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Pulling out all the stops

Well, well, well, the crazy is getting rich and thick like some kind of dark, treacly wingnut syrup smothering everything in mean sticky.

I hate to say this, ladies, but we are on our own. Just because the Republicans have lost their minds does not mean the Democrats should win by default. Right now, we need a firebrand to make the arguments to keep us from disintegrating under the assault. But I saw a clip of Obama chiding the Supreme Court over the healthcare bill decision and I saw none of the kind of passion or fabled rhetorical gifts we need. I saw a tired looking dude who spoke with all of the halting, disjointed eloquence of Michael Dukakis.

I don’t know how many times I have to say this but here’s the standard disclaimer about how I really, really hate the Republicans and don’t want them to win and I disagree with them on virtually everything, including contraception and abortion. But I do believe that Obama will go down in history as an even worse president than Bush. He is not carrying the standard or staking a claim anywhere. He makes the weakest statements of support of contraceptive coverage and women fall all over themselves in relief. That’s a problem. For us. Because if we only expect C- support with Obama, we’ll end up with D- policies from him. He is a right of center politician. I hesitate to call him a Democrat because it’s not something he likes to even say about himself.

This year is going to be a disaster economically, contraceptively and judicially. On the Daily Show last night, Jon interviewed Thomas Goldstein on the Supreme Court and there’s a whole lot of mischief that the court can cause this year. Everything for campaign finance reform to voting rights are on the table. And now, we can be strip searched for a traffic infraction. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Call it pre-emptive humiliation and punishment. That’ll teach you to leave your house. It will come down heavily against women. Thank you Justice Kennedy. Someone should have a talk with that man. He’s the vanity queen on the supreme court. Someone should let him know that it’s not all about him.

Anyway, The left should really think about their lineup. I know I’m tilting windmills but even if he wins, and that’s by no means assured, we’re going to be left with this feeling like we don’t know what hit us. He is not the leader we need right now. He can’t step it up. It’s not in his makeup and even if he could, there are a lot of us who don’t trust him. Every attempt to passionately channel the hopes and dreams and modernity of the majority of Americans is going to look as phony and scripted as the Lily Ledbetter law he and his droogs keep trying to shove down our throats. You guys might worry and wring your hands and say, “it’s too late, we can’t take a chance”. Really? Either way, you’re going to end up living under the wingnuts. You’re gong to have a republican president who won’t stop them or a “democrat” who won’t stop them.

In the meantime, I’m chilling and keeping busy and munching the popcorn. This is my fight but so far, I’m still looking for a champion.

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