Okay, let’s get the angry shit out of the way first. To every single twenty something hipster who voted for Obama in ’08 but was too butt hurt to vote this year…
No, seriously! Fuck you!
You’re disappointed in Obama? Well, so am I, sunshine! And I still pulled my shit together long enough to fill out a Goddamned ballot! And as I pointed out a few weeks earlier, this midterm wasn’t about Obama! It was about trying to preserve the majority we had to hold on to the gains we made!
Well, enjoy the next two years of stagnate growth, dismantling and defunding Health Care Reform and continued unemployment, you skinny jean wearing cunts! You just made rebuilding this country that much harder! Fair warning! You see me walking towards you on the street and your wearing some lame ass ironic shirt boasting of your non participation, you’d better cover your freaking taints!
Because, as sure as God made little green apples, they will be punched!
Thankfully, there are chunks of good news to be had in this situation.
1. THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS JUST GOT THAT MUCH BLUER!
You know how people like to say that Democrats tend to be weak and spineless? Well, that description tends to describe the more “moderate” Blue Dog Democrats. And it looks like they’re the ones who got the brunt of the thumping. H/T to Chris Bowers at DailyKos.
Due to extensive losses by conservative and moderate Democrats, another shift in power occurred in the House last night besides Republicans taking the majority. The Congressional Progressive Caucus has replaced the Blue Dogs and the New Democrats as the plurality ideological caucus among House Democrats. For the first time ever, the CPC is larger than Blue Dogs and New Dems combined.
Go read the entire post. There are charts.
The upshot is the whole meme about the Democrats losing because they’re too liberal is total bullshit. It was the conservative democrats who took the brunt of the losses. So while the caucus is smaller, they are less fractious. And the progressive caucus will hold greater sway on our side. That may be cold comfort now but we will have them as the tip of the spear come 2012.
2. PETE DEFAZIO GOT REELECTED!
My guy from OR-04 beat back his challenge from Art “Nuclear Waste can be diluted like paint thinner” Robinson. And he’s taking the outside money thrown at him very, very personally!
“I mean, the Supreme Court has done a tremendous disservice to the United States of America,” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. “They have done more to undermine our democracy with their Citizens United decision than all of the Republican operatives in the world in this campaign. They’ve opened the floodgates, and personally, I’m investigating articles of impeachment against Justice Roberts for perjuring during his Senate hearings, where he said he wouldn’t be a judicial activist, and he wouldn’t overturn precedents.”
In his 2005 confirmation hearings, Roberts famously said, “Judges and justices are servants of the law, not the other way around. Judges are like umpires. Umpires don’t make the rules; they apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role. Nobody ever went to a ball game to see the umpire.”
According to DeFazio, Roberts hasn’t stood by his own doctrine. He pointed to former Justice John Paul Stevens’s dissent in the case, in which he said the Citizens United case was not properly brought before the Supreme Court. “This procedure is unusual and inadvisable for a court,” Stevens said of the process. “Our colleagues’ suggestion that ‘we are asked to reconsider Austin and, in effect, McConnell,” ante, at 1, would be more accurate if rephrased to state that ‘we have asked ourselves’ to reconsider those cases.”
Somewhere, there is a windmill with “Citizens United” written on it. And DeFazio’s coming after it with a lance with a cube of C4 tied to the tip.
3: WE STILL HAVE THE SENATE!
Yeah, I know. We get to keep the part of Congress that’s broken. Yay, us. But the good news is that it might get less broken. David Waldman (A.K.A. Kagro X at the DailyKos.) has been pushing for filibuster reform for the last several months. So now would be a good time to call your Senator and let him know that it’s time to blow the logjam. (Needless to say, newly re-elected Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is getting a call from me this week.)
Also, Because of the expected Senate makeup of 53-47, (Which will be finalized once Alaska finishes it’s count.) it also means that Joe Lieberman is no longer the sixtieth vote, which means the days of Democratic leadership kissing his ass are over! I look forward to the eventual leaked photos of him playing Tetris in his office while waiting for a phone call from Al Gore that will never come.
4: MEG WHITMAN SPENT ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY MILLION DOLLARS ON THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S RACE AND GOT HER ASS KICKED BY A GUY WHO MOST SUSPECTED SLEPT THROUGH THE FIRST COUPLE OF MONTHS OF THE CAMPAIGN.
Kudos to Jerry Brown on taking the reins of the Sunshine State some twenty eight years after leaving the office. Between that and the passage of Prop 25 (Which mandates that the State’s budget can be passed by a simple majority, not the two thirds it needed before.) California now has a fighting chance to get it’s fiscal house in order.
Oh, and Koch Brothers? Nice try.
And stoners, sorry about Prop 19. But on the bright side, if cops face the brunt of budget cutbacks, enforcement of outdated pot laws should be minimal. (Also good news for meth users.)
So there is some gold in the dross of last Tuesday’s drubbing. But let’s not kid ourselves, the next two years are going to be rough. Issa has already made rumbling noises about investigations. Lindsey Graham has stated publicly that war with Iran may be inevitable. And we still have the specter of “Citizens United” hanging over us.
So, we have two choices. We can lie down and accept this and wait for the end, whatever form that may take. Or we can regroup and hit the ground running.
I vote for the latter.