Sit Down. Shut Up. Vote Democrat!
Disclaimer: I am currently in exile from the Manor, working as an undercover operative in a hotbed of political fuckery. In order to preserve the integrity of my mission, I can’t disclose my exact location, but I feel that I must give you a few clues as to how dire things are here as it most certainly informs my opinion on the impending midterm elections. The senatorial race I will be voting in this November is between a guy who once stated that homosexuals and women having premarital sex shouldn’t be permitted to teach in public schools and a guy who wants to make action figures of himself to stimulate the economy. My sitting U.S. representative publicly heckled the President during a joint session of congress last year and rather than threatening to tar and feather him, his constituents flooded his office with campaign contributions. Oh, and my current state representative referred to the Sarah Palin wannabe who is running for governor as a raghead. Not much phases me, but this place is fucking terrifying.
This midterm season has come with all the standard political theater that occurs when one party controls both houses of Congress as well as the executive branch. No surprises there. What has been surprising is how quickly the White House has started trash-talking the people that got them elected in the first place. Whatever happened to all that hope and change and optimism? When the President campaigned in 2008, he asked that we not be crushed by cynicism. He asked that we dare to dream for a brighter progressive future. He called on the American people to boldly vote for a candidate who was different and fresh and idealistic, who would stand up for what he believed…for what we believed. Basically, he fucking lied.
The Bartender aptly called out Barack Obama when he nominated him for Worst Person Ever, so there’s really no need to rehash all that again. But I’m pissed off, so I’m gonna go ahead and bitch for a while about how supremely fucked-up it is that the democrats are now expecting the base to just roll over and vote for them again anyway. DNC chair Tim Kane appeared on the Daily Show a few weeks ago and essentially told Jon Stewart that the party’s theme for the midterm election season is “We’re Better Than the Other Guys”.
Now, I get that the game o’ politics is a nasty one. Also, the Republicans are really fucking obnoxious when it comes to compromise, so that Democratic majority in both houses of Congress isn’t doing as much as we hoped it might back around inauguration time. But the Dems are working so fucking hard to be “bipartisan” that they’ve essentially given the finger to all the people who voted for them. And what greater good has that brought about? A healthcare bill? The one with no public option? The one with an Executive Order saying federal funds won’t be used for abortion? Apparently the DNC hasn’t noticed that despite their willingness to compromise, the Republicans and all their various talking heads are still calling the President a socialist and still saying that ObamaCare will allow for federal funds to be used for abortion. Still. Even though all that shit got scrapped a long, long time ago. Compromise isn’t working.
It’s time the Democrats take a page out of the Republican playbook and learn to throw their fucking weight around. What are they afraid of? That Glenn Beck will draw a huge crowd for a rally in D.C.? That conservatives will think Obama is a secret Muslim? That they won’t accomplish any real change? All that shit is already fucking happening. But if they’d stick to their guns, at least they’d have a better slogan with which to inspire their base than “Don’t Give Them The Keys Back”. At least their opponents would be hating them for actually doing something. And maybe they wouldn’t result to tossing insults out at the people who worked their asses off to get them in office.
And the shit thing is, Republicans have actually gotten scarier since Obama’s been in office. I do not want to vote for them. I will not vote for them. As much as I’d like to sit this election out and stay home watching The West Wing, hoping Obama will have a “Let Bartlet Be Bartlet” moment, I’ll show up and I’ll fucking vote blue (except when I can vote green). But I’m not going to get mad at liberals who are too exhausted and too disheartened to vote this year. And I’m not going to stop bitching about how ineffective and disappointing this administration is. I’m not going to stop being angry. And no matter what Robert Gibbs or Joe Biden or anyone else says, I’m not going to stop “whining”. And neither should you.