Just shut that down

Today we heard that Pres­i­dent Oba­ma called up the Speak­er of the House John Boehn­er and told him, and I quote from Bren­dan Buck, Boehner’s spokesman, “The pres­i­dent called the speak­er again today to reit­er­ate that he won’t nego­ti­ate on a gov­ern­ment fund­ing bill or debt lim­it increase.” Source: Roll Call

Hel­lz to the yes.

The pure unadul­ter­at­ed gall of the thir­ty or so Tea Par­ty cra­zies who a) think their minor­i­ty is in the major­i­ty, b) are direct­ed and fund­ed by a con­ser­v­a­tive oli­garchy, and c) do not under­stand the most basic func­tions of gov­ern­ment is only sur­passed by the spine­less wheel­ing con­trivances of the mod­er­ate Repub­li­cans who refuse to stand up for their con­stituen­cies, their per­son­al beliefs, and their intel­lec­tu­al under­stand­ing of what is actu­al­ly hap­pen­ing in gov­ern­ment today.

Afraid of the Koch Broth­ers mon­ey? Wor­ried you’re going to get Tea Par­ty Pri­maried? Well, it’ll hap­pen any­way, so you’d best just grow a spine and stand up.

It appears that the Demo­c­ra­t­ic lead­er­ship has found theirs.

Time to shut down the Tea Par­ty. Time to shut down the nar­ra­tive that what­ev­er you believe is true because you believe it. Time to stand up to the bul­lies.

I am glad my Pres­i­dent appears to be doing so.

The best elections links of the day (if you’re happy right now)

Here we go:

My thoughts on the election

So, the elec­tion is over. And I am pret­ty pleased with the results. I don’t have any­thing real­ly grandiose to say about it, no procla­ma­tions or pre­dic­tions, but through­out the night (I was up until 1 am local) and this morn­ing I have had some ran­dom thoughts.

There may be pro­fan­i­ty below. There will def­i­nite­ly be Lib­er­al bias, so you have been warned.

  • Dur­ing his con­ces­sion speech, I real­ized that I have no ani­mos­i­ty towards Mitt Rom­ney. I think he is an ambi­tious man used to suc­cess, and he real­ly, real­ly, real­ly want­ed to be Pres­i­dent. I think he real­ly is a mod­er­ate, and I don’t think he believes half of what he “stood for” in this cam­paign. And while it dis­turbs me that he would be so glib with his val­ues, I don’t hate him for it.
  • But Mitch McConnell can take a fly­ing leap onto the near­est free­way. Here is what he said this morn­ing, “Now it’s time for the pres­i­dent to pro­pose solu­tions that actu­al­ly have a chance of pass­ing the Repub­li­can-con­trolled House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and a close­ly divid­ed Sen­ate, step up to the plate on the chal­lenges of the moment, and deliv­er in a way that he did not in his first four years in office. To the extent he wants to move to the polit­i­cal cen­ter, which is where the work gets done in a divid­ed gov­ern­ment, we’ll be there to meet him half way.” (Source). That is such bull­shit, com­ing from a Repub­li­can Par­ty that delib­er­ate­ly, explic­it­ly, and ulti­mate­ly unsuc­cess­ful­ly stonewalled the Pres­i­dent on every­thing he tried to do, even when he moved to the right of the polit­i­cal cen­ter. I call bull­shit, Sen­a­tor.
  • I con­fess that lis­ten­ing to Oba­ma last night, I felt a lit­tle of the hopey, changey thing from four years ago. And it felt good.
  • I may have gloat­ed a bit on Twit­ter last night. But seri­ous­ly, the GOP spent the last four years active­ly deny­ing Oba­ma, try­ing to cast him as a failed Pres­i­dent, and last night they got their ass hand­ed back to them by the Peo­ple. Fuck yeah.
  • Where has Boehn­er been? Isn’t he from Ohio? Rob Port­man was pop­ping up every­where like an eager gopher, but not John Boehn­er. Curi­ous.
  • Last night, only one per­son I vot­ed for was actu­al­ly elect­ed, even all the way down to the local school board. Not the worst bal­lot expe­ri­ence I have had (that was 2004 in Oma­ha, Nebras­ka, when nobody I vot­ed for was elect­ed). I may be liv­ing in the wrong place.
  • The next gen­er­a­tion has arrived. Gay mar­riage passed in two states (after los­ing 33 times in pre­vi­ous elec­tions). Pot is (or will be) legal in Col­orado. (Source). And the youth vote car­ried Oba­ma again, just like it did four years ago (Source). So fas­ten your seat belts, Boomers, your young tat­tooed Lati­na barista is about to take the wheel.
  • Fox News, et al., was not only wrong, but dis­hon­est with their view­ers, all sea­son long. This arti­cle in the Atlantic is (lib­er­al and) very inter­est­ing. And they call us sheeple. (The Atlantic)
  • And final­ly, this. “I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re will­ing to work hard, it doesn’t mat­ter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t mat­ter whether you’re black or white or His­pan­ic or Asian or Native Amer­i­can or young or old or rich or poor, able, dis­abled, gay or straight, you can make it here in Amer­i­ca if you’re will­ing to try.” (Tran­script source)
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The first of many “vs. McCain” polls

