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Post-Election View From Manhattan: What Is the Matter With Rural Oregon?

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Lovely place. Except if you're a Nez Perce!

Though it's certainly just one in a million of such reactions, this Nicholas Kristof post-election take in The New York Times seems a near-perfect specimen of what President Obama's record looks like inside a certain political/commentariat bubble. Sample:

My feeling is that the country has gone too far on blaming its economic distress on Mr. Obama, failing to give him credit for averting another Great Depression among other achievements. But it seems as if Michelle and I may be the only ones who think that way.

I plumb the national disappointment when I return to my hometown in rural Oregon. One friend who has struggled to get health care and will benefit hugely from Mr. Obama's health plan is indignant at Mr. Obama — partly because of incorrect scare stories he has heard about the health reform. Others are aghast at the economic stimulus, even though it provided desperately needed jobs. In short, Mr. Obama hasn't mustered an argument that resonates even among the beneficiaries of his policies.

Not only does Kristof credit Obama with apparently unmeasurable economic policy successes that the rubes are too dull-witted to discern, he then writes as if the GOP is ascendant because of social conservatism:

Wait, what?

[C]onsider Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, freshly re-elected and the godfather of the Senate's Tea Party faction. In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Mr. DeMint advises new Tea Party members of Congress not to be co-opted and adds: "Put on your boxing gloves. The fight begins today."

That's a fight that should end with a knockout for Mr. Obama. Over the years, Mr. DeMint has spoken out against not only gay teachers but also female teachers who have sex before marriage. After a rally on Oct. 1, the Spartanburg, S.C., newspaper paraphrased him: "An unmarried woman who's sleeping with her boyfriend — she shouldn't be in the classroom."

Mr. DeMint later clarified that this is an issue best left for local school boards. But I think most Americans seek a moral leadership that isn't about wagging fingers at women who have sex with boyfriends. The moral imperative should be getting Americans jobs, decent schools, access to doctors and a measure of opportunity.

Funny thing about that DeMint op-ed: Nowhere does he mention gay people, premarital sex, or anything at all having to do with social conservatism.

There once was a writer named Nicky….

While I for one fervently wish DeMint's ideas about cultural issues tacked closer to live-and-let-live tolerance, to the point where I instinctively mistrust his proclaimed championing of "less government and more freedom," it is impossible to read this buck-the-GOP-establishment manifesto–with its talk of looming "fiscal disaster," earmark corruption, runaway entitlements, and bloated government–as a clarion call for social conservatism.

If Kristof and his ilk genuinely seek understanding of what happened Tuesday, it would start with entertaining at least limited self-doubt about their economic-policy assumptions, and realizing that the political juice fueling this revolt has much more to do with fiscal conservatism than Terri Schiavo.

This would, however, entail some hands-dirtying with actual economic policy and results. In lieu of that, Kristof goes for the old standby: "Mr. Obama, It's Time for Some Poetry." Sounds to me like an invitation to a limerick contest in the comments!

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  1. Excellent piece, Mr. Welch.

  2. Nicholas Kristof[‘s] post-election take in The New York Times seems a near-perfect specimen of what President Obama’s record looks like inside a certain political/commentariat bubble. Sample:

    “My feeling is that the country has gone too far on blaming its economic distress on Mr. Obama, failing to give him credit for averting another Great Depression among other achievements.”

    World – meet yet another nitwit who believes spending programs and regulatory diarrhea got the US out of either of the two Great Depressions.

  3. Anybody who thinks the tea party movement isn’t shot through with Christian right social conservative claptrap hasn’t been listening. In large numbers these fiscal love Medicare. What they don’t want is to pay for medical care for various shades of black and brown people. You can put all the lipstick you want on this pig, but it still oinks like the fucking homophobic racist pig it is.

    1. Re: Max,

      Max, H&R’s pet yorkie.

      Here, Max! Here, boy! Go fetch! That’s a good boy! Yeah!

      1. Max hates christians, homosexuals, pigs, blacks and browns. He is going to let me loose on all of them. Max loves dressing up in WWII German military uniforms.

