February 08, 2009
The Revenge of Purplish Pimp Hair

When friends shake their heads in disbelief at the goings-on among the new New Democrats, I commiserate. Fortunately, I got everything I expected from my vote the day after election day.

For almost two decades now, the Democrats have blazed up every joint in sight, only to freeze at the crucial moment of inhalation. Clinton kicked off two excruciating terms of Solomon-esque waffling by splitting gays in the military right down the middle and ended by only half-admitting to being swallowed whole by an intern named Monica Lewinsky. Then came history’s first three-base balk in Florida (with James Baker waving Bush around to score), followed by a senseless war in Iraq that Democrats thought to oppose only once it became inexpedient to support.

All this bullshit, we hoped, might end with Barack Obama. But then came Blagojevich, a sleazeball whose massively publicized success in scheming a way to drop turd in the new president’s inaugural punch bowl is a gate-crashing leap above station on the order of Paris Hilton screwing her way into a speaking role in Gandhi or Amadeus. It’s a political disaster that happened only after Democrats once again froze in the headlights at the crucial moment, trying to flee in two different directions at once while a third-rate bookie in a tracksuit seized control of the U.S. Senate.

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Posted by Chuck Dupree at February 08, 2009 04:24 AM
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You and me both, he/they are going to need a lot of pushing to even come close to doing the right thing and get us out of this quagmire that is not just Iraq, but Afghanistan. Our policy in Afghanistan, similar to denying evolution, can only lead to disaster as it always has for everyone before us. We have turned from rushing over the east face to rush over the Southeast face of the cliff. Respectfully Submitted in a Creatonly Manner, Knowdoubt

Posted by: knowdoubt on February 8, 2009 9:19 AM

I read this today - brilliant writing and dead on analysis of the Democratic Party's "leadership". Taibbi is speaking at Ithaca College tomorrow night. I'll be getting there early.

Posted by: Charles on February 8, 2009 5:42 PM

No fair comparing Blago to a hooker. I've known several crack whores with a much higher sense of honor.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on February 8, 2009 9:40 PM

democrats' performance since january 21 does nothing to refute matt taibbi's point.

gah.

Posted by: karen marie on February 8, 2009 11:09 PM
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