I’m sure there have been oth­ers, but this is the first poll pit­ting Oba­ma or Clin­ton vs. John McCain for all the mar­bles since Super Tues­day (though it must be not­ed that it was gath­ered before Super Tues­day).

Time Magazine’s poll shows Clin­ton vs. McCain tied at 48%, while Oba­ma beats McCain 48% to 42%.

Don’t trust the polls, etc., but I am inter­est­ed to see what the sure-to-be-com­ing slew of sim­i­lar polls pre­dicts in the next few weeks.

I’m not going to say I told you so, yet.

The Dream Ticket? Not Obama-Clinton, but rather Obama-Sebelius

Since the ami­ca­ble Cal­i­for­nia debate, there have been sug­ges­tions float­ing about that an Oba­ma-Clin­ton, or a Clin­ton-Oba­ma tick­et would be a dream for the Democ­rats. I don’t believe it for a sec­ond. First, it won’t hap­pen, unless it is forced on them by Dean and the DNC. I can imag­ine no more dys­func­tion­al White House than one with Hillary and all her bag­gage (includ­ing Bill) in the VP’s suite.

But I do have a dream tick­et in mind. What about Oba­ma pair­ing up with Kath­leen Sebe­lius, the cur­rent Gov­er­nor of Kansas? She’s a re-elect­ed Demo­c­rat in a very Repub­li­can state, she’s a woman, she’s smart, and she just raised her pro­file with the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Response to the State of the Union (though she looked a bit ter­ri­fied). That’s a tick­et that could win in Novem­ber, even against a McCain-Lieber­man (the col­lec­tive Dem night­mare, imho) Repub­li­can slate.

I con­tin­ue to believe, with all my being, that Hillary can’t win in Novem­ber because of the poi­so­nous feel­ings she brings out in even rank-and-file con­ser­v­a­tives. Want to re-ener­gize the Evan­gel­i­cals after Huck’s fade? Nom­i­nate Hillary! Want to bring the NRA out to vote after Thomp­son crashed? Nom­i­nate Hillary! Want to dri­ve the heav­i­ly Demo­c­ra­t­ic youth vote back to their TVs? Nom­i­nate Hillary.

In fact, here’s the advice I’d give Barack Oba­ma. Los­ing is not an option, and you should nev­er accept Hillary as your VP. To win the nom­i­na­tion and not be forced to com­pro­mise your vision, you should choose Kath­leen Sebe­lius as your run­ning mate now. Today. Show the women vot­ers out there that they don’t have to choose Hillary to sup­port women, that there are oth­er (bet­ter) women out there fight­ing the good fight.

What do you think?

We did our part

Panorama of our caucus siteWe attend­ed our some­what abbre­vi­at­ed cau­cus, we stood up for our man, and he rocked the cau­cus. As one t-shirt said, “Barack Chalk Jay­hawk!” Cur­rent results give Kansas to Oba­ma by a 46% mar­gin. If only that were reflect­ed across the coun­try.

