Monday, February 06, 2012

Mad Hatters and Tea Parties

Dear America,

Unemployment in our country has fallen to 8.2 percent - and it's all because of the hard work that good and decent Republicans in the House and Senate have been doing on your behalf. It had not a thing to do with the Democrats and their leader - that Big Black Bolshevik Boogieman in the White House. This is a great and proud day for the Grand Old Party. I am as pleased as punch! Now if you'll excuse me I need to take my meds.


Napoleon Bonaparte

But seriously, folks....

As utterly disappointing as this administration has turned out to be for a hopeless and unrepentant lefty such as yours truly, I am forced to give a tip of the old fedora to the man at the helm. As president, Barack Obama has made some moronic blunders - no doubt about it. For the most part he has governed as a slightly-right-of-center Republican might have. And yet it should be conceded that, given the economic catastrophe he inherited from the half-wit that proceeded him, the guy must be given credit where credit is due. I am also consoled by the obvious truth that, bad as things are at the present, things could be much, much worse. Sleepy John McCain and Fascist Barbie might have won the election of 2008. Can you even fathom the possibilities? Let us count our little blessings where we find them.

That is not to imply that the jackasses on the extreme right (or the moderate right for that matter) are about to give this president a half-an-ounce of credit for the good news. Oh, perish the thought, good and gentle reader. If we are to believe these nitwits, the economy has improved in spite of the vile efforts of this naughty socialist Kenyan to destroy the United States of America. You've gotta giggle. You've just gotta!

Sometimes I live in the country
Sometimes I live in town
Sometimes I take a great notion
To jump in the river and drown

-Huddie Leadbetter

In spite of everything - including a concerted effort to deny the ballot to traditional Democratic voters in Republican-controlled states all across the country - I'm more confident than ever that 2012 will not turn out to be a banner year for the right wing in this diseased land. That's not to say that I'm ecstatic over the thought of the Democrats in control of the government. Not at all. They're merely the lesser of two evils. Let me put it to you this way: The thought of the Dems controlling things might send me to the nearest tavern to drown my sorrows away. With the GOP in power again, I might very well be tempted to head toward the nearest bridge.

But that's not gonna happen. Not in 2012 anyway. Perhaps not ever again. Three years ago when the Republicans embraced the so-called "Tea party", it effectively pointed a pistol to its head and pulled the trigger. The "party of Abraham Lincoln" (What would I do without quotation marks!) is now a faded and cherished memory. Aren't politics fun?

Assuming Mitt Romney will be this year's nominee, he now finds himself in a Catch 22 situation; the same situation John McCain found himself in four years ago: In order for him to win the White House, he needs the base of his party to come out in droves. That's not gonna be an easy thing to make happen. You see, for reasons that have yet to be explained, your average Tea partier has a bit of a problem with the Massachusetts/Mormon/Mexican/Moderate Mitt. Go figure. In order for these people to come out in great numbers for Romney, he needs to place on the ticket a running mate so extreme, he or she can barely function at public gatherings - much like Sarah Palin. This choice of running mate will so alarm moderate Americans (READ: most Americans) that they will reflexively vote for Obama/Biden.

Poor old Mitt. This just hasn't been his year. And as if he didn't have enough headaches to contend with, there is the Gingrich factor to take into consideration. I looked at the front page of my local paper the morning after the Florida primary and beheld the laughing face of Mitt Romney. I just had to ask myself: Why is this man smiling? Does he not contemplate what a vengeful little thug Newt Gingrich is? Apparently not.

Newt is never going to be president of the United States. Callista is never going to be First Lady (or "Third Lady" as Maureen Dowd put it in her column yesterday). I am never going to win the Super Bow. Nor will I ever get the Academy Award for Best Actress. We may dream all we want - and to our heart's most dreadful content. But there comes a time when we need to wake up to some serious realities. And perhaps Newt has. But that's still not stopping him from bringing Mitt (and the Republican party) crashing down in complete destruction. Newt Gingrich has been out of the public eye for a number of years now. If any of us forgot what a spiteful little twit the man is, we were reminded of it once again this week. Before Newt exits stage right (extreme right) he plans on doing some serious damage to Romney. Is he doing this because he is seriously considering another shot at the nomination in 2016? Don't put it past him. Newt Gingrich is capable of just about anything. He's one devious son-of-a-bitch.

