MANCHURIAN CANDIDATES  12:51 am April 13, 2011

Slow-Witted Liberals Finally Realizing Obama Is Their Enemy

by Ken Layne

Nobama, ever.Did you hear Barack Obama is giving a big speech tomorrow? He’s probably going to announce that the Koch Brothers will be managing his re-election campaign, and that the working poor will pay a 35% tax on all grocery and gasoline purchases for the next year, because “we all need to chip in to lower the budget or whatever” and talent like the Koch Brothers doesn’t come cheap! Can you believe anyone on “The Left” was ever excited about this Obama fraud? We can believe it, because we heard him lie through his phony smile for two years on the campaign trail. Remember how Barry was going to end the wars, rebuild America’s infrastructure, put renewable energy and mass transit all across the country, crack down on industrial polluters, raise taxes on the super-rich, etc., etc. All lies! Everything the guy has ever said was a lie. Back when Obama was blowing Weather Underground hero Bill Ayers in Chicago, that was just part of the elaborate deception, too. Leftist street cred. Same thing with the “Oh I’m down with Jay-Z and Stevie Wonder.” Obama hates “urban music,” and always has. Guy grew up in Hawaii, listening to nothing but Jimmy Buffett and Sammy Hagar.

So, on Wednesday afternoon this guy is going to give a “big speech,” about how he’s going to dismantle the rest of the federal government — all except the Pentagon and Guantanamo and the Treasury and the Federal Reserve and the various departments dedicated to bailing out Goldman Sachs and making sure GE doesn’t have to pay any taxes.

The Kaplan Washington Post reports tonight:

President Obama faces a growing rebellion on the left as he courts independent voters and Republicans with his vision for reducing the nation’s debt by cutting government spending and restraining the costs of federal health insurance programs ….

“The fundamental problem in our country right now is unemployment and a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis,” said Deepak Bhargava, executive director of the Center for Community Change, an advocacy group for the poor. “It appears the president is fighting on the wrong terrain and is conceding that the only thing we should be talking about is how to bring down the deficit.”

Yeah, great idea ignoring not only the people who elected you, but the old and the poor and the unemployed and the sick and basically anyone who very much needs help in the third year of the Hellish Recession. GREAT JOB BARRY, you are truly the New Reagan.

Except you aren’t, because Reagan was both popular and white, and you squandered the first and will never be the second. Republicans will never love you. They don’t even think you’re an American!

Enjoy the private golf courses and million-dollar speaking fees, Obama. That’s all you’ll have, when this is all over. And that’s probably all you ever cared about. After all, according to your autobiography, your first job was on Wall Street. [Kaplan Washington Post]

 

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nounverb911 April 13, 2011 at 1:00 am

The enemy of my enemy is my friend? Or is the friend of my enemy is also my enemy?
We live in confusing times.

DownFist Troll April 13, 2011 at 1:28 am

I do believe the word you seek is "frenemy", good sir/ma'am/anonymouswonkbot3000.

nounverb911 April 13, 2011 at 2:33 am

So the frenemy of my frenemy is my frenemy?
Even more confusing.

Radio_Level_7 April 13, 2011 at 3:03 am

Remember our bestest war? Fighting that evil fascist Fuhrer? And the Rising sun? And it took a 9/11 type of event to convince the Merikan people that maybe Isolationism wasn't such a good idea.It sure helped to have good ol' Uncle Joe on our side for four years until when Uncle joe's visit became McCarthyism.
And, ultimately, Japan and Germany took over our car industry.
No Simple Victory Howard Davies

weejee April 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

Costello: Well then who's on first?
Abbott: Yes.
Costello: I mean the fellow's name.
Abbott: Who.
Costello: The guy on first.
Abbott: Who.
Costello: The first baseman.
Abbott: Who.
Costello: The guy playing…
Abbott: Who is on first!
Costello: I'm asking YOU who's on first.
Abbott: That's the man's name.
Costello: That's who's name?
Abbott: Yes.
……..

KenLayIsAlive April 13, 2011 at 11:07 am

Today, we are all frenemies.

JustPixelz April 13, 2011 at 7:23 am

Typical Demoncrat compromise — friend or enemy? No, both! You don't hear Repubicans talking like that. For them, it's billionaire or enemy, but never both.

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

Finally, my fortune cookie proven correct:

I do live in interesting times.

Texan_Bulldog April 13, 2011 at 9:16 am

…in bed?

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 9:41 am

You're making me feel 18, again, eating lunch on Chinese day at Pickard Commons.

(Opa! Might have just revealed myself. (As though anybody reading Wonkette comments for the last six months, eight months, & thinking they know who I am, didn't already. I'm fairly transparent.))

Ducksworthy April 13, 2011 at 9:25 am

Pst. If your fortune cookie contains a curse its not a good sign.

LesBontemps April 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

I once got a fortune that read "Strike iron while hot." I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure that's not actually recommended.

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

Similarly, right before he broke his tooth, Kucinich got a fortune reading, "Eat pit, also".

CookiE_MonstA April 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Depends on if you are trying to forge horse shoes or press a shirt.

GeneralLerong April 13, 2011 at 1:01 am

I think I'll go read Say Hello to Zorro. It goes good with the drugs.

jus_wonderin April 13, 2011 at 10:07 am

That is a cute book.

nounverb911 April 13, 2011 at 1:02 am

"Remember how Barry was going to rebuild America’s infrastructure"
Needs more Pawlenty.

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

With an hockey-stick as the Horn of Pawlenty?

weejee April 13, 2011 at 9:42 am

Well he wuz gov with I35W collapsed.

LeAlbatross April 13, 2011 at 11:11 am

You need sleep?

Blendergoathead April 13, 2011 at 1:04 am

I do believe that playing Jimmy Buffett will get you killed in Hawaii. And not in a good way.

Or, maybe, playing Jimmy Buffett in Hawaii will get you killed. It's been a while.

smokefilledroommate April 13, 2011 at 2:51 am

There is no joy in Margaritaville. Mighty Hopey has apparently struck sold out.

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 8:43 am

I always preferred Pinacoladabourough.

mszardi April 13, 2011 at 1:05 am

Amazing! ElectaBlog predicted this very post HOURS ago!! "Preempive Whinging is the New Norm for the Professional Left" http://networkedblogs.com/gzX2f

Buzz Feedback April 13, 2011 at 1:08 am

Today we are all Morans.

PocketsTheClown April 13, 2011 at 2:07 am

Shit. (MORAN) I gave those lousy-golfing titsicles money.

MaxUdargo April 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

I've pretty much decided I'm going to vote for the Republican candidate for president. in 2012, whoever he or she may be. It's just no fun having a Democrat as a Republican president. It's kind of heart-breaking, actually. I'd rather have a Republican as a Republican president.

If I'm going to get fucked up the ass and watch my beloved country trashed by ideological vandals, then I need to adopt a surrealist frame of mind. I need to be able to enjoy the absurdity of it all. Having Trump or Palin or Bachmann as president would of course be disastrous, but it would be so fucking hilariously disastrous. We might as well have fun with it.

We may be going to hell in a bucket, but at least we can enjoy the ride.

And it's the only way to get back at Barry, Destroyer of All Hope. He thinks he can let his right-wing freak flag fly because the Republicans can't field a viable alternative in 2012. He thinks he has his base where he wants us. A liberal like me surely isn't going to vote for The Donald. Well, guess again Barry, you asshole.

tessiee April 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm

"He thinks he can let his right-wing freak flag fly because the Republicans can't field a viable alternative in 2012. He thinks he has his base where he wants us. "

"What are you gonna do, vote Republican?" — Bulworth

anti0aquabudda April 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

At least the republicans appear to be united in trying to balance the budget. What are the Dems united against? The anti-Bush unification worked well, but can't be used any more. The Dems need to show some leadership and some actual results or 2012 election will be even worse than 2010.

anti0aquabudda April 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

We are ALL morons? NOPE!! Just those of us that actually believed any of Obama's rhetoric!! He is just another politician that speaks well but yields very few results!!

