Saturday, October 31, 2009

It's So Fun Watching the Left Explode

Read virtually any post at Iowa Liberal in the past week and you'll see what I mean.

You can start with this whinging from Jeromy Brown that Republican pundits manage to find good news in the Democrats' inability to pass legislation with a veto-proof majority in the Senate. He uses the dubious "60% of Americans approve a public option" number (gimme a different poll and I can give you different results) as, somehow, proof positive that Republicans iz stoopid.

For eight years we were governed by an idiot in thrall with conniving corporatists and narcissistic neocons, and any mention of his continuous blundering was More Bad News For Democrats (Possessed by Bush Hatred). Straining to present anything Bush ever did right, special attention had to be paid to making sure that everybody recognized Republicans Are Real Americans and that all logic aside, Bush had to be feared and respected because he was President.

Now we’ve had ten months of Death Panels, StaliNaziFascism, ZOMG Czars!, Birthers, Beck’s tears, Limbaugh worship, and the most popular Republican politician, Sarah Palin, undergoing continuous meltdown as she strives to make a quick buck off the sucker base. It’s been terrible, terrible news for Republicans every day. Which is, of course, Good News for Republicans. After all, bad publicity is still publicity! THEY HAVE CONTROLLED THE NEWS CYCLE. Continuous filibustering? ZOMG DEMOCRATS CAN’T GET THINGS DONE THEY HAVE NO ONE TO BLAME!

That's chockful of some crazy there. It's tough being a liberal these days when you don't have George W. Bush to blame for every crack in the pavement. And it's especially galling when your party has run the legislative branch of government for more than 2 1/2 years and has run the entire government for 10 months and still can't get any legislation (other than the pork barrel variety) passed. Gee, as dumb as George Bush was, he'd at least managed to pass tax cuts, No Child Left Behind, and created the Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives by this this point in office. But I guess we're just supposed to take that as more examples of the Nazi-like quality of Republicans. Or something.

After you whet your appetite with that goody, move on to this luscious course of crying about Joe Lieberman, the John McCain of the Democratic party.
But that doesn’t stop Joe Lieberman, who acted like a Republican until Obama came into office, minded himself, and waited for the perfect moment to declare himself the most powerful person in the country.

Lieberman doesn’t have a response to the facts, in that the public option will save money according to the CBO. He’s got his “gut,” on this, so there’s little arguing.

Let's not confuse the dears with the fact that (a) the bill in question was only a "vapor bill" without real legislative language for the CBO to scrutinize, (b) that the CBO bought into the fiction that this bill saved money by not paying out any benefits in the first five years or that (c) the CBO numbers have ever been right on its predictions about the costs of any government program. That would be problematic. The real beef here is that a Democrat with a 15.96 lifetime rating by the American Conservative Union would actually agree with Republicans on anything. Because that's what Democratic civility and bipartisanship means to the Dems: you agree with us or you're--*gasp*--not a real Democrat!

After that main course of sweet, salty tears, move on to the dessert: a post complaining because President Obama just isn't sufficiently emasculated to get rid of rendition. Now, admittedly, it's fun to bash Democrats over the head with the fact that their guy, who promised a whole new War on Terror Overseas Contingency Operations, has actually had to realize we can't feed bad guys milk and cookies and expect them to talk. It just makes me all giggly.

It's been a while since I'd had a good laugh, but Iowa Liberal just never fails to entertain.