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Dick Armey, Everyman

Buried deep in the Washington Post’s saga of how Republican Dede Scozzafava came to endorse Democrat Bill Owens in New York’s 23rd, an extremely peculiar image:

“There is a great song called ‘Coca Cola Cowboy’ and I believe that’s what we have here. She was a Republican as long as it enhanced her electability,” said Armey, reached while petting a goat at his Texas ranch. “My guess is she made a deal with Chuck Schumer or the White House that will eventually show itself to us.”

Petting a goat? Did he tell the reporter that? “I’m petting a goat on my ranch right now, but sure, I’ll chat.”

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Obama’s Hole in One

Oh, yeah. And Obama was AWESOME !!!

Other take aways: Nancy’s weird green tunic thing, not so awesome. Michelle’s eggplant outfit: killer. Clinton looked electrified.

Barbara Boxer was interviewed by Keith Olbermann a few minutes after Jindal’s speech.  She said Obama’s speech was a “home run, a touchdown, and a three pointer,” and then asked Olbermann if those analogies worked for him.

Regaining Sanity

I just opened up Huffington Post to see the following headline:

WASHINGTON POST: GOP SEES STIMULUS OPPOSITION AS CHANCE FOR “REBIRTH”

In typical HuffPo fashion, a series of apocalyptic predictions follow, including a quote from a Republican Congressman, who says that the GOP has found it’s voice and is on the road to victory.

Perhaps this is not all that different than the hyperbolic comments I’ve made myself lately.

Except that actually comprehending that a Republican Congressman really thinks his party is on the up and up is one of the more liberating and hilarious understandings you can give yourself today.  To think — 3 minutes in the toilet and their already excited for the revival!

Okay. Give the Republicans everything they want.  Give them control of the Senate and the House, give them the Presidency. Let them do what they think is best for the country. It will be great for everyone.

Hold on a second!

Isn’t that what just ended? And haven’t we rather unanimously decided that George W. Bush’s 8 years in office were a monumental failure?  If the GOP thinks that their backwards approach to economics is what the country needs, I invite them to continue to provide the same solutions to Americans they have for the past 8 years.  In another 8, we’ll be down a worse hole, with 30% unemployment and terrible deflation.

Is that really the world Mitch McConnell wants to be responsible for?

Stimulus Schminulus

Okay. I’ve been a very bad blogger over the weekend, missing key developments in the stimulus debate.

Here’s the thing: I am so sick of the stimulus debate that I don’t really mind.  I feel defeated by the centrists, annoyed at Ben Nelson and Susan Collins, mad as hell at Senate Republicans (and Michael Steele, whose idiocy is so great I’m tempted to never, ever let his name grace this blog again), sad for the millions of people who have lost their jobs since December 2007…the list could go on.

There was a bit of good news today, lest you think Republicans have co-opted the entire stimulus issue for their own purposes:

A new Gallup poll shows that, when it comes to the stimulus, it’s Democrats who are faring best with the public. 67 percent of respondents said they approve of the way Obama’s been handling the debate over the issue; only 25 percent disapprove. Congressional Democrats aren’t doing that well, but a plurality — 48 percent — still approves of their actions overall, compared to 42 percent who said they disapprove.

Meanwhile, according to Gallup, the congressional GOP is slightly more popular than food poisoning. Only 31 percent of Americans approve of their handling of the stimulus, while 58 percent disapprove.

I’m not surprised to read this, considering, as Obama has said over and over again, the American people voted for the Democrats in 2008, not least of all because Obama’s economic message was more persuasive than McCain’s.  This shows you how out of touch the Republicans (and centrist Democrats) are in Washington: despite the fact that the American public approves of government spending and reinvestment in infrastructure, healthcare, education, and the like, politicians are completely ignoring them in favor of their own game of “this stimulus is much too big! What can we do to make it completely worthless?”

Argh.

Woe Is Me

Steve Benen gets it right and deserves to be quoted nearly in full:

When Republicans were running the show in DC, it was obviously a rather pathetic sight. The problem wasn’t just with the GOP proposals — though they were, to be sure, a complete mess — but with the Republicans’ inability to actually govern the country. It quickly became apparent, especially in 2005 and 2006, that being in the majority and holding positions of power doesn’t play to Republicans’ strengths — it requires them to exercise power effectively. That’s just not what the GOP does.

But it occurs to me, watching the debate over the economic stimulus package the last few weeks, that Republicans are not without talents. Indeed, I’d argue GOP lawmakers are right where they need to be to play to their strengths. They’re not good at governing, but they’re exceptional at stopping others from governing. They don’t have what it takes to be a functioning majority party, but they’re a finely-tuned machine when it comes to working as an obstructionist opposition party, blocking good ideas, manipulating news outlets, and misleading the public.

Indeed, in the midst of a global economic calamity, Republicans are walking around with their heads held high, despite chronic unpopularity, a lack of political authority, no policy agenda, and a record of abject failure. Why? Because they’re doing exactly what they do best.

[Snip].

In the midst of an economic crisis, the GOP and its allies have convinced a whole lot of people that the only sensible recovery plan is a bad idea. The minority party has not only persuaded news outlets to give them airtime to spew this obviously-ridiculous nonsense, they’ve also convinced a lot of media figures that they’re right.

It’s pretty extraordinary. What’s more, it’s evidence that Republicans have finally found what exactly they’re good at.

Oh dear. Now, isn’t it incumbent upon Democrats to recognize the ploy for what it is, for every single one of them to be out there on TV fighting for the bill?  To turn the media meme around?

Stimulus Setbacks

Is it just me, or are you also feeling woefully depressed by the state of the stimulus package debate right now?  Dominated by Republicans whose gripes are either nonexistent or take up less than 2% of the bill, the debate seems to have left the realm of this world (you know, the one in which Barack Obama and the Democrats schooled the Republicans at the polls on November 5) and entered a scary parallel universe called “Republicans Really Think They are Right and Believe They’re Entitled to Further Ruin Our Country with Tax Cuts.”

I’m confused.  John McCain is touting tax cuts and decrying spending (no pork here! I’m Senator Kosher), precisely the opinions that contributed to his walloping by the American public.  Mitch McConnell is on TV more than Harry Reid, even Democratic Senators and waffling about the stimulus…

And what’s worse than partisan squabbling?

Watching our economy sink ever deeper into trouble.  Knowing that massive government spending on both long and short term projects are the only antidote, but seeing the truth repudiated by Republicans at every turn.

Where is the outrage?  People elected Obama for a reason.  Let’s make our voices heard.

I <3 Nancy P.

Amen, Nancy.  Keep it coming.

“I came here to be nonpartisan, to work for the American people, to do what is in their best interest.”

That’s the best line she’s ever delivered.  It reveals the House and Senate Republicans for what they are: partisans with no good ideas.