ALIVE! April 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I'm looking and looking, but I can't seem to find the '!!' key on my keyboard. How do you do that?

nounverb911 April 13, 2011 at 1:09 am

"He’s probably going to announce that the Koch Brothers will be managing his re-election campaign, and that the working poor will pay a 35% tax on all grocery and gasoline purchases for the next year "
He’s probably going to announce that the Koch Brothers will be managing his re-election campaign, and that the working poor will pay a 35% tax on all grocery and gasoline purchases for the next year

Fixed

Terry April 13, 2011 at 8:17 am

I'd rather see them pay a bit more than 35%, honestly. Then, let's repair the highway system, straighten out our social programs, fix the water systems, take care of some issues that are just going to get worse over time.

anti0aquabudda April 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm

most of the "wealthy" in this country already pay 35%. Increasing that to 50% will still not even come close to balancing the budget. The problem will NOT be "fixed".

sati_demise April 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

No. Your figures are off a bit. the 400 wealthiest pay an effective rate of 16%

Thats what Warren Buffet was talking about when he said he pays a lower rate than his secretary.

16%

Think about that.

anti0aquabudda April 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

If that is true, then the tax code is obviously screwed up with too many loop holes and deduction. If you look at the tax code, those making over 250k SHOULD pay 35%. We need a simpler tax code. The one part that I like about Paul Ryan's plan is that he simplifies the code and elimates a LOT of deductions.

Please provide a link regarding Warren Buffets taxes if you can. I am very interested to learn more given the fact that I just filed my taxes and paid around 31%.

sati_demise April 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/money/tax/articl

Buffet paid a bit over 17% AND HE WAS NOT EVEN TRYING to look for loop holes.

sati_demise April 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Obama is going to simplify the code, too, eliminating what he calls 'tax expenditures'. these are the loop holes that Ryan addresses. We should end subsidies for all old industries, like the oil, coal and HFCS to fund new ones like alternative energy of all types, fruits and vegetables and industrial hemp for ethanol.

fartknocker April 13, 2011 at 1:16 am

As my fine mother who loves and praises Jesus told me:

Let's hope son that Our President shits in John Boehner's mess kit. That fucker** needs some humility.

**My sweet South Texas mom didn't say fucker. She called Boehner "an asshole like my sister Liz." I agree with Mom in that John Bohner took asshole lessons from my Aunt Liz.**

Hey downfister – ready to party at my house? My 77 year old Mom can kick your ass. Downfist away douche bag.

Limeylizzie April 13, 2011 at 5:53 am

I don't have a mom, can I share yours, I feel we would love each other and could have a lot in common?

Terry April 13, 2011 at 8:58 am

My father and your mother would get along famously. Dad's comments were in language too colorful to use here and that he must have picked up in the Army in WW2, but along similar lines.

BlueStateLibel April 13, 2011 at 9:02 am

We need to give your mother an honorary triple-digit pee score!

GOPCrusher April 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Reading an article this AM, it stated that Barry was going to propose a tax hike as part of his deficit reduction plan, in which Speaker Drunky McNicotinestain promptly went with the "It's a nonstarter. The problem isn't Americans aren't taxed enough, it's that we spend too much."
I wonder how Republiklans expect to continue to pay for new ways to kill brown people if we no longer have any revenue coming in?

DownFist Troll April 13, 2011 at 1:19 am

After all, according to your autobiography, your first job was on Wall Street.

Well, to be fair, it was in fact a CIA front company, on wall street. (i'm not making that up, business international corporation has spooky links to spooks)

Also: Downfisty it's past your bedtime.

PocketsTheClown April 13, 2011 at 2:16 am

I gave you an upfisty, plus, uh, duh, how else to you get proto-germanickly-accepted leader of the West (no, Texas, not you). Needs a "k" right? Anyway, yes, State dept issue.

JustPixelz April 13, 2011 at 7:28 am

The DownFistTroll complaining about a downfist troll. Infinite loop. Room spinning. Sparks. Amygdala getting bigger. Must stop typ….

UpfistTroll April 13, 2011 at 9:33 am

Don't worry, I'm on it.

OkieDokieDog April 13, 2011 at 1:23 am

Le sigh.

I'd rather watch the GOP/Teabaggers eat each other alive.

Radio_Level_7 April 13, 2011 at 1:23 am

No Ken, don't you get it? This is level-7 chess. He's going to appease the "independents" until 2012 and get re-elected. Then, he's going to rescind the Bush/Obama tax cuts, explain to us that the whole post 9/11 overreaction wasn't necessary — there are no al Qaeda bogie man hordes waiting to attack us — thus allowing cutting back on the military and Fätherland Security by $600-700 billion a year. Remember the "peace dividend"? And just to show some cajones, he'll re-institute Glass-Stiegal and reign in a little bit of Wall Street.
So don't QUIT.
Obama/Bolton '12…Hope and Change, And This Time We Mean It.

Ken Layne April 13, 2011 at 1:29 am

Level 7 wizard/Millennium Falcon chess, you mean?!

"Bush/Obama tax cuts" … weird how normal that already sounds.

PocketsTheClown April 13, 2011 at 1:55 am

This is a awful long way from the porn chat room post-we-know-he-winning. Not to be trite, but I haz a sad.

peaceocrap April 13, 2011 at 9:03 am

Just the way Clinton's inner liberal was allowed to run free in his second term, when he undid NAFTA, held the S&L crooks responsible for burgling the country and reinstated the social safety net!

BlueStateLibel April 13, 2011 at 9:09 am

Obama is becoming like General McClellan, losing all those big battles, afraid to engage the enemy, and destroying troop morale…it's all a secret plan to win (or get kicked to the curb).

One_Man_Band April 13, 2011 at 11:04 am

Nice analogy! Grant/Sherman 2012!

fuflans April 13, 2011 at 1:25 am

do we think that teabagger cool-aid lady is still alive?

just curious.

noodlesalad April 13, 2011 at 1:47 am

She got death paneled, thanks to sugary drink diabeetus.

Nothingisamiss April 13, 2011 at 7:55 am

He didn't even deliver on the death panels!

Still will vote O, though.

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 8:46 am

Another fatality in the Cola Wars. When will this insanity end?

smokefilledroommate April 13, 2011 at 2:49 am

What about that stupid dog that wouldn't "take a treat from Obama"? Anybody remember that shit?

fuflans April 13, 2011 at 9:15 am

oh yeah. and, it's just gotten worse.

Ducksworthy April 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

The horrible thing is that its worked. Obama is now a weak president having been victim of a thousand slights all of which were to insane to defend against but each of which, none the less, has taken its tool. Psychology has come a long way since Dr. Goebbels day, oh wait, no it hasn't.

comrad_darkness April 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

She's not dead, she's passed out from high blood sugar because she pawned her test strips to buy royal wedding commemorative plates.

unclejeems April 13, 2011 at 1:32 am

Glass Stiegal, hell, I says, hell–it's time to deep-six Taft-Hartley and let the teatards see what right to work doth actually look like.

fartknocker April 13, 2011 at 2:00 am

Glass Stiegal? Is that like an enhanced Steven Segal from Maricopa County cops? He kicks ass on chicken coops but he lacks the mental acumen to be a detective. Plus he beats on Asian women – but he is on TLC, along with a guy who makes cakes and Kate Gosselin, who decorates Trumps hair.

Serolf_Divad April 13, 2011 at 7:11 am

Nice try, however, so long as there's still a black guy with a white-collar job somewhere in America, the Teabaggers will have someone other than the true culprits to blame for their economic plight.

KenLayIsAlive April 13, 2011 at 11:12 am

Exactly. The real reason tea baggers hate unions:

"In 2007, Blacks continued to have a higher unionization rate (14.3 percent) than Whites (11.8 percent), Asians (10.9 percent), and Hispanics (9.8 percent)."

CookiE_MonstA April 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

If they haven't notice by now, I don't think they are going to. Most of them live in Right to Work states anyway.

iburl April 13, 2011 at 1:36 am

2012: Disillusionment We Can Wallow In

Callyson April 13, 2011 at 1:38 am

It's 1995 all over again…

JustPixelz April 13, 2011 at 7:31 am

I dozed off in 1995. What happened next? Nothing bad I hope. Because if some pretend cowboy with both Messiah and Oedipal complexes managed to take control of U.S. foreign and domestic policy, I don't want to hear about it.

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

If the Era of Big Government was over, then — well, what's ending, now?

Welcome to the United States of America West Democratic Republic of the Congo? (Everybody always posits a potentially anarchic, theologically rooted US America as a New Somalia, but for all the talk of American religious fervour, there's no there, there. So, look to the DRC. It's our Zaireeka moment.)

Gnatsum April 13, 2011 at 10:08 am

My thoughts exactly. If it worked then when the repugs had a halfway decent candidate, it might just work again when they don't seem to have anyone. AND, as I told many people during the last campaign (noone would listen, of course) Obama isn't as liberal as people think.

