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skippy the bush kangaroo

Thursday, January 29, 2009

"oh yeah? well, just for that, we're going to sh*t in our bed again!"

we have to admire today's repubbblican party. in spite of losing all power in washington, in spite of being whupped like a red-headed step child in the last election (and beaten like a dog in the election before that), in spite of all of reality painting huge billboards saying "this is not how to do it" with big arrows pointing down @ them, in spite of having their own website, they steadfastly refuse to change their m.o. and insist on backing policies that have not only failed, but have brought this country to the brink of disaster.

obama's stimulus bill passed the house of reps yesterday, w/not a single repubbblican vote. worse, house reps are extolling their senate counterparts to do the same. worse still, rush limbaugh is being hailed as the emerging leader of that party. to us, that's rather like hearing that jon stewart is the de facto head of the democratic party. balloon juice:

apparently the gop (or at least rush), wants rush limbaugh to be the voice of the gop, as he is proposing “his” stimulus package on the pages of the wsj:
[ed. note: here john cole inserts the words of rush limbaugh. we just ate breakfast, so we can’t bring ourselves to do the same. go read the wingnut street journal if you really want to see what viagra boy said]

to put this into perspective, imagine the reaction if rhandi rhodes was penning editorials in the ny times dictating the course of policy for the democrats, and the democrats were embracing her pearls of wisdom. i can’t believe the republicans are going to gamble their future like this, but then again, nothing they do surprises me. and, in fairness, considering i voted for bush twice, i am not really in any position to say the country won’t be stupid enough to fall for this. i am living breathing proof that yes, we are that dumb.
don't be so hard on yourself, john, you eventually came around.

and so is the country. gallup reports just how unpopular the gop is these days:

what is immediately clear from the map is that residents of the united states were very democratic in their political orientation last year. in fact, gallup has earlier reported that a majority of americans nationwide said they identified with or leaned to the democratic party in 2008.

all told, 29 states and the district of columbia had democratic party affiliation advantages of 10 points or greater last year. this includes all of the states in the northeast, and all but indiana in the great lakes region. there are even several southern states in this grouping, including arkansas, north carolina, and kentucky.

an additional six states had democratic advantages ranging between 5 and 9 points.

in contrast, only five states had solid or leaning republican orientations in 2008, with utah, wyoming, idaho, and alaska in the former group, and nebraska in the latter.
fivethirtyeight has the predominantly blue map.

back to the (non) vote: joe gandelman of the moderate voice is not so sure that this move is a wise one for the gopers:

my view: i’ve long argued that perception is reality in politics and in all media. the crocodile hunter had an image easy to immediately grasp by his image and persona which could be captured in quick sound bites and images. obama, hillary clinton and others mastered the art of instant imagery communication as well. hollywood uses “high concept” to market films all the time (in its ads and short tv trailers). the danger for gopers is that they know they already have the choir. will the new, unified gop voting in a bloc convince people who don’t already vote for them that they’re correct or will it turn out to be a merely group reaffirmation exercise that will turn off more voters clamoring for the government to do something?

the bottom line is that nancy pelosi is simply not a household name to many (unless she decides to go on dancing with the stars), except to talk show listeners, political junkies of all ages, journalists and blog readers and writers. the images now out there of the gop are of a party that seems to have adopted nancy reagan’s anti-drug slogan “just say no.” partisans will debate if that’s true or not, but that is the danger of this image — if it looks like the program starts working.

(thanks and a tip o' the kangaroo tail to memeorandum for the links!)
posted by skippy at 10:01 AM |


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