The line was real­ly long, with hun­dreds of peo­ple snaking down the street in the cold, win­try, windy evening. We were cau­cus­ing at the Nation­al Guard Armory, one of the few places in town with a large enough space to hold hun­dreds of folks. Even so, there were peo­ple in line by the dead­line (7 pm) who could not fit in the build­ing. When the pro­ceed­ings got start­ed, the precinct cap­tains (remark­ably bereft of a bull­horn) announced that they would count us and then let us go home, while they brought inside the 250 peo­ple who were still out­side.

It was very noisy in the hangar, with spon­ta­neous chant­i­ng break­ing out all the time. The wife was great­ly moved by the show of sol­i­dar­i­ty, so much so it brought her near to tears more than once. I con­fess to a spine-tin­gling moment when the Cap’n asked us if there were some excit­ed Democ­rats in the house, and five hun­dred peo­ple answered with a thun­der­ing “Yeah!”

It was also hot in the hangar, though some kind souls start­ed play­ing with the big garage door at the far end of the room (the same door from which we were even­tu­al­ly shuf­fled out). And frankly, it got a lit­tle bor­ing at times, too. If it weren’t for the audac­i­ty of the ten Kucinich sup­port­ers, march­ing and singing and what­not, it might not have been as much fun. Update: Turns out that of the 35 votes Kucinich got in Kansas, six­teen came from our cau­cus loca­tion.

In the end, we were out of there by a lit­tle after 7:30, in time to get home and put the boys to bed before the babysit­ter had to. Yeah, we got a sit­ter. It was the right choice, though giv­en how rau­cous and short the whole process was, our old­er boy prob­a­bly would have enjoyed.

More pic­tures here.

Vote today.

Today is Super Tues­day. Today, if you live in one of the Super Tues­day states, you should go out and vote in your pri­ma­ry, or attend a cau­cus. Make your opin­ion known. Some of you didn’t do that last time, and we end­ed up with John Ker­ry. Please don’t let us end up with anoth­er bad can­di­date who can’t win. Go out and seize your can­di­date by the col­lar (metaphor­i­cal­ly, please) and let him or her know that you want to stomp the snot out of the Repub­li­cans in Novem­ber. Thank you.

Hope it was worth it

At rough­ly $90,000 each sec­ond, the Super­Bowl adver­tise­ments were sur­pris­ing­ly blah this year. We watched the game at TiVo-speed, stop­ping to watch com­mer­cials or plays that looked impor­tant in triple-time. Of all the com­mer­cials we saw (and dif­fer­ent mar­kets got dif­fer­ent com­mer­cials) we actu­al­ly end­ed up lik­ing two of the Bud Light com­mer­cials the best. Go fig­ure. Of course, when you throw twen­ty of them at the screen, one or two are bound to stick, right? We liked “The Wheel” and “Flight”. And, we liked the (local­ly-aired) Oba­ma ad, too.

Please Vote! …for Barack Obama

Let me pref­ace by urg­ing you to go out and vote tomor­row, regard­less of who you sup­port. Unless you’re one of Huck’s Army, then please stay home. If you’re a devout Ron Paul sup­port­er, do go, just to enter­tain the MittCains. Our entire fam­i­ly (me, wife, five-year-old, and 20-month-old) will be going to cau­cus here in Kansas.

That said. Won’t you con­sid­er cau­cus-vot­ing for Barack Oba­ma? That’s who we’ll be going to sup­port. I can’t speak for my wife, but I’m going in order to vote against Bil­lary as much as to sup­port Oba­ma. Here’s why, in a nut­shell. I think McCain will beat her in the gen­er­al elec­tion. I dis­like her brand of any­thing-to-win pol­i­tics (though I don’t real­ly believe Oba­ma is above that, the tac­tics Clin­ton has pulled out in NH and SC, and FL and MI make me think of her as Rove-like). I think the nation will not wel­come her as Pres­i­dent, I think we will remain divid­ed, blue vs. red. And I’m tired of all of those things.

Thank you for your time.

P.S., I got the “Vote” thing here.