Dems poised to gift naked teabagger-republican with Kennedy’s senate seat

Occasionally an election provides the backdrop on which the weirdly dysfunctional nature of US politics stands out in stark relief.   Tomorrow’s special election in Massachusetts , where Obama had to make a personal appearance yesterday just to remind the electorate that it’s “liberal”, is one such setting.

How fucked up is it to lose, by ambivalence or design, the iconic Ted Kennedy’s senate seat to the brainless (but chock-full of family values) teabagger Scott Brown, whose resume includes posing for Cosmo?  And primarily over health care, no less, Kennedy’s signature issue.  Astonishingly, that could happen tomorrow:

President Obama made a last-ditch bid last night to save Edward Kennedy’s old US Senate seat for the Democrats in a high-stakes by-election that could imperil US healthcare reform.

Mr Obama changed his weekend plans to dash to Massachusetts to campaign for Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate in the vote on Tuesday.

Like a portent of things to come, Obama’s speech yesterday was interrupted by a burst of virulent madness from the crowd:

The president was repeatedly interrupted by hecklers as he spoke to a crowd at Boston’s Northeastern University.

The hecklers weren’t disgruntled Democrats, but fetus fetishists who interrupted  the speech with screams of garbled gibberish about Jesus and “the unborn”.  And their guy might just win.

I get that progressives aren’t happy with the Obama Administration’s health care bill, and rightly so since it leaves a lot to be desired — but committing hari-kiri over it seems a little counterproductive to say the least.

As always, TBogg says it best with this timeless message.

24 Responses to “Dems poised to gift naked teabagger-republican with Kennedy’s senate seat”


  1. 1 J. A. Baker Monday, January 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    *FACEPALM*

    Have I mentioned yet today that Canada’s looking better all the time?

  2. 2 Bina Monday, January 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    We’re not looking MUCH better, alas…we’re still wondering which parliamentarians, if any, will show up to work a week from today.

    But yeah, we definitely feel your pain!

  3. 3 Bleatmop Monday, January 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I can honestly see committing political hari kari if you feel that your party has become republican light and that your president is more conservative than liberal. Obama and the republican democratic congress have a lot to answer for to their progressive base. I honestly find the entire situation stunning and interesting. How do you take the biggest political gift your opponents have ever given you, GWB et al., an unpopular war, massive civil liberty abuses and then lose the 2004 election and then elect completely ineffective congresses in 2006 and 2008? And 1 year into Obama’s term, he still hasn’t managed to do something as simple as closing Gtmo. Habeas Corpus where are you?

  4. 4 Janus Monday, January 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    This is a little OT for this thread, JJ, but I saw it and had to share it with y’all:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190365539998&ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123#ht_536wt_962

    😆 I just hope it stays up long enough for everyone to see it…

  5. 5 Phatbiker Monday, January 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Unfortunately a slight majority of mericuns are right of centre dumb-ass’s who expected the economy to be fixed in a couple of months (about their attention span) and it’s Obama’s fault its taking so long. The Dems are scared shitless of alienating these people and appease them at their peril. A Brown victory in Mass will show how fucked up it really is down there. I think the only hope for the US is to break up into several “mini” countrys, one for the right-wing religion & gun kooks, one for the moderates and one for the left leaning. The US has become so polarized that is almost impossable to govern.

  6. 6 Bleatmop Monday, January 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    The US has become so polarized that is almost impossable to govern.

    I hear that a lot these days. To me, that statement doesn’t represent reality. The Republicans ruled with absolute authority, even during the period from 2006-2008 when the Dems controlled the house. Bush didn’t like a bill – veto, or signing statements that nullified the bill. About the only thing I know that the Dems were able to stop during that period was opening up the national parks in Alaska for drilling. That’s about it. Everything else they wanted, they got. The height of the absurdity to me is when the Dems, who were elected in 2006 on a mandate to end the war in Iraq, voted to fund even more troops going to Iraq.

    To me it seems to be impossible to govern if you’re a Democrat.

  7. 7 JJ Monday, January 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    JAB – Frankly, I am astonished at some of what I’m reading at FDL. Have they gone completely bonkers??

  8. 8 JJ Monday, January 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Bina – Well, at least we don’t have thousands of people dying because they can’t afford health insurance, and that’s what’s at stake right now down there. If the Dems lose this election, healthcare is a dead issue and probably won’t be revisited for decades.

  9. 9 JJ Monday, January 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Bleatmop – Unfortunately the reality of day-to-day governance isn’t the same as the campaign trail. And Obama has had some extraordinary hurdles to overcome, starting with a bunch of destructive assholes like the GOP who are determined to undermine his administration at all costs, regardless of what it means to their constituents.

    If this was another year down the road, I’d say he owes his base some answers. But the fact that it’s been one year, and he walked into a worldwide economic collapse that had to be dealt with ASAP (and which he managed to avert, no small feat in itself)… I think he deserves a little more time before progressives start shrieking and turning on him.

