Because that's what everyone else is doing.
I can't believe the number of comments I have seen today on DKOS about how the president failed to lead, the Ds are the same as the Rs, the president is a failure and a disappointment because he didn't reform capitalism or convince racists to stop hating him.
It all seems to be Obama's fault. Not the electorate that stayed home in 2010 (and again now), not the electorate that does not know how bad income equality is, or that the deficit is down, or that health care costs are down. Not the media that quite deliberately played along, moving seamlessly from deficit hysteria to deficit invisibility over the course of a year. Nope, all Obama's fault.
Honestly, if he just said "Fuck it," and spent the next two years golfing while the Republicans dismantled the country and sold it piece by piece to the Kochs, I couldn't blame him.
In the constellation of terrible political punditry there are many blazing examples: Cal Thomas, Peggy Noonan, Thomas Friedman, to name just a few. But David Brooks has immortally cemented his position as the greatest with this column: Been there, Done that, so now the rest of you who go there and do that should go to prison.
I owned guns (at least one, usually several) from the age of 14 until I moved to Australia two years ago. As most of you know, Australia is the Holy Land of Gun Control: after the Port Arthur mass shooting, the government rounded up 1/3 of all the firearms in the country and melted them down.
The gun buy-back was tremendously expensive and far from unanimously popular; there is still a pro-gun political party here.
So, what is the result 17 years later? For an American's perspective, see below:
Warning: it's not pretty.
I received a chain email that starts with some pictures of Hiroshima being nuked, follows with some pictures of the vibrant city it is now, and then has some pictures of crumbling Detroit. It then spits out these pearls of wisdom (in big fonts and many colors, natch):
Crossposted from MCPlanck Rebooted 'cause I thought you guys would find it amusing.
While bitterly complaining about Romney's mismanaged campaign, Peggy Noonan remarks:
A campaign is a communal exercise. It isn't about individual entrepreneurs. It's people pitching in together, aiming their high talents at one single objective: victory.
And so is a country
, Ms. Noonan, except the goal is survival, which is somewhat more important than victory.
Amazing, isn't it, that Republican philosophy asserts that all economic progress comes from the genius of Promethean job-creators, that without the direct oversight of these individual, singular heroes we would all starve like lemmings... but the trivial act of winning a dog-and-pony show apparently requires communism.
Nothing like watching a Reagan speech-writer throw the entire Republican philosophy under a bus just so they can win an election. Tells you what they really think is important, doesn't it?
Crossposted from MCPlanck Rebooted 'cause I thought you guys would find it amusing
Maybe this is what Gibbs meant when he complained about the professional Left:
No, really. It's totally OK for you to give up on Obama. It's your right; it's even your moral duty to do so if you think it's necessary. And don't feel guilty about it, either. Obama doesn't even miss you; heck, he wants you to quit. Nothing convinces the Center he's on their side like the sight of a bunch of Lefties squealing in outrage.
But next year, when it comes time to make political donations and decisions, take a clear, cold-eyed look at your choices. Pick the one that is in your best interest. Vote for the best deal you can get for yourself. That is your civic, moral duty, and that's all we're asking for.
There has been a lot of disappointment with President Obama from the Left. I never really got that; to me it was obvious he was doing the best he could. But lately people have been talking about the possibility that he's playing "11 dimensional chess," and I'm starting to think they might be right.
The oldest trick in the tactical play-book is the feigned retreat. You have your guys run away in apparent fear: the sight is too enticing for the enemy, who break ranks and charge after you, eager for the slaughter. But wait! It was a trick - at the crucial moment your men turn and stand, in good order, and the enemy breaks over your formations like water on the beach.
This is a great trick. When it works, it almost always produces victory. However, it has a few prerequisites, chief among which are a stupid, undisciplined enemy and a stalwart army of your own. The greatest danger is that your men will become afraid for real and keep running.
Some years ago I had to resort to lawyer to right a wrong that had been done to me. The lawyer explained to me that if I expected to win my case in a courtroom, I would have to stop being angry.
It didn't matter that I was right and the other guy was wrong - egregiously, obviously wrong. It didn't matter that the facts and the law were on my side. It didn't matter that it was a serious situation - literally a life-time's worth of earnings.
As my lawyer explained, juries don't like angry people. If you go in angry, you lose.
To win over a jury of uninterested, uneducated people who don't know you requires that you be the victim. Avenging angels are presumed capable of taking care of themselves. People who shout and yell have an agenda. People who are vindictive are surely just out for revenge.
in short, people who are angry are assumed to lie.
Another entry in the "Astounding Quotes" file, from the comments section here:
Yes, it is true. Mr. Mason has a problem with Dems supporting the Constitution. And it gets better:
From Jacob Hornberger at Reason magazine:
"Notwithstanding slavery and other violations of liberty, our American ancestors brought into existence the freest society in history."
So... let's get this straight: if you ignore the hideous crime of slavery, our ancestors created the freest society in history.