Tuesday, May 18, 2010

What's the Difference Between Arlen Specter and a Magic Bullet?

Arlen Specter won't magically reappear and certainly not intact.

That's right, big surprise. Rep. Joe Sestak, one of the few actual Democrats running for office this year, has just defeated in PA's Senate Democratic primary one of the most nakedly ambitious turncoats in recent US history. As with John McCain and so many other flipfloppers, Specter's ouster in a primary race this spring points to not only comeuppance for those who don't toe one party line or the other but a predictable anti-incumbent fervor sweeping the nation.

Republicans are getting swept out, Democrats are getting swept out and many of their seats will fall into the hands of the other party.

In the end, not much will really change. The Republicans won't make any significant gains in the House if at all, none in the Senate and Congress will still be loaded with subcontractor psychopaths charitably referred to as lawmakers.

The real test will be not in the midterms but the 2012 general elections when the Democrats will have no choice but to ride Obama's coattails. Their chances of survival will depend largely if not entirely on the success of Obama's agenda.

And considering the results thus far, with Obama keeping Bush's fascist infrastructure and two unwinnable wars intact and actually covering for Bush and his war criminal cronies, the GOP in '12 just may sweep in like it's 1994 again.

But for now the midterms are shaping up to be like kabuki: Interesting in a train wreck sort of way but ultimately pointless.

But let's not forget one thing: The Tea Partyers just got a huge credibility spike when their man, Rand Paul, won his GOP primary in Kentucky tonight.


At May 19, 2010 at 2:17 AM, Anonymous Greydog said...

It's about time the SINGLE BULLET Arlen-tool gets put out to pasture.

At May 19, 2010 at 2:18 AM, Anonymous Greydog said...

It's about time the SINGLE BULLET Arlen-tool gets put out to pasture.

At May 19, 2010 at 2:49 PM, Blogger Rusty Shackleford said...

Now for something completely different.

Yet another member of the Kennedy clan has been arrested for drunk driving.When will law enforcement stop these drunkin Kennedy's? How many more innocents must be drivin off bridges or maimed by these arrogant sloshed fools before action is taken?

At May 20, 2010 at 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Arlen about the last one alive of the Warren Commission?


At May 20, 2010 at 3:02 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Dude, Arlen's the last one alive from the Teapot Dome Scandal.

At May 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM, Blogger William N. Grigg said...

Doesn't Specter have childhood memories of the XYZ Affair?

Anent Rand Paul -- he's a huge disappointment to those of us who want to end Big Government by, among other things, bringing an immediate end to the slaughter of Afghans, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Yemenis -- ah, hell, just round it up to dusky foreigners with funny accents.

The punitive populist wing of the Tea Party movement thinks that gubmint is just swell when it's bombing distant populations, or torturing "terrorists" (that is, terrorist suspects), or demanding papers from people who look Mexican and locking up those who can't cough up a birth certificate on demand.

Rand Paul, most likely on instructions from his media handlers, is cynically playing to that cohort.

At May 21, 2010 at 12:14 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

William, I say Blame the parents. This is pretty typical of someone brought up by a man like Ron Paul, who is this country's most underrated racist.

Much has been made about Rand Paul holding his victory celebration at a posh private club but what more people ought to be paying attention to is his opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and insisting on states' rights (and we all know what that means in dogwhistle Republican).

This is more than likely an overt attempt to stay in the good graces of the teabaggers who won him that primary victory but there's the even scarier possibility that he honestly is opposed to a 46 year-old piece of civil rights legislation that hugely paved the way for racial parity. Legislation, I'd like to add, that you'd think would be a done deal and beyond debate.

But this is the white Republican mindset: Let's roll everything back to the pre-Cambrian Age and keep things the way they were, when blacks and women had no rights and both were essentially abused and enslaved.


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