We Are All Rahmbo Now

"I am Spartacus Rahmbo!" This appears to be the new rallying cry.

Why not go whole hog? Why not call them effing retarded?

Go ahead - punch those hippies. It feels great!

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    Speak for yourself, BTD (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by scribe on Wed May 19, 2010 at 08:49:18 AM EST
    I'm going to watch the Teabaggers wallow in their anger.

    And, unlike Rahmbo, I am not f'g stupid nor will my policies (and wheeling-dealing) be responsible for losing control of the House twice.

    That he continued to have a political (or any) career after pushing the DLC/BlueDog policies in 1993-1994 that led to losing the House in 1994 merely speaks to the inability of the Democratic Establishment to do anything consonant with the stated core principles of the party.  And that inability flows directly from the corruption exemplified (and likely to be exposed) in the coming Blago trial.

    Which, BTW, you left off the list of interesting things scheduled to happen in June.

    Uh Oh, a lefty with a memory :) (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Militarytracy on Wed May 19, 2010 at 09:29:15 AM EST
    I completely forgot about the first time he dealt himself right out of the game :)  I can be forgetful.

    Lambert nails the Bowers post (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by Spamlet on Wed May 19, 2010 at 09:20:41 AM EST
    I think Bowers' point, if he has one, is that he's an effective pragmatist. That he's making the hard choices. Incrementally. Or something. Who really knows?

    NOTE Given the nod and wink by Bowers, the usual suspects among the commenters then gleefully prepare the Boomers for the ice floes. Thanks, "progressives"!


    [lambert blushes modestly] (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by lambert on Wed May 19, 2010 at 09:41:56 AM EST
    Shooting fish in a barrel, really.

    Mommy, I hate you. Love, Chris (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by Emma on Wed May 19, 2010 at 10:02:46 AM EST
    But the kids today just don't get this.  Their parents didn't teach them properly, and the country is going down the tubes.  Like all true lefties, I just wish we could return to the good old days.

    Good thing I didn't reproduce -- you can't blame me!  "Mommy, mommy, it's all your fault I suck!!!"  Methinks somebody needs some therapy, ASAP, to work out his mommy issues.

    Here's the clue train coming at ya:  If you want to return to the good old days, shut down your computer, walk out of your house, and start organizing actual people instead of bits and bytes on a computer screen.  Doh!

    Marvelous. (none / 0) (#15)
    by Cream City on Wed May 19, 2010 at 10:27:03 AM EST
    You, Anne, Ellie, all are such wonderful writers.

    Emma, I wish I could give this post (none / 0) (#36)
    by shoephone on Wed May 19, 2010 at 04:07:30 PM EST
    a "10."

    So right on.


    I love how the DLC ... (5.00 / 2) (#30)
    by Robot Porter on Wed May 19, 2010 at 02:05:55 PM EST
    crowd always claims they're not ideological:

    "Rahm's approach, like the president, is not ideological. It's practical," Bruce Reed, chief executive of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, told the Journal. "The administration's strategy has been to pass health-care reform, not die trying."

    Yup, it was just "practical" to sell out the citizens of this country big insurance companies and big pharma.

    It's ideological. (none / 0) (#34)
    by Robot Porter on Wed May 19, 2010 at 02:33:14 PM EST
    End of.

    There's "practical" (none / 0) (#35)
    by Cream City on Wed May 19, 2010 at 02:39:35 PM EST
    and then there's . . . unprincipled.

    Should make for an interesting November (none / 0) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Wed May 19, 2010 at 08:17:20 AM EST

    Actually an interesting June (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed May 19, 2010 at 08:21:31 AM EST
    FinReg, Climate Change and Kagan.

    Don't forget... (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed May 19, 2010 at 08:26:02 AM EST
    ...the launch of SportLeft 2.0!

    A Huge progressive win! (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed May 19, 2010 at 08:44:09 AM EST
    As opposed to "not a full win" (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by lambert on Wed May 19, 2010 at 09:37:53 AM EST
    World Cup (none / 0) (#14)
    by CST on Wed May 19, 2010 at 10:14:51 AM EST
    Might be the only time you and I are rooting for the same sports team.

    Go Team USA!!!!

    Also, I am loving the ads.


    I'm game (none / 0) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Wed May 19, 2010 at 09:27:13 AM EST
    Thank god (none / 0) (#3)
    by jes on Wed May 19, 2010 at 08:25:16 AM EST
    the ice is melting.

    If Rahmbo really is concerned (none / 0) (#7)
    by mmc9431 on Wed May 19, 2010 at 08:49:47 AM EST
    About maintaining a Democratic majority, logic would dictate that he abandon his constant effort to appease the Republicans. His strategy isn't working. Republicans have totally shut down any support. The party interests would be better served by focusing on the party platform.

    I make no claims as a political strategist but it seems like a no brainer to me.

