A Good Beating
Y’know what? I hope the Democrats get their asses kicked all over this holy land today.
They deserve it. They deserve it because they’re pinning their hopes on a candidate whose big selling point is she’s not Barack Obama. That’s Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky. She’s running against next January’s new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Barack Obama, you see, is a bad guy to many Kentuckians. To many Murricans, for that matter. Even though he’s the President of the United States. And the titular head of the Democratic Party. Alison Lundergan Grimes’ party.
I hope she goes down in flames.
Remember the line from The Big Lebowski in the bowling alley parking lot where Walter Sobchak says to The Dude, “Nazis? Say what you will about National Socialism, at least it’s an ethos.”
The Republicans are not Nazis, no matter what certain drama queens on my side of the fence say. But they are a party that’s been hijacked by loons, whack-jobs, wingnuts, religious fanatics, anti-intellectuals, militarists, and Ayn Rand lovers. Hell, Mitch McConnell himself has made anti-intellectual hay by telling crowds around Kentucky that the Dems in Washington are being run by “college professors and community organizers” — as if there’s something wrong with that.
And the first thing the Democrats should have said was “You’re goddamned right, Mitch! You got a problem with college professors and community organizers?” Alison Lundergan Grimes should have said that.
It’d be an ethos.
But no. Alison Lundergan Grimes couldn’t even tell a debate moderator whether or not she voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. As if to admit doing so would be an embarrassment. Yet the Democratic Party funneled tons of dough into her campaign.
Anyway, the Republican Party may be overrun with climate change deniers, xenophobes, gunslingers, Fox News watchers, slut-shamers, evangelicals, and other such reprobates and cartoon characters, but at least they’ve got an ethos.
Even if that ethos includes the wish to throw up a fence between this country and Mexico, to run in terror from every Muslim they see or imagine, to burn as much fossil fuel as we can just for the hell of it, to allow billionaires to buy elections, to deny contraceptives to women but to make sure our health insurance cos. pay for boner pills for men, to fever dream that there’s some kind of war on Christianity and Christmas, and…, oh, I could go on and on. But you get it, don’t you? They believe in things.
What does Alison Lundergan Grimes believe in? Other than she’s not Barack Obama. Which we all could have figured out just by looking at either one of them.
You’ll have to forgive me: I’m typing in sentence fragments because I’m mad.
Because my party sucks.
I want the Democrats to lose today. And they’re gonna.
They’re going to lose because they’ve refused to scream from the mountaintops that the Affordable Care Act is now covering millions of Americans who, prior to its enactment, did not have health insurance. They’re going to lose because they should have been hammering us with the fact that unemployment has dropped to under six percent since Barack Obama, that bad guy, took office. They should have shouted, gleefully, that the national debt has dropped from over a trillion dollars in 2008 to less than 500 billion dollars this year. Why didn’t the Dems brag that with Barack Obama as president, four times more jobs have been added in this country than were added in George W. Bush’s entire eight year term? Or that US oil imports under Barack Obama have plummeted by more than 50 percent? And wind and solar power production in America has increased by 241 percent since 2008?
Or even that, with Obama courageously giving the go-ahead, US soldiers staged a daring raid and bumped off Osama bin Laden?
What more do you want from a guy who had to “work” with an opposition that promised to sabotage him and his presidency the moment he took the oath?
Did you hear Democratic candidates saying any of this?
Alison Lundergan Grimes is simply the poster girl for the run-from-Barack strategy employed by too many — way, way, way too many — Democratic candidates this year. Mind you, they’re not even running from some wild-eyed radical of the Left; they’re running from a fellow who’d make Richard Nixon or Dwight Eisenhower proud. Lyndon Johnson, on the other hand, would have employed some awfully harsh words in describing him.
The Dems, kiddies, are embarrassed about themselves. They’re embarrassed for having once embraced labor unions. They’re embarrassed because they don’t think it’s a sin to have an abortion. They’re embarrassed because they wonder how we can work with Mexican immigrants, with Middle East Muslims, with Russians. They’re embarrassed because they don’t want to stone homosexuals. They’re embarrassed because they want to spend more money on teachers and schoolbooks and less on thermonuclear bombs. They’re embarrassed because the Republicans are peopled with beet-faced parsons, mean old ladies, and tough guy coppers who’ve devoted their lives to shaking their fingers at them.
Scolds: John Hagee, Phyllis Schlafly & Joe Arpaio
They’re embarrassed for all the wrong reasons.
In all fairness, I watched parts of the senate debates for NC and GA and neither Dem candidate backed away from the ACA one bit. They also held firm on some other “liberal” issues” that I expected conservative southern Dems to shy away from. A local political watcher told me that there are no more conservative Dems in the south; they’ve all moved to the other party. I can’t compare to the KY debate because I just couldn’t watch ole mealy mouth. Actually I watched enough to see that both candidates were merely launching stale cliches. The NC and GA candidates were more impressive.
Good to know, Tom. I’ve been getting discouraged lately.
Great rant, my friend. Unfortunately, Democratic office seekers and their paid consultants will not take the correct message from defeat, no matter how large. Instead they will determine they need next time to be more like the Rs, not less. They will buy into a frame of being rejected because Obama was too leftist. This is the sad story of the last three decades.
Don’t let anyone tell you you ain’t got the chops, Big Mike. You nailed it.
Great, well written rant today mister. If your prediction proves true don’t get to down, remember, fortune’s wheel keeps turning.
that should have been “too down”.