• People ask “where are the reality-based conservative Republicans?” OR “Where are the moderate Republicans?” The fact is, all moderate and virtually all of the reality-based conservative Republicans joined the Democratic party long ago.

    The Democratic party, at the Congressional/Federal level, is basically comprised of the full-spectrum of politicians (circa 1978) who we thought of as the “two-party system.”

    The past 35 years, or so, have seen the Democrats become a big-tent liberal-moderate-conservative party; and today, it is now fully in the control of the conservatives and the corporatists. The Democrats in Congress, and at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. (in particular) are far more comfortable with Wall Street Bankers (and have many more of them them on their speed dials) than labor union leaders or civil rights activists.

    The overwhelming majority of Republicans in elective office today (as opposed to the Eisenhower/Nixon GOP) are reality-deniers (climate change, science, economics, evolution etc.), bigots, class warfare guerrillas and Fascist-Vagina-Fearing-Talibangicals.

    If Howard Dean “leaves” the Democratic Party, he need not apologize. At the national level, it left him long ago. I suppose, like me, he is a Democrat because we Democrats are (for the most part) the reality-based party, and the only place where any genuine progress, or harm reduction, can occur. I feel like the Democratic Party left me long ago and has no respect of my progressive values, but I remain a Democrat, and will remain one, until I truly believe there is no longer any point in fighting back.

    It kills me to look at that picture of Howard Dean. It was taken almost ten years ago (June 2003), on Church Street in Burlington VT and I was standing a few feet from where it was taken. The question for me on that sunny day was whether too many nails had already gone into this empire’s coffin. Today the question is just how deep we’ve buried it.

    Have a good weekend folks. I’m going to have a few beers to wash away all the thoughts that crossed my mind over the past few sentences.

  • “He posted a link in a chat room to a website he did create.”
    OR
    “. . . he did NOT create” ??

  • Caoimhin Laochdha commented on the blog post Late Night: Puny God Edition

    2012-12-18 07:03:15View | Delete

    Amen!

  • Caoimhin Laochdha commented on the blog post On Debt Limit, Both Sides Stake Out Positions

    2012-05-17 08:30:41View | Delete

    . . . saying that the more pressing issue was the fiscal cliff, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the beginning of the trigger cuts to domestic and defense spending set for the end of the year . . .

    Arrrrrgggghhhh!

    What does it take? The GOP law George Bush signed called for tax hikes beginning in 2010.”

    The extensions that the Democratic Congress and now Democratic Senate are negotiating are NOT EXTENSIONS. The Bush law called for taxes to increase in 2010. The return to normal tax rates are what Bush signed into law. The Republican in Congress are the ones responsible for the law calling for revenue increases in 2010. Still, we call them “Bush tax cuts” rather than the “2010 Bush tax increases.” It is the Democrats who have prevented the “2010 Bush tax increases” from coming into effect.

    Democrats/Obama are negotiating a “Delay in the scheduled Bush Tax Hikes.” The issue is “Preventing the scheduled Bush Tax Increase from coming into effect.”

    There are so many other way to frame this issue other than the “Bush tax cuts.” However, (and once again) the Dems in Congress have ceded the moral, linguistic, rhetorical and policy high-ground. This gives the GOP ownership of the “tax cuts” mantel while they escape their deficit-ballooning failures to reign defense waste, unfunded wars and the obscene refusal to ask the wealthiest to pay their minimally proportionate share.

    The Bush tax cuts are not “expiring;” rather the “Bush Tax Increases” are scheduled to begin.

    Sigh.

    slainte,
    cl

  • Caoimhin Laochdha commented on the blog post On Debt Limit, Both Sides Stake Out Positions

    2012-05-17 08:28:29View | Delete

    . . . saying that the more pressing issue was the fiscal cliff, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the beginning of the trigger cuts to domestic and defense spending set for the end of the year . . .

    Arrrrrgggghhhh!

    What does it take? The GOP law George Bush signed called for tax hikes beginning in 2010.”

    The extensions that the Democratic Congress and now Democratic Senate are negotiating are NOT EXTENSIONS. The Bush law called for taxes to increase in 2010. The return to normal tax rates are what Bush signed into law. The Republican in Congress are the ones responsible for the law calling for revenue increases in 2010. Still, we call them “Bush tax cuts” rather than the “2010 Bush tax increases.” It is the Democrats who have prevented the “2010 Bush tax increases” from coming into effect.

    Democrats/Obama are negotiating a “Delay in the scheduled Bush Tax Hikes.” The issue is “Preventing the scheduled Bush Tax Increase from coming into effect.”

    There are so many other way to frame this issue other than the “Bush tax cuts.” However, (and once again) the Dems in Congress have ceded the moral, linguistic, rhetorical and policy high-ground. This gives the GOP ownership of the “tax cuts” mantel while they escape their deficit-ballooning failures to reign defense waste, unfunded wars and the obscene refusal to ask the wealthiest to pay their minimally proportionate share.

    The Bush tax cuts are not “expiring;” rather the “Bush Tax Increases” are scheduled to begin.

    Sigh

  • Jon, Thank you,
    I’ve spent far too much time under the polar ice cap, and generally disconnected, since 2009. It’s hard to keep track of every piece of legislation Sens. Baucus, Nelson or Reid have subcontracted out to CIGNA, Wells Fargo or Pfizer (for example) to draft for them.
    cl

  • Jon,
    I assume this has been discussed at length previously, but I am assuming that the Act has a severability clause so that if only one portion (or several clauses for that matter) is ruled unconstitutional, that the remainder of the Act will stay on the books and in full force and effect. Yes?

    slainte,

    cl

  • Headline: “Obama to Present ‘LONG FORM’ of Bin Laden Death Certificate.”

  • So this means “The end of major combat operations,” right?

  • The Middle Class:

    It’s easier to protect a class of people when there are so fewer of them to protect.

  • Crist “Spectered” himself too much and for too long.

    The Pennsylvania case study, if nothing else, should have told him that he needed pick a side and run with it. The Florida GOP primary should have told him which side he needed to pick.

    He tried to be something for everyone. To most people, that ends up meaning that the politician offers too little for them.

    When you spend all your time trying not to offend people, you are also spending all your time failing to inspire a winning base as well.