Election Day 2012 Losers

Here are a few of the big losers from Election Day 2012:

The white evangelical religious right

“On multiple levels, Tuesday’s election results seemed to mark a dramatic rejection of the Christian right’s agenda.”

They represent a coalition in decline — white religious conservatives — while Obama has a more diverse one, made up of various religious and non-religious voters, whites, blacks, and Latinos.”

The Religious Right took a drubbing at the polls yesterday as voters rejected not only Mitt Romney but also some of the most extreme Republican candidates, even those in races that should have been easy Republican victories.”

The U.S. Catholic bishops

“From the bishops’ inflexible opposition to the Affordable Care Act, to the decision to file dozens of lawsuits in an election year against a rule the administration had already promised to change, to the several high profile partisan statements by bishops across the country, there can be no question that the Catholic bishops decided this year to cast their lot with a single party in a way that is genuinely new.”

Catholics … voted for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by 50-48.”

Super-PAC donors

“Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, have been the two biggest individual donors of this election, handing candidates and super-PACS more than $53 million (that we know of), including $20 million to Restore our Future, the super-PAC created to put Mitt Romney in the White House.”

“Rove effectively told Adelson and other hyper-wealthy donors, ‘Give me your money and I’ll deliver the election results you want.’ The checks came. The victories didn’t.”

Prop. 32 backers spent more than $50 million.”

The Southern Strategy; divide-and-conquer politics; white resentment; Donald Trump

“These are the men who bet the farm on White Supremacy and lost big.” (See also.)

“Put simply, the Republican Party … will soon become a retirement community for aging conservatives. The party’s position on immigration is disastrous, and it is at odds with the party’s own values. … No party can win if it appeals only to white and older Americans.”

America is tired of discrimination, of exclusion, and of unthinking oppression — the belief that people have to live their lives according to someone else’s views rather than their own free will.”

The loser one! [sic] … We should have a revolution in this country!”

Voter suppression

“While in-person voter fraud is virtually non-existent, what is all too real is the GOP’s unconscionable effort to stop people with the wrong complexion from voting.”

Despite long lines, voter suppression laws and Republican efforts to discourage voting, President Obama won reelection last night.”

“They ‘purged the rolls.’ They passed nit-picking voter ID laws. … They sent letters to challenge the registrations of people who lived at the same address for half a century, claiming they thought it was a vacant lot. They sent poll-watchers to challenge random voters at the polls. … They restricted registration. Drove Acorn out of business. Arrested a high school teacher for registering her students. … They got caught dumping Democratic registrations, and forging signatures to get a Republican candidate on the ballot. They put up billboards threatening fraudulent voters with jail time. … They took away early voting. … Fewer polling places. Fewer machines. …”

Beltway Republican punditry, spiritual hunches

Submitted Without Comment

I’m just going to say bluntly, we were wrong. … Karl Rove, Michael Barone, Dick Morris, a whole group of us, frankly, misunderstood what was happening in the country.”

“According to Glenn Beck and David Barton, those who are ‘spiritually attuned’ were calling the race for Romney.”

Social Darwinism as health policy

“Now Obamacare is here to stay. Sure, a single illness won’t wipe out your life savings, but at what cost? A lower one! Now you’ll have to wait in line for hours for medical care instead of immediately not getting any.”

Patriarchy; gray-faced men with $2 haircuts

“Democrats scored decisive Senate wins in Missouri and Indiana after candidates supported by the tea party and evangelical Christians made controversial remarks on rape, pregnancy and abortion that appeared to cost them the support of more-moderate voters in their party.”

“Get people back to work and stop trying to control people through misogyny and other random American Taliban nonsense.”

“Mourdock and Akin lost because they each made the mistake of actually trying to explain an increasingly common position by Republican officer-holders, including Paul Ryan.”

“Bob Casey remains Pennsylvania’s senator, defeating Republican Tom Smith, who compared pregnancy from rape to having a child out of wedlock, with 58 percent of women’s votes. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat running for Senate in North Dakota, has a slight lead over Republican Rick Berg, who only supports abortion exceptions for the life of the mother and not for rape victims.”

