Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Damn those Dems! (A tale of Bush, Hoyers, Kucinich and Lindsay Lohan...) (ADDED NOTE)

My least-favorite site on the left side of the aisle, Think Progressive Purist, ran a story on Bush's new disapproval ratings, which are worse than Nixon's were just before impeachment. The response? You guessed it:
But let’s not let this fact stop the Democratic “leadership” from doing nothing in its power to stop W’s policies. Thanks for nothing.
"Nothing"? Do you think any force on earth could make these Dem-hating "progressive" nitwits acknowledge that the Democrats voted for a bill in Congress that would have started the Iraq withdrawal on October 1?

I'm curious. How the hell can anyone blame the Dems for a Bush veto? I 'd love to hear an answer to that question. Strained rationalization is my favorite form of humor.

Democratic representative Steny Hoyer, as I began this piece, moved to table Kucinich's bill to impeach Cheney. At first, I was outraged by Hoyer's move. But then a strange phenomenon occurred: the Republicans were the ones voting in favor of having the impeachment debate proceed. It seems they think that the Kucinich effort will work to their benefit, propaganda-wise.

But you can't explain that political reality this idiot on Daily Kos, who -- despite the fact that all 21 of the bill's co-sponsors were Dems -- directs her erudite vitriol toward the Democrats:

You can each go directly to hell.

You are complicit in the illegal activities of this Administration, and in the destruction of democracy and our Constitution.

You are sorry, weak, pathetic, inept, clueless wimps. Especially you, Hoyer. Especially you, Pelosi. Especially you, Reid. Especially you, Schumer. How can you possibly bungle EVERYTHING so DAMN BADLY!!!!!!!!

Don't EVER expect me to be supporting you again in any way, shape or form.
Let me repeat: The Republicans voted in favor of having the impeachment debate. They did so for a reason -- although those who refuse to peer outside the walls of the progressive ghetto cannot guess what that reason might be.

As it happens, the Republicans carried the day, and Hoyer's move to table the motion was defeated. However, the Kucinich bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee, where it belongs.

Which means we must now wait for the Conyers-hate to kick in. That'll take an hour or two. While we're waiting, let's hear the argument in favor of blaming the Dems for the following:

1. The California wildfires.
2. Lindsay Lohan's alleged substance abuse issues.
3. The insufficient distribution given to David Lynch's Inland Empire.
4. The theft of Leonardo's Madonna of the Spindle.
5. Brent Wilkes.
6. The Malmedy Massacre.
7. The fact that nobody in Hollywood showed interest in my fine screenplay about Aleister Crowley which everyone said was too long at 132 pages even though it really needs to be that length.

Damn those Dems! If not for them, we'd be living in paradise!

Added note: Why do progressives favor the impeachment of Bush and Cheney anyways? If those two retire to Paraguay, the oval office goes to the woman every progressive considers Public Enemy #1 -- Nancy Pelosi, the Beast from the Bay who launched the invasion of Iraq, who told the NSA that they could spy on every American without warrant, and who personally sabotaged JFK Jr.'s airplane.

And if she should resign her position as Speaker, that job would almost certainly go to...Steny Hoyer!


Anonymous said...

Is your point that fringe wackos post a lot on message boards? By the way, this is the same way that O'Reilly goes after DailyKos - he pulls a few posts, and pretends that these random a-holes represent the majority of the progressive movement. I personally cannot stand Kos - he is too self-serving - but I am missing your point. Or I have read the same point made over and over on this blog - yes there is a segment of the liberal movement ("Progressive Purists") who are unrealistic and blame the Dems for everything. What is more interesting is how the mainstream media has jumped all over this congress. I personally think that this congress has done a fairly good job, other than in managing the PR. Who cares about a bunch of whiney self-hating liberals who hang around message boards all day?

Anonymous said...


Like you, I was ready to rail on Steny Hoyer for trying to table Kucinich's bill. I was shocked to see the Republicans voting to not table the bill and move to debate...

Until I heard Ed Epstein from Congressional Quarterly explain on C-SPAN _why_ the Repubs did not want to table the resolution: They wanted to use the resolution's debate to embarrass the Democrats.

Hear that? The Repubs' vote had NOTHING to do with upholding the law. Nothing at all. It was all part of a ploy to gain political traction via embarrassing the Democrats.

(And just think of all the Purists who are praising the Republicans for their actions...people, how could you not see the two-faced nature of this?)

Of course, the majority of Dems voted to send the resolution to the Judiciary Commitee, where it should go. Still, it was funny to see the Republicans reverse themselves and vote against that.

