Kelly Picks a Fight: OCD Dems

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Kelly Picks a Fight: OCD Dems

Why are Democrats/progressives/liberals/lefty-pinko-commies so obsessed with the implosion of the Republican Party? I mean, yes, there have been some incredibly entertaining moments due to said implosion, but seriously: Why are we being such politically arrogant voyeurs? And, further still, why are we offering them helpful solutions to repair themselves?

Perhaps schadenfreude is a natural human inclination. (It certainly wreaks much unnecessary havoc on freeways when there's a car crash.) But, in all honesty, if Barack Obama hadn't come along and changed the way the liberal juggernaut shakes its booty, the Dems would likely still be doing the same old dance that has failed them for so long. A newfound – or even chanced-upon – success strategy does not solid footing for gloating make. Of course I believe that liberal policies are far superior, but the actual parties, the organizations at the helm of our political system, aren't always easy to distinguish from one another.

So, it's somewhat disconcerting to hear Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow and Slate's Political Gabfest and all of the other talking heads compulsively running on ad nauseam about the state of the GOP. Some of them are even bringing in pundits to offer suggestions on how the Repugs can shore up their levees and, once again, return to power. Why? Why would our best and brightest do that? Shouldn't they/we be focused on wielding our own, current power wisely and compassionately? Shouldn't they/we be guarding the Democratic hen house? Leave the wolves alone. Let them lick their own wounds. They don't need – and certainly don't want – any commie homo-loving tongues to help.

And they will be just fine without it. They always are. Sure there's a power vacuum right now with myriad dissenting voices jostling to be heard – Senators John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, Representative Eric Cantor, fear-mongering blowhards Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, political punchlines Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal and Michael Steele, among others. I mean, really... wouldn't it be pleasurable enough for us to just sit back and watch them rumble it out in their GOP octagon? We don't need to referee or intervene or encourage or crow about anything. That's not how we want to lead, is it?

Eventually calmer heads and cooler winds will prevail on that side of the tracks. There's a hint of it already in Meghan McCain's blog posts on The Daily Beast. She's the new generation – a progressive Republican – and she's not afraid to call folks like Coultergeist on the carpet. Part of me is glad to know there are conservatives out there, like Meghan, who support gay marriage. However, she's also a self-proclaimed war monger just like her dad so, lest we be wooed by a solitary crumb of progressive thought, don't go cutting the cake just yet.



Comments [26]

yonks's picture

“Why are

“Why are Democrats/progressives/liberals/lefty-pinko-commies so obsessed with the implosion of the Republican Party?”

Because it’s always easier to blame “the other” for the world’s problems than to come up with solutions.

It would have been easier to find solution if we hasn't been crush under republican's boots for years, wasting time to fight against walls of blindness...

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-

Xanadu's picture

Spend a minute over at Fox

Spend a minute over at Fox News and it's pretty obvious the Republicans are too consumed with pathetic bitterness and making sure Obama FAILS, to care what really happens to their own party right now.

Deep down they know they have decades in the political wilderness to figure it out.

... and what's up with that Beck guy?? Everytime I switch over, he's giving a doom and gloom scenario - like the world is about to end and it's all to do with Democrats ...

On another note - why did the creator have to give Coultergeist such lucious hair? ... Life's really not fair sometimes.

Kelly McCartney's picture

Oh, yeah. Totally.

Oh, yeah. Totally.

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lucia_2008's picture

Arrogance should not be the

Arrogance should not be the leading force right now. We need to join forces, what forces there are, and begin to solve the problems. We need to get off our band wagons and work together as a team. There is a lot of correcting that needs to be done in this country.

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Steph H's picture

Well said, Mystic.

Well said, Mystic.

mysticsmb's picture

While I agree there is an

While I agree there is an element of watching a trainwreck to the lefty media coverage, I think there's also an implicit wish for or belief in the 'loyal opposition.' Though we're living in a highly partisan era I think many mainstream Americans long for the 'good ole days' when the two parties debated ideas and created policy out of that dialogue, with the best ideas winning.

To use a sports analogy, we've all seen how great rivalries push teams or individual competitors to achieve greater heights than they would have against a lesser opponent.

Savvy Americans like our Rachel (and yes, she has actually discussed this concept of loyal opposition), liberal though they may be, are also smart enough to recognize that a weakened, dysfunctional Republican Party ultimately weighs down our entire political system and country because it cannot act as a competent counterweight, or check and balance, to the party in power.

President Obama has stated that he doesn't care if ideas are Democrat or Republican, as long as they are GOOD ideas. Given the current state of the Republican Party we will have fewer good ideas available to solve our many crises.

Rusty's picture

It's OK to get politically

It's OK to get politically arrogant and voyeuristic about Michelle though, right?
Our Amazing First Lady - 50 Days of Goodness
"Determined to restore dignity to the White House and respect back to the institutions of government, our amazing First Lady has spent the last 50 days embarked on a tour of good will that reached from the soup kitchens of Washington to the departments of our government that were left to rot under republican rule."

The rest of the post and some great photos here:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/3/11/81657/8557/846/707004

(Does anyone else remember when the MSM tagged her Obama's biggest liability? HA)

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Kelly McCartney's picture

I loved the Gibbs line about

I loved the Gibbs line about Steele being the head of the RNC and Rush being the head of the party. That was genius.

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Rusty's picture

"Let’s just do the job well

"Let’s just do the job well and let our work and results show who has the better ideas."
Works for me. But we have to control the message.

Also, I just don't ever want to go back to the party of "gracious losers." Imagine if 2000 had been the exact opposite result and a Democratic SCOTUS had put Al Gore in power. Lush would have started every broadcast with "Day __ of the Democratic Coup." They never would have let the world forget that we stole the election.

