Go, Team

Given the disappointing performances in office of Democrats I’ve supported in the past, from Clinton to Obama and many lesser lights, I’m left with only one moment of hard-core partisanship every other year or so, and this is one of them.  On election night, I don’t give a flying fuck about the many affronts a lefty like myself has suffered at the hands of my own party; all I care about is leaving deep welts on Republican asses.  For a person none too enamored of sports, this is my Super Bowl.

A sports metaphor which I found surprisingly enlightening perfectly captures my thinking: when asked by MSNBC host Ed Schultz who his second favorite NFL team was, producer John Holm replied, “Whoever’s playing against the Packers.”  It seems that in sports as well as politics, loathing of the opposition can be just as motivating as any fondness for one’s home team, maybe even more so.  My Packers are the the Republican Party, and that’s their fault, not mine.

I was raised Republican in a Republican family; although I do remember being vaguely embarrassed at having a Ford sign in the yard right after Watergate, I didn’t think there was anything cuckoo or harmful about Republicans in general.  After all, Oregon had long been represented in the Senate by anti-war Mark Hatfield and pro-choice Bob Packwood for years, and it was Republican Governor Tom McCall who was a famous opponent of pollution, sprawl, and environmental degradation.

All that changed in the 1980′s.  As their economic policies became increasingly unpopular on their “merits,” the New Right turned to Bible-bangers, bigots, and gun nuts to round out their coalition, and in so doing lost me, and gradually my whole family, to the party we once considered to be a bunch of backward lunch-pail carriers.   Looking at Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, and Donald Trump vs. the Obamas, Elizabeth Warren, and, say, Rachel Maddow, it’s the height of irony to think that I once voted Republican because I thought it was classy to do so.  I guess it’s just old age talking, but that makes the shift no less remarkable.

It’s going to be a long night, assuredly tainted by tantrums by the losers, but I do have good feelings about how things will turn out. The rest of the time I reserve the right to be a dyspeptic skeptic, but tonight, I’m all in for the team.

Barack Obama.

Tammy Baldwin.

Patrick Murphy.

Elizabeth Warren.

Tammy Duckworth.

Jay Inslee.

Sherrod Brown.

My second favorite team’s playing tonight, and I want them to beat the other guys.



  1. nswfm says:

    I concur, but there are a few SOB GOPs on the local list down here that I am hoping are sent home with deep, painful welts on Republican asses.

  2. cocktailhag says:

    Leaving a mark is what matters. Keep me posted; I’ll liveblog on my iPhone a bit until I get too drunk.

    • nswfm says:

      Took a while to count, but all 4 women here beat the R men. 52/48, 53/47, 55/45, 55/45. The utterly worthless R guy retiring didn’t even like the jerk running for his spot and had tried some shenanigans to keep him and his equally hated useless wife off the ballot when he “fake retired” the last time. Take that, you R leeches!

      I’ve worked with all of these women on environmental issues. The men, they did nada.

  3. cocktailhag says:

    Early asses walloped: Linda McMahon In Connecticut, by Chris Murphy, and Tom Smith in Pennsylvania, by Bob Casey.

  4. cocktailhag says:

    Probably the nicest righty ass of the evening just ended up with a big mark.
    Scott Brown.

  5. cocktailhag says:

    How does your ass feel, Todd Akin?

  6. cocktailhag says:

    Ah, Josh Mandel’s tender ass just got violated.

  7. The Heel says:

    Looks like a walk in the park for your boy. Cheers, Tart!

  8. michlib says:

    Elizabeth Warren just makes my heart go pitter-patter, and ant-acid futures are going through the roof on Wall Street !

  9. cocktailhag says:

    Thanks, Ohio, home of the Etch-a-Sketch.
    Romney, have Ann put some Vic’s Vaporub on that hurting butt. Who knows which tart will have to help Joe Walsh?

  10. cocktailhag says:

    They’re not letting ballots get in the way of their campaign. Thanks again,Ohio, for pumping some oxygen to righty brains. Oops, the righties just lost the Senate, too, and Donald Trump is calling for revolution.

  11. cocktailhag says:

    Hey, Allen West… $25 dollars of my money contributed to that painful feeling in your nether regions.

  12. cocktailhag says:

    George “macaca” Allen needs a pillow for his bottom, too.

