault they stayed home and let the Tea Partiers get elected are about as cowardly and deluded as it gets. Those people got the representation they deserved.


But, but, but, but Hillary would have stood up to these TeaBaggers, but the Spineless Ni-, I mean The Gutless Wonder is secretly a Republican anyway, which is why he is going to give them everything they want.  That election last November?  Well, if the Spineless Ni-, I mean The Gutless Wonder had given us Single Payer and slapped Mitch McConnel with his dick on national teevee, perhaps I would have voted instead of staying home and reading Digby, Kos, and Hanoi Jane while picking a spot to place my latest self-inflicted scar. You know what this country needs? President Rick Perry in 2012.  Then we will our Single Payer Shitting Pony delivered to us by President Alan Grayson in 2016.

Nach Bachmann, Uns!

I suspect whatever deal gets made, it won’t be pretty. I’ll stay away from GOS for awhile to maintain my sanity.

Dems who claim it’s Obama’s fault they stayed home and let the Tea Partiers get elected are about as cowardly and deluded as it gets. Those people got the representation they deserved.

Not to mention the fact that this is a vintage whine—1995, I believe.  It goes well with the dulcet sounds of Hootie and the Blowfish.

WWJKHD?  What Would John Kerry Have Done?

Doomed? Well, sure, but not because of Obama and his “capitulations” or whatever. It’s because we’re a nation with more than its share of ignoramuses who skated by on the good fortune of rich natural resources and being one of the Superpowers left standing after WW II. We produce a lot of great stuff, but we also produce a lot of people who are spiritual and emotional cousins of the feckless weasel who wrote this under his yearbook picture:

I want what I want when I want it.

Once again, I’m glad minorities in this country don’t tend to lose their fudge and their sense of perspective as easily as white progressives, since they’re basically the demographic that’s kept the Dems and the progressive caucus alive.

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