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Go out bawling over the brawling

Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., speaks with the reporters after a news ...

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana has filled for the mainstream “news” media the-sky-is-falling-for-the-Democrats vacuum that Repugnican Scott Brown left after his takeover of the solidly Democratic U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts became old news. Bayh is shown above getting his Warholian minutes when he announced yesterday that he won’t seek a third term in the U.S. Senate.

Evan Bayh is still in the news today.

The mainstream “news” media are so hungry for sensationalism that they’ll create sensationalism where it isn’t. The Scott Brown brouhaha has past, so now they’ve latched on to what even The Christian Science Monitor sensationistically has dubbed the “Bayh bombshell” (from which “Washington is still reeling”).

Oh, yeah, it’s shock and awe!

Some analysts have posited that Bayh became a U.S. senator only because he wanted a better shot at the White House, and that he doesn’t want to have to wait, languishing in a job in the Senate that he never really wanted, until 2016, which is probably the next shot at the White House that he’d get. And what if he didn’t get that?

What’s so “stunning” (another sensationalistic term that The Christian Science Monitor used to describe Bayh’s depature from the Senate, as did The Associated Press) about a politician’s apparent lust for personal political power, which he apparently cloaks as his alleged concern for the people? (If Bayh is so fucking concerned about what’s best for the people instead of his own political future, then why in the fuck did he vote, like a lemming, for the Vietraq War, when many senators, including my own Sen. Barbara Boxer, had the sense to vote against it?)

So Bayh goes out bawling, bitching and moaning about how he doesn’t like the bickering in the Senate.

What, I wonder, is Bayh like at a sports event? Is he dismayed that the two teams are — gasp!competing with each other instead of cooperating with each other?

Don’t they say that politics is a contact sport?

Bayh is a liar — blaming the “partisanship” (like that’s a bad thing) of the Senate for his departure from it when really, just like Sarah Palin-Quayle just didn’t have any more personal use for the governorship of Alaska, he has no more personal use for the Senate — and/or he’s a pussy who doesn’t have the stomach for polarized debate, which, the last time I checked, has existed in Congress since its inception. Really — did he read the job description before he took the job?

And shame on The Christian Science Monitor for also jumping on the the-Democrats-are-losers-for-not-being-able-to-hold-on-to-60-filibuster-proof-Senate-seats bandwagon.

The Monitor goes on and on about how after the November 2010 elections the Democratic Party probably still will retain a majority of the Senate seats, but almost certainly won’t retain its current 59-seat majority.

But the Monitor doesn’t bother to mention that during George W. Bush’s eight years of unelected rule, the Repugnican Party never had more than 55 of the Senate seats in its hands at any one time.

Suddenly, if you don’t have filibuster-proof majority, which is hard to get and even harder to keep, you’re worthless, but the Repugnicans during the reign of the BushCheneyCorp were always at least five seats away.

Not to sound too much like the fuckarded Sarah Palin-Quayle and her ilk, but what is with the mainstream “news” media’s double fucking standard? Why the much higher standards for the Democratic Party?

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Bayh humbug!

Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, a leading Democrat seen here in 2007, ...

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Meh. Let the door hit him on his ass on his way out. He’s too John Edwards-y anyway.

So another DINO (a.k.a. “centrist”) U.S. senator bites the dust.

As usual, the mainstream “news” media are playing this up for maximum sensationalism. Reports The Associated Press:

Washington – The stunning announcement by centrist Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh that he’s retiring from a Congress he no longer loves adds yet another name to a list of lawmakers fleeing a town they say has become acidly partisan. And it gives Republicans a chance to pick up a seat.

The decision by the Indiana Democrat, who was in strong position to win a third term in November in his GOP-leaning state, also compounds the problems facing Senate Democrats this fall as they cling to their majority in the chamber, where they now hold 59 of the 100 votes.

Bayh joins a growing roster of recent Democratic retirements that includes Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island and Sens. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota. Yet the congressional casualty list has a decidedly bipartisan flavor, with recent retirement announcements coming from Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., and other GOP House members from Michigan, Indiana, Arkansas and Arizona….

The departure of Bayh, 54, sent deeper shock waves than most. Telegenic and on the list of potential running mates for the past two Democratic national tickets, Bayh is known more for the moderate tone of his politics than for any particular legislative achievements, and his parting words had a notably plaintive tenor.

