Well, just in case professional Democrats didn't beat all the damn out of me before the election, they've already begun beating what's left out of me in the 48 hours since. Evan Bayh lectures me on political realities. Evan Bayh and I probably agree on the construction and mechanics of political realities, even agree on the logic behind the motives for the design while disagreeing wholly not on those motives but on the efficacy of the plan. I think we can stretch this descent into Serbia to thirty years if we just treat the serfs fairer, he thinks we can stretch this descent into Serbia forever by reaming more serfs faster while broadcasting them constant cracker-chow celebrating Serbia as the greatest country ever.
Here is a political reality - Barack Obama will win reelection in 2012. I've bet pints at every stop on my personal train from Obamagasm to Obamalame, from Obamapology to Obamapostasy, I bet pints now.
This has been the plan all along, the re-Clinton Presidency, those eight years of center-right neoliberalism Corporate adored that's now hallowed by dopey ticket-punchers and trumpeted by professional Democrats as a golden age of Liberalism. There will be another Republican president, just in 2016. There's too much pre-looting structural damage the Democrats can do before Corporate calls in Republicans to daisycut another two decades of earned pensions of America's serfs.
UPDATE! Just out at 11:15 AM, NYRB, professional Democrat Mark Lilla says:
The one Democrat to get it, at least in his 2.0 version, was Bill Clinton. He took the lesson from the defeat of his health care initiative and the thumping he took in midterm elections and changed course. Most importantly, he managed to get a Democratic version of welfare reform passed, which symbolically was very important for independent voters. I worry that the Obama election has put the limousine back in American liberalism and has made the Democrats forget the lessons of the Clinton years. At the moment they seem unreconciled to the fact that in democratic societies you go into elections with the nation you have, not the nation you’d wish for.Shazam!
- The class basis of US elections.
- UPDATE! The war on resentment.
- Peace sucks a hairy asshole.
- UPDATE! Funhouse mirrors.
- Barack Hussein Kerensky.
- UPDATE! Huck Finn and the 2010 elections.
- Things we should all be able to agree on but don't.
- UPDATE! Correct.
- UPDATE! Commonly known as war crimes.
- Liberals are special.
- Libertarian wisdom.
- The idol of American exceptionalism.
- Alternatively, Ehrlich sucks.
- Ocean City!
- RIP John Olsson. I miss Olssons. Best remainder tables ever.
- UPDATE! NATO finally does something useful.
- Weasel, back on the air!
- UPDATE! Josipovici, for those of you who do.
1945: THE DEATH OF THE GODS
In peace tomorrow, when your slack hands weigh
Upon the causes; when the ores are rust
And the oil laked under the mandates
Has puffed from the turbines; when the ash of life
Is earth that has forgotten the first human sun
Your wisdom found: O bringers of the fire,
When you have shipped our bones home from the bases
to those who think of us, not as we were
(Defiled, annihilated - the forgotten vessels
Of the wrath that formed us: of the murderous
Dull will that worked out its commandment, death
For the disobedient and for us, obedient) -
When you have seen grief wither, death forgotten,
And dread and love, the witnesses of men,
Swallowed up in victory: you who determine
Men's last obedience, yourselves determined
In the first unjudged obedience of greed
And senseless power: you eternal States
Beneath whose shadows men have found the stars
And graves of men: O warring Deities,
Tomorrow when the rockets rise like stars
And earth in blazing with a thousand suns
That set up there within your realms a realm
Whose laws are ecumenical, whose life
Exacts from men a prior obedience -
Must you learn from your makers how to die?