      2. Max is right, I don’t want to pay for black and brown peoples’ medical care. I don’t want to pay for their houses, cars, hamburgers, internet access, flip-flops, storm doors, light bulbs and toilet paper, either.

        Of course, I don’t want to pay for those things for yellow, red or white people, either, and don’t expect them to pay for mine. I don’t think Max can comprehend this.

    2. Re: Max,

      What they don’t want is to pay for medical care for various shades of black and brown people.

      I don’t want to pay for anybody’s Medical either – since I am not in California anymore.

    3. What they don’t want is to pay for medical care for various shades of black and brown people.

      You forgot whites and yellows, but yes. That’s actually correct. Good for you Max.

    4. Anybody who thinks the tea party movement isn’t shot through with Christian right social conservative claptrap hasn’t been listening.

      Christian right social conservative claptrap has done far less harm than secular left socialist communist claptrap.

    5. Anybody who thinks the tea party Progressive movement isn’t shot through with Christian right social conservative shrill corporate rent-seeking claptrap hasn’t been listening. In large numbers these fiscal love Medicare and other Progressive spending programs. What they don’t want is for the ordinary sots to pay for massive increases in corporate revenues and in the incomes of the top 1% the in the name of medical care for various shades of black and brown people. You can put all the lipstick you want on this pig, but it still oinks like the fucking corrupt homophobic racist, rent-seeking pig it is.

      FTFY

    6. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    7. I want to pay for Black and Brown peoples Medical care…in fact i would like to pay for people of all colors medical care.

      The problem is if i did that poeple would not have any insentive to preserve the resource. They would get as much medical care as they could until i ran out of money…and if i had an infinite amount of money they would consume health care until all the health care was consumed….and rather then conserving the total health care available for those who need it the most health care would be given out to those who were there first rather then those most in need.

      You might have heard the term “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”

      not a very libertarian phrase but workable. You see the world has limited resources. The question is how do get people with ability to produce what those in need need.

      The answer is pretty simple: free markets. You see free markets create incentives for those with ability to produce at their peek ability. This in turn expands the resource pool. Furthermore on the flip side those in need need to know how much resources are available so they do not take to much and leave others in need empty handed. Again free markets help. They put a price on things so consumers (those in need) will not dry up the resource. What is great about this system is there is a feed back. You see if somehting is really needed then its price goes up…this price signal tells those with ability (the producers) that more of it needs to be produced. So now those with ability run out and try their damnedest to get what is needed made to those who need it can get it.

      Without this system of incentives and signals we do not know what is needed and who needs it….so what happens is those with ability produce less and often the worng thing…the result being that the resource pool of what is needed shrinks…and ultimately with scarce resources we end up with those with power and connections getting what is needed rather then those who need it.

      This is why libertarianism is moral…and leftism is immoral, by its very design.

  4. After a rally on Oct. 1, the Spartanburg, S.C., newspaper paraphrased [Sen. DeMint]: “An unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend ? she shouldn’t be in the classroom.”

    If she’s having sex with her boyfriend she certainly can’t be in any classroom!

    That would be quite gross – imagine, instead of math, looking at your teacher and her boyfriend going at it…. especially with how the average female teacher looks like. Eeeeewww!

    1. Actually it appears DeMint wouldn’t have a problem with teachers who get drunk and go home with a random guy every night. So long as there’s no genderfriend relationship it’s cool.

      1. Actually DeMint is a crazy fuck. The problem is not teachers having sex with boyfriends or one-night stands. The problem is COMPULSORY EDUCATION. The problem is TAX-FED LEECHES who pretend they teach.

      2. Those are my favorite kind of teachers

    2. If the Alvin Greene porn story is true, he’s probably in favor of sex in classrooms. That might be how he picked up 28% of the vote.

    3. But that wouldn’t get you fired from your job if you’re a New Jersey union member with tenure. Unless your boyfriend is a student.

  5. After getting swatted out of Congress in 2006, the GOP indulged in a similar bout of self-delusion, claiming it was corruption, sex scandals, and deficits that voters were angry with them over, rather than that insignificant Iraq War business.

    1. After getting swatted out of Congress in 2006, the GOP indulged in a similar bout of self-delusion, claiming it was corruption, sex scandals, and deficits that voters were angry with them over, rather than that insignificant Iraq War business.

