Booman, who ranks up there with Bob Cesca, has this post up about the “Whiny Left” or whatever you want to call them. Go read the whole thing, my favorite part is below…
Here’s what happened:
Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, [progressive activists] say, is the prime obstacle to the changes they thought Mr. Obama’s election would bring.The friction was laid bare in August when Mr. Emanuel showed up at a weekly strategy session featuring liberal groups and White House aides. Some attendees said they were planning to air ads attacking conservative Democrats who were balking at Mr. Obama’s health-care overhaul.
“F—ing retarded,” Mr. Emanuel scolded the group, according to several participants. He warned them not to alienate lawmakers whose votes would be needed on health care and other top legislative items.
Rahm Emanuel didn’t say that progressives were retarded. He said that the decision to target Blue Dog Democrats with campaign ads was retarded. And his reasoning was that it would not convince them to support stronger health care reform, but alienate them and make it harder to pass anything at all. You can disagree with Emanuel’s assessment without walking around with wounded feelings for the rest of your life.
Busy day, lite blogging……
Enjoy this photo from the pond in my backyard. I’m working on a new post about my nemesis, Jane Hamsher….no, really? But I have to run off to do a radio interview with our local PBS station, promoting my documentary opening in theaters this weekend. Today the film is showing in London, Montreal and little ole’ Muskegon, Michigan. If you want to know more about it, click here.
Photo by Extreme Liberal
Tell me this isn’t a Tea Party, right-wing-nut tactic that Susie Madrak at Crooks and Liars uses in this post? Someone tell me please. In case you didn’t notice, I have removed Crooks and Liars from my blog roll. Buh bye! From Susie (I want to be like Sarah Palin) Madrak…
Joe Biden tells the base to “quit whining” and get out there and “look at the alternatives. This president has done an incredible job. He’s kept his promises.”
And last night on Lawrence O’Donnell’s new show, he said: “Those who didn’t get everything they wanted, it’s time to just buck up.”
Just buck up.
I’m not sure how we turned out to be the targets, but it looks like we’re officially on notice. No more complaining about frivolities!
The people still without jobs? Quit yer whining.
The ones on food stamps? You, too.
Your house is being foreclosed on? What a buncha whiners. Shut yer piehole!
Those of you living in your cars? Be grateful you still have cars!
Sleeping on your friend’s couch? Beats a cardboard box, don’t it?
You can’t afford to see a doctor? You’ll be able to do that in 2014. You can’t wait just four more years?
And they actually wonder why the base isn’t motivated.
Somehow her apparently pea-sized brain took what Joe Biden actually said, “look at the alternatives. This president has done an incredible job. He’s kept his promises.” and then on O’Donnell’s show, this, “Those who didn’t get everything they wanted, it’s time to just buck up.” and she somehow interpreted it as if he was telling people without a job, or with mortgages gone bad that he was talking to them. How clever to try to convince your angry, populist, raging readers to think that he wasn’t talking about you, Susie, but them instead. That is so fucking clever, I’m sure Republicans will be knocking down your door to offer you a job helping them do it to their idiot followers too. I think you have a new career, Susie. It just reeks of Republican tactics. Death panels anyone?
The Obama Derangement Syndrome has reached Stage Four when Jane Hamsher blames the president for not supporting Blanche Lincoln sufficiently.
…Lincoln’s vote for his health care bill cost her dearly, and without Specter’s vote for the stimulus, it never would have happened.Now I don’t feel the least bit sorry for either of them, but it doesn’t say anything good about Obama that he would abandon them in the clinch like that either.
The story is supposed to be that the president hates liberals and loves conservadems like Blanche Lincoln and Arlen Specter. But, when that story doesn’t quite add up, the story shifts to ‘the president doesn’t stick up for his friends’. If you try hard enough, you can criticize the president for taking a crap. If you can read that piece and find a Democrat-supporting author, you have more familiarity than I do with the crack pipe.
You absolutely have to love Booman.
I’ve been in the base of the Democratic Party since I was 10 years old, handing out leaflets and putting stamps on envelopes for George McGovern’s campaign in 1972. I’ve donated many hundreds of dollars over the years and volunteered my time to elect Democratic candidates, I’ve only voted for one Republican in my life and that was because I knew him personally and he was a moderate, decent guy. In the 38 years of being in the base, I know what the base looks like. Hamsher, Greenwald and Uygur…I’ve served with the base, I know the base, the base are friends of mine, firebaggers, you are not the base.
