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Whoa, look out! I’ve been picked up by Gawker!

By mike flugennockSaturday - March 20th, 2010Categories: Health Care, Obamarama, Party Animals, media


A couple of days ago, Gawker’s Alex Pareene penned an excellent article about the quality and attitude of the reporting at Washington political rag Politico, specifically referring to their article “The Drama Queen Caucus”. Over the past couple of months or so, I’ve been spending a lot of time reading Gawker for their excellent reporting on the O’Keefe/Breitbart “ACORN Pimp” scandal as well as their media critiques and — I must confess — their edgy and unique style of gossip reporting; so, when Pareene’s article on Politico appeared, I couldn’t help but play a little bit of Devil’s Advocate regarding the nature of the current Washington scene and the importance of healthy cynicism in this comment:

Awesome article, Alex, and you’re right on about Politico.

Still — I was born, raised, went to school, grew up and spent pretty much all my life and career in and around Washington — throughout Vietnam, Watergate, the Energy “Crisis”, Reaganomics, New Democrats, you name it — and I can tell you that anyone in this town without a well-developed sense of cynicism is easy pickings for the likes of Clinton, Bush, Obama & Co.

I’ve learned to read the Washington Post the way a Muscovite learned to read Pravda way back in the day.

Your characterization of Politico is right on the nose, but, let’s face it — the current ruling class in this country really is a bunch of self-centered, vain, preening sociopaths who really do live for the foto ops, the CSPAN Moments and the Sunday morning talk show gigs. Many years of experience have taught me this.

They may be right totally by accident, like a busted clock, but Politico really is right about Dennis Kucinich: he really is a time-wasting, gutless, pussified faux Progressive attention whore who talks a good game about serious policy reforms, but is totally ready to roll over for the Democratic Party —- especially when it comes in the person of a slick flash bastard like Barack Obama, who probably promised him a new pony, just like he did to the rest of us in ‘08. By rolling over for the Democratic leadership on the healthcare bill, he pretty much pissed away any credibility he had left on the Left —- assuming he had any to begin with, after his dickless performance at the ‘04 Convention.

Well, imagine my surprise when I logged on to Gawker last night to scan for the latest Teabagger/O’Keefe/Breitbart shenanigans and found myself annointed a Comment Of The Day along with my 2008 Kucinich Campaign Poster! That’s right, gang; the Kid’s a hit in the Big Apple! When it rains, it pours, I guess.

Kucinich ‘08: He’ll Waste The Left’s Time, medium-res jpeg image, 516k

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Your Jackass Slate for 2008!

By mike flugennockSaturday - February 17th, 2007Categories: Party Animals, elections, media

democrats08_4part650wWell, here we are not even six months after The Most Important Election Since The Last Mass Extinction Event and, like Christmas commercials during the World Series, the Democratic “stars” have already announced their intentions to make political hay out of the disasters they allowed to happen for the past five years — that is to say, announced their candidacies for the 2008 Presidential Fracas which, as any Democrat will tell you, will be The Most Important Election Since The Earth Cooled To A Temperature Conducive To Life.

So, what’s more to say, gang, except let’s get on with the slagging — uhh…that is, let’s look at some quick, elegant analyses of the “major” candidates (so far) on your Jackass Slate For 2008!

Ballsiest of the bunch, for sure, announcing the week after Christmas, and while doing what was obviously a staged photo op around New Orleans, pretending to help clean up a wrecked, wasted neighborhood and help some people get their lives back together, all while announcing for Big White Massuh’s House. Am I the only one here who, on seeing this guy for the first time, could only think that here was the new Beautiful Hair Breck Boy, and that if he were a C&W singer, he’d be getting more ass on the road in a month than most regular guys get in a lifetime, and just where the hell did he come from, anyway?

I don’t know which is worse — Hillary Clinton becoming America’s Eva Peron, or Hillary thinking that she’s Eva Peron. Anyone who’s seen the YouTube clip of Hillary meeting with Code Weak…uh, Code Pink back in ‘03, or heard her speechifying in the past month, will tell you that her skills at telling people shit they want to hear are still par excellence. Just five minutes of Hillary and you’ll know how the pancake feels when they lay on the Aunt Jemima. Will this be our ’90s Nostalgia — CNN once again being the Clinton News Network, NBC once again being Nothing But Clinton?

(Full Disclosure: Your Cartoonist has been a hardcore Deadhead since 1978.)
Y’know, when Dennis Kucinich launched his “insurgent” candidacy in ‘04, I first thought “well, hot damn! He sure as hell won’t win, but at least he’ll put the fear of god in those DLC hoods!” This was, of course, before hearing about — and witnessing — his miserable, craven performance at the Democratic Convention, his supporters having their “Kucinich’04″ signs ripped from their hands and replaced with Kerry signs by DNC goons without any apparent sign of protest. No bolting the Convention, no boycott of the vote, no nothing, just Dennis Kucinich leading his merry band of phony “progressives” over the cliff with John Kerry (and Code Weak bringing up the rear). And now, as if this lack of effort was actually appreciated, here’s Dennis The Menace, back again, to suck all the life out of the American peace cargo cult — uh, American peace movement.

(Full Disclosure: Your Cartoonist was drooled on by the Washington Post in 2002.)
Who else here saw Barack Obama’s beaming mug in the paper or on TV right about the time of the ‘04 Democratic Convention and thought, “Who the hell is this guy, and why are they drooling over him like he was a goddamn’ rock’n'roll star?” I mean, seriously, the guy was basically a nobody, then suddenly he was all over the goddamn’ place — kinda like a political version of an American Idol winner. No years of living on club gigs and peanut-butter sandwiches, no paying dues on the road as a backup act, just wham! You’re a star! Did anyone else here also find themselves reading the drooling and thinking, darkly, that the Donks were already grooming Obama for ‘08, and that he was here not to actually do anything for African America, but to give Geezin’ Old White Liberal America something to feel good about — so they can go back to not really giving a shit about what’s happening to black and brown people in this country and when anybody calls them on it, they can say “hey, gimme a break! I voted for Barack Obama!” The only Black constituency I can think of who’d possibly go for Obama would be what I like to call the “Ebony Magazine Demographic”.

Edwards, medium-res jpg image, 323k
Hillary, medium-res jpg image, 645k
Kucinich, medium-res jpg image, 516k
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