Thursday, October 21, 2010

Who You Callin Gay

"Following Christine O'Donnell's ironclad logic . . . masturbating equals being gay:"

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BTW, does this mean our beloved Master Bates is gay?

The Faux Populist Anger of 2010

Politics got ya mad as hell. Your rent too high. The "Jimmy McMillan, running for governor as the candidate of the one-man Rent Is Too Damn High Party" is your man. His "crystal-clear message: The. Rent. Is. Too. Damn. High." Only problem, he doesn't pay rent, and hasn't for at least a decade. Read The New York Times, Opposing Excessive Rent, but Vague About His Own.

And just in time to leverage all that anger, the 'sludge' "from out-of-state, secretive political groups . . . overwhelming, and omnipresent." Read The New York Times, John Roberts’s America, which predicts that "[a]s ugly as 2010 has been, the next election cycle, for president in 2012, will bring us a John Roberts’s America that will make this year look like a town hall meeting from a Rockwell painting."

Fear, anger, and hatred -- a great campaign strategy, but not much of a governing philosophy.

The Billionaires’ Coup Camouflaged a Populist Surge

UPDATE V: The history of the tea party, from Hannity and Beck to Palin and O'Donnell, by Stephen Colbert:

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UPDATE IV: From the Washington Post:

UPDATE III: "The Tea Party Express, paid Holland America Line a total of $103,000 to send six of its staffers on four consecutive cruises on the Amsterdam. The payments to the cruise line, which appeared on a campaign finance report filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission, have started drawing attention from critics of the Tea Party Express, who have alleged that the committee is a front for Republican consultants seeking to use the populist movement to make a buck and live the high life." Read Politico, Tea Party Express's pricey cruises.

UPDATE II: "There is genuine populist anger out there. But the angry have been deceived and exploited by posers who belong to the same class of "elites" and "insiders" that the Tea Party movement supposedly deplores. Americans who want to stick it to the man are instead sending money to the man." Read the Washington Post, A Tea Party of populist posers.

UPDATE: "John Boehner is the quintessential example of shameless government figures guiding the fortunes of the rich and powerful." Read The New York Times, That’s Where the Money Is.

Par for the Republi-con course, wouldn't you say.

"O’Donnell’s timely ascent in the election season’s final lap may well prove a godsend for the G.O.P. . . . She gives populist cover to the billionaires and corporate interests that have been steadily annexing the Tea Party movement and busily plotting to cash in their chips if the G.O.P. prevails." Read The New York Times, The Very Useful Idiocy of Christine O’Donnell.

And the unholy alliance lives on.

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Usually on Thursdays you can listen to me, the voice of wisdom and reason in a wilderness of partisan rhetoric -- no political insanity, no conservative hypocrisy, no liberal foolishness -- just straight talk, straight at you, and that’s no bull!!

But I can't make it today. I'll be back next week to deprogram you. Until then, squash a cat.