November 3, 2010

Get A Brane, You Moran!

By Brady Bonk

In case you’re wondering, we did our job here in the eighth district of Virginia. Rep. Jim Moran decimated opponent Patrick Murray tonight with a 23-point lead.

You won’t see this district’s election in the headlines. And that’s a shame. Because the election here in the Peoples’ Republic of Arlington is the real story.

You see, Rep. Moran is a progressive.

Here’s a bit from the Alexandria Times, a news organization I wasn’t aware existed until tonight:

In his acceptance speech Moran rejected claims his party had overreached since President Barack Obama’s inauguration, comparing their legislative successes with the civil rights movement of the 1960s. In a year when many candidates campaigned against government intervention, Moran embraced health care reform, Wall Street regulation and the stimulus bill.

The soon-to-be 11-term congressman predicted Republicans running on an anti-government platform may have trouble governing. Moran also pledged to work with Obama to fight off any attempt at rolling back the party’s legislative gains.

“We cannot allow the politics of fear and narrow-mindedness to win over the American legacy of … optimism,” he said. “We’re Democrats second and Americans first. This is our country and we’re proud to see it realize its full potential.”

Now, it is understood that Northern Virginia is generally liberal politically. But. Do you think it’s a coincidence that a Democrat who governs as a progressive and who ran as a progressive ended up with his boot on his opponent’s neck and will now serve his 11th term as a congressman, in an election year when Democrats in congress are considered to be an endangered species?

Bear in mind, Moran’s job security isn’t a fait accompli. Moran first won the position in 1990 versus a six-term Republigoat, Stanford Parris.

If you’ll recall, this writer called this election as it actually occurred on September 7, 2010. I wrote, very specifically:

Democrats are going to LOSE in November.

Freaky, right?

But the logic behind my prediction holds. Democrats in this election season ran away from their accomplishments, not on them.

Speak up, Harry Truman:

I’ve seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn’t believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don’t want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign.

But when a Democratic candidate goes out and explains what the New Deal and fair Deal really are—when he stands up like a man and puts the issues before the people—then Democrats can win, even in places where they have never won before. It has been proven time and again.

It has been proven time and again. Right here in the eighth district. Democrats should pay attention to Jim Moran.

Filed Under: Democrats,L-I-B-E-R-A-L
September 7, 2010

A DIRE Prediction

By Brady Bonk

The front page of The Washington Post on Sunday morning gave me all the information I needed to realize a rather dire prediction: Democrats are going to LOSE in November.

Here’s how the story begins:

Now on Democrats’ agenda: Budget cuts

By Shailagh Murray
Saturday, September 4, 2010
The candidate was outraged – just outraged – at the country’s sorry fiscal state.

“We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet,” he fumed to a roomful of voters. “In my view, we have nothing to show for it.”

And that was a Democrat, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, who voted “yes” on the stimulus, the health-care overhaul, increased education funding and other costly bills Congress approved under his party’s control.

Faced with a potential wipeout in November’s midterm elections, candidates such as Bennet are embracing budget cuts with the enthusiasm of Reagan Republicans.

Good idea. Let’s all us Democrats get wigged out and start running as if we’re Republigoats. That’s how we always win elections.

We’re gonna LOSE.

Filed Under: Democrats
May 18, 2010

Harry, You Know What To Do

By Brady Bonk

I predict that today’s Pennsylvania primary will bear out this oft-quoted (here) observation by President Harry Truman:

I’ve seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn’t believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don’t want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign.

But when a Democratic candidate goes out and explains what the New Deal and fair Deal really are — when he stands up like a man and puts the issues before the people — then Democrats can win, even in places where they have never won before. It has been proven time and again.

Bye-bye, Arlen.

Filed Under: Democrats
January 20, 2010

Quoth

By Brady Bonk

Also, Mr. Hartmann has quoted this several time throughout today’s broadcast. It bears repeating here and is outlandishly topical:

The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don’t want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign.

