Wednesday, February 17, 2010

While I Was Out: Hypocrisy Continues, Virginia Discriminates, and Revenge of The Nerds!


I've had a bad cold for three days now, and I am tired, sick and crabby. How lousy am I feeling? I felt so awful that I haven't seen anything on MSNBC for three days. Three days. I know that it's hard to believe that I couldn't even come up with the strength to tune into my favorite geeky-wonky-policy nerd, Rachel Maddow. But sleep and sneezing have been my preoccupations for the week thus far.

This afternoon, I finally feel halfway human, and so I crashed out on the couch and pulled up the TiVo and the laptop to catch up on political news. There's a lot that's been happening while I Rip Van Winkle'd my cold into submission:

1. GOP continues to prove their hypocrisy over and over and over and over...
This is no surprise. The surprise is the shockingly blatant lack of offense on the part of the Dems to do anything about it. Why we're not seeing Tim Kaine, DNC Chair, on every Sunday show, or Joe Biden out there doing more interviews, I really don't understand. Tim is a strong point man, stays on message and brings it home. Joe? Well, I love Joe, 'cause he's not gonna give ya a load of bull. Joe is gonna tell it like he sees it, and he'll pull no punches. And he did a fine job on the Troll Under The Bridge over the weekend, gotta say!

Way to go, Joe! Gotta love this guy. 

2. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell rewrites the state's discrimination laws to exclude sexual orientation...
Amazing, yet not. McDonnell used a big, thick Sharpie and just wiped out the sexual orientation clause of the state's non-discrimination policy, and then touted it as a new, improved, all-inclusive, "protect everyone" policy. (See #1 again...) He did campaign on this as one of the changes he'd make if elected, so no real surprise...the truly terrifying part of all this is that the voters of Virginia actually put this guy in office, this new darling of the Rethugs.

3. Reconciliation? Really? I hate to say I told ya so, but...
Okay, I've said it how many times now??? I guess I'll say it one more time: we can pass anything we want through reconciliation, and we can make the health care reform bill right. Hell, throw in some school rebuilding money, childcare, and, oh, dare I say it? The Public Option! We can ut back in all that we bargained away with ourselves, pass it, and be done with it, and have a truly monumental 2010 midyear run. And Bernie Sanders has my back, Kids: childcare and school building funds were his idea...credit where credit is due, after all. Today, even more Senators signed off on their intentions to make it happen. Wow - imagine that: a fully at least partially functional Senate! Real health care reform for all Americans! Planks of the Democratic Party actually acted upon and made law! What a concept...twenty Senators have signed on so far. We'll see if the party can sustain its cojones, uh, I mean backbone, long enough to make it happen - stay tuned!

4. Rachel to Beck: "Back off."
Oh, yeah. We nerds have been pushed around quite a bit growing up, and now that we're grownups, we really love seeing one of our own come out on top. We're pretty tolerant folks, generally speaking, especially when we realize that we're dealing with someone of a lesser I.Q. We get that not everyone has our academic brilliance, or eloquence, or even our nifty yet sturdily-framed glasses. But nobody likes a bully, and when Glenn Beck accused Rachel Maddow this week, of all things, of being one of those "alarmists who hide and lose key data," well, them's fightin' words. If we know how to do anything right, we nerds always nail the data. That had to have been the last straw for Rhodes Scholar Maddow.  She's no liar, and she's a straight shooter (um, no pun intended there...) So check out this clip of my nerdy-wonky fellow geek standing up to the proverbial class bully:


Oh, yes. The geeks shall inherit the earth. "Back off, Beck!" The girl means business. Ah, it does this nerdy wonk's heart good to see one of my own geeky kind giving it to this pea-brained, neanderthal of a playground bully. We've come into our own, all you tormentors of the smart kids, and we're on the tee vee machine now. Consider yourselves on notice! 'Nuff said. 

What were our top stories of the week? What else did I miss while I was out? Fill me in, my fellow Politicos - I'm counting on you! Thanks for adding your own two cents here at Momma Politico!