Yours truly won the New Times Best Liberal Blog award, for being rabidly partisan!

03 Oct 2016 12:50 pm
Posted by: Donna

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I was very pleasantly surprised by this, given that I’ve tangled with NT writers a time or two:

She is liberal, hear her roar. Local lefty firebrand Donna Gratehouse is an unrepentant Democrat and feminist in a state dominated by Republicans hell-bent on doing everything they can to restrict women’s reproductive rights as well as pissing on the poor every chance they get. No wonder Gratehouse is ticked off all the time, and she takes all of that righteous anger, wads it up, pours gasoline on it, lights it afire, and sends it hurling like a flaming bocce ball into the Republican night. Granted, her kills are purely rhetorical, but in a state dominated by Koch-brother suckups, ammosexuals (you know, gun nuts), and anti-abortion fanatics who wear lapel pins made to resemble little fetus feet, Gratehouse holds aloft the progressive flame like an Arizona version of Lady Liberty. Only, she’s more likely to take that flame and jam it up the backsides of some sexist pig tuskers, if given the chance. Rock on, Gratehouse. Rock on.

I especially appreciate them describing me as an “unrepentant Democrat”. As I’ve explained repeatedly, I’m definitely a fierce partisan Dem and don’t care if that makes me uncool. I turned on cable news for a few minutes this morning and watched as superannuated libertarian hero Ron Paul sort of endorsed Green Party candidate Jill Stein, most likely because the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has been revealed to be such an uninformed doofus. Not that Stein is much better but Paul has to keep up his anti-partisan cred and his decades-long tradition of being the standard bearer of mostly ridiculous policy positions that sound great to stoned anarchists.

I’m not entirely unsympathetic to the argument that the two major parties aren’t responsive to everyone – though Democrats do the best they can to represent the most people – but I’m not going to pay much heed to constant carping about the “two party duopoly!” if the best the carpers can come up with as alternatives are gadflies with no serious plans and no intention of building an infrastructure to compete in most elections. Because infrastructure is so establishment, man.

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