A Tawdry Start to the 2012 Election Campaign


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Four years of a Democratically-controlled Congress, coupled with two years of the Obama administration, gave the American progressive movement more power than it had ever achieved before. Not Democrats, progressives. Democrats have had control of the White House and substantial majorities in both houses of Congress prior to 2008, but never with a party comprised of people tilted so far to the progressive side of the ledger. Thinking they had achieved what political strategist James Carville referred to as the beginning of a “40 year ascendancy,” they began implementing their agenda with little regard for public concern. On November 2nd, a concerned public thoroughly rejected them.

So what do far-left ideologues do when they have recently endured a clear-cut rejection of their ideology?  Apparently a good number of them take to the airwaves and tell the American public–with smug certainty, no less–what motivates a madman. Facts, as demonstrated by progressives who have sought to tie the tragedy in Arizona to anything and everything conservative absent a shred of evidence, do not matter.  Alleged shooter Jared Loughner has become the “vehicle du jour” for a progressive movement in utter denial of reality.  It is a denial so profound that they would rather believe what happened on election day was a spasm of national insanity. One which would have been impossible without the likes of Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, et al., driving the public “over the edge.”

Yet it wasn’t a “racist” Tea Party movement which foisted a 2700-page health care bill and nearly a trillion dollars of “stimulus” spending on a public that wanted no part of either one. It wasn’t “hate-filled” talk radio who ran up record-setting deficits, nationalized banks, car companies and student loans, or apologized for America all over the world.  It wasn’t a “trigger-happy” Sarah Palin who spoke of a “Recovery Summer,” 3.5 million jobs “created or saved” or the “green shoots” of economic recovery, even as progressives and their media enablers kept referring to disappointing employment reports month after month as “unexpected.”  It isn’t “evil” conservatives who are trying enact regulations via the EPA, FCC or other government agencies, without Congressional input.

From 2006-2008, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. From 2008-2010, Democrats were in complete control of the federal government, including substantial periods of time, due to Arlen Specter’s change of party affiliation, and Al Franken’s delayed victory in Minnesota, where they enjoyed a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate. As a result, despite all talk of Republican “obstructionism,” they did what they wanted.   As such, it has became virtually impossible to characterize November’s 63-seat loss in the House and a 6-seat loss in the Senate, as anything other than the electorate’s repudiation of their efforts.

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  • okrahead

    Transcript of Countdown with Keith Olbermann from January 12, 2011:

    Keith Olbermann: Tonight it is my honor to bring to you Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik live from Tucson, Arizona. Good evening, sheriff, how are you doing tonight and how is your investigation going?

    Sheriff Dupnik: Good evening, Keith. I'm doing great and I'm pleased to announce that we have one of the conspirators in custody, and my department has a working theory of the case which we hope will soon lead to additional arrests.

    K.O. Additional arrests? So the early rumors that the shooter didn't act alone are actually true?

    S.D. That's right, Keith. We have identified at least two conspirators who were directly involved in the assassination attempt. Even as we speak, my officers are coordinating with the FBI and President Obama's justice department to build the case against these additional conspirators. I am confident we will be able to make additional arrests before this week is over.

    K.O. What can you tell me about these additional arrests? Can you tell me who these additional conspirators are, and how they were involved?

    S.D. Actually, that's exactly why I wanted to come on your show tonight. The general public needs to be made aware of this conspiracy and its perpetrators so that they can be on guard against it, and if necessary help bring the conspirators to justice. The first conspirator I will be asking for an indictment against is Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and current leader of the Tea-bagger terrorist organization….

    Read the rest here… http://beautifulletters-bls.blogspot.com/2011/01/

    • Jim C.

      What is this? Fan fiction?

  • BLJ

    I think this strategy will backfire on them. They still can't see the forest through the trees. Obama's biggest problem is the majority of the white guilt vote will not be there for him this time.

    Progressives are mostly educated derelicts who can get past their own sense of self-importance. They live in a world of delusion.

    • The_Lord_Regent

      Schooled, not "educated." Mark Twain: "I never let schooling get in the way of my education." Words that ring ever truer today than in Twain's time.

  • USMCSniper

    Liberals think that they're better than everybody else, so they're doing it for everybody else's benefit. They are superiorists. They are entitled. They are aristocracy. They're born to lead. How many of them actually worked for what they have? Oh, there's the occasional exception, but most of them are entitled in their own minds.

    • IreneAdler

      I'm in the reading Animal Farm, by George Orwell. I make it a practice to read the book once every few years, lest I forget. What you wrote, Sniper, is exactly what this book is about.

      In this reading, I am having a hard time picturing Napoleon without putting Obama's face on that pig, and Squealer wears Gibbs'. With this and 1984, Orwell was amazing prescient.

      • IreneAdler

        Sorry for the poor writing; proofreading is a lost art.

  • Jim C.

    2010 wasn't about a "repudiation of ideology." It was about "I still don't have a job and you guys are in power."

  • Kazooskibum

    Just days after a Democratic adviser comes out and says that Barack Obama “needs” an “Oklahoma City” event so that he can connect with the American people.
    A Democrat ,who just happened to have challenged Obama & voted against Pelosi, suddenly gets shot, along with a conservative member of the 9th Circus court of appeals.
    Are we suppose to believe that it is just a coincidence?
    Obama and the Democrats are the ones who had the most to gain from this.

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