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By Michael J. Smith on Saturday February 17, 2007 04:14 PM

The one and only Mike Flugennock tells us all we need to know:

Your Jackass Slate For 2008!"

Well, here we are not even six months after The Most Important Election Since The Last Mass Extinction Event and, like Christmas commercials during the World Series, the Democratic "stars" have already announced their intentions to make political hay out of the disasters they allowed to happen for the past five years -- that is to say, announced their candidacies for the 2008 Presidential Fracas which, as any Democrat will tell you, will be The Most Important Election Since The Earth Cooled To A Temperature Conducive To Life.

So, what's more to say, gang, except let's get on with the slagging -- uhh...that is, let's look at some quick, elegant analyses of the "major" candidates (so far) on your Jackass Slate For 2008!



Ballsiest of the bunch, for sure, announcing the week after Christmas, and while doing what was obviously a staged photo op around New Orleans, pretending to help clean up a wrecked, wasted neighborhood and help some people get their lives back together, all while announcing for Big White Massuh's House. Am I the only one here who, on seeing this guy for the first time, could only think that here was the new Beautiful Hair Breck Boy, and that if he were a C&W singer, he'd be getting more ass on the road in a month than most regular guys get in a lifetime, and just where the hell did he come from, anyway?



Hillary, Hillary, Hillary! What else could I possibly say about Hillary that hasn't already been said about the sensation of having red-hot steel needles driven into your eyeballs? Anyone who's seen the YouTube clip of Hillary meeting with Code Weak...uh, Code Pink back in '03, or heard her speechifying in the past month, will tell you that her skills at telling people shit they want to hear are still par excellence. Just five minutes of Hillary and you'll know how the pancake feels when they lay on the Aunt Jemima. Will this be our '90s Nostalgia -- CNN once again being the Clinton News Network, NBC once again being Nothing But Clinton?



(Full Disclosure: Your Cartoonist has been a hardcore Deadhead since 1978.)

Y'know, when Dennis Kucinich launched his "insurgent" candidacy in '04, I first thought "well, hot damn! He sure as hell won't win, but at least he'll put the fear of god in those DLC hoods!" This was, of course, before hearing about -- and witnessing -- his miserable, craven performance at the Democratic Convention, his supporters having their "Kucinich'08" signs ripped from their hands and replaced with Kerry signs by DNC goons without any apparent sign of protest. No bolting the Convention, no boycott of the vote, no nothing, just Dennis Kucinich leading his merry band of phony "progressives" over the cliff with John Kerry (and Code Weak bringing up the rear). And now, as if this lack of effort was actually appreciated, here's Dennis The Menace, back again, to suck all the life out of the American peace cargo cult -- uh, American peace movement.



(Full Disclosure: Your Cartoonist was drooled on by the Washington Post in 2002.)

Who else here saw Barack Obama's beaming mug in the paper or on TV right about the time of the '04 Democratic Convention and thought, "Who the hell is this guy, and why are they drooling over him like he was a goddamn' rock'n'roll star?" I mean, seriously, the guy was basically a nobody, then suddenly he was all over the goddamn' place -- kinda like a political version of an American Idol winner. No years of living on club gigs and peanut-butter sandwiches, no paying dues on the road as a backup act, just wham! You're a star! Did anyone else here also find themselves reading the drooling and thinking, darkly, that the Donks were already grooming Obama for '08, and that he was here not to actually do anything for African America, but to give Geezin' Old White Liberal America something to feel good about -- so they can go back to not really giving a shit about what's happening to black and brown people in this country and when anybody calls them on it, they can say "hey, gimme a break! I voted for Barack Obama!" The only Black constituency I can think of who'd possibly go for Obama would be what I like to call the "Ebony Magazine Demographic".

Code Pink Meets Hillary, March 2003:


Comments (12)

Mike F., Rovian Spy !!!

Coming this Fall on FOX !!!

(Sorry. I couldn't resist.)

Jesus Reyes:

He's not "alabama" black. That's the key. You know, like that time Huey P Newton said,

"..we recognize that our common enemy is U.S. imperialism which is the leader of international bourgeois domination. There is no fascist or reactionary government in the world today that could stand without the support of United States imperialism...".

