As you may have heard by now, Bill Halter lost to Blanche Lincoln tonight in the Arkansas Democratic U.S. Senate primary. It was a close loss, less than 5,000 votes the last time I checked. Still, it was a loss, and as Jane Hamsher writes, it's a tough one to contemplate.
Of course, it didn't take long for the little goon who runs the White House to leave a pearl of wisdom with his go-to stenographer at Politico:
A senior White House official just called me with a very pointed message for the administration's sometime allies in organized labor, who invested heavily in beating Blanche Lincoln, Obama's candidate, in Arkansas.
"Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members' money down the toilet on a pointless exercise," the official said. "If even half that total had been well-targeted and applied in key House races across this country, that could have made a real difference in November."
White House official: 'Organized labor just flushed $10 million down the toilet'
This is why there is no hope of working with these people - only when they're afraid of progressives will they ever stop shitting on us.
So here's my answer to that little rat fucker and his lying weasel of a boss:
That money went toward having a halfway decent candidate who might have, at some point in his career, actually not chosen to fuck us over in exchange for a few extra campaign dollars. That guy was worth all the sycophants and spineless whores you were going to try to make us support in the general election. Those people never would have done anything for organized labor, or any other working Americans. They would have been just like all the other sycophants and spineless whores you're doing your best to keep in Congress. I wouldn't pay a cent for any of those worthless pieces of excrement, and I suspect that's what labor was trying to tell you, too.
But enough about anonymous White House functionaries and their delusions of adequacy...
Here's the thing that most progressives don't get, and I'll see if I can make this crystal clear - the asshole who put that bug in Ben Smith's ear will never, ever give us anything that we don't make him give us. The only way to make him do something is to credibly threaten to take away his power. Any progressive who thinks that he is preventing a disaster by voting for Democratic incumbents for Congress this fall, even after seeing this display of hubris, is a drooling moron. As long as this guy and his boss keep winning, they will keep ignoring us, because they have no reason to fear that we will ever do anything but continue to continue to support them.
- They will gut Medicare and Social Security.
- They will continue to not do anything about the out-of-control banks and finance houses.
- They will do absolutely nothing to make the employment situation better, or to provide any form of safety net.
They will do this, because the people who give them the campaign money they use to lie to us and to call us naive fools expect it. They have already said they would.
The person who whispered that insult to Ben Smith is as much our adversary as any Republican politician. He and the people he works for will ruin this country as surely as any Republican would, and they will spit in our faces, anonymously, while they're doing it. They can no more help doing this than they can avoid breathing. It's time progressives figured that out, too.
At this point, I have absolutely no intention of voting for either of the Democratic incumbents who will be on my ballot this November. I've never voted third party or write-in for a legislative candidate before, but I will do so this year. They don't own my vote. When enough other progressives decide the Democrats don't own their votes either, then those who manage to hold onto their jobs may or may not feel that they need to do something to earn our support. If that day ever comes, we'll see. The only sure thing is that if we continue to vote for these people, they'll continue to work for the benefit of the people who will take their support and their votes elsewhere.
If you want to throw your vote down the toilet, continue to vote for the assholes who don't even have the guts to show their faces when they spit in your eye.