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I have had it.
I'm tired of reading diaries on this site about how awful the Republicans are. How regressive their policies are. How they are destroying the country... blah blah blah.

Last night I heard Kristina Vanden Heuval ranting to Ed Schlultz on MSNBC about the Republican scorched earth policy. Where is the Democrats' scorched earth policy? Why aren't Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Al Franken, my Congressman George Miller, Sheldon Whitehouse and every other Congressperson that portrays themselves as a liberal out there at the microphones every single time Lying John Boehner, Former Senator John McCain, Huckleberry Closet Case Graham, Slimy Eric Cantor and their cohorts take to the airwaves with their “Obama has no plan” nonsense or the Benghazi nonsense or the gun nonsense or any of the other nonsense that they spew day after day? Why aren't Democratic congresspeople mocking them, insulting them, calling them out at the top of their lungs on their unwillingness to govern? Every time a so called pundit like Bill Keller or David Brooks publishes some false equivalency trope, the designated Democratic Attack Dog of the Day needs to come out braying "BS".

Enough with Harry Reid's spidery anguished moans. Enough with the reasonableness. Enough with the “if we work with them on this, maybe they'll give us that” garbage. For God's sake, Democrats, get a spine, grow a pair and start fighting with the gloves off for what you say you believe in.

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  •  I understand that (4+ / 0-)
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    rb608, wader, ZedMont, jayden

    Harry has used the word "posterior" recently.  

    Well there y'a go.

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 02:46:46 PM PST

  •  Methinks you might have lost sight of what (3+ / 0-)
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    rb608, The Marti, wader

    the term "scorched earth policy" means.

    The last thing I want out of a Democrat is scorched earth. Fire, yes. Scorched earth, no.

    But hey, you did label this as a rant, so it doesn't make sense to get too pedantic. Hope you at least felt better by the end.

    "Every now & then your brain gifts you with the thought, 'oh, that's right, I don't actually give a **** about this.' Treasure it" -- jbou

    by kenlac on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 02:53:57 PM PST

  •  Where are the Dems? (6+ / 0-)

    On the proverbial "cutting room floor". I feel quite sure they've had plenty to say--but if you're one of the six corporate entities that control all information in this country, you only want to broadcast select snippets.

    See, that way you can portray Dems as "weak", only showing stuff that fits your narrative. That was the whole point of "consolidation" of media. Control.

    It is time to #Occupy Media.

    by lunachickie on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 03:24:03 PM PST

    •  Well, wouldn't I see them saying it on MSNBC? (3+ / 0-)
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      diffrntdrummr, Shockwave, Turbonerd

      If they are saying it wouldn't they be saying it on Chris Hayes or Rachel of Lawrence? The commentators are saying it; Joy Reid, Ari Melber et al. But the the congressional spokespeople for the party are invisible as far as I can tell. And even if I grant your point about media consolidation, if the Dems had a press conference every day like the Republicans do, the media would have to cover it.

      •  MSNBC isn't a media front for the Democratic party (2+ / 0-)
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        Shockwave, lunachickie

        Unlike FoxNews and the Republican party, for example.

        "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

        by wader on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 05:41:14 PM PST

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        •  Well not officially (1+ / 0-)
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          Turbonerd

          But it does have the most liberal slant of any mainstream news organization and most of its hosts would describe themselves as liberal. Certainly, Chis Hayes, Rachel, Lawrence, Ed and MHP do.

          With a few notable exceptions, Democratic congresspeople are not media savvy. And that's not even my point. I don't care where they speak up but can they speak up somewhere every single day with the same message..."The Republicans want this country to be ungovernable and here's the latest example of it"

          •  Yeah, but it's run (1+ / 0-)
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            wader

            by a corporate. Which means you see what they want you to see--nothing more, nothing less. If Democrats "growing a spine" will make corporations look bad, it won't be broadcast.

            Period.

            This has nothing to do with "media savvy". The first thing you need to do is disabuse yourself of the notion that "The Party" has any control over their message. They do not.

            It is time to #Occupy Media.

            by lunachickie on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 06:10:24 AM PST

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            •  The most important point: (1+ / 0-)
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              wader

              The Media does not have to cover everything. Since consolidation, the messages are coordinated.

              They do not cover something just because it's "news". They cover what they are told to cover.

              It is time to #Occupy Media.

              by lunachickie on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 06:12:09 AM PST

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          •  You're right - the Rs are more entertaining. (1+ / 0-)
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            suejazz

            And that's why they end up on the boob tube much more frequently than the Dems.

            If we had a few Dems that were willing to give a full-throated defense of Democratic policies, the media would EAT IT UP. It plays completely into their usually false "one side says/other side says" setup. Unfortunately, the Dem leadership in Congress is way too cautious to throw red meat, and the Rs are way too willing. They don't worry about accuracy either.

            Modern news organizations are just another entertainment outlet for their corporate parents. Rs get more screen time because they're more entertaining. That's why they get more coverage.

            Reforms come from below. No man with four aces howls for a new deal.
            Keystone XL will raise gas prices!

            by Turbonerd on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 08:55:40 AM PST

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    •  I had to rec this for use of the term (2+ / 0-)
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      ORDem, Turbonerd

      'cutting room floor'...had to smile, hadn't heard that in years:)

  •  agree totally (5+ / 0-)

    I too have grown tired of these same things.

    As a matter of fact I sometimes rail at these Ed and Rachel shows even though they're closer to my editorial beliefs than their competition, and for the same reason - it just never gets to the next level. It's all coming from a place of helplessness. So I watch less now.

    Also there is hardly any media coverage of any positions on meaningful issues to the left of the administration so nothing gets traction.

    •  not even necessarily "to the left of the President (2+ / 0-)
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      Alma, suejazz

      Even "moderate" dems ought to be willing to stand up and say something like "I support the President's goal of taking a balanced approach to deficit reduction. But Social Security and Medicare are not part of that deficit. Those programs are fully funded for decades. These programs work, the American people need them and support them, and cutting Medicare and Social Security will only hurt our fragile economy and do nothing to ease the deficit."

      Reforms come from below. No man with four aces howls for a new deal.
      Keystone XL will raise gas prices!

      by Turbonerd on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 07:04:59 AM PST

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      •  If they really want to go to the left, (2+ / 0-)
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        Alma, suejazz

        Dems could point out that the two biggest drivers of the deficit have been the two unfunded wars in the middle east and the Bush tax cuts for the extremely rich. Republicans need to admit to that reality and be ready to address it before any deal on the deficit can be reached.

        Reforms come from below. No man with four aces howls for a new deal.
        Keystone XL will raise gas prices!

        by Turbonerd on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 07:08:47 AM PST

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