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  •  This guy is toast (17+ / 0-)

    i think he's been redistricted out of existence anyway, with the new congressional districting signed by Democratic governor Quinn.

    But even if he decides to run a contested seat in a new district, he's toast.  People show up at his town hall meetings to laugh at him, including Republicans.  They just scoff at him.

    He won his seat because of the 2008 wave and because Melissa Bean couldn't find the right balance between energizing the base and keeping centrist independents.  I worry a little that the exact same dynamics that cost Bean her seat and got Walsh elected might be what Obama faces nationally in 2012.  But that's for another conversation.

    The only good thing about Joe Walsh is that he has no political future of any sort.  He's an embarrassment even to his own party and Republicans in the northwest suburbs of Chicago are ashamed of him.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 11:13:56 AM PDT

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    •  If he's such a joke( which he is...) (4+ / 0-)
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      Then why does he keep showing up my TV machine all the time?

      Just another day in Oceania.

      by drshatterhand on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 11:25:55 AM PDT

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      •  TeeVee likes the funny. (4+ / 0-)
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        The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it."

        by Hillbilly Dem on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 11:30:26 AM PDT

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      •  That's a very good question (6+ / 0-)

        This guy is a zero and he gets a hell of a lot of press.

        Reminds me of another media creation.  I mean, seriously, who the f@ck is Michele Bachmann and why should she keep getting air time?  

        She's the same thing, a wackadoodle Representative in a suburban district always willing to provide the media with a loud, nasty, titillating attack on Obama.  The media is so addicted to WWF style political reporting, you need hysterical idiots like Walsh or Bachmann to supply the market.

        And there's a market out there - the media elevates idiots almost at random to fill the niche.  Some idiots have legs (Bachmann - who knew!) and some don't

        It just so happens that my wife's parents live in Walsh's district and my sister-in-law lives in Bachmann's.  Walsh is just so obviously a deadbeat and a creep that he doesn't quite fit his district.  There are plenty of fundies in Walsh's district, but also a lot of standard fiscal conservatives who don't fit the fundie label.  So the 35% fundie nuts are not enough to give him a political future.  The 25% fiscal conservatives see through him now.  The remaining 40% of beat-down suburban Democrats are horrified by him but somehow didn't have the energy to keep him from getting elected in the first place.

        Bachmann fits her district better.  There are not so many sane fiscal conservatives.  Instead her district appears to consist of >50% of the uniquely Midwest version of brain-dead fundamentalist Christians, and <50% of the sort of intelligent, polite, decent people for which Minnesota is usually known.  Nearly half of her district loathes her, but they can never seem to defeat her.  

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 11:44:34 AM PDT

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      •  There has to be a "name" for this... (1+ / 0-)
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        where the subject (the "joke") is ostensibly made credible by something that is far from credible (TV programs that put him on).

        "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis D. Brandeis

        by VA6thDem on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 11:45:11 AM PDT

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    •  I thought Bean lost mainly because (3+ / 0-)

      a Green candidate siphoned off many votes that almost certainly would have gone to her.

      We are all Stranded Wind.

      by Christian Dem in NC on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 11:29:42 AM PDT

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      •  I think the Green candidate got some votes (2+ / 0-)
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        But that was symptomatic in itself of Melissa Bean's trouble with Democrats.  She acted very much as a blue dog fiscal conservative, very pro-financial industry.  There are plenty of liberals in her district who just couldn't get enthused about her.  She moved into the center of the road, and that old adage about armadillos proved true in her case.

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 11:47:59 AM PDT

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    •  He may have a solid future (1+ / 0-)
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      selling used cars.  May as well open his dealership in his current district, there's plenty of suckers to keep a sleazy used car dealer afloat.

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 02:03:09 PM PDT

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