• marcospinelli commented on the blog post Validation on Health Care Reform

    2014-12-03 17:31:32View | Delete

    If Tom Harkin runs again, to whom will he hold out his hand for money?

    Harkin’s retiring. He didn’t run; these are his last weeks in the Senate. When it doesn’t matter. He’s a politician. Politicians stopped seeing themselves as public servants long long ago. It’s rigged as a reliable path to wealth and power.

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post Validation on Health Care Reform

    2014-12-03 16:58:46View | Delete

    Meme this for 2016 (but get the drum beat going now): A populist ‘pledge’, a short list of what the mandate of the 2016 Election if these candidates, those who have pledged, get into office.

    Single Payer/”Medicare For All” should be at the top of the list.

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post A Nationalized Election With a Clear Swing to the GOP

    2014-11-05 10:06:48View | Delete

    Reid may be missing the point, but I think it’s intentional. And I think to dismiss him as an “effective wimp” plays into the Democrats’ narrative.

    I think Obama’s “led” brilliantly; just not on the people’s behalf. He’s managed to deliver to his Corporate Masters while convincing his ‘most ardent supporters’ that he’s either too nice, inept, or that his failures are because of Republicans’ [pick your excuse].

    Talk of Democratic politicians having no spines are greatly exaggerated, just like Obama’s timidity is myth: They are plenty tough when it comes to standing up to the Democratic base.

    Democratic voters have mistakenly believed that Obama, the Clintons and Democratic politicians want what they want. The DLC-/Third Way-/No Labels-controlled Democratic Party gives lip service to all populist issues (like jobs, civil rights protections, restoring habeas corpus, ending the wars, public healthcare, Wall Street reform, environmental and energy issues, etc.).

    If the Bush years taught us anything, it’s that anyone can sell anything to Americans, if you’re stolid and relentless in your sales pitch and tactics. It’s not that Bush and Rove were geniuses and knew something that nobody else knew; Bush and Rove were just more ruthless in doing what politicians and the parties had gone to great lengths to hide from Americans — If you keep at it, escalate your attacks, don’t take ‘no’ for an answer, never back away, you’ll wear the opposition down.

    Obama didn’t get to be the first black president, vanquish Clinton’s machine (to get the nomination) and the oldest, most experienced politicians in US history (including the Rove Machine) by not having mastered these skills. Nor do Democratic politicians (more incumbents than ever, in office longer) not know how to do it. How do you think Democrats managed to keep impeaching Bush-Cheney off the table, keep Bankers and Wall Streeters out of prison, have us still reelecting them, not marching on Washington with torches and pitchforks?

    Obama/Clintons and Democrats know how to do it — They don’t want to do it.

    The trick for them has been to keep the many different populist groups believing that they really do support our issues, but they’re merely inept. And to get us to keep voting for them despite their failure to achieve our alleged shared objectives.

    Getting Democratic voters (and Obama’s and Hillary’s ‘most ardent supporters’) to understand that Democratic politicians have been taking us all for suckers and patsies is the most immediate problem and the challenge.

    IMHO.

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post A Nationalized Election With a Clear Swing to the GOP

    2014-11-05 09:47:29View | Delete

    Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) congratulated Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) shortly before midnight Tuesday on becoming the next majority leader of the Senate after Republicans clinched control with victories in Iowa and North Carolina.

    “I’d like to congratulate Sen. McConnell, who will be the new Senate majority leader. The message from voters is clear: they want us to work together. I look forward to working with Sen. McConnell to get things done for the middle class,” Reid said in a statement.

    That answers the question, “If the GOP takes control of both houses of Congress, will Democrats be as effective as Republicans have been at obstruction?”

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post A Nationalized Election With a Clear Swing to the GOP

    2014-11-05 09:31:01View | Delete

    Second Prize = 2 weeks in Philadelphia

    First Prize = 1 week in Philadelphia

    “We Suck Less” is not a winning slogan.

    Democratic politicians need to actually work on behalf of the People, not just give us lip service and excuses. But they won’t. Because they’re as wholly owned by corporations as Republicans are.

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post Hating the Other Party Really Drives Turnout

    2014-10-17 15:18:58View | Delete

    I’m not saying delivering HOPE AND CHANGE. I’m saying PROMISING it. I’m saying that overwhelmingly in this country, the People want change from a government by and for the 1%, and when a politician comes on the scene telling it like the People want it, saying what the People are feeling, the People do show up to vote for that politician. More voters came out to vote for Barack Obama than any other politician in U.S. elections ever, believing him to be either the populist candidate, FDR reincarnated, who would drive the right-wing controlled Republican Party politicians into the dust-bin of American history, or (at least) the LOTE.

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post Hating the Other Party Really Drives Turnout

    2014-10-17 14:04:32View | Delete

    Know what else drives turnout?

    Politicians who promise HOPE AND CHANGE.

    It delivers record turnouts.

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post Obama Appoints Ebola Czar, Third Health Worker Isolated

    2014-10-17 10:47:48View | Delete

    Where’s Michael Whouley these days?

