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Natasha's Michelin Guide to Versailles

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Submitted by amberglow on

"... Being polite is a round f*kton short of being enough.

But to those who would insist that it is enough: Stop kidding me, yourselves, and would-be activists everywhere, by saying that if everyone takes a seat and sings a couple rounds of Kumbaya with their cheery elected representatives and let the same people who always run things keep running them the way they always have, we will be transported to perfection in featherbeds.

Stop telling us that we will marginalize ourselves by making the big ask, the right ask, even of our friends, right up front, and making noise if we don't get what we want. Wearing a fixed grin and whistling sweet as a bird through the backroom deal phase only works when you own the back room. "

excellent--a reality check that's always needed--most especially nowadays tho.

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Submitted by Damon on

Yes, an epic and concise take-down, in layman's terms, of our political reality. There is brilliant line after brilliant line in this thing, among them...

One Pollutive Extractive Industries: Godzilla. Use workers as human shields while recklessly endangering them.

Though, I'd most definitely rank in certain white collar industries as "pollutive" (see banking fiasco)

"Wearing a fixed grin and whistling sweet as a bird through the backroom deal phase only works when you own the back room.?

Amen.

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Submitted by bringiton on

Kudos indeed to Natasha Chart, linked to above by Lambert via Susie, for the extraordinary A DFH's Map of DC.

Let's summarize the reviews thus far:

"The best take down of the village that I have ever seen."

DC Blogger

"Excellent--a reality check that's always needed."

amberglow

"An epic and concise take-down, in layman's terms, of our political reality. There is brilliant line after brilliant line in this thing...Amen."

Damon

And what has any of this to do with Nancy Pelosi? Best to let Natasha speak for herself, under the bold heading The House:

On the bright side: Pelosi, Markey, Waxman....

Of course, as always and as Natasha notes, "ymmv depending on the issue." Still, sooths the heart to read that someone considered "brilliant" and "excellent" sees Nancy Pelosi as being on the "bright side". I wholeheartedly concur with the reviews of Natasha's work, and just as fully with her impression of Pelosi.

Isn't all this agreement wonderful? Gives me warm fuzzies, and a tingle up my leg.

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Submitted by Aeryl on

that Pelosi isn't one of the "good guys". She is very much a Democrat, and an ally. My biggest problem is with her methods. I think she has been too timid of the Village, and the mean things they might say, to be an effective opposition leader, though she was much more confrontational before she became Speaker. Clinton suffered from this same problem at the beginning of the primaries, but eventually learned that The Village would savage her regardless. If Pelosi learns this lesson, I would feel a lot better about the direction of our nation.

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Submitted by Damon on

Are you just trying to stir shit? I know that for myself I was remarking on the entire body of that entry. Really, what are you? Five? I don't have anything personal against Pelosi, and I don't think I've ever even implied that. Grow up.

If you're going to level that charge, level it against someone who's made it. Otherwise, it's an epic strawman.