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I Remember Why G W Bush Was Elected in 2000

F the Dems. It has taken me almost 8 months now to remember why I couldn't care less whether Al Gore beat Bush back in 2000. Last year, it was more difficult to remember owing to the havoc the fiscally irresponsible Republicans wreaked on the economy and the stupid war they drug us into.

But now I remember - it was because the Democrats are incapable of getting things done. I was getting frustrated, but this week knocked me over the edge when it started to become clear that the Dems are going to fuck up health care reform (not because the Republicans put the wants of the rich above the desires of the rest of us, but because the Dems cannot keep their own members in line).

Then I saw that some so-called Blue-Dog Dems are spreading some shit about how they aren't sure whether they will vote on Sotomayor. Are you serious? This is such incredible bullshit. Sotomayor is about as centrist as you can get - Obama had no hope of actually pushing a progressive onto the court.

On the stimulus, they caved and gutted the package by making it half tax-cut based to get 3 frigging Republicans to sign onto it. Great - that was worth it. Let's slow the recovery so the President can have the high ground of reaching out to Republicans who overwhelmingly refuse to reach back. Fuck, the mullahs of Iran are probably more willing to work with Obama than the fucking Christian Mullahs of Alabama or Georgia.

Having the Dems in power makes me feel like I am watching a retarded child get slowly tortured to death by a posse of sadist preachers who insists it is all part of God's plan.

The only solace I have is hoping that things have always been this fucked up and we tend to forget just how bad everything was. The Republicans certainly have no conception of history - they revere Reagan, a man who would be crucified by his own party today because of his socialist tax policies and willingness to talk to our enemies. I wonder if Jesus and Reagan are watching this shit while swearing and scarfing jelly beans.


The heart of the problem

While it is easy to blame the blue dogs, some perspective is needed.

1. Most blue dog democrats come from mainly repugnant districts
2. Many (if not most) repugnant districts are made up of uneducated people who can be manipulated to vote against their interests by religious or emotional arguments (the "passions" that the founding fathers were so worried about.)
3. The repugnants have - for the most part - left reality behind. From Birthers to "health care change is going to kill all seniors", the repugnants have absolutely decided to be the party of insanity.
4. The blue dogs - rationally - have to move to the right if they want to get reelected since their constituents are listening to the crap being put out by the repugnants and disseminated by the mass media who love to stoke the controversies. Truth be known, they got elected because they were already on the right for the most part.

This all screams out for the American adoption of a parliamentary system. 2 parties are not sufficient. Ben Nelson is not a democrat but has to pretend to be one because he is not welcome in the repugnant party. Max Baucus as a Dem? Don't make me laugh! Lieberman??!!!??? Our expectations were raised because we keep being told by the media that there are 60 dem senators. But there are not. Maybe 49 or 50.

We did get all caught up in the Obama hype during the election. Rachel Maddow had it right last night on the Bill Mahr show, "Obama is - and always has been - a timid centrist." What made him look so good last year was that we had been exposed to Bush for the last 8 years and forgot what good speaking and soaring rhetoric can do.

Now as it ever was...

daddYman is correct. The

daddYman is correct. The issue isn't so much a Democratic Party problem so much as it's a Federalist problem. When you allow committee chairs from wide-open, underpopulated states that have fewer people than Hennepin county to dictate the terms of the debate it's not surprising that "reform" ends up being an exercise in futility.

That said, I'm going to imagine Jesus and Reagan eating jellybeans all day.