The base of the Democratic party in all seriousness are unions, African Americans, Hispanics, women, younger voters and college educated folks. Here is a great breakdown of who voted in 2008. By definition, the base are your most loyal voters. The ones who always turn out for your party, the ones who work for you, support you and can be counted on. Does that describe the people who are claiming to be or represent the base? I don’t think so.
The definition of “The Base” of the party has been conveniently redefined by those in the blogosphere who are really out for a quick buck, and who are attempting to snatch and wield power by threatening candidates with challengers and by raising money for specific candidates who they feel they can control. I had to laugh when the “professional left” comment came from Robert Gibbs and many of these bloggers ran to jump in front of that bullet. They claimed that title so fast, my head spun. And what exactly did Robert Gibbs say that they were all so incensed about. “I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.” The way I interpreted there outrage over that comment was that they were admitting that they think Obama is like Bush, which is just plain fucking crazy and Robert Gibbs was dead on by saying they need to be drug tested. If you were offended by his comment, you deserved to be and let me tell you, YOU ARE NOT THE BASE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. If you were the base, you would not even entertain the notion that President Obama is like George Bush, it wouldn’t even cross your mind. Go look at this site and tell me this president is like George Bush.
I personally feel like the party I have been loyal to since the time I had an opinion about politics has been hijacked by opportunists. You might notice that they have to keep telling people, mostly the compliant media, that they are the base. They have taken the Republican tactic of repeat, repeat, repeat and used it for their own ends. And I’m pointing fingers squarely at the worst offenders, Jane Hamsher and Arianna Huffington. They both have built networks that raise money for “non-profits” and targeted PAC’s for the candidates of their choosing. They both prey on public outrage and anger, purposely misleading readers with headlines, purposely giving selective information to rile up their followers and often blatantly lying and mischaracterizing facts to bolster their twisted views. They have been playing people on the left for years and getting away with it.
I am here to tell you that “The Base” is alive and well and supporting this president. Even with the worst economy since the great depression, according to a recent Quinnipiac Poll, the President gets an 81 – 12 percent approval rating from Democrats. On the Afghanistan War, the issue the firebaggers love to throw at him and say is so unpopular…well, “Despite increased casualties, American voters say 58 – 33 percent that eliminating the threat of terrorists operating from Afghanistan is a goal for which American troops should fight and possibly die”. Sure, some numbers in the poll aren’t very good, and like I said above, considering the state of the economy, this president has some pretty strong support. What I might call, “The Base”.
From the Rolling Stones article. Read it yourself, don’t listen to the whiny ass Hamsher’s and Greenwald’s…..they have proven they lie to their readers and don’t give a shit about progressive ideas. I will post more later, but here is the extended answer that is probably pissing off those assholes above. For my sanity, I won’t go read their trash and I really wish others would just ignore them and let them fade away, but until then….
One closing remark that I want to make: It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election. There may be complaints about us not having gotten certain things done, not fast enough, making certain legislative compromises. But right now, we’ve got a choice between a Republican Party that has moved to the right of George Bush and is looking to lock in the same policies that got us into these disasters in the first place, versus an administration that, with some admitted warts, has been the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward.
The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible.
Everybody out there has to be thinking about what’s at stake in this election and if they want to move forward over the next two years or six years or 10 years on key issues like climate change, key issues like how we restore a sense of equity and optimism to middle-class families who have seen their incomes decline by five percent over the last decade. If we want the kind of country that respects civil rights and civil liberties, we’d better fight in this election. And right now, we are getting outspent eight to one by these 527s that the Roberts court says can spend with impunity without disclosing where their money’s coming from. In every single one of these congressional districts, you are seeing these independent organizations outspend political parties and the candidates by, as I said, factors of four to one, five to one, eight to one, 10 to one.
We have to get folks off the sidelines. People need to shake off this lethargy, people need to buck up. Bringing about change is hard — that’s what I said during the campaign. It has been hard, and we’ve got some lumps to show for it. But if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.
If you’re serious, now’s exactly the time that people have to step up.