SayItWithWookies April 13, 2011 at 1:42 am

Not just people in America, but the fucking House and Senate trip over themselves to defund ACORN because of a hacked-up video and then do the same thing to NPR after James O'Keefe has laready shown himself to be a fraud — and yet nothing happens to the damn Chamber of Commerce after ThinkProgress outs the Chamber of Commerce for trying to illegally sabotage its opponents. We bitch about him for selling out his principles, but its not like we as a bloc have his back either. He'll grow some balls when we demand he fucking outlaws the Chamber of Commerce. Deal?

PocketsTheClown April 13, 2011 at 1:56 am

Oh, and USDA, because they afraid of discovery. And, uh, that whole Foreign Policy thing.

fishskicanoe April 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

Why should he listen to us when all we do is hunch over our keyboards and smartphones making smart ass posts in reply to other smart ass posts.

Next time there is a strike in your community, go out and walk the line with the workers and organize community demonstrations in support of them.

Next time a Bagger bus pulls into town meet them with torches, pitchforks, hot tar and feathers and send them on their way.

Next time you discover a local business is a big contributor to the GOP assclowns, boycott it and quietly encourage all your prog friends to do the same. Don't bring attention to the boycott thereby engendering sympathy business by the Cons, just don't go there anymore.

In short, make the Kochsuckers pay. And then pay again.

shrunknseahorse April 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

"Next time you discover a local business is a big contributor to the GOP assclowns, boycott it and quietly encourage all your prog friends to do the same. Don't bring attention to the boycott thereby engendering sympathy business by the Cons, just don't go there anymore."

Exactly. For every entrance into Target, a con thinks a gay person is either murdered or sent to Hell/Straight Camp.

Gnatsum April 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

I thought I heard on the way to work this morning that the R plan leaves NPR intact. Was I hallucinating? That' s possible, and even to be expected.

KenLayIsAlive April 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

Of course they don't care about defunding NPR. They'll just make it theirs. It becoming more and more National Pentagon Radio and butt-lickers of the Tea Baggers. The real prize is slashing things like heating assistance and community policing, not defunding inane upper middle class media outlets.

DemmeFatale April 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Yep. It's hard to listen to the hosts on NPR trying to be "fair," and listen to "both sides" when one side happens to be batshit insane. (Especially on the science progams.)

CookiE_MonstA April 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Same here. My local station is having a fund drive. Just like last year, I sent them an email explaining why I will not be supporting them again this year. "When you stop pandering to your opponents by allowing your Fox Funded personalities to pollute your air time with their opinions in the name of being fair and balanced, only then will my support return." Perhaps when they finally loose their Federal funding, they will stop trying to appease the GOP.

GOPCrusher April 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm

They are more concerned with doing away with Planned Parenthood since only prostitutes go there to get abortions.

chitecki April 13, 2011 at 11:12 am

We bitch about him for selling out his principles, but its not like we as a bloc have his back either.

This is what I have been saying all along to my liberal friends. Where were we when the teabaggers started making noise? Snarking online and doing absolutely nothing of substance — now they've got a large bloc in the House and cut the Dem majority in the senate to practically nothing.

Obama is a politician, and will only do what is politically safe to do. If we had a progressive majority in the house (no more blue dogs) and a 60-vote progressive majority in the Senate, does anyone really think Obama would keep Guantanamo open, keep troops in Afganistan or cut taxes for the rich? I'd be on a bullet train back to Chicago right now instead of a 7-hour drive.

To all the people saying they will vote 3rd party or Kucinich for president: Do the country a favor and spend your vote on a progressive candidate for congress, governor, state legislature or city council. Then we can actually get Barry to do what we want.

bumfug April 13, 2011 at 1:45 am

The hardest thing will be to convince my teabagger friends that they were just a suckerbait smokescreen whose job was to cover the fact that Obama is doing exactly what the people who own this country want done.

ttommyunger April 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

"…what the people who own this country want done." And I know you are not referring to the "people", here, Bum.

bumfug April 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

I was using "people" in the Supreme Court sense of the word, i.e. "soulless corporations."

ttommyunger April 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

Sadly, I thought as much.

comrad_darkness April 13, 2011 at 10:32 am

Too complex for their limited brain function. Try something simpler.

DemmeFatale April 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

You have teabagger friends?

tessiee April 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Teabaggers have friends?

One_Man_Band April 13, 2011 at 1:48 am

Cue the apologists. Because a Republican getting elected and doing all these same things is worse for some reason?

Badonkadonkette April 13, 2011 at 2:06 am

Right on cue, I was gonna say, really? We were better off under Bush? We'd be better off under any one of the fucktarded pandering fuckwits currently "thinking" about running on the GOP ticket?

Basically from January 21 2009 onward, Nobamar's been called an utter failure by everyone on the left for not magically unfucking the 8 years of dedicated, astounding, not-to-be-fully-appreciated-for-over-100-years fuckupery of George W. Bush (and the same by everyone on the right, for being black). He managed to pass health coverage reform even though Congress is like 87% pussies, repealed DADT, got us (mostly) out of Iraq (and up and leaving Iraq after pounding it back to the stone age for 6 years is an utterly D-bag move so it's not like he could just drop it, much as we all wish he could), and prevented a total implosion of our economy. He also turned a profit on the bailout, when W. just wanted to hand a trillion dollars to banks and forget about it.

I get frustrated with Barry, but considering what he's done with the hand he was dealt, the man's a roaring success.

undeterredbyreality April 13, 2011 at 2:15 am

Thank you, Badonkadonkette, for returning my perspective to me. He has turned this whole shit-pile around, but as he said way back when, it's not easy to turn a shit-pile this big around, so he hasn't made the full 180 yet. N x NW.

Four More Years!!!

(Whew! I don't have to vote for Kucinich!)

Badonkadonkette April 13, 2011 at 2:32 am

Glad I could convince someone. It helps that I occasionally have to read some official document from the Bush era – I swear the only multisyllabic words the man ever used were "freedom," "terror," "Saddam," and "Qaeda" (nukular's not a word so it doesn't count). I'm serious about the 100 years thing, by the way – when we're all on our deathbeds, historians will still be marvelling at how Bush could have been such a complete and utter failure at literally every single thing he did.

Lionel[redacted]Esq April 13, 2011 at 3:27 am

You forget, for Bush at least, terror and Saddam are only one syllable.

Limeylizzie April 13, 2011 at 6:29 am

Thank you for that, I am just hoping he announces a rollback on Bush Tax cuts for the wealthy, mainly becasue I think it's the right thing to do but also because I want to watch the Republicans go insane.

Dudleydidwrong April 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

"want to watch the Republicans go EVEN MORE insane THAN THEY ARE NOW."

Sorry, but I had to modify that just a tad.

One_Man_Band April 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Yeah, right now we get to watch them go insane, while he does stuff they would have done anyway. He's got the policies of Bush lite, but gets labeled as a commie/socialist/muslin.

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 8:55 am

Than man who could have undone the damage of eight years of Gush? Ralph Nader. Look to the consumer advocate.

(I know it's old news, old hat, to complain about the "protest" votes in the 2000 election, such that G-Dub maintained a narrow enough advantage for America's Scrote* to install him, but it's true.)

*Scalia & Thomas are clearly America's Grundle.

BerkeleyBear April 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

And let's not forget getting major investments in infrastructure, basic science and special ed as part of it, plus throwing hundreds of millions more at state education and social services so police and fire departments nationwide didn't fucking evaporate in 2009-10. None of those investments were as large as Krugman and the left would like, but they were a hell of a lot more than a Koch Bros. subsidiary government would have coughed up.

The man has done some major good for this country, and his reward is to get his teeth kicked in by both extremes. Guess he should have been more like Bubba and fucked over his core promises on day one (DADT), then failed epically on one major policy push (healthcare), try not to do anything important for the next 6 years, and only make a flailing effort in the Middle East at the last minute. Plus deregulating the shit out of everything Reagan hadn't fucked already because Alan Greenspan told him it would all be okay. And having no coherent foreign policy so no one could claim he was going against it, no matter what he did.

KenLayIsAlive April 13, 2011 at 11:20 am

Meh, at least Bush's disgusting over the top evil energized the left. Barry has done nothing but demoralize and demonize us.

We'll not soon do again what we did in 2008 – Obama sunk that mighty ship of hope and change and energy that galvanized Americans against right wing policies. Now as long as he keeps things "as is", the next Pawlenty/Romoney/Gingrich can sweep in and carry on knowing the Dems will never again be able to convince it's base it can stop the right.

Worst Best Chance Ever.

