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John Atlas from the Housing Institute pointed out that the reason the trumped up charges against ACORN worked is that Democratic supporters were so quick to abandon them. He’s right.

Because the right wing supports the team NO MATTER WHAT. ACORN is an organization that’s done an incredible amount of good on housing for the poor and were the most effective voter registration machine around.

We let them die. They didn’t do anything wrong, but because the right wing attacks kicked in and were overwhelming, the Democratic party abandoned one of our most important allies.

Nice work, guys!

I’m Blaming Sestak

Because his little ego turn gave the right wing the opening they wanted.

Then the media piled on. Now we have idjits like Matthew Dowd complaining that Obama is “politicizing” politics (because, you know, normally politics is politics-free!) by backing primary candidates, in a perfect regurgitation of right-wing talking points.

Steve Benen:

It no longer seems farfetched to me to think the president will endorse a candidate later this year, and Republicans will say, “Obama doesn’t trust voters to make up their own minds, so he’s abusing his power by telling them how to vote. Since when is America a dictatorship when Dear Leader thinks he knows better than the rest of us? Why is the executive branch interfering with legislative matters anyway? This Chicago-style endorsement may violate the separation of powers.”

May I restate my previous position? There was nothing wrong with offering Sestak a job. Nothing. Nada. Progressives bought the “depriving us of choice in the primary” line hook, line and sinker, but let’s get real: The money is what deprives us of choice in the primaries. (And the general. And in the election of our local committeeman….) We’d best concentrate our efforts on campaign financing than to fight for Tweedledum over Tweedledee.

Now, because of Sestak’s coy remarks, the media will pile onto the president and this “crime” will become an even bigger public distraction — especially now that the Media Good Dogs© have found the bone of Andrew Romanoff, who decided to take a page from Sestak’s book and see if that couldn’t get him some money and media coverage, too!

As I pointed out before, the DCCC (and Rahm Emanuel) cleared the field for Sestak when he ran for Congress. Sestak didn’t have a problem with party politics then.

And how fucking ironic will it be if this netroots darling ends up being the one who cripples the administration?

We have plenty of real problems right now. I’d prefer that our president was concentrating on those, and not on the political shitstorm that Joe Sestak’s Giant Ego has sown.

A Bunch of Narcissism

This makes me weary. As I’ve said before, reporters shouldn’t be socializing with the people they cover, and it’s a little pathetic that they get so excited about this annual event. Oo, I get to wear an evening gown/tuxedo! Look, over there! Justin Beiber!

This nation is in the dumps. Lives are falling apart. Forgive me if your self-conscious tweets from this asskissing event fail to hold my interest.

Washington Post

Oh. blow me. Really.

I am so very, very sick of people who think writers should work for free. (Like or any of the numerous sites that think professional writers should be thrilled to Get Their Name Out There! Trust me, honey, the thrill of a byline soon fades. But the excitement of a regular paycheck stays with you for a long, long time.)

There are a lot of people who think writing is easy; I know this, because they’re always telling me: “You know, I’ve often thought I’d be a really good writer.” I guess I’ll have to take your word for it, since you’ve never actually written anything, but okay.

I’m good at what I do. If I’m going to write for anyone but myself, I’d like to get paid. It is, after all, my profession.

But the entire online world (*cough* Arianna *cough*) now writes business plans based on FREE content, and they’re proclaimed as media geniuses.

Well, as my dad used to tell us, “You buy shit, you get shit.”

Whenever I can afford it, I support small blogs. After all, their writing inspires, entertains and enlightens me. Many of you have been supporting this blog for a long time, probably for the same reason.

And for the Washington Post to dangle a fake carrot in front of a blogger, expecting them to bite — that’s plain insulting. Shame on them.

As Liz Phair says, “It’s nice to be liked but it’s better by far to get paid.

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