I ache in the places where I used to playAs we stand once again on the trembling verge of yet another Teabaggers threat to set fire to something irreplaceable because Barack Obama won't defund a Heritage Foundation plan to give insurance companies millions of new customers, I wonder how many people remember waaaaay back in 2010 when some of the loudest political voices on the Left were busy preaching this genius idea that the very best way to advance Liberal causes would be to withholding our votes and throw an election or two or three to the Teabaggers?
And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming on
I'm just paying my rent every day
Oh in the Tower of Song
-- Leonard Cohen
After which, something something, Leprechauns! Riding centaurs!, something something, swoop down from the tail of Hale-Bopp and deliver us a 1000 years of peace and Single Payer health care.
People like this guy:
But I'm not giving up on this (advocating for extension of jobless benefits for long-term unemployed). And I think the best way for the 99ers (Schultz's pre-Occupy name for those without work nearly two years) to get the attention of the Congress is to form an unemployed coalition and just flat-out tell the Democrats, we're not voting in the midterm. Look, if they don't realize the seriousness of this, then they don't deserve to be in office. It's that simple. Because they are not serving the people and they're just taking the problem and passing it to the next generation. We have got unprecedented unemployment in this country and the people have to be heard. The people have to be heard! This isn't about saving anybody's congressional ass. This is about saving lives at this point. And if Harry Reid doesn't have the guts to keep the Senate in to move on this issue, in my opinion, he should not be re-elected in Nevada. I don't care who he's going up against. We'll just have to go through this generational fight and make it a lesson for the Democrats and make sure that they know that the grass-rooters are serious, that we mean business, and you gotta do it for people and if you don't, we're not going to vote!And I'm announcing today, I'm not gonna vote in the midterm. I'm not gonna do it! You can say it's un-American. No, it's rather revolutionary is what it is. I'm at that point. I'm checking out. I'm checking out of the Democrats because they are proving to me that they don't know how to handle these big babies over on the right that say no. You know what you do? You get in the driver's seat, you hit the throttle and you run over 'em. That's what you do. And the Democrats just don't have the guts to politically do that. So they have to be taught a lesson.
Which he later denied saying.
There was also the collective wisdom of these students of political phlogiston theory:
And, of course, this guy, who worked hard to kneecap the Democrats going into 2010, and took a few minutes to do a grave-dancing victory lap after the Teabaggers swept to power:
Because the very best way for fortunate, privileged people to make their revolution is to have less privileged, less fortunate people pay for it.