Archive for September 30th, 2009

“I Said It, I Meant It, I Stand Behind It.”

I have been waiting two and a half years for a Democratic politician to adopt the Paul Hackett mantra, but it’s finally happened.

Alan Grayson refused to apologize Wednesday for saying on the House floor Tuesday night that the GOP health care plan amounts to “don’t get sick” – and if you do, “die quickly.”

“I’m not taking any of it back. I stand by what I said,” Grayson, a freshman Democrat who represents Orlando, Florida, told reporters.

(…)

“I don’t think that the Democrats have to be on the defensive for a bill that reduces health care costs, makes health care premiums affordable, makes people’s health care coverage comprehensive in the sense that they can’t be excluded for breaching lifetime caps or by preexisting conditions and helps all of the Americans who cannot afford health insurance today. I think we should be on the offense not the defense and that’s where I plan to stay.”

That is just beautiful.  Here’s (most of) what I wrote way back in February 2006, right after the Democratic party forced Hackett out of the Ohio senate race:

The core problem with the Democrats, individually and collectively, is their reluctance to say, “I said it. I meant it. I stand behind it.” By apologizing, “clarifying,” or backpedaling away from their statements every time the Republicans and their creatures raise a fake uproar, the Democrats marginalize themselves and their message.

By apologizing, they are saying, “Yes, you’re right, that was not a valid point I was making.” By backpedaling, they are saying, “I routinely say things that I don’t really mean, and I just hope that no-one calls me on it.”

On the other hand, by standing firm and repeating “I said it. I meant it. I stand behind it,” or better yet, “We said it. We meant it. We stand behind it,” every time they are challenged, the Democrats would send the message that their positions are valid and deserving of respect, that they never say anything they don’t mean, and that they will not back down in the face of intimidation.

Of course, the Republican noise machine would howl about how angry and unreasonable the Democrats are. Let them. I believe the Democrats would regain the respect of their base, and the admiration of those undecideds who are disgusted with the Republicans but don’t see a viable alternative.

If Hackett is through with seeking public office, maybe the Democrats could hire him as a speech coach.

31 months later, and I wouldn’t change a single word.

1 comment September 30th, 2009 at 08:02pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Politics,Republicans

Forgotten Rant

You know, I got so distracted by the hilarity of Phyllis Schlafly and Jerry Boykin disagreeing on whether feminism or muslimism is the Greatest Threat To Life As We Know It OMG, that I completely forgot to address the nonsensical quote that drew my attention in the first place:

Schlafly went on to suggest that Americans are “waking up” and that they don’t want “our country to be run by czars,” which she called “a Russian idea.”

For the love of God and all that is holy, THEY ARE NOT ACTUAL CZARS!!!  They are political appointees with an interdepartmental portfolio but little actual power, that someone once upon a time decided to call “czars,” just like every scandal has to be called ____gate.  At least Schlafly was correct in saying that czars were Russian rather than Soviet, but I’m pretty sure that the intended implication is that Russian = Communist, which is another nice ahistorical touch.

I cringe every single time I see some conservative moron pretending that these government functionaries have anything whatsoever to do with Russian czars, or that comparing them is meaningful in any way.  Epic. History. Fail.

2 comments September 30th, 2009 at 06:59pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Republicans,Wankers

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

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The Weekly World News has the inside scoop on Sarah Palin’s Hong Kong speech:

Sarah Palin spoke to a group of private Chinese investors in Hong Kong [last Wednesday]. Despite glaring ignorance about the region, the audience, and the topic at hand, the group found her folksy and charming.

“I’m going to call it like I see it,” she said early in her speech, “and I will share with you candidly a view right from Main Street, Main Street U.S.A.  First there’s a deli on the corner, next to that is the barber shop…”  She then went on to describe her  hometown for the next 20 minutes.  The assembled group of Chinese investors were bewildered, and a little disappointed.  “We hired her to get a perspective on rural America, not just her town.”  While Palin was mid-way through a story about the first time she made out outside a Dairy Queen, an aide whispered in her ear and she moved on with the speech.

“Ya know, our cultures are very different, but we share common dreams.  Where I come from, in America, we look up to mavericks who drift away from the herd.  Here, ya’ll are like those terracotta soldiers.  You respect same-ey-ness.  But we can all agree that we strive for the same dreams: free-market economic opportunity without government regulation.”  At this the group of investors applauded loudly.

Finding new energy, Palin’s speech rambled on for an extra 15 minutes, about how the investors should channel the strength of the ancient samurai, about the tragedy of David Carradine’s death, about the one Asian couple in Alaska that she’s “pretty sure” are Chinese, how popular Pad Thai is around the world, and how “it’s great America and China can come together like this after we kicked your butt in the war.”

The assembled investors seemed confused but enjoyed the speech thoroughly.  “After years of living outside an American hegemony, it’s wonderful to see this is the person who almost ran your country.”  Another anonymous guest said, “Oh she was great!  I wanna hire her for my kid’s birthday!”

Yeah, I’m thinking the unwitting clown theory just might have been right after all…

1 comment September 30th, 2009 at 11:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Palin,Weekly World News

Patriotism, Republican Style

Shorter John Perry: A military coup is a perfectly reasonable response when it’s a Democrat trampling the Constitution by, um, whatever it is he’s doing, which I can’t quite specify but which is totally taking away my rights.

September 30th, 2009 at 07:13am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Republicans,Wankers


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