Now let us honor Mr. Former Congressman Walsh with a montage.”

“This year’s ‘War on Women’ — the brutal attacks on Planned Parenthood, the assault on birth control (culiminating in the right’s vicious vilification of Sandra Fluke), the record numbers of abortion restrictions on abortion wending their way through the state legislatures (the most notorious of these being the ‘transvaginal probe’ laws), the rape-friendly comments by Akin, Mourdock, et al., the refusal of major Republican candidates to endorse even the mildest policies to promote gender equity (such as fair pay, via the Lily Ledbetter Act) — all of these phenomena helped clarify the stakes, and raised women’s consciousness about the dangers the Republican party poses to their freedom and their economic survival. Women came out to the polls in droves — this year, they represented fully 54 percent of the electorate.”

Talk-radio tea-party right wing

“Republican Rep. Allen West (FL), the bomb-throwing tea party darling elected during the 2010 tea party wave, was projected as defeated in a close race by Democrat Patrick Murphy.”

FreedomWorks, the group that had fomented, trained, and marshaled Tea Party activists to great effect in 2010, thought it would have reason to celebrate.”

Homophobia as effective electoral tool

“It was a historic night for supporters of marriage equality, where advocates are headed for success in four of four ballot measures.”

“The effort to recall Troy Mayor Janice Daniels officially passed early Wednesday morning.”

Franklin Graham

“[The Grahams] are feeding the bigotry of the racists under a cloak of Christian conservatism.”

“When ‘the greatest proclaimer of the gospel in the last century,’ as one Southern Baptist called Graham, embraced Mormonism last [month], he confirmed conservative evangelicals’ worst fears about the 2012 election.”

The War on Drugs

Marijuana legalization referenda won big in Colorado (with 54.5 percent supporting at last tally) and Washington (55.4 percent). … Massachusetts, which has already decriminalized recreational use of marijuana, passed an initiative fully legalizing medical use.”

“It’s no longer risky for the political class to get worked up about standing in support of marijuana legalization because the trends at this point are obvious.”

Mitt Romney

“And then he was gone, as vague and evanescent a figure as he always was, a strange and out-of-focus politician who surrounded himself with a baffling opacity that, within six months, I predict we will barely remember his campaign at all.”

  • The_L1985

     Didn’t you hear?  Only white Baby Boomers are REAL Murkans.

  • Kubricks_Rube

    I don’t think I can adequately express my relief and gratefulness that, as it turns out, you can’t just buy elections.

    My fear is that while they couldn’t buy this election, they did make it a lot closer than it could have been, and maybe next time they will succeed in tipping the scales.

    And it’s not just against Citizens United that the fight must go on. I hope that in winning we (the general “we”, I’m not suggesting anyone here is guilty of anything) don’t all start to forget all the voter suppression and voter ID laws and the games of GOP election officials and gerrymandering and shortened voting hours and fewer voting locations and voter intimidation and misinformation etc etc etc. Because after what happened Tuesday night, we can be sure our opponents won’t forget. They will only double and triple down on every dirty tactic we’ve seen and more we haven’t even thought of yet. We won the battle- a big battle- but let’s not forget that the war for enfranchisement goes on.

  • http://dpolicar.livejournal.com/ Dave

     

    I’d rather that $400 million have gotten spent giving people on welfare a rainy day fund.

    I don’t know.

    I mean, I’m all for funding public welfare, and the money certainly has to come from somewhere.

    That said, I’m not sure taking it out of the budgets spent on campaign advertising is necessarily where I would start, if I could wave a magic wand. At least some of that money is going to pay the salaries of working-class people, which is a fine thing to spend money on IMO.

  • http://dpolicar.livejournal.com/ Dave

    crazy loon* [..] are words we want to use to express our disgust with people who
    start out mentally normal and willingly move into crazy-land by denying
    reality

    Which would, I suppose, make them sane loons rather than crazy ones.

  • LL

    Calls for “unity” are pretty rich coming from the party that acts like every electoral victory is divine providence. 

