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Crash & Burn?

Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010 3:46 AM

Some tit-for-tat between NASCAR drivers Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski resulted in a spectacular crash last weekend that sent Keselowski's car flying into the air.

Edwards will be on probation for three races, instead of facing suspension. NASCAR officials felt that regulations had grown too restrictive and announced a more laissez-faire approach for the 2010 season, hoping to 'energize the sport.'

But if forcing an opponent to crash doesn't 'cross the line' as to what the governing body will allow, I'm wondering what will.

Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the eponymous site Daily Kos, engaged in some stern finger-waggling in the direction of Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who has said he's not interested in voting for healthcare reform - particularly because it's been savaged by trying to bring the Republicans onboard and by throwing serious reform out the window whilst insurance companies like Anthem/Blue Cross are jacking rates up like crazy. And, as some progressives/liberals are admitting, no bill is better than a freakin' giveaway to corporate interests.

Moulitsas threatened Kucinich that if he didn't vote for healthcare reform, he'd be primaried (i.e., voted out).

So, I gotta wonder, Markos - how's it feel to be an ideological thug along the lines of Rush Limbaugh?

I understand that the power of the vote is the only influence we have over our elected representatives (and sadly diminished in an era of corporate personhood and million-dollar candidates), but you have another option: run for office yourself.

Then, when you don't tap dance according to our whims, we can pitch a hissy fit and see how you like it.

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