Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Sarah Palin for President

Let me rephrase that....

Sarah Palin for candidate.

It will never happen, you say? Maybe. Maybe not. But think about it for a minute or two: Just take a good look at the current state of that miserable, moribund party. To whom are they going to turn in three years when they run against an incumbent president? John Boehner? Mitch McConnell? Please. My money is on Sarah Palin. I want her to get that nomination so badly I can taste it. It'll the equivalent of shooting Alaskan Pollock in the proverbial barrel.

You don't think that they would be crazy enough to hand over the mantle of standard bearer to such an imbecilic person? You think that such a move would be politically suicidal? "NO WAY", you scream, in a voice loud enough to be heard in the next county, "THE WOMAN IS AN IDIOT! AN EXTREMIST! IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN! NEVER, I TELL YOU!"

Three words: George Walker Bush.

Let's be brutally frank here, shall we? The I.Q. of the so-called "base" of that party has deteriorated to such an alarming degree in the last thirty years, a Sarah Palin candidacy is not only a very real possibility in 2012, it's damned near inevitable! She is made-to-order for these fools, are you kidding me? There can no longer be any serious debate that the Republican party has cornered the market on Stupid. In fact, with very few exceptions, judging by the quality of the people they have been sending to Washington in recent years, it is quite apparent that Stupid sells.

Take Michael Steele, for instance. When the American people elected the first African American as President last November, the Republican National Committee decided that the GOP needed a face lift - actually a face dye. It was obvious that, given their history of policies that are utterly hostile to people of color, they couldn't have just another white guy as their spokesman of opposition to an Obama administration. There are a few (very few) black men who now earn their reputations on the talk show circuit spouting the talking points of the Republican party. A couple of them, I hate to admit, are fairly astute - like Ron Christie, for instance, who regularly appears on MSNBC - a very bright fellow any way you slice it or dice it. You would think that the geniuses who run the RNC would have signed up someone like him as chairman, wouldn't you? Yeah, me, too - but that would have been out of character for them. No. They just had to hire the dumbest black guy they could possibly find.

Yesterday in a speech before a gathering of party hacks in Maryland, Steele proclaimed that the gloves were about to come off and that the "honeymoon" between President Obama and the grand old party was over:

"We are going to take this president on with class. We are going to take this president on with dignity. This will be a marked contrast to the shabby and classless way that the Democrats and the far left spoke of President Bush."

Class and dignity, huh? QUESTION: Where the hell was this knucklehead when his party was trying to impeach Bill Clinton for lying about an affair with a half-witted intern - in solitary confinement? By the way, between you and me and the parking meter, Malcolm X had a term for people like Michael Steele: House Nigger. You want to talk about the worst kind of cow towing, Uncle Tom darkie? The guy is a walking, talking stereotype! Somewhere in that eternal void, you may be sure, Stepin Fetchit is laughing his ass off:

"Hee! Hee! Hee! Oh, Mistah White folks you sho' is sly!!"

Before he was even inaugurated, I predicted two terms for Barack Obama. Although at the time that was somewhat of a daring prophecy, it is no longer bold as it once was. As a matter of a fact, it is a near certainty. Which brings us back to the dilemma facing the "party of Lincoln" (Doesn't that phrase just make ya wanna giggle?) Three years from now they won't be able to nominate another bland and boring white guy, that's for damned sure! What to do? It's simple! Nominate a minority or a woman. I can just picture the bumper stickers: SARAH PLAIN/BOBBY JINDAL in '12". Count on it: Barring a miracle, scandal or tragedy, either one of them - or both of them - will be on the ticket in 2012. Remember, you read it right here on "The Rant", folks.

Getting back to the subject of Stupid....Are you ready for this? A vote will be held today in the RNC to rename the Democratic party - hold on to your sides, kiddies! - the "DEMOCRAT SOCIALIST PARTY". How's that for a knee slapper? Is it stupidity or simple arrogance that makes these assholes believe they can actually rename another political party? If this happens, the Dems should forever refer to them as the "Republican Fascist Party". Does that sound to you like a gross exaggeration? If it does, I would only remind you of how Benito Mussolini - the father of the fascist state - once defined fascism. In a 1927 interview he told a journalist (in English):

"Fascism should more properly be called 'Corporatism' because it is the total merging of corporate and state power."

'Nuff said? I thought as much.

The epidemic of right-wing bloviators overdosing on Stupid Pills is disturbing and far-reaching.The other night on FOX Noise, Glenn Beck actually compared the Obama administration's handling of corrupt corporate executives to the holocaust! (No, I'm not making this up. It's probably on You Tube - look it up) In a grotesque paraphrasing of Martin Niemoller's famous poem, he told his studio audience:

"First they came for the bankers, and I did not speak up because I was not a banker.