“To put it in words most Hoosiers can understand: I love working for the people of Indiana, I love helping our citizens make the most of their lives, but I do not love Congress,” Bayh said [today]  in the statement he read in Indianapolis announcing his decision.

He also lambasted the acid divide between Democrats and Republicans in Washington, saying, “I am not motivated by strident partisanship or ideology.” …

Well, yeah, if you find it to be too hot in the kitchen, then you probably should just get the fuck out.

Bayh couldn’t pick a side — good (progressivism — a.k.a. “socialism”) or evil (conservatism/social Darwinism) — and so he found things too unpleasant.

Boo.

Fucking.

Hoo.

The Repugnicans gloat over every Democratic departure, but what a great fucking gig it is to be a Repugnican, if you can get it: Your party ran the nation into the ground from January 2001 to January 2009, but now you can blame things on the opposition party — and you can get away with it because too many of the fucktarded “citizens” of the United States of Amnesia don’t remember even recent American history.

(I am reading Al Gore’s The Assault on Reason concurrently with Susan Jacoby’s The Age of American Unreason. These aren’t good books if you want to feel falsely good about your fellow Americans. For that you would need to read something written by a wingnut, such as A Patriot’s History of the United States. [Hey, at least I’m not also reading Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free… (It is on my amazon.com wish list, however…)])

Let’s back up to the first paragraph of that AP news story, though:

Washington – The stunning announcement by centrist Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh that he’s retiring from a Congress he no longer loves adds yet another name to a list of lawmakers fleeing a town they say has become acidly partisan. And it gives Republicans a chance to pick up a seat.

“Stunning.” The writer is telling you how to feel about the news item: stunned. The writer can’t just give you the facts and let you decide; the writer has to appeal to your emotions right off. (Are you feeling stunned right about now?)

“Acidly partisan.” “Acidly”?

Partisan, sure — gee, go figure, that when you have two opposing parties you have some (gasp!) partisanship — but “acidly”? What, if everyone doesn’t get along and hold hands and sing “Kumbaya,” that’s a horrible thing?

Really, though — if everyone were on the same page, would that really be a good place to be? Because which side is going to sacrifice its core principles in order to achieve this uber-fucking-“Kumbaya”-fest? I’m never going to embrace white supremacism, plutocracy, election theft, bogus wars and social Darwinism, to name just a handful of the evil things that the Repugnican Party stands for (in no certain order), so I’m fucking thrilled that there is some fucking partisanship in D.C.

But the best part of that lead paragraph is that immediately after the “news” writer uses the phrase “acidly partisan,” he adds: “And it gives Republicans a chance to pick up a seat,” apparently stoking the fires of the very same partisanship that he has just indicated is a bad thing.

Shit, maybe if you are confused you shouldn’t blame yourself, as our “professional” “news” “reporters” seem to be just as confused as you are.

And why do the mainstream “news” media constantly assert that having 59 of the 100 U.S. Senate seats is sooo inadequate? Is it because when your party is headed by a black president, you have to do much better than your white guy would? The Repugnicans never held more than 55 of the Senate seats during George W. Bush’s disastrous time in the White House. I don’t recall that the Repugnican Party ever was faulted for having “only” 55 Senate seats, yet the Democrats essentially are called losers for having “only” 59 Senate seats right now.

Fifty-nine percent is a fairly strong majority. Since when is it such a horrible thing to have a 59-percent majority? Even if the Democrats had only 55 Senate seats, the Repugnicans could have no more than 45. That’s still a 10-seat advantage. Fuck.

Get rid of the fucking undemocratic filifuckingbuster, and it would be fine to have even just a 51-seat majority.

But let me get back to Bayh. Oooooo, he’s “telegenic”! Big whoop. I can — and I do — look at a copious amount of images of nice-looking males on the Internet every fucking day. “Telegenic” males are a dime a dozen. Hell, they don’t even cost a dime. You can download them for free. (I know…)

This is probably the most useful portion of the AP “news” story above: “Bayh is known more for the moderate tone of his politics than for any particular legislative achievements.”

In other words, he’s pretty, but legislatively, he’s worthless. And he doesn’t know good from evil, so we call him a “centrist” or a “moderate” or even — ughhh — “bipartisan.”

Um, yeah.

Buh-bye, Bayh.

Buh-bye.

Once all of the “centrists” are out of Congress, then maybe good finally can prevail over evil once and for all.

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