Halperin’s Anatomy Class

MSNBC analyst Mark Halperin says the President is a dick. Typical inside the beltway analysis of the current political dance.

Halperin said Obama needs to show respect for the GOOP and will not get any place by being tough. The beltway wise guys, who have never really had a good grasp of the current political dynamic, want Obama to cave earlier than ever. Maybe he should.

Here is the truth. Obama’s current problem is that he has never been tough. The GOOP learned a long time ago that Obama is weak and will give them what they want in the end. Failure to stand up for principle on numerous occasions has caused the enemy to understand that Obama does not have a principle he will fight for. Let us repeat the litany: single payer killed before the fight began; stimulus bill compromised critically and substantially weakened in favor of meaningless tax cuts; the Busch tax cuts continued for two years without a fight … thus stealing away the only issue that could have saved the House from the GOOP in 2010. Obama has failed at every turn to defend his position and command the center of the debate.

The pattern is clear and unequicocal. Obama does not undertstand the need to fight from basic principles. He has said tax the rich but he is never there when it needed to be said loud and clear by the party leader. He has said he is for the working man, but never around when the working man is out fighting for his political life (Wisconsin.) Obama has failed to provide his party with the basis for retaking the agenda becaue he has never given more than lip service to real Democratic Party ideals. He has never fought the GOOP and they have no reason to think he will this time.

Halperin says Obama is a Dick. I say he is a Pussy.

Mark Halperin Is A Kind of a Dick

Halperin was suspended from MSNBC for these comments. The question remains, though, in my mind: Who do these people think they’re talking about? And where were the “the President is a dick” comments when the previous president was illegally plundering secular sovereign nations, categorically neglecting and bungling catastrophic natural disasters here at home while Americans drowned in their own attics, and overseeing the worst financial crisis since THE worst financial crisis ever?

Michele Bachmann For President

Today, I am convinced that the number-one threat to a second-term Obama has at last been unleashed. And I do not mean this in an ironic sort of “gee I wish this would happen because it’d be so good for us” kind of way. I mean this like really.

I believe that the Republigoats have today unleashed the person who will be their nominee in 2012, and I believe that Michele Bachmann is a serious contender and, indeed, the perfect candidate for the GOOP in this election year.

First, you gotta read Matt Taibibibiibiiibiiiibiibi’s article in The Rolling Stone. Let me steal the lynch graph for ya:

Even other Republicans, it seems, are making the mistake of laughing at Bachmann. But consider this possibility: She wins Iowa, then swallows the Tea Party and Christian vote whole for the next 30 or 40 primaries while Romney and Pawlenty battle fiercely over who is the more “viable” boring-white-guy candidate. Then Wall Street blows up again — and it’s Barack Obama and a soaring unemployment rate versus a white, God-fearing mother of 28 from the heartland.

Do what they want, be who they are, it can’t matter less because often it’s timing and events that can collapse all over an incumbent. Ask George H.W. Bush. Hell, ask Barack Obama. As much hopey-changey shit as he discussed and as powerful as the momentum was behind him, let’s face it, his victory would not have been nearly as decisive had the economy not gone all Demon Drop on us precisely when it did.

Imagine Michele Bachmann as the nominee and unemployment is still at 9.x percent.

And don’t poo-poo the notion that Bachmann couldn’t grab the nomination. As Matt Taibibibiibiiibiiiibiibi points out, she is nearly physically constructed to win presidential primaries. And in 2008, Republigoats were presented with a new political model that made them as hot as the little girls who used to scream at the Beatles: Prudence Palin, moronic, spunky, winky hockey mom placed a heartbeat away or better. Republigoats LOVE this model. The 2008 election caused them to become not only imbued to it but to be besotted by it. But they are well aware though they’d not say it aloud unless only in a room alone with a mirror that Palin herself is now political quicksand. How fortunate that they’ve got a candidate for 2012 who can preserve this fantastic personality cult model for them.

And if you’re the Republigoat party, isn’t this the year to throw deep? Isn’t 2012, when you’re faced with a tough incumbent and nobody expects you to even SHOW in a two person race, isn’t that the time when you throw the pasta at the wall? Isn’t that the time to let your better pitchers spend a little more time in the bullpen and instead put that cockeyed motherfucker on the mound who beaned six batters last week but what the hell? Am I extending this analogy a bit too far? Yes?

Besides that, you’ve got a guy in office now who has been either wrong and/or absent on at least two major domestic issues that are at the heart of the core of the center of the thing to his base. He’s certainly quite a lot wrong and absent on equal rights for all including our gay friends and neighbors. And he’s certainly been absent on labor issues.

By the way, isn’t it interesting that people do a lot of clucking these days about how we need more jobs in America, but they don’t barely hardly blink their eyes when labor takes state buildings in protest of onerous, destructive legislation that only serves to make it more impossible for workers to do the work required to preserve jobs? Hello?