I really try to avoid anything Jane Hamsher writes, says or does. She has become a sad person who has let her hatred overwhelm what common sense and intelligence she had, which upon looking back at her really wasn’t much to begin with. She is very much like Arianna Huffington in that they both have made careers out of playing on people’s populist outrage, whether it is at George W. Bush…they both launched careers out of attacking the guy with the biggest target on his back or now with the economy in the dumps, inherited by the Obama administration, they are both playing into that anger. It isn’t much different than how so many made money off the 9/11 tragedy. So I click on a link at Booman’s Tribune and end up at a Jane Hamsher post. I start reading her snarky post titled “Axelrod Stabs Rahm, Runs From Wreckage of Health Care Bill” and of course, didn’t get very far before coming across a blatant lie. Here is what I came on…
But it’s also clear that the race is on to unload responsibility for the extremely unpopular health care bill. And Axelrod wants to make sure he doesn’t get the blame:
“Extrememly unpopular” health care bill…..really, maybe in the circle of bloggers that you have surrounded yourself with, but in the general public, let’s look at some numbers. From The Hill, August 3rd…
a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows opposition dropping to 35 percent from 41 percent in the last month, and 50 percent of the public had a favorable view of the law, up from 48 percent. Support and opposition tend to be partisan, but the trendline is certainly heading in the Democrats’ direction.
Now wait a minute, I thought Janey said it is “extremely unpopular” and of course Axelrod is running from the wreckage of….a bill that has a 50 favorable and a 35 unfavorable. This is a perfect example of Ole’ Janey preaching to the choir that gather at her blog. She likes to continue feeding the hungry haters at her site with the raw meat they like, whether it is true or not. When I do lose my mind and click over to her blog, I usually get hit right up side the head with a blatant falsehood, outright lie and certainly a lot of negative spin on anything the Obama administration has on its plate. She has become a joke, resorting to the same tactics as the Tea Party folks who she has reached her hand out to on a few occasions. Remember how Ole’ Janey found time to go on Fox News, join hands with Grover Norquist and go skipping off into the horizon. She continues to marginalize herself and there is no coming back from it, she will fade away into the background, screaming out “it should have been Hillary, it should have been Hillary, it should have been Hilla…….”. [Fade to black]
The latest outrage that has became a raging fire is the legal issues surrounding the terrorist Anwar Awlaki. I tend to have a problem with the whole idea of targeting anyone for murder, whether an American, former American or whatever. But I guess I do want my government to protect me from those who openly pledge violence and terrorism towards my country. I’m one of those that thinks violence begets violence and until we all stop being violent, it ain’t never gonna end. I’ve read some of Glenn Greenwald’s rantings about this, he’s a lawyer you know, and just like with other recent issues like health care, Glenn uses his skills as a lawyer to present a case…. well, a blog post, so not really a case….but really, a case, to his readers. He’s the type that if you follow the links he puts up, you end up getting a lot different information than you thought, he clearly exaggerates. Does he assume that most people don’t follow the links, just throws them up to make it look like it’s well documented. I came across this dissenting letter that John Cole posted at his Balloon Juice blog, kudos to John for doing it. I learned a few things about the case from reading it and thought I would share it with you. I’m not saying I endorse everything it says, but it raises some issues worth thinking about and it takes a great swipe at Glenn Greenwald, gotta love that, in my opinion. (emphasis mine)
From the email bin:
Hi John Cole,I’m a regular reader and I’m writing to say that I think your cut-and-dried posts on international law and the Constitution are really irresponsible.
On Al-Awlaki, what’s your response to the argument that targeted killing of him is allowable, under international law, because he’s been designated by the US and the UN as an “active operational member of AQAP” and, as such, if and only if the US determines he presents an imminent threat, the US can take actions to defend itself against an attack (like, say, the Christmas bombing, in which there’s evidence he was involved in planning) by either capturing or killing him? How about your argument to rebut the government’s position that, under the Constitution, he has no basis to make a habeas-type argument because he is not being denied access to process, he’s refusing to submit himself to the judicial process in the US? On the state secrets doctrine, why do you neglect to mention the portion of the doctrine that requires an in camera review of evidence by a judge to determine whether what the government says is state secret information really is? What’s your response to the argument that Al-Awlaki’s father doesn’t have standing to bring a case on his son’s behalf because his son is perfectly capable of bringing such a case on his own and has shown no interest in it? Last, do you have a rebuttal to the argument that the case itself presents non-justiciable political questions that are outside of the purview of the courts? Do you believe that the Article III courts should be able to override the authority given to the other two branches in Article I and II for pursuit of foreign policy and military actions? How would you, as a judge, craft an injunction such as the one Al-Awlaki’s father is requesting? How would you enforce it?
