“Another such victory and I shall be ruined”

The debate over SCHIP was partisan, but not in the way that some have portrayed it. It was the fringe Right who has always guided the post Eisenhower Republican party that was dead set against providing a minimal safety net for children. Breaking: House conservatives sustain Bush’s SCHIP veto.

Forty-four Republicans joined the Democrats in voting for the override, and two Democrats — Reps. Gene Taylor (MS) and Jim Marshall (GA) — voted “nay.”

The Right is drooling all over itself today engaging in so much ass slapping congratulations the nation has had one huge Sen. Larry Graig (R-Idaho) moment. Sadly, No! gets the sentiment right, Keep it up, GOP. Please, please, please keep acting crazy It is a Pyhrric victory in for which even those wiser 44 Republicans will pay a price next year. The Conservative bloggers and pundits have managed to sabotage themselves in a way, that well only the Kool-Kids can. Entitlement

That’s why the GOP is insisting on using the word “entitlement” even when they know that SCHIP is a capped block grant to the states and so, by definition, is not an entitlement program. But what better way to shame average citizens, survivors of Reagan’s Class War? These are people who support SCHIP because they know that our health care system is a tragedy and that it isn’t only the poor who need help surviving its costs but also the merely struggling. They can’t bring themselves to believe that those people are entitled to any help with those problems. Losers like the poor and the elderly and the sick are entitled. The American Middle Class is made up of hard working, honest Americans who, if they know anything, know this:

The American Middle Class does not deserve help from the government.

That’s the unvarnished message that the GOP obviously feels very comfortable sending to anyone who is paying attention to the SCHIP fight

The middle-class, or a better description would be the working class. The backbone of America that are struggling to live in a global economy where their shoes are made by a 75 cents an hour worker in Bangladesh is being told by Republicans not to believe their lying eyes. You’re doing great working class America you just don’t see it. If you can find some cheap boot straps at Wal-Mart pull yourselves up by them. In other words the Right might want to celebrate extra hard now because you just guaranteed an expansion of SCHIP or something like it in 2009. The game that Republicans play with their abstract and hypocrtical concept of personal responsibility is clownish at its best. Why anyone that works for a pay check and has a family falls for it is a mystery, Beta Testing Their Product

A great many people in this country believe that the misfortunes that befall others are their own fault but if something bad happens in their own lives it’s just bad luck. Perhaps that’s human nature. But one of the purposes of the rightwing’s assault on reason is to make it impossible to make abstract arguments. And unless you are currently enmeshed in the health care system without insurance or dealing with expensive treatments, this is an abstract issue.

The general concept might not be all that mysterious. people don’t like to think about the possibility that bads things, of which they have little to no control over will happen to them. What might happen to them, their family or to their neighbors seems nebulous. Many of the same Republicans and I know some personally depend on Medicare and Social Security to help them care for elderly relatives. Yet have some kind of mental block when it comes to empathizing with others that might have similar problems, only in the case of SCHIPs its children rather then senior citizens. That Democrats are having a difficult time getting people to see the light is testament to how well the right-wing noise machine and its fabricated narrative about health-care still has an advantage in the media.

Leahy Rips Reported Compromise On FISA: Intel Committee Is ‘Caving’ To White House Pressure

This morning’s New York Times and Washington Post reported that the Senate Intelligence Committee had reached an agreement with the White House on FISA reform legislation. That agreement reportedly “would give telephone carriers legal immunity for any role they played in the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program approved by President Bush after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.”

At this afternoon’s Judiciary Committee hearings, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) openly criticized the Intelligence Committee, calling it a “cave” to White House pressure:

I think the fact that [the administration is] bringing so much pressure on the Intelligence Committtee — and if the press is to be believed, the Intelligence Committee is about to cave on this and bring pressure on this committee to immunize past illegal conduct — is because they know that it was illegal conduct.

The conventional wisdom would be that with a Democratic majority the Bushies would slacken the pace of their corruption. Its probably a lot like smoking, the administration has gotten away with so much for so long they can’t quite. They don’t see immoral and illegal acts as wrong doing, but as an addiction they take quite a bit of pleasure from.

A graphical break from politics,

Dizzy Gillespie by Francois Marechal

Dizzy Gillespie Biography 

In 1939, he joined Cab Calloway’s big band, one of the highest-paid black bands in New York at the time. While in this group, he began to develop an interest in the fusion of jazz and Afro-Cuban music, largely because of his friendship with Mario Bauzi, who was also in Calloway’s band. During the same period, he was beginning to diverge from Eldridge’s playing style both formally, in his solos with the band such as Pickin’ the Cabbage (1940), and in an informal context with the group’s double bass player Milt Hinton. While on tour in 1940, Gillespie met Charlie Parker in Kansa City. Soon he began participating in after-hours jam session in New York with Parker, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke, and others. This group of young, experimenting players gradual developed the new, more complex style of jazz that was to be called bop. Recordings, such as Kerouac (1941), made at Minton’s Playhouse, exemplify this emergent style.