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….I’m tired of working for candidates who make me think that I should be embarrassed to believe what I believe […] I’m tired of getting them elected. We all need some therapy, because somebody came along and said, liberal means soft on crime, soft on drugs, soft on Communism, soft on defense, and we’re gonna tax you back to the Stone Age because people shouldn’t have to go to work if they don’t want to. And instead of saying, well, excuse me, you right-wing, reactionary, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-education, anti-choice, pro-gun, Leave It To Beaver trip back to the Fifties, we cowered in the corner, and said, Please. Don’t. Hurt. Me. No more….

“Gone Quiet” – The West Wing (2001)

From a diary at Open Left:

dubya: …reducing regulation…

Angry guy who yells at kids to keep off his lawn: …and less regulation [emphatic gesture]…

Cable talking head: …just decontrol, deregulate…

Former half-term governor: …Yeah, absolutely…

Announcer: It’s a long held republican belief that the laws, rules that govern Wall Street greed are not needed. Oil companies, corporations can police themselves. So they blew up the rules and…

The successor to Duncan the Wonder Horse: …in this ongoing financial crises…

Breathless cable news voice number one: …in the blink of an eye…

Breathless cable news voice number two: …freaked out waiting to see how low the Dow will go…

The successor to Duncan the Wonder Horse: …demoralizing news from the Gulf…

Matter of fact broadcast voice: …with their entire beachfront covered in oil…

Announcer: Yet even after their failed policies and their greed decimated America, if one criticizes these corporations, they say…

Delusional teabagger candidate: …I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of BP…

Announcer: Or even if you insist BP pays for the cleanup…

Water Oil carrier for big oil: …what I would characterize as a twenty billion dollar shakedown, so I apologize…

Announcer: An economic crises and the largest environmental disaster ever caused by republican deregulation, and they’re apologizing to BP for the bill. The republican party, putting corporations and the rich before the rest of us, putting profits before people, and still believe…

Spokesperson role could be played by any one of a large number of republican hacks: …we need to go back to the exact same agenda…

Yep, it takes the grassroots to actually throw any effective punches.

“…we cowered in the corner, and said, Please. Don’t. Hurt. Me. No more…”