January 30, 2006


Kick Me, I'm a Democrat: The game politicians play (Michael Kinsley, Jan. 29, 2006, Slate)

There is always a pick-up game of Kick the Democrats going on somewhere. But something about the Alito confirmation—the pathetic and apparently surprising inability of 45 Democratic senators to stop 55 Republicans from approving anyone they want—seems to have made the game suddenly a lot more popular. [...]

Obviously the party that has lost the White House, both houses of Congress, and now the courts needs some new ideas and new energy. But it seems undeniably true to me—though many deny it—that the Republicans simply play the game better. You're not supposed to say that. At Pundit School they teach you: Always go for the deeper explanation, not the shallower one. Never suggest that people (let alone "the" people) can be duped.

Nothing has served the Democrats worse than their insistence over the last twenty-five years that the rejection of liberalism and return to power of conservatism are a fluke and as soon as people wake up the stars will realign themselves.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 30, 2006 6:18 AM

now this is the kinsley i know and don't read. that one article where he sounded reasonable *was* a fluke after all.

Posted by: toe at January 30, 2006 10:55 AM

The real problem for the Democrats is that their core base doesn't think that liberalism has been rejected. Hence the insane notion that moving left is the politically smart thing to do...

Posted by: b at January 30, 2006 11:09 AM

"the pathetic and apparently surprising inability of 45 Democratic senators to stop 55 Republicans from approving anyone they want"

Just another "pathetic" example of how the Leftist belief in "one man one vote" and "majority rule" depends on the results achieved, and who's in the majority.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 30, 2006 1:24 PM

b.: I can accept that many of those people are so besotted with oedipal rages and unnatural lusts as to be so truly deluded as you suggest.

I believe more and more that mere resentment doen not explain their corporate blindness. Let us admit that the evidence shows they are being played, suggests that they are being manipulated, and even allows the hypothesis that they have been penetrated and turned.

In other word, they couldn't be playing any worse if they had taken bribes to throw the game.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 30, 2006 1:51 PM

Kinsley's missive, although full to the top with snark, was by no means "reasonable." His theme was that he is dismayed with the Democrats and their inability to defeat the clearly inferior (and evil) Republicans.

To reach that lament, he had to assert that Gore won in 2000 and Kerry won in 2004 but were duped into thinking they'd lost. Total hogwash illustrated by the statement " We can argue forever (and will) about who won that election..." when in fact only the least in touch with reality on the left side still cling to that fantasy. And fantasy is what it is - a form of denial. Their elitist arrogance will not allow them to believe that they were not the peoples' choice.

All along, Kinsley continues to make misstatements, sarcastic exaggerations, and untruths to arrive at the point of his conclusion - that Democrats just don't know how to win in contests where their victory (in their minds) is a foregone conclusion. His disregard for the intelligence of the people and their abilities to vote for who they want is typical of leftist elitism and their total lack of trust in the people.

Nah, this piece was just another attempt by leftists to "explain" why they keep losing power, seats, and influence in America. They cannot - or will not - see the real truth - that the "values" that they represent are not the values of the majority of Americans anymore - and that demographic is shrinking rapidly. To the benefit of the right, the inability of the left to see what's wrong with their approach and their ideas will continue to marginalize them. One example? Cindy Sheehan, yea mother moonbat, is thinking about running against Dianne Feinstein. That is a symptom of a party in chaos and no idea where a way out might be.

Posted by: Michael at January 30, 2006 2:44 PM

When you contrast the Dems reaction to their fantasy that they had elections stolen from them to that of the GOP here in the Upper Left Washington to actually having an election stolen, and you see how "pathetic" the Dems have become. Yes, that loss to the Sims Machine hurts, and every reasonable and proper effort was made to reverse it. When that failed, it was time to MoveOn™ and look at winning the next elections by margins that even the King County Elections Board's Creative Accounting methods can't reverse.

At some point you've got to stop whining about the past and put your effort into the future.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 30, 2006 2:59 PM

How many years did you root for the Red Sox before they finally won a World Series? Democrats share that type passionate commitment despite continuous disappointments, along with both a firm belief in the goodness of their own cause and that all the evils in their world are due to a guy with the first name of George.

Posted by: John at January 30, 2006 3:31 PM

But Democrats throw like Europeans.

Posted by: oj at January 30, 2006 3:42 PM

The Senate voted 75-25 to cut off debate.


Expect outbreak of screaming moonbat rage at the Dems who voted for cloture in 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . . . .

If the final vote is

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 30, 2006 5:45 PM

If the final vote is

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 30, 2006 5:58 PM

@#$%^& formatting commands!

If the final vote for confirmation is less than 60, the moonbats will go full medieval on any Dem who voted to close debate.

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 30, 2006 7:17 PM

Easy there, Mike, we'll let the moonbats provide the colorful profanity. ;-)

Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 31, 2006 12:37 AM