      The war in Iraq seems to be wrapping up now.

      1. Really?

        I heard that. I just haven’t seen it yet.

        The only truth spoken in the 2008 presidential race was when McCain said we’d be in Iraq for a long long time to come. Obama has done nothing to prove him wrong.

        1. They said if I voted for McCain the war in Iraq would continue, and that the war in Afghanistan will escalate!!!
          (actually, I didn’t vote for McCain, but its a great line)

  6. From MSNBC:

    In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, Huckabee leads Obama 52 – 44 percent, while Romney has a 50-45 point advantage,

    Just in case you weren’t sufficiently depressed.

    1. I wouldn’t be surprised if none of those three was actually a major party nominee in 2012.

      1. Unless there is 20% unemployment, Obama will be the Team Blue nominee.

        1. You know, in America, Barack could get shot going to the store.

          1. Good thing he’s going to India then.

        2. He said he’d rather be a good one-term president than a bad two-term president.

          1. Looks like he may not make either of those options.

          2. Well, he hasn’t been a good one-term president, so that should free him up to run for a second term while still being honest.

            Also, we all know that it doesn’t matter what Obama said because he’s a liar.

    2. I should mention that I don’t think Romney would be a bad president relative to the other likely options (ie, not Ron Paul or Gary Johnson).

      1. With a tea-party-like Congress, I think he’d do OK. With a bunch of moderates who want to compromise and “get things done”, I think he’d be pretty bad. He has no real limited government principles.

    3. I wasn’t sufficiently depressed, but that did the trick. Thanks

    4. “Just in case you weren’t sufficiently depressed.”

      No need to be depressed. The real message is that just about anyone could beat BO. A meaningless poll at this point. Also, MSNBC wouldn’t mind either Huckabee or Romney if an R has to win although it would complain endlessly about either.

      Huckabee is a nanny state supporter and Romney is just another NE liberal establishment weakling. Neither will vigorously pursue a limited gov’t agenda.

      1. My point was not that Obama could be beaten. It was that Huckabee and Romney were the two leading candidates to replace him

        1. “It was that Huckabee and Romney were the two leading candidates to replace him”

          According to the myopic conventional wisdom of unoriginal herd beasts.

  7. There once was an asshole named Kristof
    Whose cracka relations were pissed off;
    He went back to his woodpile,
    And stayed there a good while,
    And came back, unfortunately.

    1. …And came back, sadly enough.

  8. There once was a man from the place where the news was fit to print
    When he talked all you could think was “you stupid fucking bint”
    As if on cue he dropped his trou and his dick looked like a piece of lint

    1. You got no meter at all, son.

      1. Yeah, I knew it wasn’t right. Thanks Chin.

    2. OK, 2nd run…

      There once was a man named Nicky
      Who accessorized with a dickie
      His gruel was quite thin
      As was his spin
      And smelled of vomit and sickly

      The Times ran this jerk’s colmun
      Which might as well been written by Gollum
      He spewed all sorts of shit
      We keep hoping he’ll quit
      Or at least stop tonguing Obama’s scrotum

  9. Really? An NYT column wherein the author is incapable of understanding any course of action that doesn’t agree with his (sizable) assumptions about the world? Sound the alarm! Batten down…

    No, wait, that just means it’s Thursday.

  10. Sounds to me like an invitation to a limerick contest in the comments!

    Alrighty then.

    There once was a writer named Nicky
    who claimed that Tea Baggers were icky.
    He penned as he sit in
    the heart of Manhattan:
    “DeMint is so douchey and dicky.”

    1. Shit.

      He penned as he sit in
      He penned as he sat in

      etc etc

    2. There once was a scribe from the Times
      who tried hiding the Democrats’ crimes.
      For liberals’ enjoyment,
      He ignores unemployment
      And then up his own ass he climbs.

      1. Versatile! I didn’t know if you were talking about Kristof or Krugnuts!

  11. Tea Partiers in their own words:

    Top 10 Craziest Tea Party Quotes of All time
    Posted by Devona Walker on @ 10:22 amArticle printed from speakeasy: http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasyURL to article: http://blogs.alternet.org/spea…..-all-time/
    In this straight up nutty political climate, elected officials and candidates sometimes say the darndest things.

    Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has called for investigating Democrats for being un-American
    Remember that old show, “Children say the darndest things?” In this political climate, largely fueled by the tea party movement and a host of “not-ready-for-prime-time” hopefuls for elected office, that show could easily be revamped. There are obviously quite a few people out in America who are angry, afraid and “want their country back.” I don’t know exactly why they think it’s been taken from them, but what is clear is that they believe somehow that intellectualism and minorities are to blame.

    As a result, their chosen candidates are about as dumb and white as they come. Here’s a list of some of the craziest things the tea party candidates have come up with. They range from such deep thinkers as Delaware Senatorial candidate Christine “I am not a witch” O’Donnell to New York Gubernatorial candidate Carl “imprison welfare recipients” Paladino. Read, enjoy. But most importantly vote! Things may be bad now, but can you imagine how much worse they will be if these idiots get elected, or in some cases re-elected.

    1.) “It is not enough to be abstinent with other people, you also have to be abstinent alone. The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery, so you can’t masturbate without lust,” Christine O’Donnell, R- candidate for Senate.

    O’Donnell is the tea party-backed candidate seeking to replace Vice President Joe Biden in Delaware. She made the above statements on one of many appearances on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect. She also stated on that show that she had dabbled in witchcraft before turning to Christianity. Since then, O’Donnell has basically gone radio silent refusing all media appearances other than Fox News.

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    READ MORE:

    ?Six lessons black politicians can learn from the tea party.
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    ?Will tea party crazies save Democrats in November

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    2.) “Gay marriage is probably the biggest issue that will impact our state and our nation in the last, at least, thirty years. I am not understating that,” Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

    Bachmann said that back in 2004 while on the stump to deny gay marriage in her home state of Minnesota. Back then, she was a State Senator. Bachmann was elected by the good people of Minnesota to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. Since then, she has continued on her narrow-minded tirade, claiming that “Democrats in Congress” needed to be investigated for being un-American and that all Congress should do ? once the Republicans reclaim the majority ? is send out subpoena after subpoena and investigate the Obama administration.

    3.) “He has no place in any station of government and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity,” said Rep. Trent Franks about Obama.

    Franks is an Arizona Congressman and said that last week during a conservative “values” forum. He also shortly later demanded that President Obama provide his birth certificate. When he was grilled by the media for making such an outlandish statement, his spokespeople claimed Franks was referring to “unborn” humanity and was speaking about Obama’s stance on abortion. Yeah, right.

    4.) “The exact phrase ‘separation of Church and State’ came out of Adolph Hitler’s mouth, that’s where it comes from. So the next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State, ask them why they’re Nazis.” Glen Urquhart said.

    He’s another tea party-backed candidate up in Delaware. He falsely claims “separation of church and state” was not in President Thomas Jefferson’s 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association. He said that last April. This guy also compared abortion to slavery. He’s a real gem.

    5.) “I have been in the situation of counseling young girls? who have had very at risk, difficult pregnancies. And my counsel was to look for some alternatives, which they did. And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade,” said tea party-backed candidate Sharron Angle on abortion and why it should be illegal even in the case of rape or incest.

    This woman also believes we should get rid of the Veteran’s Administration and said essentially that big government equates Godlessness, because Americans then look to the government to provide from them as opposed to God. Sad thing is, she’s tied with Sen. Harry Reid down in Nevada.

    6.) “These are beautiful properties with basketball courts, bathroom facilities, toilet facilities. Many young people would love to get the hell out of the cities,” said Carl Paladino, New York State tea party-backed candidate for Governor. He was describing his idea to transform prisons into dorms for welfare recipients.

    Paladino has a knack for making headlines for being, well unhinged. He threatened the life of a reporter while on camera. He also sent out a bunch of racist and pornographic emails to hundreds of political and media contacts. He’s running against New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

    7.) “You’d have to strike any laws against beastiality, if you’re oriented toward corpses, toward children, there are kinds of perversions,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert on why there should not be hate crime legislation.