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post Obama Appoints Ebola Czar, Third Health Worker Isolated

    2014-10-17 10:43:59View | Delete

    Ron Klain: We should have asked for a statewide from the get-go – that was our biggest mistake.

    Michael Whouley: Mm-hmm, and Ralph Nader should’ve pulled his head out of his ass. And Elian Gonzalez should’ve never left Miami. And Gore should’ve campaigned with Clinton. And Clinton should’ve got caught getting a blowjob from Sharon Stone instead of Monica Lewinsky ’cause then his approval ratings would have shot through the roof. And Katherine Harris should’ve thought twice about purging 20,000 voters from the rolls. And George Bush, Jr. should have never quit drinking, but he did. It is what it is, pal. Four years from now we’ll come back, gather our information and go right back at ‘em.

    Ron Klain: Even after all the mistakes and all the corruption, we still had about half a day there where the entire state was counting.

    Michael Whouley: Mn-hmm, and do you think if W had asked for a recount, the Supreme Court would have stopped it?

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post Obama Appoints Ebola Czar, Third Health Worker Isolated

    2014-10-17 10:41:51View | Delete

    Ron Klain: We should have asked for a statewide from the get-go – that was our biggest mistake.
    Michael Whouley: Mm-hmm, and Ralph Nader should’ve pulled his head out of his ass. And Elian Gonzalez should’ve never left Miami. And Gore should’ve campaigned with Clinton. And Clinton should’ve got caught getting a blowjob from Sharon Stone instead of Monica Lewinsky ’cause then his approval ratings would have shot through the roof. And Katherine Harris should’ve thought twice about purging 20,000 voters from the rolls. And George Bush, Jr. should have never quit drinking, but he did. It is what it is, pal. Four years from now we’ll come back, gather our information and go right back at ‘em.

    Ron Klain: Even after all the mistakes and all the corruption, we still had about half a day there where the entire state was counting.

    Michael Whouley: Mn-hmm, and do you think if W had asked for a recount, the Supreme Court would have stopped it?

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post Obama Appoints Ebola Czar, Third Health Worker Isolated

    2014-10-17 10:40:26View | Delete

    Michael Whouley: Now it’s time to prove to Al Gore who the real Ron fucking Klain really is. It’s time to show Al Gore that Ron Klain is a fucking brawler and he’s not going to back down from this particular fucking fight.

    Ron Klain: Anyone ever tell you you say “fuck” a lot?

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post Obama Appoints Ebola Czar, Third Health Worker Isolated

    2014-10-17 10:39:49View | Delete

    Ron Klain: How hard is it to punch a paper ballot?

    Michael Whouley: It’s pretty God damn hard when you’re eighty something years old, you’re arthritic, and you’re blind as a fucking bat. Unfortunately for us, blind fucking bats tend to vote Democratic.

  • Why does anyone believe that Democrats want to win control of Congress? Have Democrats been doing what’s necessary to fight, beat Republicans?

    If Democrats were to take control of both Houses in Congress, what or who could they possibly blame for failing to deliver on the People’s interests?

    The career track of an American politician depends on his or her switchbacking between government posts and private industry. Deregulating, sucking shared, natural resources dry for the private gain of a few. Both parties.

    So how do you fix it?

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post Obama Administration Wants New Fantasy Rebels In Syria

    2014-10-16 09:50:23View | Delete

    From “Everything I Need To Know In Life, I Learned From The Godfather Movies”:

    [About the unrest in Cuba]

    Michael Corleone: I saw a strange thing today. Some rebels were being arrested. One of them pulled the pin on a grenade. He took himself and the captain of the command with him. Now, soldiers are paid to fight; the rebels aren’t.

    Hyman Roth: What does that tell you?

    Michael Corleone: They could win.

  • From the “Everything I Need To Know In Life, I Learned From ‘The Godfather’ movies:

    [about the unrest in Cuba]
    Michael Corleone: I saw a strange thing today. Some rebels were being arrested. One of them pulled the pin on a grenade. He took himself and the captain of the command with him. Now, soldiers are paid to fight; the rebels aren’t.
    Hyman Roth: What does that tell you?
    Michael Corleone: They could win.

  • marcospinelli commented on the diary post Changes to MyFDL by Jane Hamsher.

    2014-09-18 12:49:13View | Delete

    Dear Jane,

    I’ve been dealing with health issues, hence my lack of writing at (but not lack of reading) FDL. I’d hate to lose my ‘voice’ here when I return to the community full time.

    Marco

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post LIVE: Watch the State of the Union

    2014-01-28 19:44:09View | Delete

    That’s what I got from her.

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post LIVE: Watch the State of the Union

    2014-01-28 19:43:06View | Delete

    God’s blessings? Of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”? Due to “God’s blessings”???

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post LIVE: Watch the State of the Union

    2014-01-28 19:40:30View | Delete

    Leave it to the GOP, their one jobs’ program is recruiting white women with Downs’ syndrome children to run for office.

  • marcospinelli commented on the blog post LIVE: Watch the State of the Union

    2014-01-28 19:37:35View | Delete

    He was pretty abysmal, I have to agree.

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