I know, you’re not a lawyer, so you don’t care about these “legal technicalities” because you care only about broad moral arguments. Well, you know what? These things that you consider to be “technical” legal arguments are actually important parts of our system and all of them have larger, yes, moral components behind them. There are legions of judges and lawyers, both on the prosecutorial and defense side, that work day in and day out at this stuff and in good faith. These people don’t have the luxury that Greenwald does of arguing to the choir and simply disregarding any arguments that he deems not up to civil liberties snuff. (Has Greenwald ever seen a prosecutor’s argument that he thinks is not evil? You should compare one of his posts on the government’s case in Al-Awlaki to the government briefs. You’ll find he just skips over whole parts of their argument, probably because he has no counter.) They also don’t deserve to have their positions painted as “evil” by you, if you’re not going to make any attempt to understand what is actually going on.
On this stuff, you seem to be firmly in the, “Obama and Holder are war criminals and murderers—because Glenn said so, that’s why!” camp. It’s a shame that so many of your readers seem happy to go along on the “don’t bother me with the facts” train. That’s the irresponsible part of it.
John Coles Response to the letter –
My response is that the government targeting someone for death and refusing to explain why is so broadly offensive to me that I don’t give a shit about the legal arguments. I may be pigheaded and wrong, but that is where I stand.
I swear that Joe Lieberman was put on this planet to annoy me. I think he was the main reason that Al Gore didn’t win in 2000 (throw Nader in there too) and of course since then, he’s been nothing but a complete and total asshole…and I’m really being kind in my adjectives here. Crooks and Liars has a post up about how Ole’ Joe thinks that the Dcmocrats are going to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy after the election.
Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday that he believes that when Congress comes back into session this fall that Democrats will vote to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
“We’ve got to extend these tax cuts,” Lieberman told CNN’s Candy Crowley.
Failing to extend the tax cuts is “the surest way to send America back into a second dip of a recession,” he said.
“My guess is that the probability is that we will extend the so-called middle-class tax cuts permanently so to speak. And we will agree to extend the tax cuts on high income earners for at least a year or two,” said Lieberman.
I say the Obama administration has reason enough NOW, to not do it….just to stick it to Lieberman, prove that asshole wrong. LIEberman loves getting under the skin of the firebaggers, and this is the sort of thing that they fall for hook, line and sinker. Watch all the firebaggers heads explode over this in the next day or so. They’ve already been trying to use this notion to beat up on the president, when he has made clear in many ways that he is not going to do it. I firmly believe that it will not happen, and I hope I’m not proven wrong. I hope the president stands up to the “conservadems” and either vetoes a bill or signals that it just ain’t gonna happen. Until then, I’m sure the turncoats in the progressive movement will use it like the Fox News clones that they are.
I love this version of the song, Manu Katche’s drumming is amazing.
I saw this tour and “In Your Eyes” brought the house down. It was one of those “peak aesthetic experiences”, pretty cool. (It’s long, 10 minutes)
I saw some of Keith Olbermann’s show last night and Michael Moore and Keith talked as if they have never even met a Democrat. They’ve done this bit before, where they spend time berating the Democratic party, the Obama administration and stroke each other like they are boyfriends under the bleachers. I wish I could talk directly to those two pompous assholes and say, what the fuck is wrong with you, do you miss the days of Republican rule? What good are you doing for your own supposed principles by helping to tear down the ONLY party that gives a shit about people. What do you think you are accomplishing by feeding into the media created meme that Democrats are incompetent? Are you two so fucking stupid and self serving that you actually don’t understand what effect this bullshit ranting is doing to liberal prospects in November, or do you just not care? The whole poutrage gang of Olbermann, Hamsher, Huffington, Uygur, Marsh and all their minions seem to only give a shit about their own pet projects. Actually, I think they are taking advantage of the anger in the country to make a quick buck. Arianna’s new book, from what I can tell, is a massive appeal to the Tea Party. She is blatantly trying to make money off our economic crisis, she is a fucking con artist pure and simple. I hope to find time to finish a post about Arianna and her new book soon. And really, I don’t think they really care about anything anymore except getting on their fucking soapboxes and spewing their ignorant, selfish, attention grabbing bullshit that doesn’t serve the progressive movement at all. Do they really think that by sending a signal to whoever…the president, Rahm, Pelosi, Reid….that it is going to help their cause? These “signals” they are sending are being received by moderate voters and independents and will only turn them away from the Democratic party. Is that really what you assholes want? I’m beginning to believe that is exactly what you want. Hell, they did rather well with W. to beat up on, made entire careers out of it….maybe they long for someone to beat up on so they can get ratings or clicks. Wake up you dumbshits or come right out and admit that you really don’t give a flying fuck about liberal ideas.
