What conservatives didn’t do

Some friends lately have been asking—Are you OK? Have you flipped your wig? Is your blood pressure stable? Have you run out of Xanax? Must you now drop 13 F-bombs per column? Well, yes, yes, yes, yes and—yeah, pretty much!

The point should be made that were this just the normally lame, putrid, crummy Republican asshat administration, like a Reagan or a Bush the First, it would not be that big of a deal. Hell, I might even be able to mix in occasional columns about electric cars and singing sand dunes and high quality pastries and so forth. But this, as so many of us in the media like to endlessly point out, is not a normal time! Which leads to weekly raves of various screechy stridencies, and I’m sure you understand.

And, gee, how positively super that Dum Dum can nominate a guy who will then rule to prevent his future indictment? Is this a great country or what?

So a lot of blue excitement was generated recently in a New York City U.S. House district as newbie Alexandria Ocasio Cortez beat a long time incumbent Dem heavy hitter. That’s all well and good, and she’s indeed a dynamic and exciting new face. (Bernie Lives!) But look at the voting numbers. You know what percentage of registered Dems in her district showed up to vote in that primary? 11.8 percent. That’s it. Pitiful. Fucking pitiful. If there’s gonna be a Blue Wave, we better do better than that. A lot better.

Speaking of liberals getting off their asses, maybe this will remind us what it’s all about. It’s from an episode of The West Wing, and it’s a soliloquy given by Jimmy Smits’ character Matt Santos from an episode called “The Debate” written by Lawrence O’Donnell.

“Republicans have tried to turn liberal into a bad word. Well, liberals ended slavery in this country. … Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What did conservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things. Every one. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet—Liberal—as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, Senator, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.”