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Here, kitty kitty kitty….

Say that at just the right time and in just the right way…and you still don't know what the heck you're going to get — they are cats, you know. You might get a tabby-cat named Tiger (because of its overactive libido). Or maybe Bill the Cat from Bloom County (Ack! Thbbft!) or Hobbes chasing down a mortally-terrified Calvin. If you're not so lucky, you'll get the white cat so beloved by Ernst Stavro Blofeld. You won't get a roar from the liberal lion who fought for a generation to see this day.

But say "here, kitty kitty" at the wrong place and at the wrong time (like into a dark alleyway when you're a mouse pretending to be an elephant) and you just might see hundreds, thousands — nay, tens of millions of pairs of glowing yellow eyes open…wide at first, then narrowing hungrily at the sight of vulnerable prey. Then you've got a real problem on your hands…especially if you can't run because you shot yourself in the foot.

Former Bush speechwriter David Frum succinctly points out that the conservatives did just that by refusing to compromise, to negotiate in good faith even when the Obama administration's health care proposal had "a broad family resemblance to Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan (never mind that Romney says Obama has committed "an unconscionable abuse of power" and has "betrayed his oath to the nation"). It builds on ideas developed at the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s that formed the basis for Republican counter-proposals to Clintoncare in 1993-1994." The real cause of the problem, he says, is that the Republicans allowed themselves to be trapped by the far-right pundits on Fox News and talk radio. After all, can a congressman expect to be reelected if his electoral base sees him negotiating in good faith with a Kenyan-born, America-hating, white people-hating, terrorist-palling, Muslim Nazi/communist/socialist who happens to be black? Especially when he's instituting a communist system of mandated health care that includes death panels that are sure to put grandma to death?

No. Any Republican congressman who wants to keep his job knows that to be seen giving the least consideration to such a man is to be sure to be vilified by the conservative base…and Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly, Levin, Savage, Drudge, Malkin et al will see to it.

David Frum's most telling point is not only that the conservative pundits have bombarded the country and mobilized the conservative base with hysterical accusations and pseudo-information, overheated talk to the point that it is impossible for conservative representatives to represent and conservative elected leaders to lead…but also that the priority of those conservative pundits was not so much to support a conservative agenda; instead, their primary aim is — quite naturally — to keep their listeners angry so they will keep listening (and keep patronizing the pundits' sponsors).

But David Frum is really only a voice in the wilderness. Fox News, World Net Daily, NewsMax, and the Drudge Report (when I checked eight hours after the bill passed the House) were proclaiming the "Democrat Party's trillion-dollar budget-busting bill", but none of them — not one — cared to mention in the articles that the Congressional Budget Office had stated that the Health Care Reform bill would save well over a trillion dollars from the federal budget over the next two decades. Nor did they care to mention that the Republicans' Medicare Part D increased the national debt by over a half trillion dollars.

So what will the Republicans do now? The same thing they've been doing since Newt Gingrich took control back in the 90's — double down on conservative dogma. After every misstep — Katrina, Iraq, No Child Left Behind, the Patriot Act, Medicare Part D, and the Great Recession — the conservatives have doubled down, claiming that things went wrong because America wasn't conservative enough. After every Democratic success — the elections in 2006 and 2008 — the conservatives doubled down even more. "Thou shalt not work hand-in-hand with godless liberals!" seems to be the first and most important commandment among the Republicans of today.

And this has brought out the very worst among them. Witness the racist and anti-gay invective hurled at members of Congress by Tea Party protesters. What's troubling isn't that the insults were made…but that the others among the Tea Party protesters who must have heard the insults did nothing about it. Nothing at all. To their credit, GOP leaders have apologized for the protesters' conduct, but those who organized and led the protest apparently took no responsibility whatsoever. One wonders what the white/black ratio in the Tea Party protest was. I suspect it was probably about the same as in the vast majority of other Tea Party protests — lily-white, or very nearly so.