    This Texas Republican said that back in May. He’s also the same guy who claims that immigrant infants pose a risk to national security as they will one day create terrorist cells.

    8.) “The greatest threat to America is not necessarily a recession or even another terrorist attack,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, another Texas Republican.

    He said that back in June to Fox News. But if the media is so liberal, then what is Fox News? What is NewsCorp?

    9.) “I hope that’s not where we’re going, but you know if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I’ll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.” ? Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle.

    That is the second entry by Angle, because she’s just that crazy. She said that back in June. She also told Fox News the media should only report the news political candidates want them to report.

    10.) “We took the Bible and prayer out of public schools, and now we’re having weekly shootings practically. We had the 60s sexual revolution, and now people are dying of AIDS.” ? Christine O’Donnell, during a 1998 appearance on Bill Maher’s ‘Politically Incorrect.

    That is a second entry for O’Donnell because she too is just that crazy. And here’s a third because in fact she’s crazier.

    “Well, I don’t think that the Obama administration knows what’s Jesus, what belongs to Jesus and what belongs to them. That’s my big gripe. Apparently, he doesn’t know. But then, that’s because he’s not a Christian. He’s Muslim,” O’Donnell said last November.
    “It’s a proven fact he’s Muslim. He wasn’t born in this country. He was born in Kenya. There are people who know it, people who know where the birth certificate is. It’s locked up and our government can’t get a hold of it. He’s a illegitimate president, in my estimation.”

    Nice, huh? How much do you have to really despise this country to elect this class of idiots into office?

    Read the story and check out additional video

    1. Nobody will read that, you know.

      1. Max spent all night on his “I hate them all” collage.

        1. “collage”

          Heh.

      1. tl too Max;dr

    2. It’s intriguing how whoever wrote that lumps all of those things together as “crazy”. Like, Second Amendment rights are just as crazy as hating on teh gays! Who knew?

      If only a writer at Reason would make a blog post that takes down this kind of bubblicious thinking…

      1. I love flogging dead horses, it gives me a thrill.

        1. Once they’ve completely reached room temperature, there is no other way for them to give me pleasure.

    3. Re: Max,

      Max, H&R’s pet yorkie.

      Here, boy! Come here, boy! Go, fetch! That’s a good boy! Yeah!

      1. I object to calling Max a Yorkie.

        Yorkies are sweet, protective, brave, and dignified animals.

        Max is more like a schizophrenic, underfed Noreweigan rat.

        1. “Max is more like a schizophrenic, underfed Noreweigan rat.”

          I was thinking specially-abled, cross-eyed wombat, but Norweigian rat is better.

    4. “”The greatest threat to America is not necessarily a recession or even another terrorist attack,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, another Texas Republican.”

      Ummmmm, is there something missing from this?? Not seeing the craaaaaziness on that one.

      1. Indeed, in light of most of the apocalyptic statements out of Washington, that one strikes me as downright reasonable.

        Depending on context, even, I think that environmentalists would agree with it. Guess Max has outed himself as one of those “deniers,” then.

    5. Re: Max,

      “He has no place in any station of government and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity,” said Rep. Trent Franks about Obama.

      Considering that Obama still has troops in Afghanistan and sent even more to kill and maim, sends Predator drones to kill innocents, wants to assassinate American citizens without trial, is destroying the economy of one of the wealthiest countries in the world, is deporting more “illegals” [i.e. working people with families] than Bush, wants people’s energy bills to “necessarily skyrocket”, wants you and me to be poorer, and downright lies to everybody, then YES, I agree with what Rep Frank says: The guy IS an enemy of humanity.

    6. Well let’s see.

      Do any of the people on that list believe in anything that could even remotely be described as liberalism?

      No?

      Then that means none of them are anywhere near as crazy as every person alive on the planet who does.

    7. Yet in many cases, a majority of voters still found “this class of idiots” perferable to Democrats.

    8. The world is round because it is the back of a giant turtle swimming in a huge sea. Where that sea is, no one knows.

      1. Don’t forget that Gore really won.

  12. realizing that the political juice fueling this revolt has much more to do with fiscal conservatism than Terri Schiavo.

