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Daily Kos Has A Really Bad Idea: Vote For Santorum.

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Subverting a democracy already pushed and pulled into something stranger than a Doctor Dolittle Push-Me–Pull-You, more tenuous than Fred MacMurray’s “Flubber,” and more falsehoods-filled than Pinocchio, is just too much to stand for. Progressives have to be the adults in the room.

Markos Moulitsas and the good folks at Daily Kos, a very popular progressive blog enterprise, want you to vote for Rick Santorum. Really. In a poorly thought out attempt to meddle with the Republican Presidential campaign keeping voters undecided for as long as possible, Kos’ “Operation Hilarity,” is anything but — but demonstrates that Markos Moulitsas’ Daily Kos has moved into a dangerous venue: ignoring what’s really important, not honoring, but devaluing the foundations of our democracy, and placing politics above all else. Some call the opposite of those acts statesmanship.

In a post titled, “Announcing Operation Hilarity: Let’s keep the GOP clown show going!,” Markos Moulitsas expains:

It’s time for us to take an active role in the GOP nomination process. That’s right, it’s time for those of us who live in open primary and caucus states—Michigan,North Dakota, Vermont and Tennessee in the next three weeks—to head out and cast a vote for Rick Santorum.

Why would we do such a crazy thing? Lots of great reasons!

Republican turnout has sucked, and appears to be getting worse by the contest. Unlike the 2008 Democratic primaries, which helped President Barack Obama and the Democrats to build a national organization, the GOP is an organizational disaster, with waning voter interest. That means that it takes fewer votes to have an impact than if Republican turnout was maxed out.

Several of the contests have produced razor-thin margins of victory. Rick Santorum won Iowa by 34 votes, Mitt Romney “won” Maine by 194 votes. It won’t take many of us to swing contests the way we want them to swing.

The longer this GOP primary drags on, the better the numbers for Team Blue. Not only is President Barack Obama rising in comparison to the clowns in the GOP field, but GOP intensity is down—which would have repercussions all the way down the ballot.

The longer this thing drags out, the more unpopular the Republican presidential pretenders become. Just look at Mitt Romney’s trajectory, which followed Herman Cain’s trajectory, and Newt Gingrich’s trajectory, and Michelle Bachmann’s trajectory, and so on.

Rick Santorum will inevitably follow the same path once he gets properly vetted. Mitt Romney has been unable to stem the bleeding despite his tens of millions. Just imagine Santorum, with the far more radical record and a continued inability to raise real money.

I want to be clear: I have great respect for Markos Moulitsas and Daily Kos. I confess I don’t read it as often as I’d like to, but I have great respect for them.

And there is no doubt that the 2012 Republican presidential campaign season has been an offense to our democracy, an insult to the intelligence of every man, woman, and child in America, and a total embarrassment.

But this is why we cannot get down in the mud and stupidity with them. Someone has to be the adult in the room. Progressives are better at it to begin with.

Besides, allowing American politics’ Homophobe-In-Chief to appear more popular than he is is offensive. We need to push back on Santorum, not propel him into perceived popularity. Santorum’s 13th century mindset needs to be exposed, not supported. His hatred of gays, women, government, and his obsessive theocratic delusions must not be given a louder voice.

Fortunately, even writers and contributors on the Kos website are not in agreement with this misguided mission. Posts like, “So now we’re subverting democracy? Count me out of Operation Hilarity,” along with the comments section of Kos’ post, are evidence of overwhelming disagreement with this idea.

And Scott Wooledge, a Daily Kos front page writer and prominent LGBT activist whose work occasionally appears in these pages, commented over at Kos:

False inflation will still result in more mainstream fawning over him.

My friend Pam Spaulding said:

It’s the whole “good intentions” thing, completely tone-deaf to the grotesque thought of any progressive casting a vote for a man who is receiving too much unquestioned attention by the mainstream media. We don’t need to help him.This is an ill-advised idea at humor — to have progressives vote for Santorum. Not one vote needs to be cast for this professional homophobe.  His campaign to control the wombs and bedrooms of Americans needs to be shamed, and exposed. Enough people vote for the wrong reasons out of ignorance, and certainly way too many are apathetic about voting at all. More energy needs to be put toward defeating candidates on their own merits.

I am not a weenie.

