The First Rule of Holes?

I think this pretty much sums up the nutroots advice to President Oprompter following the Masachusetts election:

Ignore the pundits and reporters.

The conventional wisdom that Democrats are doomed is wrong. But if they accept its premises (as too many have done), Democrats solidify it. So they need to remember that they’re still in charge. Democrats have the White House and large majorities in both houses of Congress. They get to set the agenda

Of course, they are trying to govern expressly against the will of the people.  But they are still IN CHARGE!  And being in charge menas they need to:

Get health care done. The first thing Democrats have to understand is that they already passed health care; they own the legislation. If there is an actual health-care program – however it got passed – then they can start talking about what it actually does. Sure, it will be a tough fight at first to convince people of health reform’s benefits. But once those benefits actually become law, people will see that their grandmothers are not, in fact, being turned into Soylent Green.

The people don’t want it, support for it goes down every single day it continues as people learn more about what it means, 80% of the people are happy with their current coverage and realize you are going to take that away for something less while taxing them to pay for people who won’t work – but get that health care done!

The second reason to pass health care is that no matter what, Republicans will be turning out in force in November. If health-care reform dies, the Democratic base will remain in the pit of despair in which it now resides. Progressives won’t bother going to the polls to support what they’ll rightly perceive as a collection of pathetic, ineffectual wimps.

Now we are getting closer to something like reality.  If we don’t put government in charge, then our totalitarian base supporters won’t come out and vote for us, so we can then try again to put government in charge of more of their lives, so they will vote for us, so….   With the Democrats getting elected in order to get elected again is what its all about.  And those blankety-blank Republicans are already riled up so we need to keep our losses to a minimum.

The last reason to pass health-care reform is this: It’s the right thing to do. We all know that if it dies now, it will be a long time – a decade or more – before we have another chance at reform.

Its the right thing to do because we have the votes to go against the will of the people and just do it?  What a wonderful version of representative government these people are.  I mean think of the seething mass of bureaucrats who are just waiting to spend the rest of their semi-working lives attending commissions, writing rules, implementing rules, changing rules, undercutting other rules organizations, and doing all the hard, useful work of government.  Should we make them wait another decade or more?  Spare the thought.

Forget about bipartisanship. If Democrats get the urge to reach out to their colleagues across the aisle, they need to remind themselves that Republicans have no incentive — or desire — to do anything other than obstruct any and all legislation the Democrats might seek to pass.

Isn’t physically locking Republicans out of the room where bills are being considered and implementation of this advice?  This is what Democrats have been doing since 2006 – and what they always do.  What has been remarkable is that wets like Collins and Snowe held with the Republicans in the Senate and denied them the cover of “bipartisanship” for the monstrosity they have produced so far.

Try to get the unemployment rate down. The truth is that for all the talk of “jobs, jobs, jobs,” only so much can be done in the course of the next few months to help the economy and its most visible indicator, unemployment.

So lots of talk, no actual results.

Show some guts. It would be nice if for once in their careers, Democrats were guided by something other than fear.  Democrats are afraid they won’t be able to find a calm spot within the shifting eddies of public opinion, when they should be asking what they can do to move public opinion.

I think this is the one where all the lefty bloggers miss the boat completely.  These politicians are only interested in getting re-elected – and doing as much damage as they can to America on the way.  However, they are much more sensitive to the fact of what will or won’t get them re-elected.  They will try to do all the destruction, but if it means re-election or destroying the economy – re-election will always come first.

It always happens when the leftists get put into office when the Republicans screw up (as all political parties will do when in office for a long time).  They then fell like they have been given a “mandate” and start doing all the things that they kept hidden from the American public when trying to get into office.  And then the Americans have to yank the reins and get them to stop their obvious slash and burn tactics.

Personally, I don’t mind if the Democrats follow this advice.  The November hole will be so deep maybe none of them will get out of it.

Leftists Edwards Defenses

Just going to try and keep track of the stupidest that I find.