Chet Kincaid April 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I can buy "demoralize", but "demonize" is bullshit. He got mildly annoyed at liberals for a minute at a press conference in December, and you all went looking for a rope and a tree.

KenLayIsAlive April 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Okay, maybe "demonize" is a little harsh. He asked to be push, we pushed. His was response was to send his fat weasel out to say we need to be drug tested. He seems to be annoyed that we want him to do (or at least try to do) what he said he would do.

But "a rope and a tree" is also hyperbolic. As I don't think there is anyone around who wouldn't gladly support the man – hell, revive the enthusiasm of 2008 – if he wasn't launching his campaign by courting Republicans.

There is a big difference between hatred and disappointment. It's a little too convenient to not even try to get the job done and then blame the people who put you in the job in the first place for not having your back.

chascates April 13, 2011 at 1:51 am

Come 2012 Obama will still look better than:
Michele Bachmann
Donald Trump
Mike Huckabee
John Bolton
Roy Moore
Sarah Palin
Newt Gingrich
That ex-governor of Louisiana
That ex-governor of New Mexico
The ex-governor of Minnesota
Rick Santorum
Anyone named "Xxxx" the "Xxxxxxxer"
Gen. Petraeus
Michael Bloomberg
Anyone named 'Bush'
That fat ass from New Jersey
All religious nuts

poncho_pilot April 13, 2011 at 1:58 am

this post almost makes me want to vote for Kucinich.

emmelemm April 13, 2011 at 2:05 am

I agree, and that makes me sad.

nounverb911 April 13, 2011 at 2:34 am

At least we get a hot first lady.

Lionel[redacted]Esq April 13, 2011 at 2:47 am

Dennis Kucinich launched a coup?

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 8:56 am

Michelle is going to kick all our asses.

ShaveTheWhales April 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm

True, but we already have a hot First Lady.

Negropolis April 13, 2011 at 6:50 am

Not me, he kind of jumped the shark when he pulled that bullshit move of suing the capitol cafeteria. I don't care what anyone says, that was a dick move.

OneDollarJuana April 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

When you hear the details it's not so outrageous.

comrad_darkness April 13, 2011 at 11:01 am

Doesn't matter, it's a free gift to anyone running against him and therefore idiotic if he actually want to run for prez again. Well intentioned, but pure short-sighted and tone deaf. We got enough dems running under that platform already.

tessiee April 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm

"it's a free gift to anyone running against him"

True, but if they don't have a "free gift", they just make up shit out of nowhere (e.g., the swiftboaters, the "dean scream", etc.), so it hardly matters.

JustPixelz April 13, 2011 at 7:32 am

Future President Bachmann thanks you for your support.

karen April 13, 2011 at 8:57 am

I'd rather vote for Bernie Sanders.

Andrew Drinker April 13, 2011 at 10:48 am

Bernie Sanders is too smart to think that he would have a chance in hell running for President. He's pretty much in the most effective role of his political career right now, unless someone wants to put him in a Cabinet position.

karen April 13, 2011 at 11:34 am

Why do you have to ruin my morning with your reality-based thinking? Ughhh I didn't want to have to take alcohol with my advil this early but now you're making me do it.

poncho_pilot April 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

honestly, if it wasn't for the previous Wonkette post about Kucinich, which this was a reference to, i wouldn't even remember who he was.

imissopus April 13, 2011 at 1:59 am

Must be a slow night in the Inland Empire.

Lionel[redacted]Esq April 13, 2011 at 3:24 am

It's all that Commie radiation blowing in off the Pacific. Bad air. It does things to you. Bad air.

harry_palmer April 13, 2011 at 1:59 am

He's going to dismantle the federal government except for the parts that actually cost serious money and don't help people (well, they do help people get dead). He just impersonated someone with a soul to get elected. The bankers knew what they were getting when they backed him huge over Walnuts.

undeterredbyreality April 13, 2011 at 1:59 am

Goddammit, Ken, I've been fighting with my ex about this a long time. Waiting for that seven level chess thing to kick in or whatever, convinced that this brilliant man was just so many steps ahead of everybody else that we just couldn't see it. She, on the other hand, gave up long ago. PLEASE don't make me have to tell her she was right all along. Again. PLEASE!!!

(That "slow-witted liberal" label really is gonna hurt when I have to go vote for Kucinich.)

chascates April 13, 2011 at 1:59 am

Thank heavens for http://mayans2012.com/

PocketsTheClown April 13, 2011 at 2:09 am

Goddamned downfisters. I meant to give you an up. Sry. I heart u.

WilliamHTaft April 13, 2011 at 2:21 am

I checked my IntenseDebate profile and I'm being followed by a downfister from Breitbart's site. I bet he was molested as a child.

It's totally cool for you to downfist this comment, man.

PocketsTheClown April 13, 2011 at 2:31 am

Meh, it's awesome they just don't even read. We Comment… You Decide (to downfist without comprehenalizing refudiated squirmish, etc etc too EASY)

Lionel[redacted]Esq April 13, 2011 at 2:48 am

No, but he did molest collies.

bflrtsplk April 13, 2011 at 6:33 am

Hey, man, I have two downfisties trolling me. One of them is bragging that his p-score has gone up 10 points to -98, after saying previously that it's not important.

As for Obama, he's probably done the best he could with the shitty hand he was dealt, though that doesn't explain the health care fiasco.

WilliamHTaft April 13, 2011 at 2:07 am

Sucks to be us fuckin pinkos because we can't even spite Barry and make him lose. No matter what a disappointment he is, no spin doctor could possibly hide how bad the Republicans suck right now. They've been working overtime to piss off women, the elderly, and practically anyone who feels the slightest bit secure in their job. By 2012 the Republicans will have energized way more D voters than Obama and his world-famous GE blowjobs ever could.

PocketsTheClown April 13, 2011 at 2:26 am

I sure hope so, but I think those piss-ants are lost (those that unexpectedly voted for Barry). They are independent enough to vote independently, and will choose the marginal, not realizing there is no chance they can actually win something in this system.

We are looking for the +4 makes 8, then hand off to the teatards, so we can bomb canada (cheaper to steal their oil, amirite????? LOL ITS ME JESUS :-)

Mumbletypeg April 13, 2011 at 4:14 am

No matter what a disappointment he is, no spin doctor could possibly hide how bad the Republicans suck right now.

Race to the Bottom; it's only a question of which trainwreck of lies and disappointments is leading the way.

ttommyunger April 13, 2011 at 9:06 am

Never underestimate the idiocy of the American Electorate, William.

imissopus April 13, 2011 at 2:24 am

Remember how Barry was going to end the wars,

Sigh. No, he didn't campaign on ending the wars: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vpCBpTbEds

put renewable energy and mass transit all across the country

How many idiot GOP governors have told Barry to take the billions of mass transit dollars he's offered their states and stuff it up his ass? Just off the top of my head I can think of Walker, Christie, Rick Scott, and Kasich.

I know I know, I'm a giant apologist. But still I think we should actually hear the speech before we start shitting on it.

Er, I mean, boo Nobamer! FAKE LIBERAL WHEREZ PUBLIC OPTION PRIMARY CHALLENGE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!

EDIT: Whew! Downfister works fast! Fist me again, baby! Harder!

emmelemm April 13, 2011 at 2:29 am

There you go, being all reasonable and liberal and shit, saying we should actually LISTEN to the speech before we get upset about it. Geez, you sound like my MOM.

/good point, though

Ducksworthy April 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

That's the trouble with all you Gawd Dammed Liebruls. You're too quick to be reasonable. Praise Jeebus Paul Ryan is here to help you grow some amygdala.

Lionel[redacted]Esq April 13, 2011 at 2:54 am

One of the great problems is that the conversation is being played on the Republicans field. That's how idiots like Scott and Walker get elected. If you are not willing to defend your alternative, it is hard to argue against something like a tax cut. Let's hope someone can spread the word that this can be changed with one simple phrase:

"If you are so in favor of reducing the deficit, then you must be in favor of raising taxes on the rich back to the level they were at when Bill Clinton was President."

comrad_darkness April 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

How about Reagan. Half his tenure it was 50% on the top bracket.

Reagan! Reagan! Reagan!

JustPixelz April 13, 2011 at 7:36 am

Forgive the downfister, he/she knows not what they do. Oh wait a minute! They do know what they do. That makes them … (ominous musical flourish) … Unforgiven.

But they do add pageviews. Each pageview is probably worth over a million dollars in advertising.

comrad_darkness April 13, 2011 at 10:37 am

I don't listen to speeches. I watch actions.