    Having said that, I tend to (in any situation involving people expressing opinions) ignore the most enthusiastically positive and negative ones. They are almost always unreliable, for various reasons. So random nutjobs on the internet ranting about Obama or whatever, I don’t think that necessarily reflects all Republicans. 

    Their support for politicians who say repellent things about rape victims and believe that half of America consists of lazy assholes who just want a handout, THAT I do take seriously. 

    Obviously, Obama can’t say it, but I will: Until the Republican party abandons its idiotic, gay-hating, vagina-controlling, science and fact-hating, white power, government-is-evil-so-please-put-us-in-charge-of-it-so-we-can-make-it-as-shitty-as-possible positions, they’ve got nothing to say that I want to hear. 

    They’re so far away from rational right now, the light from rational would take several years to reach them.

  • VMink

    My fear is that while they couldn’t buy this election, they did make it a lot closer than it could have been, and maybe next time they will succeed in tipping the scales.

    A LOT of money was given to Karl Rove and his people  to buy this election; they failed.  They may have come close, but even with Citizen’s United allowing unlimited funding, they failed.  There are estimates ranging from hundreds of millions to billions of dollars being spent to pursue what was sold as a Republican victory.

    There have been several observations that his on-screen meltdown was that of a person who just stole a suitcase from Marcellus Wallace.  Say ‘what’ again, Karl.

  • LL

    Yeah, this. The only reason the Republicans weren’t able to make all their voter suppression dreams come true for this election was because of “activist” judges who intervened. But a lot of the pointless obstacles to voting will go into effect at some point. 

    I don’t really think Republicans have learned anything from this. Their whining about how everybody who voted for Obama hates America and collects stuff from the government proves they don’t get it. 

  • http://dpolicar.livejournal.com/ Dave

     > Calls for “unity” are pretty rich coming from the party that acts like every electoral victory is divine providence.

    (nods) My response to calls for unity at this point is “Unity is great! I endorse unity! You first.”

  • http://jamoche.dreamwidth.org/ Jamoche

    The article I saw on the McDonald’s flag says the flagpole cable jammed and the owner hadn’t noticed until a customer told him. Given that if it had been intentional the owner would’ve doubled-down on it, it seems plausible.

  • Lori

    It really is tough to get a person to understand something when his/her paycheck depends on not understanding it. For Republicans to learn anything from the election they would have to accept the fact that the majority of people don’t want the product they’re selling, which would obviously pose a rather significant problem for them.

    They’re in a tricky position. In a way they’re victims of their own success. They’ve moved the Overton Window so far to the Right that the party that’s selling most of the right wing ideas that people actually want is the Democrats*. That’s why Romney’s last minute attempt to go to the middle left him with little to say in the 3rd debate other than “me too”, which is not a winning strategy in a two party election.

    That leaves the GOP with very little except the stuff that’s so far Right it can only be reliably sold to the old confederacy (and not even all of the CSA). If they go farther Right they really will just fall off the map. If they go Left they won’t be the GOP any more. I obviously don’t think that’s tragic, but they do. In a way, their best hope is also my wish—that the Left can pull the Dems back to a place where their economic positions are actually progressive enough to at least be in line with their social positions, instead of camped out somewhere to the Right of Eisenhower Republicans. (I’d obviously like far more, both on the economic & the social front, but baby steps.) That would give the GOP some room to maneuver away from the demographic death spiral they’re in.

    *Even Ari Flescher knows it:

    “The big issue that Republicans are going to have to wrestle with is
    the Hispanic issue. It’s not the social issues. You’re not going to make
    the party pro-choice and pro-gay rights and think you’ve made the
    Republican party the party that’s the popular party. We have a party
    like that. It’s the Democratic Party.”

  • AnonymousSam

    If nothing else, this is a brilliant way to test whether trickle-down economics really work or not. Considering previous tests appear to consist of “The more money people give us, the more money they’ll make!”, it’ll be nice to see whether the reciprocal is true.

  • Jenny Islander

    HOLY FRACK.

