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Bye bye, Birth Control

So, right now, as it stands, everyone from the New York Times to FOX projects Ron Johnson and Scott Walker to win (30% of districts reporting). Democrats stand to lose the House and the Senate, though the Senate is a little less likely. Thankfully, it seems like we can keep Tammy.

Dear Wisconsin, are you really that stupid? Also, how the HELL are all these Tea Party candidates winning?



75% counted, and the gap is closing

True, at 75% of the votes counted, Walker and Johnson are still ahead. But especially for Feingold, it’s not over until all the votes are counted. Check out this post from an hour ago from Feingold’s blog!

Madison hasn’t been counted yet!

So there may be hope. Plus, the gap is closing for Feingold. 52% to 48%. Still within a chance.

Unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to be stuck with Walker though. 52% to 46%. Unfortunately, with this many votes counted, that little margin matters a lot.

Also, thankfully, it’s looking like Sharron Angle lost. A surprising vote of confidence from my home state.

Just remember guys, its not over till its over, and it’s only 11 pm. 9 pm PST. Let’s keep these results coming!

I voted. Have you?

I voted picWow. It’s been almost a month since I posted anything? Mea culpa, my friends.

To be honest, I’ve had so much to say and so little time to research my positions that I’ve said nothing at all. I had a blog planned on the ridiculous political attack ads running (especially the one from the College Republicans called “I am Debt“), another on how Dems should really quit running away from their accomplishments, and yet another two, one on Wisconsin candidates and one on Nevada candidates.

However, since I obviously failed in that attempt, let me just make a few simple statements.

I voted for Tom Barrett, Russ Feingold,  and Tammy Baldwin. I did this because well, jobs and economy aside (if that’s even possible, but try for a few seconds), I like birth control. I like being allowed to do what I want with my body. And Scott Walker isn’t cool with that. If I got raped and was brought into the hospital, Scott Walker doesn’t want me to have access to Plan B. Which, news flash, is not an abortion pill. Also, I’m extremely thankful for my Badgercare and would like to keep it. Walker’s not too keen on that either.

I’m voting for Tom Barrett because Rebecca Kleefisch, Scott Walker’s running mate, thinks that same-sex marriage is the same as marrying inanimate objects, and I can say for sure that all my LGBT friends are not inanimate objects and neither are their partners. Neither is Tammy Baldwin or her partner.

I’m voting for Russ Feingold because he has shown over the last 18 years of government that he votes on his principles, including voting against the Patriot Act and against the war in Iraq, not along party lines, and I would much rather have someone like that than someone like Ron Johnson that doesn’t care about the details and thinks global warming is a myth caused by sun spots. (If you missed science classes in high school, sun spots are cooler areas of the sun. I think he meant solar flares?)

I’m voting for Tammy Baldwin…well, honestly, because I’ve met her and I love her. She’s a great person. But also because she supports marriage equality, because she supports health care reform, because she supports green energy. I trust that when I vote for Tammy, I’m continuing to leave Madison’s interests in capable hands.

These beliefs are why I went door-to-door in my neighborhood today with Fair Wisconsin, trying to GOTV for these three candidates.

These are my beliefs and this is my vote. What’re yours?

You can’t get something for nothing.

“America is an idea – an idea that free people can govern themselves, that government’s powers are derived from the consent of the governed, that each of us is endowed by their Creator with the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. America is the belief that any man or woman can – given economic, political, and religious liberty – advance themselves, their families, and the common good.”

Boehner Unveils GOP "Pledge"

Boehner Unveils GOP "Pledge" photo courtesy of USA Today

Good enough. Fair enough. Absolutely right. Also the introduction to the G.O.P.’s new “Pledge to America,” a 48 page manifesto that states what the GOP hopes to accomplish if/when they take back Congress.