So what does the future hold? While history shows that the Democrats should lose seats in both the House and Senate in the midterm elections later this year, if the economy improves as it seems it will, and when millions of Americans suddenly discover they no longer have to choose between paying for health care and paying for the mortgage…the Democrats might well be smiling come mid-November.

Keep it up, GOP pundits! You're the Democrats' secret weapon! Instead of speaking softly and carrying a big stick as a good Republican once did, you're like Yosemite Sam: "Yeah? Well I speak LOUD! And I carry a BIIIIIGGER shtick!" Thanks to your hate speech, your false accusations, your proclivity to ignore historical and scientific FACT in order to sustain the illusions held by the most ignorant among the conservative base, you are ensuring Democratic victory — if not in 2010, then certainly in 2012. You're doing a better job of broadening the Democratic base than we ever could by ourselves…and that's the secret! If you want to win, you broaden your base, rather than solidify it. This is certainly not meant to sound racist, but from what I understand, "Schwarz" means "black" in German…and thanks to you, oh GOP pundits, the Schwarz is with us, the Democrats! Or at the very least, our Schwarz IS bigger than yours! (Owww…couldn't resist. No jokes about Ahnold's name, please.) (Note – if you're not a Mel Brooks fan, ignore the last couple sentences 'cause you just wouldn't understand)

But seriously, the ironic thing is that we Democrats could tell the Republicans all day long that they need to broaden their base but they still wouldn't believe it. It's almost like Br'er Rabbit telling Br'er Fox how he's going to escape by getting himself thrown in the briar patch, and Br'er Fox doesn't believe Br'er Rabbit and throws him into the briar patch anyway! "Born and raised in a briar patch, Bret Br'er Fox News! Born and raised in a briar patch!"

But the important metaphor here is not rabbits, but cats. It takes a lot to get cats to work together, but you did it! We've been kicked around, ridiculed, scorned…but we owe a debt of thanks to Newt Gingrich, Dubya and Dick, and the conservative pundits – for it was they who somewhat harshly reminded us once more that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, and in the long, vicious battle we just fought over Health Care Reform, we just got a nice, long whiff of catnip. As for myself, I love the smell of catnip in the morning. It smells like…victory!

Here, Dumbo Dumbo Dumbo….

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About Glenn Contrarian

White. Male. Raised in the deepest of the Deep South. Retired Navy. Strong Christian. Proud Liberal. Thus, Contrarian!
  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Heroically delusional. It’s as if none of the polls exist in your reality.

    The GOP has in fact broadened its base. It’s not speaking for millions of independents who are outraged by Obamacare.

    Dave

  • Chris McCubbin

    Dave, there’s a difference between a hyperstimulated base and a broadened one. Just ask Al Qaeda

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    I like that, Chris.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    “The GOP has in fact broadened its base. It’s not speaking for millions of independents who are outraged by Obamacare.”

    Paging Dr Freud

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    The supposed “outrage” will soon be tempered when people – including independents – learn how the reforms are going to make life better for them.

    All the empty threats coming from republicans and the right wing talk assholes will amount to nothing.

    B

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    Frum may be right but it seems too early to tell which direction the party heads. Could be course correction or it could be full steam ahead. It is a long time until November to be outraged so Repubs should get a positive message over the summer and then turn up the heat in Sept.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Even if the bill does all of the good things promised and none of the bad, there will remain many of us who oppose it just on the basis that it is coercive and unconstitutional.

    Dave

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    I cannot believe what I’m reading!

    After over 6 months of torturous article after torturous bullshit article on the grab of one sixth of your economy called “health care reform”, you are all now arguing over the detritus like rats over a vomited up squirrel!! Two articles or more on this garbage!

    Not a single one of you wants to – or is capable of – looking beyond your own shores to see the economic disaster brewing in Europe or consider how the refusal of your major creditors to lend you more money on stupid projects – like a grab of one sixth of the economy under government control – will send you over the cliff.

    I begin to comprehend now how it was that the Romans fell to the Visigoths and other barbarians. It wasn’t that they couldn’t fight the Visigoths – they were mentally incapable of realizing the threat until it was way too late.