If Newt were somehow ever able to enter the White House - with a GOP-controlled House and Senate - it would mean the end of this country. But as I stated earlier, that's never gonna happen - not in this lifetime or any other. I do hope that this is not mere wishful thinking on my part.

So sit back, fasten your seat belts, and enjoy what promises to be an utter train-wreck of a political year. This is gonna be a hoot!

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


Did you all have a nice Superbowl Sunday? I certainly did. Unfortunately I have never had much of an interest in sports. While the rest of you were watching the game, I was listening to a spoken word documentary on a vinyl LP regarding the history of the phonograph industry in England. That's life in the live-on-the-razor's-edge, laugh-in-the-face-of-death world of Tom Degan. You envy me. Admit it. Okay, maybe not.


The House of Barrymore
by Margot Peters

A fascinating look into the funny and ultimately tragic lives of actors John, Ethel and Lionel Barrymore.


At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Tom,
Don't you think it would be a good idea to hand deliver a ballot to each and every Democrat in this country, including all members of any minority and help them fill it out and then personally deliver these ballots to the repective polling places. Better yet couldn't we just assume that any member of any minority will vote for the entire Democrat ticket and save the expense of personal delivery?
Love and Kisses,
Chris Rankin

At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Fred Drumlevitch said...


You’ve done a good job of skewering the Gasbag Ging-Grinch and his Riefenstahl-like propagandist wife-appendage in recent posts.

However, you shouldn’t underestimate the danger posed by Romney, and therefore neglect to deliver the criticism he so justly deserves. As has been pointed out by many elsewhere, many of his economic proposals are even worse for the great majority of Americans than previous Republican proposals such as the Ryan budget. Furthermore, not all of Romney’s actions can be attributed to primary-season pandering to the tea-partiers; he has a long history of plutocratic, anti-worker ideology and actions, a history that long precedes his political candidacies. His television “Father Knows Best” public persona, undoubtedly assiduously formulated and projected, reminds me of “the banality of evil” problem that continues to plague politics.

At 1:23 PM, Blogger charles moore said...

Tom, don't forget that everything that Obama has accomplished has been in spite of opposition from the GOP whose only agenda is to make him a one term president. Given the uphill battle, I think he has accomplished quite a bit.

And poor Newt doesn't stand a chance, but just like a spoiled child will stamp his feet, pout, throw his temper tantrums, tell us how smart he is and be as ungracious as possible. How does one spell a poor loser?

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Steve Gravano said...

I agree with Fred, Mitt is trouble. If he succeeds in getting elected this country will be in deep shit. The man is totally out of touch with reality... joking about being unemployed while making 50,000 a day doing nothing...

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Yes, I have no illusions with regard to the Mittster. People keep talking about what an uphill fight Obama has ahead of him. I'm inclined to disagree. Romney has done himself so much damage during this primary season - not to mention the damage that's been done to him by his Republican opponents. I think this won't be as difficult for the prez as some are suggesting.


At 1:33 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...


Intead of holding holding your nose when you vote for Obama, tell us who you wish you could vote for.

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

I won't be holding my nose when I cast my lot with Barack. As Charles Moore has eloquently pointed out, given all of the obstruction of the last three years he's done a fairly decent job.

At 5:49 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

"obstruction of the last three years"

Please Tom, are you overlooking the Democrats controlling both the House and Senate for the first two years Obama was in office and the Senate in the last year? The same Senate that has refused to even allow bills from Congress to come to the floor to be voted on?
The same Democratic controlled Senate who has not passed a budget in 3 years? Is this the obstruction
you are talking about? Sounds like it was Democrat Party obstruction that the President was facing.

Charles Moore complains about the GOP wanting Obama to be a one term president, is that any different from the Democrats wanted GW Bush to be a one term President? Its call politics Charles and what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Could it be since less than 30% of Americans polled call themselves liberal and the liberal policy's you and President Obama want, are not wanted by the other 70% of the American public?

I beleive anyone with an open mind will find it hard to blame Obama's failures on the opposition party who are not in power. That's just a cop out. Obama has gone around the House when he really wants something by using executive order. His using that is proof that he has not faced any obstruction.