But a lot of vulnerable kids are placed in danger by Santorum and Bachmann and their ilk. Last week, even Howard Stern of all people was discussing the link between these homophobes and the bullying and suicides of teens. He called Santorum and Bachamann the “two worst people in the planet.”

Rather than voted for, Stern says Santorum and Bachmann should be “drummed out of the country,” “spat upon,” and “ignored, shunned, and treated as a lunatics.”

Sorry, I think this is badly conceived and a really bad idea. If Santorum is still viable in May, that will all but assure the NC anti-gay Constitutional amendment is approved.

 

Rachel Maddow unfortunately covered “Operation Hilarity” last night, putting it in context with previous similar GOP acts. But, as I said, someone has to be the adult in the room.

Subverting a democracy already pushed and pulled into something stranger than a Doctor Dolittle Push-Me–Pull-You, more tenuous than Fred MacMurray’s “Flubber,” and more falsehoods-filled than Pinocchio, is just too much to stand for. Someone has to be the adult in the room. Let it be Progressives.

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New Florida Surgeon General’s First Act: Allowing Students Exposed to COVID to Attend School With No Restrictions

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He hasn’t even been confirmed yet by the Florida state Senate but Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Governor Ron DeSantis‘s new Surgeon General, on Wednesday signed an executive order that changes state policy on school attendance for students who have been exposed to COVID-19.

The order, which replaces an August 6 order by Dr. Ladapo’s predecessor, declares that students who have been exposed to COVID-19 can continue attending school in-person, as long as they are asymptomatic. It also repeatedly states that parents have sole discretion on how children are educated – in person or virtually – and on masks, effectively eliminating any locally-ordered mask mandates.

“The school boards in Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, Alachua and Leon counties [had] challenged the Aug. 6 rule, which did not include the new provision about parents or legal guardians having ‘sole discretion’ about opting out of school mask requirements,” the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reports.

Those lawsuits are now effectively null and void because of the new order.

Dr. Ladapo, who opposes mask and vaccine mandates, has likened the focus on getting Americans vaccinated to a religious obsession, and supports treatment of COVID-19 with drugs that are neither approved for use against the coronavirus nor have been proven to be effective – namely the livestock-dewormer Ivermectin and the malaria-drug hydroxychloroquine. He also appeared in the infamous viral video with a discredited doctor mocked as the “Demon Sperm” physician.

 

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The former President of the United States, still the leader of the GOP and supposed “kingmaker” to any Republican desperate for his endorsement, is doing his best to undermine the Democrats and President Joe Biden, and he’s being criticized for it.

In one of his many press releases that still do not admit he is a former president, Trump on Wednesday said it would be “foolish and unpatriotic” of Republicans to not use the debt ceiling as a tool against the Democrats’ agenda, as he urged what could be economic catastrophe for the United States, should it default on its credit obligations and the government shut down.

As many have noted, raising the debt ceiling is to pay for the trillions of dollars in spending Trump signed into law.

“Republicans have no choice but to do what they have to do,” he claimed, implying he wants to see them carry out a scorched-earth policy.

Trump also falsely claimed Democrats are “trying to inflict…horror” upon America’s future.

He then called Democrats’ voting rights legislation that will protect and expand the franchise, “the end of our democracy.”

If the debt ceiling is not raised, ultimately, the federal government would default on its bills. What does that mean?

“If the U.S. government cannot pay its bills, millions of Americans would be affected,” CBS News reports today. “Social Security payments would not go out; U.S. troops and federal civilian employees would not be paid. Veterans could see compensation or pension payments lapse. And millions of Americans on food assistance would see benefits stop.”

Democratic Rep. Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands is warning if the GOP follows Trump’s demands it “will harm every American.”

Trump’s press release:

 

 

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According to the book “Peril,” as newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden first toured the White House after Donald Trump vacated it January 20, he encountered one room of the former president’s “toys,” and responded with a two-word vulgarity.

“Trump’s existence permeated the White House, even the residence,” Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write in the new book, per an excerpt cited by ABC News, HuffPost reports. “One night, Biden wandered into a room where a huge video screen covered the wall. To relax, Trump used to upload programs to virtually play the world’s most famous golf courses.”

The new President had just two words to say about the golf “toy.”

“What a fucking asshole,” President Biden responded.

 

Image: Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz via Flickr

 

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