Archive for November 16th, 2004

The Rise of the Republicants

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The ubiquitous Joe
Trippi
has been saying since
long before the election that the next four years were going to see
the demise of one of the major political parties in the United States. Bold
words, considering the Republican
Party
, as presently constituted,
has been around 120 years, and the Democrats 50
more than that.

For over a century these two monolithic parties have dominated the
American political panorama, and until recently were expected to continue
their primacy ad infinitum. However, the ideological
bankruptcy and inability to connect with disaffected citizens on the
part of the Democratic Party exposed in the just-completed elections
has got us thinking Joe might have a point.

The Republicans Rule the Roost, and from where we are sitting it seems
much more likely that their primacy will be threatened by a schism within
rather than by any resurgence of an aging and exhausted Democratic machine.
We would not be surprised to see a Republican Resistance coalescing
in the next few years around the incredibly popular and trustworthy figure
of Collin Powell.

It has been increasingly obvious to astute observers that Powell has
been acutely uncomfortable with the positions he has been forced into
by the Bush Administration, presenting trumped up intelligence to a
skeptical Security Council, defending America’s go-it-alone gangsterism
after a decade of alliance building and international cooperation, defending
the prosecution of a war about which he has had grave misgivings since
the start. The smart money says he has been begging to leave for a year,
and was only barely convinced by the Vice-president not to announce his
resignation until after the election.

He is not alone. Moderate Republicans are abandoning the administration
like nervous Mormons who just discovered that their Prayer Breakfast
is being held in a Hooter’s. Alarmed by ideological interventionism,
profligate spending and deficit denial, they are backing away from a
manic and emboldened neocon cadre convinced of the righteousness of their
cause and enamored of the historical opportunity to smash their enemies
and create a Conservative Camelot.

Such monstrous hubris is almost always rewarded by tragedy, sooner or
later. We are convinced that saner minds in the Republican Party, moderates
like Powell, Mc Cain and Snow, will eventually realize that the Bush
zealots are a bigger threat to the American way of life than John Kerry
and Saddam
Hussein combined.

Is it so absurd to imagine that the mighty Republican party could fracture,
and its moderate elements, uniting with millions of independents and
some traditional Democrats, could form a New Republican Party?  Independents
looking for a real change from business as usual and ingrained party
corruption would join in droves. Values oriented Democrats sick of their
party’s moral bankruptcy and old-politics mind set would cross over in
an instant.

They could call themselves Republicrats, perhaps, or Republicants, to
adapt a term from our favorite flick, Bladerunner. And they could nominate
as Party Chairman and eventual presidential candidate none other than
the recently departed Colin Powell.

It is not
as far-fetched as it sounds
. Powell is obviously a capable
and ambitious man. His options within the existing Republican Party
are nil, and will remain so as long as the radical neocons are in charge.  He
has already turned down the Democrats, and clearly believes that American
democracy needs to be restored. And he could easily win.

Imagine, if you will, a three way race in 2008. The Republicans will
nominate Jeb Bush and some gray, older Cheney-clone to mind the back
office. They will be saddled by the busted legacy of W; multiple lingering
foreign military quagmires and a monstrous deficit.  The Democrats
will put up poor Hillary Clinton and some testosterone-drenched trophy
VEEP,
who we believe are doomed to go down in flames in the final, definitive
defeat of the Democratic Party. And the Republicants would nominate Colin
Powell and John Mc Cain!

It wouldn’t even be that close.  Hillary would come in a distant
third.  Powell and Mc Cain would be given the chance to make a truly
fresh start, free of the decades of corruption and inexpugnable ties
to the special interests and old-line power centers which cripple the
mainline parties of today.

Millions of Americans would jump at the chance to vote for an honorable,
resolute and morally unimpeachable ticket like that, regardless of their
positions on individual issues. They have our vote already.

Bush Kicks Blog Ass

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A rather scathing analysis of the effect of blogging
on the election appeared in The Register of London…

Even if Jesus set up a blogging cafe in the center of Rockport, Texas
and extolled the virtues of a woman’s right to choose while snapping
pictures of gay weddings with his Nokia, it would have made no difference
to this election. All of the bloggers would have told themselves about
the miracle, while Bobby and Bobby Sue went right along with their
business.

The longer the Democrats pretend that their vacuum of righteousness is
actually reaching the public at large, helped by NPR, the more trouble
they will be in. Be it an internet wasteland like New Mexico or fat pipe
rich Connecticut, it doesn’t matter. George W. Bush kicked your blogging
ass.

from The Register UK

Bush Kicks Blog Ass

ø

A rather scathing analysis of the effect of blogging
on the election appeared in The Register of London…

Even if Jesus set up a blogging cafe in the center of Rockport, Texas
and extolled the virtues of a woman’s right to choose while snapping
pictures of gay weddings with his Nokia, it would have made no difference
to this election. All of the bloggers would have told themselves about
the miracle, while Bobby and Bobby Sue went right along with their
business.

The longer the Democrats pretend that their vacuum of righteousness is
actually reaching the public at large, helped by NPR, the more trouble
they will be in. Be it an internet wasteland like New Mexico or fat pipe
rich Connecticut, it doesn’t matter. George W. Bush kicked your blogging
ass.

from The Register UK

Rush Limbaugh Eliminates PEST

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Rush Limbaugh is being taken to task for mercilessly "mocking" distraught
Kerry supporters in need of recuperative therapy. Hey, anybody who looks
to Rush for Mental Health advice deserves whatever they get….

The Boca Raton News reported last week that more than 30 distraught
Kerry supporters in South Florida contacted the non-profit AHA
following their candidate’s Nov.
3 concession to President Bush. AHA officials have diagnosed the disorder
as Post Election Selection Trauma (PEST) and have scheduled the
first of several
free group therapy sessions for just after Thanksgiving.

Cooperman, whose professional practice is based in Delray Beach, said the
election-related symptoms she sees in the Kerry supporters more than quality
PEST as "a legitimate
syndrome or disorder within the trauma spectrum," according to the American
Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

article from Boca
Raton News