I can’t watch Obama’s bogus MLK homilies selling forty years in the desert as the Promised Land. I live in Utah, so I’ve already had a dose of the Romneys. (Couldn’t get rid of the itch til a year after the Molympics in 2002). So I watched the recaps on MSNBC and Current. (Didn’t dare venture over to Fox with all the gloating. I wish Obama was everything they accuse him of on Fox). I’m not on The Facebook, so here is what I texted my family this morning:
“Numbnutz slept walked his way through that one. One term wonder”.
- Sister (80s liberal turned Security Mom): “I know. Romney killed him last night!! Nobama looked like he was drugged up. LOL”
- Brother in Law; husband to Sis. (Captain of industry, owns company who wants Single Payer so he doesn’t have to hassle employer insurance, Neocon.): “All we can hope is that the 47% stay home watching BET in Nov.”
- Sainted Mother (liberal who hates Obama b/c someone told her he is going to tax you everytime you write/cash a check. Hates Max Baucus more than Bin Laden b/c of health care betrayal): “Boo Obama. Go Romney!!!” Yes 3 exclamation points
- Dad (Clint Eastwood without the chair; thinks they are both idiots; just don’t tax his beer). “Who Cares”
Me? I’m a former Kool Aid drinker who sang Obama’s praises back when it was Hillary and the Seven Dwarves. For 9 years I hosted a weekly Radio Show on the local community radio station called Radioactive. It was a progressive call in show started to combat the National Pentagon Radio and CIA News Network days of the Iraq War. I quit this summer when the new Clear Channel veteran hired to take over the station mandated: “Hosts will no longer be allowed to voice an opinion and must be objective.” No Thanks. I hate Larry King.
During 2007 and 2008 I was adamant that we didn’t have to just take on Hillary as the de facto, coronated successer to 16 years of Neoliberalism, Left and Right. I called Obama Superfly on air. Bob Marley. A new voice outside of the beltway. Multi-racial in a country moving from pasty white with a few chocolate chips to some shade of blended brown. An intellectual. A bonafide scholar of the Constitution! He smoked spliff AND inhaled. I thought he had a plan.
A thousand broken promises later, I found Firedoglake and a Community of the Scorned. I refuse to accept the lesser of two evils. Because Obama should know better. He was always a Neoliberal Wolf, who suckerpunched the starry eyed Progressives carrying his water and got absolutely nothing in return.
Our love for Obama was Kardashianlike. Vapid and unchallenging. Our very own Sugar High. McCain was spot on about the Celebrification of Obama that we all quickly overlooked based on his actual qualifications rather than how slick the Brother was. That disassociation really pissed off a lot of us who expected more than Hilda Solis (last seen on the side of a milk carton in the back shelf at the Sev.)
I was “off” Obama when he secured the nomination and started way-backing on the Legalize It stance he was awright with during the Spring primary season. His Money Team, the Three Stooges of Geither, Summers and Rubin almost upset me to the point of committing “random acts of property crime.” His Cabinet picks: Gates? Hillary at State? Wuh? Fug? YOU ARE FOCKING KIDDING ME!!!. I was so upset I thought I was having a stroke.
That first edition of 2009, of Radioactive, was with Glenn Ford of the Black Agenda Report. Glenn, who is a terrific writer and fantastic radio interview, was an Urban Cassandra for calling out the Judas play of one Barack Hussein Obama. I could not wait to talk to him. It was Hairy Eyeball vs. The Maloccio (Sicilian Evil Eye). The International Symbol of Ill Will, the Middle Finger Salute to the stillborn Progressive fantasy of the Transformational President, Barack Obama.
I have never argued so hard with a guest that I agreed with 100%. Glenn: “Obama. Betrayal. Hypocrisy. Small time. Status Quo.” Natty: “Yeah, but Glenn you forgot Hillary, Geithner, Scaredy-Pants, social the risk, privatize the profit.”
I even started off a radio show entitled When Hope Curdles. He wasn’t Superfly. He was Urkel. An aloof weakling, whose strategy for negotiation is what I started referring to on the Radio as “Pre-Emptive Surrender“. (Probably not my original statement but absorbed from a daily dose of Alexander Cockburn, Keith Olbermann and the jaded and outraged among this body who refused to be gelded like Moo-ve On or Debbie Wasserman-Schulz).
Pre-Emptive Surrender: Lay down your public mandate and legislative advantage, refuse to use the bully pulpit, hire the same clowns who started the mess, keep half of the Bush Mafia, fill the other half with Clinton Sloppy-Seconds, use passive aggressive insults to keep the Left Flank muzzled. Then give up everything for nothing in return and call it Bi-Partisanship.
Nowhere was the Obama Doctrine in better view than last night. He let Romney kick his ass and use him like his personal sock puppet. Obama’s shtick was obvious from the “highlights” I saw: Obama nodding in agreement with Romney (who was lying at the rate of about 80 Lies Per Minute.); his prissy pursed lip look like he’s about to lecture us on eating our peas; his “Umms and Aaahs”: In the Radio world “Umms and Aaahs” are considered “placeholders”. When you have nothing to say but feel compelled to not be entirely silent, “Aaahs and Ummms” are what comes out of your mouth. That’s all you got pal? After four years on the hunt? Pathetic.
He either couldn’t or refused to defend his own “achievements” much less attack Romney who was flip flopping like a fish on dry land. Promising everything to everybody. Just flinging his dung on the wall to see what sticks. I didn’t watch the start obviously, but I can imagine Romney roared out like Mike Tyson taking on this skinny whimp who the Republicans know is averse to any and all conflict. That doddering old fool Jim Lehrer was well overmatched by the Rominator.