Speeches are about lizard brains. Results are about factual reality.

hagajim April 13, 2011 at 2:28 am

HEY! WTF is wrong with Sammy Hagar…number 1, we have the same surname, number 2…he was a radical ( can't drive 55) protestor. He had way more balls than Barry. Maybe I should vote Bachmann in the hopes I can get an internship with her so she can BLOW ME ala a reverse Clinton.

Texan_Bulldog April 13, 2011 at 9:23 am

Yeah, but he totally ruined Van Halen! Turned into Van Hagar after he joined up.

YeOldeFapSmith April 13, 2011 at 2:33 am

Today, we are all disillusioned malcontents … but no, really, I am a disillusioned malcontent. I'll paraphrase what a Wonketteer previously stated on another thread: "As a liberal in America I'm used to having my heart broken." I am well aware of the counter-arguments, and regardless of whichever cretinous mongoloid the Republicans run, I will vote for the liberal crank candidate over Obama in 2012. A corporate whore with pasties is still a corporate whore.

finallyhappy April 13, 2011 at 7:40 am

Perhaps but as I told the people who tried to get me to vote for Nader,Kucinich(not that I would ever vote for Nader)- and who knows who else-I am not going to be responsible for helping the GOP win. Just seems kind of immature to me.

YeOldeFapSmith April 13, 2011 at 8:06 am

I see your point, and Gob knows I may very well recant my firebrand idealism depending on whom the Repubtards nominate, but as it now stands, I'm sick of it and I'll stand on my principles. Btw, this thread got hoppin' and a boppin' during prime tipsy gettin' hours, and I'm still flagrantly carrying on in Georgia. *proudly waves cocktail and cock in the air*

YeOldeFapSmith April 13, 2011 at 8:18 am

Fuck you downfisty, you're up early. Get a life, go get high/drunk, but most of all: Get fucked!

BaldarTFlagass April 13, 2011 at 8:22 am

You'd think he'd get bored after a while. Oh well, it doesn't take much to make some people happy.

pinkocommi April 13, 2011 at 2:41 am

Is the problem that Obama is not a communist? Or is the problem that, deep-down Obama is a communist, but just not communist enough?

zhubajie April 13, 2011 at 5:58 am

He's nowhere near Commie. Nixon was closer.

ttommyunger April 13, 2011 at 9:09 am

Jeebus was a communist (small c); Barry is a corporatist, I'm afraid. ps, don't mention that stuff about Jeebus to a TeaTard, his fucking head will explode.

tessiee April 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm

An underlying tendency toward commanism which, in turn, is too firmly repressed.

smokefilledroommate April 13, 2011 at 2:47 am

The booze is good tonight. Numb-numbs.

YeOldeFapSmith April 13, 2011 at 2:56 am

I think it's a safe bet most of us on this graveyard shift thread are well into our cups. I know I am! *does a jig*

Lionel[redacted]Esq April 13, 2011 at 3:21 am

Have to work in the morning, so I'm just having some chronic.

pinkocommi April 13, 2011 at 2:55 am

To avoid any future Obama-style debacles, may I suggest that the Democratic Party replace the state-primary-and-convention process for a panel of doctors who review candidates' CAT scans for the largest anterior cingulate cortex and smallest amygdala? It would work for the general Presidential election. Also.

BarackMyWorld April 13, 2011 at 3:20 am

I'd like to think that Obama's done as much as he can with a government owned by corporations (and reported on by their trusty stenographers in the press), but I'm pretty pissed at him for letting the conversation change from unemployment to the deficit.

Maybe he doesn't think he can do any more about unemployment in the current political environment, but it sure does look like he's giving up without a fight.

Ken Layne April 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Full control of the House, the Senate and the White House … that's what Obama had on the day of his inauguration. That's what he had for the next two years.

He did not win a contested election. He was not installed by the Supreme Court. He won a solid majority and was part two of a Democrat Wave that began in 2006 with the winning of the House and Senate.

Bush Jr. and his people simply did whatever the office of president would allow, and a lot that it *didn't* allow. Obama and his middling lamers could have saved this country and instead they did close to nothing, and now he's pandering to the fucking fiscal conservatives?

Sorry, Obamapologists. Game over.

Lionel[redacted]Esq April 13, 2011 at 3:20 am

I cut Obama some slack, because what can he do? The problem is not him, although it would be nice to see him be passionate about some liberal principle.

The problem is with Congress. The Democrats had historic margins, and they pissed it away. Why did health care take a year? Why was the stimulus package so badly done? Congress did it. Back in 2008 we should have dumped money into infrastructure and started building, but, hell, we gave away 1/3 of the damn stimulus in tax cuts. This was all Congress.

There are two problems. First, the Democrats need to come up with a new raison d'être. Why are the Republicans always on message? A) They can only hold one idea in their head at one time, but, also, ii) they have Heritage and the rest feeding them their ideas. You think Sarah Palin has ever had an orginal thought? She just repeats what was on NRO last night. Until the Democrats can unify around some ideas, explain them, and defend them, they are always going to be cornered into being Republican lite.

Lionel[redacted]Esq April 13, 2011 at 3:21 am

Second, you get the Congress you pay for. Until people come together to pass a Constitutional Amendment allowing people to shove rolled up $20s into Scalia's ass, you are going to get people who's best skill is sucking up to money, and then doing what money wants. As long as we keep the system we have, don't be surprised when companies and the rich prosper as everyone else loses out.

It would probably help if we had some great legislators, people who can get other politicians to see beyond their parochial ideology. It would also help if the American people would realize that 1) they benefit from government (although give the Republicans their way, and that will be pretty clear in a few years), and B) that the compromises that came out of the Progressive era existed for a reason. They controlled runaway Capitalism, provided a safety net for the poor and downtrodden, and allowed for a strong and prosperous culture and society. Strange how when you start going back toward the policies that reigned before Roosevelt and Roosevelt, you end up with a country that spirals out of control.

Vote Hutz!

smokefilledroommate April 13, 2011 at 3:52 am

My sentiments exactly. Well stated–agree on every single point, especially having actual effective legislators. A little plus-one love counts as a vote, right?

Ducksworthy April 13, 2011 at 10:53 am

Well articulated. I would add one point and that is that the Progressive changes we saw were a compromise to preserve the capitalist system. They were compromises with the communist/ socialist/labor movement, the tea baggers of their time.

Negropolis April 13, 2011 at 6:56 am

I don't know, man. It was always the Senate that was the problem, and it was less the fault of the Dems than it was practically having to have 60 votes to actually legislatte. If I can fault the Senate on anything it was pretending that they could keep their entire caucus together or maybe breaking off a Republican or two, and then not changing the rules in the beginning where an actual majority was a majority instead of a super-majority being a majority. They should have known better.

Nancy did her job as far as I'm concerned. The House passed a lot of shit that couldn't get through the Senate, even with a clear majority.

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 10:50 am

True. I think Pelosi getting lumped with Reid, her vote for Kaplan, Inc., aside, is a mistake. Her caucus did quite a bit when the Dems had House, Senate, & White House. & last I checked, the Senate doesn't have anyone like a Raul Grijalva or Rush Holt. (Sherrod Brown is close, sure… But looks a bit too Gordon Brown. (Same hair.))

Andrew Drinker April 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

Pretty much exactly what I wanted to say (well, without the Gordon Brown sentiments!)

Bernie Sanders and Sherrod Brown are pretty much the only real progressives in the Senate that I can think of. Hopefully I'm wrong.

But watching the 111th Congress all of that trying-to-find-agreement b.s. with the Senate Republicans when no more than four of said Republicans had any intention of having good intentions was one of the most frustrating experiences I've ever had while watching politics. After years of Republicans with a simple majority ramming through their insanity under Bush, I was ready for Democrats to RAM THROUGH a progressive agenda as quickly as possible, knowing fully well that 2010 would probably end up like 1994. But, no, we didn't get that. We got a lot of wasted time in the Senate.

reliefsinn April 13, 2011 at 9:46 am

I would love to join you and cut O some slack, but does he have to look like a whipped dog every time he loses a fight? Ted Kennedy stood his ground and took it on the chin for liberalism for decades. The guy had his faults, but at least never seemed to change his core ideals.
I understand O is in a different situation, politically, in that he has to be re-elected by a majority of the people in this country, not just in Mass, but let's see some FDR type attitude here, Barry!

