I ♥ the 90s

Until three weeks ago my biggest regret was an epic failure to hop aboard that Barack Obama bandwagon back in February 2007 or even January ’08. Whether you supported him, or whether you’re creepily infatuated with him, is irrelevant. Undeniably there’s a lot to like about our 44th president—namely his charmed past smokin’ ganja in the island paradise of Hawaii and his awesome off-the-rack Burberry suits. In the interest of fairness, however, he’s also a egomaniacal naïf with a long and unfortunate history imbibing the insane doctrine of black liberation theology. Not that I care about any of that. While I have learned to shroud my contempt for the president in serious policy talk, the cynical truth is that I was simply convinced the man couldn’t win.

But that’s all been eclipsed by my inexcusable failure to purchase Newsweek for all of $1 (and the assumption of some small liabilities) this past Aug. 2. Fuck! My first order of business would have been to saunter into my newly-acquired Manhattan headquarters of our Washington bureau—like my idol Charlie Kane—and immediately cashier Howard Fineman. My goodness, imagine the shivers down the spines of that entire clique of lazy, capricious but very serious establishment reporters it would have triggered.

Alas, I struck out. Consequently, Howard Fineman is still safely ensconced in his Newsweek sinecure and free to trot out sycophantic nonsense like his most recent piece: “The Resurgence of Bill Clinton.”

Le sigh:

If you’re President Obama, here is a galling fact: most Democrats would rather have Bill Clinton campaign for them this fall than, um, you.

“Part of it is that Bill Clinton is, at this point, a sympathetic story and has always been a likeable guy,” says Eric Schultz of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. “But his appeal right now has to do with the fact that voters associate him with a time of prosperity. You can’t say that about either George W. Bush or, unfortunately, Barack Obama.”

… As a Democratic campaign operative who spoke on background says, “Somebody’s got to get out and make the case nationally for a Democratic Congress. And who is that going to be? Not Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid. If you’ve got Clinton, you’ve got to use him.”

Grassroots folk need to very clear about what’s happening here. Recently, we spoke repeatedly about the budding rehabilitation of Mr. Clinton’s successor, George W. Bush, and that’s basically the story here. In the lame, cyclical brains of reporters like Howard Fineman, Obama’s breathtaking failure necessarily vindicates his two immediate predecessors.

As Obama’s fate (one-term miserable failure) becomes unavoidably clear, we can surely anticipate the begrudging talk of how Shrub possessed a certain certitude and ruthlessness tragically absent in Mr. Obama. Likewise, Bill Clinton will be canonized as the last great Democratic president. Black people—the president’s biggest boosters—are pretty fickle, too. Once he reaches those Nixonian levels of unpopularity, we might even see the first black president and Carrier of the Dream morph back into that awkward, blackish fellow that once got his ass and his pride handed to him by Bobby Rush on the South Side.

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A New Global Approach to Attacking Hunger

Watch our Secretary of State enunciate President Obama and his administration's new approach to tackle global hunger. Thank you President Obama and Madame Secretary.

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Lynn Forester de Rothschild to Endorse McCain Today and will campaign for him

Update [2008-9-17 15:1:18 by January 20]: Thanks to duende for reminding me that Lynn Forester de Rothschild is, in fact, a lady. Diary appropriately amended.

Just as most of the rational world is tearing into McCain for runnning one of the most blatantly dishonest and dishonorable campaigns in recent history, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild is set to endorse him.


Just as most of the rational world is disgusted by McCain's irresponsible and baldly political pick for Veep, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild is set to endorse him.


Just as NOW endorses the Democratic ticket specifically because [Palin's]"positions on so many of the issues are really anathema to ours." Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild is set to endorse McCain/Palin.


There's more, of course, but I'll stop it there.  

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Hillary supporter, friend, and Democrat, has decided that, somehow, McCain/Palin is a better fit for her view of the country.

And why is Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild turning her back on every issue and policy that Hillary and Democrats in general hold dear?

"This is a hard decision for me personally because frankly I don't like him," she said of Obama in an interview with CNN's Joe Johns. "I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him."

She just doesn't like him.

As for being elitist, well, others have pointed out that it's hard to be more of an elite than Lady Lynn Forrester de Rothschild.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothschild_ banking_family_of_England 

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee's Platform Committee, will endorse John McCain for president on Wednesday, her spokesman tells CNN.

More elitism after the bump.

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That Sexist B-tch!

From Steve Benen http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archive s/individual/2008_09/014731.php

Sorry for using the B-word, but after Carly Fiorina's thoughts on the SNL sketch I am full of righteous rage at The Man.  And in this case The Man is Tina Fey.  Tina Fey is a totally Sexist B-tch!  And Amy Pohler is a Sexist B-tch!  And, depending just what Carly is getting at here, there's a chance she's including Hillary in the Axis of Sexism.  The only non-Sexist of the lot seems to be the Shining Star, Sarah.  

"[T]he portrait [on "SNL"] was very dismissive of the substance of Sarah Palin, and so, in that sense, they were defining Hillary Clinton as very substantive and Sarah Palin as totally superficial," Fiorina argued. "I think that continues the line of argument that is disrespectful in the extreme and yes, I would say, sexist, in the sense that just because Sarah Palin has different views than Hillary Clinton does not mean that she lacks substance."

On the bright side it's good to see the Republicans suddenly know that there is something called sexism.

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Introducing our 2016 FEMALE candidates for President

I know that many of you will dismiss the following diary as premature, but with all of the uproar about Sarah Palin, there is a point that has been lost here. We, in the Democratic Party, remain the more favorable party for female candidates in politics by almost any measure. And we, the Democratic Party, have numerous up-and-coming female candidates that will absolutely be in the running for our Presidential nomination in 2016.

Some are better known than others; most will be well-known within a decade.  But we, as a Party, should recognize that gender equality in politics is not the politics of tokenism, of appointing someone hopelessly overmatched for the position solely on the basis of gender. Rather, gender equality in politics is a Senate and Congress composed of equal parts men and women. Gender equality is a slate of Presidential candidates comprised of equal numbers of men and women.

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