    And it is obvious that you too, are mentally incapable of seeing the knife of History at your own throats.

    Only after History has slit your throats open and you are gurgling in your death throes, will you begin to comprehend. Then, of course, it will be too late.

    And that is how the mighty, who think they will last forever, are brought down to the dust. Have a pleasant day!

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    No doubt that if all the BC pundits turned our attentions to Ruvy’s concerns, the country would be saved.

    All will be well if we just stop writing about health care reform.

    I have seen the light.

    B

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    I’m sorry, did Ruvy comment here? I couldn’t read it because the government hasn’t bought me new glasses yet.

    Dave

  • Mark

    Dave, the debate has just begun as to whether those GI glasses should be rose-colored or 3D.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    3D…in rose.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    The fellow is just exercising his prophetic calling.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    I just dugg it, digg it? : )

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Dave –

    Heroically delusional. It’s as if none of the polls exist in your reality.

    Funny thing is, many of those who opposed the bill were doing so because it wasn’t liberal enough! If you add those who wanted it to be MORE liberal to those who supported the bill, you get a MAJORITY of the American people. Here’s the quote from the CNN poll results:

    “Roughly one in five of respondents who said they opposed the bill did so because it was not liberal enough, and those people are unlikely to vote Republican. Take them out of the picture and opposition to the bill because it is too liberal is 43 percent.

    In other words, Dave, FIFTY-SEVEN PERCENT of the American people either supported the bill or wanted it to do MORE. Not that facts will do much to change your mind, of course.

    The GOP has in fact broadened its base.

    To blacks? To Hispanics? To Asians? To LGBT’s? To women? Please. Here’s a little wake-up call for you, Dave:

    “One thing I noticed about the Tea Party crowds is that they are 99% WHITE! These are my people and they are your people as well…I’ve converted several of them (especially on the Jew issue) and the immigration issue is a no brainer. I’ve attended a few of the Tea Party gatherings and have found quite a few racially aware folks in attendance. I use these gatherings to wake folks up to the ‘Jew’ problem in this country with many leaving say “Hmmm” and following up with me via email for further mentoring on the subject.There are people I met during the Ron Paul campaign who were “clowns”, and now are active White Nationalists.

    I have kept quiet about the Ron Paul campaign for a while, because I didn’t see any need to say anything that would cause any trouble. However, reading the latest release from his campaign spokesman, I am compelled to tell the truth about Ron Paul’s extensive involvement in white nationalism.”

    The above quote is from comments by white supremacists on the site stormfront.org, as reported by dailykos. The site further comments:

    “After a Neo-Nazi caused controversy by pulling out a Hitler flag at a Tea Party event, Neo-Nazis began commenting on Stormfront that White Nationalists should not use their Hitler and Swastika flags for fear of scaring off potential White Nationalist recruits because the Jews have sullied the image of their proud Fuehrer and the Swastika and instead should use Confederate Flags and “Don’t Tread On Me” shirts.”

    And since real libertarians love Ron Paul, here’s something by a guy named Bill White, who claims to be Commander of the American National Socialist Workers Party:

    “Both Congressman Paul and his aides regularly meet with members of the Stormfront set, American Renaissance, the Institute for Historic Review, and others at the Tara Thai restaurant in Arlington, Virginia, usually on Wednesdays. This is part of a dinner that was originally organized by Pat Buchanan, Sam Francis and Joe Sobran, and has since been mostly taken over by the Council of Conservative Citizens [the racist organization which MY family acquaintance started]. I have attended these dinners, seen Paul and his aides there, and been invited to his offices in Washington to discuss policy.”

    Y’know, I did doubt this…until I looked up the CCC site on the Wikipedia and saw some of the same names being bandied about.

    But I’ll give you the credit you deserve, Dave – you DID strongly state your position against the wackos at Stormfront.org, and you DID state the danger they present to the Tea Party and the Republicans in general. Problem is, there’s a lot of them and only one of you, and when I see them so excited about attending the “99% white” Tea Party meetings, I tend to believe their opinion of the racial makeup of the Tea Party more than your statements about how many minorities there are on your side.

