Thank your brave American bigots like John McCain and Blanche Lincoln and Lisa Murkowski.
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Yes, we’ve crossed the threshold: Goodbye 52. Hello….
7 is a nice number, no?
As easy as it is to make fun of Sarah Palin, I’ll do my best to keep in mind that the failitude was on its way long before she came to the ticket. I have half a mind to think that they chose her just to put bitches back in their place as incompetent nitwits who are only useful as cum-dumpsters.
Here are the winners and losers from last night’s splendor.
Loser: David Boswell- What happens when you run like a conservative homophobe anti-choice Republican, are lazy, don’t raise money, rely on D.C. insiders to make your ads, and have no grassroots support? Even in a wave year, apparently you get handily beaten.
Winners: Michael Kelley and Heather Ryan- Despite the best efforts of Jennifer Moore, these two brave candidates put their necks on the line in order the prevent two hideous Republicans from running unopposed. They had virtually zero support from the KDP, yet they managed to run energetic and honest campaigns without any dough. It’s a shame we treat those with the bravery to get in the race in such a way as to discourage others from doing so in the future. Speaking of…
Loser: Crit Luallen- Crit gets in the race against Mitch McConnell and she wins. Hands down. P.S. Crit- stop hinting to people that you’re thinking of running for Senate in 2010. No one believes you, and we’re not listening anymore.
Winner: John Yarmuth- John Yarmuth is the blueprint for success. Stand behind your progressive beliefs, and instead of apologizing for them, aggressively defend them and work your ass off. Yarmuth gave Northup an absolute stomping (an Orange Crush), one that is likely to put her out of politics for good. And Yarmuth? We’ll be keeping Louisville Yarmuth for many years to come.
Loser: KDP- Jeebus. Where do I even begin? The pathetic state senate efforts? The uncontested seats? Staffers trolling on blogs? Gutting the heart of the burgeoning grassroots activism that popped up in KY last year? Occassionally making one wish that the Lundergan filth was still running things? Way too much, and I don’t want to waste the energy.
Winner: Kathy Stein- Kick ass take no shit unapologetic liberal feminist, kicking the ass of CentrePointe enabler Chuck Ellinger. I mean absolutely stomping him. The Curse of CentrePointe is now 3-0. And here’s your picture, Kathy:
Winner: Mitch McConnell- Despite being an unrepentant douchebag, you won your seat and got your little protege Guthrie into D.C. with you. And your wife can make big lobbyist dough screwing workers now that she lost her low paying job screwing workers.
Loser: Mitch McConnell- D.C. is going to go seriously anti-pork next year, and you will be in a very very slim and powerless minority in the Senate the next two years. You also still have to look at your lipless soulless face every morning.
Winner: Young people- People aged 18-29 voted 66% for Obama, showing everyone that our generation is smarter and more tolerant and just more awesome in general than everyone else. We know greatness when we see it, and we know pathetic douchebaggery when we see it.
Loser: Appalachia- Despite the endless poverty that you are mired in, you continued to vote against Obama in numbers as big as anywhere else in the country. Word to the wise: Republicans don’t care about you.
Winner: The American People- You chose a winner. Maybe now you’ll understand that intelligence is slightly more important in picking a leader than who you want a beer with.
Loser: Bitter Fischer people- Congrats to all of the people harboring ill feelings from the primary and trying to salt the earth as you exited stage left. Classy. It’s sad to know that so many people with influence took a bit of joy in seeing Lunsford get beat. And it was touching to see Fischer go all out in support for the homophobe anti-choice Boswell…. you know, because he’s such a proud progressive. Oh, and thanks for ALL of your help against Mitch too, Mr. Chandler.
Winner: Terri Whitehouse- Breaking out titties on the grill and bonerz in hawt liveblawgin action.
Loser: Jake Payne- Selling out to the mainstream media…. for shame. And that forehead glare…. ugh.
Winner: Felons- Apparently, there are some states where they don’t mind sending you to the Senate. Another example of why Kentucky isn’t the most backwards place in America…. there’s always Alaska.
Loser: John McCain- Much like Kathy Groob, you abandoned what you believed in to get elected, and couldn’t even do it right. Congrats on making 30% of the country think that our new President is a Commie Terrorist, I’m sure that will make his very serious job much easier, and the Secret Services job much harder.
