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 The FCC repealed net-neutrality.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.


Conservatism Cannot Make America Great

November 27, 2017

Conservatism is not the future of America. It is instead a backward-looking philosophy – which dreams of recreating some imaginary Edenic past in today’s America. But thinking folk know that today’s America will never be yesterday’s. And besides yesterday’s America wasn’t so good for millions. Things have changed. We’re not nearly as white as we used […]

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It’s not just Moore, Alabama Has a Long and Dishonorable Political Tradition.

November 14, 2017

Everybody is following the Roy Moore teen molestation saga and wondering if all the backwoods stories they have heard about Alabama could possibly be as bad as they dared not imagine. And yet the more we hear, the more we realize that Alabama is “you might be a redneck if…” territory. Let’s consider how we got into this […]

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Roy Moore Is Still Alabama’s Most Likely Next Senator.

November 12, 2017

Republicans have to deal with a Senate candidate, Roy Moore, who has been accused of plying girls with alcohol and touching them up. In Alabama the local GOP’s answer is simple. They deny he did it and besides most of the accusers were at least 16 – so fair game for a 30-something. And that’s if the […]

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Trump Promises Success, Delivers Failure.

October 16, 2017

Like every politician, Trump made extravagant promises. And like every politician he failed to deliver on all he promised. But Trump’s promises were more extravagant, and his failures more thorough, than the standard huckster’s pattern. So egregious, in fact, that his duplicity is in Bernie Madoff’s neighborhood. But the man, whose greatest achievement is whining, has a different story. […]

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The Trump Administration Hires Big Boobs.

September 21, 2017

In the Mad Man era — as the joke has it — the executive needed a new secretary. He interviewed the candidates. After asking them wide-ranging questions about their abilities, education, and experience, he hired the one with the biggest boobs. And so it is in the Trump administration. Ability, education and experience count for little. […]

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My Father Didn’t Use to Be a RWNJ – What Happened?

August 22, 2017

Do you have a crazy dad, uncle or brother? Was he always like that? Or is the craziness an acquired affliction? Here, I’m talking politically. Specifically about those relatives, who in their youth were centrist or close to it, sometimes even quite liberal, who have now veered hard right. You do? If so, he may have been […]

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When Profit Trumps People – People Die.

June 27, 2017

Deregulation kills people – which is evident when you consider that the reason for regulation in the first place was to save lives and protect health. Regulation ensures that people without power retain some say in the quality of their own lives. The history of  America before regulation is a guide to how cruel life […]

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How Democrats can Win: Five Easy Pieces of Advice.

June 23, 2017

Democrats are getting hammered. And the excuses are flying. The “we’re losing less badly than before and besides it’s a Republican district” rationale for losing congressional races is a consolation prize where consolation is meaningless. In politics, all that counts is winning. And until the Democrats get some checks in the ‘W’ column they are irrelevant. What do Democrats […]

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