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    Friday, November 10, 2006 (SF Gate)
    Eleven New And Happy Things/Santorum dead, religious right imploding,
    Bush whimpering in the corner. Can we all exhale now?
    By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist

    1) (Chant, in happy sing-song voice, while holding bottle of wine,
    Astroglide and copy of Rob Brezsny's Pronoia): Rick Santorum
    is gone, Rick Santorum is gone, oh praise Jesus, Rick Santorum
    is gone. The third most powerful and first most reprehensible
    "Christian" Republican lawmaker in Congress was also arguably
    the most homophobic, misogynistic and small-minded of them
    all, especially given his sticky sheen of fundamentalist goo.

    Remember Rick? He's the one who equated homosexuality with
    pedophilia and bestiality. He championed intelligent design, tossed
    Terry Schiavo's lifeless body like a political football, voted against
    Plan B and funding for contraception education and voted to ban
    abortions on military bases (among many, many other attacks on
    women's rights), thus earning himself a whopping 0% rating from
    NARAL. He also voted to cut the NEA, increase school prayer, pursue
    ANWR drilling and on and on. Ricky's voting record is the ethical
    equivalent of a pie full of nails left over from the "Passion of the Christ"
    bake sale. Women, the sexually awake and Dan Savage fans rejoice:
    Rick Santorum is gone. Praise Jesus and pass the wine.

    2) While you're at it, all hail the happy defeat of Dick Pombo, Christian
    Coalition/NRA poster boy and powerful GOP "eco-thug" from Tracy
    who oversaw the House Resources Committee and whose agenda
    on environmental and social issues reads like a rundown of the
    murder techniques of a serial killer. What, too extreme? Check the
    voting record, baby. Dick and Rick were two peas in a savage,
    misogynist pod. This guy made trees weep. Good riddance.

    3) A loving, bittersweet farewell to Don "Black Soul" Rumsfeld, a nasty,
    otherworldly hunk of wartime lizard leather who should've been fired
    three years ago, but whom Dubya clung to like a terrified child clings
    to a ragged, spit-soaked security blanket. Downside: Rumsfeld's
    bizarre utterances and unmatched aura of bemused evil will be missed
    by comedians and caricaturists alike. Downside #2: Word is that
    Rummy's replacement nominee, Robert "I (Heart) Iran/Contra" Gates,
    is even worse than Rummy -- which, if true, would seem to defy the
    universal laws of evilness.

    4) Apparently, even the reddest of lumpish red states knows a horrific,
    woman-hating law when it see it, and hence South Dakota's appalling
    ban on all abortions, passed with vicious glee by the S.D. state
    legislature not long ago in hopes it would be contested all the way to
    the Supreme Court so as to stab at the heart of Roe vs. Wade, was
    beaten back like the rabid dog it was by S.D. voters who not only
    realized such a despicable law would violate women 10 ways from
    Sunday, but would cement their state's newly minted status as the
    most misogynistic and backasswards in the Union -- which, in this
    day and age, is no easy feat indeed.

    5) I have a deliciously attuned friend who is convinced that Nancy Pelosi
    has only been playing nice by saying she has no intention of pursuing
    impeachment against the Worst President Ever. At the first sign of
    some new atrocious Bush glitch, my friend thinks, Nancy will "modify"
    her promise and pounce. And with a Dem-controlled House and slight
    edge in the Senate, a Bush impeachment just might stick. San
    Francisco, for one, is all for it. Has any president ever deserved
    impeachment more? Is it not delicious amounts of fun just relishing
    the possibility?

    6) The federal courts -- and most importantly, the Supreme Court -- have
    narrowly averted becoming choked with hawkish, regressive, homophobic
    neoconservatives. Bush had 6 years to pack the federal judiciary with
    extremist right-wing judges, and he did a nauseatingly good job of it.
    What's more, we'll be suffering John Roberts and Samuel Alito for
    decades to come. But Bush's extremist streak has been snapped.
    Supreme Court nominees from here on out will have to be moderate,
    if not even a bit progressive, to earn appointment. Considering what
    the court could've become had just one or two more justices died or
    retired in the past few years, this is glorious news indeed.

    7) Praise Jesus, the Christian right's stranglehold on culture and
    morality is over. As pointed out by Slate, the all-powerful evangelical
    church's bizarre and insufferable run of influence has peaked, and its
    easy access to Washington is now falling away like Tom DeLay's
    toupee during the Apocalypse. And Ted Haggard, bless his little
    meth-happy gay soul, provided the final nail in the coffin of religious
    right hypocrisy at just the right moment. It's almost as if it were ...
    ordained.

    Alas, the culture wars will certainly continue. Female nipples, swear
    words, sex in movies -- we have not heard the last of the angry, sexless
    Bible-thumping set. But it does mean that official policy and American law
    will no longer be so shaped by deeply unhappy men who wield Bibles the way
    drunk hunters wield shotguns (hi, James Dobson!).

