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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Much Needed "Pick Me Up"

No, not another Tiger Woods post. A "pick me up" as in lifting my spirits just a little as I read the headlines about Harry Reid desperately trying to talk his way into something, anything, Barack Obama can sign prior to the State of the Union address in January.

From a post titled "Idiocy," by Markos Moulitsas, founder of DailyKos, reacting to a solicitation he received by spam e-mail from the Democratic National Committee, signed by Barack Obama, seeking at least a $5 donation as a reward for the DNC's efforts on health care reform:

Really? All we have to do is send the DNC $5 and we get ponies? The same DNC that is enabling corporatist Democrats to water down and destroy any hope for health care reform? That DNC?

This is so freakin' obnoxious I can hardly stand it. We are about to get a turd of a "reform" package, potentially worse than the status quo. We have the insurance industry declaring victory, Republicans cackling with glee, and the administration is using that piece of shit to raise money? ....

In fact, this is insulting, betraying a lack of understanding of just how pissed the base is at this so-called reform. The administration may be happy to declare victory with a mandate that enriches insurance companies, yet creates little incentive to control costs or change the very business practices that have screwed so many people. But I'll pass.

Democrats are demoralized, and have little incentive to turn out next year. The teabaggers will turn out. If this is how the Obama camp thinks we can energize the base -- by promising them a health care pony for $5 to the same Democratic Party that is home to the likes of Baucus, Nelson, Lincoln, Lieberman, and the rest of the obstructionist gang -- then we're in for a world of hurt in 2010.

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  1. Well, all I can say is that DailyKos writer is a wack job. He doesn't think these two thousand page healthcare bills are invasive enough? Good grief.

    I guess your right though. If he isn't pleased, that's got to be seen as a good thing.

  2. Apparently, Lieberman is a Democrat now?

  3. Oh, that mincing little Kos fellow... what a salad tosser.

  4. I think the lefty blogs hate the health care bill worse than we do, who imagined that outcome? This was actually very uplifting. Markos is surprisingly entertaining when he is on the losing end.

  5. Found at FDL this morning:

    ""President Obama,

    The American people will not be giving up on real health care reform going forward, even though the ten Democratic members of the United States Senate who were tasked by Leader Reid to kill a public option while he sat in a corner, curled up, shaking and hugging his knees, have scuttled the last vestige of real health care reform for the moment.

    Democrats will face significant consequences for this failure in upcoming elections, as we work to get leaders who represent the American people.

    There are no excuses for Reid’s failure. Nor are there any for yours, President Obama. On health care in the nation you say you want to build for the better, you’re letting us down.


    ps – I thought it was shameless of you last night to send out an email asking for money from people who can’t afford to give it, asking Americans to trust you to help them, asking Americans to put all their hopes in you, at the very same time that you’re let them all down.""

    As a response to this thread:
    And an excellent letter, too, I might add.


    Yep. Like I said. Splitting wide open, my old party.

    The BoBots are awakening to the nightmare they have created. One by one. And those Dems who sided with Mr. Obama in 2008/2009 will be on the losing end of this battle for the heart and soul of the party.

    I doubt many Clinton supporters read this blog. So I don't expect a lot of sympathy here. But.... I wanted to pay you back for the great laugh I had last night, at the expense of BoBot Markos who is not getting the "change" he crammed down the Clintonistas' throats.

    Thanks again.

    And keep up the good work!

  6. The Democrats worked so hard to establish a big tent that they cobbled together so many disparate constituencies they can't govern.

    Conservatives know what we want and what we belive in. Our principles were betrayed under GWB and Tom Delay's leadership. The current two party system is a total mess. That's why Tea Partiers are creating PACs and a loose national organizational structure is starting to come together.

    I'm skeptical about a new third party in the modern era, but if one is ever going to be viable this is the time.