In their introduction alone you’d think the Republican half of Congress would have agreed with Obama’s policies and pushed things through in the last two years. For example, even if you ignore the fact that “any man or woman” includes the poor, the uninsured, the homeless, immigrants, minorities, or the LGBT community, you’d think that helping the middle class  and small businesses with stimulus money or controlling big spending that killed the middle class in the first place would make sense. Let me give another example:

“America is an inspiration to those who yearn to be free and have the ability and the dignity to determine their own destiny.

“Whenever the agenda of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to institute a new governing agenda and set a different course.”

True. And guess what? With 66% of the vote, in 2008 we did just that. We elected our first black president. We overwhelmingly elected Democrats to Congress. We wanted our elected officials to cooperate for once and finally GET SOMETHING DONE. We believed that those of us that ‘yearn to be free and have the ability and the dignity to determine our own destiny’ would get health care, would get help getting an education, would get help finding jobs, would get help with housing so that we could figure out our destiny. That’s hard to do while living hand-to-mouth. We wanted our sons and daughters home and for the billions of dollars we’re spending building other country’s economies to benefit us.

And guess what you did, Republicans? You stalled everything! You made sure there was so much misinformation, so much infighting, so much sheer ridiculousness that people still don’t know how the health care bill works. (Now granted, that’s not all your fault. Obama wasn’t helpful either. But he was busy trying to get the damn thing through in the first place.) People honestly think that Obama isn’t an American citizen. That he’s a Muslim even though he goes to a Christian church (not that that should matter in a country built on religious freedom). That he’s going to send old people to “death camps.”

And even those of you who know this isn’t right, know that laws like Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell discriminate against those brave enough to serve our country, won’t stand up! (I’m looking at you Senator Susan Collins of Maine.)

And you want to issue a manifesto?!?

So here’s what it says, in brief: They want to repeal the health care bill. They want to extend the Bush era tax cuts for those making over $250,000 a year. They want to freeze stimulus spending. They want to freeze hires in government departments. They oppose taxes on carbon fuels. They oppose government regulation of Freddie and Frannie.

How will this help our economy?!?

So, you’re going to take health care away from children with incurable conditions that are no one’s fault. From those, like me, working 3 jobs and still unable to afford health insurance. From kids finishing college and looking for a job in this horrible economy who get sick or hit by a car, that under the new bill are now allowed to stay on their parent’s health insurance another few years. I think you get the idea.

You want to extend tax cuts from the old administration that got us in this mess in the first place. That’s not going to help the disappearing middle class. I hope they realize the wealth gap is reaching Great Depression era standards.

You want to freeze spending, and freeze hiring? You really, really, truly want to stop the government from HIRING PEOPLE THAT NEED JOBS? Wow.

And oh, you want to stop regulation of the banks that got us into this mess in the first place. Double wow.

Here’s a newsflash: You can’t get something for nothing. You can’t take away health insurance and expect people to be able to contribute to a thriving economy. You can’t be a world leader when others are pushing ahead with green initiatives and we’re not giving companies the economic push they need to do it. You can’t have a healthy economy by taxing those that currently have no money and foreclosed mortgages. You can’t stop hiring people and expect your economy to grow. You can’t ensure this doesn’t happen again without some oversight into those who got us here in the first place, since they obviously can’t be trusted to read the signs themselves.

As you say yourselves: “In town halls and on public squares, in every corner of this country, people have gathered and spoken out – in small groups and larger crowds, through phone calls and in letters, through websites and new technologies.

Though these petitions come from different walks, their message is uniform: Washington has not been listening.”

Hey GOP, it’s time for you to listen.

Will the fat lady please sing already?

“The Tea Party has all the earmarks of a fleeting, racist reaction to a black president and a bad economy. According to CBS they are 89% white, middle to upper class, 56% make more than 50K a year and 20% make more than 100K, 59% [are] men and 75% [are] over the age of 45, and clearly do not represent average Americans on any meaningful level. As such, it has no legs and they will burn out like the fad that their party is even with the media keeping them in the spotlight…”–Ryan Adserias (italics are my own).

Those last italics are the reason for this post.

