Bart Stupak, poster boy for the "party of results"
I know, I know. It took me awhile to stop giggling too. They can’t possibly be serious. But that’s what PoliticalTicker is claiming. Swallow your coffee before you read it:
Washington (CNN) – When voters head to the polls in November, the Democratic National Committee would like them to remember Democrats with one word: results.
On Wednesday at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, chairman Tim Kaine revealed his party’s new message and strategy months ahead of the midterm elections. Kaine talked about the efforts with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview that aired on John King, USA.
Kaine told King that Democrats hope to convince voters they are the party of results. Part of their new strategy will involve pushing that message, helping local candidates, and convincing many of the new voters – that voted for President Barack Obama in the last election – to support Democrats in the midterms.
The DNC chairman said that while the economy still needs improvements, it’s moved from recession to recovery.
Kaine said, “I think the improvement will be noticed by our voters and we’ll be able to make the case to them, do you want to keep climbing or do you want to hand the keys back to the guys who put us into the ditch?”
Yeah, I’m sure that’s what they will be thinking as they head out the door today with their complimentary cardboard box for their stuff and their three month severance packages.
Actually, that’s not what I’ve been witnessing here in the heart of middle class suburbia. What is happening is that the Republicans in NJ are stirring up an anti-tax rebellion and directing it against hapless teachers. Why should THEY be getting decent bennies and a steady paycheck when the people footing the bill with their ridiculous property taxes are seeing their industries disappearing and their own lives on the brink of disaster?
Tim Kaine and the Democrats are utterly clueless. They have no idea what is really going on out here. Results? What results?
Was the stimulus package big enough to stave off these drastic cuts in our school districts?
Did Democrats end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Did the Democrats fight hard for the entrepreneurs and small businesses to get the capital they need to start new ventures so people would have jobs?
Did the Democrats soak the rich bankers within an inch of their lives so that they would learn a valuable lesson and the financial catastrophe they brought upon us wouldn’t happen again?
Did Democrats put together an adequate bailout and mortgage restructuring package for strapped homeowners so they wouldn’t throw in the towel and walk away from their obligations? Did they make it easier for mortgage owners to keep money flowing to the banks to keep them solvent?
Did the Democrats impose some emergency regulations so that bankers would stop gambling away our futures?
Have the Democrat done ANYTHING so far to make sure that no one touches Social Security and that we get our Trust Fund money back from the thieves who took it?
Did the Democrats give us actual health care reform that’s truly universal, affordable, with competition?
Did the Democrats protect womens’ rights and autonomy of her own body?
Did the Democrats fix gender paycheck inequalities for real or did they simply pass a law with no teeth?
Did the Democrats try to protect American workers’ jobs?
I haven’t seen any results. I’ve seen them turn their backs on their own voters in 2008 in order to elect their lightbringer, an easy win for them. All they had to do was change the roolz in the middle of the game and cudgel frantic American voters with false accusations of racism to guilt them into voting for one of the most unprepared but nakedly ambitious presidents since George W. Bush. But it wasn’t enough to make him president. No, the world had to give him a Nobel prize as well. What’s next? A MacArthur genius grant for curing cancer? Where does he find the time?? The awards must be piling up on his little display etegere, like a bunch of 3rd place martial arts trophies. Everyone who participates gets a prize for trying.
And the whining. I can’t stand it. We are now supposed to believe that a minority party, the Republicans, are responsible for all that has gone wrong. They stand in the way. They say no to everything. Even when Democrats had a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, the Republicans were responsible. How can that be?? I am trying hard to wrap my head around this concept. Here’s what I’ve got: 1.) Democrats had a filibuster proof majority in the senate. 2.)Republicans got what they wanted anyway. 3.) Soooo, maybe the problem is actually *in* the Democratic party. Three names come to mind immediately: Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson and Bart Stupak. You can throw Blanche Lincoln and Mary Landrieu in there as well but at least they can be leaned on. Who leaned on Nelson, Lieberman and Stupak? Those three swaggered all over Congress and Stupak in particular got whatever the hell he wanted. It was Bart Stupak vs the majority of voters in the USA and Bart won. BART won. The Democrats allowed Bart and Obama to screw millions of women out of their personal autonomy and Democrats have the nerve to blame Republicans?
I don’t think Democrats understand the impact of their cowardice. Women are not a special interest. Workers have to work to pay taxes. The financial investment industry is out of control and wrecking havoc around the world. Our current wars are pointless wastes of lives and money. Sick children should never have to pass through a gauntlet to get affordable health care. And we need teachers, even the mean ones who can’t be bothered to address the needs of the gifted. If they do a good job with the other 98% of the students in their classes, we will have gotten more than our money’s worth.
You want to know what I want to see in the results category? I want to see real passion on the Floor. I want to see yelling and screaming. I want to see the progressives and liberals eat some red meat and throw a fit until the Bart Stupaks in their own party back down. I want to see eggs thrown and smoke bombs and bloody noses. I want to see incivility. I want to see so much fighting in Congress by Democratic representatives on behalf of Americans not in the bonus class that the editorial page of the New York Times faints before it can reach the smelling salts. I don’t want two Republican parties. I want to see Democrats actually ACT like Democrats.
Shove your “party of results” meme until you have some results. I own my vote. I don’t give it away for social promotion purposes. You can’t scare me with the Republican boogie man anymore. I voted for downticket Dems in 2008 but they haven’t pulled their weight. If Republicans win this fall, Democrats have themselves to blame and no one else. It was their responsibility to get things done and they blew it. They coasted. This fall, I’m not voting for either party. I’m voting for a party to be designated later.
And stop calling me for money.
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