— President Harry Truman
May 17, 1952

Filed Under: Democrats

Massachusettes [sic]

By Brady Bonk

I try not to resort often to quoting Aaron Sorkin’s master stroke, The West Wing. Seems trite. Today, as a Democrat licking his wounds, one can hardly help it. And hard-core fans know exactly—exactly—what reference I’m about to make.

From the episode titled Six Meetings Before Lunch. Toby Ziegler, White House Communications Director, watches with staff as the Senate starts to vote on the confirmation of United States Justice Roberto Mendoza. The staff becomes celebratory as the roll is called. Bonnie, a communications aide, starts handing around a bottle of champagne.

Toby: Put it down! Put it down!”
Bonnie: Toby!
Toby: No champagne.
Bonnie: We’re just getting—
Toby: Put it down. Everyone in this room, let me have your attention! Please. The law of our land mandates that Presidential appointees be confirmed by a majority of the Senate, a majority being a total of half plus one for a total of what, Ginger?
Ginger: Fifty-one.
Toby: Fifty-one ‘yea’ votes is what we see on these screens BEFORE a drop of wine is swallowed! Because there’s a little thing called what, Bonnie?
Bonnie: ‘Tempting fate?’
Toby: ‘Tempting fate’ is what it’s called. In the three months that this man has been on my radar screen, I have aged forty-eight years. This is MY day of jubilee, I will not have it screwed up by what, Bonnie?
Bonnie: By tempting fate.
Toby: By tempting fate! These things take patience. These things take skill. These things take luck. In the fifteen months we’ve been in office, what kind of luck have we had? Ginger?
Ginger: Bad luck.
Toby: [clears his throat and raises his eyebrows] What kind of luck?
Ginger: Very bad luck.
Toby: We’ve had very bad luck.

Of course, the 51st vote is cast and Ziegler joins in a raucous celebration of the Justice’s confirmation. But he was insistent on waiting. Superstition? Or vigilance?

Superstition, likely, but superstition that buys Ziegler vigilance. There is the time in Josiah Bartlet’s second run for Presnit, that Deputy White House Communications Director Sam Seaborn “up and says” that Bartlet has won and questions Ziegler’s work on actually writing a concession speech. Of course I wrote a concession speech, says Ziegler:

What, do you want to tempt the wrath of the…whatever, from high atop the thing?

Seaborn is made to go outside, turn around three times and spit. Because he tempted fate.

See what I’m getting at, Martha Coakley and campaign, et al and Democrats generally?

I know ya’ll probably figured that it was “Ted Kennedy’s seat”—hell, even today there’s an e-mail in my inbox from boldprogressives.org that reads “BREAKING: Kennedy’s seat — lost”—and that, surely, it was “safe.” Martha apparently disappeared for three weeks, three weeks in which she could have been making hay over her opponent’s staunch support of water-boarding. Hands were not shook, babies were not smooched, and, apparently, campaign advertisements were not even proofed—sorry, but if you mispell “Massachusetts” in one of your campaign ads, you probably deserve to lose.

But there is something I think more disturbing in last night’s election result. In 2008, Democrats created a massive sea change in American politics, but we have yet to reap a bulk of its benefits, and, in fact, we seem to be blissfully unaware of the wind’s drastic shift. Republigoats, though, have figured it out, and they are using it to win. No longer do they campaign on guns, God, and gays. They select one of their nutzies to run, but he tones it down, pretends to be an everyman (this asshole actually won this election in part by showing off his GMC pickup truck), pretends to give a rat’s ass about the issues. (For another example of this, see McConnell, Bob, who now serves as Governor of Virginia.) They seem to know instinctively that nobody gives a crap about gay marriage while he is clutching his wallet in fear and pain.

I heard on the radio a Congresswoman sum up the Coakley fiasco: If you don’t know whether or not you’ve won until election night, then you’ve lost. I’m a bit worried that the Democrats are going to see a night like this tenfold in November.

I am worried about the wrath of the whatever from high atop the thing.