GOPCrusher April 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm

My biggest problem was that he doesn't seem willing to get out front on some issues. Even with health care reform, he stood in the background and let Congress lead the way and let the Republiklans/Tea Baggers frame the debate.
Seems like this has been an ongoing Democratic problem since the 2000 election. No spine. Kerry could have won the 2004 election if he would have just fought back when those Swiftboat ads started coming out.
Anyone that actually believes that America is a Center-Right country has got shit for brains. The problem is getting the majority of people off their asses and into the polling places. And it's going to be tough to do if someone on the Democratic side doesn't start doing something to energize the masses.
Make them start giving a shit about what is happening in this country.

lulzmonger April 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Getting people to the polling booths is easy if you use the right incentives. In some countries they make you pay a fine if you don't vote – imagine how loud the GOP would baaaaaaaaw about "Marxist-Fascist-Socialism" the moment THAT bill hit the Senate.

J Rbt. Oppenheiner April 13, 2011 at 3:35 am

They're going to call him a communist no matter what he does so he may as fuck embrace it and declare himself one. Really, how much more could they demonize him? Why try to embrace or compromise with the R's… they will never, ever respect him.

Ducksworthy April 13, 2011 at 10:58 am

I think that would be a good strategic move right now. Somebody on the left needs to say Fuck this. I'm not gonna take it any more and here's what we can do about it. This is what Paul Ryan wants for you, this is what I want. It is the exact opposite of the GOP vision and 60% of the public would be behind that. But it may be too late for our Barry to come out against the corrupt system he's part of now.

MiniMencken April 13, 2011 at 3:37 am

WOW! Are my Republican neighbors going to be pleased with the new Ken Layne Wonkette! Me? I'm going to dig myself a deep hole in some of that there Texas gumbo clay and just LAY DOWN AND DIE!

JustPixelz April 13, 2011 at 7:41 am

You poor thang. A libural in Texas.

(Remind 'em Lyndon Johnson created Medicare — because people are blessed with longer lives and cursed with health insurance companies that won't issue policies to teh olds.)

Ken Layne April 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Well, nobody ever said Republican voters were smart, but if they agree that Obama isn't liberal enough, then they're probably close to a fatal Oxycontin overdose.

Mumbletypeg April 13, 2011 at 4:19 am

Oops. Made a mistake, and kissed a snake.

Extemporanus April 13, 2011 at 5:39 am

Layne's inability to quit snarking proves he's morally indignant.

Negropolis April 13, 2011 at 6:58 am

Snark? Where?

V572..whatever April 13, 2011 at 7:30 am

Brilliant.

Mumbletypeg April 13, 2011 at 10:18 am

And you've made it to #2000 comments.
Which — sorry I'm on a democracyNow kick — Amy Goodman would pronounce "two thowwwwwwwwwwwsand" as I hear it spoken in my head

starfanglednut April 13, 2011 at 5:52 am

needz moar hate.

srsly folks, we can be pissed at barry, but a vote for kucinich is a vote for whatever douche the repugs nominate, also too.

starfanglednut April 13, 2011 at 6:05 am

worst. insomnia.ever.

Negropolis April 13, 2011 at 6:08 am

Excuse my French, but back the fuck up, Ken. Barry ain't my friend, that's for damn sure. But he sure as hell ain't something as loathesome as my enemy. Na-ah, not even close. You done gone and lost your damn mind, now.

That dog won't hunt, and this does not compute (insert additional Southern-fried folkisms).

Limeylizzie April 13, 2011 at 9:28 am

Thanks Negropolis, I wanted to slap Ken "Kos" Layne when I read that headline.

DemmeFatale April 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I think Ken is trying kick some ass in time for a resurgence. He is "going there" and "poking a skunk."

wok3 April 13, 2011 at 6:38 am

Oh please. with the assortment of lunatics the GOP is putting forth, the re-election is all but certain. Sure, the prez has yet to do many things he said that he would, but you'll never guess what: Just about every single president since Washington is guilty of this one.

I'm votong for Jon Lovitz, because if we are going to be a crumbling laughing stock of a dying empire, we at least need someone who can make us laugh on our way to live under the overpass, as the wealthy throw leftovers to us thinking they are doing god's work.

finallyhappy April 13, 2011 at 7:41 am

Joon Lovitz makes you laugh?? wow, drunk or stoned?

wok3 April 13, 2011 at 8:10 am

can't it be both?

tessiee April 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm

ACTING!!

neiltheblaze April 13, 2011 at 6:38 am

Choosing between Obama and whatever retarded, corrupt sociopath the Republicans put up will not be difficult for me. I'm as disappointed in Barry as the next liberal, socialist, gay, baby-boomer. Then again – I'm used to having nobody running for office on my side and having to choose the lesser evil. Obama is the lesser evil because he's passive, not actively in-your-face evil and might end up doing some good things by accident.

In short, the USA is going to Hell. With Obama we go to Hell more slowly. With any Republican – ANY Republican – we're going to Hell on a freight train.

Negropolis April 13, 2011 at 7:02 am

That's in the hopes that this crazy train to Hell doesn't derail in Limbo due to shoddy, private-sector funded track inspections.

neiltheblaze April 13, 2011 at 7:24 am

Actually, Limbo doesn't seem all that bad to me. There are no fiery pits, and you don't have to stand around all day playing a harp singing the praises of the Big Brother Sky Wizard for eternity either. Win / win.

Negropolis April 13, 2011 at 7:48 am

Limbo freaks me out because it strikes me as a place "centrists" would go to, and they're scary/annoying as hell. I guess what I'm saying is that my hell would be stuck surrounded by neutrals.

Stick me with the devil or the goody-goodies, but don't put me with no centrists.

neiltheblaze April 13, 2011 at 7:57 am

So Limbo is where the David Broders go, huh? I'll have to rethink my position on this entirely made up metaphysical conundrum.

Goonemeritus April 13, 2011 at 6:48 am

Yes Barry is way more third way than I thought he’d be and yes I scream most days at my radio on the ride home (those douche bags on All Thing Considered are getting on my last nerve). But lest we forget he ran as a moderate and he did so because the right is kicking our ass in the message war. If we had been snarky enough maybe the country would be laughing at Teabagers rather than having Congress line up to give them hand jobs.

carlgt1 April 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

that's kind of BS – the fawning celebrity endorsements & viral videos weren't from a "moderate" point. nobody expected a black guy would happily get smacked around by the reich-wingers for years. Hillary would have put up much better fights instead of this bogus "bipartisan" meme. Obama has helped shift our white-trash nation even further to the right, since his milquetoast "compromises" to the right are still touted as "ultra-leftist liberal"

deanbooth April 13, 2011 at 7:26 am

Are you saying this president I found is not a cat!

Limeylizzie April 13, 2011 at 9:33 am

Laughing my considerable ass off

celeryflesh April 13, 2011 at 7:28 am

Obama ran as the less right wing alternative to Hillary Clinton. That is why he won. Yes, there was plenty reason to see trouble – just one example, his support for the alternative energy that isn't one (turning petroleum products with their pollution into mass produced plant life into energy, but you need all the petroleum production pollution to make it happen) – but what was the alternative? After three months of his presidency it was clear enough that there was going to be nothing but horror from this creature. Nixon went to China, and Obama was headed to the destruction of the remaining pieces of the new deal. But I didn't start feeling the despair until a good Democrat friend of mine, a very nice, intelligent person – well, he had been unrealistically praising of Bubba when he was prez – got terribly angry at me for stating calmly reasons I saw Obama as a champion for the other side.

V572..whatever April 13, 2011 at 7:32 am

See how you all feel about Barry when President Bachmann is inaugurated for her second term in 2017.

GOPCrusher April 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Will we be allowed to vote after we are all interned into concentration camps for un-American activities?

V572..whatever April 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Ha ha, Miche1e will tell everyone you’re going to a “concentration camp,” but it’ll really be like when your parents told you your dog went to go live on a farm.

celeryflesh April 13, 2011 at 7:32 am

Obama could not carry out his campaign of destruction of hope without the blind support of good people who love him because he couches his destructive plans with misdirection, things he'd do if the darn republicans didn't twist his arm. His opportunity was historic, but he used it to push the things the people need out of reach, and to accelerate the concentration of wealth and political power. He has been enabled by those who believe and approve of his liberal rhetoric, and are blind to his actual deeds. If just that blindness were cured, our situation would be much better. The blindness neutralizes the people power that got Obama into office in the first place, and which he has so betrayed.

crybabyboehner April 13, 2011 at 7:36 am

Speaking of Sammy Hagar, have you read his new memoir?

Camaro Nova April 13, 2011 at 7:37 am

Kucinich? Fuck that, I'm voting for Mike Gravel this time!