    Or (none / 0) (#17)
    by Cream City on Wed May 19, 2010 at 10:28:18 AM EST
    Rahm could, please, just leave Washington and go back to messin' up his hometown.  They know how to handle his ilk there.

    No where to go (none / 0) (#18)
    by mmc9431 on Wed May 19, 2010 at 10:31:51 AM EST
    Daley will be mayor of Chicago until Daley decides to retire. I light weight like Rahm isn't going to push him out.

    Oh, I know. But there are other jobs (none / 0) (#19)
    by Cream City on Wed May 19, 2010 at 10:39:11 AM EST
    there that pay a lot more.  Legally and otherwise.

    Rahmbo is really concerned (none / 0) (#20)
    by MO Blue on Wed May 19, 2010 at 10:54:06 AM EST
    about maintaining the big contributions from K Street and keeping them away from Republicans. All else is smoke and mirrors.

    Power Trip (none / 0) (#21)
    by mmc9431 on Wed May 19, 2010 at 11:13:16 AM EST
    I think it's more about ego and power for Rahm. He probably already has the money!

    He's an Illinois politician (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by Zorba on Wed May 19, 2010 at 11:55:47 AM EST
    Of course he already has the money!  {/snark}  (With apologies to all honest Illinois politicians.  I know there are some out there.......)

    Ha, my reaction, exactly (none / 0) (#25)
    by Cream City on Wed May 19, 2010 at 12:02:57 PM EST
    to that comment.

    Some here wanted what we call the Chicago Way.  

    Well, they got it.


    I'm orginally from (none / 0) (#26)
    by Zorba on Wed May 19, 2010 at 12:08:08 PM EST
    the St. Louis and Southern Illinois area, and also have relatives in Chicago.  I was weaned on cynicism about Illinois (and particularly Chicago) politicians.  Although I can think of a few sterling examples of honest Illinois politicians.  Paul Simon.  Adlai Stevenson.  Ummm.  Abraham Lincoln.  Ummm....

    Ditto -- my relatives in Chicago (none / 0) (#27)
    by Cream City on Wed May 19, 2010 at 12:42:52 PM EST
    had -- and have -- stories that just amazed me.  They just made bribes an item in the families' budgets.

    And the thing is that many Chicagoans boast about their corruption, because it's bigger than anywhere else -- "biggest" being the key to Chicago pride, it seems.


    I like Chicago, the city (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by Zorba on Wed May 19, 2010 at 12:58:31 PM EST
    And always enjoy visiting it.  But the political corruption in Illinois (particularly Chicago) is stunning.  Every time something happens (and it always does) in some place like New Orleans, New Jersey, Baltimore, etc......they just look like pikers compared to Chicago (and in general, Illinois) politics-as-usual.  Not that it's anything to boast about.  One of the big things that made me nervous about Obama from the very beginning was that he came up in Chicago politics.  And when he brought Rahmbo on board, that just added to my fears.

    Agreed -- I like to visit (none / 0) (#29)
    by Cream City on Wed May 19, 2010 at 01:15:10 PM EST
    (except for the incredible noise of the El in some areas) and I like to study it.  But living there would get me in trouble, fighting the system there.:-)

    I was not specific enough in my comment (none / 0) (#24)
    by MO Blue on Wed May 19, 2010 at 11:58:27 AM EST
    Rahmbo, who perceives himself as the power broker for the Democratic Party, is really concerned about the big contributions from K Street flowing into the Democratic campaign chests and keeping the money from funding Republicans. Also, keeping the big money donors happy will be very good for any future political ambitions.

    Interesting line in the comments after the post (none / 0) (#16)
    by vicndabx on Wed May 19, 2010 at 10:27:11 AM EST
    about "parent's selling out in the 80's."  It me reminds me of a line I often use to tease my girlfriend about her seeming to only think of herself.  It's a line from one of the Matrix movies when Smith turns someone else into a copy. It goes
    me, me, me....and me too!

    Not to drag out the Matrix metaphor, it is....inevitable.  With the shrinking job market, the do more w/less attitude of business, and the all-important.... responsibility that usually comes w/age, is it any wonder, many leave wide-eyed idealism behind?  Geez this is the middle-class that supports this country!  Ain't no rich hippies, sorry.  Dems want to stay in power, then the middle is where it's at - unless more of our leaders get good at Powerpoint.

    the "middle" (none / 0) (#22)
    by CST on Wed May 19, 2010 at 11:20:56 AM EST
    is a constantly shifting mass.  And it will continue to shift on a lot of these issues.  For example, social conservatism is currently alive and thriving, but it turns off a LOT of younger voters.  

    And despite the fact that "responsibility" might come with age, I think it says an aweful lot that younger voters, who have been one of the hardest hit groups by the poor economy, still support immigration, and haven't gone completely off the "me me me" deep end.

    And the job market has already shrunk to a point that is completely unsustainable and unacceptable, but I don't think anyone thinks it's still shrinking.