Those "not so well spoken" blacks all have the potential to think like this. Even Dr. MLK,Jr. said as much in his Riverside sermon.

They finally gave us our Powell/Rice and probably Thomas. Truly a professional bullshitter that ranks higher in that category than Reagan and Clinton combined (both of whom he admires in some ways and in some ways not but Reagan more than Clinton - probably, I think, well, maybe not)

owen paine:

odd you pick that quote jesus
just got put up as a comment back a few posts

the first part offers the viet cong
some bpp combat units

all black posturing WILL be on television

Jesus Reyes:

I missed it. I'm curious about the context. Maybe I will go back and look for it.

For sure, there is and was way too much posturing. This quote from MLK's Riverside Sermon "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam" of April '67 may be better. I think it's really the same statement less the stridentcy.

"A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation. It will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, "This is not just." It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America and say, "This is not just." The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war, "This way of settling differences is not just." This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane"

Speaking of professional bullshitters, out of fairness to Barack Obama, I dont think the two poseurs extraordinaire, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are saying anything any different regarding the war and certainly not connecting it to neoliberal model of exploitation.

owen paine:

jesus i'll admit the jesse story
is a troubling story
but in 84 he broke thru a barrier mlk wouldn't brake thru

he defied the zionics

okay so then he moved back topward them with his common ground biz

but jesse is no simple balance sheet
where the numbers stay clear
on each lineand the tot up is automatic

like ralph he's not asomeone i'd attack

his son however....

as to sharpton at least so far as i can see
he's a cloudy force
really localized to the east coast

but whats optimal
in leadership and policy
for the black liberation movement
is not my call is it now

owen paine:


as to jesse and the anti empire mission sketched out moses like by mlk

"i'll not enter there but..."

i think jesse stands all in all well above
his dembo coevals

the fact remains he's in an ever deepening twilight

what he sez and does
of ever dwindling import to the black nation so far as i can see

marginalized and fed cat food by
the main line mass media

owen paine:


the above link is to bos-globe article on the who was too soft in the kerry edwards prez run of 04

both the kerry camp and the edwards camp claim
"it was the other guy..we wanted to fight like fisher cats "

the srticle( though tilted toward dark clouding edwards)
--- read carefully----
shows they both
softer then sea foam

owen paine:

and here's how it looks from the other end of the vacuum hose

"Dear Friend:

Inspired by our victory in November, Progressive Democrats of America is more
confident than ever that the key to changing our country is to transform the
Democratic Party."

" We need real “bring-‘em-home” legislation, not just
non-binding resolutions"

fired up ???

be heartened ...

"Hundreds of us took to the halls of Congress three weeks ago, and it truly felt
like “Our House”

" we met with progressive Congress members (now chairing
key committees and subcommittees) "

and listen up ...

these energized elected
goodnes and light warriors
".. are holding hearings and strategizing.."

over big central mission stuff like

end the Iraq war,
and redirect funds toward social needs"

but BUT but BUT

"In January, PDA grassroots set a goal
of 100 new PDA sustaining donors for the
1st quarter of ’07"

and .......and

fork it over clover


owen paine:

if these cuffs were actually up there bribing folks i could get interested but this cash goes to sustain the sustainers
of the lobby 24/7 hoo doo dance
and not to buy cool stuff like
snake rattles and smokey charm bracelets
and magic caps ...

nope its for fishes and loaves

a lobby travels on its stomach

owen paine:

give me one gal carrying a fat envelope
not 100 goo goo rangers
with vast appetites
south bay sushi and harvest bread

hell the gal up top there
gets all her drinks paid for
by her mark

owen p:


a must read
---if the wash postcan be said
to publish any such thing ----


its about everything and nothing

its about
the net roots attack on Ellen Tauscher

and its about
how that attack is really nothing

the "left " story of this watershed moment...


supporting cast :

besides a cameo by my fave cal gal
jane harmon

hoyer and la nan

kos and moveon

union pie cards

lovely lovely lovely stuff here

read please

some hot spots:

"though she (Ellen Tauscher )
has always highlighted her independence -- shortly before the election, she warned Democrats not to "go off the left cliff""

this flip attitude is what led
to an on all fours netroots attack :

"Progressive blogs
-- including two new ones, Ellen Tauscher Weekly and Dump Ellen Tauscher -- "

are at it 24/7

"... bashing her as a traitor to her party "

but notice from the "sensible center"
cometh the rally of the party core :

"Pelosi has clashed with Tauscher in the past"

---that'll be nan
the bay area lady liberal---

" but she's now eager to hold together her diverse caucus "

--- and this is the new super sized centrist
speaker pelosi ----

" ...So far, Pelosi and her leadership team seem determined to protect Tauscher and her 60 New Democrats -- up from 47 before the election."

see how it works .....

" the day after Working for Us, the new progressive political action committee, targeted Tauscher...
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) spent 20 minutes complaining to Working for Us founder Steve Rosenthal, who swiftly removed the hit list of "Worst Offenders" from the group's Web site"

but it ain't over till its over
enter das kos:

" "Absolutely, we could take her out," said Markos Moulitsas Zúniga -- better known as Kos -- the Bay Area blogger behind the influential Daily Kos site"

the adjustment :

"Tauscher's Web site no longer features photos of her with Bush or Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman"

despite a life time
history as
a devoted friend
of war and killer trade deals
ellen T pulls
the culture-lib defense
ie she covers her big fat bizwiz ass
with caring colors
of green and pink :

"..liberal groups such as the Children's Defense Fund and the League of Conservation Voters give Tauscher impeccable report cards, while the National Rifle Association gives her straight F's."

un fooled
our net warriors are having none of it....

its about iraq after all ..

"We need her to stand up and end this war," said Joi. She and her Code Pink colleagues recently told Tauscher that if she wouldn't support a bill calling for total withdrawal from Iraq within six months, they'd occupy one of her district offices."

now comes the union pie cards:

"Gerald W. McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, made it clear that Working for Us didn't work for him.
"Our majority can disappear in a wisp," he told the members.
"I'm the sheriff of the incumbent-protection program, and if you need help, let me know. In Blue America, there's no room for PACs to chase vulnerable members they have differences with."
From the crowd, a voice squealed: "Woo hoo!"
It was Tauscher."

could there be more ....???


here's ANDY !!!

yes andy stern blood enemy of McEntee

"Tauscher ...
met for a glass of wine with Andy Stern, the feisty liberal who runs the Service Employees International Union; he assured her of his union's support"

the wagons are circled

so what of the other half of my cal gal duo ??

here's kos on The Jane-ster

"Kos points to Harman as a perfect example of how the Net roots can keep Democrats in line. He said Harman used to be a constant irritant, a go-to quote for reporters looking for a Democrat to tweak liberals -- until she had to fight off a primary challenge from the left in 2006. "She's been great ever since," he said. Now Harman even writes on the liberal Huffington Post blog"

isn't it fitting if I leave the moral of this tale to my beloved
"KOS CHASTENED" jane harmon

"Having served in the majority and the minority, I can tell you, the majority is better,"

owen paine:

is this enough???

"I have nothing in particular against Rep. Ellen Tauscher or even the DLC. My question of any Dem is, are they being all they can be, given their district's demographics. Maybe Tauscher isn't, I couldn't say. She's next to Frisco, but hey New Hampshire is next to Vermont.

As far as incumbent protection goes, it is perfectly proper for Reps. Pelosi and Hoyer to take the position they do. It is also perfectly improper for any blogger or organization with a claim to progressive principles to indulge them."

that's max sawicky

my response
if the district should be republican then
make it republican

lib dems and pop dems
and never a lib dem support to prevent a repug congressional victory
the real lib dems
will become
the second cheek of the corporate fanny
a true rump outfit
so me too
so bag carrying
for the full blooded
babbit party of wall street
and main street
they'll shrink to third party

like the lib dems of england

meanwhile will we be missing anything
they got goin now ???

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