A lot of people are talking about the various "mandatory" plans floating about various congressional and gubernatorial offices right now. Ahnold's, Wyden's, etc. It's all the Rage, for young politicians: it's an issue that is still unmade in the national media (what is to come, not what is) and if you're enterprising you can ride this political wave for a generation or more. If as a consumer, you've ever had problems with Phase One of the plan to keep people separated from their dollars and their health, you know what I mean. Read more about Random Thoughts on Health Care in the 110th, etc.
Our Betters, the permanent Beltway ruling class, the cocktail wienie-gobbling clowns and Republican creatures and think-tank dilettantes and shadowy Christianist billionaires who created the Iraq Clusterfuck and now can't figure out how to evade accountability for the greatest strategic disaster in American history... Read more about Foreign policy is a synonym for date rape?
From a surreal editorial in Sunday's NYT:
We would lend such efforts [to stop Bush] our enthusiastic backing and hope Mr. Leahy, Mr. Durbin and other Democratic leaders are not swayed by the absurd notion circulating in Washington that the Democrats should now â€œlook aheadâ€ rather than use their new majority to right the dangerous wrongs of the last six years of Mr. Bushâ€™s one-party rule.
Liberal idiots [redundancy] are knee-jerk troglodytes that regurgitate any lunacy so long as it smears Republicans, puts America in a bad light and licks the asshole of every communist, theocrat and dictator.
No wonder my tongue tastes like shit.
UPDATE: Theocrat asshole? It smells like victory.
Not that anyone could ever replace Our Harriet, of course.
Fred Fielding is an old hand--Nixon, Reagan, Bush-Cheney transition team--but it doesn't look like he's left many fingerprints.
Although it is curious that this Fielding looks like exactly the kind of Father-figure insider whose wise counsel Bush so vehemently rejected in the already forgotten Iraq Studly Group.
I guess this means that:
1. Bush thinks he's in deep shit, legally. Read more about Fred Fielding replaces Harriet Miers
Even if you put Ken Starr's jism hunt aside, Bill Clinton's legacy is vexing.
Was his centrism constructive pragmatism or a damnable sell-out?
Is compromise the proper way to operate in a checks-and-balances democracy, or does it leave us compromised? Read more about How are the accommodations?
There are a lot of regular blogosphere "features" out there already, more than I can easily name. There's the Daily Wanker, or best demonstration of what makes winger "logic" the joke it is. There's the Five O'Clock NewsDump, when some embarrassing detail of Republican malfeasance is swept under the rug by our Famously Free Press. I now propose it's time we bring back and Oldie but Goodie; one that has a special relevance in this new year. Read more about Feature: Daily SCLM Misogyny