Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Foretaste, I Fear . . .

So by now, anybody who pays the slightest attention to politics knows that the Democratic candidate in the Massachusetts special election to fill Ted Kennedy's seat in the Senate got beat by the Republican. And it was not even close. There are a whole bunch of people coming up with a whole bunch of reasons why this happened: the Democratic candidate, Martha Coakley, was an awful campaigner. (I like this one. From what I read she was beyond awful.); the Dems took the seat for granted; people are pissed at Obama--this one is very convincing for me; liberals whined too much about healthcare compromises (a variation on "the people are pissed at Obama," which makes liberals an extension of the left-leaning direction we're supposedly headed in); Dems  didn't work hard enough (a variation on the Dems took the seat for granted)--there may be some truth in this; and finally, it was out of Democratic control, i.e., "A.k.a. it's Bush's fault. It wasn't about Obama, and it wasn't about health care. It was about the lingering effects of the economic crisis—which, left-leaning commentators hasten to point out, originated during the Bush administration—that have made the climate terrible for incumbents. Coakley, though not an incumbent, got caught up in that wave."

Frankly, I don't care why this happened. Explanations are not going to undo it, and explanations are not going to cause the millions of idiots out there the spontaneously generate millions of brains in their empty heads. What this election means, brothers and sisters, is that Obama has pretty much done himself in. Oh, he had a lot of help from the intransigent Republicans, but Barrack did not turn out to be an agent of change. He wasn't and isn't hope we can believe in. What he is a Chicago ward pol with a golden tongue. He talks a good game, but when it comes right down to it, he's just more of the same in Washington. And he's given the country just more of the same profitless bickering in Congress, the same sellout to big money, the same failure. This is why Blue State Massachusetts went red. People are red in the face because they are angry. Obama has done nothing to assuage that anger. Indeed, he's part of the source of it.

There is going to be a blood bath in the fall elections for Democrats. And count on this: we're looking at three years of do-nothing deadlock in the Congress. The GOP has enough votes to stymie everything, and you better believe they will. And it will yield a Republican victory in 2012. I think they could run a professed Nazi and convicted child molester and still trounce the Democrats, who have managed to shoot themselves in both feet with an Uzi. 

I'm sick to death of the whole disgusting charade. Why not just do away with the Congress and let the bloody bloated fat cats govern the rest of us directly?
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