Political Animal


December 08, 2012 8:33 AM A Week for Sore Losers

By Adele Stan

Good morning, Animals! How good it is to be back, and thank you to Brother Kilgore and Boss Glastris for making it so.

Was that some week or what?! I’m speaking of the one just past, of course — quite worthy of that interrobang, what with the DeMint defection, the Armey retreat, the Michigan coup and the promise of a Supreme test of marriage equality.

If I promised to try to make sense of any of this for you, I would fail, for sure. The dons and capos of Republican Party, for instance, are behaving in ways that continue to confound, except for those in Michigan, where vengeance on the unions who helped re-elect President Barack Obama, and on the voters who loved the auto bailout, appears to be the order of the day.

Then there was the failure of the U.S. Senate to ratify a U.N. treaty on the rights of disabled people, apparently because of the threat of an invasion of blue-helmeted foreign troops who would purportedly make American parents send their children to public schools, where many bad things, such as science, are taught. (More on this later this weekend.)

And speaking of international things, a gander around the globe is enough to chill the soul, so I’ll just call out the names of some far-flung places Americans don’t really care about: Syria, Gaza, Uganda, Congo, Egypt. Oh, and Afghanistan. Always Afghanistan.

So grab your coffee mug, and settle in for a schmooze. We’ve got lots to talk about.


  • c u n d gulag on December 08, 2012 9:51 AM:

    Speaking only for myself, I've missed you and your erudite word turds! :-)

    Oh, and to make matters of this past week worse, President Obama may fold his Royal Flush to the Orange Joker's pair of deuces!


    If President Obama does go through with raising the Medicare age, I hope I can play him in a hand of poker sometime in the future, to 'feather my nest' - FSM knows there'll be plenty of feckin' feathers, if I can only pull them off the feckin' tar.

  • Adele Stan on December 08, 2012 10:41 AM:

    c u n d --

    Ah, how did I live without you?

    And, yes, I realized only after I hit "publish" on my first entry that I totally missed mentioning the fiscal bluff, fiscal curb, fiscal slope, fiscal apocalypse -- whatever you want to call it. I'm sure that's because it's all so damn unpleasant.

    Will try get to that, too. Gonna be a busy weekend!

  • c u n d gulag on December 08, 2012 10:44 AM:

    Something tells me you did just fine without MY word turds! ;-)

  • Russell Sadler on December 08, 2012 10:46 AM:

    Nice to see you back, Adele ;-)

  • Joan on December 08, 2012 10:58 AM:

    I am looking for an answer as to the failure of the Senate to ratify the treaty about the rights of the disabled...I read that the vote was 61 to 38.... If 2/3 were needed isn't 61 over 2/3's? Or were the 61 one against it? Please someone explain this to me!

  • exlibra on December 08, 2012 11:16 AM:

    Joan, @10:58,

    61 votes would have been enough to break a filibuster (where 60 is the agreed upon number), but it's not enough to sign a treaty, where the requirement is 2/3rds of the Senate. With 100 people in the Senate, 2/3 = 66.666 (indefinitely). That is, 67 votes are needed to ratify a treaty.

  • Joan on December 08, 2012 11:39 AM:

    exlibra....Thank you...My math is shaky!

  • Dredd on December 08, 2012 12:50 PM:

    The general psychopathic strata in the gummit did not change much while you were gone. Welcome back to the institution.