Pundit puffery

Just heard some talking head on MSNBC explaining that Elizabeth Warren will basically shut up and sit down in the Senate until she “develops her expertise.”

Let me make a prediction, since this guy’s is worthless.

First of all, Warren was urged to run by the White House to get rid of her. She insisted on strengthening the Consumer Bureau and standing up against Wall Street, which is why they wanted her gone. This is not a big secret. So they dangled the possibility of the Senate in front of her when no one really believed she could win.

She showed them.

This is the same woman who successfully swam in the shark tank of Harvard Law School, which makes the Senate look like a kindergarten. She is probably the most knowledgeable person in the country on bankruptcy.

And she’s supposed to wait and “develop her expertise”? Hah.

Look, she’s not progressive on everything. But she will be the most successful advocate for poor and working people since FDR. And that makes me very, very happy.

Moldworld

Ever since the storm, I have mold growing all over the windowsill in my bedroom. Although I’m sleeping with the window open, I’m still feeling the effects of it via a daily sinus headache. (My landlord has a guy who is coming to replace it. We still have to schedule.)

And that is why I’m drinking Pepsi in the morning. Best caffeinated delivery system in the world!

On the whole

I’m pleased with yesterday’s results. Once again, we see that the Blue Dog mentality of the DCCC (yes, you, Steve Israel!) kept us from taking the House in what shaped up to be a wave election.

But we now have some real progressives (WOMEN!) in the Senate, and we held onto Sherrod Brown. Gimme that old-time liberal religion!

Plus, Alan Grayson!

Every rape apologist went down.

Three out of ten tea bag politicians targeted by CREDO SuperPac went down, and they just missed two more — including Michelle Bachmann. (Note: These people have proved they know what they’re doing. Give them money.)

Marriage equality and marijuana legalization passed in several states.

African-American voters saved Obama’s butt in a very big way. Now it’s time for him to step up for the black community.

The unions saved Obama by pouring tremendous resources into Ohio. Now it’s time for card check.

If I was going to take away one thing, it’s that voters got the message about Republican obstructionism and they didn’t want to reward it. So they didn’t.

Occupy Sandy

I’m happy to see the Occupy movement is alive and well, but I’m disturbed to see how chaotic and sporadic the recovery aid is from the “official” aid organizations. This story is heartbreaking.

Westfahl headed upstairs in the dark to the tenth floor. He encountered a woman wrapped in a babushka who gestured that she was both deaf and mute. Through pantomime, Westfahl determined that she had water, and she opened the door of her refrigerator to show him the contents. “She doesn’t have much food at all,” he said quietly.


Benham and Fidget talked to a Chinese woman who spoke little English. She was “okay,” she said, “but maybe person … ” she pointed them inside, where an elderly man lay in bed. Benham checked his vital signs, and they scanned the room for medications. “He’s got nitro — so he’s a heart patient, he’s got heart disease, that’s for anti-clotting, he has episodes — this might even be a hospice case,” Benham said. Out in the stairwell, he said, “In New Orleans, that patient would have been evacuated, and would have died in the evacuation.” It was better for him to remain at home for now.


It was growing dark. Piser and Westfahl left to answer one last dispatch call for a cancer patient who needed a daily dose of chemo. Fidget duct-taped a sign on the outside of the building saying that every floor had been checked by Occupy Sandy for urgent needs. “It comes down to the fact that they got these knocks,” said Lederman, the nurse. “I think it could be a psychological disaster — at the very least — if nobody at all came for six days.”

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