Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Kicking Ass

Molly Ivins is mad as hell and she's not going to take it any more:
Mah fellow progressives, now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of the party. I don’t know about you, but I have had it with the D.C. Democrats, had it with the DLC Democrats, had it with every calculating, equivocating, triangulating, straddling, hair-splitting son of a bitch up there....

I can’t see a damn soul in D.C. except Russ Feingold who is even worth considering for President. The rest of them seem to me so poisonously in hock to this system of legalized bribery they can’t even see straight....

Every Democrat I talk to is appalled at the sheer gutlessness and spinelessness of the Democratic performance. The party is still cringing at the thought of being called, ooh-ooh, “unpatriotic” by a bunch of rightwingers.
It's all great. Read the whole thing.

(Via Pandagon.)


Otto Man said...

From Roll Call: "Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has become the first co-sponsor to Sen. Russ Feingold’s (D-Wis.) controversial resolution to censure President Bush for authorizing an allegedly illegal domestic surveillance program."

Guess there are two Dems worth a damn.

sideshow bob said...

I'm with her!

Tokyo Joe said...

Good rant from Molly. this just confirms my decision to not allign myself with any political party. I truly believe the vast majority of politicians (both red and blue) are dirtbags and care more for their paychecks/perks then anyone else. That's why I always try to vote for the person, never the party.

S.W. Anderson said...

I understand Sens. Feinstein and Boxer signed on to back Feingold too.

As for the rest, yeah, I'm disgusted too right now.

I do think 2008 calculations are playing a big part in this little melodrama. It's no secret Feingold wants to run, so competitors aren't anxious to provide him bragging rights. Others probably don't want to appear to be jumping on his bandwagon — or to not be jumping on his bandwagon either, most likely.

One other thing. Feingold didn't just amble in off the street. Since when does a senator launch into something like this without lining up at least a fair number of backers whose votes and pull he can count on going in?

S.W. Anderson said...

T.J., I understand how you feel. There's just one problem. By aligning with a party and doing what you can to support it and participate in it, you get a shot at influencing what it's about and what it does.

By standing off to the side, disdaining parties as unworthy of whatever you have to offer, you lose that chance.

If everyone adopted your position, would we all be better off? Anything's possible, I suppose, but I doubt it.