    No, Dave – the only broadening of the base that the Republicans have done…is to groups that you really, truly don’t want on your side.

    It’s not speaking for millions of independents who are outraged by Obamacare.

    And the Republican party is also not speaking for the tens of millions who will have health insurance that they didn’t – couldn’t – have before. Like my son, for one.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Ruvy –

    lay off the caffeine, please!

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    “The Republican party is also not speaking for the tens of millions who will have health insurance that they didn’t – couldn’t – have before. Like my son, for one.” – Glenn Contrarian

    : ) Good article, Glenn.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Thanks, Jeannie –

    I don’t know how many Mel Brooks fans there are out there, though….

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    I love Mel Brooks…Springtime for Hitler and Germany was one of the most outrageous songs I ever heard and saw! lol

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna
  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Funny thing is, many of those who opposed the bill were doing so because it wasn’t liberal enough! If you add those who wanted it to be MORE liberal to those who supported the bill, you get a MAJORITY of the American people.

    So? The difference here is not between liberal and conservative, it is between those who want a real health care reform bill and those who support a big-government power grab disguised as health care reform. Plenty on the left object to the same aspects of the bill that Republicans and tea partiers have problems with, and the truth you won’t acknowledge (one among many) is that Republicans would have supported many of the same things that the far left wanted in the bill as an alternative to the draconian mandates and huge payoffs that are in the bill as written.

    At base the problems with this bill are not partisan. They are between those who support responsible government and those who support an unrestricted growth of government power, and those groups cross party lines.

    In other words, Dave, FIFTY-SEVEN PERCENT of the American people either supported the bill or wanted it to do MORE. Not that facts will do much to change your mind, of course.

    It’s not that they wanted it to do MORE, it’s that they wanted it to do what it was supposedly intended to do BETTER. And that was a desire shared by people on both the left and right who opposed it.

    The GOP has in fact broadened its base.

    To blacks? To Hispanics? To Asians? To LGBT’s? To women?

    Especially among blacks and women, but we’re working on the other groups.

    The above quote is from comments by white supremacists on the site stormfront.org, as reported by dailykos.

    I love the way you give the claims of these self-serving lunatics credibility when it suits your purpose. Do you really expect them to claim anything different? And why would you believe anything they claim when there is no actual evidence to support it?

    As for Ron Paul, the fact that the racists and lunatics support him is certainly a problem, but it doesn’t make them any more numerous or mainstream, nor does it make the overwhelming majority of his supporters who are not racists any less legitimate.

    It also doesn’t change the reality that the tea parties had significant minority participation with black speakers and organizers particularly prominent as I have pointed out numerous times before with links to multiple videos and web pages.

    But I’ll give you the credit you deserve, Dave – you DID strongly state your position against the wackos at Stormfront.org, and you DID state the danger they present to the Tea Party and the Republicans in general. Problem is, there’s a lot of them and only one of you,

    Actually, there are very few of them and there are a great many of me. The RLC has more members in just our top three states combined than any of those racist groups have on a nationwide basis, and we’re notoriously lax about recruitment and membership renewal.

    and when I see them so excited about attending the “99% white” Tea Party meetings, I tend to believe their opinion of the racial makeup of the Tea Party more than your statements about how many minorities there are on your side.

    Your mistake, then. My statements can be backed up by fact. Theirs are entirely self-serving and they are proven to have no credibility anyway.

    No, Dave – the only broadening of the base that the Republicans have done…is to groups that you really, truly don’t want on your side.

    When it suits their purposes we’re going to have those groups on our side whether we want them or not. This is something they choose to do and not something that we have any control over.

    And the Republican party is also not speaking for the tens of millions who will have health insurance that they didn’t – couldn’t – have before. Like my son, for one.

    From my observation as an election judge in the primary here in Texas you’re just dead wrong. Independents voted overwhelmingly Republican and turned out in unprecedented numbers and this health care issue was a big part of what motivated them.

