When Bush tried to ravage Social Security, his evil seed could find no purchase.
But the Greatest Communicator Since Aaron has successfully shoved the Overton Window far to the right:
The chairmen of President Obama’s bipartisan commission on reducing the national debt outlined a politically provocative and economically ambitious package of spending cuts and tax increases yesterday, igniting a debate that is likely to grip the country for years.
So, when (if ever) will it be commonplace to realize Obama is a conservative?
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Peter Daou repeats his category error (but click through for must-read Obama quotes from "60 Minutes")
It just wouldn't be right to assume that Obama's actions, rather than wishful projection, are a window into his convictions:
I’ve been insistent that the fundamental problem for President Obama and Democratic leaders is a lack of moral authority, a pervasive sense among the electorate that they don’t have the courage of their convictions.
Money quotes from The Big O on "60 Minutes" include:
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How I expect to feel about Democrats losing:
* Hope it's a sign that more lefties are realizing (or will realize) that the Democratic Party is a roach motel for progressive energies — and the "good cop" in the ratchet effect
* Anticipate that many lefties will take it as proof that they need to keep following the Democrats ever-further toward the so-called center (i.e., the hard right)
How I expect to feel about Republicans winning:
* Disappointed that so many Americans aren't revolted by the GOP's vile agenda and track record Read below the fold...
If you're a lefty, here's a rewrite of the Fugs' classic for you:
Two-thousand-nine and twenty-ten nothing
Election Day for a change
Vote for still more nothing
Two more years of nothing
Sunday and Monday nothing
Election Day for a change
Vote for even more nothing
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Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" provides "progressives" with an opportunity to fancy themselves more reality-based than their tribal opposites.
It would be churlish on this day when "Obama inauguration gear made it back out of the closet" to expect Democrats to take note of the president's remarkable record of delivering on the red-state agenda.
To accentuate the positive, perhaps Republicans can take the day to count their blessings. Read below the fold...
As with religion and its adherents, facts that should disqualify the legitimacy (for a lefty) of Obama and the Democrats will always be compartmentalized, delegitimized, minimized, etc., at least to the point where the legitimacy stands.
The parallels between loyalty to Obama and the Democrats and loyalty to religion are striking.
Such loyalty comes in many flavors. One thing that makes religion so resilient and pernicious is that a great many people support it with seemingly soft — and yet unbreakable — bonds.
The wild-eyed zealots occupy the deep end of the pool, but one can drown in an inch of water. And one can certainly drown as easily in 8 feet of water as in 80. Read below the fold...