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August 11, 2011


I have the GOP "debate" on in the next room right now. (Brought to me by FOX News, natch.) It is a hoot! T-Paw has nipped at Michele several times already like an impertinent poodle. Whether he's giving her a headache, I can't tell.

Newtie blasted Chriss Wallace for asking about the mass resignations of his campaign staff. That was fun.

T-Paw is currently getting a second shot at standing behind his "Obamneycare" line, at Wallace's invitation.

If only I were Canadian, this would be the most entertaining political season of all time.


You know, I look at the infamous Newsweek cover and what runs through my mind is:

Veronica Lodge

Not "crazy eyes". Not "queen of rage".

Veronica Lodge.

Go ahead, check it out, and tell me I'm wrong.

Josh Marshall started saying that the debate made him think Rick Perry was going to whip them all. I suspect the reason for this may be simply that Perry wasn't there.

I get where your going with eyes, russell, but Veronica is WAY hotter. (And I thought my cartoonophilia was in remission.)

or you're...

Veronica has the advantage of being 17, forever.

Imagine Veronica, in late middle age. Instead of marrying Archie, she somehow got hooked up with this guy with a strong interest in "helping" gay men. In college, she goes down the theocratic Francis Shaeffer decline of Western Civ rabbit hole. Over the years, all of that youthful spunk and sass get channeled into the curdled, bomb-throwing ambition of our House Tea Party Caucus founder.

Where did your long hair go?
Where is the girl I used to know?
How could you lose that happy glow?

A sad tale, but not an uncommon one.

We're all Tea Partiers now.

Henceforth, instead of following politics, I'm going to watch Josie and the Pussycats reruns. Alone...

oh, Caroline No

Now you've all got the Depressed Beach Boys stuck in my head. See what you've done.

also, cartoonophilia is incurable. if you got it, you got it for life.

just so you know.

Her mouth opened last night and these words filled the room like a personal gas emission. That the other corpses on the dias claimed the stench as their own gives no hope of sanity:

“[W]e should not have increased the debt ceiling. In the last two months, I was leading on the issue of not increasing the debt ceiling. That turned out to be the right answer.”

Standard and Poor's spoke, too, as if lighting a match. The pranksters:

'A Standard & Poor’s director said for the first time Thursday that one reason the United States lost its triple-A credit rating was that several lawmakers expressed skepticism about the serious consequences of a credit default — a position put forth by some Republicans.

Without specifically mentioning Republicans, S&P senior director Joydeep Mukherji said the stability and effectiveness of American political institutions were undermined by the fact that “people in the political arena were even talking about a potential default,” Mukherji said.

“That a country even has such voices, albeit a minority, is something notable,” he added. “This kind of rhetoric is not common amongst AAA sovereigns.”'

Or, as a whacked-out Heath Ledger/Joker, dressed in one of those striped shirts of the early Beach Boys, might sing, a little off key, but with an oddly dangerous-sounding combination of wistfulness and double ironic irony:

"Wouldn't it be nice to live together in the kind of world where we belong?"

Quotes above from Steve Benen.

Russ: Without beating the Archie Andrews drum into the dirt, imagine also Eric Cantor as a hybridized Reggie Mantle-Dilton Doily, off coke but just as squirrily, with Todd Palin as the former Moose. Come to think of it, Sarah resembles Betty somewhat, around the lips...

And the craziest "gruesome twosome" (George W. Bush's nickname years ago for Tom Delay and Dick Armey, back when the carnivorous dinosaur theme park on the island seemed like such a quaint idea) weren't even on the stage last night.

Sarah Death Palin (lurking in the background in her motor home), and

Rick Perry, his sociopathy elucidated here:


Help me, Rhonda!

also, cartoonophilia is incurable. if you got it, you got it for life.

As is trashophilia cinematica, which afflicts me.
Have you ever watched http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0997276/combined>Der goldene Nazivampir von Absam 2 for example?
Admittedly this is deliberate trash and actually failing in that because the makers (and the cast) have too much talent.

From countme's pointer to Digby:

After an ugly debate filled with uninspiring candidates last night, Perry is the man the Republican base has been waiting for. A dumber, more aggressive and more authentic George Dubya Bush than the faux Martha's Vineyard transplant to Crawford. A man who will balloon the nation's debt on boondoggles to his buddies even faster than Dubya and "Deficits Don't Matter" Cheney, while begging Jesus to solve all the nation's real problems.

As disappointing as the Obama Administration has been on many fronts, the are no words for the disaster that would befall the country if this man became President. Even the secular among us would pray for deliverance, but none would come: for President Perry would make the Tea Party rain fall on both the just and the unjust alike.

That sounds...exciting.

Not only Soylent Green, apparently.

Insurance mandate struck down. If it sticks, there goes HCR. Can't work without it.

If it had been implemented when it was a Republican idea, I wonder if it would have come to this.

Insurance mandate struck down. If it sticks, there goes HCR. Can't work without it.

Meh, the right wing is going to be surprised when SCOTUS decides this, methinks. I predict a 6-3 victory for HCR, with Thomas, Roberts, and Alito dissenting.

I hope you're right, Ugh.

"They are schemers. Schemers trying to control their little worlds. I'm not a schemer. I try to show the schemers how pathetic their attempts to control things really are"

Ugh, what will be fun is if Scalia writes the majority opinion. Especially if he is his usual blistering, no patience with (people he thinks are) idiots, self.

"I predict a 6-3 victory for HCR, with Thomas, Roberts, and Alito dissenting."

What's your basis for thinking this? I'm not asking out of skepticism, but ignorance. I don't know anywhere near enough about the views of the Supreme Court justices to be able to predict the outcome or to disagree with someone else's prediction.

I can't speak for Ugh, but it looks to me like the usual line-up among the justices on anything touching the political, except for Scalia.

Why would Scalia agree to the individual mandate? I am not an expert on the nuances of his judicial thinking. But I could see him taking both Social Security and Medicare as precedents for government-mandated purchases. (If the government can require you to spend money on medical insurance for your retirement, why would it be invalid to do so for medical insurance for the earlier part of your life?)

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