As some of you may know, Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert announced that they will be holding a rally (supposedly dueling rallies) on October 30th. It’s basically a Festivus for the Rest of Us. Stewart’s rally is the “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Colbert’s is to “Keep Fear Alive.”

On first glance, these rallies seem genius. Even if they are merely in response to Glenn Beck’s ridiculous Restoring Honor rally, they seem to be making the point that A) Glenn Beck’s an intolerant jerk, and so are his avid listeners, and B) it’s time to stop letting such a small section of America, and the media, control the political dialogue leading up to the midterm elections. (By the way, have you ever heard so many buzzwords in one speech? It’s like every bad politician fed Beck their worst lines and he recited them for his small section of America. Oh wait…)

GAllup Poll

Gallup Poll Shows Dems and GOP nearly tied

It’s understandable that Stewart and Colbert are so fed up. I think most of us paying attention are. As a journalist, I’m sick of it. The Glenn Becks and hell, the Rachel Maddow’s don’t speak for all of America. According to the latest Gallup generic ballot, America is currently tied on who they’d vote for: Democrats vs. Republicans at 46% and 45% respectively. It’s a pretty even race, all told. Even in Wisconsin, in many races the vote is tied. (Unfortunately, Scott Walker is leading slightly in the Governor’s polls here in Wisconsin. I really hope he lets poor children keep their Badger Care if worse comes to worse and we’re stuck with him.)

But be that as it may, I feel that Stewart and Colbert are out of line with their rallies. Stewart and Colbert don’t speak for all of America any more than Beck does. Even if the rally is looking for the “Busy Minority,” the Busy Minority won’t come. Those people are still going to be busy, and won’t have enough money to make it to DC unless they live in the surrounding area. I know I certainly don’t. The only people that will attend are hardcore liberals and those stupid enough to think Colbert is actually a Republican.

To me, though I may trust Stewart and Colbert more than I do most other media shows period, I feel like they’re reinforcing this trend of giving small movements large amounts of credibility by doing it themselves. By attempting to mock the system, they’re only assisting in it’s growth.

Before you take issue with my calling The Daily Show and Colbert Report media, check out this poll from after Walter Cronkite’s death last year. More people trust him than any other media figure in the country, with a few exceptions.

And so here we are. A upstart far-right movement started on Fox and Friends is taking over the elections in the Northeast, thanks to the media blowing everything out of proportion. I think I speak with the rest of the country in saying, as we did with Palin, “Who is Christine O’Donnell again?” Her finances are a shambles, and oh, she dabbled in Satanic cults. No, I’m serious on this one. Google it if you don’t believe me. And yet she’s the Republican Senate nominee for Delaware.

Thank you, American news media. I really didn’t have anything else to worry about before you empowered this group of radicals by giving them a voice in the first place. Could you all please shut up and teach us about something important for once?

But to me, this is all almost worth it to watch the Republicans squirm over what to do with this new Tea Party media darling.

The whole point of any political campaign is to court as many voters as possible. You want to be left/right enough to court your base, while still reaching out to the center enough to assuage the worries of the center and convince them that you’re the lesser of two evils. For the Dems, this is difficult, but suddenly, the right has something to worry about.

Karl Rove has denounced the Tea Party. He’s certainly more outspoken than others (and Fox isn’t happy about it), but many Republicans are trying to find the line between the appeal of the Tea Party in lower taxes, right to life, no black men in office, etc., without associating themselves with the crazy sides. Like Christine O’Donnell’s witchcraft. Or abolishing the Constitutional Amendment that gives us the right to vote for our senators.

And meanwhile their national polls are slipping, slipping, slipping slowly away. A month ago, Dems were 10 points behind in Gallup’s generic ballot. Now? We’re practically tied. Granted, we’re a month and a half away from the elections. But if this continues? We’ll see.

And this is why I still love politics.

Tune in next week for a dose of LGBT news, including a recent poll on the definition of a family, and the upcoming vote on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.