Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ballot Proof


I'll make this quick.

The Democrats got their clocks cleaned last night -- got them cleaned by an airheaded former nude model who seems to have an unnaturally intimate relationship with his pick-up and who immediately upon winning tried to pimp his two hot daughters out on national television. In other words, they got their asses kicked by a punchline -- the male version of Sarah Palin.

And you know something? They 100% deserved to.

Blame Martha Coakley's inept campaign, non-existent personality or generally smug sense of entitlement -- blame it all you want -- the loss of a Senate seat in the bluest of blue states, one held by Ted Kennedy for nearly half-a-century, is something the Democrats have had coming for quite awhile. It's a shot across the bow of epic proportions.

A couple of years ago, the Democrats managed to even things out in Congress after years of being trampled under the boot of the GOP; then last year, after enduring eight years of an entirely or largely Republican government that ran this country head-first into the ground, the American electorate made a decision to hand the reins over to the Dems completely -- and what have they done with it since? Sure, there have been legislative victories, necessary reversals of God-awful GOP policy and baby-steps in the right direction, but considering the amount of power the Dems have had over the past year, it's shocking how little has gotten done. This is mostly because the Democrats have behaved, by and large, as if our ostensible two-party system is really just a couple of slight variations on one-party. They've bitched and moaned and obfuscated and delayed and generally allowed an opposition party that hasn't simply been in the minority, it's been a deranged and disorganized pack of chimps hurling shit at anything and every little thing that scares the hell out of it, to stand in the way of progress. The Democrats have had the numbers to advance their agenda by faster-than-light jumps -- this in spite of the eight years of damage that's needed to be undone -- and yet they've behaved as if they have time to dawdle.

Well, good going, guys. The people just let you know in no uncertain terms that they won't wait -- they'll even put a Birther-backed male bimbo in office as long as what he offers is different than the crap they're seeing right now. What's worse, those people just made your lives that much more difficult: You couldn't quickly push your legislation through before, when you had all the pieces in place -- you think it's gonna be easier now?

Look, I'm still a fan of Barack Obama, mostly because I believe in what he hopes to accomplish, but even I understand that a one-man political movement will never hold. During the Bush years, there were plenty of Republicans who couldn't name a damn thing W's administration had done that benefited them -- but it didn't matter because they believed that he was somehow generally "a good man." He shared their beliefs. This is a ridiculous way of thinking, and that's true no matter what side of the political fence you're on. A person is only as good as his or her policies. It's not who he or she is -- it's what he or she does. Obama's taken a couple of bold steps forward while in office, to be sure, but if he and the Democrats don't take this upset in Massachusetts for the wake-up call that it is, they're gonna be out on their asses in no time.

The Democrats rode in on a wave of populist rage, and if they don't start recognizing the ramifications of that, they're gonna ride out on exactly the same wave. The people are still pissed, and in the absence of effective leadership they'll turn to anyone. Even clowns like Scott Brown.

21 comments:

Alanna said...

I'd hit it.
http://thepoliticalclass.typepad.com/.a/6a010536b6e9e8970b0120a791e534970b-pi

Brian H. said...

A-fucking-men.

Wait, that doesn't look right...

Dona said...

Well said, Chez!

Narbe said...

Can not be stated any better.

Anonymous said...

Let me clue you in on why the Democrats lost this Massachusetts seat. Make no mistake Chez, this was a national campaign; The President of the United States campaigned for Coakley!

While the GOP is perpetually paranoid and fighting as if every freakin' vote is based on disaster, we happen to take alot for granted.

Their strategy is to over estimate the Democrats capabilities. We forever underestimate theirs.

In one post, you decribe Brown as "airheaded" and a "clown". Well, that airheaed clown just kicked our ass, largely because of our dismissive attitude and our recent inbility to move anything through Congress.

Not every GOPer is an idiot nor an ideolouge. They figured that out about the Dems many years ago. Until we figure that out about them, that image in the mirror really is getting larger and larger.

Brian H. said...

"Not every GOPer is an idiot nor an ideolouge (sic)."

Not every one, just a large majority:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/27847/majority-republicans-doubt-theory-evolution.aspx

Chez said...

Nope, not every Republican is an idiot or an ideologue -- or even a bad person or an unqualified leader. But Scott Brown is at least a couple of those.

You're wrong, I absolutely don't underestimate Republicans -- far from it. In fact, I've said over and over again here that the GOP does something the Democrats forever cannot do, and that's stand together and work toward a common goal. Those on the left make the leviathan mistake of believing that they're somehow better than the right because they have the power to think things through and analyze every little thing rather than uniting robotically behind a person or cause. It may be "better" -- who knows? -- but it damn sure isn't effective.