    Dave

  • Glenn Contrarian

    According to a Harris poll, here’s how calm and reasonable and logical the Republicans are:

    – 67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that Obama is a socialist.

    – 57 percent of Republicans (32 percent overall) believe that Obama is a Muslim

    – 45 percent of Republicans (25 percent overall) agree with the Birthers in their belief that Obama was “not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president”

    – 38 percent of Republicans (20 percent overall) say that Obama is “doing many of the things that Hitler did”

    – Scariest of all, 24 percent of Republicans (14 percent overall) say that Obama “may be the Antichrist.”

    And Dave wonders why we keep showing him just how screwed up conservatives have become?

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Dave –

    [We broadened our base] Especially among blacks and women, but we’re working on the other groups.

    [concerning the 99% white Tea Party attendance claim by the white supremacist] Your mistake, then. My statements can be backed up by fact.

    Dave, remember when we discussed the racial makeup of the Tea Party before? I took the time to look through at least thirty Tea Party sites and looked at HUNDREDS of photos of crowds at Tea Party events. I saw what, maybe five, ten blacks out of the thousands of attendees? It might been twelve, but I suspect it was closer to five. In any case, I really, truly don’t you can PROVE that blacks make up even one percent of any of the several Tea Party organizations. MAYBE you can prove one tenth of one percent…but not much more than that.

    So I’m calling your bluff – you say you can prove it…so PROVE IT.

  • zingzing
  • Clavos

    here’s how calm and reasonable and logical the Republicans are:

    – 67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that Obama is a socialist

    Considering he just spearheaded the passing of the greatest social bill in the history of this country, that’s an entirely reasonable conclusion.

    Scariest of all, 24 percent of Republicans (14 percent overall) say that Obama “may be the Antichrist.”

    Here I have to agree with you, Glenn, they are mistaken, I am the Antichrist.

  • zingzing

    the antichrist tries to sell you a yacht. there’s a joke in there somewhere.

    clavos, you should go look up socialism at the librar– no… that would mean using a socialist enterprise… whoever invented the us public library system was a fucking socialist, i guess. and anyone who’s ever contributed to one! reagan! you fucking commie scum!

  • Clavos

    zing, most of the guys who buy my wares are greedy rich, types who have no qualms dealing with the Antichrist.

  • zingzing

    republicans, no doubt, who prioritize their life as follows (as i would, i suppose, if i could):

    1. money
    2. cocaine
    3. riches
    4. bitches
    666. profane images of abusing jesus’ image
    777. the stock market–my bud’s’ll take care of that

  • zingzing

    5 being the secret of 23 as applied by the illuminati, of course.

  • http://soldieroftruth.wordpress.com Braden

    Wow, you’re relying on David Frum to make your points for you. Just because he worked for Bush doesn’t mean he’s a credible conservative voice. I’m so sick of the left pointing to his lame article.

    Remember how you said that HSA’s like Singapore has wouldn’t work in the U.S.A because they have two different types of governments? Well why would you point to Romney’s Healthcare plan in Massachusetts to support Obamacare? You know better than that. One’s a state, one’s a whole country. Besides, Romney’s plan and Obama’s plan are significantly different.

    Sorry, Glenn. I really did expect better from you.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Braden, to compare Singapore to the United States evinces a vast ignorance on your part. I’ve been there several times. Apparently you haven’t.

    And your rant against Frum reminds me strongly of how the Rabid Right reacts now to any conservative who has the courage – the COURAGE! – to say to his fellow conservatives, “we’re going the wrong way!”

    Look up William F. Buckley, who used to be credited with the birth of modern conservatism. But by today’s standards, even Ronald Reagan would be spat upon by the neo-cons.

    I’ve seen this before on a much smaller scale – it’s the psychology of the mob, or mob mentality…and it draws even the most well-meaning men and women to do and say things that they would never have done a few years before.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    “Just because he worked for Bush doesn’t mean he’s a credible conservative voice.”

    Who said you get to decide?

    “I’m so sick of the left pointing to his lame article.”

    Boo hoo. Medicine usually tastes bad going down