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Friday, September 02, 2011

Unsafe in Any Election Cycle: Nader Proposes a Buffet of Leftist Challengers to Obama

Just when you thought Ralph Nader had run out of ways to deliver wins to the GOP, he unveils the Legion of Super Loonies:

Nader proposes to assemble a large group of Democratic candidates to take Obama to task on a variety of issues.

The press would ignore one lesser-known candidate, Nader told The Daily Caller, but an unorthodox “slate” of candidates would attract more attention.

“So you have to have several people of distinguished backgrounds — different distinguished backgrounds — run as a slate in various primaries so that he can’t ignore someone who has a military-foreign policy background, environmental background, poverty-labor background. See what I mean?” Nader explained.

Sounds like Ralph himself, Wes Clark (or a reasonable facsimile) and the Ghost of Joe Hill. But what about a Former-PUMA Hockey Mom Veteran Who Hates Fur and Has a Mortgage That’s Underwater? Or a Folk-Singing Boilermaker Who Quotes Korzybski and Can Prove That “America” is Just a Psycholinguistic Construct? I mean, in terms of Far-Left archetypes, Ralph is barely scratching the surface.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 09/02/11 at 10:39 AM
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Thursday, September 01, 2011

And now we interrupt our scheduled programming

Sorry, I’ve been offline all day so I’ve no idea why Jane Hamsher’s being so snippy but reasonable in the clip above, but I’m sure it’s just a storm in a teacup.

Posted by YAFB on 09/01/11 at 03:38 PM
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Speech schedule showdown

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What’s the takeaway from the speech schedule showdown and its resolution? Two narratives are emerging:

1) The president and/or his team got rolled, pathetically attempting a tough-guy maneuver and getting shown up as smarmy little sissies when forced to cave by a determined and/or crazy GOP.

2) The GOP proved once again that it is made up of bullies and psychopaths who engage in childish obstruction while America is a’swirl in the porcelain.

I’m not sure how to interpret it. The conventional wisdom is that the administration was obviously making a statement and shouldn’t have done so knowing that the House had ultimate control of the schedule. Maybe.

But it is a fact that something like this has never before happened in the history of the United States. For that reason, I’m a little reluctant to join the “he should have known” chorus.

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Posted by Betty Cracker on 09/01/11 at 09:15 AM
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Amy Siskind: Liberalism’s Ex-Girlfriend

You broke her heart, and now she hates you. She keyed your Audi and fried your vinyl album collection in Crisco. She got elected to your Borough Zoning Council just so she could tear down your privacy fence and have your driveway designated a “toll road.” She sent a confidential letter to your company’s HR department requesting clarification on corporate policy regarding homosexuality, gambling addictions and employee theft, and signed your name to it. Now she’s on Fox News shilling for a candidate who’ll burn you both, only Amy will be laughing as the flames consume her on a pile of your favorite Italian pullovers.

Then you’ll be sorry. And you’ll wish you’d been nicer, you selfish bastard.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 08/22/11 at 09:12 AM
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

I’ll Get You Next Time, Gadget

Everybody’s doing it, so I just wanted to get in on the action before all the good bumpers are taken.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 08/20/11 at 09:55 PM
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Keeping it simple

Remember Rumproast favorite Vastleft? No? See here. Anyhoo, he produces a highly amusing cartoon series, a recent edition of which was a big hit in certain circles.

Today, Jonathan Bernstein over at Salon provided a detailed explanation of what’s wrong-headed about Vastleft’s doodle. Bernstein used a lot of words. I’ll keep it simple:

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That is all.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 08/20/11 at 06:43 PM
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Beat that Drum, Kevin!

Most of you have probably gathered by now that I tread with some trepidation about posting too much about about my own views of progressive/liberal disaffection with Obama (I can’t help letting my hair down a little in comments, of course ... otherwise I’d barely comment beyond smartass one-liners), since I’m aware my own country has plenty of problems right now and I’m stumped for solutions and positive courses of action. But Kevin Drum had a short Salon piece yesterday that echoes something I’ve been saying more or less since the inauguration:

Honest to God, Republicans must all be sitting in their back rooms and just cackling like hell right now. Think about it. They developed a strategy to hamstring the president completely — a strategy that’s bulletproof thanks to our country’s Constitution — knowing that it would rally their base but also hoping that it would cause moderates and lefties alike to become disgusted with Obama’s weakness even though we all know who’s really responsible for what’s going on. And it worked! In fact, it’s worked better than they could possibly have imagined. They can probably barely keep from spitting up their beers right now.

