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Right-wing columnist Dan Popp can’t recall the Civil War, or Jim Crow, or women’s suffrage . .

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April 5, 2010Dan Popp

Rights 2.0
By Dan Popp

Americans have been getting rights wrong for a very long time. Those dead white men with their long stockings and wooden teeth thought that rights came from God!


That’s right! Natural, endemic. Belonging to people whether tyrants like it or not. Folks being able to exercise those rights is a different matter, however — God having an abysmal record of delivering on such things.

But we’re much more sophisticated now. Thanks to the historic declaration of Speaker Pelosi that “health care is a right,” we’ve come to understand that a right is only a wish carrying a gun.


Almost. The promise of some rights can only be made good by the force of will and guns. Because of right-wing clowns like you, Dan.

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As many users noticed, those clunky Version 1 rights weren’t even services at all! They were just areas of our lives supposedly “off limits” to government. In this slick new release, rights are goods that other people must provide for us.


Sadly. For some rights, that is the ugly, modern version. Until the cavemen are forced to back off, and then they look like all the other rights.

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Glenn Reynolds has a ‘Knowledge Problem’, but you knew that

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Why do these people try so hard to make other people look foolish when they’ve already been shown to be fools? Why do they open their mouths when they know everybody is about to burst out laughing? Why does David Hasselhoff step outside of his house, why does Madonna do interviews?

Glenn Reynolds criticizes the recently passed healthcare reform. His angle is that the legislation is actually people, in the form of ‘regulators’ or ‘operators’, and he’s just gotta tell you they’re all morons:

Glenn Harlan Reynolds: Progressives can’t get past the Knowledge Problem
By: Glenn Harlan Reynolds
April 4, 2010

“If no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?” — President Reagan, Jan. 20, 1981.

He’s put on his critical thinking cap, and he’s gonna let you peek in on his genius tinkering by quoting President Bonzo? Granted, George W. Bush made him look like a likable C student, but they’re both frighteningly dumb. Ronnie:

– “Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.”

– “Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.”

– “Facts are stupid things.”

That’s not somebody worthy of quoting in a post that’s meant to shame your opposition for sheer stupidity.

. . In his “The Use of Knowledge In Society,” [Friedrich] Hayek explained that information about supply and demand, scarcity and abundance, wants and needs exists in no single place in any economy. The economy is simply too large and complicated for such information to be gathered together . .

Market mechanisms, like pricing, do a better job than planners because they incorporate what everyone knows indirectly through signals like price, without central planning.

Amazing.

“Market mechanisms, like pricing, do a better job than planners because they incorporate what everyone knows indirectly through signals like price, without central planning.”

This guy’s got the chutzpah to quote a thinker and to lecture us all, and he’s a naked fool. Or, to insult him another way . .

“Pricing does a better job because it incorporates what we learn through price.”

Brilliant! Given the price, stuff like pricing tells you a lot. I have to agree.

Obamacare was supposed to provide unicorns and rainbows: How can it possibly be hurting companies and killing jobs? Surely there’s some sort of Republican conspiracy going on here!

More like a confederacy of dunces.

Almost none of the bill is in effect.

But it’s just as likely that adding 30 or 40 IQ points to the average congressman wouldn’t make much difference.

The United States Code — containing federal statutory law — is more than 50,000 pages long and comprises 40 volumes. The Code of Federal Regulations, which indexes administrative rules, is 161,117pages [sic] long and composes226volumes [sic].

No one on Earth understands them all, and the potential interaction among all the different rules would choke a supercomputer. This means, of course, that when Congress changes the law, it not only can’t be aware of all the real-world complications it’s producing, it can’t even understand the legal and regulatory implications of what it’s doing.

In other words — still Glenn’s –, when something is this big, no one should be allowed touch it. But moronic, arrogant liberals will try. And yet Glenn always wants to fuck with the government, or invade countries full of millions of innocent people.

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When Democrats walk through a Tea Party protest, they have “plans to deconstruct America”

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Gee, you think Andrew Breitbart’s brain is a little overheated? Think his view of the Tea Party being equivalent to all of the United States is a stretch? Think that maybe he’s a little self-important, figuring that Obama had a grand design by deploying the Black Congressional Caucus to walk through a group of Tea Partiers? Think his assertion that Obama knew a gesture like that was capable of destroying both the movement and the nation a bit much?

