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I kept waiting for someone to say it.

Claire McCaskill was more than halfway through her speech at the opening of the Jasper County Democratic Headquarters in Joplin Monday night and no one had spoken the words.

“Let it be someone besides the loudmouth standing behind me,” I thought. The guy was driving me to distraction, attempting to show how much of an expert he was by anticipating everything the speaker was going to say. There is always someone like that in every audience.

More than 200 Democrats were gathered outside. They came expecting to hear the senator speak in the new headquarters, but the building was too small and the air conditioning was not working, so the speech was moved to the parking lot.

Who knew there were so many Democrats in Jasper County?  In Joplin, there are three types of people who are reviled by the general populace- tornado scam artists, telephone marketers, and Democrats.

Now with 200 shoehorned into the parking lot, one well-placed missile strike might have eliminated Democrats from Jasper County forever.

And I was still waiting for someone to say the words.

“I don’t care what Citizens United said, corporations aren’t people. They have only one purpose,” McCaskill said.

“Making money,” the loudmouth behind me shouted.

“Can’t you just let her say it?” I thought. It was bad enough that I wasn’t able to get inside and grab a handful of those little packaged cheesecakes and now I have the sage of Jasper County belaboring the obvious right in my ear.

Sen. McCaskill ripped into her three opponents, Congressman Todd Akin, businessman John Brunner, and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman. “My three opponents are three of a kind, one and the same,” she said, noting that one had been endorsed by the Tea Party Express and another by Freedom Works.

“Dick Armey,” the guy behind me says loudly, showing off his vast knowledge of American politics. A few seconds later, the senator noted that Dick Armey was the founder of Freedom Works. I could picture the smug smile on the guy behind me, but I wasn’t going to give him the satisfaction of looking.

Her third potential opponent, McCaskill said, had been endorsed by Michele Bachmann.

The senator never mentioned the three by name. To her and her enthusiastic audience, they were just Moe, Sarah, and Curly.

She ripped them for their hatred of the federal government, then added, “I don’t think I need to tell the people of Joplin why the federal government is important.”

I waited for the man to say something, but no words emerged. Even know-it-alls have to take a break.

“The federal government spent close to $3 million in Joplin.”

My tormenter sprang back into action. “That’s a lot of money!”

“That’s a lot of money,” I thought. “That’s the best you can do? Moe, Sarah, and Curly could have come up with something better than that.”

McCaskill lambasted her opponents for their plans to privatize Social Security, Medicare, and student loans. As her speech neared its conclusion, she raised the name of Missouri’s most revered Democrat- President Harry S Truman.

She noted that he was willing to take stances that were unpopular. “Do you think it was easy when he integrated the armed services?” she asked.

“No,” the guy behind me yelled.

It was a rhetorical question.

And why hadn’t anybody said the words yet?

McCaskill continued. “This is Harry Truman’s seat. I’m awfully honored to sit in it.  Harry Truman would not want his seat filled by someone who thinks compromise is a dirty word and who doesn’t think common sense is something we should value in this job.”

The guy behind me did not wait for McCaskill to finish that sentence. He topped her last word with the phrase I had been anticipating.

“Give ‘em hell, Claire!”

You’ve got that right, buddy.

Originally posted to rturner229 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 08:46 AM PDT.

Also republished by Show Me Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Claire is from Hell so she should know. (0+ / 0-)

    Missouri Democrats are welcome to embrace their Senate candidate but some people outside of MO won't.

    Romney '12: Bully for America!

    by Rich in PA on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 08:57:07 AM PDT

    •  Hey PA (2+ / 0-)
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      majcmb1, xanthippe2

      "Hell" Has a Democratic governor that will not enact draconian voter I.D. laws unlike some places.

      And it p**ked the Phillies...

      Ha! Ha! Ha!Ha! Ha! Ha!Ha! Ha! Ha!Ha! Ha! Ha!Ha! Ha! Ha!Ha! Ha! Ha!