    If I had $400 million, I could tell my town to rip up the bond issues for the new library and not worry about paying to replace the decrepit high school and still have enough money to never have to look at a price tag again!

    I don’t generally like to make internet diagnoses, but I feel completely confident in diagnosing dragon sickness* in these people.  Seriously.

    *http://oxfordinklings.blogspot.com/2009/05/dragon-speaks-smaug.html

  • Ursula L

    “Only Nazis support Seat Belt laws”

    Hmm…  A claim like that needs to be fact checked.

    Consult my father, born in 1937 Germany, certified Aryan, birth recorded on ofiicial SS family tree form.  Supports the use of seatbelts.

    Remember my German grandmother, who had a snapshot of Hitler in the family photo album.  She always made us wear seatbelts.

    Wearing a seatbelt was absolutely mandatory in my family.  One might even call it a law.

    OMG NAZIS SUPPORT SEAT BELT LAWS!!!11!!!ELEVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Daughter

    Others may choose to leave the U.S. for good (Costa Rica, Switzerland, Italy, Argentina, Hong Kong, Israel).

    Hmm. According to Wikipedia, each of those countries has universal health care. Why does he think those would be better libertarian paradises than the U.S.?

  • Mike Timonin

     will the darkness be caused by some kind of structure cast over the USA landmass

    The newly levitated Texas, perhaps?

  • Consumer Unit 5012

     I heard an amusing notion:  What if all that PAC money spent on attack ads was enough of an economic stimulus to help fix the economy?  :D

  • Lliira

    I HATE CHUCK NORRIS JOKES WITH THE PASSIONATE INTENSITY I USUALLY RESERVE FOR RIGHT-WING PUNDITS. EXCEPT WITH MORE ALL CAPS.

    They were old when I first started playing World of Warcraft and had to leave Barrens chat because of them. That was over 5 years ago. I know the internet never forgets, but does the internet have to keep telling the same jokes that were never funny in the first place over and over and over again? I’m going to still be ranting about this in 30 years, aren’t I?

  • EllieMurasaki

    Not when it’s all concentrated in swing-state media industries it’s not. I mean, I don’t doubt it’s awesome to be swing-state media industry during election advertising season, but.

  • Consumer Unit 5012

     So why was the flag upside-down?

  • Consumer Unit 5012

     Apparently, a lot of GOPers are ‘threatening’ to move to Australia.  I guess they want to exchange random-life-ruining illness for random deadly animal attacks?

  • EllieMurasaki

    Well, if drop bears get them all, they won’t be a headache for us or for the Australians. Ditto for if they get to Australia and then realize just how lefty-liberal the place is, which will surely induce mass headsplodey. So I fully endorse the GOP-moving-to-Australia plan.

  • VMink

    I as well.  I dislike those Chuck Norris jokes.  I much prefer Toshiro Mifune as the subject of random acts of otherworldly superhuman violence.  Or Nate Silver (#natesilverfacts) makes an excellent substitute.

    E.g.: “Nate Silver used to be a Travelling Salesman.  No problem.”

  • VMink

    I just like the idea of drop bears.  Believe it or not, a few friends of mine in NZ had never heard the term before.  I mean, NZ is (vociferously) not Australia, but even so.

    Drop bears.  Hee!

    (Though for all the lack of actual nice temperament that koalas show, they might as well fit the drop bear bill.)

  • Daughter

     Maybe this is part of right-wingers’ ignorance about the world. They don’t seem to realize that unless they’re willing to trade their modern, comfortable, relatively free lifestyles for living in an underdeveloped country run by a totalitarian dictator, there is literally no place for them to go if they want to escape the things they label as “socialism.”

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

    It was a threat. Chuck Norris plans to roundhouse-kick the sun.

  • Hawker40

    “The “Chuck Norris is so tough” meme is a joke, right? We’re not really meant to be impressed by him, surely.”

    It’s a joke, yes.  The best one…
    There are many Chuck Norris jokes, but no Bruce Lee jokes.
    That’s because Bruce Lee is no joke.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

     If someone abuses, insults, and opposes me again and again in every little thing I do, I have no obligation to associate with them at all even if they come forward to apologize first, and certainly not before they do so.