  10. 10 JJ Monday, January 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Janus – Hahaha, somewhere a senile old fundie is inexplicably feeling pinpricks of pain all over his body.

  11. 11 JJ Monday, January 18, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Phatbiker – The United States of Canada and Jesusland! 😆

    Actually, the economy has gone more smoothly than I would have thought a year ago. Economists were predicting a depression, not even just a recession, that would go on for at least 2 years, and by last September things were picking up. (The markets, I mean — jobs are still an issue.) That alone is a real accomplishment.

    The Dems are scared shitless of alienating these people and appease them at their peril.

    They are trying to govern from the center, which is a good thing when the only other option is far right. Their problem is that they’re trying to appease irrational bullies and fascists who can’t be negotiated with. When the GOP was in charge, they ran things like totalitarians, and they’re running the opposition the same way.

    The whole thing is pretty sad.

  12. 12 Bleatmop Monday, January 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    JJ – I can see your point of view for sure. At least I think, as from what I can tell is you agree minus the timing for the progressives to get upset?

  13. 13 JJ Monday, January 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Bleatmop – Yep. To use an analogy, the Democrats are like the parents of an out of control gang of vicious retarded children, but they don’t want to hit any of them.

  14. 14 Bleatmop Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Bwahahahaha – Valid.

  15. 15 Cornelius T.Zen Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Once upon a time, I called out the Democrats, and told them to forget about being the Nice Guys, and start being the Good Guys.
    They are neither Nice Guys or Good Guys — they’re the Scared Guys. Scared of offending anybody, and winding up offending *everybody*. The very reason why the Teabaggers and the Gasbaggers and the Douchebaggers are laughing is because they don’t give a damn whom they offend. The Bolsheviks and the Nazis used exactly the same tactics – keep it loud, keep it dirty, and keep it up, until the other side rolls over and exposes its belly.
    I like how Jon Stewart put it recently:
    ‘It’s not that the Democrats are playing checkers and the Republicans are playing chess. It’s that the Republicans are playing chess and the Democrats are reporting to the nurses office because they glued their balls to the inside of their legs again.”
    Where’s Harry Truman when you need him? – CTZen

  16. 16 JJ Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

    CTZen

    ‘It’s not that the Democrats are playing checkers and the Republicans are playing chess. It’s that the Republicans are playing chess and the Democrats are reporting to the nurses office because they glued their balls to the inside of their legs again.

    I agree, except the Republicans aren’t playing chess, they’re playing Aussie Rules Rugby.

  17. 17 J. A. Baker Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I agree, except the Republicans aren’t playing chess, they’re playing Aussie Rules Rugby.

    No, they’re playing Calvinball.

  18. 18 JJ Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    JAB – I just heard about MA. Jayzus, Teddy must be rolling in his grave 😦

  19. 19 fern hill Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I really really really DO NOT understand this pandering to the Morans®.

    US Democrats piss their pants. Canadian Liberals piss their pants. Ditto the NDP.

    These people are crazy, lying, psychopaths.

    And they win.

    Somebody explain this to me.

  20. 20 JJ Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    fern hill – It’s especially amazing when the Dem candidate started off ahead by double-digits, something like 19% 😯 In the case of Mass. it boils down to complacency, a horrifically bad campaign by the Dem, and being saboutaged by progressives refusing to vote because they’re pissed off about the health care bill.

    Coakley assumed it would be more of a coronation than an election, and didn’t bother going out to meet people and ask for their votes (until it was too late). The teabagger did.

    People are also really confused about the healthcare bill — the candidate could have done more to disabuse them of their misconceptions and sell the bill.

    To top it off, quite a few progressive Dems were openly campaigning against Coakley, telling people not to vote for her or not to vote at all (see Firedoglake). Somehow they think it will be easier to get a better health care bill without the supermajority 😯

    The stupid was very strong in this election.

  21. 21 Cornelius T.Zen Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Good morrow, all!
    fern hill – it’s not pandering, it’s giving in to a screaming, blue-faced, heel-kicking, sociopathic brat, because you’re tired of his whining and acting out in public. Somebody with *BALLS* has to face down those childish monstrosities and lay a Royal Rumble Rock Bottom Smackdown on the lot of them.
    So, where are we gonna find somebody with the *cojones* to grab them by the throat, slam them to the floor and bellow in their faces, “What part of STFU and GTFU do you not understand?”
    Good thing about teabags – you only use them once. Anything more than that, and all you get is bitterness and gagging.
    OTOH, this is America, not known for its good taste – CTZen

  22. 22 Bud Golke Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Brainless? Sounds like one old hippie is jealous. You must be ugly as sin and killed too many brain cells. Nothin in your article was relevant to this century-loser.

  23. 23 JJ Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Aw, how big a boy are you, Buddie?

  24. 24 JJ Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 9:13 am

    CTZen – Fern Hill is right, our liberals are just as bad. They used to be a lot tougher in the Trudeau days, even during Chretien’s time, but since they’ve been out of office they’ve dissolved into a puddle of warm piss.

    There will probably be an election this year, and after all this time they’re still not ready for it.


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