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The Politics of Blame

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 by scottsteaux63

Well, it has been just over two weeks since the mid-term Elections, and as the President said, we took a “shellacking.”

This isn’t a new phenomenon; Clinton lost Congress in the 1994 midterms, and other Presidents have had to deal with this sort of thing as well.  There is only one thing that sets this election apart from anything that has gone before, and it is as yet an unknown quantity:  the Tea Party movement.

The Teabaggers actually managed to get a few of their candidates elected, though not in nearly the numbers they would have liked.  I was surprised they got as many as they did, because as a group they are shrill, nasty, unbelievably stupid, and have a tendency to run crazy campaigns like Christine O’Donnell’s anti-masturbation platform (yeah Chrissie we all know how well that worked out for ya).

Joe Miller, thank God, did not end up victorious in the Alaska Senate race, though it was almost too close for comfort, and while I don’t know much about Murkawski, she’s a Republican, and right now that’s enough to make me very uncomfortable.  But we shall see; there are actually some Republicans left with some horse sense.

This election has left people asking the inevitable question:  “How did this come about?”  The answer is so simple it is staring them in the face yet many if not most can’t see it:  President Obama failed to live up to an utterly impossible set of expectations (no one, and I mean NO ONE, could have undone the mess that it took Dubya EIGHT SOLID YEARS of fucking around to get us into in just two short years).

Americans have become a nation of spoiled brats and crybabies.  And I am not leaving out my brothers and sisters in the LGBT community, many of whom I know for a FACT stayed home and refused to vote in this election because of “the President’s” failure to act on three main issues:  repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, passage of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, and repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Three issues in the midst of the most chaotic economy since Hoover left office, a Depression that threatens to make the Thirties look like paradise, and unemployment at a high that has not been seen in decades.  And the Republicans want to cut off unemployment benefits!  I swear, these people will not be satisfied until Americans are starving in the streets.  I find myself wondering what they would do if Washington DC looked more like Calcutta.

And as for the failure to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” why should the President take the brunt of the blame when John McCain nearly killed himself with obfuscation, obstruction, filibustering, and every dirty trick in the book to make sure it would not happen.  Yet Lt Dan Choi had the balls to go on Twitter and refer to President Obama as the “worst President ever” because DADT is still in place; apparently, as far as the LGBT community is concerned, McCain operates in a vacuum (and not the one inside his skull, either).

As a result, the disgruntled members of the community who have been threatening to stay home this election for months appear to have made good on their promise.  To them I say this:  thanks for nothing.  You have handed us over to a bunch of bat-shit crazy right wing nuts whose deepest desire is to see us all dead.

As for the next two years, it’s a wait-and-see situation at the moment.  We will not really know for sure until January, when the newly-elected Senators and Congresspeople take office, whether the sitting GOP members of either house are going to play nice with a bunch of extremists, or if, as I suspect, the Teabaggers are going to find that there are a lot more moderate voices in the Republican Party than they expected, and the worst case scenario at this point, as far as I can see, is another government shut down a la Gingrich in 1995-96.

Oh well, it’s only two years.