Democrats, led by Barack Obama, have as usual let the freakishly extroverted golfers known as Republigoats drive the discussion. So now all we’ve been talking about regarding fixing the economy has been about how much government ought to tax and how much government ought to spend. And then workers set up tent cities in Madison and wow, what a golden opportunity to change the focus of that discussion to jobs and labor and jobs and jobs and jobs, and when does Air Force touch down in Wisconsin? Oh. Never? We’re not going to see the presnit in shirtsleeves shaking hands with the Local 75*? When we’re…trying to get people talking about jobs instead of lying out their asses about taxes? Really?

It occurs to me that it is worth mentioning that the Obama Presidency has been incredibly effective. True. But it has also been surprisingly underwhelming. And, I think, if it does not begin to bring that funky fire, as Sen. Bernie Sanders has today insisted that it do, it is setting the stage for the perfect storm that could lead to a Bachmann Presidency.

If it’s a fact I believe it.

*Plumbers Union Local 75. A meeting I think would be simply delicious. See “The Plumber, Joe” for further reference.

New York Has Real Leadership.

A lot of people can take credit for passage of a marriage equality law in New York. There are long-time organizers like to folks of the Gay Pride Agenda and everyday citizens like me who made phone calls to their senators and to Dean Skelos to help get this done. But nobody deserves more credit than Andrew Cuomo, who showed all of us how to lead.

Our governor did not shy away from the gay marriage issue. He did not give it lip service and walk away. He embraced it, campaigned across the state for it. He talked to community groups and churches and Chambers of Commerce. He argued that marriage equality is right and fair. He argued that New York should be on the right side of history, and he argued that gay marriage is good for business. He lobbied and twisted arms in his own party and he beat up the opposition until they came on board. If there is a hero in this story, it is Andrew Cuomo.

Compare that to the visit Barack Obama made to the Gay Pride dinner last weekend. He coyly endorsed equal rights for all Americans but refused to retract the statements he made to the Chirstian Fundamentalist forum during the 2008 campaign (where he said marriage should be between a man and a woman). His position is still evolving, he said. He is a coward.

This is typical Obama. He has never been out front on any important issue in the last two years. He sat on his hands and allowed Max Baucus to take the lead in health care, which is largely why we have a law that is not even half way. He compromised away any opportunity there was to make taxing the rich the primary issue in the 2010 election, a decision that likely cost the Democratic Party the House of Representatives. He watched from a distance while the employees of Wisconsin and Ohio and New Jersey lost their basic rights as workers. He has failed on every count to stand up for what should be the basic beliefs of the Democratic Party.

Barack Obama has proven himself not to be a leader. Certainly he is not the leader we need in these difficult times. Andrew Cuomo is a leader who stands for basic party principles. Anyone looking for a new candidate in 2012 can now look to New York.

He Said GOOP!!

Yes. On his first Countdown on Current Television, Keith Olbermann actually referred to the party that has a majority in the House of Representatives as the GOOP. And on tonight’s show, in the Worst Persons segment, he called Newty Gringo a GOOPER. KEITH ARE YOU READING THIS? YOU OWE ME!!

As our regular reader knows I have for years refused to call any member of the party that opposes the President’s Party anything but GOOPer, and I always refer to the opposition party as GOOP. I never really said what the letters stand for, but generally I mean the Grand Old Obstructionist Party, or the Grand Old Obstreperous Party or something like that.

I reserve the term Republican to refer to persons who historically are identified with the Republican Party and who had some sense of decency and fair play, and who participated in the political process out of what appeared to be a concern for good government. I do not think there are any Republicans left today. Gerry Ford may have been the last great Republican.

I am happy to see Keith back on the air and I am happy to report that his show is definitely better, edgier, and more honest than ever before. You don’t know how much he must have been censored at MSNBC until you watch the new show. There is a difference.

And I am also pleased to note that Keith, or one of his staffers, has decided to call a GOOPer a GOOPER. You are welcome to the word. However, I think a little credit… maybe an occasional guest talking head appearance, would be in order.

Assignment Editor for Mainstream Press

I have been watching CBS news regularly in the last few weeks so I can get a feel of what the masses are getting in the way of news. What I learned is this: they don’t get much.

There is no problem with slant or bias… the evening news half-hour is as close as you can get to the middle of the road. The problem is just time. There is not enough if it. They can’t possibly tell a story in depth because there is not time to do it, and so what they do is just tell you the headlines. And they don’t have the staff of energy to enterprise, so they rarely break news of their own unless it is related to a CBS News Poll, which is not news in fact but mostly political BS.

Today the big story is Leon Panetta and how he is being approved by the Senate and how the GOOP is having a love fest over him and all. Not much of a story really. Panetta has spent so much time in Washington he would be a shoe-in on a normal year, but after having been the hero of the killing of Osama Bin Laden he is dead cert to get a pass thorough the normal hassle most everyone.

Here is an idea, how about a story about all the appointments that don’t get approved because the GOOP is playing politics with appointments? How about a look at the appointments that have not been approved.

