Faith-Based Obama

Every time I publish a diary critical of Barack or Michelle Obama on Daily Kos, a certain number of his true believers post blanks and typographical doodads in the comments. Next come the insults, and some of them are rather unusual for a progressive site like Daily Kos:

"Can we waterboard this moron in absentia?" asks 7November.

7November deserves some credit for the (probably) unintentional humor of his comment... If I have to be waterboarded one way or another, in absentia would be my choice.

But it's the blanks and doodads that say the most about the candidate and his base: Why bother with arguments? In our hearts we know he's right!

"__," says DemocraticLuntz, rewarded by 44 upratings. "♥," says begone (6 upratings). "Ω," says JeffLieber. "√," says oldjohnbrown, and begone returns with "☣." Then there's "...," from TAPayne, followed by blanks from Inland, dantes, Pav, brklyngrl, Lepanto, MadAsHellMaddie, sbdenmom, The Termite, Scoopster, MasonLee and dantes (again).

I sympathize to a certain degree with all these blanksters...

It's hard to find a reasonable way to defend Michelle Obama for waiting her whole adult life to be "really proud" of her country, and it isn't any easier to argue that Barack Obama can win the general election by casting himself in the role of Jesus for a joke.

Compared to the bullshit explanations published by Michelle and Barack, a blank comment looks positively zen.

But in the general election, Barack Obama is going up against an opponent with more of a killer instinct than Hillary Clinton. How could she fail to crush Obama's health plan last night in Texas? Paul Krugman, who knows more about the economics of healthcare than anybody, has certified Obama's waffling about mandates as pure unadulterated crap again and again, and all Hillary had to do was follow his script. Obama is "attacking his rivals by echoing right-wing talking points." BAM! "He's attacking his Democratic opponents from the right -- and in so doing giving aid and comfort to the enemies of reform." POW! Hillary should have been pounding Obama into a corner, and instead she tosses marshmallows about plagiarizing a few slogans!

Nobody cares!

McCain won't be so easy. He's a real fighter, with a history of service and sacrifice for his country that Obama can't match. He's also a dinosaur, who sold out to the most repulsive political agenda in the history of the United States for a chance to be President, and in the best of all possible worlds he would lose in a landslide to any Democrat on the ballot.

But in the real world, Pelosi and Reid have been using "better than Bush" as a reason for being ever since the Democrats won Congress, and it won't be enough in the general election. In spite of their merging agendas, the old soldier McCain is an infinitely better man than the cowardly little punk in the White House, and Barack Obama can't expect a walk-over on his way to the Presidency.

In a Democratic debate, maybe Obama can afford to leave himself open for a knock-out punch that Hillary Clinton can't deliver, but if he tries the same stunt with John McCain, his candidacy will be in real trouble, and the silent prayers of all his little blanksters won't save him.

Tags: Barack Obama, Daily Kos (all tags)



So by that logic...
If Clinton is unable to deliver a knock-out punch against a lightweight like Obama, than she'd be in for a real pummelling when she went up against a pitbull like McCain.

All the polling suggests that Obama does better against McCain than Clinton does, especially in the swing states.

Time to see the writing on the wall.

by PhilFR 2008-02-22 10:14AM | 0 recs
Re: So by that logic...

Oh please, Clinton's job isn't to destroy Democrats. It's kind of hypocritical of you to say that because she isn't stupid enough to guarantee a completely split Democratic party, she wouldn't hold up against McCain.

Early polling is early polling. The fact is, Obama will cook in debates where McCain will elicit responses like this out of him, and we pretty much may be doomed.

by bowiegeek 2008-02-22 10:19AM | 0 recs
Re: So by that logic...
She's been plenty bloodthirsty in some of the debates leading up to last night's.

Basically this campaign has showed us that the meme "Clinton is such a great candidate" is pretty weak. She started as the heavily funded establishment front-runner, and now finds herself with her back against the wall and growing money troubles.

This is exactly what the primaries are supposed to do... weed out the candidates. Hillary's on the losing end of that proposition for good reason.

by PhilFR 2008-02-22 10:23AM | 0 recs
Re: So by that logic...

Bloodthirsty is a term that I think you'd have trouble claiming is warranted.

Basically, this has been a very vigorous campaign between two people who have voted almost identically in the three years he's been in national politics. Clinton is a pro; in debates, she won't be caught saying something damaging to our party. Obama on the other hand will have a great deal of difficulty against McCain. He won't be able to skip out the way he has with Clinton without being called less than a coward.

by bowiegeek 2008-02-22 10:27AM | 0 recs
Re: So by that logic...
It's been a vigorous campaign, and one that until recently was hers to lose. Her campaign built an ineffective ground game, and didn't response to changing themes in the campaign nearly quickly enough.

I submit that the process is doing exactly what it should be doing. She'll exit gracefully shortly after March 4, and we'll be a united party going into November (with the exception of a few loonies who would cut off their nose to spite their face.)

by PhilFR 2008-02-22 10:33AM | 0 recs
Re: So by that logic...

I agree that her campaign had serious problems, namely from what looks like Patti Solis Doyle's hubris. I can't even begin to express how angry I am at her for not being truthful to Hillary about the lack of planning she'd undertook.

But going back to who will be the best president, the best contender to represent us and our values- that person is and will always be Hillary Clinton.

by bowiegeek 2008-02-22 10:38AM | 0 recs
Re: So by that logic...
I could go into my reasons why I believe that's not so, but it's increasingly just in the realm of opinion and hypothesis.

If you believe that either Obama or Clinton would be better than McCain, than the task ahead is clear.

by PhilFR 2008-02-22 10:42AM | 0 recs
Re: So by that logic...

I'm agnostic to negative on Obama, as a gay voter who was incensed by the lack of respect he showed to me by including McClurkin in his campaign over the objections of groups with which he'd just raised money and then the arrogance inherent in his press release saying that he brings people together. But I think Obama is going to have a very, very difficult time once the sheen wears off, which it will. He has the most receptive audience he could possibly have in this primary and he's been held down to practically a draw. The general election will not be as forgiving.

by bowiegeek 2008-02-22 01:08PM | 0 recs
Re: So by that logic...

"If Clinton is unable to deliver a knock-out punch against a lightweight like Obama, than she'd be in for a real pummelling when she went up against a pitbull like McCain."--PhilFR

Oh please, early in the race she was not even allowed to say "boo" to Obama without Maureen Dowd, Matthews, Rich and the rest of the Obama posse jumping down her throat telling her what a horrible racist she was. Remember her LBJ remark? What an uproar that caused? She had one hand permanently tied behind her back by the MSM. Go and read Eugene Robinson and Bob Herbert and the horrible things they wrote about the Clintons.

by superetendar 2008-02-22 03:17PM | 0 recs


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