If you're a dingbat, regardless of which party you happen to affiliate yourself with, I'll be happy to describe you as such. But there's no way I'll underestimate your ability to get yourself elected. Maybe that's because I know how easy it is to play the American people. When they get nervous, they panic -- and they'll vote for anyone who says he or she can calm their fears. Democrat, Republican, whatever.

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Whoa is me... It makes me wish I didn't give a damn about politics. Not all Republicans are scary, but I fear most are. They seem to have a mob mentality so that anything they wish to say or do is fair game. The meaner-spirited the better. I never underestimate their ability to scare the pants off people to make them vote for them. We got lucky in the presidential elections, but that luck may turn if the Democrats don't get going.

So many people I'm around are Republicans and believe you me, I try to keep politics & religion out of any conversation. It just isn't worth the effort to try to explain my views... 'cause they ain't listening!

Chez said...

That is true. A drawback of their willingness to fall lockstep behind their leaders is that when those leaders are dangerous assholes -- which unfortunately far too many Republicans are these days -- it's tough to pry anyone away and make him or her think for themselves. For the good of the party, the smart ones will get in line with the dumb ones.

And yeah, as I've said here before, it's really hard to support the GOP on anything these days because its overarching platform is just bloody fucking insanity.

Mart said...

Dems should not have punted this one, but the bluest of blue states had until 2007 three straight Republican govenors over ten years. One of them, Romney, is the supposed Republican front runner for Presidente. Only positive I see is now the Dems can stop trying to bribe every blue dog and ass hats like Lieberman to get 60 votes, and start passing legislation with a simple majority like in the good old days (a little over a year ago). 60 was always fiction.

ntx said...

Last night, one of the learned shouters on MSNBC's coverage of the Massachusetts wake said it pretty well: Liberals are great at shouting out what WE want; we're just terrible at organizing to make it happen.

We sit smugly at home feeling righteous about our firmly held beliefs -- the very thing for which we demonize or trivialize the right. But their voters show up.

Alanna said...

any thoughts on the death of cap & trade?

Jester said...

Yep, that's the difference:

When the "Republican in charge" (whomever that is for a given issue) says "This is what we're going to do. You will fall into line and support it.", Republicans fall into line and support it, even if they personally disagree with it.

When the "Democrat in charge" says "This is what we're going to do. You will fall into line and support it.", Democrats say "no" and keep arguing for their little provincial version of the plan. Even if that Democrat is Barack Obama.

Le Penseur said...

This is what happens when the perfect is allowed to become the enemy of the good.

Jeremy said...

Lizzy Frizzfrock said:
"I never underestimate their ability to scare the pants off people to make them vote for them."

And in that vein Joe Lieberman said on NPR this morning "It’s not clear to me that at the National Counter Terrorism Center today… (the computer system) will automatically cross search all the intelligence and law enforcement databases it has. I want to find out whether that exist and I’m afraid that it doesn’t."

Key words here "it's not clear to me" (i.e. I don't know and haven't bothered to try and find out yet) and "I'm afraid".

So instead of doing the homework, he goes on NPR with no real facts but talks about what he is (and by extension, what the American public should be) afraid of. All these years later, and the fucker just keeps milking that fear-monger cow... and the American people keep buying the cheese. Whether its an unfounded fear of brown people, or an unfounded fear of socialism.

Eric said...

Well said, Chez.

CNNfan said...

Alanna,

Blimey! No license to pollute?

Ref said...

It's a testament to the effectiveness of the corporate Republican owned mass media that so many people believe Massachusetts is an extension office of the old Kremlin. It's always been a purple state.

The truth is that Coakley was a horribly flawed candidate, but the Mass Dems believed that crap they read in the CORMM and thought they could just hand that seat to good soldier Martha.

There are legitimate progressives in Mass who should be planning TODAY how they're going to kick Scott Brown's ass in '12.

CNNfan said...

When they are throwing hardballs at you...
You can't throw tennis balls back.

squidboy said...

genius

Anonymous said...

I haven't watched the excuse-fest that has gone on with the Dems after the loss because I didn't want to laugh and puke at the same time. She ran an aloof, arrogant and privlidged campaign that easily irked the voting public. Hell, even Hyannisport voted Republican! She can come up with all the excueses she wants but it easily falls on her shoulders. She clearly felt like the vote was hers and she didn't have to do ANYTHING to win the election...until the polls showed that the public thought different. She ran an awful campaign that won't easily be forgotten in the state of Massachusetts.