When I got up this morning, switched on the laptop, pulled up CNN and saw that Scott Walker had eventually won in Wisconsin, a wailingly-loud, horrible, throat-clutching scream wanted to flee my lips — at 3:30 a.m., though, some real shit would have hit the fan.
And on top of the noise, my neighbors I don’t think would really understand my disappointed anguish.
One Tom Barrett supporter was so overcome with grief last night she lost her social cool after Barrett’s concession speech: “She was upset about him giving the concession speech while she still felt there were votes to be counted,” Sater said. “He looked at her and said ‘I’d rather you hug me’ so he leaned down thinking that she was going to hug him and she slapped him.”
Nearly-enough said — video of the indent at the link above.
(Illustration of Ed Newman’s ‘Disappointment‘ found here).
There’s a way-abundance of bat-shit crazy this morning.
Even way-north nutcase Sarah Palin drooled President Obama’s “goose is cooked” come November in Walker’s win.
And the horror is only started.
“This means the Republican revolution is on.
(Democratic President) Barack Obama should start sweating,” said Mordecai Lee, a government affairs specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
“It will revitalize the Tea Party side of the national party to say, ‘Mitt Romney should go even harder to the right.’”
National polls show Obama and Republican rival Romney in a tight race, and the recall gave both sides a chance to mobilize supporters and gain momentum in a state that is a must-win for Obama in November.
Prominent conservative Richard Viguerie urged Romney’s campaign to absorb the lesson of Walker’s win and “shake off their moderate, establishment-Republican instincts”.
“Walker won because he ran and governed as an unabashed principled, small government, constitutional conservative,” Viguerie said in a statement.
“If Mitt Romney will adopt those bold conservative colors for his campaign and his administration, he will win (in November),” he added.
And if that occurs, anyone with any sense of compassion and hope can kiss the US way-good-bye.
This about sums it up:
“Suppose for the sake of argument that our national debt has become a huge problem.
How did it become a problem? Because of the Bush tax cuts, the Iraq War, and the recession (which, whatever its root causes, came about under Bush).
Suppose for the sake of argument that future spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security has become a huge problem.
How did it become a problem?
Because of massive increases in the cost of medical care, which has been exacerbated by Republican obstruction of national health care policy (the US spends about 50 percent more on medical care as a proportion of GDP than other western countries).
If Romney wins, and uses the so-called debt crisis to end collective bargaining rights, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as we know them, it will be nothing less than another Reichstag fire.”
And we know what happened next — way-more than a drag.