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A longtime reader of this blog (from the great state of Maryland) writes in to say:

Last year was good to you.  Your blog is now drawing the thousands. You even managed to get yourself into the enemy camp for a while, hanging out in the luxury suite at the GOP convention and later, camping out with FOF in Colorado.

But this year you need to think big. As you plan the goals for your blog this year, you should consider your legacy. With four more years of Republicans ahead of us, trying to destroy Social Security, infiltrate the universities, and take over the media (oh, yeah, that’s been done), you can use your escalating influence to create a vanguard oppositional movement in exile, on the web even. Specifically, you should consider a goal this year of encouraging new “start up” blogs from your readership. Gradually, like an Amway network, there’ll be so many of us spread out over the Internets, barking at our Democratic leadership in Congress to do something, we might stand a fighting chance next time.  And it might even help get you that V.P. nomination in 2016.

It’s up to you. You have the power.

You heard the man!  I have the power. So get thee hence and start blogging, you thousands of readers!! Bark at the feckless, rubber-stamping Democrats (but not Barbara Boxer)!!  Bark, bark, bark!!  We have neither the House nor the Senate, and thus not a single committee chairmanship, so there’s no hope from the legislative branch.  (Oh, sure, the Democrats can “call for” this and that, and maybe “deplore” something else.  But structurally, the Democrats aren’t even in Congress at all; in fact, Frist and DeLay are building them a large quonset hut adjacent to the Capitol for them to meet in.  No word yet on whether the hut will be heated.) We have about one-quarter of the judiciary, much of which will be blighted when Bush appoints the triumvirate of Tomas de Torquemada, James Dobson, and Alberto Gonzales to the Supreme Court.  And both these points are moot because, as fresh new interpretations of the Constitution have demonstrated, all power rests in the executive branch anyway.  The press has been bought and paid for-- sometimes in actual cash money.  So we have no recourse but the Barking Blogs!

Just one thing-- I’m supposed to be the VP nominee in 2020.  I’m busy in 2016.  I appreciate the thought, however.

Posted by on 01/10 at 10:46 AM
  1. If we’re going to continue the canine/back bencher metaphor, I’d like to also propose an auxiliary to the Barking Blogs - the Pooping Pack.  If they can pay Armstrong Williams, why can’t we put Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on our payroll?

    Maenwhile, I’ll start printing up the Obama-Berube 2020 bumper stickers right away.  As for Torquemada on the Supremes, “Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the POTUS, and nice red uniforms - Oh damn!

    Posted by  on  01/10  at  12:48 PM
  2. Thanks, Corndog!  You are officially appointed Head Barker for 2005, and, in keeping with your proposal, you will have full authority over all excretory functions until further notice.  You may also, if you wish, do the bit about “our chief weapons are.”

    Posted by  on  01/10  at  12:54 PM
  3. The new and improved 2016 date stems from the fact that we lost last year’s election and a new time table is in order. When we win in ‘08, he or she will serve until 2016, at which time, Obama will make his first run with you at his side.

    Posted by Bulworth  on  01/10  at  01:03 PM
  4. Oh, no!  MyDD reports that journalists are gathering and trying to hold the barking bloggers to the same high standards as journalists!  Then the bloggers too will be villified by Bob Somersby in his Daily Howler, and will be called painted and powdered and perfumed poodles, and the doggy metaphor will be complete!

    Find me a fire huydrant!  Oh, I’m sorry, bitches don’t spray hydrants!

    Posted by Carol  on  01/10  at  07:55 PM
  5. "Democratic leadership”. . .

    Posted by  on  01/10  at  10:53 PM
  6. I am inspired.  I have started my own blog.  It is not on the internet yet, and probably never will be, but it has gone live.  I tell people what I think, and allow them to leave comments, though my wife thinks the comments section isn’t working.  Linking to other blogs is difficult.  Other blogs linking to me, if possible, is strongly discouraged.

    Posted by  on  01/18  at  02:18 PM





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