Memo to Dems: You're Not Being Punished for What You Didn't Do, But for What You Did!

Because my blood pressure was dangerously low, I tuned into Morning Joe to get frustrated. Among the spectacles was recidivist plagiarist Mike Barnicle denouncing the lack of historical knowledge in America and then immediately confusing Tennessee's and Kentucky's legendary old senators and Mayor Mike Bloomberg with dead guitar hero Mike Bloomfield. Who is writing Barnicle's material these days? He should be fired!

Sen. Claire McCaskill went on to complain about how voters aren't paying attention to all the Dems have done in the past 18 months to save the "middle class" because of all the negative and secret (?) ads that Republicans have been spewing at her party's candidates. Bizarrely, that conversation got started by a discussion of Democratic candidate Jack Conway's pathetic attack on Rand Paul as a true believer in "Aqua Buddha" rather than the carpenter who came and died a criminal's death. (McCaskill wrapped up her appearance by bragging on how St. Louis Cardinals' skipper Tony LaRussa will soon be advertising against "puppy mills.")

Note to McCaskill and other Democrats complaining about not getting enough "credit" for "going to the mat" for the middle class: Voters know what you and the president passed since January 2009 (and nobody is buying the suggestion that your dominance in both houses of Congress is an instance of "partisan gridlock"). That's precisely why you're about to get your asses kicked to the curb. TARP and the auto bailout, initiated under Bush and supported by Obama and most Democrats, are unpopular. Health care reform is unpopular. Increasing massively troop strength in Afghanistan: unpopular. Congress and federal workers getting raises? Also unpopular. Fin-reg reform? To the extent that anyone knows about it, unpopular. The idea of constantly bailing out homeowners regardless of inability to pay? Not popular. An inability to finalize tax rates that will kick in on January 1, 2011? Really unpopular.

The president and Congress have historic or near-historic lows in approval ratings. All Democratic claims about how the stimulus would keep unemployment low and kickstart the economy are belied by everything that runs in the daily newspaper. You're not victims of bad press, but of press (you best hope that no independent or swing voters read the new New York Times Magazine profile of Barack Obama, which is a tremendous portrait of the narcissist in winter).

And a note to Republicans: You got your own asses kicked to the curb back in 2006 not because of what you didn't do but because of what you did: Blow out all stops on spending and war without doing anything to show that you knew bupkus about keeping government lean and efficient.

It's not a complicated lesson, but it seems one that either party is capable of reciting from memory. All pols oughta read this:

A majority in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll disapprove of the jobs President Obama and Congress are doing and have unfavorable views of both major political parties. Only half express even a fair amount of trust and confidence in the people who hold or are running for public office. Just one in four are satisfied with the way the nation is being governed.

Meanwhile, six in 10 Americans say the government has too much power, and nearly half agree with this alarming statement: "The federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedom of ordinary citizens."...

58% of those surveyed say the government is doing too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses. That's the highest percentage who say the government is doing too much in more than a decade.

More on that here.

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  • The Thinking Man's NASCAR||

    I hate these darn secret campaign ads!

  • Brett L||

    Jeez, Boehner needs to get some people of color, or at least people of non-pastiness to stand behind him. Apparently the Minority Leader is the only person allowed sunlight in the Republican caucus.

  • Jerry||

    It's suntan lotion to hide his years of cigarette smoking. Without it, he's probably the most pallid person in Congress.

  • ||

    That New Yorker interview is something else. It is very Nixonian. Not Nixonian as in enemies lists and using the FBI to tap people's phones. But Nixonian in the early 1974 sense of being really paranoid and out of it.

  • Warty||

    As he welcomed me, I told him I liked what he had done with the place. Gone was George W. Bush’s yellow sunburst carpet (it says “optimistic person,” Bush would tell practically anyone who visited), and in its place was a much-derided earth-tone rug with inspirational quotations. The curved walls now had striped tan wallpaper, and the coffee table had been replaced by a walnut-and-mica table that, Obama noted, would resist stains from water glasses. The bust of Winston Churchill was replaced by one of Martin Luther King Jr.

    One Pulitzer, please.

  • Jess Heller||

    and in its place was a much-derided earth-tone rug with inspirational misquotations.

    http://www.advisormarketingsuc.....roosevelt/

    http://sadhillnews.com/2010/09.....enovations

  • ||

    Narcissism is a quality most prevalent in political leaders today. Unfortunately it is not a governing strategy.

  • A. Nonymous||

    Careful. The blogosphere runs on narcissism.