    Not gonna happen. It is essential to their identities that they be able to look down on anyone who isn’t a member of their club. That’s easy to do as long as people who disagree with them on any issue can be regarded as ignorant, bigoted rubes.

    As long as all opposition to their vision of the Total State is rooted in ignorance and bigotry, it can be dismissed out of hand, without having to actually engage with facts and ideas, and (most importantly) without shaking their worldview.

    A worldview which places their own precious selves at the absolute pinnacle, of course.

  13. Many thanks to Tony for proving my point, in spades. No racism.

  14. What I would like to ask Mr. Kristof is: how does he believe Obama is different from Bush?
    Bush – largest unfunded expansion of a social program (Medicare drug benefit) until Obama care.

    Bush – war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama (supposedly much smarter than Bush, continues the war without even the pretense of weapons of mass destruction, or that it will somehow make us safer…this is an improvement???)

    Bush – appoints wall street insiders of the banks, by the banks, for the banks. Obama appoints wall steet lapdogs like Bernanke and Geithner to assure that US policy continues to be of the banks, by the banks, for the banks.

    Bush – didn’t really believe in small gubermint, or profit and LOSS. Obama…uh, exactly the same.

    Bush – believes in affrimative action for the bankers who were too stupid, or too venal, or too stupid and venal, to endure what is known in free enterprize as a “loss.” Obama, whether he believes that or not (isn’t it worse if you do that but don’t believe it???) does the same thing.

    1. Obama, whether he believes that or not (isn’t it worse if you do that but don’t believe it???) does the same thing.

      And he demonstrated that belief before being elected.

  15. There once was a man from out west
    Who thought our dear leader knew best
    To enlighten the rubes
    He whined o’er intertubes
    Bad poetry was his request.

    1. Wisdom is ruined
      By your disobedience
      Misty darkness falls

      1. Kristof: so emo
        Takes to his journal, sobbing
        “Leave Barack alone!”

        1. LQTM, very nice.

  16. I for one seek a moral leadership that would wag its finger at restaurants that give toys away with the purchase of its food.

    1. When it’s for your own health, it’s not moral leadership, its fiscal leadership.

      Yay Obamacare!

  17. Is the “Why we got our asses handed to us” meme now

    There is no way the results from two days ago could be about the policies and legislation over the last two years. That was all magnificent.

    It must be that our articulate intelligent handsome President isn’t communicating well with the rubes. We can fix that.

    instead of

    It’s Citizens United v. The FEC!!! Evil foreign corporate money took our jobs seats?

  18. I read this @ Realclearpolitics this AM. Awful. But I think haiku would be more appropriate so:

    1) Kristof does not know
    He guesses, incorrectly
    The Best and Brightest!

    2) The Right has not won
    Right Thinking and Common Sense
    Obama goes on

    3) I fucking give up
    Not even gonna try now
    Hack hack hack hack hack

    Thank you! I’ll be here all week!

    1. #3 has my vote. Well played.

  19. If Kristof and his ilk genuinely seek understanding of what happened Tuesday, it would start with entertaining at least limited self-doubt about their economic-policy assumptions, and realizing that the political juice fueling this revolt has much more to do with fiscal conservatism than Terri Schiavo.

    Maybe you are looking at this all wrong Matt…if this “Ilk” are simply wrong does it not mean that your competition is getting the story wrong? And if they are consistently getting the story wrong then doesn’t that help you sell Magazines that are getting the story right?

    1. If they could sell this shit successfully, do you think they would be asking for donations all the time?

      1. The shit out my ass
        Smells better than Max for sure
        Max sucks donkey dick

      2. Well said Max. Similarly, if government could sell its product, do you think it’d be forcing people at gunpoint for money all the time?

      3. Sure, if it worked.

      4. do you think they would be asking for donations all the time?

        You think by me paying them a donation I am not buying something they are selling me?

  20. Autumn knave rebirth:
    Hoped for enumeration
    Newly spun truth

    1. Autumn knave rebirth:
      Hoped for enumeration Disappointing end tally
      Newly spun truth Truth newly spun

      (Enduring art is never finished)

  21. Good old Mr. Obama
    got some electoral trauma.
    His party had tried
    but failed to provide
    free health care for your dear mama.

