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Musical chairs… 2 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, San Francisco.

A mandrill seems to flash a rude gesture towards photographer Mark Rogers at the San Francisco zoo. However, the animal suffers from arthritis and is unable to lower his middle finger

A mandrill seems to flash a rude gesture towards photographer Mark Rogers at the San Francisco zoo. However, the animal suffers from arthritis and is unable to lower his middle finger [MARK ROGERS / CATERS]

Musical chairs… pretty much what today is…

I had no idea there was a formal think tank called The Third Way… at least as of the last 5 years.  “The Third Way” just seemed to be one more Quisling, Vichy, collaborationist, pro-Republican strain of the Democratic party (which is not to say there is anything else!)… but apparently it, or dregs of it, have formally formed, I guess in the wake of the DLC frittering.

Or whatever it is the DLC does, did… etc.  ”Fritter” is as good a word as any other…

“The party is about to come to a major fork in the road,” said Jonathan Cowan, Third Way’s president. “A left turn at this juncture is a turn toward permanent minority status.”

Kinda borrring.  Just take that fork and stick it IN the party.


Third Way is helped by a few key relationships. Kessler [Jim Kessler, a TW co-founder] was a longtime senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who could become majority leader if Harry Reid loses in Nevada. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who could become minority leader if Republicans take over the House, is one of many strong sympathizers. The senators they helped in 2006 and 2008 will still be around.

“We’re going to have to look at what we did wrong and figure out where we lost our way with independents and swing voters,” said an aide to a senior congressional Democrat. “Third Way — that is their wheelhouse.”

All so surprising.  I am so surprised.  Aren’t you?

While it’s not what it once was, the DLC hasn’t disappeared. They won’t disclose their budget, except to say they employ 15 people (including part-time fellows). Bruce Reed, who succeeded From as leader of the DLC before taking a leave of absence to become executive director of the president’s fiscal commission, will return in December.

“They have talented people, there’s no doubt about that, but I don’t think there’s a replacement really for original policy work,” DLC President Ed Gresser said of Third Way. “I think they do some, but what I see of their work is sort of political memos, ‘Here’s how you should talk about such and such an issue.’ Those are valuable, but they’re not setting an agenda.”

Brookings’ William Galston and Harvard’s Elaine Kamarck wrote the seminal studies that helped launch the DLC. Third Way is now paying the duo to complete a study about what moderates believe and what they want from Democrats. Both praise Third Way for filling a niche that’s otherwise unfilled.

I think they should just hollow out the Democratic party, vacate, vamoose and and join the strong father party. Not some mincing minuet like now, but officially. Come out of the closet.  Get it over with.  Salute in public.

Frankly, that is what happened in San Francisco, in a convoluted way….  When I was a child, it was a Republican city.  Racist, reactionary mayor, of Greek descent.  As the City careened toward the 70s, the Republicans just became Democrats.  And the City became a Democratic machine town.




1. marisacat - 2 November 2010

This made me kind of happy. But I’d send a cc to La Nan.

Cash daughter swears at Boehner, on Twitter

John Boehner has been invoking Johnny Cash on the stump lately as a figure of American nostalgia:

Remember when Ronald Reagan was president? We had Bob Hope. We had Johnny Cash. Think about where we are today. We have got President Obama. But we have no hope and we have no cash.

Displeased: Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny.

She tweets, with an expletive I’ve never had to try redacting before: “John Boehner: Stop using my dad’s name as a punchline, you ***hat”


Madman in the Marketplace - 2 November 2010

Johnny would kick Boehner’s ass. That fucker is as far from Cash’s politics as he could be.

brinn - 2 November 2010

right on! The man in black over the orange man any day of the week. Good for her — he is an asshat!

BooHooHooMan - 2 November 2010

Musical Chairs….

And oh so delightful in a Slam Dance in a Mosh Pit on the Titanic in a “You Go, Then I”ll Go” VesselBoarding Murder and Robot Death Merchanty Arms Racey kinda way.

And Praise Be the courtly Stewart Affair gave Sabbath’s repair to our most noble selves.


Indeed, Stewart’s Ode to Jersey Rush Hour Traffic for harpsichord was most touching as it recalls our humanity in a most , well, uplifty manner.. Of mannerly uplifting of middle finger. To kindly peacekeepers uplifting citizens by boot and staff onto carriage works. Of dismounted villagers resolving discrepancies over common goods distribution by bphysically uplifting each other roadside. Of the small people with neither carriage nor steed or common goods waiting to be uplifted…somewhere, well, wherever those small people go…

Yeh Stewart doesn’t drive much in the Realm.
So I’m with the mandrill. And how apropos!
We all know the mandrill.

marisacat - 2 November 2010

Dennis Perrin has a good post on the Rally to End All Rallies (if only) should be at the top or just one down.

http://www.dennisperrin.blogspot.com —- called “Nurembore Rally”

2. ms_xeno - 2 November 2010

“Fritter” is a criminally underused verb. So is “twitter,” in the original, not-about-gadgetry sense.

