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Wednesday, January 20. 2010
Definitely the political essay du jour: Mort Zuckerman's He Did Everything Wrong. A few quotes:
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These idiots are surprised by what, exactly? The guy is an ideological screwball, a red diaper baby who's never held a productive job in the competitive marketpalce. How dumb can people be?
Barry, Harry, and Nancy - please, please disregard the election last night and keep up the good work.
"...he had brilliant, brilliant political instincts during the campaign..."
I keep hearing crap like this, and I still don't by it (or comments on his alleged "brilliance" in general). He never had to develop any instincts, since he was never seriously questioned by the mainstream press. The only things he demonstrated were ignorance, arrogance, and a deep and thoroughly undeserved belief in his own awesomeness.
I continue to be underwhelmed by Obama, and my expectations were sub-basement level to begin with.
I'm with alanstorm -- the brilliance seems to have been a fantasy of the press and of some easily excited fans.
The man campaigned one way and governed another. Why the surprise that the public turned on him? I'm only surprised they believed the campaign promises to begin with. That took a real determination to avert one's eyes from his record. Do you remember how furious people got a year ago when we called him a socialist? Not much doubt any more, is there?
alanstorm ... I too have been underwhelmed by Obama, even during his campaign. He was, is and will be an 'empty suit' in the Oval Office, capable of doing huge amounts of damage to America and to the free enterprise system. He reminds me of a fast-talking used car salesman who can't even balance his own checkbook. A lot of folks say that he was a brilliant politician during his presidential campaign. He wasn't. His handlers and staffers were. He's just bull-headed.
The current situation is hardly surprising. No amount of education can compensate for lack of experience and Mr. Obama is about as inexperienced as they come. He vaulted from, what?, a term and a half in the state legislature to half a term as a U.S. Senator then the presidency. Let's face it. The much maligned Dan Quayle looks like an elder statesman by comparison.
Assistant Village Idiot touched on this in his one sentence thread titled "With Apologies to Hunter Thompson": With the president's popularity sagging, and lots of folks recanting their support,I just want it remembered: I kicked Barack Obama when he was up.It got a spot-on response from a commenter.
I was watching Chris Rock's "Kill The Messenger" HBO special from the fall of 2008, and was struck by just how outrageously emotion-driven everyone's reactions were to just the mention of people's names. Just hearing the name "Bush" made his audience yell violently, and when he mentioned Obama, his audience screamed with delight. I hadn't realized how dramatically the culture had changed in the past year. Even Rock's more rational point - that when white voters voted for Obama, they were viewed as people voting on the issues, whereas black people were seen as voting for him because he was black - was drowned out in a sea of people whooping and yelling throughout the bit.
You know how everyone espoused one view post-9/11, then jumped off the wagon over the course of the year and pretended they'd always had that viewpoint? "I can't see how Bush could justify such an invasion of Afganistan just because all these Toby Keith patriots got so out of hand." We're seeing the same thing again - people will keep mentioning the "reservations" they always had about President Obama, forgetting the way they stood and fist-pumped and screamed at them mere mention of his name.
Here is some proof that AVI actually did kick ?bama when he was up. It wasnít a case of ďI voted for it before I voted against it or was that vice versaÖ well you indisputably not to mention irrefutably moreover indubitably know what my expressly well articulated and nuanced cogitations on this landmark issue have evolved to in the course of this earth-shaking matter while I stand here before the folks of the great state of Montana here at Lambert Field in Green Bay in this heartland of Rockets fans standing before the American people as we speak."
While it may have taken longer for some people to come to their senses, we should still welcome their having done so. But there is a long way to go. The Senate race in Taxachusettes is not the end.
Texan 99: "The man campaigned one way and governed another."
I must disagree with you on that point. Well, I'll give you a little of that, especially during the debates, but what I saw during the campaign turned out to be precisely what he's tried to do.
He stated more than once that he he wanted to "fundamentally transform" the country. That he wanted to "redistribute the wealth". In addition, his choice of associates - that he asked to be judged on! - spoke volumes.
The vast majority of the deception was provided by the MSM, not the candidate.
Another vote for alanstorm's #5.
He did not display brilliant political.......
He has a lovely voice and convincing manner. He was nominated because mostly because Hillary screwed up. He was elected because McCain seemed to offer nada.
Sadly enough I agree about McCain.
In truth we know little about O himself. We sure know what he wants to do. And I hope the nation rejects that.
The media was going to back the Democrat candidate anyway. With no evidence at all they proclaimed Barrack a genius, the greatest man of the new millennium.
The self deception was not limited to the US. Remember how he was received in Berlin? They almost threw rose petals at his feet.
Gee, who else did they do that for?
I watched a report from the Mudboy's nativity the other day and the bloom is off the rose there, too, judging by the man-woman on the street interviews with Husein0's cousins.
The gist of the folks complaints was the boy just ain't doing enough for us Kenyan's and we are disappointed he ain't lived up to his promise.
BHO is a continuing danger to the planet.
Good point, alanstorm. It did seem to me that his campaign patter in the final year was more in the warm, fuzzy vein, and you most often had to go further back in his record to find the promises to undertake fundamental change. But the "buzz" about him was all about the warm, fuzzy stuff, not the alarming specifics. And what I mostly heard from his supporters was support for the vague promises of unity and hope and change. In fact, they tended to respond bitterly if confronted with evidence of his specific support for left-wing principles.
Texan99 ... Not all of Obama's patter was 'warm and fuzzy' during his campaign. I distinctly recall that he said he planned to "bankrupt the coal companies." in some speech or other. Apparently, he is unaware that about half of the electricity produced in the US is produced by coal-fired plants. It would get pretty all-fired cold up in the northern half of the United States if he kept to his plan. Almost all furnaces require electricity to operate, whether they are coal fired or run on natural gas or oil.
Not very warm and fuzzy. More like cruelly cold. I used to live in Wisconsin, and I remember how very cold it is up there every winter, when the high temperature for the day never gets above zero.