Just some quick notes:
First, the only thing comforting about the thought that the Republicans will gain power in the upcoming mid-term elections is that that just means that they will be shooting themselves in the foot again. Just look what they did with 8 years with Bush as president, control of the Supreme Court, and 6 years with control of Congress. Unfortunately, they tend to screw up our country horribly while they are screwing up themselves. But the Republican civil war has already started. Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin are attacking Karl Rove for pointing out the obvious: that the Republicans in Delaware just nominated a nutcase to run for Senate, and pretty much handed over that seat to the Democrats.
UPDATE: Rove Recants.
Second, Bill Clinton points out the obvious — the Tea Party is a corporate front:
They’re saying that Barack Obama represents the spearhead of this vast socialist conspiracy to have government swallow up the fabric of American life and he’s going to crush our individualism, and our freedom, and the vitality of small business … They tell us that they they represent America the way it used to be, self-reliant, virtuous individuals and small businesses. And the truth is, what they want to do is dismantle government so corporations, big corporations will control our destiny.
I always thought that Clinton’s presidency was just a little too much in bed with big corporate interests, so it is good to hear him say something like this.
Third, cartoonist Molly Norris, who thought up the idea of “Draw Mohammed Day” and consequently had a fatwa issued against her (putting her on an execution hit list), has been forced into moving, changing her name, and hiding. This, even though her original idea was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. At least now we know that the terrorists have no sense of humor.
Finally, Grey Path has a good rant about the fact that even though the economy is the number one issue to American voters, and Americans blame the Republicans for the current economic problems by a ten percent margin, they still plan on voting for Republicans in the fall election (by a ten percent margin). Are we nuts? But he has an explanation:
We’re mad at the President and the Democrats for not getting enough done to turn the economy around, but we also seem to understand that the Government is currently run by the minority party in the Senate. Republicans are on pace to triple the greatest number of filibusters by a Democratic minority. (ABC News, Mar 1, 2010). Filibusters have stalled critical appointments, only to be followed an almost unanimous vote in favor of each appointment. The Republican Party is using a tactic of stalling and stopping to make the Democrats look ineffectual. Are we really dumb enough to fall for this?