I was actually watching Inside the NFL on Showtime as they interviewed Replacement Scabs when a text chime clicked in on my phone. My best friend texted me. “President Romney”. Natty: “Get outta here. WTF?”. I couldn’t help it. I was as overconfident as Obama. Nothing to see here. Kabuki from twin sides of the Wall Street Party. But curiosity got the better of me.
So I started reading Eli’s Debate story on FDL. Holy shit, 400 replies. This ought to be good. I got knee deep in it.
Both Obama and Romney in full support of how badly to wreck Social Security. Romney pounding Obama into meek submission over the $716 billion. No counter on the 47%. I would have assumed that Obama would have started and opened every response with allusions to the 47%. Hitting Romney in the kidneys til the rich prick pissed razor blades. But Obama doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Especially the top 8 contributors to his campaign. Banksters, one and all.
Nope. My Iranian friend said Obama looked tired. Like he didn’t want the job. Going through the motions. Like he had to but, didn’t want to. I said, “Being Wall Street’s Bitch is exhausting work.” (How’s that for objectivity!!!); 3 exclamations just like my Moms!!!
I posted a comment among Eli’s 500. (9pm mountain) “Did Obama look at his watch?” The allusion to Poppy Bush staring at his watch in ’92 during the Clinton, Perot debates. Never has Obama’s aloofness and arrogance ever got the better of him than last night. I heard Romney was hunkered down in Denver going through dozens of mock debates. Emperor Bomb Marley flew in the same day; fresh from a little afternoon delight with his beautiful wife on the occasion of their anniversary.
I read recently that engaging in Schadenfreude is bad karma. But I couldn’t help but thinking. Serves you right to suffer. Your piss poor defense of your own Presidency is why I am completely done with the turncoats in the Democratic Party. You don’t seem to give a shit, why should I? I’m tired of Democrats who are ashamed of the roots and traditions of the party in total whoreitude to the wealthy elites and the status quo. Citizens United wasn’t a barrier to the Democratic Party. It was an opportunity. Now they can prostitute themselves out for top dollar like their Republican counterparts.
The one thing I liked best was how Romney attacked Obama from the Left on the bogus “reform” of Fraud Dank (I mean Dodd Frank). Romney’s rank hypocrisy was delicious irony. It made it even better somehow. As one of Rahm’s Reetards, it was awesome to see Obama finally hoisted on his own petard. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”.
The nightly recaps on Current and MSNBC were hilarious
Current: Jennifer Granholm, the odious Obama operative was shellshocked. In denial. Near hysteria. The usually well coiffed Obambot was looking like Phyllis Diller on a bender. At one point, when Cenk Young Turk, Eliot Spitzer and some other dude were laying it on heavy about Obama’s suckitude, she shrieked, “Just tell me ONE thing Obama did right.” There was a bit of “Umms and Aaahs” (there are those placeholders again!). Spitzer tore back into Obama and Granholm looked like some harridan in her demand that Eliot tell her something positive. No objectivity there either. “Out damned spot!!!”
The other guy on the Current Panel, some dude named Al Gore, actually said that Obama’s sleep walking performance was a result of him having flown into the mile high air of Denver that very afternoon. This is how pathetic the Democrat Hacks were on display last night. In total and utter disbelief. (I would have hoped that Obama’s “fatigue” was due to the best part of his Presidency, Michelle, taking him to the back of Air Force One, shucking off his Mom Jeans and draining him of precious bodily fluids on account of their anniversary. ***) CANDLE JOKE SELF-CENSORED IN GOOD TASTE!!!…
***Truly a beautiful family. It breaks this blackheart.
…That story would have played better than Al Gore’s belly laugh canard of why O was off his game. The point guard turned into waterboy.
Over on MSNBC it was even more fun.
- Chris Hayes was furious. He picked a fight with a boisterous Rudy Guiliani about kickbacks or some twaddle. Nobody cares Chris. It’s bread and circuses time. TMI? No, TMZ!!!
- I didn’t see this but my buddy told me that Chris Matthews of Nutball was apoplectic over Romney’s behavior and the “forced haircut” he gave that geezer Jim Lehrer
- Poor Ed Schultz, he looked like he had just ate a bratwurst slathered in poop. Keep waiting for the 2008 Obama 1.0 to return pal. You’re about the last one, other than Governor Granholm, to realize the fix is in
- Rachel Maddow did a great job of traffic control. She is amazing actually. (I quit watching MSNBC when they fired Olbermann). She should moderate these debates
- David Plouffe did his best turd polishing job. That is, after all, what he is paid to do. But no amount of Lemon Pledge was going to convince anyone that Obama salvaged anything positive from Romney’s shenanigans. Their guy was on Ambien when Romney ditched the Postum for a couple shots of Espresso.
The best thing I can say for this catastrophe is that it makes it all more interesting. Pres, House, Senate. For political junkies it just makes it all the more exciting. I had been off politics the last six weeks. Everything seemed to be playing out to the pre-written script.
Ancient Aliens viewing and reading is my new time suck after having “retired” from Leftwing Radio.
I can’t wait now for these debates. I hope Biden and Ryan lose it and get it on. Biden the Bulldog versus Eddie Haskell.
The crazier it is in the 80 days before the end of the Mayan Calendar, the better. Bring it on as GWB said. Because 2013 is the year of Heavy Manners no matter who claws their way through the muck to be Temporary Emperor