Drum’s exasperation was provoked by a WaPo op-ed from one Matt Miller, who as far as I can see rehearses the “bully pulpit” chorus we’re all so familiar with while offering nothing beyond the wish that Obama make more promises so that people like Miller can then be disappointed when he’s unable to deliver on all of them quickly enough or even at all, and so the cycle will continue. YMMV.

Posted by YAFB on 08/11/11 at 09:55 AM
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry (Part 2)

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As they did during another crisis incident faced by the Obama administration (the BP spill), media types and emogressives are urging the president to get riled up over the shitty economy. Obama is too damn squishy and effete, they complain. So professorial. He lacks “fire in the belly.”

Perhaps they’re forgetting another reality as this beleaguered president tries to manage and mitigate America’s ongoing nervous breakdown: Where they see a too-cool customer who needs to get fired up and start swinging at the opposition, the other half of this bipolar nation sees a scary black man who wants to get whitey.

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Posted by Betty Cracker on 08/10/11 at 06:37 AM
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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Today’s Obama Freakout:  Obama Campaign to Destroy Romney over Weird Mormonism Lifestyle

So this morning Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin at Politico wrote a piece called “Obama Plan:  Destroy Romney”.  Which, on the face of it, seems like a reasonable thing for Obama to be planning to do.  Along with, hopefully, “Destroy Bachmann”, “Destroy Gingrich”, “Destroy Perry”, “Destroy Cain”, “Destroy Ignore Palin” and, well you get where I’m going.  Trump, of course, he already destroyed.

So, anyhow,  what got the troops all fired up* was the weird choice of “White House anonymous informants” to weirdly tell Smith and Martin that they considered Romney to be, well, weird.  And that the campaign would exploit that horrible, awkward weirdness because, after all, Romney is, in a word, weird.  (I mean who straps their dog to the top of the car and thinks that’s cute!) Many other bad things could be said of Romney as well.  BUT “weird” is apparently dog whistling code for MORMON!!

And as John Cole is reporting Chris Matthews has taken this all the way to SWIFT BOATING!  Yes!  Dastardly Obama and his Alinsky-iteish cohorts are going to Swift Boat poor Mittens over his weird Mormonish ways.

And of course the campaign of Mittens is suitably outraged over this.  As he should be for when has he ever said anything dog whistleish or Swift Boatish about Obama?  Oh, um, lots of times I guess.

AND even Jane Hamsher (sorry no linkie) has a few things to say about the dog whistle thing because if anyone knows a thing or two about dog whistles and defamation it’s our Janie!

Couple this with the fact that the election is nearly 15 months away and it’s looking to be a long and weird, very weird, campaign season.

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Posted by marindenver on 08/09/11 at 06:48 PM
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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Thanks A Trillion, Dollface!

                Don't Spend It All In One Place

Michael Hudson is the sort of economist you would want in a foxhole with you if you wanted a heat source that gave off no light. He is disappointed because President Obama had so many alternatives, like minting and depositing that trillion-dollar coin, which would have been our own Super-Extra-Duper Loonie. That would surely have quieted the jittery Markets.

But no, the President took us where only a Democratic president could—-mainland China’s NixonWorld Funride. Democrats would never have voted for this Satan Sandwich if only we’d had a Republican president!

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 08/04/11 at 06:44 PM
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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

How SuperBill Would Have Handled the Debt Ceiling Crisis

According to Jonathan Chait.

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The biggest single difference is that the Clinton administration simply refused on principle to get jacked up on the debt ceiling:
 

Still, even though Clinton enjoyed political and economic advantages that Obama does not, his no-compromises strategy had some clear advantages. Unlike Obama, he refused to let the threat of default set the national agenda. Because he would not enter into negotiations over the debt ceiling, the issue barely roused the public consciousness. On November 9, 1995, a senior administration official told the Washington Post, “Our position is it does not matter what they put on this legislation, we are not going to accept anything but clean bills because we will not be blackmailed over default. Get it? No extortion. No blackmail. What you hear are their screams of complaint as they realize we are not, not, not budging on this.”

