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Movement Inertia

Something's gotta give

There’s more noise in the lefty blogosphere about how disappointing Democrats are, as well as how Obama failed to measure up.   Natasha Chart is so sick of the pyrrhic victories that she is begging Democrats to just sit on their hands and do nothing for the rest of their terms.  Max Blumenthal’s piece, Obama, the Fallen Messiah, is intriguing.  At least he understands that the left brought this upon themselves:

The liberal left has become so disgruntled that a leading conservative talk radio host asked me recently if progressives were considering a primary challenge to Obama. I laughed and stated my belief that despite his troubles, Obama would win a second term. Whether or not that happens, those former Obama fanatics experiencing a crisis in faith should look in the mirror. They demanded a secular salvation fantasy and participated in the messianization of the candidate who delivered it to them. They now know that Obama is just a politician. What they have refused to acknowledge is that he would not have fallen so hard had they not lifted him so high.

Too funny, Max!  I got kicked off of DailyKos because in my last diary there, I compared the Obama Movement to a jihad on other Democrats.  For that, I was called a racist and other Kossacks still refer to that diary as proof of my insidious racism.  Oooo!  I am so BAAAADDD.  Of course, you can still read the diary on DailyKos and judge for yourself.  I stand by every word I typed.  It was all too true. If that’s the diary that got me banned, I proudly take credit for it.  And then there’s this diary from December 20, 2008, Telltale Signs of Buyer’s Remorse, which accurately predicted even before Obama took office  that he would be a triangulator par excellence to appease the ones who bought him in spite of the world financial crisis and the Democratic majorities in both houses.

We didn’t get change.  Well, no one on this blog actually expected it.  But we do have a lot of inertia, “the resistance of any physical object to a change in its state of motion”.  Because the Democratic party, with an influx of young Republican-esque members, conducted a jihad on the party faithful, there is no force exerting any will on the object, our government.  The Obamaphiles invested all their hope in a messiah who is now clearly shown to be a false prophet.   The question is, what is the left going to do about it?

I’ve been reading a lot of “very serious bloggers” who think that the formation of a third party is laughable and unreasonable, the stuff of fantasy for the naive.

Really?

Because from where I’m perched, the very serious set is floundering.  Jane Hamsher is making deals with Grover “bipartisanship is just another word for date rape” Norquist.  Her strategy skills have gone totally off the rails and she looks desperate and grasping.  The “enemy of my enemy” strategy won’t work, Jane.  Appealing to the squishy  right is a losing game.  You won’t make any headway with them until you can convince them to give up their social conservatism for their own economic good.  Much better to define strong principles and invite others to join you.  Never cede a single millimeter of what you believe or you will look weak and people who are in the squishy right *hate* any sign of weakness.

But there are a lot of other people out there, Democrats, Democrats in Exile, Independents, who make up a large voting bloc and right now have no representation.  We’re talking about 30-40% of state voting populations in places like NJ and CT who want another option and are tired of both parties gaming the ballots.  They are ready for an new movement where they can coalesce their forces and push back.

We’ve talked about it and talked about it.  We need a third party and we need the very serious among us to get onboard.  The only problem is that so many of them have lost credibility that they need to take a back seat.  Is that where the resistance is coming from?  It’s not a serious proposal if they can’t lead it?

They need to get over it.  They need to accept their responsibility for the way things are.  Many of them knew what was happening in 2008 but didn’t want to be ostracized from the Movement.  Isn’t there a quote about propagation of evil requiring men of goodwill to do nothing?

Are they going to do nothing again?  New parties have been created before.  The Republican party was born in 1854.  There is enough critical mass.  All that is required is that a force get behind that mass and move it forward.

Wintry Wednesday Wake-up


In military time it is “zero-dark-thirty” and it’s freakin’cold too. The bad news is there is no good news:

Obama team more closely linking al Qaeda to terror attempt

In a marked shift from previous positions, senior Obama administration officials now say they are starting to see an al Qaeda connection to the attempted terror attack on a U.S.-bound airliner.

(No shit, Sherlock? Al Queda already claimed credit!)


Majority Of Tea Party Group’s Spending Went To GOP Firm That Created It

The political action committee behind the Tea Party Express (TPE) — which already has been slammed as inauthentic and corporate-controlled by rival factions in the Tea Party movement — directed almost two thirds of its spending during a recent reporting period back to the Republican consulting firm that created the PAC in the first place.


Radanovich To Retire

Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA) will announce he will not seek a 9th term in a statement to be released this afternoon, 2 GOP sources confirms to Hotline OnCall.

First elected in ’94 when he beat then-Rep. Richard Lehman (D), Radanovich moved to a senior position on the Energy & Commerce Committee, where he is the top GOPer on the Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection subcommittee.

Radanovich never faced a serious Dem challenger after beating Lehman with 57% in ’94. But he may have faced a strong GOPer this year, thanks to opponents unhappy with his stance on water issues, a critical concern in the oft-parched Central Valley.

One source said Radanovich will back state Sen. Jeff Denham (R) as his replacement. CA Senate districts are actually larger than congressional districts, though Denham’s is more closely related to Rep. Dennis Cardoza’s (D) neighboring 18th district. Top GOPers had tried to convince Denham to run against Cardoza, though Radanovich’s district has a stronger GOP lean.

Oh goody! Maybe we can elect another blue dog Democrat to replace him!! (Cardoza is my #*&%$$# blue dog Congressman.)


Joy Behar: Sarah Palin’s ‘Base Doesn’t Even Read’
(They still vote though.)


US President Barack Obama dramatically dashes home during golf game hours after pledging to catch plotters of failed Christmas Day bombing

President Barack Obama dramatically broke off a round of golf today and rushed back to his rented vacation home followed by an ambulance with lights flashing.

However, fears something may have happened to First Lady Michelle Obama or daughters Malia and Sasha were laid to rest less than an hour later as it emerged that all the fuss was about a friend of the president’s, who suffered minor injuries.

“The First Family is fine,” White House spokesman Bill Burton said, without providing the identity of the friend whose injury had forced Obama to suddenly abandon his golf game and race back in the presidential motorcade at high speed.

An administration official said the child of one of Obama’s golfing partners had been hurt in a “run of the mill beach injury” but did not require stitches.

(Obama went back later to finish the game)


S.F.’s vanishing sea lions baffles experts

Hundreds of sea lions that have rested, scuffled and provided hours of blubbery, barking entertainment for two decades at San Francisco’s Pier 39 have disappeared – and biologists have no idea why.


Judge denies Bristol Palin’s request to keep custody fight private
(Andy Sullivan has “happy pants.”)


Charlie Sheen tried to kill me, says wife

Arrest warrant affidavit quotes Brook Mueller claiming he straddled her and put knife to her throat


Well, that’s it for this morning. What? Don’t blame me, I told you there is no good news.