Oh, and in our cable news society, YOU ASSHOLES ARE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY in the minds of the right wing. Just like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are the symbols of the Republican party, Olbermann and Moore are the symbols of the Democratic party….so why would you want to make yourself look bad, oh yeah, that’s right……MONEY! Thankfully Rachel hasn’t gone completely off the deep end yet, but she is close. Is it any wonder the party of Palin, Angle, Rand Paul, Christine O’Donnell and the rest of the wackos look like they have a chance? With friends like Olbermann and Moore, who needs enemies.
Steve Benen covers this subject very well, go read it here or enjoy an extended piece below. I, for one, understood all along that these provisions alone made the Health Care Reform bill worthwhile. I am still angry at the people who attempted to undermine this compromise bill for their own selfish reasons, not giving a shit about the children who benefit, the people with pre-existing conditions and those young Americans 26 and under who can’t afford to buy insurance on their own. This is monumental and will go down in history as a crowning achievement for President Obama and his administration, long after the critics are forgotten about. Real people benefit from this, that is the bottom line. Now I’m sure the haters and nitpickers will jump all over this post and spout the same bullshit they did during the battle, but it won’t change the fact that real people are going to benefit starting today. Hooray for President Obama!! From Benen…
The New York Times‘ Kevin Sack noted that a number of the new law’s “most central consumer protections take effect” this very day, and the list includes some very popular reforms. Starting today, for example, insurers won’t be able to exclude children from coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Rescission, which led to many Americans losing their coverage when they needed it most, is forbidden. Young people can now stay on their parents’ plan until age 26. Preventive care — including colonoscopies, mammograms, and immunizations — must now be covered without co-payments.
Republicans intend to take all of this away, of course, and will fight tooth and nail next year if voters reward them with a majority.
But in the meantime, the Affordable Care Act has begun making life better for some struggling Americans who need a break.
Joe and Mary Thompson had agreed to adopt Emily before her birth in 1999, and it never occurred to them to back out when she was born with spina bifida. But that same year, their residential remodeling business in Overland Park, Kan., went under, prompting job changes that left the family searching for health coverage with a child who was uninsurable.
The insurers were willing to cover the Thompsons and their older daughter, but not Emily, who was later discovered to have mild autism as well, or her 13-year-old brother, who had a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder.
Starting Thursday, the insurers will not be able to do that, as the new health care law prohibits them from denying coverage to children under 19 because of pre-existing health conditions. In 2014, the change will extend to people of all ages.
More change is coming people, as long as Republicans don’t lie their way into power in the congress. VOTE DEMOCRATIC AND ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO DO THE SAME. My recommendation to fire you up, go look at a Youtube clip of George W. Bush as a reminder of what Republicans brought us for 8 long, painful, horrifying years.
Change has come to America. I want to personally say to Jane Hamsher and the rest of the “Firebaggers”……FUCK YOU!
This week I am busy preparing for a big meeting, a career changing meeting…so I have to focus on that and some other pressing issues. I’m sure I will find something that will outrage me and I’ll just have to post about it, but for the most part, I will be posting lightly this week. I hope to be back in the swing politically next week. Hopefully our awesome guest blogger, Staci, will have a few things on her mind….hint, hint, Staci. :) I’m heading to the Big Apple again this week, thus the picture below.