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Left Starting to Smell Blood With Obama Win

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Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos, is gleeful over Sen. Barack Obama’s prospects in a few weeks and what it means to conservatives:

So with conservatives bracing for the worse, they won’t experience the kind of pain we did. Not unless we deliver a defeat even worse than their worst nightmares. And I’ll be honest with you — I want them to hurt as much as we did. I want their spirits crushed, their backs broken.

So the way we do that is we deliver a defeat worse than they ever imagined. We do that by winning states that have no business turning Blue — like North Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, and so on — states that were easy Bush victories in 2004. We do that by electing a 60-seat supermajority in the Senate. We do that by defeating their leadership, like Mitch McConnell in the Senate. We do that by defeating their heroes, like wingnut go-to hero John Shadegg. We do that by making sure a record number of Americans reject conservative ideology, leaving it utterly discredited.

The day after the election, I want to see an electoral battlefield littered with defeated Republicans, their ranks demoralized, their treasury in heavy debt, and no real leadership to take the helm. I want a vacuum so complete, that a bloody leadership battle between the neocons, theocons, and corporate cons shakes the GOP to its core, and leaves it fractured and ill-equipped to stymie the progressive agenda, much less ramp up for an even bleaker (for them) 2010.

Guys, that’s why I don’t worry about complacency. We’re not out to win this thing. We’re out to crush them. And that’s going to require a level of engagement beyond anything you’ve ever done before. It’ll mean more phone banking, more canvassing, more donating. Work on this site keeps me from working the phones or walking precincts (my wife has helped out on those fronts), but I’ve surrendered a significant portion of my income, way more than my family can really afford, on behalf of the cause. We’ve all got something to offer, whether it’s time or money, and now’s the time to offer what we can.

He later wrote in a second posting the next day:

How do we do this? We currently have a 38 seat majority — 236 to 198. Stephanie Tubbs Jones seat, a safe Democratic one, is vacant.

So get this. We get 31 seats, that would give Democrats a 101 seat majority in the House, 268 to 167.

This isn’t about winning. It’s about destroying the conservative movement, and their dangerous incompetence has given us an historic opportunity to deliver a killing blow. Leave everything on the road.

This is not just the thinking of a widely read blogger. It has grassroot support. A neighbor of mine, who is well-aligned with liberal thinking, put it to me this way at a recent gathering (Not exact quotes, but pretty close):

Yes, it’s not just about winning this year, it’s about taking total control. We can get 60 senators and who knows how many congressmen. With a majority like that, we can install any progressive policy we want, eliminate any of a number of ill-advised Republican programs instituted in the past eight years, and set things right. Think about it, progressive stands on taxes, gay rights, global warming, wiretapping and energy will become our country’s law.

With 60 votes in the Senate, and with President Obama leading the way, we can impeach any judge that has fought for corporations for years. We can get rid of judges who have fought a woman’s right to choose. Heck, we could impeach Roberts, Thomas, Scalia, and Alito and guarantee a progressive court for years to come.

We can leave Iraq quicker than anyone would imagine, and institute a foreign policy that would be based on the rule of law, not brute force. Obama would be able guide us into a foreign policy that respects other nations, and would be respected by the world community, and Republicans would be powerless to stop it.

We are a country that is well on its way to not only correcting W’s eight years of terror on the world and ourselves, but we are a step closer to eliminating conservatism as a political force in the United States. With Obama guiding us and leading the way this November, we will finally start shipping the Republican Party to history’s scrapheap of failed oppressive political ideologies, joining the likes of Fascism and Communism.


Written by newscycle

October 12, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Posted in Daily Kos

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