Barack Obama’s Helter-Skelter, Insane Clown Posse, Alinsky Plans to ‘Deconstruct’ America
Posted by Andrew Breitbart

After 14 months of committing 100% to health care reform, the day after the signing of the Health Care bill was to mark the Democratic Party’s new primary concern: destroy the uprising, annihilate by all means necessary, the Tea Party movement.

Well, it’s such a huge threat. It might actually change a couple of Republican elections. We can’t have that, can we?

The first sign that a plan was in place was the ham-fisted, high-camp posturing of the most controversial members of the Democratic caucus walking through the peaceful but animated “Tea Party” demonstrators on Capitol Hill. There is no reason for these elected officials to walk above ground through the media circus amid their ideological foes.

DAMN. Well, you finally caught on to it. I was hoping that no one ever figured that one out: yes, the walk-through was totally a ruse. The amazing thing is . . we’ve been doing it for years, walking in some proximity to the opposition. I’m walking next to a Republican right now, and, I swear-to-gawd, I’m about to burst out laughing — he has absolutely no idea.

. . Nancy Pelosi tipped her hand that race was a central part of her strategy. She invoked the Civil Rights Act and compared it with the universally reviled health care bill. Her caucus is doubling down on the civil-rights rhetoric. There are no coincidences.

Linking the health-care bill, which has nothing to do with black and white, to the divisive civil-rights period, while simultaneously accusing its opponents of being racist, is an evil strategy — literally. Charles Manson would approve.

Of course, in between slashing actresses, he’d send a message of approval of our politics. He’d say it was a terrifically nefarious strategy, literally.

And what would a metaphorical “evil strategy” be? Obviously, it’s some sort of non-strategy, the way a “bug” isn’t actually an insect. Or would a “strategy” strategy qualify? Why am I wasting time on Andrew Breitbart, ferchrissakes?

Here, feel free to read the angry ape-shit yourself . .

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There has to be some explanation for this cursed darkness

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Have you noticed it? I have. But then I troll the big right-wing sites looking for talented comedians.

The passage of the healthcare bill has really ratcheted up the agitation and paranoia. The view of Obama as some foreign, sinister mastermind is absolutely exploding. It’d be much more fascinating as a forensic matter if it weren’t troubling, given America’s long history of violent nuts seeing blackness as an un-traditional and un-American force that tyrants and radicals use to destroy the nation. Lincoln, the Kennedys and King were targeted in part or wholly because of it.

In our case, the blackness now runs the joint. Obviously, the right-wingers are nowhere near coming to terms with it:

March 28, 2010

Obama birth certificate issue more urgent than ever
By Joan Swirsky

joan swirskyNow that the regime currently occupying the White House has bribed, threatened, intimidated, bullied, manipulated and cut unconstitutional and illegal deals exclusively with Democrats to vote for the totalitarian nightmare of socialized medicine, the subject of Obama’s missing birth certificate is more timely and relevant than ever — precisely because the ugly spectacle emphasized once again the degree to which Obama has arrogantly flouted, sneered at, and spit upon the U.S. Constitution, a document he and his handlers and henchmen clearly revile and are determined to shred and destroy.


This is from a Christian website, incidentally, and that was barely a nibble. Where could the Obama Warlock Spawn of Satan’s Ass have possibly come from? We’re disentangling some serious fucking voodoo here, patriots:

– Where does Fidel Castro fit in? Khrushchev? Malcolm X?

– Was he the product of an affair between his “grandfather,” Stanley Armour Dunham (who he looks like) and one of the Asian, Polynesian or Indonesian girls who frequented the beaches of Hawaii in the 1950s? On the cover of Obama’s book, Dreams From My Father, why is the man he claims is his father, Barack Obama Sr., not pictured, while his grandfather, Stanley Armour Dunham, is pictured? Was the dark-skinned woman on the cover his real mother?

– Was he really the son of his earliest mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a prominent poet, Communist political activist, and self-professed pedophile? Davis wrote about raping a 13-year-old girl. Could that girl have been Stanley Ann Dunham? Could this be why Obama wrote on his Facebook page that he was born in 1957?

– Was Obama really the only son of Malcolm X and his wife Betty Shabazz? They had six daughters but did they leave the care of their only son to surrogates to protect him from the same fate — assassination — that killed Malcolm X?

– Or did Malcolm X father Obama with one of the dozens of daughters of the Communist Indonesian President Sukarno, after the older man invited him to the anti-white, anti-capitalist Bandung conference in 1955? Sukarno loathed America. Was it he who hatched the plot to take over America? Did he then share his idea with Malcolm X because he believed the American Muslim was capable of succeeding?

