Ain’t Down with That Honky Bull.

I made a bet a while back.

It seemed like a good bet at the time — a sure thing — a Sucker Bet even.

Now I think I may lose. But the weird thing is…I want to.

Here’s the Deal:

My buddy KC gave me 2-1 odds on $50 bet that the Democrats would win the House and Senate in November. That means if Republicans retain control of either I win a cool $150 — fate of humanity be damned.

KC reasoned that the Bush administration had screwed up so badly that there was no way Democrats could lose. At cursory glance his reasoning looked sound. Hell the Democrats don’t even need to try to win this one. Don’t upset their chances by acting like an Opposing Party — just try to stay out of the way while their adversaries shoot themselves in the foot.

But then I thought to myself…

Hold on a minute!

Something about my friend’s reasoning sounded too familiar. And I realized: We’ve been down this sordid road before.

Like in 2004 — when I swear to God a slice of Cheese Pizza could’ve fared better against George W. Bush than did John Kerry.

So: what did the Republicans do in the last 2 years that’s so much worse than what the so-called President did between 2000 & 2004?


I made that bet a few months ago — I’d say in May. Bush made new mistakes by then — ie Katrina — maybe enough to lose the House, even. But the House and Senate? Not a chance.

I’m often fond to point out that the only thing I like less than an evil Republican are the witless Democrats who do nothing to stop them. At the time the bet was made I was mightily peeved that Democrats weren’t running their ’06 campaign on a unified Impeachment Platform.

I am still angry about it. Because I want the world to see the United States of America give George W. Bush & his murderous cronies the fair trial that is their Constitutional Due; to show Planet Earth’s peaceful inhabitants that the people of the United States of America ain’t down with that Honky Bull!


Since we failed to dislodge Bush from his ill-got power in ’04 — and I say We because Kerry’s failure belongs to us now — it seems to me the strategically best next move is one to Impeach.

But we were told — by types who were supposed to know better — that impeachment would be impractical at this time.

This raises an interesting quandary that relates to my earlier post on Gonzo Fantasy and the art of subcreation. When, as JRR Tolkien described, the Storymaker (in this case the politician) “Makes a Secondary World which your mind can enter. Inside it, what he relates is ‘true;’ it accords with the laws of that world. You therefore believe it while you are, as it were, inside.”

In the world of Political Reality, we’re told, a unified move to impeach Bush would be political suicide for Democrats. So although impeachment is the Right Thing to Do, it should be sidelined for the sake of expediency.

America’s electorate agreed, by and large. Afterall: if the Opposing Party says Impeachment is impossible — who are we to argue?

The Storymakers told and thus made it so.

I believe Impeachment would’ve won ’06 for the Dems. And I made the Bet on the presumption that their refusal to discuss impeachment — and the lame attitudes that caused that refusal — would once again cost them dearly at the polls.

That was in May. Since then two factors have played hugely into the election’s potential outcome.

1. Ned Lamont

2. Mark Foley

Ned Lamont is the Connecticut cable TV tycoon who, in that state’s August primary, ousted Joe Lieberman from his seeming unassailable slot on the Democratic ticket for US Senate. It was a veritable rebellion; voters turned out in droves for Lamont because of his opposition to the Iraq War. More importantly, Lamont supporters turned out in droves to vote for themselves. To answer the question that vexes:

Who has the Power?

By defeating Lieberman, Connecticut voters proved that the Power may indeed lay within the electorate. And it sent a message — one we’ll do well to send ’round the world on November 7th.

We ain’t down with that Honky Bull!

As for the bet…KC & I are both broke, under-appreciated artists with no way to Pay either way.


10 Responses to “Ain’t Down with That Honky Bull.”

  1. 1 jayherron October 23, 2006 at 11:03 am

    I only learned not too long ago my deal about having trouble operating was because of PTSD but my friend it somehow gaws me that some guy like Mark Foley comes up with that as his excuse-so , maybe it is?? but why can’t we get some guy like him to lay on the dirt to find out how to help some of us who have and who are…because of our illness?? they can afford to hand out millions to guys in Iraq to point out bad houses-sucks dont it Mike? thanks for reading my bizzniz

  2. 2 Mike E October 23, 2006 at 11:39 am

    re Mark Foley:

    He went on to stalk teens as an adult — appearantly fully aware that he was (allegedly) molested as a teen himself?

    Ain’t Down with That Honky Bull.

  3. 3 durwood October 23, 2006 at 7:16 pm

    hey mikee,

    nice one man. RIght on point.

    speaking of wagers and money, don’t you owe me twenty bucks?

    or do I owe you?


  4. 4 Mike E October 23, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    Shit — the only safe bet with me is one where I pay up first…

    The tellers at the OTB got it down — they get me to pay every time!

  5. 5 dfect802 October 24, 2006 at 11:18 am

    i would just like to say that all elections should be revamped and done up american idle style. then we could really get a feel for who the losers were and who was cool. biggest voter turn out ever would be my prediction. im really surprised this hasnt happened yet..

  6. 6 pippi October 25, 2006 at 5:25 pm

    humm, i’m really liking dfect802’s suggestion.


  7. 7 Mike E October 25, 2006 at 5:50 pm

    Dig the A. Idol concept — but since ‘They’ will never…How bout we get one candidate up there who throws the freak Down??

    Like Bill Clinton playing sax on Arsenio every night of the week.

  8. 8 pippi October 27, 2006 at 12:23 pm

    i think if we put huge amounts of L*S*D* in the water supply within the beltway… it could work.

  9. 9 Mike E October 28, 2006 at 11:07 pm


    Thanks for the best laugh I’ve had in a week…

    They Say: truth is the funniest joke of all.

  10. 10 Mike E October 31, 2006 at 8:59 pm

    Oh & Pippi — lemme know if you do that, k? I’ll schedule a trip to DC….

    I haven’t had good acid since a year or two afeter Jerry died!

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