Monday, January 30, 2006

Yeah, this is all our fault

Every now and again, I stumble upon Kevin Drum's site, and damned if he doesn't invariably remind my why he's not a regular stop. Today's distortion in logical thinking:

I'm glad the filibuster took place, because even in failure it puts a marker down for future court fights. Still, even given the amateurish way that Senate Dems handled it, I expected it to get more than 25 votes. So here's today's assignment: In 5,000 words or less, what does this say about the influence of the lefty blogosphere?

I'm pretty sure the full credit answer here is "We're a bunch of impotent, marginalized loons." Well, have it your way, Kevin, but I still like our act a lot more than the farce staged by the thumb-sucking buffoons (Teddy K and a few others excepted) who we relied upon to poke holes in the nuttiest, most dangerous SCOTUS nominee since Bork. We got something going, however short-lived it may have been. So a better question is: What does this whole fiasco say about the Senate Democrats?

Barack Obama, rising star of the Democratic Party? Fuck me.


Blogger bluememe said...

Fuck Teddy K and fuck John Kerry, too. Their hearts may or may not have been in the right place, but I am tired of their incompetence. I saw a clip of Kennedy shouting incoherently on the Senate floor the tube tonight and wanted to hurl the TV out the window. Sound and fury signifying zilch.

And Kerry -- announcing his unplanned, uncoordinated filbuster from Davos? How could he be so goddamned stupid?

Half a bucket of warm spit fot the lot of 'em.

9:10 PM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

I agree with you that this is very serious. It's not as bad as the 2000 election or the 2004 election, but it is bad. And if it weren't for those two debacles, this would seem even worse.

I was in a bad relationship once. Okay, I was in a few. Anyway - over the course of those relationships, I would have these "that's the last straw" moments. The straw that broke the camel's back. But then I would take some time and get over whatever it was that really pissed me off. Moving is such a hassle and all, you know? And then the next incident comes along, and, well, this one isn't as bad as that one was, so I guess I'll let this one go too.

The problem is the camel keeps getting stronger after each of these incidents. And keeps putting up with more and more crap.

I used to be active in the Green Party about 15 years ago. I voted Green, I went to meetings, I donated. But then I moved back to Marin from Berkeley after college. In Marin, the meetings were held at "A Clean Well Lighted Place For Books." And we had a big faction of "Lavender Greens." I gave up - we were already a splinter group, we didn't need any further division. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for gay rights, but I don't see what those specific human rights have to do with environmental issues. Also, the elections were geting close, even here in California, and I felt like I couldn't afford to vote my conscience any more. So I switched back to Democrat because the Republicans are worse.

But it doesn't matter any more. Our party can't win even when the other party self destructs.

My relationship with this party feels just like a bad romantic relationship. Our Democrat Donkey is overburdened and it is time to cast off the load and start fresh.

Here's what I'm thinking - I live in a Republican county in a Democratic state. I make decent money - I run a small business with my cousin. We aren't in the tax bracket (not yet, anyway) where Bush Administration policies help us at all. But I'm seriously thinking about switching to the dark side. I think people like me, and liek you who take the time to write this blog, and those who take the time to read it and comment occasionally would better serve our country by becomming Republicans and trying to bring that party back to the middle.

I'm tired of pushing, but I think I can pull.

2:05 AM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

Oh - I've been meaning to mention this for a while. Air America Radio gave me hope for a while. I listened every day thorugh streams or podcasts - 6 or more hours a day. Then they started killing my favorite shows. Then they hired Springer. Then they canned Morning Sedition. Now they want to charge me for podcasts. I live in the middle of nowhere and can't tune it.

I am convinced they have been infiltrated at the level of upper management by right wing plants determined to bring the station down. If something doesn't change there quick, they are doomed. They will just limp along through the '06 mid-terms but won't be around for '08. And Franken won't win in Minnesota if the network goes down.

For now, I am done with Air America Radio.

2:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what you're experiencing when you feel like throwing your TV out the window. I feel the same way when O'Reilly or Hannity appear on the screen

11:19 PM  

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