Let’s start with the “everybody in America is a cheat” theme:

You see, John Edwards may be unique in having had the opportunity to run for president of the United States, but his affair puts him on a par with the majority of the American public. The fact that we stop to gawk at him underscores our similarity to a herd of zebras, while our holier-than-thou looks of disdain uncover our propensity for self-forgiving double standards.

Yeah.  Right.  A majority of Americans have cheated on their spouses?  I call Barbra Striesand on that one.  And while we know that Democrat Presidents cheating on their wives is standard – its the whole “elect me President because my wife is dying of cancer” meme that he ran his whole campaign on that gives this a bit more of the hypocrite stink than normal.  As in high-diving into the cesspit and drinking deeply.

Of course there is the ‘nothing personal should be reported‘ theme:

Speaking only for myself- who cares? What people do in their personal lives is between them and the other people in their personal lives.

Wouldn’t it be better if we all stood together and said he never should have been asked about it in the first place? That it shouldn’t be a political factor? That it’s up to us to try to change that dynamic? As long as we are afraid of and submit to the politics of personal lives, we allow such politics to persist and prevail.

Unless the personal life is one that is of a conservative, of course.  But sure – why don’t you just go ahead and change all of humanity so nobody cares about other people’s personal lives.  Why don’t you get Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Paris Hilton working on that one?  But then, who would give a crap about these airheads if people didn’t obsess about other people’s personal lives.  Maybe one of those things that people do?

And knowing how you live your personal life does tend to give some insight in how you will conduct your professional one.  As in Clinton would throw anyone and anything over the side in order to further his personal power – whereas George W Bush has stuck to his view on Iraq regardlesss of how much you liars beat him up?

The ever-popular – its all HER fault defense:

Monday’s CBS Early Show, came up with a list of excuses for John Edwards cheating on his wife, including co-host Harry Smith suggesting that the woman Edwards had the affair with, Rielle Hunter, targeted the former Senator: “This woman in question has a very interesting history…knowing her as this kind of bar fly who had this kind of crazy past… From reading everything I read it seemed to me that she targeted Edwards.”

it was the fault of the cancer defense:

In the later segment, during the 7:30am half hour, Smith talked to psychologists Robi Ludwig, from Cookie magazine, and Frank Farley, from Temple University. Smith began by posing the question: “Why do politicians like John Edwards risk their careers by having extramarital affairs?” Ludwig decided to blame Elizabeth Edwards’s cancer: “What was the trigger? So I wonder if there was something about his wife’s illness that somehow got him to cheat or contributed at least.”

the “he was afraid of losing his wife” defense:

Ludwig replied: “Well, you know, I think that we get so caught up in good or bad, you know. Is somebody a good person or a bad person. Cheating is wrong…But I think that there are multiple factors. Was he doing it because he had a fear of losing his wife? I mean, there are lots of different reasons.” Smith then conceded: “No, I hear that…there may be legitimacy to that.”

the “he just couldn’t help himself” defense:

“It’s possible he couldn’t stop himself, in the sense. You know? The career of politics involves all sorts of change, variety, novelty, risk, uncertainty. They tend to be natural rule-breakers, these — the folks who go in there, you know. If they followed the strict rules, they’d have a 9:00 to 5:00 ordinary job.”

Then there is the “no big deal” defense:

you’d think JE was the first politician to have an affair, when they’ve been doing it for thousands of years.

Is it wrong? Yes. Does it erase all the good things about JE? No.

He’s not evil. He just made a huge mistake. It’s one he should have to pay consequences for, but it’s certainly not an unforgivable sin.

It’s just a mistake.  Like when you are driving down the road and you take the wrong turn.  And then you actively seek out some blonde bimbo, take off her clothes and have sex with her and create a baby and lie to your wife and family and country and pay her hush money and get your aide to say he’s the father and pay heaven knows how much money to this tart to get HER to refuse to take a DNA test so the lie on the child will not come back to you.  Just a mistake like that.