The Barack Obama faithful are enthusiastically lining up behind their man even as a healthy heap of Democrats and moderates are either going elsewhere or sitting on the fence. It’s early yet, but polls already show Obama making few inroads against a gaff-prone, non-committal, out of touch boob of a pandermeister. That is not a good thing, early or not.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. The Care Bear-in-Chief made an ill-advised move to put the hammer – or more like a feather – down on SCOTUS. The hyperbole begins. Charges of “playing politics” fly from the mouths of some of the most partisan politicos the world has ever seen. It’s just another shite-storm in Rancorstan.
If there’s one year-end task that’s most difficult, it must be compiling the many Most of the Year, Best of the Year, Stupidest of the Year lists. Let’s face it, the modern world is a target-rich environment of cheese. Americans – especially those whom Fox News makes stupid – are addicted to these things. It gives everyone the chance to voice the opinion that whoever picked the list is a dead-wrong ass cake and there’s nothing Americans like more than eating their ass cake and having it too.
BTW, Mark Zuckerman as Time’s Man of the Year? Puhleeze! Either of the LoJoHos – LiLo or ScarJo - would be better choices. Then again, Zuckerman would easily win a contest against Kim Kardashian as Biggest Ass of the Year so everything evens out.
But the hardest of the hard, (Actually, that could be a spectacular list too…may I nominate Ron Jeremy?) is bipartisan PolitiFact’s choice of Lie of the Year. Damn! These guys are brave. The balls of a Wall Street bull, or at least the balls of a Wall Street CEO! As outrageous as Tony Hayward equipped with a microphone.
So without further ado – drum roll please – PolitiFact’s 2010′s Lie of the Year is… A government takeover of health care!
(Sound of crickets…)
A government takeover of health care? Of all the stupid, idiotic, patently false utterances of 2000-fricking-10, that was the best you could come up with? For Chrissakes, you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a lie this year. There was an election dammit! There wasn’t an election ad during the entire race that didn’t kill a hard-on with its lies.
Still, the PolitiFact’s survey did speak a truth. It recognized that in a lying-ass bumper crop of a lying year there were clear winners and those clear winners where The Party Couldn’t Talk Straight™.
It’s not that Democrats didn’t spout their own share of truthiness and bald face lies, they just used a little more finesse – sort of putting a little English on the 8-ball to grab defeat from the jaws of victory. When Republicans smacked Dems in the face with the Putrid Mackerel of Lying Bay™, the Democrats most often just genuflected and said, “Thank you sir, may I have another?”
Ten minutes later Fox News would cut in with breaking news. “Hey Brian. Republican Minority God, Mitch McConnell, has just announced that Democrats tried to coerce him into a sexually deviant behavior called, um, I’m not sure how to pronounce the word…bipartisanship – I’ll just use gay for short so as not to confuse our viewers. He said he only escaped by fighting off the gang of socialist zombies by beating them with his new $1500 wingtip shoes. After the break, we’ll go to Fox and Friends to report more details and you’ll decide they are the God’s honest truth. Back to you Gretchen!”
PolitiFacts, thanks for giving it the old college try.
- “Government Takeover Of Health Care” Is PolitiFact’s Lie Of The Year (mediaite.com)
- The Lie of the Year (washingtonmonthly.com)
- PolitiFact: Sanders telling the truth on vast income inequality (dailykos.com)
- PolitiFact: Truth Is Out There, Barely (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- The Most and Least Honest Pundits (Hint: Don’t Believe Glenn Beck) (dailyfinance.com)
- Think Fast …thinkprogress (ynative77.wordpress.com)
- Fox ‘straight news’ reporter James Rosen raises laughable Obama ‘security’ concern, lies about Obama’s promises (crooksandliars.com)
- It’s A Fact: Fox News Makes You Stupid (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Study confirms FOX News makes you stupid (nowpublic.com)
- The Crying Game (crooksandliars.com)
- Ron Jeremy Web Redemption with tosh.0 (ronjeremy.com)
- Palin Doubles Down on “Death Panels” (alternet.org)
- Was Health Bill a ‘Government Takeover’? (blogs.wsj.com)
Stupid political question of the day: Should Joe Lieberman be “punished” for his role in obstructing the democratic agenda?
”HELL YES!” Moreover, the next heads to roll ought to be the democratic leadership and The Messiah for enabling the dopily grinning weasel as he causes no end to trouble.
The dems thought a shovel-ready alliance with a man who bolted the party after finding a political shiv placed there by them was just the thing to grab a filibuster-proof Senate majority. Harry Reid, as our Don Knotts Impersonator-in-chief, I ask you, “If your compatriots threw you under the bus as you did Joe, would you crawl back without a smidge of hate in your quaking ancient heart?”
I thought not.
Joey cajoled his old overlords into letting him keep his valuable chairs and other party favors. Since then he’s used every opportunity repay the largesse by acting the spoiler in an on-going game of keep-away using his allegedly filibuster-proof vote. If Olympia Snowe quit to form her own party, do you think the republicans would allow her to let bygones be bygones?
Attila the Rove would titter like a schoolgirl over the question.
It’s time for Joe to stop rubbing the dems’ naive noses in it and start being serious about supporting his constituents and helping the country climb out of the hole that shenanigans like his dug us into. If not, heave him into a lifeboat with no food, water, or oar. The skeevy, lying little bastard deserves no less.
It’s time for the dems to understand he’s not a help, but a huge liability. They should use every opportunity to politically stomp him like the maggot he is and spend a little effort trying to entice Oly Snowe over the fence.
Even if the dems can’t seduce Oly, it’s time to remedy a lose/lose situation. An iffy filibuster-proof vote from a man who continuously threatens filibusters is simply worthless. The longer they cave to Joe’s ever-increasing and unreasonable demands, the longer they’ll take getting anything done and the faster they’ll roll toward the scrap heap of history. By allowing him to caucus with them, they’re letting the man frustrate them ad-nauseum. They’ve let him set up shop as some sort of one-man shadow senate who gets to wield power well-past his right or aptitude.
And, the Bipartisan-in-Chief isn’t blameless either. Coming through the door with a proposal and offering to immediately eviscerate the thing isn’t the politics of change, it’s the politics of disaster. That goes double when you lean on your party to capitulate to any demand he makes like he’s James Frickin’ Cameron screaming “I’m King of the Worrrrrrld” at the Academy Awards.
Say goodbye to Joe. He’s over-stayed his welcome.
- Why liberals won’t get anything for giving up the public option. (slate.com)
- Harkin: Majority Should Rule on Healthcare Reform (dailykos.com)
- This Is What It Comes Down To: Lieberman Is A Spiteful Little Toad Who Will Kill Health-Care Reform. (crooksandliars.com)
- If Corrupt Democrats Kill the Public Option, It’s All Harry (fdlaction.firedoglake.com)
- Lieberman Backed Medicare Buy-In This Fall (mydd.com)