WP: “Republicans See Long-Term Victory in Defeat on Stimulus Plan”

According to the Washington Post, the Repubs are angling towards a long-term, more strategic game in Congress.  Really, as far as that goes, all you need to see is the title.  But if you read further into the article, it becomes interesting.  I’ve managed to confirm my suspicions- the Republicans see this as 1993, and all they have to do, in their minds, is be obstructionist and stick to Rush’s mantras.  And I may have said this before, but I don’t think that will work.

It’s almost as if the Republicans learned nothing when they got their asses handed to them in November.  They seem to think that the only reason people didn’t vote for them was because of El Jorge.  So they think that Democrats and people who voted for them in November will just take a nap now that El Jorge is back in Texas.  There’s a name for this.  It’s called wishful thinking.  As the article points out, the Republicans have lost ground almost everywhere except for the South, and the Democrats have the highest number of self-designated party IDs in over 25 years.  I don’t see this being 1993, because history does not really repeat itself.  The fact that the moderate Republican wing has been decimated in Congress means that most of the people left are the “Southern nut” wing.

Furthermore, I’m skeptical of this attitude that “we can get out of this hole by digging more”, when I see numbers like this (H/T Wonkette).  Given that many people obviously disapprove of the Republican handling of the stimpak, how can they possibly say, “W00t, we’re winning!”?  As Lewis Black once said, “I wonder, what kind of a drug could make one so delusional?”

Of course, those numbers are numbers for right now, and say nothing of how the Republicans will be perceived in the coming months.  As the article notes, it likely depends on how well the stimpak goes.  Well, we’ll see.  I just don’t think any of the backpatting among Repub leaders is the least bit justified.  Maybe I’m wrong, but again, we’ll see.

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Pimp My Ride: Presidential Edition

The Christian Science Monitor recently ran a profile on President Obama’s (I love saying that!) new ride.  Meet the 2009 Presidential Cadillac Limousine.  It’s a tank dressed up in drag as a limo.  Seriously.  How many other limos have self-sealing fuel tanks, shotguns in the front seat doors, five-inch thick armor (making the doors weigh as much as a 757 cabin door), tear gas cannons, a foldout desktop, a satellite phone, and “[b]ottles of the president’s blood kept on board in case he needs an emergency transfusion.” [emphasis mine]  Wow.  I’d take the shotguns alone, they would be very nice if I got caught in traffic when I needed to get somewhere.  But that other stuff could be handy, too.

Of course, there is a price to this sort of style.  O’s Caddy costs the taxpayers, according to the CSM’s graphic, 300,000 pounds.  Given the current exchange rate, that’s probably close to $400,000, if not more.  That’s one costly ride.  Plus, it only gets 8 MPG.  Remember, though, it is a GM product.  What did you really expect?  I suppose hybrid tech is too unreliable for the Secret Service to chance the President’s life in it.  Still, it’s a darn nice car.

Quote of the Day, 1-20-09

“”Hope” is the thing with feathers —
That perches in the soul —
And sings the tune without the words —
And never stops — at all —

And sweetest — in the Gale — is heard —
And sore must be the storm —
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm —

I’ve heard it in the chillest land —
And on the strangest Sea —
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb — of Me.” -Emily Dickinson, “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers

The First Speed Bump

For those of us who thought the Obama transition was going too smoothly to be humanly possible, NBC has this news:

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract.

Let’s hope this isn’t just a precursor to worse things to come.

(H/T NBC via The Daily Beast)

Get Your Funny On: Triple Your Pleasure, Triple Your Fun Edition

I think everyone needs a good dose of funny from time to time, just to be able to keep perspective on how life doesn’t totally suck, and how it’s not all about serious stuff and the like.  Therefore, I hereby present the every-so-often recurring feature, Get Your Funny On.  Today, we get a visit from a motion-sensing pigeon deterrent:

And a double-sided look back at why this election was such a great one for satire:

John McCain: The Person He Is

Osama or Obama

By the way, sorry about WordPress being anal jerkoffs who won’t let me embed from the Daily Show site. Oh, well.