  13. avelna says:

    And yay medicinal herb in Colorado!!! (WA too? and Oregon?) Welts on the bottoms of lots of cretins!

  14. RUKidding says:

    I was raised in a Republican family back in the ’50s & ’60s, when the GOP actually stood for something that was worthy. The GOP then was pretty much in line with where Barack Obama and the preponderance of Dems are these days: pretty centrist. True that even now today’s Dems are mostly *still* a teeny bit further “leftish” on social issues, but still.

    Republicans took a hard turn to the lunatic fringe after Nixon’s Watergate & out of fear of the hippie protest movement (which worked to a degree). Led by KKKarl Rove & the late Lee Atwater they’ve done nothing but mount campaigns based on the Southern Strategy on Steroids. A coalition was formed with Doug Coe’s “Family/Fellowship” to change how “Christianity” is preached in many “churches,” esp those mega-churches run by Doug Coe’s “Family” guys (believe me, it’s a very white male group).

    And thus we have the Tea Party: astro-turfed from day one by Rush & Glenn, and then taken over by rich-shit John Birch Society Koch brothers and managed by Dick Armey. A frothing hoarde of miserable mostly pale-skinned citizens who somehow believe to the bottom of their souls and beyond that they’ve been seriously & terminally ripped off by the darkies, and it ain’t fair, let’s throw temper tantrums all around waaah waaaaah waaaaah.

    Last night they mostly took a beating, but let us not forget that the left’s purported “leader,” the BarackStar, duly sent out his mouthpieces to chide the lefty-left that we are “fucking retarded” and that we need to “be drug tested.”

    I. Won’t. Forget.

    Yes, I had a yacht-load of schadenfreude last night listening to Lord High Muckey Mitt give his concession speech to the rubes, but… here we are and now what?

    Get prepared for the Grand Bargain from Mr. Bipartisany GOP Obama. Less Soc Sec & Medicare for you & me, more gargantuan bonuses for his pals on Wall ST & at the banks, etc.

    In other words: same old, different day.

  15. RUKidding says:

    Well I do have to come back to CROW about Dan Lungren, from CA District 7, going DOWN to inglorious defeat to Ami Berra.


    This is HUGE! Talk about a whipped butt. I am stoked on this one.

    I live in two places in Northern & Southern CA. I only get to vote in SoCal, but Lungren was technically my “rep” in NorCal. So glad to see this creep get voted out in very very tight race. Apparently lost by 184 votes in a very very dirty campaign (and most likely a LOT of SuperPac $$$).

    The only thing that would make me happier is if my “other” Rep got voted out – skeevy theiving crooked creep, Daryll Issa, from CA 49th. Loathe that creep, but he more or less ran uncontested. I voted for a Third Party candidate, as there wasn’t even a Dem running against him.

    Still: Lungren LOST! Yaaaaay!

    • cocktailhag says:

      I’ve loathed that guy for 20 years; oh, happy day!

    • nswfm says:

      YAY! I can’t stand him either. My former jerk moved north and was re-elected, but fuck him. He’s out and so were the R jerks who followed him.

      As a side note, really hard to believe anyone votes for Issa, the crook.

  16. Casual Observer says:

    I was happy with the results of some individual races, and there was definitely some serious schadenfreude going on, at GOP’s expense. But on reading your post and reflecting on it, the Democrats are honestly no longer my second favorite team and I got no boost from their victory.

    I now see them as just another form of opposition to be overcome. And Obama’s immediate post-election leap towards the grand bargain non-crisis has only justified my voting in another direction.

    • cocktailhag says:

      It was Romney’s defeat, rather than Obama’s win, that was the good part. (That, and making racist heads explode….)
      Admittedly, I don’t have great hope for Obama, serial capitulator that he is, but the gains in the Senate will at least allow him to make a few court appointments to the wildly unbalanced federal judiciary.
      When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And put some gin in it.

  17. Casual Observer says:

    Re: Romney, I agree, hence much of the schadenfreude I felt. But can’t help noting the vast difference between my emotional reaction to this “win” compared to ’08.

    Hope you’re doing well Haggie.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I know. When Republicans win, they get a Ferrari and a pair of hookers. When Democrats win, they get a savings bond. I was ever thus.
      Doing well, and quite busy. Next time y’all are in this neck of the woods, get in touch.