Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Big Dan's Big News Jan 20, 2010

The very idea that an administration run by Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel and staffed with centrists, Wall Street mavens, and former Bush officials -- and a Congress beholden to Blue Dogs and Lieberdems -- has been captive "to the Left" is so patently false that everyone should be too embarrassed to utter it.

Glenn Greenwald: In what universe must someone be living to believe that the Democratic Party is controlled by "the Left," let alone "the furthest left elements" of the Party? As Ezra Klein says, the Left "ha[s] gotten exactly nothing they wanted in recent months." The Left wanted a single-payer system, then settled for a public option, then an opt-out public option, then Medicare expansion -- only to get none of it, instead being handed a bill that forces every American to buy health insurance from the private insurance industry. Nor was it "the Left" -- but rather corporatist Democrats like Evan Bayh and Lanny Davis -- who cheered for the hated Wall Street bailout; blocked drug re-importation; are stopping genuine reform of the financial industry; prevented a larger stimulus package to lower unemployment; refuse to allow programs to help Americans with foreclosures; supported escalation in Afghanistan (twice); and favor the same Bush/Cheney terrorism policies of indefinite detention, military commissions, and state secrets.

Glenn Greenwald: Blame the all-powerful left!

Chris Floyd: Democrats and progressives are crying doom over the party's defeat in Massachusetts. The loss, we're told, is a blow to Barack Obama's political agenda, and so it is. They say it's a shame that yet another rightwing zealot who advocates torture is now in the Senate, and so it is. But it is precisely that agenda that led to the loss, and the shame. It is that agenda which has resurrected a rightwing party that was dead in the water, and empowered its most extreme elements.

And what is Barack Obama's agenda? What is his political program? It breaks down into three main elements: unwinnable wars, unconscionable bailouts, and unworkable, unwanted health care "reform" that forces people to further enrich some of the most despised conglomerates in the land. It is, in every way, a recipe for moral, economic and political disaster. It is a gigantic anchor tied around the neck of the Democratic Party, and it will drag the whole lumbering wreck back to the bottom in short order.

It also provides a fertile breeding ground for the willful, belligerent ignorance of the Right to thrive.

Chris Floyd - Critical Mass: Dem Agenda Opens Right-Wing Doors

CROAKLEY concedes Ted Kennedy's seat at the speed of light!

Dems call in "RAPID RESPONSE TEAM" to concede Ted Kennedy's seat of 46 honor of Kerry's speed of light concession in the 2004 election and now Croakley's, the New England Patriots are renaming their team to the New England Conceders!

Coakley Concedes MA Senate Race in Record Time! Ensuring that nobody's vote would actually be counted, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in MA injures several supporters in her race for the phone. Democracy bravely averted; Sen. Kerry applauds...



Rocket Science and Diebold Mysteries Rather Than Simple, Observable Democracy in MA Senate Race. Election experts file public records requests; Pre-marked ballots reported in 'at least' THREE towns...

It must be said that this is a defeat the Democratic Party made possible and richly deserved. Obama’s right-wing policies on the bank bailout, his cost-cutting healthcare overhaul and his continuation and expansion of the wars of the Bush administration have antagonized millions who supported him in 2008 and alienated Democratic Party base voters.

Republican wins Massachusetts Senate race

The "60 vote BULLSHIT": Grayson: Health Care Isn't Dead If Brown Wins; 'Nothing Has Changed'

HBO movie "Hacking Democracy"; check out Bev Harris'

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