I’ve decided to write in Extremo The Clown for Governor of Oregon. He’s run for Mayor of Portland before, so nobody can say he lacks for political instinct.


marisacat - 2 November 2010

We are all so fritteredddddddd.

3. ts - 2 November 2010

Popcorn is popped. Drinks are chilling. Let the frittering begin.

BooHooHooMan - 2 November 2010

The Fierce Urgency of Frittering!
You guys are on to something.
We need to kick this over to Marketing and Design right away if we are to quickly roll this into a new line of apparel and home furnishings. I think that vibrant colored Nerf material should factor in big. Maybe a fragrance line, too, if we can get past the Nerf bottling challenges. Somethin all classy like Fritter no. 52 could draft right in on Channel. People could just bathe in it. Now given today’s testing, it very well might smell like Shitter no. 52 at the Port Authority but I’m tellin ya, packaging is everything. It’s only a matter of drawing on our successes past. I see a Big Win here, frankly. LOL.

marisacat - 2 November 2010

Fritter Passion

4. catnip - 2 November 2010

This week in America:

All Souls Day
All Saints Day
All Saps Day

brinn - 2 November 2010

All saps day! LOL! I just got done voting and the volunteers there were all “Oh, you know all about it, you must have done this before!” while they were going through their required spiel…I said: “Ever since I was 18, hasn’t ever done me one bit of good, but I am highly committed to preserving my right to complain!”

They got a chuckle out of that! The thing most on the ballot that I am vested in seeing the outcome of is a boondoggle of a transportation bond package (Prop 1, they should’ve just called it “Prop Only!, as it was the only one this time) that is inappropriately named “Get Austin Moving!” which includes, among other inane items, twice as much $$ for a freaking pedestrian bridge over the Colorado river (downtown) as it does for I-35 improvements…

Anywho — hope everyone has lots of fun frittering the day away! 8)

catnip - 2 November 2010

At least you guys get to vote on the bridge project. Calgary’s council approved a $25 million, butt-ugly “Peace Bridge” that nobody needs.

Apple fritters…mmmmm…

brinn - 2 November 2010

jeez, that IS one ugly 25 million!!

5. marisacat - 2 November 2010

Suspicious package in Germany… delivered to the Chancellor’s residence for Angela Merkel… I think. Just a breaking news snippet on France 24.

We are well into the era of the ”parcel bomb”, ”letter bomb”, ”bread box bomb”.

Sudden spate of it, ever since ‘Yemenis want to kill any old Jews in Chicago’. Or they want to ‘explode cargo planes over major US cities’.

Or, or. Or….

Moving right along to promises of mushroom clouds. Obby can get tips from Condie… and Cheney.

6. marisacat - 2 November 2010

He really is in hiding.

Which either means he is tired out, tuckered out, all frittered out (pauvre bebe!)


it is going to be really really really REALLY bad.

It’s a critical test for leaders of both parties, but perhaps none more so than President Obama, who is spending Election Day mostly behind closed doors. Obama will make get-out-the-vote calls to radio stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Jacksonville and Las Vegas from the Oval Office in advance of what is likely to be a difficult night for Democrats.

via ABC’s The Note.

catnip - 2 November 2010

The fritterati – holed up in the WH. Good show.

marisacat - 2 November 2010

dialling out….

catnip - 2 November 2010

Maybe he’s working on his new economic stimulus program: Hard-up US couple sells letter from Obama for $7,000

7. BooHooHooMan - 2 November 2010

LOL. Talking mid-day with David Gregory on MSNBC, the NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, was saying that over the weekend top state Dems in PA were telling him “Sure, we have people mobilizing the vote.
But we can’t tell if they’re mobilizing for us or against us.”

marisacat - 2 November 2010

For …? Against… ?

You decide, Ed is just out there helpin’. And as I wrote a friend, he and Casey are on to the Catholic nursing homes next.

Rendell to black voters: ‘They’re trying to screw the President’

Ed Rendell, as usual, has the purest distillation of his party’s message:

Gov. Ed Rendell approached two men eating in the food court at One Liberty Place in Center City Philadelphia during the lunch hour rush Monday. After obliging them with talk about the Philadelphia Eagles (Rendell predicted a 10-6 season and trip to the playoffs for the Birds) he said,

“But tomorrow. Tomorrow. Vote.”

Then he leaned in and said, “You know they’re trying to screw the president, right?”

It’s a message Rendell kept up as he went table-to-table with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey as part of a day-long, person-to-person get-out-the-vote effort in the Democratic-leaning city. It’s one that he stressed hardest with African-Americans.

“You know they’re trying to get the President,” he told one table. “We can’t let them.”

Beats “Vote Sestak.”

