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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Friday, November 30, 2007

National Review to GOP:

"You're screwed..." Probably the only thing more pathetic than NR's bewildered analysis ("The peasants want health care? How can this be? Did we not just offer them 5% more gruel?") is their recommendations ("We only have one hope: convince the peasants that a capital gains tax cut will improve their hovels").

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Blogger Eric said...

They probably are screwed for 2008, though I doubt it will mark the beginning of some new 1000-year reign of the Democratic Party or anything so grandiose. The last time the Dems held the presidency and both houses of Congress, it lasted two years and ended in electoral disaster for the party. Based on the unremarkable performance of this new Democratic Congress to date, I could easily foresee a repeat of 1994 in the not-so-distant future.

12/01/2007 7:40 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

I have always maintained that one should never underestimate the uncanny ability of the Democratic Party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. If nothing else, the fact that any new Democratic president will have to handle the very likely messy endgame in Iraq should provide endless fodder for the Right Wing Noise Machine ("Who Lost the Middle East?" "No More Surrenders!" etc etc ad nauseum)

12/01/2007 9:07 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

I sometimes think the reason for that is that the Democrats are a party without any core message or focus; they really are just the opposition party to the GOP, which does have a discernable (if almost completely hypocritical) core focus. If I were a Democratic leader, I would at least try to rally people around 2 or 3 key messages or ideas such as:

1 - A cooperative, internationalist foreign policy.

2 - A responsible fiscal policy built on balanced budgets.

3 - A "safety net" that retains the best programs of the New Deal and Great Society while jettisoning the worst and constantly keeping the whole under careful review for waste and abuse.

12/02/2007 7:45 AM  
Anonymous BrodyV said...

Personally, I'm glad that they've increased the chocolate ration to 200 grams.

12/06/2007 11:13 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

I for one welcome our new Republican ovrerlords!

12/07/2007 2:02 PM  

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