Bam! Bam! Bam!

11 07 2011

Bad Republicans!

Putting together a video—hell, a series of videos—on Republican obstructionism and bad governance—shouldn’t be that difficult.

Consider Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who in October 2010 stated The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.

The single most important thing: not jobs, not education, not energy, not anything else which would affect the quality of life of Americans, but beating the other team.

Or remember when Vice President Dick Cheney said Reagan proved deficits don’t matter? Where was James DeMint then? Did Eric Cantor have any pushback to this deficit dovery? Paul Ryan? Where was Mr. Budget Butchery then?

This isn’t difficult, Democrats. Sure, the White House wants to take the high road, but what’s to prevent the Democratic National Committee from taking the low road and getting to Scotland afore ye?

And, really, shooting vids on Orrin Hatch stating poor people need to pay more taxes or some Republican expressing horror at the thought of forcing responsibility on financiers or removing tax loopholes for wealthy corporations and individuals is hardly distorting the record. If it’s the low road it’s because the GOP decided to dig a ditch and call it the expressway to electoral victory.

So start counting the bodies on the side of that road and charging the Republicans with hit-and-run.

This is outlaw ultimate fighting, and while the Republicans have been landing their blows low and aiming their kicks high, the Dems are still waiting for the ref to show up.

Fight! Fight! Fight!



2 responses

19 07 2011

Until the Democrats are able to effectively rally behind a good platform, I think they’ll always have problems. The hard part is that problems are complex, but simple solutions sell. So, while the proposal to raise taxes on certain income brackets or close tax loopholes for large corporations may be good, they’re nuanced, and easily drowned out by screams of “THEY WANT TO RAISE TAXES!” and such.

What I think will be interesting to see is the effect of the Tea Party, long term, between those conservatives elements that are practical and those who have truly drunk the Kool-Aid.

(No offense meant to Kool-Aid drinkers everywhere.)

21 07 2011

I think you’re right: they need to be FOR something, something big and good and serves as the touchstone for all those messy realities.

They need a purpose, and right now, it ain’t evident that they even recognize that they’re missing one.

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