I have long said that a goal of people in power is to keep us squabbling amongst ourselves while they continue to have power. This–what Ev writes–is the hard lesson we, as a country, just won’t learn. And so we sit through the lesson again.
When they said they were taking back the country, they didn’t actually mean for you Teabaggers, white-trash Republicans, Dittoheads, and protectors of sanctity. They actually meant that you would be protecting it from us, and they would be cashing the checks.
I’m honestly not that bummed that Scott Brown won. Yes, I think he’s a jerk and a toad, but the massive failure on the part of Democrats to pass meaningful healthcare reform months ago is what stuck us in this situation. And why did we have a candidate who doesn’t mind having innocent people in prison and who won’t prosecute child rapists in the first place? If you looked around Massachusetts and said “This is the best we can do, the epitome of what it means to be a Democrat,” either you’re a liar, so fuck you, or the party is in big trouble, enormous trouble.
Eh, I don’t know. In a way it reminds me of the Harold Ford thing–watching these old political structures assume that they can remain in place as long as they find the right message and the right place to run. Got a woman? She have some ties to the Kennedy machine? Okay, run her. Oh, where can a Ford run and win? Let’s send Harold there.
The wheels are coming off the train. The truth is that the wheels are coming off both trains–Republican and Democrat. I don’t think you see this kind of authoritarian impulse otherwise. People who feel at ease and secure don’t turn to authoritarians on their own side while fearing the authoritarians on the other.
Everyone knows we’re in the middle of some massive upheaval, but no one knows quite of what sort it is. And, as always, the folks on top are just shifting their footing, hoping that they can do enough to keep their place when things settle. And they will and have always done that by keeping those beneath them aimed at each other.
Who fucking cares that Scott Brown won? It’s a smokescreen to excuse any lack of uncomfortable change.