In addition to dozens of federal judges that have not been processed, there are Office of Consumer Protection (Elizabeth Warren), The Commerce Secretary (John Bryson), A Federal Reserve Board member (Peter Diamond), a 9th Circuit Judge, (Goodwin Lui), The COnptroller of the Currency, head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Council of economic Advisors, Office of financial research, and dozens more positions not filled, mostly because of GOOP intransigence.

Warren is opposed because the GOOP does not believe in Consumer Protection. Bryson because Sen.Graham is mad about some related appointment. Diamond because the GOOP believes does not want any more Nobel Laureates in government… he has withdrawn his name in disgust. Lui is vilified for telling the truth about that scumball Justice Antny Alito.

The list goes on and is senseless and is the hallmark of what The GOOP believes about Government. It’s a good story, and one that should be told nightly on every main stream newscast.

1,000 Maniacs

Leon Panetta recently warned Congress that there are still 1,000 Al Queda operatives in Iraq. That’s 1,000. Not 996 or 1123. It’s 1,000 and he is damned certain of it. We should be scared shitless I guess. We still have that many there.

The message is we still need to spend zillions of dollars in Iraq and sure as hell can’t slow down much in Afghanistan where they have Al Queda AND Taliban bastards still hanging out, regardless of Bin Laden being dead and all.

Next thing you know Panetta and Obama will be dragging out the alert levels to scare the crap out of soccer moms and used car dealers with ominous sounding Red Alerts and Orange levels. If we have that many Al QUeda to worry about over there, what, after all, is the likelihood that we have even more here?

Here is a notion. Let the Iraqis take care of the 1,000 Al Queda over there and if they can’t do it maybe they should learn to live with it. Then let us focus on actual terror threats to the USA, Moslem Zealots and right wing crazies who have caused almost as much death and destruction in the USA as any Al Queda terrorist, and who are better organized and in some ways crazier.

Let’s try to make peace and happiness here. Spend less of our money and let someone else police the world for a while. Let the MIddle East shake itself out at Saudi expense if necessary. Let them , grow up or go back to the dark ages. Let the Chinese move in over there. They are good at straightening out fanatics.

Yes. There may be a time down the road when there will be a fully muscled Moslem Cailiphate or a China dominated middle east that we have to stand up to. We should always keep our intelligence sharp and our powder dry. But if we piss away our resources on 1,000 maniacs in Iraq, they will roll right over us anyway.

Why The Hell Would Anyone Want To Be A Democrat?

I am trying this fine day to figure out why in the wide wide world of sports any politician in these Untied States would want to be a Democrat.

If Anthony Weiner were a Republigoat, his party, his media, and his electorate would all be circling the wagons around him and his penis. They’d be excoriating his accusers and their partisan attacks. They’d be calling Anthony Weiner “heroic.” Fox “News” dunce Steve Doocy would be awkwardly complimenting in the Fox and Friends between-story patter. “Look at the size of that thing,” he’d say, “you know, they say it’s the girth, not the length, know what I mean, Gretchen?”

That’s what they do. They circle their wagons. They work tirelessly to re-truth and to re-blame. They hold fundraisers (as Rachel Maddow pointed out last night that they have done recently for David Witter, a married man who has paid numerous women to engage in sexual relations with him). And while we may despise their sleazy tactics, we might stand to learn a little from them.

Weiner’s own party is slamming elbows on his esophagus even as he’s back-down on the mat. As of this writing, eight congressional Democrats have called for his resignation. But it’s not just his party, it’s the press outlets that usually cheer for Weiner and his steadfast fight for progressive values: Ned Schultz is on his air every day this week with his hockey-dad-forehead-vein screaming that Weiner should resign, and many other members of the similar press are quickly following suit.

I’ve heard an odd comparison made between this and the Clinton business. Clinton wasn’t called on to resign, they keep saying, and he didn’t, look how that turned out, he was a pretty good president.

Except. That he was called on to resign. First among the calls came from his own party. From Moe Lie-berman.

This is what WE do. One of our own gets into trouble, even the Big Kahuna, and we roll down with our elbows and work to put that mofo’s shoulders to the ground.

Do you ever wonder why Republigoats are always able to get perfect party votes in our legislatures, and why for the Democrats it’s like herding cats?

If you’re a Republigoat, you know and you know damned well that if you screw up, if you fondle that little boy, if you take it out on the subway, if you’re caught with a million dollars in your freezer, you will have the full aparatus of the Republigoat Party, including cash, influence, legal protection, and media, at your back. They will rewrite history, they will buy judges, they will turn the world the other way on its axis like Superman to get you and your ugly-ass sedan out of that ditch. That’s incentive.

What the Anthony Weiner episode proves to Democrats in office and those looking to win elected office is that if you get into trouble, your party aparatus is set up more to jump in and help tightening the screws rather than to circle the wagons around you.

Why in hell would anyone run as a Democrat after this?