Archive for September 23rd, 2008

Blue Dogs = Made Of Fail

Here’s a lovely little trip down memory lane, as Brendan reminds us that the Blue Dogs who are balking at bankruptcy reform now were totally on board with it in 2005.  Indeed, their default position on all matters financial is pretty much, “Whatever the corporations want.”

Are there, in fact, any issues that the Blue Dogs are with us on?  For the life of me, I just can’t think of any.  They’re pro-war, pro-business, pro-life, pro-warrantless-wiretapping, anti-healthcare, and anti-gay.  I’m pretty sure most of them are pro-torture and anti-environment, too.  Do they serve any positive purpose other than giving Democrats an ineffectual paper majority, or allowing Rahm to pretend he’s a genius for getting Republicans to run as Democrats?

I would be perfectly happy to see a bunch of them lose their seats this year, retaining just the bare minimum to maintain a Democratic majority.  I’m tempted to go beyond that, but I don’t want to see another president impeached for being a Democrat.

September 23rd, 2008 at 11:53pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Economy,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

How Inconveeeenient.

This is what happens when you piss off the media…

One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through last month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain’s campaign manager, according to two people with direct knowledge of the arrangement.

The disclosure undercuts a statement by Mr. McCain on Sunday night that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had had no involvement with the company for the last several years.

Mr. Davis’s firm received the payments from the company, Freddie Mac, until it was taken over by the government this month along with Fannie Mae, the other big mortgage lender whose deteriorating finances helped precipitate the cascading problems on Wall Street, the people said.

Oh yeah, this’ll do wonders for McCain’s credibility on dealing with the mortgage crisis.  Almost as much as the fact that he has 83 Wall Street lobbyists on his staff…

September 23rd, 2008 at 09:38pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,McCain,Media,Politics,Republicans

I Knew It!

I knew Paulson’s bailout proposal reminded me of something…

Dear American:

I cordially correspond today to request you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused urgent need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion USD. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gramm, lobbyist for UBS, who (God willing) will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a former U.S. congressional leader and the architect of the PALIN / McCain Financial Doctrine, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. As such, you can be assured that this transaction is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred. For this inconvenience you will be rewarded with grand fees of 1/1,000,000th of 1% of possible profits due to off shore laundering of skim funds due to reprinting of said funds.

Please reply with mother’s maiden name, routing and account numbers of all of your bank account, IRA and college fund accounts and those of your children and grandchildren to wallstreetbailout@treasury.gov so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully,

Minister of Treasury Paulson

This sounds like a really swell awesome deal, plus it’s good karma to help out a struggling third-world country in need.

(h/t All Spin Zone & Jesse Wendel)

September 23rd, 2008 at 11:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Republicans

Mark Morford Is Shrill, With A Capital SHRI

He points out that any remotely pro-choice or progressive women who support Sarah Palin are perhaps, um, misguided:

Truly, among women in the know and especially among those who fought so hard to bring Hillary Clinton to the brink of history, nausea and a general recoiling appear to be the universal reactions to Palin’s sudden presence on the national stage, stemming straight from the idea that there’s even a slight chance in hell such an antagonistic, anti-female politico could be within a 72-year-old heartbeat of becoming the most powerful and iconic woman of all time.

They say: You’ve got to be kidding me. They say: This is what we get? This could be our historic role model? Two hundred years (OK, more like 2000) of struggle, only to have this nasty caricature of femininity try to hijack and mock and undermine it all?

It cannot be true, they say. The universe must be joking, would not dare dump such a homophobic, Creationist evangelical nutball on us, this anti-choice, God-pandering woman who’s the inverse of Hillary, this woman of deep inexperience who abhors birth control and supports abstinence education and shoots exhausted wolves from helicopters and hates polar bears and actually stands for everything progressive women have resented since the first pope Swift-Boated Eve.

But now, the truly bizarre part. Despite this defiant outcry, a great many pundits and reports have suggested that, just after the Palin VP announcement, a sizable chunk of predominantly white women nevertheless abandoned their tentative support for Obama and leapt into the lyin’ arms of McCain, presumably simply because of Palin’s gender and PTA momhood.

And thus did the harrowing wail go out: WTF? Could it be true? Are cadres of formerly Obama-leaning white women really so enchanted by Palin’s gender and motherhood status that they openly ignore the fact that she basically wants to shove women’s rights back about five decades? Can it be so simple, crude, sad?

(…)

Maybe we’re just not used to seeing the female voting demographic depicted this way. Truly, it’s usually men who are the knuckleheaded ones, who will flip their vote merely over a single inconsequential issue (“I like everything about Obama except he supports gun control, and I love my guns, so I guess I gotta go for McCain”). Women, according to the eternal mythology, are no such dupes, and choose more wisely, from deeper intuition, instinct. Right?

Wrong. Maybe this is our simple summary, the blaring headline we should be reading in the wake of recent events. “Easily duped Palin supporters prove: Some white women are just as dumb as men.” Is that all it is? Maybe so.

There is hope, though:

Ah, but there is good news. It appears the bloom is already off the McPalin rose, the baby bump she gave McCain is already gone, as everyone from here to Wasilla is sick to death of hearing about her. Every day that goes by it comes clearer that the Sarah juggernaut is no juggernaut at all but merely an increasingly disturbing PR stunt, and a bit of a disgrace for John McCain himself, whose once-noble aura of integrity and class has essentially vanished.

A potent backlash is coming fast….

Morford then points to how the $1 million the McCain campaign raised in the wake of Arctic Storm Sarah was dwarfed by the $10 million the Obama campaign raised, suggesting that Palin horrifies Democrats far more than she galvanizes Republicans.  I know she sure as hell horrifies me.  Hopefully by November she’ll horrify everyone else who gives even the remotest damn about choice and women’s rights.

(h/t OrangeClouds)

2 comments September 23rd, 2008 at 07:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Choice,Elections,Media,Palin,Politics,Republicans


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