So, at the very least, it's now in Conyers' hands. At least there is finally something concrete in regards to impeachment...but it's only the first step. There are many more to go before Cheney can be held accountable. It is probably easier to go after him than Bush but...we'll see.

Joseph Cannon said...

"Is your point that fringe wackos post a lot on message boards?"

My point is that these people are numerous enough to cause huge trouble. They WANT the Republicans to win in 2008.

Nader. 2000. 97,000 votes in Florida.

I will NEVER stop waving that particular bloody shirt.

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AitchD said...

"... we must now wait for the Conyers hate to kick in" is funny stuff. I can't name a career pol I've admired more than or as much as John Conyers. He's the kind of guy a real-life James Bond would wish he could be like. In a blink he glides from suave to comic genius. Sometimes I think the spirits and bones of every great gentleman of politics and state inhabit him. (Had he been made to suffer and brought up on any formal House Ethics Committee charges, or charged by the FBI, for his gentle ways of largesse, I'm sure all of Detroit and most of Michigan would have called a strike and shut down the state.}

The Yay votes from Senators Schumer and Feinstein to recommend confirming Mukasey make good sense and make for excellent politics. First, no one at this late stage is worth going to the mat over, if it even would come to a fight. Second, Feinstein was the primary force on Judiciary against Gonzales during the last 2 open-pit barbecues, when she seared his ass over the Carol Lam firing. She won the day, and a lot more; so we can't expect her to look mean and vicious, or be tagged vainglorious. We should remember that confirmations are denied only for extreme cause. Also, it could have been a lot worse -- everyone (cough) knows that Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the SCOTUS only because Robert Bork got mugged righteously. Dianne can be petty, but she did all right this time. Most important, she saved a lot of her remaining capital for the many hunting parties still on the docket. She obviously has a crackerjack staff because she seldom comprehends the wordprocessing notes she reads from during the hearings.

Senator Schumer's Yay vote is even easier to justify because he's no one to fuck with, as they say in Brooklyn. Now he's made it clear to the Administration and the Republicans that his votes are virtually but not actually negotiable, i.e., he'll deal or kill. Of course, by voting Yay the Republican attack machine can't bother with him hardcore for now, which is supremely significant because he's the Senate honcho charged by the DNC with gaining something close to a super majority in the Senate next November. He and Howard Dean have been singing great harmony, and they're married to Jewish women, meaning they don't need Yoga, Zen, or chess grandmasters to teach them anything they haven't already learned.

We need another civics lesson to distinguish pop parlance from the parliamentary kind: Pelosi said impeachment is off the table, but for that to be enforced the only extant formal impeachment resolution has to be placed on the table. If not a civics lesson, Mort Sahl will do.

Joseph Cannon said...
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Joseph Cannon said...

To my attackers:

You're wasting your time. You obviously do not know how the Blogger interface works. It shows your nick, and certain nicks are deleted on sight, message unread.

Blogger also displays the first few words your messages -- and ONLY the first few words -- which is enough for me to know who is who. I don't click on such messages to read the rest.

So you are not communicating with my audience. You are not even communicating with me.

Just go away.

Anonymous said...

Good point on Nader. There was almost an interesting compromise that could have helped Nader and Gore and prevented Bush. Nader needed to get 5% of the vote in order for the Green Party to qualify for federal funding for future elections. Thus a lot of Nader/Green Party supporters were stuck between wanting to help the party get funding but also not wanting Bush to win. A law professor wrote an article in Slate about how voters in swing states who wanted to vote for Nader could trade their votes with a voter in a non-swing state who supported Gore. The swing state voter would vote Gore instead of Nader, and the safe state voter would vote Nader - since his vote was not going to impact that outcome. Thus Gore could win, and Nader could still get his 5%. Websites went up all over the country to facilitate the vote-swapping. Unfortunately a bunch of republican state attorneys and even one democratic state attorney from Minnesota got injunctions and shut down the sites for corrupting the electoral system or something. Too bad...might have swung the election.

Anonymous said...

Let me see if I have this right.

We have a Democrat (Kucinich) who wants to do the right thing, in my opinion and apparently 54% of the voting public agrees.

The Republicans who have a say in the matter chose not to kill the measure, that is they are gambling that the voting public will see their move as strategic to winning the next election. So, justice be damned, the larger goal should be the careers of our Patriots in office over what is best for the country?

Therefore, the Dems will be the only party to suffer?

sig. Mentor