Manic Progressives

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hillary Clinton: Reliable Tool of the GOP Smear-Masters

They used her to kill Universal Health Care (both times). They used her to beat up her husband. They used her to undermine anti-war Liberals. They used her to demonize powerful women. They used her to bash “entitled Eastern elitists.” They used her to burnish the dull and pitted public images of John McCain and Newt Gingrich. They’ve used her to argue that US foreign policy since 2009 is weak, disjointed, directionless and Israel-phobic. They’ve used her “Alinsky connection” to cast even the most uncontroversial Liberal initiatives as “radicalism.” And now, they’re using her to help enfeebled RINOs and febrile Tea Partiers run against the Obama Administration in the 2010 mid-terms.

After a decade or two, you think they’d come up with a new gimmick. But at this point, it’s so routine, so predictable and such a venerable electoral tradition that it’s like watching a dear old drunken friend run over your dog in the driveway at Christmas—just like he does every year, right before he knocks over the tree and pees in the punch bowl.

Some “Liberals” (and you can guess which ones) are giddy at the sight of Hillary being used, yet again, to kick them in the ass and steal their candy.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 07/28/10 at 08:40 AM

Enough with the preemptive handwringing already…


A week ago today, Obama signed the financial regulation bill. Seven days later, he still hasn’t nominated Elizabeth Warren to head up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau!

There are only three possibilities for this inexcusable delay:

1.) Obama hates girls
2.) Obama is using Warren as a hippie-punching bag 
3.) Obama is Wall Street’s poodle

I love Elizabeth Warren. I think she’s a no-brainer choice for the job she invented. If the GOP wants a confirmation fight, I can’t think of a better nominee to reveal who the real Wall Street poodles are.

It is right and proper to advocate for Warren. Sign Bernie Sanders’ petition! But this preemptive freak-out over the mere possibility that Obama might nominate someone else is getting stupid. (I guess people are just on a hair-trigger since Obama has failed to deliver on so many other progressive hopes, like the Ledbetter Act, a health care bill, financial reform, Iraq draw-down, etc.)

I’ll be angry and disappointed if Warren doesn’t get nominated for the job. But I think I’ll wait until Obama actually, you know, doesn’t nominate her to call him a wymyn-hatin’, hippie-punching, Wall Street poodle-man.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 07/28/10 at 07:27 AM

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Hammer o’ the Kraut to GOP: Don’t underestimate Obama

Is it possible that neo-con cheerleader and deficit hysteric Charles Krauthammer sees the last 18 months more clearly than some of our sky-is-falling manic-progressives? While Chicken Littles on the left are ready to dismiss Obama as an abject failure / corporate sell-out / reincarnation of George W. Bush, Krauthammer surveys the political landscape and warns fellow Republicans not to count the Kenyan Usurper out:

Consider what he has already achieved. Obamacare alone makes his presidency historic. It has irrevocably changed one-sixth of the economy, put the country inexorably on the road to national health care and, as acknowledged by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus but few others, begun one of the most massive wealth redistributions in U.S. history.

Second, there is major financial reform, which passed Congress on Thursday. Economists argue whether it will prevent meltdowns and bailouts as promised. But there is no argument that it will give the government unprecedented power in the financial marketplace. Its 2,300 pages will create at least 243 new regulations that will affect not only, as many assume, the big banks but just about everyone, including, as noted in one summary (the Wall Street Journal), “storefront check cashiers, city governments, small manufacturers, home buyers and credit bureaus.”

Third is the near $1 trillion stimulus, the largest spending bill in U.S. history. And that’s not even counting nationalizing the student loan program, regulating carbon emissions by Environmental Protection Agency fiat, and still-fitful attempts to pass cap-and-trade through Congress.


The net effect of 18 months of Obamaism will be to undo much of Reaganism. Both presidencies were highly ideological, grandly ambitious and often underappreciated by their own side. In his early years, Reagan was bitterly attacked from his right. (Typical Washington Post headline: “For Reagan and the New Right, the Honeymoon Is Over”—and that was six months into his presidency!) Obama is attacked from his left for insufficient zeal on gay rights, immigration reform, closing Guantanamo—the list is long. The critics don’t understand the big picture.

Of course, Krauthammer views all of this as a BAD thing. And he assumes Obama is indifferent to the fate of the Congressional Dems because he’s marshalling his political energy for a fresh assault on mom, apple pie and freedom in a second presidential term.

I think Krauthammer’s wrong about that, but he got the Reagan-scale transformational presidency stuff about right, and it’s exactly what Obama said he hoped to do in widely misunderstood remarks he made during the 2008 primary.

Meanwhile, it’s entirely possible the GOP is setting itself up for a gigantic disappointment this fall. They will surely gain seats in Congress, but with all the premature triumphalism on the right, the handwringing on the left and continuous media drumbeat about the coming November bloodbath, the GOP must now at least retake the House just to meet expectations. And that’s a tall order.

Maybe they’ll pull it off. But if they don’t, I think we’ll see Chicken Littles hatching all over the right, and they’ll direct their beady little eyes at the teabaggers.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 07/16/10 at 07:20 AM

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Plastic (Black) Jeebus


I don’t care if it rains or freezes
Long as I got my plastic Jesus
Sitting on the dashboard of my car

--American folk song

When progressives (and I count myself among them) grow weary of the halting, incremental pace of change under the Obama Administration, hard choices have to be made:

1.  We can curl up into a whimpering ball.

2. We can form alliances with wingnut assholes and engage in symbolic, counterproductive fist-shaking.

3. We can shake our heads at the rampant ignorance and stupidity that make anything but half measures nearly impossible and do our part to move things along.

I favor number 3 myself, with a side order of ineffectual bitching. But I admit it’s not all that emotional satisfying.

That’s why Plastic Black Jeebus comes in handy when incrementalism simply isn’t enough. See him take on arch-villains below the fold!

read the whole post »

Posted by Betty Cracker on 07/14/10 at 10:37 AM

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Quote of the Day

John Cole in response to Peter Daou:

Just go the full emo and cut yourself, for chrissakes.



[H/T: TS at Instaputz]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 07/13/10 at 04:28 PM

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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Dining Room Table Vs. Barney Frank at some Democratic party whatever in Brookline, MA

Actual screencap from this official campaign video. Heil!

This happened like three trillion weeks ago (okay, June 13th) but I don’t think any other blog in THE ENTIRE WORLD covered this uncomfortable thing, so ...  EXXXCLUSIVE!!!!!!! If you squint really hard MA Dem congressional candidate Rachel Brown could easily be a Correntewhiner® frontpager or a teeth-gnashing FDL comment monster. It’s totally amazing and oh so confusing. We are all Lyndon LaRouche now! Yay for democracy! Yay for Mars!!!!!!

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/03/10 at 06:24 AM

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sometimes I Love Words and the People Who Speak Them

From John Cole:

All I know is that if Obama doesn’t stop the oil leak with his massive Kenyan penis and then give a rousing FDR/Trumanesque speech delivered using a grade 7.5 language level that gives Chris Matthews a blue-vein hard-on and then personally scrubs every drop of oil from the gulf without hurting BP’s profits and making sure every oil worker has a job, I’m out. I mean, come on. That isn’t asking too much, is it? And why don’t we have gay marriage and a cure for cancer? What a loser! If only he hadn’t turned off his progressive base, all this could happen. Ed Schultz told me so.

And he better wear a flag lapel pin while doing it.

Posted by gimmeabreak on 06/17/10 at 01:11 PM

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