“The left should be outraged and exasperated by all this — but at their own failings as much as Ms. Palin’s ascension. Since the 2008 election, progressive leaders have done little to address the obvious national appetite for female leadership. And despite (or because of) their continuing obsession with Ms. Palin, they have done nothing to stop an anti-choice, pro-abstinence, socialist-bashing Tea Party enthusiast from becoming the 21st century symbol of American women in politics.”—
This is true! And as I’ve mentioned before, it goes beyond Palin and women. Progressives have spent far more time trying to dismiss the Becks and Palins instead of hitching their wagon on great candidates for Congress. And all that’s happened in the meantime is the aforementioned personalities bringing 87k-500k (depending on who you believe) to the Lincoln Memorial. Ask yourself: would Jon Stewart and Rachel Maddow ever orchestrate a scene like Beck did this weekend? It would be fun, but it’s not gonna happen for awhile. And don’t expect Stewart to endorse candidates.
Rachel Maddow *could* be our Sarah Palin, if she wanted it. But she would have a tough job: inspiring progressives to vote for candidates they can trust. And right now, there aren’t many people that liberals can focus on as hope for the future. It’s because all that pride that liberals had in 2008 has evaporated. It’s gotten to the point that the best hope we have is that conservatives split the vote in confusion over the Tea Party and establishment Republican candidates, as opposed to voting for someone we… support? And that’s terrible.
As such, I agree with Robert Reich’s points on Democrats going on the offensive (something that won’t happen anytime soon). Wouldn’t it be nice for someone to invoke Clinton’s budget balancing in a defense of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts? Calling out Republicans on the billions of dollars lost in Iraq and the redundancies in our intelligence gathering services would be nice too. Remind everyone that 97% of people aren’t affected by the change in taxes.
Say what you want about Beck and Palin, but their supporters know who they’re voting for and they’re going to hit the polls hard. If you thought the last two years were a shitshow, get ready for some more fun…
I read this and laughed as the writer teased quicksand fetishing, thinking “they’re not really gonna go there, are they?
Edwards is a different kind of quicksand fan, though. He has no interest in getting muddy himself—he’s more a looker than a doer, someone who likes to see pictures and film-clips of other people being submerged. Not every looker has the same tastes: Edwards calls himself a knees-to-waist kind of guy; others prefer someone stuck to the armpits; and still more are into “grim endings”—where the sinker disappears below the surface in a trail of mud bubbles. (Headfirst sinkings appeal to a small but dedicated minority.)
Close! And then the next paragraph:
To hear a quicksand fan describe his interest can be unnerving: Many describe what amounts to a sexual fascination with helpless women flailing for their lives. But there’s more to the fetish than a bondage fantasy. For some, the excitement hinges on a damsel-in-distress melodrama with a heroic rescue. The mythology of quicksand can be just as inspiring on its own terms—conveying a nostalgia, erotic or not, for old-time serials and wilderness tales. One member of the community, “Crypto,” describes feeling a sexual attraction to the quicksand itself, as opposed to whoever or whatever happens to be trapped in it. He doesn’t care whether the victim is male or female, human or animal. (As a little boy, he was drawn to a scene from the 1960 Disney film, Swiss Family Robinson, in which a zebra sinks into a mud bog.) “It is the quicksand alone that is the trigger for the sexual response,” he explains over e-mail. “It is just the way I am wired genetically, I guess.”
EPISODE 1: Jean Grae and the Hype Men discuss BBQ-ing with Lil Mama + run-ins with Tyrese + SloDown vs. Nelly + Talib Kwelis collaboration with Gucci Mane + Nicki Minaj as the Highlander + Michael J. Foxs bucket list + more! [Download.]
Also, we had Jean Grae on the show! Hot97’s Peter Rosenberg next week!