(via Political Wire)

Posted by Ben Smith 01:38 PM

catnip - 2 November 2010

I saw Rendell on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show on Sunday, I think it was, and he was saying that as far as he’s concerned the Dems will have to compromize to extend the Bush tax cuts for the mega-rich for a couple of years. Let’s get real. It’s not like they were actually going to get rid of them anyway.

8. BooHooHooMan - 2 November 2010

Meanwhile Bernanke at the Fed is set to print off a half Trillion more to the Banksters for their frauds.
500 Billion in exchange for shit paper.

Whoops! Too low! The figure is reported from 500 billion to 750 Billion

Gad the Fedsters are shameless. What a piss pot.

marisacat - 2 November 2010


Walking around money….

ts - 2 November 2010

Daily trading in treasuries runs about $400-$450 billion in volume, so the higher number would be all of TWO DAYS supply. Hardly enough to drive yields much lower. The Fed expects the hedge fund community to do the heavy lifting by telegraphing their strategy well in advance.

Not that this will do anything for credit card rates, refinancing a home at over 100% LTV, or getting someone a job. You know, stuff that would matter to actual Americans.

9. catnip - 2 November 2010


of course (3+ / 0-)

you will uprate. Because you are yourself a racist, and therefore you work indefatigably to deny the existence of the racist sickness that you yourself suffer from.

You are a racist, who tells black Kossacks to “kiss my hairy white ass,” accuses them of applying HRs “gang-banger style,” then taunts them with your dinner of “ribs,” while meanwhile reccing such comments as one that uses a quote from George Wallace to argue that Barack Obama is a dumb, lazy, cowardly black man. You are a racist whose very user name references sheets.

You are proof that the racist opposition to Obama is not confined to the teabagging right. You ceaselessly bash Obama here because, at root, he is a black man, and you simply cannot stomach the reality of a black man as president. It is not only people on the right who suffer from racism. This site is sick with examples from “the left,” too. You’re one of them.

by blueness on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 11:46:38 PM MDT


one more thing (1+ / 0-)

You are a racist whose very user name references sheets.

It’s actually the name of one of my favorite hiking trails in the Northeast, named after a native American.

Your ignorance is appalling.

This is what chump Change looks like.

by Wamsutta on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 12:01:41 AM MDT

Loons. I haven’t been over there in a while. Good to see nothing’s changed! (Kind of like the Dems in general…)

catnip - 2 November 2010

Nasty nasty…low down and dirty…

…and what are you now? With your own admission (0+ / 0-)

you have said you are an


or do I need to link it.

I know folks who say, I have a black friend too…you know. You can shove your contribution and all of that you think you did up your wherever. You and many feel they bought a slave with their contribution calling him names as if they are his master. Those times are over dude. Well, got news for you…your cowardly character and entitlement is full of hogwash so shove it.

…We have many more issues that bind us together than separate us!

by ThisIsMyTime on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 01:10:34 PM MDT

marisacat - 2 November 2010

You are a racist whose very user name references sheets.

It’s actually the name of one of my favorite hiking trails in the Northeast, named after a native American

oh that is very funny!!

catnip - 2 November 2010

Kind of make you feel like signing up for an account with the username “ThreadCount”. 😆

marisacat - 2 November 2010

“White Sheets”

“White Sale”

“White Caps”

On and on it goes… where it ends……….

10. marisacat - 2 November 2010

He dailed Yemen. And Vegas.

Real work. And by golly, he’s doing it! Yes he can!

11. marisacat - 2 November 2010

They’ve already scheduled a post mortrm, a presser. East Room, tomorrow afternoon.

Be there……….. or be elsewhere.

brinn - 2 November 2010

I pick elsewhere!

12. ts - 2 November 2010

Well I did manage to complete my civic duty on the way home from work. In the spirit of musical chairs I voted for all non-incumbents and it made a very pretty pattern on the ballot.

marisacat - 2 November 2010

I ordered my mail in ballot in plenty of time, sent in the request 7 days befor the deadline…. and it came YESTERDAY…

As burned out as I am there were several ballot measures I wanted to vote on.

13. marisacat - 2 November 2010

Indiana and KY have closed. Tiny trickles…

Politico has an interactive map FP


ts - 2 November 2010

Aqua Buddha is up 14 with 1% reporting.

14. marisacat - 2 November 2010

Luntz is getting out the evening vote in NV….

Just up at Politico FP:


GOP polling guru Frank Luntz is predicting Republicans will win seven Senate seats and 50 House spots, based on exit polls he had seen.

On a conference call with associates from K Street, Luntz also said he thinks Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will win reelection.

15. ts - 2 November 2010
16. marisacat - 2 November 2010

Boom boom boom they are calling them…. VT, Indiana, SC. And Ken Tuck Y

I take it Conway was as big a token as was Ellsworth against Coats…. where I heard, the Dems put nothing in the race. Not that Ellsworth is worth anything… he is not.

17. marisacat - 2 November 2010



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