    I think your sentiment here is noble, but we do not always have the option of that.  Control of the national government is one of those cases.  Whether we personally avoid associating with those who insult us, our elected politicians do have an obligation to associate with their opposition who was elected by those same people who insulted us before.  Further, no matter what policy one favors, there will always be someone out there who will be butthurt over it, and as a civil society we have an obligation to handle that carefully (i.e. no pushing legislation just because it causes butthurt in someone you do not like.)  

    Not that any of this means that you should just accept all the crap the political world tries to throw your way, but that cooperation is the only way things actually get done, and cooperation can never rely on a single side refusing to step up until the other side does something else first.  

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    Wow.  What was of those first signs of a cult again?  That they try and cut you off from anyone else who is not also in the cult?  

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Apparently, a lot of GOPers are ‘threatening’ to move to Australia.  I guess they want to exchange random-life-ruining illness for random deadly animal attacks?

    Now that’s a boat I want to see turned around.

    Why the hell do they want to come here? It is because we speak English and they know shit-all else about us so are unaware of our universal health care, gun laws, minimum wage, labour rights, seat belt laws, compulsory voting, roadside breath-testing, personal income tax rates etc etc? And that public displays of religiosity and patriotism are looked down on pretty severely?

    There’s a tweet going around from a young woman who said “I’m moving to Australia, because their President (sic.) is a Christian (sic) and actually supports what he (sic.) says”.  We don’t know whether to be more amused or insulted.

    Can everyone please get word out amongst right wingers that, not only is our PM an unmarried childless athiest woman, but our Finance Minister is a left wing half-Asian feminist Christian lesbian new mother*.

    *Not to mention intelligent, dignified and an all-round class act. I love Penny Wong. *sigh*

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    And how Random was his Walk? ;)

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Please, keep the Americans. We don’t have a riot of bizarre and dangerous life forms that will devour the unwary. The polar bears live in the wilds, and the caribou don’t run in the south of Canada.

    I also doubt attack igloos are very impressive, either, not that anyone could build one around here for lack of snow these days. :P

    I do find it a little bizarre that right-wing Americans are now claiming they’ll leave the country in droves, when they seem to know so little about the rest of the world and almost take pride in that kind of insularity.

    At least left-wing Americans preparing to pack up and leave seemed to have an informed opinion as to why their chosen destination was a better place to be.

  • Carstonio

     

    We don’t know whether to be more amused or insulted.

    I would be curious to know where they’re getting their information on Australia. The menu at Outback Steakhouse? Old episodes of Steve Irwin: Crocodile Hunter? Maybe they assume that Mel Gibson was born in Australia and not New York state.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667708632 Kenneth Raymond

    I did consider making this qualification but it started making my statement get all meander-y and lose a lot of its punch. I understand that the reality of the situation may call for dealing with them in some inescapable way, but frankly, if progressives can accomplish anything at all without having to deal with conservatives trying to crap all over everything, then conservatives should be shut out and bipartisanship can go hang.

    Expecting any real bipartisanship is fruitless until something changes. Very nearly every time a Democrat or progressive makes overtures towards it, holds out a hand to a conservative, that hand gets slapped back. Hard. Very nearly every time a Republican holds out a hand calling for bipartisanship, the other hand is hiding a knife behind their back.

    Political reality right now is that bipartisanship is always used to hurt progressive causes. If progressives don’t have to, then they should stop offering their hands to conservatives. And they should always, always check for the knife whenever an establishment Republican or Teabagger (but I repeat myself) shows up at the door, and take every step to disarm them if they can’t outright turn them away.

    Democrats need to stop being such utterly predictable patsies every time the word “bipartisan” is so much as breathed, at least until they find a second empty hand far more often than they find the knife.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    According to Norris himself, his favorite one is “They tried to carve Chuck Norris’ face into Mount Rushmore, but the stone just wasn’t hard enough to form his beard.”  

