Don't play dead, 'cause maybe someday
I will walk away and say, "You fuckin' disappoint me".
Maybe you're better off this way. -- A Perfect Circle, Passive
Huh. Seems to me like the only thing "stopping us from getting anything done in Washington" is the obstructionism and deliberate opacity of the White House. Congress can throw all the whinging contempt charges they want; it has no effect on people who scorn the law reflexively, indeed as a matter of operational policy. "I have to hide under your bed to wait for the boogeyman" is not a coherent strategy, but fortunately for them, there are plenty of incoherent voters, disinformed by a complicit media.
McCain's big beef with the war is that it wasn't prosecuted heavily enough, not that it was a strategic blunder in the first place. If he just had the balls to say "if I knew then what I know now" it'd be different. But he's a different man now than he was in 2000, before he became a butt-boy to this administration's agenda. At least Charlie never push-polled the retards in South Carolina about McCain's black love child.
He's the one guy who knows first-hand about real torture, both as method and policy, and his opposition, while obviously heartfelt, seems infused with the foreknowledge that it will be disregarded, even by the voting blocs he himself wishes to court. This is a party -- and a demographic -- at odds with itself, with the country's institutionalized principles and values, with its own future as a viable organized political party, as opposed to a dissociative gaggle of poltroons and carnies.
This is clearly going to be the preferred narrative for the campaign season, "unity". Let's let bygones be bygones and move forward, shall we? Well, no. I'm not for letting people off the hook for running this country into ditch, for turning another country into a nightmarish husk for no goddamned reason, for insinuating that everyone who disagreed with them was a Baathist stooge. Fuck unity, I have nothing in common with these criminals, and I'm not going to pretend that I do.
It's as if a year of habitual capitulation by the Democratic majority hadn't taken place, as if they were still (or hell, ever) a bumptious, unreasonable opposition making trouble for Dear Leader and potential Dear Leaders like Poor Ol' Straight Talk. And for the media, since the horserace-industrial complex thrives on the appearance of a tight contest, it's all good. They can pimp their tedious Rodney King homilies instead of drawing responsible policy distinctions between the parties and candidates.
Fortunately, it seems axiomatic that Lieberman's move will serve only to further marginalize himself and McCain. In the meantime, one hopes that Reid will at least find enough goddamned spine to kick this motherfucker to the curb already, stop letting him caucus with Democrats. If Holy Joe hasn't the sack to jump over to the dark side yet, then fuckin' push him already. The man is political ballast.