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I mentioned a short time ago how angry it made me that people were talking about shooting politicians who backed Obamacare dead.  I said there was no need for us to turn the US into a friggin' banana republic, vote them out.  Run yourself, become the change you want to see.

The people have spoken.

And they said, "Fuckin' A!"

The heads of the parties have been urging voters to remember the years of experience and service of their chosen few.  They are finding this is the wrong thing to remind people of.  Voter discontent in general and Tea Partiers in particular are turning establishment politicians, including some of the big names, into street pizzas.  Waking up this morning and seeing the news headlines makes this antidisestablishmentarian tingle like a prom queen.

Let's take a look at the trail of the dead:

*  Kentucky gave it's support to Rand Paul, the son of Ron Paul, who I stumped for and voted for in the Illinois primaries in 2008.  Runs in the family.

*  Arlen Specter was running for the D's again.  He had union support and White House support.  Obama said he do everything he could to stump for him, and Veep Biden said he's do everything he could.  Well, those two saw the writing on the wall.  Obama was touring an 85 ton electric arc furnace right on the border but not setting foot in the state, and Biden was in Iowa.  When I went to bed, the news media that colluded to get Obama elected was saying Specter was holding off his challenger.  This morning, the truth -- he lost to Joe Sestak, a Representative and outside who had no union or White House support.

*  In Arkansas, Senator Blanche Lincoln was facing a challenge by Bill Halter.  How's he doing?  He didn't win, but he did well enough to force a runoff vote.  So this patient may still live, but she's gonna be hurting for a looooooong time.

* Two weeks ago in Utah, Bob Bennett, one of the R's Senators, gave an impassioned speech about remembering his years of experience and all the great things he's done since joining the Senate in 1992.  Voters remembered his support of the bailouts and work on Obamacare and sent him packing.

*  In Florida, Charlie Christ is a popular R governor who decided he was going to run for the state's open Senate seat.  He has recently announced he is going to run as a third party for the seat.  You know, one of those candidate the D's and R's laugh at as never having a chance.  Because he can't get the support to win his party's nomination for the seat.

D's are scared because they know they've pushed voters too far.  R's are scared because they can't tame the beast.  Remember how ecstatic they were during the votes last November, especially in Massachusetts, where D's were losing and they were winning and how they were gloating that the Legislative Branch was as good as theirs this fall?  The courting of Tea Partiers during the Obamacare vote, only to downplay them (remember the memo and interviews where they said repealing Obamacare is not a priority) is coming back to haunt them.  Mitch McConnell, the R Senate Minority Leader, was asked about what he thinks of the primary results so far.  "Obviously the biggest item around the Hill this week is the oil spill in Louisiana."  In other words, the Establishment has gone to DEFCON RED!  EVERYONE DUCK AND FUCKIN' COVER!

The people should not be afraid of their government.  The government should be afraid of its people.

Oh, are they afraid this morning.


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May. 19th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
WOOHOO! Go Rand!!!
May. 19th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed and agreed with everything you had to say.

Except this, "the news media that colluded to get Obama elected"

Sounds like crank-speak to me...and frankly, I find that sort of dismissive comment beneath you. You don't need to stoop to hack-ish comments like this to make your point. Your points were well laid out and stated without that.

May. 19th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
I beg to differ that my perspective about the media is crankish.

There were a number of things (such as the flipflop on public campaign funds and his ties to Tony Rezko) that the media did not cover with Obama, basically giving him a pass. Please note this criticism is not just for networks that I feel are Obama friendly like CNN and MSNBC, this also goes for Faux News, which was helping bury McCain's campaign (they only covered Obama's flipflop on public funds, and that was three days before the election, minimizing the impact). The news reports of McCain were almost universally negative, presenting him as some guy with a bucket list instead of a candidate.

From where I sat, the media wanted Obama elected and basically presented him as reality TV. "Live through history, watch it unfold." Hence, my stance that they colluded to get him in.

Just presenting my perspective.
May. 19th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
There was plenty of coverage on both of those stories, as I recall. I heard stories about both on NPR, as well as CNN. (MSNBC has about as much credibility with me as does Fox News, FWIW) and McCain did enough stupid things on his own without needing help in looking foolish. Foisting Sarah Palin on the world around us is essentially unforgivable in my view. That right there cost him the election.

I heard a lot of kvetching about Obama's change of stance on campaign funding, and it wasn't just swept under the rug.

Obama was a much better candidate than McCain, sold himself better than McCain and that's why he won the election.

Your comment sounded peevish and cranky in the midst of otherwise well thought out and reasoned commentary. In my opinion, anyhow. Which are sort of like belly buttons...everyone has one and some are full of lint....
May. 19th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
I don't want it to seem like I have to get the last word in on you, so I hope you don't think this is some desperate attempt to create drama or phony magnanimity.

I certainly understand how you can think my theory is sour grapes or maybe going into Art Bell territory. I am aware that my opinion is not widely held. What's more, while we control what we say and believe, we do not control what others think of what we say or believe. To my mind, it is inevitable that sooner or later someone is going to say something that makes me go, "O'rly?" Hell, I react that way with my friends, and they react that way with me (sparing you a loooooooooong drawn out example of my personal religious beliefs that almost anyone else would put somewhere between TL;DR and Shit No One Cares About).

The upshot is that, when I say something and someone like you says, "I don't think so," I have to take it. I mean, it's what makes sense to me. People who read my opinion are not obligated to give me the benefit of the doubt that I know what I'm talking about. And, since all I really have is anecdotal evidence (it's not like I did a Nexus search or watched every news show on every channel before coming to this conclusion), all I can do is live and let live.

Just saying that I see why you think it is peevish, cranky, and maybe a little tin foil hat. But try as I might, it's what makes sense to me. It's my opinion, so I own up to it. That includes the bad things as well as the good.

Just being philosophical, not trying to put you down.
May. 20th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
You make your points well, in a rational and reasonable fashion. That's why that one comment really stuck out. That we disagree is of no great consequence, that we aren't disagreeable while doing so is something I appreciate.
May. 19th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
"In my opinion, anyhow. Which are sort of like belly buttons...everyone has one and some are full of lint..."

I've always liked, "Opinions are like assholes...everybody's got one, and no one likes anyone's but their own." ;-)
May. 20th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
Or, "Opinions are like assholes, everyone's got one and most of them stink..." *snicker*
May. 20th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
I've been saying all along that the Republicans had better not fool themselves into thinking that the tea partiers are on their side -- they're not on the side of anyone who's been in power in Washington in recent decades.
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