December 2017

An old political joke has it that all liberal bumper stickers end with the same words — “continued on next bumper sticker”. Conservatives may not be right, but they are concise — and memorable. Who can forget “death panels”, “death taxes”. “job-killing” or, on a more optimistic note,  “job creators”?

Now let’s look at how Democrats approach things. Here’s a tweet from Rep. Adam Schiff:

Adam Schiff‏ @RepAdamSchiff

I’m increasingly worried Republicans will shut down the House Intelligence Committee investigation at the end of the month. Here’s why:

“Increasingly worried”? He sounds like an old-time schoolmarm warning concerned parents about a rambunctious son. But your foot on the gas, Adam. Let them have it. How about: “Why are Republicans shutting down the Russian investigation. What are they hiding?” 

Here’s Eric Holder on the drumbeat of criticism and constant attacks by the GOP and Fox News on the Mueller investigation:

“Any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated.”

By who? It’s as wishy-washy as: “Mistakes were made”. It’s the passive voice. It allows the weak-kneed to point fingers without actually taking anyone on. No one is making mistakes. No one is ‘not tolerating’.

Let’s get Americans involved. Sharpen elbows and throw them around. “No patriot will tolerate any attempt by Trump to remove Bob Mueller.” “Americans have to know the truth.” Or “Only the guilty fear investigation.”

Some Democrats get it. David Litt has a useful post on The Daily Beast. “How Doug Jones Destroyed Roy Moore’s Whole Shtick with One Well-Chosen Verb”. In it he highlights Jones’ reaction to Moore’s display of gun ownership.

“When you see me with a gun, folks, I’ll be climbing in and out of a deer stand or a turkey blind, not prancing around on a stage in a cowboy suit.”

Is there a more emasculating word than “prancing”? “On a stage” smacks of Broadway – nudge nudge. And who can’t hear “cowboy suit” and not think of little kids at a costume party?

This week two thing happened that gave the Democrats plenty of ammunition for the 2018 mid-terms. The FCC repealed net-neutrality. And the GOP came together on a tax give away to corporate America. But if liberals want to use these political gifts effectively they cannot waffle their way to the election.

And that’s why they need a better spokesman than Chuck Schumer. Here’s his take on the rape of internet freedoms:

Congress must act. That’s why I am throwing my full support behind a resolution to restore the 2015 Open Internet Order & put our much-needed #netneutrality rules back in place.

Nobody gives a shit about a ‘resolution’ or some 2015 order, or even about the ‘I’ and ‘full support’. Can you imagine Winston Churchill saying: “Parliament must act. That’s why I am throwing my full support behind a resolution to fight on the beaches and if, we need to, on the landing grounds and perhaps some other places.”

Nancy Pelosi also has issues with verbosity.

How dare Republicans give a permanent, unpaid-for $1.5 trillion tax rate cut to corporations, while insisting that a temporary 5-yr extension of CHIP for 9 million vulnerable children be paid for by ransacking other vital commitments to children’s health.

How about: “How dare Republicans give corporations $1.5 trillion while telling sick kids: “Too bad, we have no money”.

In fairness, Pelosi has had better efforts. Here’s one:

The #GOPTaxScam has grown more outrageous and cowardly with each version. The American people see it for exactly the #BillionairesFirst con job it is.

I like the hashtags, the adjectives, the brevity and the lack of the first person singular. More of the same please Nancy.

Active, short and a kick in the ass — that’s the ticket.


Is Eric Trump an Independent Misogynist or Just One Because His Father Is.

December 14, 2017

Donald Trump is a bully, and like every bully, he has his sycophants. He’s also a father and like any father his children give him the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately for Trump, Don Jr. and Eric aren’t doing him any favors — and Ivanka seems to have melted away. Today it was Eric’s turn to take […]

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Gillibrand Doesn’t Need to Beg. Unlike Trump, She Wins the Popular Vote Easily.

December 12, 2017

By now Trump latest offensive tweet has made the rounds, and the clear sexist language disparaging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has been noted and scorned. Here’s the tweet: The “would do anything” is obvious sexual innuendo. But why should she do anything? Why should she beg? Unlike Trump, she wins her elections by huge margins in […]

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Moore Thinks the Constitution Goes too Far. (Or, What’s Wrong with Slavery? People Were Happy.)

December 11, 2017

In 2011, Roy Moore told a radio show getting rid of constitutional amendments after the Tenth Amendment would ‘eliminate many problems’. As a lawyer and an ‘on-again, off-again’ judge, Moore knows exactly what those amendments say. So let us have a look at what he objected to. Amendments fall into two categories – ones that extend rights, […]

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The Democrats Talked Tough on Franken and Let ‘Pussy-Grabber’ & the Pedophile Slide

December 7, 2017

Al Franken resigned. And he had to. There may be a debate about the relative seriousness of the various abuse claims. But the sheer number — now eight — made Franken’s position untenable. But the way the Democrats went about it was pathetic. They lost a man who had been good on women’s issues and got […]

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Trump Is a Character from A Greek Tragedy. Perhaps Icarus.

December 2, 2017

I have no expertise, training, or background in psychology. But that’s OK. For years conservatives have cast aspersions on knowledge – viewing it with suspicion. Now Trump has made expertise peripheral to advancement. God forbid that a job goes to someone who can do it. So, having established my credentials, let me offer my opinion of Donald Trump’s […]

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