  • robc||

    If during college, you were never duct-taped, kidnapped, and thrown in water, then you were doing something wrong. Whether aqua buddha was involved or not (not, in my case, although I was worried for a few seconds about drowning in the library fountain, which seemed like an embarrassing way to go).

  • Brett L||

    I just figured Aqua Buddha was their bong name. My brother had one named 'Hakeem Olajubong', and there was a hookah around at one point made from an Absolut bottle, with wee airplane bottles on the pipe ends called the 'Absolut stoned' in our circle. Aqua buddha would have been a good name, too.

  • ||

    I figured that it was based on mishearing P-Funk's "Aqua Boogie."

  • robc||

    My kidnapping involved neither drugs nor alcohol, although sleep deprivation was a major issue. Which is probably why it took so long for me to figure out that rolling onto my stomach and lifting up on to my knees was the way to avoid drowning in a foot of water.

  • ola||

    death stick, triple ripple, double bubble.....

  • jkp||

    Why is this sentence considered alarming?

    "The federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedom of ordinary citizens."

    Isn't this the whole reason for the constitutional separation of powers? For federalism? For the Bill of Rights?

  • Joe M||

    "Immediate" as opposed to "general" or "long term", perhaps?

    Also, just because it's alarming, doesn't mean it's not true.

  • .||

    Why is this sentence considered alarming?

    It's alarming only to big government and its supporters; scares hell out of them to think the suckers might be waking up again.

  • ||

    Nick:
    What's your secret to having bouts of LOW blood pressure? I could use some pointers.

  • ||

    The Jacket emits an aura of Zen.

  • ||

    I am starting to follow this logic. See if George Bush would have invaded Saudi Arabia and Iran in addition to Iraq and and even more Republicans in Congress had been caught cruising for gay sex and selling votes to Abramoff, the Democrats would have never taken Congress in the first place.

  • Matt C||

    No - the logic is if the R's had only not gotten caught with Abramoff and getting BJ's from male hookers in gas stations that we would have signed Bush up for a third term or at least let his brother take a shot.

  • ||

    And remember the Rand Paul attacks the next time someone tells you it is the Republicans who are the fascist theocons.

  • Abdul||

    The Barnicle chick could be the new lobstergirl.

  • .||

    Yeah, but we'll never know cuz SOMEbody cut off the top of the photo.

  • The Prez||

    Nick, clearly you haven't listened to my speeches. So, just for you, let me be clear: If you like your doctor and health care coverage, you'll be able to keep it; I'm gonna cut spending with a scalpel; I brought the economy back from the abyss; unemployment will stay at 8% with my stimulus plan; we're gonna have a 5 million job green economy; and the most important thing to remember is, when I pandered to the sheople to vote me in as Presidente, no one told me I would inherit an economic mess. This is all Bush's fault anyway.

  • JoshINHB||

    we're gonna have a 5 million job green economy;...

    This goal is coming along nicely.

    5 million down, 120 to go.

  • CrackertyAssCracker||

    Well done. Get an impresionist to read this while showing black and white pictures of Obama looking haughty, and you have a political add that is usable by almost any Republican in any race in the country.

  • ||

    Yes, the Democratic love for the bourgeois ideals of the middle class are legendary.

  • ||

    Make that "is legendary."

  • .||

    Ahhh, syntax.

  • ||

    My proofreader took a long weekend.

  • ||

    I just had a vision of the future. On the blogs with huge traffic, we will see the emergence of the super commenter, a commenter who is as popular as the poster himself. With more advanced commenting tools, the commenter will be able to generate income through comment advertising.

  • robc||

    Sell the link in your name to the highest bidder.

  • ||

    That's the easiest, least obtrusive way. Or streaming video, which is possible in the comments section. Trust me, I know.

  • robc||

    That's the easiest, least obtrusive way

    Yeah, I was trying to come up with something that wouldnt be immediately blocked by squirrels. Embedding the ad in the comments is more problematic.

  • robc||

    Dang it, forgot to remove it.

  • robc||

    meant to show an example. Try

  • robc||

    Supposed to say, "Try two didnt work, having to tinyurl it".

  • Benson||

    Secret campaign ads? Doesn't sound very efficient. I mean, if you're going to run ads, you want people to see them.

    "And a note to Republicans: You got your own asses kicked to the curb back in 2006 not because of what you didn't do but because of what you did"

    I think they understand that. I haven't heard too many Republicans say that the problem was that they spent too little money and were too limited government.

  • ||

    "I think they understand that. I haven't heard too many Republicans say that the problem was that they spent too little money and were too limited government."

    I sure as hell hope they remember this when they win and act upon it.

