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June 09, 2010

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Andrew

The reason is simple; anger towards incumbents does not translate into enthusiasm for the alternative.

tigsnort

The question is, why does the media want so bad for this to be the narrative? Some will say they just love a horse race, but remember media ownership is overwhelmingly conservative. I think there's an element of impatience in wanting the Dem popularity surge of two years ago to start swinging back to the right. Why wait for it to happen organically when you can give it a jump start with some good ol' manufactured conventional wisdom?

Duffman

IMO the real positive here is that more women are coming into their own. Women can run this country in a far more objective and pragmatic manner than men. That's just the way it is...and we have failed to acknowledge that, largely because of a universal 'good-ol-boy' attitude. MORE POWER TO WOMEN!!!

LucasFoxx

tigsnort took the words right out of my fingers.

KS

The alternative candidate was supported by the Unions to the tune of $10M. If there's one entity more hated, by those who understand the big picture even more than incumbents - it's the unions. It also didn't hurt to have Bill Clinton campaigning for her either.

Redneck Liberal

"Those who understand" don't hate unions. Self-loathing dumbasses who swallow pro-corporate Republican propaganda hate unions. Really? Unions suck? Shame we're not all working dusk-til-dawn, 6 days a week and doomed to destitution if we ever get sick ain't it? Damn unions interfering with American the American worker's right to be broke.

Duffman

If you could make yourself 'useful', you could bargain for yourself, instead of paying others to do it for you.

KS

"Those who understand" don't hate unions."

You conveniently left out big picture. That's your opinion that I disagree with. You don't care about corruption and thuggery ? - the reason why unions are hated. It doesn't seem like it. Can you possibly not politicize your response ?

tigsnort

"You don't care about corruption and thuggery ? - the reason why unions are hated."

Classic case of projection here.

chucks

Unions have destroyed the American auto industry, as well as a majority of the rest of manufacturing jobs in the US.
Unions went from protecting labor to extorting business.
Now unions have their tenticles in government at all leavels and look how screwed up that is.
Ten years from now, Boeing will be gone from here. The Machinists are doing OK by themselves, but their kids will take it in the shorts.

tigsnort

So we should be like the Chinese and pay our workers poverty wages. Sounds like a conservative paradise.

KS

Unions are a necessary evil - however they have consumed too much power thanks to the corrupt self-serving politicians and as a result are out of control now. They are wreaking havoc on our economy, in case you have been vacationing on another planet and many are pissed off about this.

They seriously need to be reigned in, which will only come from the politicians who will stand up to the Union thugs - example Gov. Christie of NJ. Your talking points are wearing very thin, T'snort.

tigsnort

Yes, if only businesses could be rid of those pesky unions interfering then they would do the right thing, because, golly, they're so gosh darn good and decent. Corporations are people after all (the Supreme Court said so), and people are inherently good, so that means big business is inherently good - but when unions start sticking their nose into everything it makes big business sad :( and when big business is sad, it has to focus on making itself happy again rather than making it's workers happy - it's just human nature! Take away the unions and government regulations and you would see businesses and corporations finally be free to be the actors of good faith they truly are, THE MORE YOU KNOW!

Coiler

"I would make it impossible for the covetous and avaricious to utterly impoverish the poor. The rich can take care of themselves."

-- inscription on statue of Washington's first Governor

John Rogers in Sylvester Park, downtown Olympia.

KS

"Yes, if only businesses could be rid of those pesky unions interfering then they would do the right thing, because, golly, they're so gosh darn good and decent. Corporations are people after all (the Supreme Court said so), and people are inherently good, so that means big business is inherently good."

Nothing more than a red herring... Your point is rendered ineffectual by my previous comment.
Unions are a necessary evil - however they have consumed too much power thanks to the corrupt self-serving politicians and as a result are out of control now.

You are having big problems in understanding why unions need to be reigned in, not abolished.

sparky

"Your point is rendered ineffectual by my previous comment."

oh brother. lol

Coiler

Maybe he is like that robot on Lost in Space

joanie ti ALL-CAPS TOMMY008

Sometimes I feel when I post to these guys that nobody's home. Even though they answer, it still feels like nobody's home.

tigsnort

Face it KS your precious conservative fantasy worldview is crumbling around you. The bank failures enabled by years of deregulation proved it. The oil spill disaster today is proving it. Capitalism left to it's own devices will destroy everything around it and then eat itself. You say unions need to be "reigned in", but we all know that's tempered dog-whistle speak. It's no secret where rightwingers stand on unions, welfare, corporate regulations, Social Security, the IRS, Dept of Education, etc. Do you think we haven't been paying attention for the last 50 years? I'd no more trust a Republican to "reign in" one of those things than trust a junkie to "only" take $10 out of my wallet. Fact is I would never let a junkie near my wallet in the first place - which is the tack we should be taking with these corrupt GOP big money whores and their Blue Dog underlings.

joanie

Gotta remove this all-caps thing!

joanie

All that you say is true and yet, we have more of the same. The world is crumbling around KS but he's still working. So he's okay with it. And the only fix is changing the tax code to protect people again. Nothing else will do it. And I don't see that happening.