    His policies are quite horrendous.
    His deficits, rather tremendous.
    He’s blind to to truth
    but those in the booth
    tried to help him to mend this.

    Probably now he’ll keep going
    oblivious to what polls are showing.
    He’ll punch and he’ll fight
    against those on the right
    while the money just goes on flowing.

  22. Oh my. Well, I didn’t realize the new GOP was going to outlaw single women fucking and teaching at the same time. Oh no.

    I’m so lost and confused; my moral compass is spending out of control!

    It’s tragic enough that professional athletes aren’t fulfilling their moral obligations as role models for the children, but now the adults can’t count on the moral guidance from members of Congress. This is just awful.

    1. I think even DeMint would have to make an exception for sex ed.

      1. Fuck youtube for making my sign up to watch

  23. “Funny thing about that DeMint op-ed: Nowhere does he mention gay people, premarital sex, or anything at all having to do with social conservatism.”

    Yep–classic non-sequiter right there.

    Kristof’s argument stems from the contention that Obama kept the economy from sliding into Depression. He’s wrong, as anyone who has looked at the data can see that we are in one and never left, but it flatters him to believe that somehow Armageddon was completely averted instead of merely delayed.

  24. Mr. DeMint later clarified that this is an issue best left for local school boards. But I think most Americans seek a moral leadership that isn’t about wagging fingers at women who have sex with boyfriends. The moral imperative [???] should be getting [getting?] Americans jobs, decent schools [decent?], access to doctors [access?] and a measure of opportunity [“measure” as in “modicum” or as in “55 GAL barrel”?].

    Which tells me Kristoff has a very twisted concept of morality also.

    Access to doctors? Why, is that like having access to Lohan? Or Britney?

  25. There once was a man named Kristof
    Who the election results did piss off
    “DeMint is”, he cried
    “a dirty, dumb, teabagger inside”
    But for Keynes Nick could not get enough.

  26. failing to give him credit for averting another Great Depression

    Bare assertion.

    It’s puzzling ? candidate Obama could be so inspiring and eloquent, while President Obama has been flat.

    Hope and change, hope and change, hope and change, yes we can, hope and change.

    Yes. The most inspiring guy EVAR.

    Please, Mr. Obama! The prose needn’t be as dry as the Harvard Law Review.

    A publication Obama never actually wrote for.

    If Mr. Obama is going to connect with voters, he must confront the economic crisis emotionally as well as intellectually.

    Try “I feel your pain.” Seriously. It works.

    But Roosevelt learned his lessons and won two more presidential elections after that, cementing his place in history. By claiming to be the anti-war President, then rearming the country. In election 4, he was Mr. Win-the-War. A finer political harlot has yet to be seen in America.

    Mr. Obama has a far better product to sell than Tea Partiers like Mr. DeMint. But Mr. Obama needs to connect better with American voters.

    “Why, oh why, won’t the proletariat see that fearless leader knows what’s best for them? Now he’ll to engage in such dreadful and common political battling that is obviously beneath his dignity and class.”

    1. By claiming to be the anti-war President, then rearming the country. In election 4, he was Mr. Win-the-War. A finer political harlot has yet to be seen in America.

      Hideki Tojo had a lot to do with that.

      1. we were arming europe and building up ourselves well before Tojo did anything.

    2. “It’s puzzling ? candidate Obama could be so inspiring and eloquent, while President Obama has been flat.”

      Well, you’re saying the president is really good at running? What are you insinuating?

    3. By claiming to be the anti-war President, then rearming the country. In election 4, he was Mr. Win-the-War. A finer political harlot has yet to be seen in America.

      Are we talking about FDR or President Woodrow “He kept us out of the war” Wilson here?

      No President sucked like Wilson sucked.

      1. Are we talking about FDR or President Woodrow “He kept us out of the war” Wilson here?

        No President sucked like Wilson sucked.

        I forgot about President Schoolmaster, mostly out of conscious effort. FDR had a longer reign, but old Woodrow was the godfather of the imperial Presidency.

