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On Primaries, Cause & Effect, And Teddy Kennedy

I would submit to you that Jimmy Carter was not weakened because he faced a primary from Teddy Kennedy, but rather that he faced a primary from Teddy Kennedy because he was weakened.

The same applies to Obama: If he gets primaried from the left and subsequently loses the general election, that loss will not be the result of the primary challenge – it will be the result of the discontent that led to the primary challenge.

I would also say that I don’t buy the premise that a primary would cause Obama to move to the left. He might – might – do so temporarily during the campaign, but if he were to win the general election he would immediately revert to the same kiss-right, kick-left behavior he’s exhibiting now. In fact, he’d probably be a lot worse with a Republican Senate and an even more Republican House.

December 8th, 2010 at 11:36am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics

Wankers Of The Day

Joe Lieberman, for swallowing the Sarah Palin Kool-Aid and accusing a foreign national of treason against the US:

ANCHOR: What do you think of the Justice Department’s actions so far to not charge Julian Assange with treason?

LIEBERMAN: I don’t understand why that hasn’t happened yet.

And Barack Obama, for taking his compromise fetish to insane new heights:

This country was founded on compromise. I couldn’t go through the front door at this country’s founding. If we were really thinking about ideal positions, we wouldn’t have a union.

Gee, I must have missed the part where the Founding Fathers reached a compromise with the British to obtain our independence.  And, as dday points out, the Republicans have done pretty well for themselves with their steadfast refusal to compromise on anything.

(Note: I include the YouTube mainly because I first thought it said, “Pres. Obama: I’m happy to be tased by GOP next year”, which seemed… unusually candid.)

2 comments December 7th, 2010 at 06:33pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Lieberman,Media,Obama,Palin,Wankers

WIth Dems Like These, Part 832

So Obama’s brilliant “compromise” plan is to use the unemployed as human shields to extend tax cuts for the rich, gut the estate tax, and apply a “temporary” payroll tax cut that can probably never be repealed and will make it easier for Republicans to destroy Social Security once and for all?

Gee, what’s not to like?  I particularly like how Obama gets to re-use the healthcare reform messaging playbook: “How can you oppose these gifts to the rich and corporate?  Why do you hate unemployed people???”

Also, what a bitch says.

December 7th, 2010 at 07:41am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Obama,Politics,Social Security,Taxes,Unemployment

Monday Media Blogging

Who among us does not love mad metallic German bagpipe covers of This Corrosion?

Also: Kilts and fire.  Win!!!

1 comment December 6th, 2010 at 07:47pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the first episode of Fawlty Towers:

“You could have had them both done by now if you hadn’t spent the whole morning skulking in there listening to that racket.”

“Racket? That’s Brahms! Brahms’ Third Racket!”

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s pattycake-playing cats…

I have no idea what that’s about.

December 3rd, 2010 at 11:43am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Weak Or Complicit?

In the end, I guess it doesn’t really matter so much whether Obama is weak, incompetent, or a right-wing tool (his sudden transformation from tepid helplessness to forceful arm-twisting as soon as the public option was off the table certainly suggests the latter) – the result is the same.  And disastrous.

Is it too soon for “Worst President Ever” talk?  Granted, Obama hasn’t been as actively destructive as Bush, but his determined and ongoing attack on his base and on the working and middle class has to count for something.  It’s certainly hard to think of many examples of presidents this terrible back-to-back.  Harding and Coolidge, maybe.

2 comments December 3rd, 2010 at 07:39am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Obama,Politics,Taxes,Unemployment,Wankers

Margaret Cho Has A Theory

That Sarah Palin forced her daughter to compete on Dancing With The Stars partly out of revenge for getting so inconveniently pregnant, and partly to launder her own image for a run at the presidency.

Sarah Palin motivated by grandiose political ambition and petty spite?  I dunno, sounds kinda farfetched to me…

December 2nd, 2010 at 11:47am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Palin,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Andrew Sullivan Sort Of Makes My Day

On the one hand, it’s gratifying that so many of us on the left have refused to abandon our principles and mindlessly support our party right or wrong like conservatives do.

On the other hand, it’s depressing that we find ourselves opposed to our president and party on a near-constant basis.  I think Digby and especially Balkin are a little bit off about the prospects of the Democrats ever showing any kind of backbone or unity in support of their own supposed ideals.  The fundamental problem is that as long as our campaign finance system (and the revolving door to the lucrative corporate/lobbying world) is thoroughly corrupt, both parties will be pressured to move to the right, especially on economic issues (social and military issues always seem to find a way to tag along for the ride).  Which is great for a party that’s supposed to be conservative, and incredibly destructive for a party that’s supposed to be progressive.

Put the two together, and you have progressive bloggers like Jane begging Obama and the rest of the ineffectual Democrats to show some guts and leadership for a change, and why their pleas will continue to fall on deaf ears.

4 comments December 2nd, 2010 at 07:38am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Democrats,Obama,Politics,Wankers

It’s Hard Out Here For A Messenger

What Kos said:

Obama supporters, be pissed off… that Republicans are making a joke out of Obama, and that he’s enabling that. Don’t get pissed at those who point out what is painfully obvious. Us growing cadre of critics want Obama to succeed, and are screaming at him to quit this current path, because it leads to nothing but pain and suffering — otherwise known as President Palin.

Getting angry at progressives who point out that Obama sucks instead of at Obama for sucking is like, well, giving the Bush administration a free pass for torture and war crimes and then trying to prosecute Wikileaks.

December 1st, 2010 at 07:06am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Democrats,Obama,Politics,Wankers

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