– Where do the Rockefellers fit in? . .


They are completely confused, they don’t know what to do.

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Thank you, Newt Gingrich, you’re a good friend

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. . But former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich said Obama and the Democrats will regret their decision to push for comprehensive reform. Calling the bill “the most radical social experiment . . . in modern times,” Gingrich said: “They will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40* years” with the enactment of civil rights legislation in the 1960s . .

(* The nineties? Bill Clinton? You were Speaker?)


Shoot. And now we’ve fucked up again. Thanks anyways, Newt, for trying to stop us. History will show you were just being a mensch.

The brain-scratcher for Conservatives here is why. Why would anybody do this? Obviously, it makes no sense.

We’re just stupid. Or we’re Commies instructed to kill the country. Or we’re Socialists trying to break a chunk of the nation off and float it on over to Holland. Or we’re Nazis for whatever reasons Nazis do what they do.

Really — what reasonable reason could we possibly have for doing something as politically risky as reforming the entire healthcare system? Hell — why did we do the civil rights thing? I have no idea, neither does Newt.

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Patriots attack

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Yesterday:

Tea party protesters scream ‘nigger’ at black congressman

WASHINGTON — Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol, angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted “nigger” Saturday at U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s.

Protesters also shouted obscenities at other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, spat on at least one black lawmaker and confronted an openly gay congressman with taunts.

. . and . .

‘Tea party’ protesters accused of spitting on lawmaker, using slurs

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said that racial epithets were hurled at them Saturday by angry protesters who had gathered at the Capitol to protest health-care legislation, and one congressman said he was spit upon. The most high-profile openly gay congressman, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), was heckled with anti-gay chants . .

Democratic leaders and their aides said they were outraged by the day’s behavior. “I have heard things today that I have not heard since March 15, 1960, when I was marching to get off the back of the bus,” said House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking black official in Congress.

Today:

Barney Frank: ‘Mass hysteria‘ on Capitol Hill

Tea Party protesters disrupted Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s press stakeout at a House Office Building, yelling “you’re a disgrace to your office” and one protester yelled a gay epithet at Rep. Barney Frank again on Sunday, adding yet another layer of chaos to an already tense afternoon on Capitol Hill . .

Someone in the crowd yelled “faggot” — an epithet overheard by a POLITICO reporter — at Frank, who is gay. A group of Catholics supporting reform sang a chorus of “we love you Barney, oh yes we do.”

“It’s like the Salem witch trials, and healthcare is the witches,” Frank said. “There is mass hysteria.”


Conservative bloggers, to the rescue! Ann Althouse:

The members of Congress have a lot of power, and they ought to have to hear the anger their exercise of that power is causing. It’s outrageous for them to pose as victims without very good cause. So what if some idiot said a bad word? That’s a trivial distraction compared to the power they are about to exercise in the face of such strong opposition to what they are about to do.

So what if they spat on you and called you “n*gger”? Christ, you’re about to provide millions of Americans with healthcare — have you no decency, sir?

Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs:

Big media only deemed fit to cover the people’s revolution to smear, libel and sexually smear them (“tea baggers”).

This campaign of destruction culminated yesterday when a specious charge was made that a protester shouted “ni**er” at the Congressional Black Caucus. Color me skeptical. I am not sure why the Black Congressional Caucus deliberately chose to walk through the crowd as they shouted “killl the bill,” but it sure sounds like a set-up.

Walking through the Tea Partiers? Just what were the Black Congressional Caucus thinking? They know damn well that they’re Black. I smell a rat.

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The trillionth gay Republican . .

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For some audio, click in at 4:07.

Conservative California state senator comes out

California State Sen. Roy Ashburn, a conservative Republican with a solidly anti-gay voting record, came out as gay today on a Bakersfield radio station talk show. Ashburn’s sexual orientation had been the talk of Sacramento since the legislator was arrested for drunk driving after leaving a gay bar in the state capital last week.

“I am gay. Those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long. It is something that is personal, and I don’t believe I felt with my heart that being gay would affect how I do my job,” Ashburn said.

Asked about his anti-gay voting record, Ashburn said, “I felt my duty, and I still feel this way, is to represent my constituents . .”

“I don’t know how else to ask this, but are you going to live this lifestyle now in the district?” Barks asked . .


Nice interview, great journalism. Straights are good to ‘live this lifestlye now in the district’, but for gays it’s an issue worthy of public scrutiny. Beautiful.

