Folks, Scott Brown’s victory has sent a clear message that not one single American voter supports a progressive agenda. Let’s face it — it’s over. The Dems are not going to be able to salvage a single thing out of this.
As if they ever were.
We might as well quit trying. Look, Roy thinks he’s joking with this headline over at the Village Voice:
Scott Brown Wins Mass. Race, Giving GOP 41-59 Majority in the Senate
LOL etc., but guess what. It’s not a joke. It’s true. The Republicans own us. We may still technically have the presidency, large majorities in both houses of Congress and more governors, but really, the endgame in this particular political drama is all but written in stone.
And the message for any sane person is: Give up. Stop thinking it will ever get better. It will only get worse forever and ever and ever.
Let’s use a sports analogy. Those totally suck, but things are so hopeless that it’s pointless to try to create some wittier, more insightful way of analyzing the situation.
Anyway, imagine you are a football team that is up by three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. That’s the Dems in January of last year. Now imagine that the opposing team cuts your lead to let’s say 10 points* with about four minutes to play and they have the ball. That’s us right now.
As any fan of football knows, this is the point in the game where you pull your starters and just give up, because the team with the ball is going to score anyway and why bother even trying? And after they score again to cut your lead to just three, they’ll just get the ball back and score a field goal and then it’ll be overtime and you’re just going to lose the coin toss for possession and then you’ll lose the game. And your first-round draft pick next year is going to be the one who breaks his leg or gets busted for drugs, so that’s not worth looking forward to either.
So it’s useless to try to do anything about it. And the same is true of life and definitely of politics. Some people are saying we should call our representatives and keep the pressure on for health care reform or whatever, but that’s just stupid.
If anything, we should be calling our representative to tell them that we’re probably not going to vote at all next time regardless of what they do, but if we vote it will probably be for them because they’ve got name recognition and in a few months we’re going to forget what this phone call was about anyway.
That would be both honest and polite and also true. Then again, why bother calling them at all? It’s not going to have any effect on what happens either way. If anything, it’ll probably make things worse.
*In this example, the other team scored three field goals and a safety.
Brad adds: I actually laughed my ass off when I read this email to Marshall today:
The worst is that I can’t help but feel like the main emotion people in the caucus are feeling is relief at this turn of events. Now they have a ready excuse for not getting anything done.
My sports analogy: “OK, Team Blue, our first-down play didn’t go anywhere and I have no confidence in our ability to do anything on 2nd and 3rd, so… let’s punt! Go team!”