Regulations have waivers and bills contain small-print language that gives big companies loopholes. And we never know until disaster strikes. And democrats are as guilty as republicans.

tigsnort

I agree for the most part Joanie, except Glass-Steagal worked fine for 50 years. Regulations do work if they're done right. But I agree that the corruption runs so deep today that it's extremely difficult to pass anything with teeth in it. While the Dems may not be as subservient to big business as the GOP they are (on the whole) ineffectual and cowardly, which is just as bad.

joanie

I'm thinking Dodd and the current toothless financial fix. I realize they are still working on it but Dodd is retiring and could have done something really good. Maybe he's looking for an industry paycheck as well.

So ineffectual and cowardly and money-hungry. I think the Dems are willing to spend more tax payer money on social issues. The Republicans want to spend tax payer money on corporations. Neither party seems to want corporations or the very rich to pay their share. And wages have been stagnant for a decade or more. How can we keep paying more and more taxes? I just don't see righteousness on either side. Not since Clinton and the DLC. And to be fair, Clinton's economy was mightily helped by the dot-com boom.

The differences between dems and republicans are growing smaller and smaller. And when the law allows forty-two polling places to be shrunk to 2 at the whim of one person, we no longer have democracy. There are still more Dems in Congress than Republicans - even if they are blue dogs. Clinton campaigned for a blue dog - Lincoln. Our party is no longer the party of the people.

I just don't see a fix.

joanie

Read William D. Cohan today:Unfortunately, the financial reform legislation that Senator Dodd and his colleagues are working so hard on to make law does nothing to change that dynamic. Nowhere in the approximately 1,500 pages of the proposed bill is there anything about making Wall Street executives financially and legally liable for their decisions, as they once were when Wall Street was a series of private partnerships and a partner’s entire net worth was on the line every day. Talk about accountability! But that ethic was lost 40 years ago when Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette went public and the rest of Wall Street followed soon thereafter.

Good read.

Duffman

Senator Dodd = Countrywide Finance scandal that was covered up.

joanie

Why don't you add to the conversation instead of nit-pick and insult and attack one person? And if that scandal was covered up, how is it that you and I both know about it? And why is it bigger to you than all the other scandals?

The biggest scandal? IMO? That Hank Paulson - good ole boy - allowed WAMU and Lehmann to fail and Goldman to survive because he had ties to Goldman. They were all guilty as sin of the same thing. Talk about the hand of God - Paulson was God.

And now they're all too big to fail - again. Except they're bigger and have even more tax payer money on the line. Ain't that a laugh.

Duffman

Yet another ignorant statement that I will not even waste my time responding to.

joanie

Brooks, duffman's favorite columnist:

An opinion piece by David Brooks in today's New York Times reminded me of the old adage, "everyone has a right to their own opinion, but not to their own facts."

Particularly in regard to the Recovery Act, Brooks gets the facts wrong and in so doing, presents a misleading picture of where we've been, where we are, and what the best next steps should be.

Getting the facts wrong seems to be a chronic disease on the right.

Duffman

PLEASE go to B/B!

Toni

Hahaha, Duffman got his ass kicked again. And by a woman! This is what I love about this blog. All the idiots that keep coming back for ass kickings.

Duffman

Hahaha...you're delusional. (lmao)

tigsnort

Righties don't need to win arguments or debates anymore. Their corrupt philosphy is ingrained in the political system. Oh, they bitch and moan and play the victim, but really they don't have much to worry about. The next Republican administration will be even more neocon, more rightwing, more crazy, and once again the "center" will lurch further to the right.

Until the breaking point comes, that is. And I hope it doesn't happen in my lifetime.

KS

You are a delusional leftwingnut trying to distract the debate when this leftist administration has f**ked much up.

Proof please about your assertion, besides being a hypocrite when you speak of corruption. Address the left's corruption first, then maybe I can believe that you are not a total nut job.

KS

Particularly in regard to the Recovery Act, Brooks gets the facts wrong and in so doing, presents a misleading picture of where we've been, where we are, and what the best next steps should be.

Getting the facts wrong seems to be a chronic disease on the right.

Posted by: joanie | June 11, 2010 at 01:08 PM

I'll suggest the the Huff. Post op-ed has their facts wrong, which is the disease of the left. Brooks is too pragmatic and realistic to believe that big government is the solution. You just want to believe the unvetted distortion of facts because it aligns with your so-called view. Brooks is middle of the road and is generally favorable to Obama (which I have issues with), but he does not align with Rush, Beck or the other conservatives much of the time. I salute his objectivity in most of his editorials.

KS

Fact is I would never let a junkie near my wallet in the first place - which is the tack we should be taking with these corrupt GOP big money whores and their Blue Dog underlings.

Posted by: tigsnort | June 10, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Let's see Dodd and Frank, two of the most corrupt in Congress, both Democratics are negotiating the Financial reform bill, the ones who helped bring about this mess in the first place - is this a sick joke ? That is the fox is watching the hen house.
Look in the mirror and reread your comments, T'snort - you come across like a junkie yourself.

tigsnort

"The ones who helped bring about this mess in the first place"

You're half right. Dodd voted for the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act, Frank voted against it.

KS

Are you saying Barney Frank is not corrupt ??

Un-fricken-believable !

tigsnort

Are you saying whatever corruption applies to Frank is worse than the corruption that applies to the people you've voted for over the last many decades?

KS

None of your business and irrelevant. Stop trying to make lame excuses and answer the question above.

KS

If I knew at the time that the candidate was as corrupt as Frank, I did not vote for them, regardless of party.

Would you like to get your head out of the sand now ?

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