And neither of them understands the attention and scorn? When you appease people who fundamentally hate, deride and mistrust you, you’re a loser. When you go to terrible lengths to hide who you are in order to appease these nasty people, it’s even worse. When you actively promote their hate through legislation that will make your life (and the lives of other gays) worse so that you can continue to hide who you are in order to appease these nasty people, it’s really bad.

This ‘I just want to represent my constituents’ dodge is bullshit — who would run for office just to represent people that would ruin your life? These Republicans are insane.

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Fightin’ Al Franken’s a better Senator than most

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President Obama has made the rounds, spectacularly. But the politics are probably over, for the time, for the towering talent that leads the Democrats by word alone. Such are Roman Senators .

Al Franken lays into David Axelrod over health care bill
By ANDY BARR & MANU RAJU | 2/4/10 7:47 PM EST

Sen. Al Franken ripped into White House senior adviser David Axelrod this week during a tense, closed-door session with Senate Democrats.

Five sources who were in the room tell POLITICO that Franken criticized Axelrod for the administration’s failure to provide clarity or direction on health care and the other big bills it wants Congress to enact…

In his public session with the senators Wednesday, Obama urged them to “finish the job” on health care but did not lay out a path for doing so. That uncertainty appeared to trigger Franken’s anger, and the sources in the room said he laid out his concerns much more directly than any senator did in the earlier public session.

The private session was set up in a panel format, with Axelrod joined at the front of the room by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine and Democratic strategist Paul Begala.


ADD: He did it again, today — attacking the CEO of Comcast for lying to his face:

Minnesota, you should be proud, the guy’s a damn good Senator.

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Obama’s State of the Union worthy of a Roman Senator

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He’s certainly a master at getting the tone of an anticipated speech just right. He proved that for the first time, for me, with the ‘Jeremiah Wright / Racism in America‘ speech where he effectively re-established his command of the campaign and the tangent issues.

He did it again tonight. He made it clear that America was angry with him, and he accepted that fact, and then he made it clear that both heaugustus obama and America were merely doing their jobs.

He said this year was the one to focus on jobs and to attack deficits, both of which everyone wanted to hear. He did not back down on healthcare reform, which he badly needed to make clear. He made a case for that being critically necessary whether politicians now have the courage to finish off the package or not. And reform’s the best way to address deficits, and he’s right.

It was very well done. I think he’s again seized the narrative, but that will only last for a couple of weeks.

I got a real sinking sense tonight of Obama’s being wholly but an American patrician. Intellectual and philosophical, he’s remarkably capable of measuring the buffeting political choruses with great accuracy and then invoking a call for a comprehensive plebeian answer grounded in sensible activism and incisive real-world experience. Really amazing, honestly.

Really empty, too. The one endeavor in his entire political life where that call showed up in reality and flesh is healthcare reform. All he’s done tonight is say that he’s still behind it. If he were really serious about it, he’d have been doing the dirty work of nastily twisting House Democrats’ arms this week. Instead, he’s spent all of his time thinking and pondering and balancing and crafting a terrific-sounding speech. Quite the Roman Senator.

He’s spent all his life parsing these issues. But he hasn’t figured out how to move people to do his considerably sensible will, other than to mull and draft another inspiring speech. Do you think that if the mob continue to ignore him, which they’ll surely do, he’ll just throw up his arms in exasperation? I do.

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When times are tough for Democrats, anxiety gives away everything in return for nothing

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The poor Democrats are scared. And their feelings are hurt. And if ever there were a bunch of political pansies on the scene, it’s this bunch.

wussyAfter the Martha Chokeley ass-whipping in Massachusetts, they feel America is angry with healthcare reform, and they don’t know what to do.

“Obviously, you cannot just proceed as if nothing happened, because something very significant happened,” [Chuck] Schumer said, referring to Brown’s victory.

So, Dianne Feinstein thinks we should slow down: “I think we do go slower in health care. People do not understand it, it is so big it is beyond their comprehension. And if you don’t understand it when somebody tells you it does this or it does that and it’s not true, you tend to believe it, even though it isn’t true . . .”

Senator Dodd thinks we should take a break and work on other issues: “Maybe we do need to take this time — look, it didn’t work, this process — and say ‘Look, I want all of us to take a month,’” Dodd said. “It isn’t as if you’ll have nothing to do around here. There’s a lot of other issues that could fill up the time of the Congress while we sat down and see if there wasn’t some way to resolve these differences and come up with a health care bill.”

