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Well, if these Tom DeLay quotes really represent his strategy for avoiding losses in the '06 midterms, then the Democrats really are in good shape. "The American people have no idea what we're passing. And we have plenty of time to show them what we're passing," he said. Show the American people what they're passing! That's about the worst idea I could imagine. The main thing keeping the GOP afloat is that people have no idea about all the "million here, million there" little ways the common man and the public interest is getting screwed over by Republican rule.

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no idea about all the "million here, million there"

Actually, contra Matt, I think that the "million here, million there" items are probably individually popular. Congressman X got a new interchange for the highway; Congressman Y got a new research department for the local college; etc. It's only pork in the abstract that's unpopular (just like Congress in the abstract may be unpopular, even though everyone loves their own particular Congressman).

Posted by: Al | May 20, 2005 3:00:37 PM

I don't think you understand. When Tom Delay says "show them what we're passing" he means "gin up some propaganda", not "tell the truth about what we do".

Posted by: cmdicely | May 20, 2005 3:04:10 PM

Hey Al, no one cares about your opinion on the topic. STFU.

Posted by: Hamilton Lovecraft | May 20, 2005 3:05:19 PM

To repeat an earlier point -- who here isn't envious of Al? It must be totally fucking awesome to be Al -- all facts (record deficits, 9-11 on Bush's watch, 1,600 Americans dead in Iraq, $300,000,000 and counting, increasing violence, rising poverty, rising abortion rates) are all 'biased lies.' Shrub makes no mistakes, and anyone who dares question him are microscopic baby-killers.


He's so wonderfully simple-minded that there is no filter -- no *nothing* -- between his ear on Rush and his mouth.

Best of all, he has have nothing to do with your life but troll here at MY's and WashMonthly You can just picture him -- pounding at his keyboard all day, single-handedly defending Shrub against all those reality-based commie Islamofascists! As someone else pointed out, he makes Baghdad Bob look Fair and Balanced!

Posted by: Al Gore | May 20, 2005 3:09:48 PM

Reading comprehension test:

From Al:
"just like Congress in the abstract may be unpopular, even though everyone loves their own particular Congressman."

From the article:
Perhaps more telling is the weak support that Americans give their own members of Congress. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that only 49 percent of Americans approved of their own representatives, while 23 percent disapproved. That's comparable with 1993.

"A 49 percent approval rating is not exactly a stunning endorsement for members of Congress, who typically have extraordinarily high re-election rates," said Andy Kohut, the director of the nonpartisan Pew center.

Posted by: J Wilson | May 20, 2005 3:11:58 PM

I suspect the first sentence is their real strategy. It's worked great before...

Posted by: Redshift | May 20, 2005 3:14:04 PM

Al is right about pork, though. I would argue that Real ID won't be popular, though. If they pass some form of "pledge of allegance protection act," or "religious freedom act" (banning judicial review of violations of the Establishment clause), they will try to sell their religious right bona fides to red state rabble. It won't be very popular, though, and it won't be popular enough to withstand the unpopularity of the corruption of "Hot Tub Tom" and his cronies.

Posted by: blogsy mcblog | May 20, 2005 3:18:16 PM

Hamilton and Gore - You're a couple of charmers. STFU indeed. Al's right about pork, you know.

Posted by: ostap | May 20, 2005 3:49:31 PM

Al is right. Pork is unpopular in general, but popular in the specific.

Posted by: praktike | May 20, 2005 4:49:36 PM

Hamilton and Gore - You're a couple of charmers. STFU indeed. Al's right about pork, you know.

Stopped clock. Twice a day.

Posted by: Hamilton Lovecraft | May 20, 2005 5:38:58 PM

I don't understand why you guys are so rotten to Al.
This place would be a lot less interesting without him.

Oh and fake Al really needs to stop. Zizka, don't be that guy.

Back on topic, I think Matt is right. Sure pork of the "new off-ramp in my district of 12 people and 100 cows" is popular. But corporate grist most certainly is not. If it weren't for our tendencies towards deviancy and treason, liberals could make a lot of hay against "the fat cats buying politicians to keep your drug bill high".

Posted by: WillieStyle | May 20, 2005 7:52:34 PM

Al is right. Pork is unpopular in general, but popular in the specific.

He's right in what he says, but it's irrelevant to the argument: 98% of Senate Pork will be unpopular for any given constituent.

And that's on top of the fact that Al's a troll with the moral significance of a stain on the corner of a hooker's mattress.

Posted by: Hamilton Lovecraft | May 20, 2005 10:39:20 PM

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