The First Punter

It’s football season so the nation’s politicians are using gridiron analogies to describe what’s happening in the lame duck session of Congress. My favorite thus far isAl Franken’s description of the Obama/GOP tax deal:

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) voted to end debate on the Bush tax cut compromise yesterday, but he’s not happy about it. In a strongly-worded statement sent to his supporters today, Franken pokes at President Obama for negotiating the deal, which he called “bad policy.”

“A lot of people are unhappy that the President punted on first down, and I’m one of them,” Franken wrote in the message to supporters. “Extending the Bush tax breaks for the super-wealthy will explode our deficit over the next two years without doing anything to help our economy.”

To extend the kicking analogy, not only has the President punted but it’s a bad kick. It’s off the side of his foot and gives the GOP excellent field position. If you’re going to punt, at least try and pin the opposition inside the 10 yard line. The only cheers our punter got was from the Broderites in the punditocracy. We should have sent out monster Saints punter Thomas Morstead. He’d have kicked the ball up Chinless Mitch’s ass…

What does all this mean? Obama not only made a bad deal, he looked weak doing so as did Congressional Dems. Why on earth didn’t they vote on taxes before the election? They lacked the “noive” just like the Cowardly Lion before he got his medal and showed his mettle.

6 thoughts on “The First Punter

  1. And the predictable result of these bad policies is stuff likethis. If you haven’t read his Facebook suicide note, you should. He wrote:
    “My Testament: Some people (the government sponsored media) will say I was evil, a monster (V)… no… I was just born poor in a country where the Wealthy manipulate, use, abuse, and economically enslave 95% of the population. Rich Republicans, Rich Democrats… same-same… rich… they take turns fleecing us… our few dollars… pyramiding the wealth for themselves. The 95%… the us, in US of A, are the neo slaves of the Global South. Our Masters, the Wealthy, do, as they like to us…”
    Clay Duke was obviously a very disturbed man, and he apparently had a criminal record going way back. But people on the margins are the most vulnerable, and we have 20-25 years of bad policies which have shunted more people to the edge than ever before. I expect to see more Clay Dukes.
    And here we have Democrats giving tax cuts to the rich out of fear of being called mean names by someone in the pundit class. Oooh someone might say Obama is waging class warfare! Meanwhile, Sarah Palin, the Fox News mouthbreathers and the rest of the right wing wage class warfare every time they slam “liberal elites” and “limousine liberals.” WTF?
    I want someone who stands up to this bullshit, double-standard, hypocritical deluge of mixed messaging. Not someone who caves. Every time someone caves to this BS the line moves further to the right. WHY don’t they get that?

  2. BTW if you haven’t yet voted for Thomas Morstead to make this year’s Pro Bowl roster, there’s still time!

  3. “The only cheers our punter got was from the Broderites in the punditocracy.”
    Did anyone actually “cheer” Or did they recognize the realities of the filibuster, the deadline of the ending of the current Congress, etc, etc.

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