Congressman Delahunt thinks we should break reform into a series of bills and pass them over time: “I think that we would get a good policy out of a series of bills that were brought up over the next several months,” Delahunt said during an appearance on MSNBC, urging a more modest approach. “What I think we should do is have discrete votes on all of the issues.”

Congressman Yarmuth feels the same: “I think what would probably be the best thing, from my perspective, for us to do the best thing on healthcare is to send pieces of the program — pass them here, send them to the Senate — and let the American people digest them bit by bit,” Yarmuth said during an appearance on Fox News. “All the surveys show that people like the individual elements of what we in the House were trying to do.”


Frankly, these people are idiots.

You’ve got two sweeping reform bills that have already passed. After a year of hard work, they’re sitting right on the precipice, inches from becoming law. Millions of Americans have needed this reform for decades.

Meanwhile, Republicans will oppose everything that Democrats try to do with healthcare, ever. There’s no possibility of even the smallest compromise. So, if you pause, or if you slow down, or break it all up into tiny pieces, what do you get in return? So close to an epic political victory for your side and for Americans everywhere, what’s the payoff for throwing away your advantage?

Absolutely nothing. Fucking ZERO.

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I’ll tell you this: We sure as hell don’t need more cowards, Dianne Feinstein

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Feinstein: “slow down” on health reform; Mass election part of a “sweep across the country.”
January 20, 2010 1:18 PM

“. . . I can tell you the situation has changed dramatically. And I think it’s a sweep across the country and I think that the (White House Economic Adviser) Larry Summerses of the world have to see it, the administration has to see it and we have to see it. And therefore everything is jobs and the economy and education. People are worried about education,” she said.

dianne feinstein2“You see anger. People are worried. And when they’re worried they don’t want to take on a broad new responsibility,” like health care reform, she said . . .

“I think we do go slower in health care. People do not understand it, it is so big it is beyond their comprehension. And if you don’t understand it when somebody tells you it does this or it does that and it’s not true, you tend to believe it, even though it isn’t true . . .”


Good goddamn. It’s already passed, you moron. Feinstein is the sort of spineless oatmeal that the Democrats have served up for too long. She makes it impossible for Democrats to ever be anything but non-winners. Let’s do what the opposition wants, great idea. Matthew Yglesias:

Do House Democrats Realize They Already Voted for Health Care Reform?

What’s baffling to me about the collective health care freakout happening on the Hill right now is that House Democrats don’t quite seem to be grasping the implications of the fact that they already voted for health reform back in November . . .


Enough. Now, do whatever you have to do, get it done. It’s what’s best for the country, Diane. Last and not least, ever, Paul Krugman:

He Wasn’t The One We’ve Been Waiting For

. . . Maybe House Democrats can pull this out, even with a gaping hole in White House leadership. Barney Frank seems to have thought better of his initial defeatism. But I have to say, I’m pretty close to giving up on Mr. Obama, who seems determined to confirm every doubt I and others ever had about whether he was ready to fight for what his supporters believed in.

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Now that Senator Kennedy’s seat is gone, here’s what I’d like to know: where the hell is our Karl Rove?

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scott brown thumbs upDon’t let anyone tell you that what happened Tuesday night, the Coakley loss, Scott Brown’s easy win in the Massachusetts Senate race, wasn’t a political bomb going off. That was a violent explosion, a complete disaster.

After all the epic machinations and manipulations necessary to pass the healthcare bill, — maybe single payer, but that’s a no-go, public option is the thing, naw it’s gone, now it’s saved, Lieberman just killed killed it, maybe Snowe is on board, no she’s not, how do we end-run Stupak, how can we get Ben Nelson on board, cut him some pork, when is the Senate vote scheduled? — the exotic trophy ‘supermajority’ that was everything, that made the whole thing possible, disappeared, poof, overnight.

Unbelievable. I doubt I’ll ever see it again in my life. And I have no idea why no one thought of defending it until about ten days ago, when it was way, way too late.

And, for aural punctuation, accompanying the long faces on this side are the sounds of millions of political orgasms on the other. Sounds like these:
– A Blue State Turns BROWN!!!
– Revolutionary Victory: Republican Scott Brown wins Ted Kennedy’s Senate Seat
– The Scott Brown Election Is A Referendum On The Establishment
– Massachusetts Miracle: Election night liveblog; Update: BROWN WINS, COAKLEY CONCEDES
– Brown Wins! Dems Taste Tea, CNN, MSNBC Fun To Watch, Amnesty Toast

Anybody could’ve predicted the reaction and momentum swing if Coakley were to lose. So, Coakley could never lose. But it wasn’t even close.

