The title of this post comes from an obnoxious children’s rhyme we used to recite whenever someone called us a bad name and we wanted to deflect the charge more effectively than with “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” (hmmm, come to think of it, whatever happened to that classic response to bullying?). The alternative favorite was, “I’m rubber, you’re glue, bounces off me and sticks to you.”
A nice, all-purpose reply, with a song-song cadence that made it sound like teasing, too. It could be repeated ad nauseam till the taunter went away in frustration.
But I digress.
What made me think of this today was seeing, in a very quick scan of the memeorandum page, the following two items:
New York Times:
The Democrats Stand Up to the Kochs — Democrats have for too long been passive in the face of the vast amounts of corporate money, most of it secret, that are being spent to evict them from office and dismantle their policies. By far the largest voice in many of this year’s political races …
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:
Republicans Keep Lying to Their Base, and It’s Preventing Them From Governing — Republicans like to promise things they can’t deliver, like huge tax cuts that pay for themselves or health reform plans that don’t disrupt the existing system. And that’s made life difficult for Democrats trying …
Democrats have remained passive in the face of vast amounts of corporate money? Republicans like to promise things they can’t deliver?
If you know anything about the sources of Democrat money (see also this), or about Democratic promises that don’t deliver (and who doesn’t, after Obama?), it is to laugh. Except that the Big Lie is never funny.