This Dog Can’t Hunt & Can’t Learn New Tricks

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Woke up, rolled out of bed, a little groggy in my head from watching all those election returns.  I splashed some water on my face, went to my computer and turned it on, and shook my head in dismay when I saw my home page blazing the brain-dead headline:

Obama signals willingness to compromise

He didn’t notice that the lights had changed, and though it’s really very sad, I couldn’t help feeling indeed quite mad because I knew this would continue the whole world going bad:

WASHINGTON – A chastened President Barack Obama signaled a willingness to compromise with Republicans on tax cuts and energy policy Wednesday, one day after his party lost control of the House and suffered deep Senate losses in midterm elections.

Obama ruefully called the Republican victories “a shellacking.”

Continue trying to turn him on below the fold…

At a White House news conference, the president said that when Congress returns, “my goal is to make sure we don’t have a huge spike in taxes for middle class families.” He made no mention of his campaign-long insistence that tax cuts be permitted to expire on upper-income families, a position he said would avoid swelling the deficit but put him in conflict with Republicans.

He also virtually abandoned his legislation – hopelessly stalled in the Senate – featuring economic incentives to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, vehicles and other sources.

“I’m going to be looking for other means of addressing this problem,” he said. “Cap and trade was just one way of skinning the cat,” he said, strongly implying there will be others.

He didn’t notice that the Repubs have just skinned his cat.

And now we know how many empty thoughts it takes to fill a President’s head.

I wish we could turn him on!

I’d love to turn him on.

Immediately after Obama’s press conference, newly elected Florida Senator Marco Rubio intoned that this was no time for compromise, that the Republicans had gotten the message from the electorate — they don’t want compromise with this President.

Republican National Chairman Michael Steele quickly denied the possibility of compromise also!

If we can’t turn you on, please, Mr. Obama, at least learn, God damn it.

If you have the courage &/or stomach for it, you can read the whole column at Yahoo News

Thanks for reading.  


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    • Edger on November 3, 2010 at 21:12

    to shoot himself in the other foot.

    But I don’t think he has three…

  1. and just about set my hair on fire lol.

    this was one of the worst:

    the president said that when Congress returns, “my goal is to make sure we don’t have a huge spike in taxes for middle class families.”

    so i guess a moderate spike will be acceptable?  along with some gutting of social security perhaps?

    I can hear it now…. its the best we can get, dont make perfect the enemy of the good.

    well. hurrumph. bite me.

    his whole tone and affect was so pathetic. “the dog ate my homework.”

    I think he’s given it his best, all things considered (which is, granted, a lot) but thats just not good enough.

    Primary him.

  2. 5 Most Terrifying Congresspeople Elected Last Night

    . . . . . . . .So, which of the five “most terrifying would-be congressmen” won? Some real doozies:

    Allen West (R) in Florida’s 22nd

    West first gained notoriety during his military service in Iraq, when he was forced to retire from the Army for engaging in abusive interrogation techniques. More recently, he’s incorporated violent rhetoric into his campaign speeches, and made demonstrably ridiculous claims about his own background. Last month, we learned about West’s ties to a violent gang of criminals, which the Justice Department believes is involved in drug running, arson, prostitution, robbery, and murder. Yesterday, he won by eight points.

    Renee Ellmers in North Carolina’s 2nd

    Ellmers is perhaps best known for running on a virulently anti-Muslim platform, and based much of her advertising on her opposition to the Park51 project (which is nowhere near her district). In September, she appeared utterly humiliated during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, but nevertheless narrowly won yesterday.

    Austin Scott in Georgia’s 8th

    Scott ran on a platform that would, among other things, push mandatory drug testing for those Americans who receive unemployment benefits. He won by five points.

    Scott DesJarlais in Tennessee’s 4th

    Roll Call reported a couple of months ago that DesJarlais, during a messy break-up with his ex-wife, allegedly held a gun in his mouth for three hours and was accused of spousal abuse. He nevertheless defeated incumbent Rep. Lincoln Davis (D) yesterday in a landslide.

    Ben Quayle in Arizona’s 3rd

    Quayle, the son of the ridiculed former V.P., is perhaps best known for having contributed to a raunchy, sex-themed website — and then lying about it. Yesterday, he won by double-digits.

    • Xanthe on November 3, 2010 at 23:53

    how about skinning the pol.  

    Signed, a cat lover

  3. plot. I just can’t wait to see what happens after intermission.  

  4. he should be channeling FDR 1936

    “”We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace – business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. … Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me. And I welcome their hatred!”


  5. By one definition (the kindest), a Bonehead is a person who stubbornly pursues a goal or idea to the point of foolishness.  

    • Mu on November 4, 2010 at 01:23
    • Mu on November 4, 2010 at 01:26


     What are the worshipers of the 11-D Chess Zen Master saying today?


  6. the American political economy as a democratic republic is in total system failure, the corporate warfare-security state grinds on, the corporate media with Potemkin political conflicts, manufacturing not only consent but a carefully engineered and spayed and neutered dissent, all of which end up reinforcing the triumph of the hegemonic order and the dispossession of the people.

    So I’ll just sing some older song, one recorded even more times and sung in even more languages than even “Michelle”:

    Arise, o slaves of deprivation

    Arise, o wretched of the earth

    Our reason thunders indignation

    From the old we’ll bring new birth

    We’ll tear down this planet’s false foundation

    And build a better world anew

    And we who live in humble station

    Shall walk erect as is our due.

    (2X)Through the conflict comes power

    Each one lift high your face

    And in the end the Internationale

    Becomes the human race.(/2X)

  7. Hasn’t he acted like someone…who, on his first day in office, was taken to a subterranean location, where he was given a private showing of the Kennedy assasination — from the vantage point of the grassy knoll?  

    Since he is an attorney by training, hasn’t he acted like the attorney you would like to see representing the other guy?

    And, has anyone else noticed that he can deliver a wonderful speech, as long as it is pre-written and pre-rehearsed, but in an informal give and take session, Pat Paulsen seems dynamic by comparison?

    Anyone who seeks to become a president while campaigning with a “D” after their name should be able to relate to FDR when he stated about his political foes, “…I welcome their hatred.”  And we all remember what Truman said about those who can’t stand the heat. But then, Obama may have actually convinced himself that if he acted reasonably, the Repubs would respond in kind, and if this is the case, is there anyone who has the heart to explain to him that there actually is not Santa Claus, Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy?

    But then, as much as we’d like to see low budget Third Party candidates (except for regressive groups like the Libertarian Party, American Party, etc.) elected to office, how many succeeded?  Is it possible to win national office on a shoestring, sans huge campaign contributions, which are usually provided by corporations?  

    The 111th Congress had only 2 of 535 members who weren’t officially listed as either Republican or Democrat — i.e., Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.  And the floodgates that were opened by the Citizens United decision would likely be of little help to fringe candidates.

    Our most immediate task is to identify a viable candidate to challenge Obama in the next presidential primary.      

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