You really got to respect the commitment that Democrats have toward absolute uncompromising failure. When America sent one of their own into the White House with record high popularity, a huge majority in the House and a supermajority in the Senate, did they give up and accomplish anything? No, they did not. They set their minds to the task of royally fucking everything up, and look at them now: A president with record low popularity, a minority in the House and the thinnest of majorities in the Senate. How did they do it?!
Well, you can't really expect them to give up all their secrets, but this grass roots movement from New York City's upper west side to find a primary challenger for President Obama may offer some insight…
A longtime local Democratic activist, Bob Ginsberg, has sent around a mailing to about 1,800 New York Democratic leaders and activists, calling for a progressive challenge to President Obama.
Under normal circumstances, Barack Obama would have zero chance of even pretending like he might maybe have a thin sliver of a chance to win reelection. But, the Republicans aren't going to just lie there and win this one. Once they rolled out their clown car full of impossibly ridiculous candidates, Dems realized they'd need to step up their game. And, obviously, there is only one sure fire solution to decent odds of reelection…
"The solution is to find a credible progressive Democrat to run for President in a primary against President Obama. The best lesson comes from 1980 when another Democratic "middle of the road, compromising" unpopular president was planning to run for re-election," writes Ginsberg…
The strong primary challenger. Always works like a charm.
I am genuinely impressed.
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* Actually, under actually normal normal circumstances, an incumbent president would skate into a second term without having to break a sweat, but Barack Obama is way too smart to fall prey to that kind of good fortune.
Tags: Barack Obama, Democrats, Edward Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, New York City, Primaries, Ronald Reagan
With the tragic death of Sen. Ted Kennedy at the age of however-old-he-was, it appeared that Massachusetts would be left underrepresented in the Senate, right in the middle of the health care debate, a debate that — like booze –was very dear to Kennedy's heart.
This was due to the fact that four years ago — back when Massachusetts senator John Kerry was running for president — the state amended its constitution so that interim senators could not be appointed without a special election.
But, hey, that was four years ago. The world was a very, very different place back then. I mean, there was a Republican governor! Can you even imagine? Anyway, that craziness has all changed, so guess what happened.
And then guess what's happening now…
Governor Deval Patrick will announce on Thursday that Paul G. Kirk, Jr. will be named as the temporary replacement to fill Ted Kennedy's vacant senate seat, WBZ has learned.
Hmmm… Who is Paul G. Kirk, Jr.? Why does his name sound familiar? Well, I don't know the answer to that, but you're probably just confused.
Although, I suppose it's possible that you remember him as a pharmaceutical lobbyist for Aventis ten years ago. No? How about as the chairman of Democratic National Committee from 1985 to 1989. Not that either, huh? How about his stint as treasurer of the Democratic Party in 1983? Special assistant to Sen. Ted Kennedy from 1969 to 1977, which included the fallout from the senator's notorious incident on Chappaquiddick island in '69?
Do you maybe remember him having a fight to the death with a Vulcan caught deep in the throes of Pon farr? That's what I thought. You're confused.
Tags: Deval Patrick, Edward Kennedy, Health Care, John Kerry, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, Paul G. Kirk, Senate
It's a sad day for Massachusettsians who've been hoping Ted Kennedy's vacant Senate seat would be filled by someone with all the charisma of an ATM: Mitt Romney says he's busy, thanks…
"Governor Romney's focus right now is on helping other Republicans run for office, and that is how he will be spending his time," Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom said in an e-mail to CNN.
How noble of the Romneybot, to spend his time helping other Republicans run for office! Gee, I wonder how long he'll keep that up… until 2010? 2011? 2013? Who can hazard even the tiniest, wildest guess?
Oh, and one other thing. Despite not wanting Kennedy's seat out of the goodness of his own heart, Romney is attending the funeral, where he will pay tribute to the man he challenged for a Senate seat in '94, back when he wasn't so generous. And — funny coincidence — just like President Obama, Romney is leaving his vacation early to join the mourners.
…cutting short his vacation in Italy to attend Kennedy’s funeral.
Man, the conservative talk show hosts are gonna destroy this guy in 2012.
Tags: Barack Obama, Edward Kennedy, Italy, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, Vacation
* Somebody at the White House is obviously less than a million years old.
* John Oliver is the Usain Bolt of making fun of Glenn Beck.
* Remembering the Kennedy boys: Who was the most do-able?
* Behind every great Massachusetts politician is about 800 or 900 women.
* Keith Olbermann's quest to become the liberal Bill O'Reilly is going exactly according to plan.
* But do these conservative politicians really love Chuck Norris for Chuck Norris?
Tags: Alabama, Chuck Norris, Edward Kennedy, Glenn Beck, John Kennedy, John Oliver, Keith Olbermann, Massachusetts, MSNBC, Robert Kennedy, Sex, Twitter, White House