    8) A grab bag of progressive goodies: First woman speaker in history. Huge
    surge in Democratic governors across the U.S. First black gov in
    Massachusetts history, only the second in American history. Fewer
    childish "I'm the decider" blurts (hopefully). Possible major policy items
    long repressed by the GOP, like socialized medicine, stem cell research
    and real Medicare reform, are suddenly back on the table. Hell, even
    contemplating such possibilities is like taking a deep, fresh breath after
    having a smelly sock shoved in your mouth for, oh, about 6 years.

    9) Did you hear that? That sound like a warm, rushing breeze? Why, it's
    the entire civilized world heaving an enormous sigh of relief that Bush's
    reign of faux-cowboy terror is over. Perhaps now the world can begin --
    slowly, possibly, over time -- to respect us again. Perhaps now we can
    regain a bit of lost stature in the world, given how BushCo alienated
    every ally and insulted every foreign diplomat and degraded every nation
    via rogue kill-'em-all attitudes.

    The world knows it: This has been, without doubt, one of the ugliest and
    most depressing half-decades in U.S. history, rife with some of the worst
    policy and worst warmongering and worst environmental abuses we have ever
    known. Hell, not 3 years ago, the GOP stranglehold was so strong, the
    fortress so impenetrable that it seemed as though their run could continue
    until they sucked the planet dry.

    10) But here's the good news: Almost everyone -- including, in my darker
    periods of mourning, this very column -- underestimated the GOP's
    ability to scandalize, warmonger, abuse and hypocritize (hypocriticize?
    hypocreaze?) itself to quick and painful death. They were far better
    at it than anyone imagined. Apparently, poetic and karmic justice is
    alive and well. Isn't that right, Mr. Haggard? Mr. Abramoff? Scooter?
    Mr. DeLay? Mr. Foley? Et al.?

    11) But wait (your inner cynic cannot help but say), won't the incoming
    army of Democrats be just like every other gaggle of politicians? That
    is, a bunch of duplicitous, self-serving, double-speaking shysters?
    How will they be any different? Won't it soon be just business as usual?

    Well, yes. Yes it will. But the good news is, there is simply no way this
    far less hateful, moderately progressive group could ever touch the epic,
    historic levels of abuse and misprision the GOP attained during the height
    of their neo-fascist run. Such an impossible feat would again seem to defy
    the laws of evilness.

    Put another way, we might indeed soon be back to business as usual in
    D.C. But never has a return to obnoxious, contentious, healthy American
    politics seemed so incredibly refreshing. Praise Jesus, and pass the wine.

    Thoughts for the author? E-mail him.

    Mark Morford's Notes & Errata column appears every Wednesday and
    Friday on SFGate and in the Datebook section of the SF Chronicle. To
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    As if that weren't enough, Mark also contributes to the hot, spankin' SF
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    It's probably a bit early to start doing victory dances. I remember distinctly the disastrous first two years of Clinton's administration and their tax rape of the middle class, resulting in largely the excesses this article is decrying. Every action has a reaction, and 1994's election was that. The new majorities have every possible of doing the same thing; someone should probably check their weapons as they wave them about, and make sure they aren't loaded, at least when they are pointed at their own feet.

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    >>It's probably a bit early to start doing victory dances. <<

    It's been a full week and the war is still as was-- taxes haven't changed-- the donut hole is still sucking people in---the minimum wage is the same-- etcetcetc----- and best of all, the world hasn't stopped as the RRs predicted. The best thing is that Rumsfeld is out! I think Bush should give Rove a pat on the back next--- That seems to be his way of saying your are fired!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Rose
    >>It's probably a bit early to start doing victory dances. <<

    It's been a full week and the war is still as was-- taxes haven't changed-- the donut hole is still sucking people in---the minimum wage is the same-- etcetcetc----- and best of all, the world hasn't stopped as the RRs predicted. The best thing is that Rumsfeld is out! I think Bush should give Rove a pat on the back next--- That seems to be his way of saying your are fired!
    Well of course nothing has changed, Jim, the Dems don't take charge until January 07. After that they will continue blaming Bush for all the ills of the nation, well into the next administration.

    I have difficulty understanding why there is so much hatred for Bush -- after all Congress voted in everything that is happening today. Blame the GOP? I don't think so, this no-nothing bunch of whiners did nothing to support Bush or his policies.

    i don't see the change of command of Congress as a slap against Bush, but rather at Congress. How many times do I have to say the president, any president, has checks and balances. If he did anything illegal Congress could impeach him, the Supreme court could have ruled on the constitutionality of any of his decisions, and yet so many people continue to put the blame on Bush. It is incredulous!

    Most of the GOP congressional member were Republicrats -- good riddance, especially DeWine. He fought me every step of the way when I was trying to get the repeal. I'm happy to see so many Blue Dog Democrats getting elected.