Winner: Sarah Palin- Nice threads. You must now ask yourself this question: Which do you want more, your own reality show, or Ted Stevens’ Senate seat when he goes to the pokey. Warning: the Senate seat requires that you read and learn stuff (with the Jim Bunning exception, of course).
Loser: Steve Beshear- Squandering Democratic momentum in one year at the speed of sound.
Winner: Howard Dean- The 50-state strategy has been 100% vindicated. Eat it, James Carville.
Ack. Lemme know if I forgot any in the comments.
I’d like to thank John McCain for energizing the Republican base with his choice of Sarah Palin.
McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate doesn’t appear to be wearing well with most Americans. In the poll, 45% of registered voters rated the choice as “poor” and another 18% said it was “only fair,” while 19% called it “pretty good” and 16% excellent.
Those are much more negative ratings than in a USA TODAY survey taken just after the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Then, 60% called the pick of Palin excellent or good; 38% said it was “only fair” or poor.
In contrast, assessments of Barack Obama’s choice of Delaware Sen. Joe Biden remain positive. Now, 60% call Obama’s choice excellent or “pretty good,” while 38% say it was “only fair” or poor. In early September, the divide was 63%-33%.
Biden has a favorable-unfavorable rating of 53%-32%. Palin has a favorable-unfavorable rating of 42%-49%.
Oh sure, Americans can’t stand Sarah Palin, but it’s not like they love anyone else, right?
One more historic tidbit from the survey: Obama’s favorable rating is 62% — the highest that any presidential candidate has registered in Gallup’s final pre-election polls going back to 1992.
It wasn’t my first political memory, but it was the first time I ever found myself rooting for a political candidate or party. Or against one, I should say. During the last week of the election in 1992, all of the polls said that Bill Clinton and Al Gore were in the driver’s seat, with a big assist from Ross Perot. I was completely apolitical at that point in my life, and wouldn’t become a junkie for several more years.
What I remember so vividly that week was seeing George Bush on TV making a clownish fool of himself. He had always seemed like a rather level-headed guy to me, but in that one speech he lost all credibility to me, sounding like a pathetic, whiny lunatic.
He said that his dog knew more about foreign policy than Bill Clinton, and called Al Gore “Ozone Man” and “crazy”, his voice squealing in an odd pitch I hadn’t heard before.
It was a sad display, and it helped paint a complete picture for me of George Bush and the Republican Party. He was basically calling one of his opponents “crazy” because he happened to believe the scientific consensus about the environment and wanted to do something to solve the problem. Such an ignorant statement seemed to underscore and highlight some of the other attacks I heard them use against Democrats as “intellectuals” and “academics”. The way I was raised, being intelligent was a good thing and something you wanted to shrive for. The picture of a political party attacking its opponents for being smart seemed rather odd, as I figured you’d rather not have idiots running your country. And come to think of it, the Dan Quayle guy who thinks Murphy Brown is a real person…. yea, this seems to be the kind of person they like.
That day I didn’t become a Democrat, but I sure as hell knew that I wasn’t a Republican.
Today, Barack Obama is inspiring young people to get involved in politics more than any other figure since the Kennedys. Polls of new voters show that he has gained unprecedented support among them. While the split in first time voters in 1992 was even between Republican and Democrat, they are going well over 2:1 for Obama and Democrats this year.
Yet for those who might not be completely sold on Obama or the Democrats, the sight of John McCain and Sarah Palin over the last few weeks has to be pushing more young people towards the Democratic Party, just as Bush’s late behavior did to me in 1992. McCain knows that he’s way behind, and like Bush, desperation has pushed him into the order of the shrill.
They’ve been screaming about Obama being a “socialist” and palling around with scary dark skinned people, mocking how intelligent and “well spoken” he is. And going on and on and on and on about some fucking plumber, who apparently is the new person to aspire to be.
Again, I couldn’t fault any 15 year olds watching TV these days for finding it odd that a party screams out bizarre insults and finds intelligence to be a liability in their version of America.
I guess to moral is, for the long term, maybe it’s just better for your party if you lose with your dignity intact.