The election results from yesterday’s special election in New York are pretty astounding. A reliable Republican district, NY-26, elected a Democrat, Kathy Hochul, after a “come back campaign” that became a referendum on Paul Ryan’s draconian budget deal. The one that the Tea Party populists forced on the GOP. Here are the results from TPM. I said at the time that it was a monumentally stupid move and would be a huge benefit to Democrats. I’m just loving the start of the Presidential campaign too, Newt and his truth talk followed by “Any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood”. It sounds awfully similar to Jon Kyl’s “Not intended to be a factual statement” press release, after lying about Planned Parenthood on the floor of the House of Representatives. Election season is just beginning too.
The excuse that the GOP seem to be trotting out this morning is that the 3rd party candidate split the vote. You know, the Tea Party candidate. They created that monster, now they have to be devoured by it. Let’s all get the popcorn and soda-pop and watch as it happens again and again in the next 1 and 1/2 years. It’s going to be fun.
I don’t think that Democrats taking back control of the house is a done deal. There is a lot of time between now and November 6, 2012 and a whole lot of propaganda and hatred out in the public that can be stirred up. But we Democrats are sitting pretty good at this point in the process. I have confidence that President Obama will win big for many reasons, the main one being he is one badass campaigner and is by far the best communicator we’ve ever had as President, at least in my memory. I don’t have the same confidence in House and Senate candidates, however. They are so much more susceptible to right-wing propaganda and seem to fold like oregami whenever the GOP turns the propaganda machine in their direction. Basically, they have no balls. No offense to women who don’t need balls, they get shit done without them.
When President Obama took office, the sky was falling and the effects of Bush’s stupid policies were raining down upon us like razor blades, cutting everyone they came in contact with. It’s pretty astounding how soon people have forgotten what we were facing with predictions of slipping into another depression coming from everywhere. A lot of people did suffer in the downturn and we’ve been struggling to get back to where we were. And whether Republicans want to admit it or not, Bush was responsible for the mess. The GOP tried their hardest, with much success, to brainwash their followers and the media – that once Bush left office, all accountability and the residual effects of his policies went with him. The GOP and their media lapdogs almost immediately started telling us all that President Obama now owns all the disasters that were left behind. One of the big fears during late 2008 and early 2009 was the potential collapse of the auto industry. Even President Bush saw this and started the process of bailing out the auto industry. Former President Bush deserves credit for that. But the rest of the GOP apparently decided that those estimated 2 million jobs were expendable. Check out this clip that reminds us what the two leading contenders for the Republican nomination said back then. Courtesy of the DNC…
They were so sure of themselves, weren’t they. They weren’t saying it might happen, they were adamant that bailing out the auto industry was going to kill it completely. I’ve posted about the success of GM in the auto bailout before, well this week we learned that Chrysler is paying back both the US and Canadian governments 6 years ahead of schedule. From The New York Times…
Chrysler paid back on Tuesday $7.6 billion in loans from the American and Canadian governments, paving the way for its Italian partner, Fiat, to increase its control over the Detroit carmaker.
The repayment of loans and interest owed to the United States Treasury and Export Development Canada is a significant milestone in Chrysler’s methodical comeback from bankruptcy in 2009.
“While there is more work to be done, we are starting to see stronger sales, additional shifts at plants and signs of strength in the auto industry and our economy,” the president said.
I never understood as it was happening, why the Republicans would be so blatantly against trying to help save all those jobs in the auto industry and the ancillary business that supply the auto industry. On the face of it, it just came off as very cold and insensitive to all the people affected by it. Politically, it seemed like a stupid move. I suspected it was the right-wings extreme hatred for unions that drove their irrational and naive pronouncements about the bailout. At the time, I knew they were going to live to regret those comments. It’s just too bad it wasn’t in 2010 that they regretted them.
The many successes of the Obama administration has to be frustrating as hell for the Republicans, who have been saying for many years that the government can’t do anything right and then of course for the 8 years of Bush, they proved it. There is nothing like a self-fulfilling prophecy. The Obama administration has proven over and over that the federal government, with all its warts, can create change and help move our country forward.