  • VMink

    I think that one is in there! =D

    Though I also liked: “Nate Silver has the solution to P=NP, but his solution is too large to fit in Fermat’s margin.”

    “Hari Seldon was a raving drunk on Trantor before he met Nate Silver.” (… which is actually a little bit creepy if one thinks about it for too long.)

    ETA: My sense of humor has changed since reading Surreal Numbers.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    Family, yes, even orcs have them and are not born from the ground.

    Honestly, that depends on the universe and breed of orc.  

    Peter Jackson’s depiction of the Uruk-hai in The Lord of the Rings has them being literally bred from the ground.  Likewise, orcs in Warhammer reproduce by giving off spores which settle into the ground and grow into more orcs over time.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667708632 Kenneth Raymond

    I’d like to add that what I’ve said about “bipartisanship” already happened the day after the election. The very. Day. After.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/11/republicans-to-obama-on-taxes-lets-compromise-by-not-raising-taxes.php

    “Compromise” is the word rather than “bipartisanship,” but it’s the same thing. Boehner is already saying that Obama should “compromise” by giving the Republicans everything they want anyway, in exchange for a vague promise for future actions that you know will be put off and ignored once the time comes, and even if they aren’t, won’t actually come close to raising the revenues the country desperately needs.

    “Compromise” doesn’t just mean “two sides make concessions to get something done.” It also means “damage something until it can no longer serve its purpose.” As in, “Helm’s Deep was compromised and could no longer keep the orcs out.” Republican compromises are about the second definition, not the first.

  • Anton_Mates

     CS,

    I sincerely believe that everyday folks *don’t* actually subscribe to
    the severe tribalism we see in their representatives (political or
    religious)… but instead fall somewhere in the middle and could be
    desperate to find something in common with the “other side.”

    Here’s the thing, though:  The evidence is against you on this.  Check out Pew’s reports on the increasing polarization of the electorate, and on their typology.

    In a nutshell:  Everyday folks have been becoming more and more polarized on almost every social and economic issue for, like, the last 25 years.  The proportions of people who are generally “liberal” or generally “conservative” haven’t changed very much, but the liberals are more strongly liberal (relative to the national average) and the conservatives are more conservative.  And even though more people are moving from registered D/R to “independent,” that does not mean that they’re particularly centrist on the issues.  Rather, the independents hold different combinations of positions than either party espouses.  But all these people hold their positions just as strongly as the staunch Democrats and Republicans.  And there’s no one combination of positions that “most independents” agree on, either.

    So, no, most people don’t fall in somewhere in the middle and they’re not desperate to find common ground with the other side.  Nor do they want centrist representatives.  In fact, the majority of Americans say they prefer politicians who stick to their positions, over politicians who try to compromise with the opposition.  And the majority of Republicans and Democrats say their party has done a bad job of standing up for its traditional positions.

    (By the way, do you know which Americans do like politicians who make compromises?  Liberals.  Specifically, people who are strongly liberal on social issues and the environment.)

    And, personally, I don’t have much problem with this.  Yeah, gridlock sucks, we do need a budget before the federal government implodes, etc.  But most of the issues we’re all fighting over are, well, important.  And I kind of like that more and more people are realizing that.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    Political reality right now is that bipartisanship is always used to hurt progressive causes. If progressives don’t have to, then they should stop offering their hands to conservatives. And they should always, always check for the knife whenever an establishment Republican or Teabagger (but I repeat myself) shows up at the door, and take every step to disarm them if they can’t outright turn them away.

    I think that part of the Democrats’ problem here is that they are only offering olive branches over proposals that they think the GOP will reasonably accept.  They have trouble accepting that the GOP these days is being, well, unreasonable.  

    They ought to fall back on the tactic of proposing something so over-the-top progressive that would never pass a divided congress, then letting the opposition negotiate them down to something reasonable from there.  Lets the opposition think they got their way when in fact it is all part of the plan from the beginning.  They run into less opposition that way.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667708632 Kenneth Raymond

    I would love to see that happen in every situation where Democrats have to deal with Republicans to get something done. I wish the Democratic Party had that kind of spine in more than maybe two people per branch and level of government. That is a tactic that should be embraced and, you know what? Is not exactly genuinely bipartisan. It’s making a show of bipartisanship to trick the other person into getting what you want. It’s smart.