At 10:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just the Facts,
One difference between the GOP wanting Obama to be a one term president and the Democrats wanting Bush to be a one term president. The Democrats at least voted WITH Bush and supported him on some things.
The GOP has not agreed with one single thing that Obama has tried to do. As for the Democrats holding a majority in both the House and the Senate for the first two years, are you aware of filibusters, holds and such and how they work. One dissenting Republican can stop almost anything in it's tracks. Sorry, guy, but your "facts' don't hold up.

At 4:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be kind of cool to see the GOP taken down by one of their own.

Maybe Roger Ailes, Rupert Murdoch and Sheldon Adelson can get together and fix this somehow.

I would have included the Koch brothers in my list of fixers but rumor has it that they are quite busy in Wisconsin at the moment.

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

"at least voted WITH Bush and supported him on some things."
Like the "endless war"?

Please tell us how much power you feel is needed to pass ever thing Obama and other liberals want?

Oh, and you forgot the executive order thingy. And how the Democrat controlled Senate now refusing to pass anything the House sends them. Who's the obstructionist there?

I am amazed at how the liberals want to blame the failure of their agenda to pass on a minority. TWO FULL YEARS of complete control, and you want to blame the party not in power in either House!

How much power do your need?

At 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JTF, I repeat: are you aware of filibusters, holds and such and how they work. One dissenting Republican can stop almost anything in it's tracks.

Sadly, you wouldn't recognize a "fact" if it bit you in the ass.

At 1:35 PM, Blogger TSVDP said...

How shameful, the Democrats try to force their views on reproductive rights on the Catholic Church? Read about this in this blog? H-E-Double-toothpicks NO!

At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TSVDP, how shameful it is that the Catholic Church tries to impose their views of reproductive rights on the rest of society.

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Harley A. said...

Anon said "TSVDP, how shameful it is that the Catholic Church tries to impose their views of reproductive rights on the rest of society."

The Catholic Church TRIES to impose their views. The government DOES impose their views. Big difference.

Yet another example of the Obama administration overstepping constitutional authority. But, that's old hat by now. The guy doesn't shock me any longer.

At 2:28 PM, Blogger Harley A. said...

Furthermore, it is interesting that "choice" is conveniently swept under the rug when these deceitful "progressives" want to impose their views on the nation. We get to choose what they tell us and when they tell us we can choose. Hypocrisy in the third degree.

At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harley A.,

“There's been a lot of talk about the Obama administration's attack on the Catholic Church. Well the fact is, Gov. Romney insisted that Catholic hospitals give out abortion pills against their religious belief when he was governor.”

Gingrich was referring to a Feb. 3 Boston Globe article, which reported that Romney -- in Dec. 2005 -- "required all Massachusetts hospitals, including Catholic ones, to provide emergency contraception to rape victims, even though some Catholics view the morning-after pill as a form of abortion."

Your thoughts on this?

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Harley A. said...

First thought is I don't know whether it's true.

Second thought. Assuming it is, I believe it was out of bounds for a state to force a Catholic hospital to act in opposition to it's fundamental beliefs, not to mention the Fed doing it.

Third tought. Classic example of arguing the 0.1% exception rather than focusing on the real issue.

At 5:33 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Here's a thought for you! Obama is not the first President nor will he be the last to face obstructionism. If Americans wanted his policy's to pass without obstructions, the Nov 2010 election results would not have been the same. Not by a long shot! Remember he lost, we won!

When you say that one vote in the Senate is stopping Obama it sounds very much like you are saying, this job is too hard for him. Whine, whine, whine.

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romney has gigantic sums backing up his candidacy. I mean, the money could probably circle the solar system. This disturbs me greatly because an advertising-fed consumer culture is highly susceptible to super PACtics. Of course, Obama is no slouch in the fund raising department. It seems the financial sector favors Romney so far.
Time to break the bastards up.

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It seems the financial sector favors Romney so far.
Time to break the bastards up."

Because they support some other than Obama?

At 8:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because they are too big to not fail us all.

At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JTF, you say: When you say that one vote in the Senate is stopping Obama it sounds very much like you are saying, this job is too hard for him. Whine, whine, whine.

You obviously have no idea how the rules of the Senate work. Now don't bother me again with your stupidity.

At 7:29 AM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Anonymous, don't both me with your post...whine whine whine
A REAL leader could work it out with his party in the MAJORITY.


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