      "Fascism is attracting the dregs of humanity- people with a slovenly biography - sadists, mental freaks, traitors." - ILYA EHRENBURG

      by durrati on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 09:46:02 AM PDT

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    •  No problem (1+ / 0-)
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      durrati

      people outside of Missouri don,t vote in Missouri and

      don't know MO.

      Our attitude in Missouri is that Claire is worth twice as much as these guys all put together

      McCaskill ripped into her three opponents, Congressman Todd Akin, businessman John Brunner, and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman. “My three opponents are three of a kind, one and the same,” she said, noting that one had been endorsed by the Tea Party Express and another by Freedom Work
  •  What are... (1+ / 0-)
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    JGibson

    McCaskill's chances of getting re-elected?

    If she is running against a Tea Party puppet & a FreedomWorks puppet, she is going to get out spent big time.

    Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate. ~ Proverbs 22:22

    by wyvern on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 08:57:45 AM PDT

  •  Saw her in Springtown yesterday (5+ / 0-)
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    marina, eztempo, majcmb1, TomP, xanthippe2

    but I got pics! :)

    posting tomorrow.

    "Fascism is attracting the dregs of humanity- people with a slovenly biography - sadists, mental freaks, traitors." - ILYA EHRENBURG

    by durrati on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 08:59:13 AM PDT

  •  Make her into a Democrat (1+ / 0-)
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    TomP

    All the way! Come on, Claire, you sound good, now do good!
    (Gotta keep left-leaning spirits up!)

  •  I don't recall Truman fighting (9+ / 0-)

    for compromise with Republicans. Going back to 2004 when she ran against Governor Holden from the right and defeated him in the Dem primary, she has self consciously defined herself as one who will compromise with Republicans.  She has been among the most conservative Dems in the senate, often arguing for meeting Rs halfway as the move further and further right.  The Truman mantle does not fit well. In any event, she is better than the 3 Rs and she will get my vote.

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

    by TomP on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 09:09:31 AM PDT

    •  Slate Magazine (3+ / 0-)
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      eztempo, majcmb1, xanthippe2

      recalls...

      Like all bipartisanship, the Cold War variety had its downside as well—instances where the path of compromise proved to be misguided. The 1947 National Security Act, while usefully reforming the armed forces, also created the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency, which metastasized into overgrown and at times dangerously unaccountable bureaucracies. Truman's loyalty program of 1947, although designed to include procedural safeguards to protect the innocent, set a problematic precedent for rooting out subversives in government.

      But on the whole Truman's bipartisanship was good policy and good politics. He brought Republicans into his foreign policy at different stages—consulting with congressional leaders, appointing members of both parties to American delegations abroad, naming Republicans like Hoffman to key posts in the State Department and elsewhere. These moves sustained public support for his internationalism and muted attacks from across the aisle. Even the loyalty program fended off a Republican bill that would have been worse and deprived the GOP of a campaign issue.

      Truman's bipartisan successes didn't change the culture of Washington. They didn't end partisanship, nastiness, or scurrilous attacks. Even when Republicans collaborated with the president, they still lambasted him when it suited their needs. But Truman's strategy had an unforeseen benefit: It allowed him to inhabit the presidency with new authority while putting in place policies that Americans considered to be in the nation's long-term best interest.

      At the same time, his outreach to the Republicans did nothing to prevent him from going partisan on domestic issues for his own purposes. Facing an uphill fight in the 1948 election, Truman famously trashed the "do nothing Eightieth Congress" on a whistle-stop tour around the country, to cheers of "Give 'em hell, Harry!"–ending, two years after his rout, with a sweet victory.

      Tho this article was a call for Obama to emulate Truman we can note that both Barack and Claire also make the GOP whipping boys when it suits them. With the country's left and right so evenly divided those who know how to play the middle most adroitly will prevail.

      "Fascism is attracting the dregs of humanity- people with a slovenly biography - sadists, mental freaks, traitors." - ILYA EHRENBURG

      by durrati on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 09:36:42 AM PDT

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