Chatty Cathies--Post-election edition

by: Paul Rosenberg

Sat Nov 06, 2010 at 08:00


Babble on, Babylon!  We're watching you!

It's that time of week, once again, and the question of the hour is: "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who can spot the most blathering idiot of them all?"

Once again, it COULD be you!  But only if you participate by entering your nomination in the comments below.

Last week's contest was won by The Big Hurt's nomination of Barack Obama:

#Obama says FDR was "irresponsible"
President Obama sat down with some progressive bloggers yesterday for a Q&A, and this was one of his more puzzling responses.
    I mean, if folks think that we could have gotten Ben Nelson, Arlen Specter and Susan Collins to vote for additional stimulus beyond the $700 billion that we got, then I would just suggest you weren't in the meetings.

    This notion that somehow I could have gone and made the case around the country for a far bigger stimulus because of the magnitude of the crisis, well, we understood the magnitude of the crisis. We didn't actually, I think, do what Franklin Delano Roosevelt did, which was basically wait for six months until the thing had gotten so bad that it became an easier sell politically because we thought that was irresponsible. We had to act quickly.

http://firedoglake.com/2010/10...
QH: http://www.openleft.com/showQu...
it's narcissism gone wild. next week Obama explains how he, timmy and larry cleaned up Wall Street...

Can you do as well or better this week?  Only if you try!

Rules on the flip!

Paul Rosenberg :: Chatty Cathies--Post-election edition

The Rules:

(A) We're looking for inane blather that is blissfully indifferent to the actual facts of the matter being commented on.  These are the "Chatty Cathy" Awards, not the "Archie Bunkers."  Of course, this doesn't exclude wingnut punditry, it's just that cluelessness is what we're looking for, more than hatefulness.  If you can find examples that combine both, though... I think you've got a real winner.

(B) You may nominate any pundit from the M$M-print, broadcast tv/radio or cable-or from any online extension or associated outfit.  (If this really catches on for some reason, I may decided to break the awards into separate categories at some point.) Nominations should include the name of the person nominated (preferably in the subject line), the outlet and date, an exact quote of what they said or wrote, and a link to where it can be found-original, transcript, or first-hand report (such as Media Matters).

(C) You may submit as many nominations as you want, but each must be in a separate comment.

(D) People vote for each nomination by giving recommendations.  There is no limit on how many recommendations you can give.


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Lawrence O'Donnell (4.00 / 2)
And his election night running commentary to the effect that it was the durn libruls that caused the defeat!  If only Bill Halter had left the already 20 points down Blanche Lincoln alone she would have won!  There were a couple other similarly factually deprived "Dems better run right" typical beltway blathering comments from him.

Yeppers (0.00 / 0)
Check him out in his argument with Greenwald. Shorter Larry ODonnell: 'I'm the biggest leftist/socialist in the room so listen to me when I say it's a right-wing country and we can't win!'  

The MSM has tagged Independents the party of swing-voting 'centrism.' If Democrats no longer represent your liberal values, show America there is still a Left by registering for another left-aligned party.

[ Parent ]
Lets nominate the whole exchange - (0.00 / 0)
there is nothing more 'puzzling' than two of our friends who try to figure out who is more 'left' while some rightwing idiots enjoy the show!  

[ Parent ]
actually we might have to file this under - (0.00 / 0)
"entertainment" - the kind of 'crossfire' Jon once killed - with the exception this 'crossfire' was between two opponents who supposed to agree with each other -
-(isn't that Joe a real devil? - just like one of this 'smart' dudes who invites liberals for his entertainment) - and how well it worked - So I might have to retract my nomination! -(sorry it won't happen again!)

[ Parent ]
and you won't believe - (0.00 / 0)
how something like that is 'eating' me - Just the thought of this 'Joe' - sitting there with his planners grinning over his whole face and sayen: Let's invite this Glenn dude and then watch the fireworks!
(and we always fall for it - as if Karl Rove never would have excisted!)

[ Parent ]
Ugh (0.00 / 0)
I'm so disgusted with O'Donnell that I'm inclined to dismiss him as Republican cointelpro, but Greenwald has a kinder interpretation:

Anyone who thinks that Democrats lost because they were "too liberal" -- rather than because Americans are suffering so much economically -- is wildly out of touch, i.e., is a multi-millionaire cable TV personality who has spent decades wallowing in trite D.C. chatter.

