Thursday, October 21, 2010

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The Rude Pundit on Christine O'Donnell:

At a debate yesterday, Delaware Republican and a woman who is you because you apparently have picnicked on a satanic altar, Christine O'Donnell, expressed shock at the idea that the separation of church and state was "in" the First Amendment to the Constitution. As her opponent, Chris Coons, pointed out, it's been pretty damn well-decided that the wall between religion and government derives from the establishment clause of the First Amendment. The kindest reading of O'Donnell's smug, self-satisfied, "gotcha" look is that she was asking about the exact phrase "separation of church and state," which is what her campaign said she meant. She was defended by Rush Limbaugh, who immediately popped a Viagra so he was ready to fuck his wife's ass as she wore the O'Donnell mask on the back of her head. And the right was knee-jerk defending the new cute chick.

The scramble was on in the mainstream media for a way to present O'Donnell's statements without saying the truth. Last night, on Anderson Cooper 360 (motto: "AC doesn't think his sexuality is any of your goddamn business"), Paul Begala and Jeffrey Toobin came preciously close, but still tiptoed around the obvious explanation: Christine O'Donnell is a fucking idiot, so fucking dumb that she has to remind herself to breathe. It's the 800 pound motherfucker just sitting there: she's too fucking stupid to be a Senator.

It ought to be okay to say that. It's actually important information for voters. Brian Williams ought to be able to declare, "By any objective measure, by any stretch of the imagination, Christine O'Donnell isn't qualified to be elected Cart Wrangler of the Month at Wal-Mart. Because she's just a fucking idiot." Now, there's a good chance people will still vote for her because, yeah, there are idiots who do see themselves in O'Donnell.

A real media would have eviscerated this collection of buffoons and bastards. The fact that we are talking about three of them as serious candidates means we are skidding toward the edge of a very steep cliff and that we are a very unserious electorate. The look on the face of Chris Coons in that debate with O'Donnell said it all. It was the look of a man who thought he had come for a debate to help voters decide who is going to be one of the most powerful people in the country. But when he showed up, it was a pie-eating contest.

Sheer poetry, Rude!

Anger Trumps Enthusiasm

I've heard repeatedly over the last few months how the Republican electorate is more "enthusiastic" about voting, how the Tea Party has "energized" the GOP voters, how the generic polls show more support for the Republican candidate that the Democratic one. I've listened to pronouncements of doom for the poor dispirited Democratic voters, how the Democratic base is lagging in enthusiasm and is not likely to make a big showing at the polls, how enthusiasm is such a big determinate in both voter turnout and the chances of winning. I've listened to the talking heads predict a Democratic rout, forecasting that the Democrats sit home in a funk on election day, while legions of crazed, white senior citizen teabaggers mob the polls, and elect nutcases like Christine O'Donnell and Sharon Angle to the Senate.

I say that that is not necessarily the case. I say unto thee, nay. I say, in fact, HELL NO!

Anger trumps enthusiasm.

I say that after nearly two years of seeing our lawfully and democratically elected president stymied, denied, and assaulted at every turn, after nearly two years of uninterrupted, unceasing, and universal opposition to every idea, project, and proposal that President Obama and the Democratic Congressional leadership have proposed, after two years of veiled threats and open insults, after two years of birthers,tenthers, racists, nitwits, homophobes, far-right con artists, and just plain kooks, it's time to get mad.

Don't tell me that we can't win, don't tell me that it can't be done, because all the spirits that have gone on before me drown you out. All the lives, all this time, and we're supposed to slow down, change course...because some of you are afraid?

No. Don't fear the change, and don't waste time trying to change the fear. Let the anger burn, and let them fear our anger, for a change.

Anger purifies.

Anger clarifies.

Anger energizes.

Greed may be good, but anger is better.

Anger gets things done.

Get ANGRY, then vote.

Can't Win For Losing

Nancy Pelosi has been the best Speaker of the House in the last century. So, of course, win or lose, the Dems will try to fuck her over:
The Washington Post (via Balloon Juice):
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's mathematical grip on political power is getting slippery.
With House Democrats already bracing for steep losses in the midterm elections, at least five of Pelosi's colleagues have announced in the past two weeks that they would not support her remaining as speaker, should Democrats retain the majority. More than a dozen others have told local and national media that they would consider backing a different Democrat.

Pelosi refuses to discuss any outcome next month other than Democrats staying in power and her still wielding the speaker's gavel. "Would anybody ever go up to somebody during a game and say, 'What are you going to do if you lose?' We're in a fight. We don't even think about losing. We just have our eye on the ball, which is victory," she said Wednesday in a radio interview on the "Gayle King Show." 
Yeah, let's just throw her under the bus! Who's gottten more done in this session of Congress, who's stayed the course, who's carried Obama's water more than Nancy Pelosi? She's got bigger balls than any of 'em! And a bigger brain, heart, too. Idiots, short-sighted idiots, every last one.

Like John Cole, some days I just hate being a Democrat.