    Yellow dog Democrats like Kennedy can take a hike, but are reelcted time after time.

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    >> have difficulty understanding why there is so much hatred for Bush -- after all Congress voted in everything that is happening today. Blame the GOP? I don't think so, this no-nothing bunch of whiners did nothing to support Bush or his policies. <<

    Probably because without his insistance to do what was passed, there would have been no "war" in Iraq. We should have been in Afghanistan with vigor. Saddam had his place under control. There was no civil war there. No US troops had been killed there by terrorists and we wouldnot be in debt up to our eyeballs. If you can't understand that, then you truly are blonde!


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    It's simple.

    He's an arrogant ass, a demagogue and misleader - who has pushed this country into a horrific debacle in Iraq and undermined basic liberties inthis country in the name of his all-justifying "war on terror."

    He's a piece of shit, Gail. And everything he has ever touched has turned to shit, too.

    Haven't you noticed?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    It's simple.

    He's an arrogant ass, a demagogue and misleader - who has pushed this country into a horrific debacle in Iraq and undermined basic liberties inthis country in the name of his all-justifying "war on terror."

    He's a piece of shit, Gail. And everything he has ever touched has turned to shit, too.

    Haven't you noticed?

    No, I haven't noticed. However, he had rotten support from Congress, who were informed as was the UN and Clinton before him. I noticed that. I noticed that he appointed the do-nothing Colin Powell who advised Bush Sr. not to finished Saddam off - he could never do us harm again. I noticed that he appointed Norm Mineta as DOT director who wouldn't allow profiling because his parents had been interned during WWII and Rumsfeld who never listened to the military experts.

    Bush could have re-instated the draft and sent enough troops over there to handle the war, but he didn't. He could have raised taxes to support the war and he didn't. He could have set up rationing and he didn't. We as Americans, haven't been inconvinent one iota with this war - do you appreciate this fact? Hell no you don't. The Dems might do all of these things.

    Be afraid, be very afraid for the presidential election.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    It's simple.

    He's an arrogant ass, a demagogue and misleader - who has pushed this country into a horrific debacle in Iraq and undermined basic liberties inthis country in the name of his all-justifying "war on terror."

    He's a piece of shit, Gail. And everything he has ever touched has turned to shit, too.

    Haven't you noticed?

    I disliked Bill Clinton a lot, and heaven knows there was plenty there to dislike. But I never referred to him in the tone or words you use, and I find it reduces your credibility with me. If that's not the case with others, more's the pity that their upbringing and training is so lacking in common courtesy and respect.

    But you are really a piece of work on this subject. It makes it clear you really have no knowledge of how government works, despite your frequent protestations to the contrary. The attitudes you express are much of the problem in our country today. You think your dislike of someone justifies whatever incivility you may wish to inflict on them. This is how the general nastiness in our public discourse has come to be accepted, and I personally refuse to condone it or participate in it. You preach toleration in your posts discussing the treatment of homosexuals, but you show none of that attitude in your own actions toward others.

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    Bush is unprecedented in (among other things) his equation of criticism or disagreement with him as treasonous; his conflation of of himself and his policies with "America," of his gross incompetence in the handling of everything he has touched.

    And that's just the big stuff.

    He's also a smirking, inarticulate stumble-bum with a staggering sense of entitlement. He is a man who makes jokes about the "missing WMD" while men are dying in the field; a man who knowingly and viciously exploits a dopey but entirely innocent gaffe (Kerry's recent comments about being dumb and getting mired in Iraq - obviously and clearly directed at Bush, not "the troops") and on and on and on.

    I don't have the reverence for office/authority that you do; indeed, I regard politicians as atbest a necessary evil - like government - and distrust them on principle.

    But Bush takes the cake. He has done more damage to this country - and to the ideals of limited government - than any president in modern history. His period in office has been a complete and unmitigated disaster.

    I loathe him - and make no bones about it.

    The public, increasingly, agrees.


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    Eric, may I take this to mean that you are not fully pleased with the personal attributes of Mr. Bush as well as his job performance?

    jdm



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    "I disliked Bill Clinton a lot"

    I thought he was a hypocrite after he singed the DOMA (so-called "Defense of Marriage Act"). The only defense he needed in his marriage was from himself, not from gays who wish to marry.


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    >>We as Americans, haven't been inconvinent one iota with this war <<

    Tell that Bullshit to the families of the troops who were killed, wounded and disabled--

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    Eric, may I take this to mean that you are not fully pleased with the personal attributes of Mr. Bush as well as his job performance?

    jdm


    Right!

    My dislike stems not merely from disagreement withhis policy agenda; I have contempt for him personally, as a man. Guys like him - tough-talking twerps who are the first to let others do their fighting for them - have always gotten my back up.

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