  27. “My feeling is that the country has gone too far on blaming its economic distress on Mr. Obama, failing to give him credit for averting another Great Depression among other achievements.”

    I have heard so many leftists such as Bill Maher say exactly the same thing that I think this claim has sort of taken on the character of monks chanting their articles of faith.

    It is if they think repetition will constitute proof that everyone else should acknowledge.

    I’t kind of pathetic really.

  28. I would have more sympathy for the argument that vast amounts of Americans were concerned about the debt, deficit, and size of government, if so many of them weren’t opposed to cuts in SS, Medicare, or Defense spending.

    Electing Republicans who are likely to increase funding of at least two of those items, will not reduce spending, constrain government or restore liberty.

    1. I would have more sympathy for the argument that vast amounts of Americans were concerned about the debt, deficit, and size of government, if so many of them weren’t opposed to cuts in SS, Medicare, or Defense spending.

      Politically, cutting SS or Medicare is impossible.

      The only feasible method of cutting Medicare and SS is to enact a provision stating that persons born after December 31, 2011 will be ineligible for Medicare or Social Security (retirement). Current voters will be unaffected, and thus will not vote against someone based on such legislation.

      1. That’s how labor unions do it.

      2. We could start raising eligibility one month per year. And start doing really half-assed means testing (like say if you have over 50K a year in other income you get 10% less SS benefits).

  29. Kristof doesn’t specify where in rural Oregon he’s from. That covers a wide array of places. In the Coast Range and on the coast, you have lots of hippies and unemployed loggers who already specialize in sponging off the rest of us. Eastern Oregon is cowboy country, where people specialize in being left alone. I have a hard time believing that Comrade Kristof hails from the high lonesome in the eastern part of the state, but I guess you never know.

    1. He grew up in Yamhill which ain’t on my map. Where is it?

      1. A little bit outside of Portland, and not in a Lost kind of way. Fairly granola.

      2. Yamhill is close enough to be a bedroom community for Portlanders. It’s seen a lot of growth in Portlanders putting up big, secluded houses. It’s not the big city, but it’s also not quite what the average person thinks of as “rural.”

        Kristof’s point isn’t particularly dependent on that, but Yamhill isn’t far enough removed from the People’s Republic of Portland to fall into a “What’s Wrong With Kansas” analogy.

  30. weeping salty tears

    i deny reality

    my pain sustains me

  31. Speaking of the bottomless barrel of stupid which is the New York Times, don’t miss this rambling love poem:

    How Obama Saved Capitalism and Lost the Midterms

    A sample:

    Saving the American auto industry, which has been a huge drag on Obama’s political capital, is a monumental achievement that few appreciate, unless you live in Michigan. After getting their taxpayer lifeline from Obama, both General Motors and Chrysler are now making money by making cars. New plants are even scheduled to open. More than 1 million jobs would have disappeared had the domestic auto sector been liquidated.

    “An apology is due Barack Obama,” wrote The Economist, which had opposed the $86 billion auto bailout. As for Government Motors: after emerging from bankruptcy, it will go public with a new stock offering in just a few weeks, and the United States government, with its 60 percent share of common stock, stands to make a profit. Yes, an industry was saved, and the government will probably make money on the deal ? one of Obama’s signature economic successes.

    1. Egads that article is an enormous pile of stupid.

      “Saving the American auto industry”?????

      GM is not even close to being saved, and our $86 billion baillout (and climbing, with interest) will never be repaid. GM needs to get at least $60-70 per share on its IPO to break even and analysts are saying it won’t even break $50. This is before the Volt boondoggle finally kills GM.

      What a joke.

      1. Plus GM and Chrysler are not equal to the “auto industry”.

        There would still be Ford, Honda, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes, Subaru, etc. etc.

  32. Shorter Kristoff:

    Bush bailed out the banks so he had to go. Whereas Obama saved us from the depression by bailing out the banks.

  33. I, Barack,
    Commander of the Faithful
    Hereby declare:
    The world is round because
    it is the back of a giant turtle
    swimming in a great sea.
    Where that sea is,
    only one person knows.
    Where to find that person,
    Nobody knows.

    Thanks to Edward Teller.

  34. JimDeMint is from rural Oregon?

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