2006/03/14

Molly's call to arms

I've long since liked Molly Ivins, ever since her first book came out. I've been fond of her no-nonsense demeanor, her belief that liberals were right about , well, just about everything and her firm belief that politics had to be fun or life just wasn't worth living. Today, she comes out with the bestest description of Russ Feingold's proposal to censure President Bush that I've seen yet:

Mah fellow progressives, now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of the party. I don’t know about you, but I have had it with the D.C. Democrats, had it with the DLC Democrats, had it with every calculating, equivocating, triangulating, straddling, hair-splitting son of a bitch up there, and that includes Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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I can’t see a damn soul in D.C. except Russ Feingold who is even worth considering for President. The rest of them seem to me so poisonously in hock to this system of legalized bribery they can’t even see straight.
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Every Democrat I talk to is appalled at the sheer gutlessness and spinelessness of the Democratic performance. The party is still cringing at the thought of being called, ooh-ooh, “unpatriotic” by a bunch of rightwingers.

Take “unpatriotic” and shove it. How dare they do this to our country? “Unpatriotic”? These people have ruined the American military! Not to mention the economy, the middle class, and our reputation in the world. Everything they touch turns to dirt, including Medicare prescription drugs and hurricane relief.

This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one; it is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass.

Molly is 100% correct. The question Bush would probably love to ask Americans (But knows he shouldn't because he'd give the game away) is: "Hey, if the Democrats won't stand up to me when I'm this low in the opinion polls, what makes you think they'll stand up to the terrists?" And you know what? Bush would be absolutely correct to ask that. If the Democrats can't find their spine over an issue as plain and as clear-cut and as unequivocally right as this one is, then what the heck will they stand up for?
It's up to us regular folks now. Here's the link to a site that can tell you how to contact your representative. Call 'em, write 'em, telegraph 'em, send 'em smoke signals, whatever!! Get these people off their fannies and have 'em do their jobs!!

Lots of good stuff at Glenn Greenwald and firedoglake.
In an entirely predictable move: "Senator Wayne 'Whiny' Allard, Republican of Colorado, accused Feingold of 'siding with terrorists' by introducing his censure resolution." Duh! What did y'all think they were going to do?!?!?! Is there anybody out there who's the slightest bit surprised?!?!
Feingold's response is entirely correct.

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