We still have the senate and the presidency, so let's focus on the future.
Back in the 1960s British Cosmologist Fred Hoyle, who coined the term 'Big Bang', wrote a series of papers theorizing that life on Earth (and perhaps elsewhere) began out in the seeming void of deep space. His peers thought he was delusional.
Until along came Lew Snyder, then of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He asserted that Hoyle had the right idea and that prebiotic molecules (molecules believed to be involved in the processes leading to the origin of life) could not only evolve in deep space, but could also be distributed throughout the universe enduring the unimaginable torment of interstellar travel.
Who cares! Let the GOP win the House tomorrow
We don't need no stinkin' House majority.
What have the Democrats done for us anyway?
Sure, Time Magazine says that the Democrats have implemented "the most ambitious energy legislation in history... ...pouring $90 billion into clean energy, including unprecedented investments in a smart grid; energy efficiency; electric cars; renewable power from the sun, wind and earth; cleaner coal; advanced biofuels; and factories to manufacture green stuff in the U.S. The act will also triple the number of smart electric meters in our homes, quadruple the number of hybrids in the federal auto fleet and finance far-out energy research through a new government incubator modeled after the Pentagon agency that fathered the Internet."
The latest rage - or outrage - on the right is this Newsweek Poll. You know, the Newsweek poll - the one that said that Obama has a 54% approval rating and that 48% of registered voters prefer to vote for a Democrat, while only 42% lean Republican.
That Newsweek Poll.
Seems the Repuglinuts don't like that poll because it doesn't fit their teabag revolution narrative. They slant their brows in angry scowls, slam their hammy fists and declare the poll an outlier, unfit for human consumption!!!
We should've been so lucky as to have genuine single-payer, universal healthcare here like the dangerous and frightening socialists abroad.
We would've been ecstatic to welcome ALL of our soldiers back from desert wastelands to our beloved fields of grain and purple mountains majesty.
We could've sighed with relief as those who built the catalyst for financial collapse were brought swiftly and brutally to justice.
But reality got in our way.
In particular, we met a pipsqueak, congressional minority eager to abuse the power of filibuster, a belligerent foe willing to fill the void of a U.S.-less Iraq, a resurgent Taliban, and an economy that would cease to exist without a functioning banking system.
With all that, with all the obstacles, with all the critics (from both sides of the aisle), Obama was still able to fulfill the key promises of his campaign.
Below, I've compiled what I believe to be the presidents most important promises fulfilled.
Not quite the narrative du jour. Nevertheless, it is the most likely scenario to evolve. True, Republicans will make gains - major gains, but they will fail to overtake the Democrats in either house of congress.
That Republicans will make gains is no surprise. The party out of power - and in this case way out of power -- nearly always benefits in the midterm elections. And, as we wade through the muck of destruction left in George W. Bush's wake, we must also expect that those currently in charge will take a hit for the current state of the nation, regardless of whom was responsible for it.
Also no surprise is that the minority party will be the party with greater 'passion' and thus the most 'likely' voters. The frustration of powerlessness is a great motivator.
Thus the media narrative of which we are all familiar.
There are, however, some elements to this year's election cycle that might be surprising, some things that run counter to the narrative that Republicans will take the day. These are things that will deny the GOP their fantasy of a congressional majority.
And here they are, conveniently bullet-pointed for your perusal:
Top 9 Reasons the GOP Will Fail to Take Either the House or the Senate
Obama recently noted that his greatest fear regarding the outcome of this election is not that the Palin-McCain ticket will somehow find the competence or appeal to overtake him, but rather that his own supporters will become so comfortable in his lead in the polls (which are tightening mind you!), that they become complacent – perhaps even deciding to forego voting.
But who would decide not to 'bother' voting?
Likely no one here at DK, but we all probably know someone somewhere that is a little less involved in the political process. They support Obama, but they’re the type who might not make it to the polls if they think this thing is safely tucked away in the Obama column.
We can't afford to let that happen!
So I have just the thing for these people – a fantastic tool we can use to give these people the push they need to get to the voting booth regardless of the poll position in which we find Obama come Election Day.
Check out this video – completely and easily tailored to the name of anyone you choose. (Jump!)
Why are you all so hard on Sarah Palin?
What did she ever do to you? hm?
You should be thanking her for bring sexy back to these politics of which you all seem so obsessed. You're tjust jealous cause she's pretty and smart and Brocko Boma is ugly and very dumb.
In fact, where would Brocko Bama be if it weren't for good Ms. Palin? Nowhere. That's where. He has only fed off her popularity as a pioneer as political person. Never before has there ever been a woman on a presidential ticket -- especially as vice president. Why is it always republicans that break ground on women in politics? hm? It's because Democrats are racist, that's why.
Let's get some light in this room!
#10) Thinks Herpetology is something that can be avoided through 'abstinence only' programs.
#9) Refuses to share ANY DNA with chimpanzees.
#8) Thinks the Flintstones are fiction, but only because she knows cars weren't invented until after the great flood killed all the dinosaurs.
Jump, damn it! Jump like your lives depend on it!!!
No. That’s not his new campaign slogan* (though it could be).
And, though technically true that McCain has endured longer than Spam, the two birthdates actually share the same fiscal year* (exciting stuff!!)
And that’s just the beginning of the awesome stuff these two have in common. Check this out!
From Clintonopedia, the encyclopedia of denial
A Hail Mary pass or Hail Mary play in American Politics is an election strategy made in desperation, with only a small chance of success. The typical Hail Mary is a very long, tedious plan executed near the end of a primary where there is no possibility for any reasonable plan to work. This plan is unlikely to be successful, because the general inaccuracy of the plan and the defensive team's preparedness for the plan makes it likely that it can intercept or knock down the desperate candidate’s assault -- the plan is executed and a prayer is said, hoping the leading candidate’s electability somehow disintegrates.
It’s no secret that Hillary has failed miserably at currying the favor of the progressive blogosphere – something about which she could probably not care less.
It’s also no secret that the progressive Netroots heavily favors the glimmering stars that are Obama and Edwards. The November Kos Straw poll showed a combined strength for Obama/Edwards at 61% of the vote, while Hillary barely squirmed past Dodd to secure 9%, whimpering her way into 4th place behind Dennis Kucinich! Yikes!
"Too often, the Bush administration does what it wants, no matter the law. It says what it wants, no matter the facts,"
-- Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.
It's not enough that the Bush Administration can't consider a piece of legislation lest it be slathered with myriad "signing statements" -- i.e. presidential admissions of contempt for the rule of law. Now, it seems, they can't even work within the canyon-fitted leeway afforded by Bush's law-skirting actions. At least that's what the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in their report (though they worded it a bit differently;) Jump...