Good lord, this is some sort of historic embarrassment. Why didn’t anybody seem to care?

The answer? The leader of the Democratic Party, the President, Barack Obama, wasn’t up to the task. Like it or not, he asked for the helm, so it’s his responsibility. Yeah, but we all know he’s too busy. His obama responsibility, though, doesn’t require he do the actual work: technically he hires the entire executive branch, and they execute his governmental responsibilities. So where was his political right-hand man, the heavy-hitter to do all this critical work? If Obama’s not looking out for his own healthcare legislation, someone else better be.

You’re thinking David Axelrod? You gotta be kidding me, forget it. He’s a p.r. guy, a gun for hire, a “specialist in urban politics.” I wouldn’t ever count on him to step outside the Obama bubble. No, what I’m talking about is a national political party animal, right out of the smoke-filled backrooms. A stone-grinder of Democratic politics first and last, his pockets crammed with wet knives, fresh lists and plenty of chits.

Where is the President’s Karl Rove? It all should have been left to him. But, right now, he doesn’t exist.

Rove was the political boss of the Bush years, the ‘genius’ who got the single worst President in history a second term. This is the sort of guy we need: someone who can look down the road a couple years (or a few weeks, please) and start pushing pawns and pulling levers in order to give the Democrats the edge. You know, so that we can finally manage to get something done.

Remember how you chafed at Karl’s ridiculous idea of the ‘Permanent Republican Majority‘? The silliness made him an American political legend:

President George W. Bush called him “the architect” of his reelection victory and he has been the president’s chief strategist from the beginning. But Karl Rove is much more than a political guru, he is the single most powerful policy advisor in the White House. Frontline and The Washington Post joined forces to trace the political history and modus operandi of the man who has been on the inside of every political and policy decision of the Bush administration, including the current battles on Social Security, taxes, and tort reform. For Rove — observers say — enactment of the Bush agenda is a way to win the biggest prize of all: a permanent Republican majority.

Well, how badly do you wish we’d had even one operator in the administration who’d managed to look ahead just one month? Who’d have taken immediate charge of the pathetic Coakley campaign? bush and roveDragged Obama to Massachusetts on four successive weekends to talk up the now-gone Senator Kennedy and healthcare reform and ‘I’m counting on you to do the right thing in Teddy’s name’? Karl Rove would have been on top of that long before the good Senator’s death.

The hard truth delivered this morning is that the Democratic leadership are still playing a 20th-century political game, one they’d forgotten Rove already trumped twice in the 21st. Because of it, they’re flat out incompetents. It’s true — what else can you say of the folks who produced this political provenance for the open seat: John F. Kennedy, (Kennedy friend) Ben Smith, Edward Kennedy . . . Scott Brown? Cosmo centerfolds everywhere, Bay State Senate seats are now in play.

Well, being incompetent won’t cut it any more. With majorities in both houses, riding high in the polls, anybody can do that work, that’s pretty easy. All of 365 days later, shocked and embarrassed, they’ll never have it easy again. Take a look at what’s in store:

First, the Republicans now have the momentum. Seeing a Dem getting her ass kicked in midnight blue Massachusetts has terrified every Democratic Representative and Senator in anticipation of 2010 and 2012. Forget any political capital being risked for good things — if a bill or issue isn’t going to pay off immediately in their states and districts, they’re a lot less likely to be interested.

Second, the Tea Partiers and Fox News aren’t just weirdos and racists any more, they’re the regular folks in America. They’re politically relevant, they’re what’s happening in America, they’re what’s just happened to Massachusetts. So now everybody will have to listen to them. And with more and more people listening, they’ll tee off on the administration and Democrats even more viciously than before. It’s Obama and his people that are out of touch — did you catch the President sadly coming around two days before the blowout? (And how clueless did that look? No way ‘Rove’ lets that happen.)

Third, the Democrats have to manage some serious calisthenics to save their historic healthcare reform legislation. Without which, the last half of 2009 is wiped out and the Republicans are handed an historic and bloody victory. That mess likely kills any chance of real reform for two decades. Terrific.

How could the Democratic leadership not see any of this coming? How badly do you figure we need our Karl Rove now?

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