Democrats who side with corporate interests to block President Obama's agenda will suffer for it at the ballot box. But even as we're celebrating, it's time to double down. Because Sen. Lincoln is a favorite of big corporations, she still has millions in the bank—and she'll spend all of it smearing Bill Halter.Meanwhile in Kentucky, Tea Partier and Ron Paul's son, Rand, beat out GOP-fave Trey Grayson. Saying that his candidacy was about taking the government back for the people, Rand, whom Gawker aptly describes as "the Justin Bieber of the Atlas Shrugged crowd," certainly looked handsome and boyish like Bieber, if slightly more insipid. The message: We're tired, we're cranky, we don't like the government. Or as the clever group of activists, artists and academics, Feel Tank, puts it:
Depressed? It might be political.According to Feel Tank, it's easy to be depressed in a system that doesn't really give us any say in how our tax dollars are spent, that leaves us increasingly vulnerable- economically but also in terms of health insurance, the environment, even our food and drug safety. What are we supposed to do? Their answer? We should organize as the politically depressed, marching in our pajamas and slippers, with signs saying "Don't Just Medicate, Agitate." And so some Americans shuffled to the polls and agitated for change. Sadly, because we are unable to see our common interests across the ideological divides represented by the Tea Party and Move On, we cannot actually make change happen. For change to happen, we would have to stop being politically depressed and realize that our MATERIAL interests are the same for all working Americans: stop giving corporations and the military industrial complex handouts, stop telling us how to organize our lives, create a safe environment for all of us. But because the Neocons have so effectively redefined "class interests" as "lifestyle," we cannot really join together to effectively throw the bums out. Instead, we will continue to be divided on whether or not we drink beer or wine, Dunkin Donuts' coffee or Starbuck's lattes, listen to country music or hip hop, get married or don't, Rand Paul or Joe Sestak. Which is just depressing.