Then they came for the A.I.G. executives, and I did not speak up because I was not an A.I.G. executive."

He then looked his viewers dead-square in the eye and told them that "they" (he never really got around to clarifying exactly who "they" were) would eventually be coming for them. Now, intelligent people like you and I can look at something as absurd as that and appreciate it for its entertainment value. Let's face it: these jackasses are awfully fun to watch. The problem is that there are many people out there, a few of them mentally disturbed, many of them armed to the teeth - all of them dumber than dog shit - who take this utter nonsense seriously. God forbid, if there ever is another Tim McVeigh-style terrorist attack on our government, Beck - and many others, you may be sure - will have blood on their hands.

A special note of thanks is in order to Keith Olbermann, who every night airs for his viewers choice nuggets of FOX nuttiness. In this way, we can experience the unintentional comedic joy of FOX Land without ever having to go there. But I really do suggest that you tune into them once and a while - if only for the entertainment value.

"The era of apologizing for Republican mistakes of the past is now officially over."

Michael Steele
May 19, 2009

Over? Really?? Aw, hell. Mikey! It's barely begun!

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


Treason by Ann Coulter
(Again, for the pure entertainment value, of course)


At 9:31 AM, Blogger charles moore said...

Hi Tom,

You are so correct in all that you write here. The appalling (a'Palin?) thing about the current GOP is that anyone with a modicum of an IQ and intelligence is deserting like rats leaving a sinking ship and they are left with only the dim witted knuckle dragging Neanderthals, most of whom would vote for her because she looks like someone they could do. Michael Steel is a joke; a pathetic and not too bright joke, as is Bobby Jindal. McConnell and Bonehead are going to self destruct
(think Frist and Santorum). Newt is like the playground crybaby wanting to play ball with the big guys. Cheney probably will not live to the next election, and why isn't that old fart in prison anyway?

The encouraging thing in all of this farce is that Obama is so focused, so far ahead of them intellectually and morally that he leaves them in the dust before they know the race is on.

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Perfectly put, Charles! That is something that is truly an amazing thing to behold: Obama's poise and grace in dealing with these half-wits! Imagine Cary Grant and the Three Stooges.



At 12:46 PM, Blogger LCS said...

the dream ticket? Palin/Bachmann! Epic Fail!! That would be wonderful to behold!

At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Paul Madryga said...

"Treason" by Ann Coulter, Huh, Tom?

Well, I dunno, man - the thought of condoning her neo-fascistic claptrap by paying money for one of her books makes me want to blow chunks...

Entertainment value be damned. That woman's not getting a cent outta me.

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Paul, I have a fool-proof way to read Ann Coulter (for the entertainment value only) without paying a dime for her. Real what I wrote on that very topic three years ago. There is a link provided below.

All the best,

Tom Degan

Breaking News: Ann Coulter's an Idiot>

At 4:00 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Paul...and Tom, I'm surprised that both of you failed to recognize one of the most under-appreciated, and undervalued, segments of "the commons" -- the public library. Ms. Coulter's selection of misguided ramblings can be found there. My local library has several copies, and I'm sure yours does too.

I used to buy tons of books at all the major national vendors. But, being true to my mantra of "starving the beast", I now get most of my paper-bound reading from the local government - instead of contributing to corporate America and the mistaken notion of "owning".

Try it. Get reacquainted with your local library. You'll save a tree...or two.

At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yesterday I read something (I think it was on the Daily Beast), with the title "Bush-Cheney 2012".
After taking several deep breaths to calm myself, I read the article. I don't know who is scarier to imagine as president: Palin, Jeb Bush, or (please, not again) Cheney.
My hope is that the Repugs continue to alienate anyone who can read, think, and reason.....
and if there is justice in this world, Cheney's ticker will finally give up the ghost.

Mary Eman

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous John said...

Frank, not sure which one gets you the socialist label first. Attends library, can read.

At 10:40 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

John, if it's required for entry, you can go ahead and mark me down with a big "S".

Socialism sure has a bad name, doesn't it? That's okay, for surely it'll outlive capitalism. It will have to, otherwise we'll outlive neither.

Always enjoy your comments; here and on the MRP.

At 11:19 PM, Anonymous John said...

Of course I'm not going to hang a sign on you, but as you know, the halfwits who hand them out strap it to anyone who does not gobble down the crap they regurgitate.

noShit for YOU!

