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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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A new kind of holiday dinner argument

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Those who are still drunk on the Obama Kool-Aid see no problem with a misogynist, heterosexist assbite delivering the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugration. Obama, you see, can do no fucking wrong — he fucking shits gold — and everything that he does is part of a Larger Plan that those of us who disagree with him just couldn’t possibly understand.

My brother and I had the traditional political argument over Christmas dinner yesterday. Only it wasn’t the traditional right-vs.-left argument; it was the progressive-vs.-pussy argument.

I have a real fucking problem with the fact that President-elect Barack Obama picked Prick — er, Rick — Warren, who opposes a woman’s right to an abortion and same-sex marriage, to give the invocation at Obama’s inauguration next month.

Obama didn’t pick Warren for his cabinet, my brother argued. Warren will make a brief appearance and then go away; why can’t I just get over that?

That was the gist of my brother’s “argument.”

True, Warren won’t be on stage for very long. But we’re not talking about exposure to radiation, in which the length of the exposure to the toxic substance is a critical factor.

And it takes no more than a few seconds to flash your middle finger to your base, to those who put you into office, to those who gave you millions and millions of dollars in contributions because your incessant fundraising e-mails promised them that if elected, you’d have their backs. And that’s what Obama is doing with his selection of Warren, who embodies the stupid white male power system, which stands for the oppression of women, of non-whites, of gay men and lesbians, of non-“Christians,” of those from other nations, et. al., et. al.

The election of Obama was supposed to herald “hope” and “change,” was supposed to be the last nail in the coffin of the stupid white male power system, yet here is Obama planning to share the inaugural stage with a stupid white man who believes that women don’t have the right to control their own uteri and who believes that same-sex couples don’t deserve equal human and civil rights, that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness do not belong to all Americans, but only to those Americans the stupid white male power system deems are worthy.

It’s a fucking problem.

Let Obama fuck us progressives before he’s even taken office and he’ll keep on fucking us. We progressives need to nip this shit in the bud — now. It’s larger than just the Prick Warren thing. We progressives need to let Obama know that if he fucks us, he’ll lose our support.

While Obama busily chases after the mushy middle — those fucktards who can’t tell the difference between good and evil and who thus easily would vote mindlessly for a Repugnican whose “folksy” propaganda sounds good (Sarah Palin-Quayle is the poster bitch for that) — he’s going to lose his base, is going to lose the support of those who made it possible for him to get where he is. (Uh, I don’t think that the mushy middle whose wuv and acceptance Obama so covets contribute very much money to presidential campaigns, since they seem to make their voting decisions within 24 hours of Election Day…)

Another thing that I had to set my brother straight on yesterday over Christmas dinner: Oh, Obama didn’t get to where he is entirely on his own. Yes, he’s smoooooth, smoother than a pre-operative anasthetic. Yes, he talks a good talk, and I’d call it his “poker face,” except that that is his face. He didn’t flinch once during the presidential debates while John McInsane came across as the addled, irritable, condescending, barely contained human volcano that he is.

But — Obama benefited enormously from the grassroots Internet revolution (including, of course, and perhaps especially, Internet fundraising) that Howard Dean’s campaign created in 2002 and/or 2003.

Obama largely just rode the wave that was created by Dean and to a much lesser extent by John Kerry. The wave under Dean and Kerry wasn’t large enough to topple the Bush regime, but the wave was only getting larger over time.

Obama had the benefit of inheriting the wave when it had finally swelled to an adequate size, of having come upon the presidential scene when the majority of the hard work of herding the progressives, which is even harder than herding cats on crack, had already been done; all that he really had to do was not fuck up in a really major way.

He’s fucking up now, though, because he’s undercutting the wave that he rode in on.

Apparently Obama has bought into Obamania himself; apparently he has forgotten, or maybe he never recognized, how much he benefited from what came before him, and maybe he believes that he got to where he is mostly or perhaps even entirely on his own.     

If he persists in this arrogance, he is in for a rude awakening.

Even the Repugnicans are smart enough to know that you don’t fuck your base after they’ve put you into office. You don’t see the Repugnicans running to the mushy middle after they’ve won office. The Repugnicans campaign as “compassionate conservatives,” but then, once in office, they reward their base by taking a hard right.

Obama campaigned as a liberal — although Team Obama claims now, of course, that he did no such thing, that we liberals only saw what we wanted to see (and if that is true — which it isn’t — the members of Team Obama certainly didn’t work very hard — did they? — to correct our erroneous view, since our money was pouring in) — and now he is reaching out to all of the haters in order to be “inclusive,” to be “a president for all Americans,” blah blah blah. There are no blue states and red states, he says. All of us Americans are the same, he says. Nevermind that there are plenty in the red states who’d love to don white robes and hang him from a tree while a burning cross illuminates the whole scene. Obama says: It’s all good!   

No, the fight right now isn’t between the left and the right, it’s between the progressives and the sell-outs, the pussies who voted for Obama but who are too timid to call Obama on his shit.

Those on the right aren’t pussy. They still claim victory even after Helen Keller plainly could see that they’ve been defeated decisively.

In stark contrast, the pussies who drank the Obama Kool-Aid still claim defeat even after they have been victorious, and they just allow their gold-shitting imperious leader to post-victoriously claim defeat on their behalf.

P.S. On a related note, Ted Rall‘s latest ’toon:

And Mikhaela Reid ‘s take:

Rick Warren is a CUTER Kind of HATER! by M1khaela.

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