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From Teamsters To Transvestites

That’s how an acquaintance once described the constituency of the Democrats. In other words, it is really a collection of diverse special interest groups vs. a homogeneous political group of any sort. And keeping that collection of special interests in line is almost impossible as health care insurance reform debate has proven.  The Democrats in both the House and Senate are their own worst enemy.  While the Republicans form a fairly solid base of opposition it is a minority base – Republicans can’t defeat a thing in either house of Congress.  Yet health care insurance reform legislation is in real trouble, not because of the minority party, but because of the majority party’s internal dissension.

On the one side are progressives (formerly known as liberals until liberal became a pejorative term). On the other are the much more conservative Blue Dogs. The fight is in the middle and over the public option. The reality is the Blue Dogs are Democrats that come from very conservative districts which voted for both Bush and McCain. Political reality says that voting for a bill with the public option may be hazardous to their political health – i.e. they may have to find a new job after the 2010 midterms. Progressives have staked out a position saying they’ll not vote for any bill without a public option. Republicans will be happy to add their “no” votes to whichever Democratic caucus ends up not getting their way.

Que the 300 pound tub o’ lard that thinks he’s an 800 pound gorilla – Michael Moore:

“To the Democrats in Congress who don’t quite get it: I want to offer a personal pledge. I – and a lot of other people – have every intention of removing you from Congress in the next election if you stand in the way of health care legislation that the people want,” Moore told supporters of women’s groups and unions gathered at the headquarters of the government watchdog group Public Citizen. “That is not a hollow or idle threat. We will come to your district and we will work against you, first in the primary and, if we have to, in the general election.”

One has to ask, what if it is the progressive caucus that kills the bill, Michael? For whatever reason, I don’t think that’s who he’s talking about here. I think he’s making the assumption that it will be the Blue Dogs he and the rest of the “mob” will be going after (just using a little Democratic lingo here – don’t get excited).

And you’ll love this:

“You think that we’re just going to go along with you because you’re Democrats? You should think again,” he told the Tuesday crowd in a speech that was carried to members of the media dialed into a conference call. “Because we’ll find Republicans who are smart enough to realize that the majority of Americans want universal healthcare. That’s right. That’s absolutely right. Don’t take this for granted.”

So the gauntlet is thrown and Moore is sure the hills are teeming with Republicans “smart enough” to vote in government run universal health care. In Blue Dog territory? Where that’s most likely enough to get a Democrat voted out of office?

Moore may have a talent for making fiction appear as reality, but I think his grasp of how the politics thing works might be slightly wanting. My guess is Republicans would welcome Moore as a comrade in arms in the races he and his “brownshirts” (more Dem lingo – it’s ok, they approve) choose to enter to unseat the incumbent Democrat. If health care insurance reform really stalls out and he takes this “un-American” action to defeat Democrats it will also have the side benefit of making Rham Emanuel apoplectic – and who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Yup – from teamsters to transvestites – a collection of special interests in which common interests are difficult to find, much less act upon. The Democrats find themselves in a position they haven’t enjoyed in decades and, like the dog which finally catches a car it chases, they have absolutely no idea what to do with it.  Pogo’s famous line never better described a situation than now: “we have met the enemy and he is us”.



10 Responses to From Teamsters To Transvestites

  • Ah, the old Homosexual-Industrial Complex.

    Wasn’t it Eisenhower who warned about that?

  • When you have to constantly change labels to make something seem more palatable (or less objectionable, as the case may be) you will soon realize that the old adage about putting lipstick on a pig rings true.

    Liberals are now progressives. Global warming is now climate change. Health care reform becomes health insurance reform. The belief is that the problem is with the label. The reality is that the label is all too accurate.

    • “Liberals are now progressives.”

      The were Progressives before they took charge of the word liberal in the 1930s.

      • Yep. In 30 years they can call themselves liberals again, I guess.

        They are not really progressive, and the term liberal doesn’t apply either. Statist is more accurate. Fascist describes what they would actually achieve. Some might have be actual communists, but communism always stalls into some form of extreme fascism.

        • Economically that is exactly what they are Fascists. It was the fascist that pioneered the conjuncture of labor, big industry, and government. with socialist make work projects for the peons and high taxes.

          That fits them to a T. They are also by temperament fascists as they lie constantly and can brook no disagreement.

  • Because opposing-from-the-left worked so well with Lieberman.

  • Michael Riefenstahl MooreYou think that we’re just going to go along with you because you’re Democrats?

    No; I think you’ll go along with them because they’ll buy you a hotdog, fata**.

    Oh, and because they’re big fat socialist crapweasels just like you.

    Only maybe not so fat.

  • Umm.. Teamsters, si. Trannys, no.

    Of the four TS folks I know here in Little Beirut, *all* are bedrock Libertarian or Republican, all loyal to all of the Constitution (including the 2nd Amendment, and would gag rather than be a D.