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The Latest Unpardonable Sin

Republican congresswoman gets primaried for supporting… a Republican?

U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite’s support for New York Republican Dede Scozzafava’s doomed campaign is emerging as an issue in the Brooksville Republican’s re-election.

Republican Jason Sager, a political neophyte from Brooksville, filed to run against Brown-Waite in 2010, telling the Times’ Tony Marrero that he stands for conservatives concerned about a government that has strayed from the principles of the Founding Fathers.Sager said he was concerned about Brown-Waite’s support for Scozzafava.

The congresswoman, an Albany, N.Y. native, refused to answer questions about why she went to New York to campaign for Scozzafava just days before the state lawmaker dropped from the race and endorsed the Democrat.

Wow.  And Democrats won’t even take Lieberman’s gavel away.

November 5th, 2009 at 08:09pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans

Too Big To Ail

Raise your hand if you’re surprised…

While thousands of at-risk Americans wait, some big Wall Street banks have already secured the hard-to-find H1N1 vaccine for their employees.

Building on a story that BusinessWeek broke, NBC reports that employees at the New York Stock Exchange, bankers at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, and employees at the Federal Reserve have all received swine flu vaccine doses to administer to their employees.

In particular, NBC reports that Goldman Sachs has received 200 doses of the vaccine — the same amount as Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Wall Street banks, like many other companies, put in requests for the vaccine but seem to have had something of a leg up on securing doses.

Well, it’s already a well-established fact that our economy cannot survive if Wall Street isn’t fiscally healthy, so it only stands to reason that we can’t afford for these terribly indispensable financial geniuses to be physically unhealthy either.  Plus they’re probably more susceptible to swine flu than most people.  (And God forbid there should ever be vampire squid flu.)

November 5th, 2009 at 07:05pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Healthcare,Wankers

Another Modest Proposal

And while the American people voted for Obama and the Democrats because they wanted change, the GOP is increasingly convinced that they lost because they just weren’t crazy enough:

On a conference call with reporters just now, conservative Senator Jim DeMint — who has endorsed a conservative candidate to run in a GOP Senate primary against businesswoman Carly Fiorina, the next target of the Palin/tea party brigade — explicitly suggested his endorsement was a shot “against” GOP leaders.

DeMint explained his endorsement of the conservative candidate, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, by citing “Chuck’s willingness to stand up against his own party leaders.”

(…)

“We need to shake up the Republican Party,” DeMint added. He also used some suggestive language to suggest that DeVore would be a reliable foe of the GOP establishment: “He’s gonna join the country, and not the club.”

Yes, that’s right: John Boehner and Mitch McConnell aren’t conservative enough, and the Republican Party needs to embrace full-on gonzo Palinism, even though it made a decisive majority of America recoil in horror a year ago.  Good luck with that, guys – you may be the Democrats’ only hope a year from now.

November 5th, 2009 at 11:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans

A Modest Proposal

Mike Lux has A Shocking And Impertinent Suggestion for Obama and the Democrats:

In the face of a weak economy, angry voters, and a discouraged Democratic base, Democrats have exactly one chance at surviving the elections a year from now: deliver the goods. You ran on change in 2008, and voters don’t feel like things have changed enough. You ran on taking on the powerful special interests and they still have too much power. You can’t afford to get even more cautious, to change things even less, to take on the powerful not so much. We need health care reform that checks the power of the big insurers, and banking policy that ends the overwhelming power of the big banks. We need to produce good jobs now, and not wait for the trickle down policy of waiting for the banks to someday lend to business which will someday hire workers.

….We are going to need to craft a strategy for winning that is based on deserving to win because we delivered important, tangible things that mattered to voters, things that make angry voters understand that we share their anger and are doing something to change things so their lives will be better, and things that help Democratic base voters feel like it is worth voting again.

Now is the time for Democrats to stop listening to the whiners who counsel go slow and be cautious on change, and to deliver on the change they so boldly promised.

If America wanted More Of The Same, it would have voted for McCain and the Republicans.  It didn’t.  So do what you were elected to do, or you will suffer the consequences from a bitterly disappointed and betrayed electorate.  The Bush administration thought it could paper over its failures with happy talk too – that worked just long enough to squeak out a narrow re-election just before plummeting to Nixonian approval levels.  But maybe you stopped listening after “worked just long enough to squeak out a narrow re-election”.

7 comments November 5th, 2009 at 07:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Obama,Politics


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