  • ||

    What will happen is all of the establishment scumbags will worry about what the media thinks of them. They will under read their mandate and think they were elected to work with Obama and just steal some as opposed to a lot.

  • ||

    +1000

    That's my expectation, too. The Republican leadership in Congress can't abide a mean word from the sages in the MSM. Assumming they win control of the House, the narrative will be that the voters expect the Republicans to be "reasonable", "bipartisan", and to "work closely with" Dear Leader. Like retarded lemmings, the Reps will follow the Narrative right off the cliff.

  • Joe M||

    Or steal for different things, more likely.

  • ||

    There was nothing to remember. Bush was a compassionate conservative. I mean Compassionate Conservative. To get his new entitlement spending he teamed up with RINOs and Dems to add billions to education (No Child Left Behind unless you were going to a charter school in DC), Medicare (Part D, to get the Dems Bush had to almost double the spend he wanted), and Homeland Security (it was recommended by the 9/11 Commission for crying out loud, only a dummy wouldn't do it said the media and the Dems for months before Bush caved).

    This was why the Dems as 'saviors of the treasury' was always a joke to anyone paying attention. So why did the MSM miss the joke?

  • Jerry||

    I wasn't really comforted with the (extended) interview of Eric Cantor by Jon Stewart.

  • Mr Whipple||

    C'mon, now. That's not fair. If the Democrats would have gotten double the Stimulus, like Pauly Krugnuts recommended, we'd be down to at least 3% unemployment by now, or something like that.

  • ||

    That's -3% unemployment.

  • Brett L||

    Imagine how many jobs could be generated just by printing cash and then shovelling it into furnaces.

  • JoshINHB||

  • ||

    "Hey, these knobs all go to 11!"

  • Brett L||

    I'm pretty sure the Fed is using the new infinity model.

  • ||

    nearly half agree with this alarming statement: "The federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedom of ordinary citizens."

    If only they would vote like they meant it.

  • ||

    "The federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedom of ordinary citizens."...

    D'oh!

    Those guys over at Wonkette are gonna be PISSED.

  • Warty||

    GUMMIT STOLED MAH BABY

  • Wonketteer||

    TRUCKNUTZ!

  • Joe M||

    From the USA Today piece, this is one of the stupidest things I've ever read:

    "We ought to go back to when the government was working and figure out what we were doing then, and do that."

  • ||

    It involves a time when onions worn on belts were the style. White onions too, not those hillbilly yellow onions.

  • kc||

    'nearly half agree with this alarming statement: "The federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedom of ordinary citizens."'
    But the Tea Party movement is just radical right-wing fringe.....

  • ||

    I caught Al Hunt's show yesterday; Orrin "Booby" Hatch was on, talking about how we need to return to the good old days of Republican fiscal austerity and limited government. You know, like GWB did it.

  • kc||

    help me with my US history -- would that be Coolidge, or further back?

  • ||

    That's exactly why we're in this mess--nobody learns nothing. The Democrats have gone full stupid and will probably stay there the next time they take power. The GOP learned little from its 2006/2008 ouster and will likely act like this election is a mandate for the early Aughts. Wrong!

  • Abdul||

    Nick makes a great point. I was thinking about it when I read this: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/201.....congress_5

    Headline: A productive Congress gets no respect from voters

    No kidding. That's like saying "Productive slaughterhouse still unpopular with PETA for some reason."

  • jtuf||

    Oh, I'm also displeased with the DINOs for what they didn't do.

    1) They did not end the federal ban on blood donations from actively gay and bisexual men which is based on the assumption that all of us have HIV tainted blood.

    2) They did not repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

    3) They did not pass an act to give citizenship to the same-sex permanent partners of Americans.

    4) They did not raise the number of diversity visas or open the diversity visa lottery to people from all nations.

    5) They did not legalize marijuana.

    6) They did not even legalize medical marijuana.

    7) They did not legalize any other drugs.

    8) They did not allow school choice in DC.

    ...

  • Pip||

    "8) They did not allow school choice in DC."

    False. The kids in DC can go to any public school they want to.

  • ||

    A majority in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll disapprove of the jobs President Obama and Congress are doing and have unfavorable views of both major political parties.

    But yet, they have no plans to vote for any candidate of a 3rd party who offers alternative solutions.

    Only half express even a fair amount of trust and confidence in the people who hold or are running for public office.

    But are very confident in their own representatives. It's only everyone else's elected officials that are the problem.

  • Old Mexican||

    You know, that girl could benefit quite a bit from a French cut panty.

  • new laptop battery||

    sdgsd gsdfNice post.It's all in the eyes and where they are looking~

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