The O'Donnell silver lining is that it is a good thing to have someone in the MSM who is affirmative about socialism, and who gives a platform to Michael Moore.

The MSM has tagged Independents the party of swing-voting 'centrism.' If Democrats no longer represent your liberal values, show America there is still a Left by registering for another left-aligned party.


[ Parent ]
Quote & Link, Please! (0.00 / 0)
C'mon Daniel, you know the rules!  This is an excellent nomination, but surely you can link to something!

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

[ Parent ]
They don't think the right is dangerous (4.00 / 1)
Obama didn't understand the danger of the right.  He was being irresponsible to the country by NOT letting things get bad enough for people to understand what the conservatives had done.  He had a chance to pin this on them, and didn't.  He thought he would be rewarded for being "responsible" and bipartisan.

Look now at the results of that misjudgement of the right.  They saw an opportunity to turn things on Obama and took it.  And the consequences for the country and the world will be enormous.  THAT - letting the right come back - was irresponsible on Obama's part.

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Oh No! Not Again! (0.00 / 0)
Dave, stop following Daniel's bad example!  Link! Link! Link!  

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

[ Parent ]
Wait - I nominate DaveJ - (0.00 / 0)
and his: "letting the right come back - was irresponsible on Obama's part".
(as if we wouldn't know it - it's ALL HIS fault -  and I saw it on the Teevee!)

[ Parent ]
Evan Bayh's Nov. 3 NYT Op-Ed (4.00 / 2)
He sounds all the expected notes:

"It is clear that Democrats over-interpreted our mandate. Talk of a "political realignment" and a "new progressive era" proved wishful thinking. Exit polls in 2008 showed that 22 percent of voters identified themselves as liberals, 32 percent as conservatives and 44 percent as moderates. An electorate that is 76 percent moderate to conservative was not crying out for a move to the left...and we were too deferential to our most zealous supporters. During election season, Congress sought to placate those on the extreme left and motivate the base - but that meant that our final efforts before the election focused on trying to allow gays in the military, change our immigration system and repeal the George W. Bush-era tax cuts. These are legitimate issues but unlikely to resonate with moderate swing voters in a season of economic discontent."


re: bayh (4.00 / 1)
link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11...

An electorate that is 76 percent moderate to conservative was not crying out for a move to the left

read the damn polls

http://www.openleft.com/diary/...

we were too deferential to our most zealous supporters

damn, what is bayh smoking? are directions to get drug testing deferential treatment? progressives were treated as enemies by obama & co. the ones who got deferential treatment were wall street, the health insurance cartel, big oil, the mic...

trying to allow gays in the military, change our immigration system and repeal the George W. Bush-era tax cuts. These are legitimate issues but unlikely to resonate with moderate swing voters in a season of economic discontent."

unlikely to resonate? dadt? immigration? tax cuts?

read the damn polls


[ Parent ]
I think what Paul is saying is (0.00 / 0)
Quit snarking each other and post a few nominations!  Not every post has to be about who has the longest mental appendage!

"Oh. My. God. .... We're doomed." -- Paul Krugman
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.c...">http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.c...">http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.c...


I think Obama desperately needs to (0.00 / 0)
reacquaint himself with FDR's first 100 days.  What an idiot.

I think the Commenter in Chief deserves another consideration (4.00 / 3)
His SPEECH in India

"There still exists a caricature of India as a land of call centers and back offices that cost American jobs. That's a real perception," Obama said. He noted the real concern in India that American corporate giants, if welcomed, would run mom-and-pop stories out of business and upend Indian culture......

In the fallout of the U.S. elections, in which Democrats lost control of the House and Obama's ability to connect with his country was called into doubt, the president said one lesson learned was the need to set a better tone with business leaders. He was effusive on that front in Mumbai, gathering with top U.S. executives and studying up on their commerce with India.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/...

I guess we've become those people back in America who have lost all their jobs and now just cling to their gays and evolution.


"Oh. My. God. .... We're doomed." -- Paul Krugman
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.c...">http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.c...">http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.c...


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