Friday, August 28, 2009

I Used to be Amused, Now I'm Disgusted

(Photo: H. Armstrong Roberts, "circa 1960s", Getty Images)

OK, I guess this really does require an explanation. So why haven't I been blogging lately?

Because politics right now are just revolting. There's nothing that strikes me as cute or funny, much less hilarious. Everything strikes me as evil (the Republicans) or inept (the Democrats).

Look, this is the kind of stupid shit I'm talking about:

LeRoy Schaffer, a St. Francis city council member, dressed in a tuxedo and top hat for the occasion. Shaffer got visibly emotional asking Bachmann about the future of health care and the role of special interests in Washington.

“I’ll be danged if I am going to give up my Social Security because of socialism,” Schaffer said, before being booed by the crowd.

Or this:

Just 37 percent of the poll's respondents correctly identified the public option from a list of three choices provided to them.

I think Josh Marshall sums up my feelings the best:

As I said yesterday, the fact that 'public option' is so un-descriptive and opaque has only made it easier for Republicans to portray it as some sort of program for mass euthanasia. So I'm not sure what there is to say here or do but laugh because the only other thing to do is cry.

But it does make you wonder why Democrats go into these political battles with dopey wonk-speak when Republicans are coming up with stuff like "death panels", which, despite being a complete fantasy, does tend to focus the attention.

Why? Because it's a totally fallen nation.

So anyway, I'm not saying I'm "quitting" blogging; I just don't feel like doing it right now.