GOPCrusher April 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I'm voting for Rev. Bud Green. He's the only candidate that stands for the only thing left for me to believe in. The legalization of marijuana!

Camaro Nova April 13, 2011 at 7:43 am

"Remember how Barry was going to end the wars, rebuild America’s infrastructure, put renewable energy and mass transit all across the country, crack down on industrial polluters, raise taxes on the super-rich, etc., etc. All lies! "

Ken I'm not sure which Barry you were listening to, I never heard any of that.

Nothingisamiss April 13, 2011 at 7:45 am

I love Ken Layne. More bracing and true than the black espresso that keeps me alive.

As I make my way, Cormac Mcarthy-like over the country to my home state of California (the only functioning warm state left) after the second civil war, I will remember these posts and try to find wonketeers along the way to share their hobo beans and help me west.

Pragmatist2 April 13, 2011 at 7:56 am

We "quick-witted" liberals have figured out that Letterman is way funnier than Leno.

neiltheblaze April 13, 2011 at 8:08 am

Looks like the down-fisty pussy boy has had his Wheaties this morning.

YeOldeFapSmith April 13, 2011 at 8:27 am

Amen. My p-ness shrunk by three points since this anus-faced gutter goblin has been up to its ignorant ways. Luckily, nothing this fuck monkey can do will put a damper on my buzz.

Andrew Drinker April 13, 2011 at 11:20 am

Couple days in a row like that. He's gonna get carpal tunnel!

738838 April 13, 2011 at 8:09 am

I read somewhere he was a Don Ho man.

mrblifil April 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

Well he's some kind of ho, man.

LocalGirlMakesGoo April 13, 2011 at 8:12 am

Well, I hope Mittens appreciates my vote.

GregComlish April 13, 2011 at 8:21 am

At least Obama still retains his unnatural ability to infuriate right-wing morons. That is something that brings me comfort during these troubled times.

Barbara_i April 13, 2011 at 8:25 am

Poor Kool-Aid! It was Flavor Aid they drank in Jonestown.

SonofSpermcube April 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

Also in Real America, all carbonated soft drinks are "Coke."

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 9:48 am

"Dr Pepper" in Texas, sometimes, also.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_SqhhJb_P3Kk/SKtw1dXLC0I

jus_wonderin April 13, 2011 at 10:11 am

Alaska is a bit schizophrenic on the term they use.

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 10:26 am

Alaska is a bit schizophrenic on the term they use.

SonofSpermcube April 13, 2011 at 8:37 am

What do you always know about the lesser evil?

It's still evil.

Monsieur_Grumpe April 13, 2011 at 8:40 am

Where's my personal jet pack Hopey?
Harrrrrrumph!

WinterOuthouse April 13, 2011 at 8:41 am

Perhaps a Limbaugh quote or two would have taken the depressing edge off this snark article. This wasn't snark? Oh, my bad.

vulpes82 April 13, 2011 at 8:44 am

I… don't quite know what you're going for with this post, Ken. Seriously. It reads half as a send-up of the hippie pinko whining I see every day in TPM comments (really, why do I continue to read the comments anywhere other than Wonkette? Don't even get me started on Matt Yglesias's comments. Yikes!) and half as another of your "I do not care for this Kenyan" screeds. I guess it can be both? I don't know, I haz confused.

Anyway, considering the shitstorm he's been dealt, I think he's done okay. I'm definitely as frustrated as the next commie, but I really do think he's trying his best. He doesn't have a magic wand to make Congress functional; that's where things have really gone to pot.

jus_wonderin April 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

Congress is pretty much acting like my after-meth niece.

comrad_darkness April 13, 2011 at 10:49 am

He has a huge pulpit to use to hammer messages home. He either doesn't recognize that (unlikely) or doesn't actually have any. Reminds me of Bush I, actually.

vulpes82 April 13, 2011 at 11:00 am

Well, it's hard to get a message through with a shrieking opera of "MUSLING KENYAN USURPER!" and "Winning!" between you and the audience.

BklynIlluminati April 13, 2011 at 8:46 am

Not for nothing I'm not a militant lefty I consider myself a reasonable moderate that leans left but yeah I often feel the big guy is way to accommodating to these monkeys especially since they have gone hogwild insane. But fuck Barry more pimphand less making the teabaggers control the conversation and whatever happened to closing the corporate tax loopholes? You know the platform you ran on.

Trannysurprise April 13, 2011 at 8:53 am

All this upfisting takes a lot of lube.

4tehlulz_lite April 13, 2011 at 9:06 am

Obama lost me when DADT repeal and HCR didn't pass. I don't see what took you so long.

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 9:19 am

The Left would have only been happy about DADT overturn if Obama were to have put on angel wings & done a tab of E, then ridden Gates's bung to glory.

I am upset about HCR, though. I'm one of those "opponents" who thinks it didn't go far enough. (Yes, CNN, 57% of the U.S. populace polled opposes 'Obamacare', but break it down, & one-quarter of the opposition (overall: 15%) thinks it didn't go far enough. So, 57% oppose 'Obamacare' as structured, but 58% support HCR.)

4tehlulz_lite April 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

I would suggest writing a slashfic, but chances are, someone's already written OxG fics.

GOPCrusher April 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

And I wonder how many of those people polled still believe that Obamacare calls for death panels and federally funded abortions?

GregComlish April 13, 2011 at 9:58 am

DADT was repealed by Congress. Obama had the opportunity to drop DADT when a court invalidated the measure, but Obama's DOJ pointlessly decided to fight for the constitutionality of the act. All so Obama could waste his remaining political capital fighting for something he could have gotten for free. Meanwhile the clock was running down on being able to pass a budget, an issue that was shamefully ignored. So now the Republicans have gotten all of their budget priorities pushed, including huge tax cuts for the rich and spending cuts for the poor and middle class, all during a unprecedented recession. So either a) Obama shot himself in the foot repeatedly by being a tactical dipshit or b) he never gave a shit about poor people in the first fucking place. That has been repeated several times over basically every issue.

4tehlulz_lite April 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

So Congress gets the credit for passing DADT repeal, but it's Obama's fault that Congress did not pass a budget.

Cool story, bro.

GregComlish April 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

It's not about divvying up credit and blame between Congress and Obama. It's about holding Obama accountable for his decisions. Obama's decision to fight for DADT in court made it harder to repeal DADT and made it harder to pass a budget.

James Michael Curley April 13, 2011 at 9:07 am

When he finally releases that Birth Certificate we will learn the his father is really Don Ho.

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

Sadly, the housing boom was not a tiny bubble.

donner_froh April 13, 2011 at 9:12 am

Guy grew up in Hawaii, listening to nothing but Jimmy Buffett and Sammy Hagar.

Don't forget Herb "Ohta-san" Ohta and his Ukulele Kings.

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 9:21 am

As good a time as any to post this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVbN5ZnLVqU

ttommyunger April 13, 2011 at 9:15 am

Anybody up for a reality check? We will never have a true champion of the people so long as the two major parties control the process. They are actually and in reality the "Corporate" Party and the "Corporate Lite" Party; nothing more, nothing less. Their chosen candidates will reflect their positions, or else they will not be their chosen candidates…Sorry for the lack of snark, it is early and this is serious.

ShaveTheWhales April 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

True enough. I guess I'm still enough of an idealist (i.e., "chump") to think that the "Lite" Party, as a party, differs a little more in that they still maintain tenuous contact with the real world — you know, the one that's filled with non-rich people with problems and debts and (sometimes) jerbs, and children, and illness, and lungs, and even interests other than just making maximal bank.

Back when I was even more idealistic (i.e., "a hopelessly naive chump"), I used to argue that the justification for "Big Government" was that we already had BIG Corporations, and government was the only entity big enough to keep them from running everything into the ground.

Well, those days are — as you point out — long gone. However, I continue to think (chump that I am) that there is a difference between the party that still recognizes (at least some of the time) that each of the 310M consumer units infesting the country is a self-aware human being, capable of suffering and exaltation; and the party that doesn't.

Negropolis April 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I guess I'm still enough of an idealist (i.e., "chump") to think that the "Lite" Party, as a party, differs a little more in that they still maintain tenuous contact with the real world

Bingo. While both parties are bought-and-paid for, one of them actually has a conscience that can be appealed to, at times. It's a tiny bit of hope we hold onto, but a bit of hope we must hold onto if we hope to survive as a society.

ttommyunger April 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

I agree, but feel our only real hope for change will come from outside the D or R Brand.

