January 21, 2010

The news of Scott Brown’s upset victory in yesterday’s Massachusetts special election for U.S. Senate is still reverberating around the nation. It’s still too soon to assess what the long-term impact of Brown’s election will be, but there’s no question that the short-term impact is that of the Democrats scrambling to develop a go-forward strategy for their healthcare agenda.

Yeah, I know that there are some who are calling Obamacare “dead”, but I don’t buy it. In fact, once the dust settles, I believe the Democrats are going to decide they have nothing to lose except their jobs in November, and for the long-term “good” (in their eyes) of the nation, they’ll willingly to sacrifice their seats in the Congress and the Senate to make history and pass a significant healthcare reform bill.

Remember, you have to think like a liberal and a Democrat – once you get something into law, it will be virtually impossible for any future Congress or President to get rid of it. Think about it: how many government programs are you aware of that have ever been sun-setted? Exactly. And Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Rahm Emmanuel, David Axelrod, and Barack Obama all know this.

Will Obamacare pass in its’ present state? Probably not. But mark my words, health care reform will pass this year, whether the people like it or not.

Have you seen the latest in the series of “Hitler learns” videos up on YouTube? Before I link to it, here’s a little background:

Welcome to what has variously been called the Hitler Internet Meme, the Hitler Rant Parodies and the “Downfall” Mash-ups, an unusually hardy strain of viral video in which a scene from Oliver Hirschbiegel’s 2004 film “Der Untergang” (“Downfall”), about the last days of the Third Reich, is given new subtitles in order to comment on current events or to express displeasure with some recent bit of technology or pop cultural product.

I’ve watched a number of these, and some of them are pretty clever (“Hitler gets screwed by a car salesman”), others are kinda stupid (“Hitler rejected for Joker in Batman 3”), but some just fit perfectly the gloomy atmosphere of desperation and paranoia the subject demands. Here, Hitler learns Scott Brown has won the Massachusetts Senate race, and it is devastingly funny and amazingly on target.

While we’re on the subject of YouTube videos, I came across this last weekend and found it extraordinarily well done and powerful in both its images and message. And that was before the politically cataclysmic events of last night.

Lots of rain here last night – almost an inch, with an even bigger storm due here tomorrow. It’s nice to actually have weather to talk about for a change.

Pool temp: 53 degrees!

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 00:47 | Comment (1)
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  1. […] Taken together, all of this means more contested races, more money, and more political ads than ever before. So, how to cut through all the noise and get your message heard? It’s simple. Ads just like the above, ads that are creative and humorous, the kind that will generate a lot of “buzz” and get a lot of play on the internet. Heck, I almost expect at least one candidate for elected office to concoct a stunner based on the wildly-shared “Hitler finds out” videos I mentioned the other day. […]

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