We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“Barack Obama is a bigger disaster to this country than 9-11. If you took the phrase ‘fair share’ ‘millionaires and billionaires’ and ‘pass this bill’ out of his vocabulary he would be unable to deliver a speech… The American people developed a fighting spirit after 9-11 and we responded back after them. And if allowed to defeat would be total. But, Barack Obama, what he has done to our economy, what he has done to the American spirit of individual responsibility and self-reliance… Killing three thousand people is a tragedy, Sean. It is a real tragedy. But, killing the individualism, the self-reliance, and the self respect of the American people like Barack Obama has done is much more of a tragedy.”
It’s all very odd. Obama is acting as if his approval ratings are in the mid-60s instead of the low 40s. He’s acting as if Republicans fear him instead of Democrats like Senator Claire McCaskill, who no longer want to be seen with him. The president is acting like his agenda is popular rather than radioactive. He’s acting as if the public still cares what he thinks rather than having tuned him out long ago. And he’s acting as if Republicans will feel compelled to justify their opposition to this singularly inept chief executive and his failing presidency.
Obama is once again trying to weave a narrative that is utterly detached from the real world. From time to time my son does the same thing.
"On several occasions the president returned to this theme: voting against Stimulus II will require Republicans to answer not only to their constituents but to The Great and Mighty Obama"
Wehner, instead of comparing Obama to a child, might instead ask what plan Commandante Zero has towards making this come true. His friends and allies (Friedman, Orszag, Perdue) have all called for postponing elections and limiting democracy, after all.
That's fine if the Tea Party folks don't want to spend resources on Brown, however, Brown is a 'representative' of the people from a very liberal state and cannot be expected to be a 'true' conservative however that is defined. He is probably as conservative as can be elected from that state and conservative Republicans should be very happy to get him and should work hard to keep him. Politics are about winning and winning requires coalitions that by definition include some folks you otherwise prefer not to include.
A lot of conservatives need to grow up...and that goes for many's fantasies about a 'truly conservative' president as well.
If there was a primary challenger to Brown or even a third party candidate in the race, I could understand why the MA Tea Party people would support him rather than Brown, but as far as I know, there isn't so sitting out is just going to help Warren get elected. Geez! Those people have to grow up!
A very important point, Phil. How does an elected representative balance the often conflicting roles of leaders and representative? As the junior Senator from the Great State of Massachusetts and was elected to represent the people of Massachusetts within the US Senate.
This particular case illustrates the importance of the 17th Amendment. Prior to the 17th a senator's job was to do the bidding of the state legislature. After the 17th a senator's job is to do the bidding of the people of the state. There is room for significant difference in those roles.
What degree of leadership can we expect or demand from our senators. If a senator believes his constituency is wrong about one, some, or all issues he owes it to them, IMHO, to try and lead them toward his position. But when all is said and done, his job is to do their bidding.
The people of Massachusetts need to decide whether it is Brown or Warren who will best represent them. That would seem a clear choice to me but, then again, in my neck of the woods we refer to them as Massholes.
It is a well known fact that gay communities develop around two attractors: culture and/or the hospitality industry. In the hotel industry it is a well known fact--hire one and in two years all in that department will be gay, i.e. if you put one at the front desk in two years all new employees for the front desk will be gay. Interesting isn't it? Though it may not be exactly two years to the day--the process will have begun and in a short period of time most in the mid management and/or front of house positions will be homosexuals. If you visit well established (long time) resort destinations such as Nevada, Florida, Aspen, and yes even the lakes area up north you will find a strong homosexual community. So either they come out of the closet exponentially, or there is no science in the "genetic" science.
Regarding the Wall St Protestors' ideas on responsibility and blame:
Smart, responsible people outgrow teenage angst and rebellion. They grow up and realize that life isn't fair and that rights are earned through responsible behavior.
Movements such as progressivism that believe in the precedence of the collective over the individual have, IMO, a strong incentive to keep large numbers of people in the irresponsible 'teenage state' where they're content to depend on the largesse of the government to survive. These people (I think wrongly) believe that they have more power to control the government than they do to affect their own personal success.
And, if you've given up (or never really embarked on the journey) on putting forth the effort to succeed - it's a lot more comforting to blame an abstract, and preferably successful, enemy - than to come to terms with personal failure.