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

From a speech given yesterday by retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter at Georgetown University, and as reported by Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal:

"The republic, Souter said, 'can be lost, it is being lost, it is lost, if it is not understood.' He cited surveys showing large majorities of the public cannot name the three branches of government, something he said would have been unheard of when he was growing up in rural Weare, N.H. What is needed, Souter said, is nothing less than 'the restoration of the self-identity of the American people.' "

Surprisingly, there was another article about this in The Washington Times. As if we didn't know this already, but it falls right-in-line with Tom's superb article.

Don't be deceived, folks. We're not out of the woods, yet. Far from it...very far from it. We've just come upon a small clearing in the dark and lightless forest. The journey out will still lead down a frightening and arduous path.

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

I'm surprised Souter trusts Obama enough to retire and allow him to nominate a replacement. That Court needs a far left liberal who understands the concept of civil rights. If only for the purpose of writing stinging dissents blasting the establishment for being the farce it is. I'm not confident Obama has the guts to nominate such a person.

At 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Degan, you and the rest of the liberals commenting on your posts spouting pseudo-intellectual BS are the real extremists, and not Sarah Palin.

At 6:23 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...


You and I will just have to agree to disagree, my friend. Every time in our history when the right wing was able to seize control of all three branches of our government, they drove this country into the economic dirt every single time. It has always been the liberal-minded progressives who built the country back up. Check your history.

Thanks for your comment nonetheless. It's always a good thing to stir the old proverbial pot!

All the best,

Tom Degan

At 7:05 PM, Anonymous John said...


Here is a real extreme document it probably best expresses the views of most of the people on this site. Pay particular attention to the first sentence - and every other sentence. One more thing, it is probably worthwhile to study it, really understand what it says, why it was written and what it means.

Now for my opinion, which I suggest you ignore - in favor of understanding you come to on your own... That rag is the foundation for the good aspects of being a citizen here. It is always a struggle to realize the rights expressed there. It is our responsibility to work to work toward that end - and oppose those who try to take any part of those rights away (even if it is one you don't personally use).

So, there you have it, extremists exposed.

At 8:30 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Anonymous, personally I wear the badge of "liberal" proudly, without any misgivings and without any trepidation. The word itself signifies civil liberties, freedom, justice, truth, and a belief in the natural and unalienable rights of human personhood; and human personhood only.

As John already alluded; if committing to, and believing in, the sanctity of the profound ideas as expressed in the Bill of Rights is considered extremism to you, so be it. If that's the criteria from which you judge me to be an extremist, than that's what I will be to you. I'd much rather be extreme in my desire to protect, defend, and fight for the natural rights of humankind, than to be a reactionary who opposes the values as envisioned by our Founders.

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Saltwater said...

Hey Tom
Just wanted to say BRAVO! for your series of posts over at Alternet today, (Thursday) re the Christianity article. I left a reply under Part 1. Your comments get people thinking, and stir the pot, which is good. Thanks.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger LCS said...

Like JG said I too a proud liberal. Everything that's good about this country, everything that makes us proud of this country comes from liberalism and progressiveness. All the bad stuff and all the things that make us ashamed of this country are the result of conservatism.

BTW: I am a fan of the Mike Malloy Show. Mike Malloy can be heard daily on his radio show 9pm - 12pm ET. Visit to stream live or find a station near you.

At 8:33 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Thank you for the kind words, Saltwater. The problem with the American people is that they have yet to understand that our Founding Daddies were (as Molly Ivins once said) "Just about the smartest som'bithces that ever lived. Someday, the rest of us will get it.


At 2:58 AM, Anonymous ronin7752 said...

"First they came for the bankers, and I did not speak up because I was not a banker.

Then they came for the A.I.G. executives, and I did not speak up because I was not an A.I.G. executive."

ROTFL!!! ...Till I can't breathe!

Honestly, though Palin has done a favor for me that I can never repay...

I was very disappointed that Obama took on health care reform after the crash. Wrong battle, wrong time. Too many people out of work and terrified of the future -- making them too vulnerable to gossip and lies. ...And too much (taxpayer) money at stake.

He should have tackled Special Interests next. After the crash, everyone was suspicious, anyway -- he could have gone after Special Interests with strong public support, without creating any concerns about medical care or increasing the deficit. And both parties in Congress could have sucked-up and looked like heroes, too.

Even IF health care reform passes (and I'm not sure it will,) I fear it will be a gutted, ineffective ghost of what he intended. I'm not sure he can politically survive this.

I don't know if this was his idea, or his advisers. Shortly before the election, I told my wife I only had one hesitation about Obama: "He's too cocky and self-sure. I don't really think he knows what he's getting into."

In the end, only history will tell. But regardless, I can thank Sara Palin for making sure that whatever future decisions Obama makes -- short of dropping a nuclear bomb on Canada -- I will NEVER, EVER, regret voting for him.

Thank you, Sarah!


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