No, I haven't been reading Kos again. I got this link
from the Stan of Jersey. But it stars
the boy wonder hizseff,
and it's another ruckus about
the Green Party --
Once again, like all third-party types,
Repug money -- and putting it to good use for a change, I'd say, just to reduce the vote
hawkdonk Monsignor Casey.
Here's Kos Maximus:
The Dems aren't left enough for them [the greens-- ed.]
so they go to the right...
...Like the Revolutionary War skating team
of Franklin and Deane
going to the court of the king of France. If Kos had been running the Continental
Congress, no doubt he would be explaining that Lord North is a much
lesser evil than those awful Bourbons -- and he would be right, of course, as far as his understanding could take him.
More Kos, on the deadly peril of "helping Santorum win":
Logic right out of Stalin telling the German communists
to not fight the Nazis
because things would get so bad
that the communists would eventually win....
Er, well, if you check the record, they did... and then lost it back 45 years later
as the wheel kept turning. Okay, okay, I know, it's sophomoric. But this little dweeb with his Toynbee airs -- a tough target to resist.
Here's the deal: politics as temper tantrum suck.
So any third party is for purist brats,
like, ah... the Republican party
like the Jacksonian party of 1828,
or the Free Soil party of 1848,
which was, btw, both a splitter and a thirdee. But I tend to get bogged down
in the details. If only I had Kos-like powers of abstraction,
then I could see this more clearly as I made it more simple.
Here's something worth a laugh --
People need sane people in office
more than you need to feel right.
Let me see if I follow the logic here:
Repugs are crazy,
whereas donks, no matter how similar to Repugs,
are sane. No doubt this Democratic sanity explains why
the party supported the war in Iraq and now supports the one in
Lebanon and started the one in Vietnam and and... but you get my drift.
Future headline in history text:
the Bush-Cheney insanity
stopped by St Hill and the gang.
Now I don't
necessarily prefer candidates
that would rather be right then prez,
but I do want to stop
of voting for the lesser party,
and force the system to produce a real alternative party, one way or another.
Then I'd love to see it win.
Kos is right on when he sez
amazing grace ain't all it's cooked up to be.
We could use a few good works 'round here.
But the prosecution would like to direct the jury to the Clinton years.
Let's do this up brown like it deserves,
no, I won't vote for four more years of that either.
this Kos rhetoric is vintage high-school debate-team material.
Take that variation on the old football,
worse now leads to better later -- well, everybody knows what a stupid, discredited
idea that is, right? Nobody is ever correct to forego a short-term gain,
no matter how small, in favor of a long-term gain, no matter how great. We can all
agree on that, surely.
But analogies like this are so empty of content, so schematic,
The task is to give
the concrete situation,
as concretely as it can be poured.
Only then can
we begin to determine
if the correct formality is being applied.
After all, maybe
once you decide the DLC must be neutered --
as it would seem the Kossbacks agree --
maybe you need to know if the DLC's balls
can be removed from the donkery,
or whether, like some siamese-twin operations,
both patients are doomed to die on the operating table.
I could give a shit about Bob Casey [the donk candidate -- ed.],
but Santorum has to go.
My lab partner is a monkey could do a better job than Santorum.
"Better job?" A better job of what? Talk about a tiresome trope, this idea that
electing someone to office is like hiring someone for a job.
Is a string of losing votes on the correct side of an issue "doing a better job"
than a string of superfluous wrong votes on the winning side?
Of course, it's possible that Kos is onto something factually, in spite of his
threadbare suite of ideas, with Santorum.
Maybe Santorum is a key from the Keystone State.
Knock him out,
and not only does
the Repugs' electoral majority crumble,
but the Democrats hang the DLC and move so rapidly to the left that
they hang Feingold on the way.
But i doubt it.
In this case,
what's the value of the dime's diff
a DLC fetus-freak donk can make,
if our real task
is to show the donk party hacks
they can't win anywhere,
till they run real alternatives --
on wages and hours,
on mother earth,
on health payments, etc.
In that war maybe you do have to
pick some symbolic targets. For example,
the brutal humiliating demise of nutmeg nutter
Joe "talks to God" Lieberman,
in the general election,
might really crack open a few thick beltway skulls,
if it elected some Repug chuckle head.