Let's start with an anecdote about Liberal Firebrand (and Nazgul) Keith Olbermann:
"The [New York] Post reports that Olbermann regularly complained of “smelly” drivers and forced Current TV staffs to spend excessive amounts of time vetting car services so that they could meet the host’s “exacting standards
“The problem is with him . . . the man who professes to be for the 99% doesn’t want any of the 99% talking to him or being near him,” complained one Current TV account executive in an email.
"In another email, an assistant complained that she was having difficulty continually replacing car services and had already maxed out a corporate card:
“I bet you wish I was joking about this . . . but we have yet another car service we need to open an account with,” wrote the assistant. “Any chance we can get this ASAP? I keep putting the charges on my corporate card and I’m afraid it will go over the limit soon!”
"The assistant was able to settle on a car service “called, appropriately, ‘Diva.’” The compromise did not last long, however, as Olbermann was let go from Current shortly after the limo service was engaged."
Under the old generation of Democrats or what I call the Tip O'Neill Democrats, they had control of the House of Representatives for 40 (yes, FORTY) years. Since 1994, Democrats have found some Emmanuel Goldstein's to blame when they lose.
Repeat after me: Richard Mellon Scaife, Halliburton, and Koch Brothers.
It's not the GOP that is calling for the Two Minute hate in the Political field (again, I am not discussing the differing branches i.e. SoCons and PaulBots, just the rank and file professional Bloggers and activists)
Like Keith Olbermann not getting along with most of his employers (and looking down upon his staff), Democrats never look inward and say: Maybe its our fault.
Take the Obamacare case in the Supreme Court -- rather then knowing the arguments coming from Alito or Roberts, the Solicitor General had no answer. It's not the Court's fault that President Obama's Solicitor general had no defense against Conservative arguments by the Court, it's the epistemic closure!
The Tip O'Neill Democrats (unlike today's [Howard] Dean Democrats) stood up for Free Speech and were unafraid of the poor and the unwashed. Whoever has time to bring camping gear in the middle of a city?
If you need a perfect example of Dean Democrats compared to the modern Republicans, let's take a look at two House Speakers:
1) Speaker Pelosi (D-CA):
Speaker Pelosi came under fire in 2007 for requesting a 42-seat Air Force carrier to ferry the Speaker and her staff back and forth between San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was allowed access to a 12-seat commuter jet for security reasons after the events of 9/11.
"Taken together, these documents show that Speaker Pelosi treats the Air Force like her personal airline," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "Not only does Speaker Pelosi issue unreasonable requests for military travel, but her office seems unconcerned about wasting taxpayer money with last minute cancellations and other demands."
2) Speaker Boehner (R-OH):
His [Speaker Boehner] spokesman says he’s flying commercial. They’ve [PolitiFact] gone through his travel records and have uncovered no evidence that he’s using military jets. The professional journalists apparently can’t be bothered to file a FOIA with the Air Force—which is how we found out about Air Pelosi.
So, they’ve got zero evidence that he’s not flying commercial. Zero evidence that he has failed to keep his pledge.(h/t HoyStory)
So, who flies private and who flies with the general public? Again, the Left suffering from epistemic closure!
Three stories from the Media show that same closed mindedness to their opponents (NOT Enemies). Follow the white rabbit....
EJ Dionne in the Washington Post complain about a "coup," in the Supreme Court. ;
James Fallows of The Atlantic writes the same thing!; and
The Economist followed suit.
Hey guys, I might not have an Ivy degree or good breeding, but I do know that Americans vote every two years on Federal campaigns. They voted for Bush twice, as well as Bill Clinton twice. They voted for Democrats to control Congress in 06 and 08, and then the GOP to return in 2010 -- again, maybe the voters didn't like what the Democrats were selling.
When Democrats lose, that's not a coup, that just means you lost this years elections. Don't blame it on the Koch brothers, Halliburton or anyone else, sometimes the voters don't like you. The Republicans spent 40 years in the wilderness until Election 1994 (Congressional elections not Presidential ones) -- not one Republican thought of changing the rules or the constitution.
We already hear the Democratic policy stated by the media (and those sympathetic, stay tuned). We rebels know how to fight the Death Star of Media support and Democratic complacency when it comes to the voters. The Dean Democrats are not the Tip O'Neill Democrats -- look at how they handle losing.
Until Democrats and their media allies (Hey! HBO! Invite some Republican activists from around the country, hear our complaints and just listen. You might get some more viewers next time!) stop playing the Tarkin Game, the voters will see who flies commercial and who flies private.
Davros, acting like a Dean Democrat in Genesis of the Daleks
My question: Why do Democrats suffer from epistemic closure and not understand Republicans?