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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It's all so disheartening...
Posted by Jill | 5:36 AM
Let's face it. We all know just as sure as we're sitting here that Barack Obama's "jobs bill" is going to be gutted by the house so that it includes nothing but tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, the Senate will mewl ineffectually, and it will go to Obama's desk as a tax cut bill, where he will sign it and tell us that it's a bipartisan triumph. We've read this script so many times before it's a wonder that they don't just skip the kabuki theatre and go right to the mass execution of everyone who isn't a CEO.

So it's not like many of us see voting Democratic as any kind of an alternative or brake on the sheer meanness that is today's Republican Party.

But some of the reactions of the teabagger audience at last night's Clown Car Debate O'Hate makes us fearful for what a nation under someone like Rick Perry is going to look like.

Here the audience applauds the idea that if someone doesn't, or can't afford to, buy health insurance, we should just let them die if they get sick (and remember...these people also tend to regard themselves as "pro-life" where feti are concerned):

I only wish Blitzer had then asked the question again with the person in need of emergency care being a child.

I don't want to hear anyone complaining about when Alan Grayson said the Republican health care plan was "Don't get sick, and if you get sick, die quickly." There's nothing he said that wasn't true.

And this crowd is ready to string Ben Bernanke up from a tree:

And here's the debate in only 100 seconds of your time, for those of us who felt that the remaining time in our lives is too valuable to spend listening to the ravings of the insane. Note the opening montage, in which CNN treats the campaign for leader of the free world as if it were WWF wrestling:

And one of these people will in all likelihood be the next president.

Gee, thanks, Mr. Obama. Thanks for nothing.

(TPM liveblogged the whole thing, intrepid souls that they are.)

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Blogger Theo said...
I only watched the first hour of the debate and then switched to the more insightful HELL'S KITCHEN with Gordon Ramsey. Wolf Blitzer has got to be one of the most ineffectual news people on the planet. Rick Perry again got away with saying the stimulus created 0 jobs. And I can't get the picture out of my head of the elderly people in the audience cheering when Perry said young people should be allowed to put their Social Security contributions into private accounts, oblivious to the fact that these current contributions are paying the current retirees' benefits. (And ignoring the fact that the government will have to take care of these private-account folks when their accounts go belly-up in the stock market.)

Anonymous the wifely person said...
If it's Perry, it's no sweat. Obama will win. People will RALLY to keep that kind of anti-science/religious mumbo jumbo outta the white house. There would definitely be a semi-viable third party candidate...which would split the vote and Obama wins.

Even Romney has his problems. He's seen as an vascilating appeaser. Add that to the Mormon factor and you have a tough combo. Again, a third party no-nothing candidate appears, the vote splits, and Obama wins.

Palin enters the race. Third party happens, vote splits, Obama wins.

Huntsmen stands a chance at the sanity vote _if_ he can stick it out.

Or, Obama becomes a lame duck; Hillary or Andy Cuomo or someone equally popular is drafted. Democrats win.

In the end, I think the anti-science-prayer-rally-party will hijack Republican chances for election to the big job. As long as one of the candidates is a nut-job, the Democrats win. IMHO.