    It’s also what the Republicans do. Only the thing is, the Republicans have to concede less and less of their unreasonable, irrational, frankly sociopathic demands all the time, and definitely far less than the Democrats will ever have to. So what I actually anticipate happening if someone on the center-right tries it, they’ll get attacked for “being just as bad” or “doing it too” and then fold completely.

    This is a fundamental problem for Democrats and progressives in general because we’ve somehow come to confuse being hated with being hateful. I think it’s because we’ve allowed ourselves to be confused that way – the constant Republican screed, after all, is about how assaulted and oppressed they are by any opposition, how hateful anyone must be to not want total patriarchal Christian hegemony. We’ve bought too much into Republican rhetoric on this. Progressives need to actually realize that no matter what, we’re going to be hated – we’ll be hated for being successful and getting things done, we’ll be hated for failing and being weak, we’ll be hated for merely existing. It’s that tribalism problem all throughout.

    I mean, really, that’s how most of the objections to what I’ve been saying here come off to me. I’m talking about playing political hardball for a while, using tactics that aren’t even half as vicious as the ones the Republicans would be using to marginalize Democrats if they had the numbers. Pretty much everything I’ve said boils down to, “When you’ve got a majority, don’t be afraid to USE IT.”

    And the objections to playing hardball come off, I’m sorry to say, as someone fetishizing compromise and bipartisanship because it makes us look Nice. I’m sure you, CS, and anyone else don’t mean it to be that way, but that’s how it looks to me, and I’m really only mildly cynical about this kind of thing. Your average GOPer blows me out of the water on cynicism.

    It doesn’t make us look nice, it makes us look weak. Because it is weak. Conservatives will hold us in contempt for being strong, and they’ll hold us in contempt for being weak. I’d rather the former than the latter, because at least I know we’d be using our strength to help lift the burdens off of others, rather than giving that strength away to those who’d use it to place extra burdens on top of those that others already labor under.

  • Lori

    He didn’t notice that the flag needs to be replaced, that he put it on the cable upside down and that pulling it up took only half as long as usual? Somebody needed to have another cup of coffee before he started his duties. I’m just sayin’.

  • Tricksterson

    Really?  Is that the best you can do?  Come on, we expect our hysterical doommongers around here to have some style.  If you can’t up your game, I’m afraid we’re going to have to ask you to kleave.

  • Lori

     

    Can everyone please get word out amongst right wingers that, not only is
    our PM an unmarried childless athiest woman, but our Finance Minister
    is a left wing half-Asian feminist Christian lesbian new mother*.  

    One of your fellow Aussies appears to be working on it.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uSG4EXmiCPI/UJuwyKwjCyI/AAAAAAAB9uI/PMu__Lu1ICE/s1600/austmeme.jpeg

  • Tricksterson

    The “moving to Canada” people are just weird since they’re also the ones who tend to get hysterical at the thought of our having a health care system like Canadas

  • Tricksterson

    Gruce Lee also beat Chuck Norris.

  • Tricksterson

    Ack!  Bruce Le

  • Tricksterson

    Of the three people he has on his masthead I can’t imagine either Milton Friedman or Barry Gioldwater acting in the ways he reccomends. 

  • Matri

    So, they want to move to a country with socialized healthcare?

    To get away from socialized healthcare.

    Palm, meet face.

  • Matri

    *collapses from laughter*

  • http://profiles.google.com/marc.k.mielke Marc Mielke

    I was suspecting the same of Mitt Romney. If you look at his campaigning versus fundraising, you see he does very little of the first and quite a bit of the latter, even up to the last week before the elections, when fundraising is kind of besides the point. 

    Add to that the infinitesmal amount of personal wealth the Romneys spent this time around, and it really looks like that campaign war chest is on its way to the Cayman Islands. 


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