Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I Can't Make This Shit Funny, People

When I started writing this blog a few months ago, it was born of a spirit of optimism. We had a new Democratic President, we had a laundry list of progressive reforms that our Democratic super-majority in Congress was going to pass in a matter of months, the horrific years of the Bush-Cheney Presidency were behind us, and we had a new, liberal, out, (hot) lesbian with her own TV show to do the play-by-play of our domination.

Yeah. That didn't happen.

What a disappointment the Democrats are. Do they really think they can save their collective asses by dialing back on their promises? Maybe I'm a naive idiot, but isn't bucking "business as usual" the only way to stay in office in an anti-incumbent environment? Go all-in, dare the Republicans to run against your list of accomplishments. If the Republicans beat you, well, hell, isn't that what democracy is about? At least your conscience will be clear; you will have done your best, you will have kept your electoral promises.

But, now that I'm really thinking about it, you're right, you clever Dems, you. Presenting yourselves as spineless, toadying, do-nothings is a much better bet. Are you supposing that we who elected you were just kidding? That we will send you back to not do it again? What is it that I don't understand about your job? What about it is so awesome that you are willing to sell your souls to keep it? You have heard the phrase, "the courage of your convictions," right?

Yesterday @ChrisHayes of The Nation tweeted, (I paraphrase) "I wish I had a different psychological constitution so that I wasn't so affected by things beyond my control." Ditto. It is no longer fun for me to write about politics in America. Not even about hot news pundits in America.

Like Rachel, I am in despair. Unlike her, I'm packing it in. To anyone out there still listening, thanks for keeping me company.


  1. Girlfriend, you have dona an amazing job in the time you've been here in the blogosphere. I am grateful to have read your work, and glad we've developed a friendship beyond the intertubes. You will be back in the fight one day - and you're always welcome to be a guest on my blog, you know that. My big worry? WHo is going to highlight the lovable nerdy-dorky-wonkiness of our girl Rachel now??? ;)
    Thanks for the great read. And you'd best keep in touch, Woman, or I will have to hunt you down! :)

  2. Maybe just take a break...?

  3. Breaks are good! Always leave the line open....

  4. Bill Clinton said that Republicans want to fall in line, while Democrats want to fall in love. Okay, so everything isn't where we wanted it to be, and it's going to be hard. Waaah. I for one am glad that we're actually talking about a few difficult things, and trying to make some things better. It beats listening to how anyone who's read and understood the constitution is on the side of the terrorists. Woman up; get back in the battle. There's work to be done.

    And drop me a line when you're back in your home state-- the Redhead

  5. Hey Redhead! What, just because you've known me since high school you think you have the right to criticize me? Shut up, band geek!

    You have a point, to be sure, but damn it, I do this for my own amusement, and I am not amused. I am going to post from time to time on Momma Politico, with her forbearance. I have activist fatigue. And righteous anger. And very, very important things to do. Ok, so I don't have anything important to do, but the other stuff...

  6. Sorry I'm late to the party. I just wanted to say thanks for keeping up with this blog. It's been a lot of fun mixed in with some seriously sucktastic sadness.
    Do I understand why you're stopping? Yeah. Do I still hope you'll come back? Yeah.

    In any case thank you and I hope things in your life are good or if not I hope they improve soon. Take care of yourself.

  7. Constant dripping wears away the stone. 滴水穿石!加油!.........................

  8. Hoping you are happy and healthy and...thinking about coming back??? Maybe to celebrate health care passing? Missing your posts, friend. Of course, you are always welcome to guest over at my place, as you cracked me up with your first one! :)
    Hope to hear from you soon, Girlfriend. The blogosphere ain't the same without 'cha!

  9. 我只知道,假如我去愛人生,那人生一定也會回愛我..................................................