January 20, 2009 – Barack Obama sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.
January 20, 2009 – Obama abandons all liberal supporters and tacks hard to the right and center.
COINCIDENCE? I think NOT!
There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. The innovator has the enmity of all who profit by the preservation of the old system and only lukewarm defenders by those who would gain by the new system.
FROM THE CHURCH OF INEFFABLE STUPIDITY:
(CUE SOUND. START ALPS OVERFLIGHT)
“The Hill’s alive with the sound of mucus:”
During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberal naysayers, whom he said would never regard anything the president did as good enough.
“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.”
The press secretary dismissed the “professional left” in terms very similar to those used by their opponents on the ideological right, saying, “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.”
The Gibblet must be taking clues from Rahm “fucking liberals” Emanual’s script. What amazes me is not how this White House not only takes the progressives and liberals for granted, it goes out of its way to attack us, just when they should be trying to energize us.
Larry Berman, an expert on the presidency and a political science professor at the University of California-Davis, said he has been surprised that liberals aren’t more cognizant of the pragmatism Obama has had to employ to pass landmark reforms.
“The irony, of course, is that Gibbs’s frustration reflects the fact that the conservative opposition has been so effective at undermining the president’s popular approval,” Berman said.
“And from Gibbs’s perspective, and the White House perspective, they ought to be able to catch a break from people who, in their view, should be grateful and appreciative.”
You know what would make us grateful and appreciative, Gibblet? How about showing some spine? How about coming to liberal groups, listening to our concerns, and asking for our support? How about treating us just lightly better than a one eye’d, crippled, unwashed, pock-marked, syphilitic, stepsister, who carries a highly contagious and untreatable form of the Black Plague?
Trust me, we WANT to support and assist you. But you make it so bloody hard. Let me give you a list, a short list, of why we may be less than enthralled and enthused, in no particular order:
IRAQ WAR CRIMES
IRAQ CONTRACTOR FRAUD
AFGHAN TROOP SURGE
Let’s just take that last one, for a bit, shall we?
We are losing in Afghanistan. Just like the Soviets, British and others before us, each of whom were far better armed, with the most sophisticated weapons of the time, we are losing. Worst of all, we’ve made so many changes in direction, and loused up the job so badly (admittedly, most of that took place before Obama’s swearing in), that we no longer have a discrete, well defined, or sensible role there. Ask the White House or the Pentagon what our current goal is, and you get some crazed, unintelligible Washington double talk as a response.
The presence of more troops does not increase security. Instead, according to Afghan, US, US military, UN, UK, and other experts, the presence of more US troops makes things worse.
So, when Afghans begin protesting our presence in front of our embassy, when locals take the side of the Taliban, against us, and when our aid and support for locals is being rejected, what did you decide? To increase the troop numbers? Thanks.
Your next step is even worse. Sending Petreus on some “Stay The Course” PR trip? (Insert the slow shaking of head here)
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How about the Public Option? Instead of removing all the mindboggling and unnecessary complexity, making things simple and logical, and providing Medicare for all, what did you do? You gave the health insurance industry the second biggest gift ever received by a commercial, greedy, for profit industry. (The first involved the W’s invasion of Iraq, with KBR, Haliburton and others making even more unimaginable profits) Sure, the bill has some victories, but far fewer than you could and should have earned.
It wasn’t that you caved in on so many issues while getting Health Insurance Reform passed, it was the way in which you did it. Even before the GOP could muster a complaint, you’d hand away the keys to the store and make it a gift. Even after bending backwards on every single demand, just how many GOPers did you convince to support the final bill? Class? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
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You are pissed at us? Dude, the feeling’s mutual.
As for your lame, inside the bloatway excuses, “Oh those nasty GOPers were mean and spread lies about us!” Hey, no shyte Sherlock. What did you think would happen? That native Washingtonians would greet you in the streets with hugs and flowers? Ask Cheney how that worked out for him.
In the immoral words of one George W. Bush, following his 250th vacation in less than 2 years,
Bush: It’s hard work.
Bush: … and it’s hard work.
Bush: It is hard work.
Bush: It is hard work.
Of course, with W, he might just as easily been talking about correcting his slice and his bunker shots, instead of his job as president.
Seriously, the political system was broken decades ago, mainly by two thugs named DeLay and Gingrich. It hasn’t ever recovered, in part due to the behavior of the Democrats, not the Republicans. We know that the GOP has been on a path towards more crazy christianity, more thuggish behavior, more ultraconservatism, and more certifiable insanity. We know all this, and you especially, you in the White House, with all your brilliant strategists and brain trusts, YOU SHOULD EXPECT NOTHING ELSE FROM THE GOP. It was always going to be hard work. You should not have been surprised. If you were, well, then America made a huge mistake in November, 2008.
Hint, hint. Both Mitch McConnell and John of Orange have promised more of the same come November, 2010. That repulsive venomous reptile Isa (CA-R) has promised nothing but subpoenas should they retake the house.
Yes, the GOP has been on attack since your election. Yes, “the conservative opposition has been effective at undermining the president’s popular approval.” Yes, they are more concerned with regaining power, rather than let you fix a serious problem, like, say unemployment, or financial regulation. Much like a hooker in Reno, THAT IS WHAT THEY DO.
The reason that Democratic voters have throughout the country have become demoralized, (and not just us proud members of the professional left), is that the Democrats in office, starting with the President, have had the political spine of a plastic slinky. Weakness is never rewarded, not in politics.
Personally, I still cannot forgive the mire of quag you created, Mr. President, with your pathetic, (yes, I use the word “pathetic”) waste of time and lack of leadership you displayed last July and August. You left Ds swinging naked in the trees, while health insurers filled in your vacuum with lies and deceit. Even the slightest course correction made by you back then would have prevented it. But, no. Rahm and others told you to stay the course, stay out of it, stay above the fray.
Guess what? Staying out of the fray cost you, and cost you dearly. Yes, Americans love winners. But even more, Americans respect fighters, when they fight for something worth fighting for. Like our Constitution. Like the safety of our troops. Like Health Care. Like Jobs. Like Financial Reform.
Did you notice something, Mr. President? Other than your constant, gentle slide into under 50% popularity? Every time you stood your ground and fought, your poll numbers jumped up. Every Single Time. When you go to Texas and start arguing for your policies, your poll numbers RISE. Let me repeat that, and for Rahm’s and Gibblet’s sakes, I will type this v e r y . . s l o w l y so even they can understand it. EVERY TIME YOU STOOD YOUR GROUND, YOUR SUPPORT INCREASES. EVERY TIME.
Your brain rust is telling you that your base is iffy on this next election, that your support among liberals and progressives is shallow, and that we are not enthused about voting. Except, when you stand up and fight, WE ARE THERE WITH YOU. Notice that pesky little requirement, that “when you stand up and fight” bit. You see, that is your job. Only you can do it.
Rather than send out Gibblet to express his (your) displeasure at the Professional Left, how about inviting us in, listening to our ideas and needs, and joining up with us? I guarantee that our response will be positive and longlasting. Instead of attacking your base, how about returning to it? You’ve shown some good instincts out there, especially of late. That is why Gibblet’s most recent attack seems so out of touch and out of tune.
Maybe he should have gone to Spain instead of your wife.
One more point. That quote I cited in the intro? Do you recognize the words? Do you know who and when they were penned?
Machiavelli, 1513 AD. His observation applies just as much to 2010 as it did to 1513.