Archive for March 25th, 2010

You’re Always A Day Away

So how many excuses does this make?

First Obama and the Democrats couldn’t pass the public option because they didn’t have 60 votes in the Senate.

Then they couldn’t pass the public option because Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman were unmovable and un-getaroundable.

Then they couldn’t pass the public option because they didn’t have 60 votes in the Senate.

Then they couldn’t pass the public option because they didn’t have 50 votes in the Senate to pass it through reconciliation (even though they did).

Then they couldn’t pass the public option because they didn’t want to change the reconciliation sidecar bill, because that would force the House to vote on it again.

Now the House has to vote on the sidecar again anyway because the Senate Parliamentarian forced some changes, and the excuse for not adding the public option back is…?

But don’t worry – the Democrats assure us that they’ll take up the public option again… right after their fecklessness costs them a whole bunch of seats in the next election.  Brilliant.

March 25th, 2010 at 06:10pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Monday Media Blogging,Obama,Politics,Wankers

SWOT: The Selective War On Terror

Isn’t it amazing how Republicans and conservatives can be so fanatically gung ho about “confronting” Islamic terrorism, to the point where they’re willing to tear up the Constitution and justify any and all manner of illegal surveillance, torture and imprisonment, yet so utterly blase about right-wing vandalism, threats, and intimidation, even up to outright violence and murder?  Or how they still oppose any efforts to make it harder to obtain guns?  Or how they mock Democrats who suggest that it’s important to understand the source of Islamic rage, but make sure to tell us that while right-wing terrorists’ actions may be misguided, the sources of their rage are entirely legitimate?

Isn’t it amazing how the same people who were so willing to tear up the Constitution and create a police state to fight that very specific kind of terrorism are so worked up about how Obama is supposedly a fascist who is trampling the Constitution with his ruthless power grabs and healthcare bill?

Isn’t it amazing how the same people who decried Democrats’ and progressives’ lack of civility are silent about right-wing slurs and threats against Democratic officeholders?  That they made a hero of the congressman who yelled “You lie!” in the middle of Obama’s State Of The Union address (and I will be shocked if the “baby killer” guy does not become one in short order as well)?  That they had no problem at all with Dick Cheney telling a Democratic senator to go fuck himself (or shooting a guy  in the face with a shotgun, for that matter)?

I dunno, maybe I’m just easily amazed.

March 25th, 2010 at 11:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Politics,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers


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