We didn't learn our lesson in 2004 and refused to call out the stolen and missing votes in Ohio.

I think Obama has found the right balance so far of letting Gibbs take some shots when necessary.

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Tex's picture

I was hoping that the Repubs

I was hoping that the Repubs would go ahead and choose Rush to be their leader. He is such a blow-hard-know-it-all-disaster-in-the-making that he would end up being the best recruiter for the Dems in decades. I assure you, you give him enough air time, and he will step on those red southern toes.....

Until the GOP gets their act together, we need to concentrate on making hay while the haying is good....

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Steph's picture

Playful Kitty!!

Playful Kitty!!

Kelly McCartney's picture

I mostly agree with you, but

I mostly agree with you, but I think the Carville statement is too harsh for my style. I also agree with you about the kick me sign. I don't think there's anything wrong with standing firm and leading from that place. It's the relish some folks are taking that is over the top for me. The Repugs are sore losers, but we don't have to be rude winners. Let's just do the job well and let our work and results show who has the better ideas.

Won't you be my neighbor? @theKELword

peacekitty's picture

I thought so I was just

I thought so I was just feeling playful. xoxo PK

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Kelly McCartney's picture

Pretty sure I was agreeing

Pretty sure I was agreeing with you.

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Rusty's picture

I enjoyed reading Meghan

I enjoyed reading Meghan McCain's blog during the campaigns but I doubt she will emerge as the face of the Republican Party. She didn't register as a Republican until her dad ran in 2008 and she admitted voting for Kerry in 2004.

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Rusty's picture

"When your opponent is

"When your opponent is drowning, throw him an anchor."

I think James Carville said that. And I agree. However, the opponent is not the Republican Party. It's the neo-con movement. They're the ones that lied us into Iraq; shredded our Constitution; and decided science is the study of how God created everything. That is NOT Barry Goldwater's Republican Party — it's Dick Cheney and Lush Rumball's.

The US needs a strong but rational Republican party to present ideas to counter-balance the Democratic Party. We don't need a group of asshats who just stand around and whine, "NO" "cut taxes" & "class warfare" ad nauseum.

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

peacekitty's picture

"Lush Rumball" Hahahaha! Oh

"Lush Rumball"

Hahahaha! Oh Rusty that was bad....but really good. Smile

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Rusty's picture

"Sad to say there are only a

"Sad to say there are only a handful of moderate Republicans left in Congress"
I agree; My glee is for the implosion of the neo-con movement not the Republican Party. And yes, I will help them implode because it's time Democrats/progressives/liberals/lefty-pinko-commies took the "kick-me" sign off our backs. Most Republicans in Congress now worship at the alter of Lush Rumball. If they decided he's their leader then it's fair to let Americans know this.

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

mysticsmb's picture

Sad to say there are only a

Sad to say there are only a handful of moderate Republicans left in Congress--and three of them (Collins, Snowe, and Specter) who broke ranks to support the stimulus bill are on the verge of being booted out of their party. While there are still moderate Rep. governors and constituents, Congressional Republicans have completely deserted the mainstream.

I'm old enough to remember the days when moderate Republicans exerted a great deal of influence within their party...but now they're treated as a 'fringe' element by their peers. This is not our grandfathers' Republican Party.

peacekitty's picture

That wasn't directed at me

That wasn't directed at me was it? lol Smile

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Kelly McCartney's picture

Arrogance looks good on no

Arrogance looks good on no one.

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Kelly McCartney's picture

Totally agreed. I think there

Totally agreed. I think there are some moderate Republicans who are socially progressive and fiscally conservative, or vice versa. Though I think there are a lot more who pretend to be moderate while actually being fairly well not. This whole charade going on now over the EFCA bill is a good example.

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Kelly McCartney's picture

The difference is in

The difference is in intention, I think. I'd suppose that if Obama had been Prezzie in 2001, we would have gone into Afghanistan, gotten bin Laden, and been out. And that would be that. No Iraq. No extended ghost chasing.

If McCain had been the guy, I think we'd likely be right where we are now.

I would never insinuate that Obama is a pacifist. I think he believes there are times when force is necessary. But he doesn't strike me as a hawk or monger, either. McCain Sr. and Jr. are both of those things.

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Grace Moon's picture

I think Megan McCain is the

I think Megan McCain is the best representative of the GOP at this point. She's articulate, and courageous in the face of a very right leaning party. I hope she takes on Rush next.

As far as her "war mongering" not sure if she's any more of a war monger than the Democratic party at this point. Obama shifting soldiers from Iraq to Afghanistan isn't exactly pacifism.

whats the difference between the use of force and war mongering other than rhetoric?

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Steph's picture

Yep, agree with PK's closing

Yep, agree with PK's closing statement totally. Another great blog.

I have often wondered why it always seem "acceptable" to attack anyone who is right wing, and often on a deeply personal level? Some of them look for it (Sarah Palin springs to mind) but not all right wingers are neo-nazi war mongering homophobic gun toting lunatics.

Just a thought.

peacekitty's picture

"Why are

"Why are Democrats/progressives/liberals/lefty-pinko-commies so obsessed with the implosion of the Republican Party?"

Because it's always easier to blame "the other" for the world's problems than to come up with solutions.

Well in this case it IS easy to blame the Republicans for the state of things in America, but you know what i mean.

I'm personally uncomfortable with making generalizations and pointing fingers because members of all political parties (and all of us) have made mistakes.

Thanks for another well-written and thought-provoking blog Kelly.

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