Kind of hard to imagine somebody from this administration talking like that.

At least he concedes that the Republicans of 1994 were not the Teathuglicans of 2011.  Although I think he’s underestimating the situation a great deal when he says “they weren’t that much less destructive and crazy.”  You think?  Even Republican presidential candidates (every one except Huntsman) this time were saying that the debt ceiling absolutely should not be raised. 

Anyway, everyone’s entitled to their opinion.  Now I’m just waiting to hear how Clinton was so much more effective at getting health care reform passed, kept children from being thrown off of Medicaid rolls and SCHIP and never agreed to pass DADT or DOMA.  Oh.  Wait.

Posted by marindenver on 08/03/11 at 12:31 PM
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Crybaby Nation

Nothing raises my hackles like a political conversation that starts with “both sides do…” because 999 times out of a thousand, what follows is pure, unadulterated bullshit. But here’s that one in a thousand case of true equivalency: Both sides do contain way more than their fair share of puling infants.

First there’s the right-wing freak-out over the identification of self-proclaimed Christian Anders Behring Breivik as a “Christian” and a fan of anti-Islam hate sites like Atlas Shrugs. Sorry, but that’s what he calls himself. And if you’ve spent the last decade shrieking “GLOBAL JIHAD” every time a Muslim jaywalks, you don’t get to yell “BLOOD LIBEL” when one of your fans takes your eliminationist rhetoric to its logical conclusion.

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Posted by Betty Cracker on 08/03/11 at 07:05 AM
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Monday, August 01, 2011

Good Discussion of the Debt Ceiling Compromise

via blackwaterdog

Deaniac at The People’s View has a pretty good discussion of the basics.  Starting to see why Limbaugh’s so upset. ;-)

(Obviously a clean vote on the ceiling would have been far preferable to the insanity we’ve been put through the last couple of weeks but Obama seems to have played a decent waiting game and pulled out, if not exactly a plum, at least not a shit sausage.)

Posted by marindenver on 08/01/11 at 02:40 PM
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gallup Poll Chief Scratching Head Over Obama’s Continued Popularity

via blackwaterdog.

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Firebaggers and Teabaggers - eat your hearts out.  Frank Newport, the editor-in-chief of the Gallup Poll feels Prez Obama is *overperforming* in the latest round of approval polls.

Compared with other recent presidents, President Obama’s approval numbers are “overperforming,” given the struggling economy and Americans’ low levels of satisfaction with the direction of the country, says Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll.

After all Reagan and Clinton both had much lower approval ratings when they were dealing with struggling economies.  And they didn’t even betray the base, punch hippies and throw teh gays under the bus!*  Constantly!  So he hazards some guesses:

“One theory has to do with personal characteristics of the man,” the Gallup executive said. “The other has to do with the nature of politics today.” Under that theory, Obama has “kind of a rock-hard coalition that are never going to abandon him in approval ratings, and therefore that is why his approval ratings will be propped up no matter what happens.”

“Propped up”?  Well, maybe.  And maybe it’s that the American people have taken notice that the Prez is, as has been noted many times before, the only adult in the room.  The only one taking the country’s problems seriously, talking honestly to Americans about these problems and working tirelessly to come up with solutions, usually in the face of extreme resistance by most of Congress and all of the Teabaggers and Firebaggers.  Who seem to focus only on scoring political points, plugging their ears and making a lot of noise.  So maybe people just like having a leader who is serious about leadership and governance.  And maybe that’s why approval ratings for Congress are in the toilet. 

But, as for me, all this convinces me of is that we MUST SURELY PRIMARY THIS GUY!!11!1!

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Posted by marindenver on 07/20/11 at 02:18 PM
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Progressives Get the Ponies They Deserve

Am I fed up with the Whining Left today? Yeah, probably. At this point, I want frickin’ ponies with frickin’ laser beams attached to their frickin’ heads. That, and another beer.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 07/10/11 at 12:37 PM
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