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"Hijacked," my sweet Aunt Fanny

Krugman puts in an effort that could win the Opologist Olympics.

If one creates a commission and staffs it full of ducks, how can a sane, honest person be surprised when it quacks like a bunch of ducks? Read below the fold...

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"Only Nixon could go to China, and only Obama could go to Hell"

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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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Will there be a time when it's commonly understood that 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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Ouch!

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Satire or not satire?

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Or: "Swiftian or not-so-swiftian"?

You decide. Read below the fold...

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Krugman makes a category error

The Shrill One has been hitting some high notes re: Obama and the midterms.

But his Occam's Razor turns dull when it comes to root causes (emphasis added):
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TBogg to disgruntled Dems: "grow the fuck up"

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Look, over there! Ralph Nader!

Well, that's OK. I used to be an asshole about/to people who recognized how shitty the Democratic Party is, too. Then I grew the fuck up. Read below the fold...

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How to feel about Dem losses / GOP wins today?

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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...

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Everybody wins!

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Today's election promises to give Obama air cover to seal his legacy (for the three or so people who will notice) as one of our most conservative presidents.

Everybody wins... except for people who rely on liberal policies, but f*** them (everybody does). Read below the fold...

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Fugging Democrats

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If you're a lefty, here's a rewrite of the Fugs' classic for you:

Two-thousand-seven nothing
Two-thousand-eight nothing
Two-thousand-nine and twenty-ten nothing
Election Day for a change
Vote for still more nothing
Two more years of nothing
Friday nothing
Saturday nothing
Sunday and Monday nothing
Election Day for a change
Vote for even more nothing
Two more years of nothing Read below the fold...
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Michael Moore on the midterms: pathetic or lame?

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File this under "And we get?" Read below the fold...

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Obama Appreciation Day

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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...

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Reflections on the shallow end of the pool

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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...

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