The Danger Democrats Face By Winning

During the last years of Clinton’s presidency, and for the first six years of the (increasingly apparent criminal) Bush Cabal, both the House and Senate were controlled by one party. The GOP had a throttle over the entire government, including the DOJ, the courts, and the all important agencies. (EPA, NASA, SSN, and dozens more)

Oops, I forgot. Between bribes, pay-offs, faux news plants, and direct and indirect pressures, the Bush Cabal also had a decent grip on the media. So much for its so-called liberal bias, not when Sunday political talk shows sought out GOP stalking heads 60% or more of the time.

I previously wrote about the inherent danger of inhaling the heady vapors from that fetid, rotting, stinking corpse-ridden pool d’cess that constitutes the DC Bloatway. Anyone spending significant time there eventually gets that DC disease. It can be summed up thusly: “I be important. You outsiders are mere serfs.” Those with the tiniest security clearance can be even worse.

Our newest regional party, (once called the GOP), surely had its fill of those vapors. Abramof? DeLay? Hastert? Frist? Foley? They were but a hint of future trouble. The Stevens conviction is another step in their willful self-destruction. Plainly put, November 4 is proof that the GOP screwed their own future.

Their behavior, especially with lobbyists and the military-industrial complex, has given an unusual group of spineless, clueless, fearful followers (today’s Democrats), their chance to redeem themselves. And therein lies the danger. Not only have they disappointed us rather badly over the past two years, we have yet to see any proof that they will behave:

a) with a spine
b) ethically
c) with the goal of seeking the best for the nation
d) without being paid political whores for lobbyists from the NRA, AIPAC, and religious groups, to the defense industry.

It is bad enough to simply be cherished as a demi-god, 1 of the most powerful 100 persons in the whirled. In some ways, it can worse to be elected as 1 of holy 435. Many of them become even more arrogant, but with 1/10 the money, and half the intelligence of the above mentioned 100 demigods.

Once the GOP had all the control, they eventually lost their self-control. Their natural inclinations to be assholes, thieves and hippo-crits were reinforced by their president, channeled by their house and senate leaders, and bolstered by a conservative, lauding, supportive press. The result has been what we now see in DC today. Their demise becomes more welcome each day.

The Democrats now control 2 of the 3 branches (some might call congress a stump instead) of government. By controlling both the ()in house (senate) and the outhouse (congress), we risk repeating the same major mistakes the GOP committed. We risk our best and brightest becoming another “Stevens” in unethical behavior, or worse. We must keep a serious watch, an ethical eye, and a strong line of communications going with respect to how DEMOCRATS in office behave. Unless we police our own, we risk falling into the same behavior that the GOP thrived upon – and which eventually led to the GOP’s downfall as a national party. If it can ever recover, it will take today’s GOP at least a generation to do it. Still, they have potholes like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman to deal with.

One major problem is K Street. Sure, they are ushering out the GOP hacks they hired, and are trying to buy into the new majority. Still, with constant vigilance, we can try to keep their impact at bay. A bigger problem is the military-industrial complex. When the US spends (even without IraqNam or Afghanistan factored in) more than the rest of the world combined, each year on arms, you know they have plenty of green ready to insure their financial future in congress. And every pol inside the bloatway understands the power of green. How can they maintain office without that financial support? (insert growl and shake of the head)

As lobbies go, it is not all bad news. AIPAC is probably the biggest loser, at long last. Recently, they became so reich wing that even Israel’s major parties are looking for ways to avoid the taint. If nothing else, Congress is finally thinking about the middle east almost rationally. AIPAC is no longer the sole representative of Israel or the muddle east.

Well, we can hope.

Our toughest job has just begun. Unless we supervise, observe, confirm, ask hard questions, and keep pressuring our congresscritters and their more expensive brothers, we will end up with the Democrats behaving no better than the GOPers they replaced.


  1. DejaVuAllOver

    Obama’s cabinet picks so far are making Republicans all over the country feel warm and fuzzy, again. David Brooks is even jazzed about all the establishment righty-righteous “intellectuals” in Obama’s circle. This, folks, does not bode well for the Democrats growing a spine, standing up to AIPAC, the bankers, the MIC or even Joe Lieberman. Looks to me like more of the same in the pipeline.

  2. pollchecker

    Our toughest job has just begun. Unless we supervise, observe, confirm, ask hard questions, and keep pressuring our congresscritters and their more expensive brothers, we will end up with the Democrats behaving no better than the GOPers they replaced.

    You nailed it on the last line. We have to participate or suffer the consequences.

  3. toggle

    Agreed. Creeps are creeps, red or blue, and they get all up in there because we fail to pay attention and do our research before giving them our votes.

    Hopefully the upshot of this recession is that we regular folks will wake up and use the power we have to weed out the bad apples.

  4. Malibu

    I think we did some research on our choices. Here at CHB we have a good balance of the three opinions; right, left and pissed off!

    The economic meltdown taught me to be very conservative in my spending and shop locally for American made products. I will be taking my wife on a trip to see her family and our gifts will what we give to others. Our kids are grown and are successful. I will be a responsible model this holiday. None of us are particularly religious but we seem to adore each other’s company so that is what we will do.

    toggle, I order each year the Congressional Handbook and always have access to each House and Senate member as well as the Governors for our states. I tend to make little marks next to their names when I am made aware of their votes. I have done this for years. Now that this information is online there is no excuse for anyone not knowing their Representatives.

    How we are going to get out of this economic mess will have to take top priority. We have some outstanding writers here at CHB and they will flag us when necessary to act. Between Doug Thompson, Rob Kezelis, Hal Brown and Phil Hoskins, we are well informed.


  5. toggle

    Oh, I definitely think the majority of the people on this site are well informed. That’s one of the reasons I come here – because I can read opinions of people who are paying attention.

    The “we” I was referring to was America as a whole.

    My father taught me that you should never vote blind for a candidate, and I try to make sure I know who my representatives are, from local to national. But I don’t know how many people I talked to during this election cycle that paid attention to nothing but the President and whatever regional issues that affected them personally.

    When it came to judges and even house and senate seats, I think a vast number of Americans use television commercials or eenie meenie miney moe to vote, and I find that disturbing.

    I’m sorry if I offended anyone here by my comment.

  6. Malibu

    You did not offend anyone. I’m just mouthing off because I am so pleased with the folks at CHB. My friend bragged about this site for years and I finally discovered it for myself. We are a team,toggle!


  7. Flapsaddle

    Being captured by the system – that’s what politicos are best at doing. Neither half of our single political party is capable of really resisting, and very few individuals can do so.

    Obama? Forget that! He’s already received his required Borg implants, but he has just not had them as long as the others.

    Democratic “spine”? Yes, it is a reality…just like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny.

    Change? Yes, we have already had the only significant change that is going to happen…a change in the feeding order of the swine at the trough.

    Most sincerely,

    T. J. Flapsaddle