Ha ha, only serious
[I'm stickying this because RL calls, and I must answer. Maybe it's the rain, but I'm at the end of my tether with the Democrats. --lambert]
As Lord Eschaton's celebrity fill-in, John, says: Funny; it's a marked up copy of Palin's resignation speech. Lots and lots of red marks. And I know what all the editorial marks mean, and it's a damn fine job of editing. And damn funny. But.
It also reeks of the "creative" [cough] "class," and the class-ist attacks on Palin, which were all of a piece with the attacks on the unterbussen by the same "creative" Obama supporters in the primaries, who threw so many of us out of their party (Hi, Donna! [waves]).
None of which would matter in the great scheme of things, at least not very much, were it not for this scenario:
1. It's clear that the Republicans will run a populist campaign in 2012, based on the usual resentments. (The purpose of their lackadaisical 2008 campaign, which they might as well have thrown to the Democrats, was to annoint Palin for that role. If the Palin attempt failed, and it's by no means clear that it has, that doesn't matter; the hour will produce the man, or the woman, possibly on a white horse.)
2. The usual resentments are going to be a lot, lot worse this time, because the O-Pression -- and, by 2012, The Big FAIL will be Obama's Depression -- hits the working class especially hard. (See under The Wire, wider implications of.) And the Republican appeal will be even more vile this time than usual, given that they'll be able to stoke all the economic resentments with their own brand of classism ("urban" is code for black, gay, and Wall Street), their own vile racism, and when you throw into the mix the fact that "Goldman Sachs" -- which really is a huge donor to the Obama campaign and Democrats, and really is
looting running the finances of the country right now through the Treasury and the Fed -- is a Jewish-sounding name... Things could get ugly. Birthers with guns, see? And given the performance of the Democrats so far, they might even win.
3. The "creative" [cough] "class," and hence a large portion of Obama's base, can't see the problem here, let alone address it.
4. None of this would matter if the Democrats were building an actual, functioning policy bulwark against the economic pain that's washing over all of us. But they're not. (The lack of ideas in the "progressive" blogosphere is the opportunity cost of the intense focus on Palin and the "progressive" version of celebrity politics --sex scandals. Since the "progressives" dropped the policy ball, it's been picked up by the econoblogs.*) What the Democrats are doing is collecting boatloads of money from health insurers, the banksters, and all the usual suspects, and doing the absolute minimum to ease people's pain. Housing and the complex, unproven, and Rube Goldberg-esque "bait and switch" operation that is the Democrat health care "reform" contraption are the most obvious cases here, but encouraging the same vampire squid banksters who sucked all the blood out of the economy to suck even more blood by growing larger and more powerful is probably the most important case. This is not the party of FDR or even LBJ. It's dead, Jim. As dead as any zombie. As dead as the Whigs.
5. So I would say that a transfer of power back to a Republican administration even more vicious than Bush in 2012 is quite possible.
6. If the Democrats would stop sucking, we might be safe. But as a party -- despite some fine individual exceptions -- the Democrats will not stop sucking. To stop the suck is neither within their abilities nor in their interests.** The Democrats suck even though we gave them the Presidency, the House, the Senate, and 60 votes in the Senate. Since the Democrats suck when they have every advantage voters can give them, they suck, and will continue to suck, and power will continue to flip back and forth from them to the Republicans, who will then proceed to suck, although in different yet no less unpleasant ways. And the mutuality of the parties' massive suckitude is self-reinforcing: Republicans as abusive drunks who piss away all the money and wreck the car; Democrats as enabling spouses who clean up the vomit, find a new second-hand car, and hand the keys and some cash back to the drunk. After an utterly ineffectual scolding. A merry-go-round called the electoral cycle!
We need a new home. Soon. 2012, in terms of content and organization development, is really quite close. I don't know where that home is, and I leave it to people smarter than I am to build it, or show me where it is, or take me in.
When you see home, you know it. You know where you are.
NOTE * I mean, you've got former IMF economists saying the United States has turned into a Banana Republic run by oligarchs. That's the slightly-to-the-left, hippie view; it's practically mainstream! You'd think that our tribunes of the people in the blogosphere would be using that as an analytical tool, thinking through the policies, polishing the memes, working up the jokes, doing the takedowns, hammering on it day after day -- everything they (or was it "we"... ) did during the Bush regime. But no. Look! Over there! Sarah Palin! Wait! Is that Rahm on line 2??
NOTE ** I was wrong, wrong, wrong to ever have advocated the half-a-shit sandwich approach. I apologize.
NOTE Via Eschaton. Hundreds of comments.
UPDATE The racist smears continue. Quelle surprise. Another teeny wienie spikelet from the usual suspects.