In Which I Try to Guess Why the TNDP Won’t Aid Adrienne Pakis-Gillon

LeftWingCracker has a post about Pakis-Gillon, which you can read and be persuaded by, or not. I’m still a little suspicious that there are people in the party who would love to foist her off on the bloggers so that, if she loses, they can have their proof that the bloggers aren’t that powerful.

I refuse to play that game not only because it’s unfair to the bloggers, but because it’s patently unfair to Pakis-Gillon. (Though, I should say, I have also heard this exact same scenario theorized, except that Pakis-Gillon is supposedly being foisted off onto progressives and, if progressives can’t put her in office, then it proves that progressives aren’t that powerful and the powers that be can safely ignore them.) This kind of setting up tests and not telling people and then holding people responsible when they fail them is like a disfunctional marriage, not the kind of relationship that’s healthy among a candidate, her potential supporters, and the party the first two ostensibly belong to. Well, nor is it healthy in disfunctional marriages, but we’re focusing on the political.

LWC says:

Considering that A) EVERY Senate and House seat is critical in preventing a complete GOP takeover of the General Assembly, which will lead to Democrats losing up to three seats in Congress from Tennessee and B) we have a chance to end Brian Kelsey’s political career before he damages anything else, why the hell has the TNDP essentially told Adrienne that they aren’t going to help her?

THESE are the races that make differences in how each party is viewed. If the GOP can’t hold on to this seat, their presumed hegemony is NOT going to happen. Now, understand, I don’t want the TNDP to send troops (not after the House 62 debacle), but I DO want them to send money.

And it occurs to me that possibly this is why the TNDP isn’t giving more support to Pakis-Gillon: they spent all their resources on the adorable baby clones that were supposed to strike fear in the hearts of voters who… um… hate babies or something.  I’m still not sure.

They probably have like 200,000 post cards with those adorable clone babies on them.oie_babiesntext If only we could find a way for them to repurpose these hypothetical postcards in support of Pakis-Gillon… But we’d have to remind the TNDP that babies are uniformly adorable, so we should not try to frighten voters with cute babies.

Could we white-out everything on the postcards except the babies and just write on there, “Why does Brian Kelsey hate triplets?” or “If Brian Kelsey had his way, all babies would be kept in Pirex pie pans for easy baking. Vote for Adrienne Pakis-Gillon and vote against Republicans who want us to eat babies.” or “Vote for Adrienne Pakis-Gillon and she will outlaw all tasteless political ads involving adorable babies like these.”?

I don’t know, people.  I’m just brainstorming here.

Edited to add: My favorite part about the adorable baby negative ad is the “Pro-Life leaders are against Marsh’s radical cloning plan.” which kind of implies that there are some less radical cloning plans pro-life leaders might be in favor of, or even that a radical cloning plan proposed by anyone other than Marsh might be okay.  I mean, seriously, that’s just hilarious.

For the Midwesterners, For the LOLZ

At the end of a post about Casimir Pulaski getting posthumous citizenship, John Arivosis adds:

Note from John: Pulaski is a well-known street in Chicago. I never knew the history. Fascinating.

For you non-Midwesterners, this is funny for this reasons: While Pulaski is indeed a well-known street in Chicago, that’s not actually why most Chicagoans, nay, most Illinoisans would have heard of Pulaski. That would be, oh, THE STATEWIDE HOLIDAY IN HIS HONOR. Shoot, back in my day, you got that fucker off of school.

(On a side note, Illinois has a Pulaski day because it has the city with the second largest Polish population in the world after Warsaw, and they like their war heroes.  Ha, no, actually, I’m not sure what’s going on here.  Pulaski day was made into law in 1977, a year after Daley died. There had been great animosity between the governor, Daniel Walker, and Daley. I’d be curious to know if this was some left-over Chicago powerplay–“We will inflict our heroes on the whole state and Walker will just have to take it.” or if this came very early in Thompson’s run, in which case it might have been a signal from Springfield to Chicago that hostilities were lessening. I don’t know. But with all things having to do with Illinois politics, you can bet the answer is far from what it appears to be on the surface.)

But, Fat, Fatty Fat Fat…

Today, Nicholas Krisoff is writing about BPA, a synthetic estrogen that’s in almost everything. The chemical companies have a study that says it’s safe. A great many studies not conducted by the chemical companies link it to everything from diabetes to malformed genitals to obesity.

On average, apparently, we consume six pounds of this stuff, because it leaks into you through the plastic containers you use, the lining put on cans of green beans, and it’s put into foods we eat.

I bring this up because of the State Democrats’ flirting with a war on childhood obesity. If children cannot avoid consuming a chemical that makes them fat, all your haranguing and hand-wringing and personal-responsibility-ing won’t mean squat.

Are you, State Democrats, working to craft legislation that would get this crap out of kids’ systems?

Or are you going to continue to play “Blame the Fat Kid” while we’re being poisoned?