Negropolis April 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Well, I'm not going to wait on a horse that most likely won't show up.

ttommyunger April 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I'm doing what little I can, learning, voting, contributing my little bit; but this seems to be above my pay grade.

LiveToServeYa April 13, 2011 at 9:17 am

You mean Barry didn't convert the US to a worker's paradise in three years? Outrage!

ablington April 13, 2011 at 9:18 am

I feel like a jerk for still liking the guy.

Limeylizzie April 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

Don't. I still have the faith, even though I have to keep asking MrLimeyLizzie if it's going to be ok, he assures me it is level 11 chess, and that man has never ied to me.

mrblifil April 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

"It Gets Better"

jus_wonderin April 13, 2011 at 10:18 am

"After It Gets Worse"

donner_froh April 13, 2011 at 9:23 am

The truly progressive parts of Obama's campaign rhetoric never had a chance of being enacted or even taken seriously after the election–not because he was a duplicitous politician, although that was the case, but because the forces of finance capital simply weren't going to allow it.

FDR got a lot done to save capitalism but only because there was a strike wave sweeping the country and the potential for mass action on the part of workers was becoming real. Without that pressure from the bottom, which will never happen again, finance capital and its lackeys win 100 times out of 100.

sati_demise April 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

FDR didnt have to contend with Fox 'News' and Citizens United.

And he was 'in the club' of rich guys his whole life so he could tell them to fuck off

Chet Kincaid April 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm

That second is an excellent point.

Negropolis April 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Bingo. They'll listen to, or at least begrudgingly respect their own. Like a lot of tea partiers, as far as they are concerned, Obama isn't legitimate or somone even to be respected because he didn't come from their (rich guy) ranks.

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 9:24 am

Obama-Biden 2012: Obama runs, wins, & two months into his second term, he resigns, for "health reasons", allowing Joe to do his best LBJ. (The B-Dawg is such a loudmouth, you know he's got the stones ("confidence") to implement full HCR (public-option/national health care), etc.) Plus, Obama becoming a term-plus president, while not as awesome as Sarah Palin's half-term, finally might earn him some love from the couch-potato tea-tards he wants so much to like him.

smitallica April 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

Just a reminder back to 2000, when America was a Superpower. Remember how we thought "Well, I would've preferred Al Gore, wooden and soap-dishy as he is, but this Bush guy seems to at least have put smart people around him and things are going pretty good in the country right now what with the surprlus and all so all he has to do is not fuck it up too much."?
How'd that work out?
Imperfect as Obama has been, I would vote for a poodle with Asperger's before I'd vote for any one of these Republican fuckwits.

horsedreamer_1 April 13, 2011 at 9:51 am

I said this upthread & got downfisted. Though, maybe lambasting Nader as part of my pro-Gore opinion was what did me in. Still, I like this.

& think, too: if Gore wins, maybe he doesn't get divorced. Certainly, John Edwards doesn't end up meeting Rielle, in 2006. So, not only would the economy have been saved, but two marriages, also. (Traditional values!)

Oh, & Liebermann getting shunted to the Naval Observatory would have been a nice bonus.

philpjfry April 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

Ah, what might have been

GOPCrusher April 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm
sati_demise April 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm

we knew Bush would be bad, we just couldnt imagine HOW bad.

We better put on our imagination hats

Ducksworthy April 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

The horrible thing is that the Rovian smear strategy worked. Obama is now a weak president, having been victim of a thousand slights all of which were too insane to defend against but each of which, none the less, has taken its toll. Psychology has come a long way since Dr. Goebbels day, oh wait, no it hasn't.

neiltheblaze April 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

"Going to Hell in a Hummer" has a nice ring to it.

Negropolis April 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm

FTW. Also.

mrblifil April 13, 2011 at 10:03 am

Why must you plague Jim Newell by using that picture of him again and again?

hollywooddood April 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

Ken, you're all wee wee'd up. Take a Valium.

edywin2 April 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

(President Obama walks into Jay Carney's office after reading Ken Layne's blistering rebuke on Wonkette)
Obama: "Time to resign. If we have lost Layne at Wonkette, we have lost effete liberal intellectual America. Prepare my resignation speech."
(Deafening silence in the Press Secretary's office.)
Obama: "Oh, I'm just messing with you Carney. Book me some tickets to a NASCAR race and break out the Presidential Motor Home. We are campaigning at TALADEGA!" YEAH CAPITALISM!

CZL April 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

Ken, buddy, grab a nice tequila! You'll give yourself a heart attack, and, well, this ain't Canada. You'd have to pay for the surgery.

You, me and a lot of people bought the Fox myth that Obama was super-liberal. He talked tough on campaign, but so do all candidates. Clinton did, and he governed mostly center-right. Big money rules DC; anyone that gets elected will serve big money in the end. At least we got a few token gestures this go-round.

I want a Labor party here as much as the next guy, but we've got to be realistic. When the choices are a centrist and a rightist, why not choose the option that hurts less?

bagofmice April 13, 2011 at 10:16 am

You know, my existential drama built up from growing up in "Real America", and dealing with "second amendment solutions" wiping out a bunch of my friends was bad enough. But this… What are you going to do?

philpjfry April 13, 2011 at 10:26 am

So…..is Obama the best we got? Man this country is fucked.

vulpes82 April 13, 2011 at 11:06 am

Obama could be the second coming of Abraham Lincoln, and we'd still be fucked.

Andrew Drinker April 13, 2011 at 10:40 am

Plus, good lord, High Life causes some of the nastiest beer farts!

squirmisher April 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

Come up to Canadia, even our worst Conservatives (The robot that replaced Stephen Harper at birth) better defend things like universal healthcare if they want to have a hope of getting elected.

natoslug April 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Okay, I'm following you now. Please make sure to send instructions on how to smuggle myself (and maybe my family, if they haven't pissed me off that week) up to Canadia and blend in when the time comes, eh?

An_Outhouse April 13, 2011 at 10:52 am

the old and the poor and the unemployed don't got no cake. You got to pay to play, bitches.

carlgt1 April 13, 2011 at 11:04 am

well if you've lost Moby, then you should know something is wrong.

mavenmaven April 13, 2011 at 11:20 am

Sara Benincasa is going to kick you in the nuts for this.

Oldskool_ April 13, 2011 at 11:30 am

We just learned that libruls grasp complexity when conservatards don't which is why Barry is in this shitty position. Kicking your enemies teeth down their throat is fun in the extreme, but it ain't productive. Don't ask how I know.

Gopherit April 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Christ, Ken. The PUMAs have nothing on you today. I don't think that coast walk took the edge off for you.

sati_demise April 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Anthony Weiner just tweeted he has a copy of the Obama speech and "likes what he read"

So, ?

Chet Kincaid April 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I hate hearing this "7-11 Level Chess" nonsense, it's silly and it makes you look like an idiot if you still support Obama. The guy does not have a master plan that is way beyond our intelligence, stop looking for one!

Obama isn't a grand visionary. He waits for other people to form a consensus that generally leans his way, and then expends whatever personal capital is necessary to push it through. He'd rather accomplish something–anything–than stand for the Greatest Ideology With A Snowball's Chance. That's it. That's ALL. He has operated that way his whole life, throughout the campaign, and into these first three years. Sorry you missed it.

So, in the spirit of reasonable fairness demonstrated in these Ken Layne Obama Special Comments, I say you guys are all racists for thinking Obama would be Hugo Chavez just because he's black.

p.s. Perhaps the stupidest thing that Layne keeps repeating in these rants is that Obama's in it just for the golf and speaker's fees. Really, Ken? If that's all it's about, he could have made a ton more money skipping politics entirely with that Harvard Law degree, don't you think?

ShaveTheWhales April 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm

1. You make an excellent point in your second paragraph. Obama is too smart to be a grand visionary. Presumably, his anterior cingulate cortex is big enough to realize that the problem of the actual world is too complicated to admit of a simple solution. As I see it, his weak spot as Preznit is that he's allowing the other side's "visionaries" (less smarts, more certainty) to define, and therefore dominate, the discussion. Accomplishing something is a reasonable goal, but it's also reasonable to ask in which direction the net trend of the accomplishments is going.

2. Re: your third graf, see my response to your comment above in this thread.

3. Obviously, Ken has some Issues, and he's not shy about sharing his feelings. But you appear to be criticizing his snark (scarce in this post) as if it were serious. Hmm, perhaps that is the definition of good snark.

BTW, I quite like your comments, both the delightfully snarky ones and the ones where you reveal your feelings. I voted for O in 08, and of fucking course I will vote for him in 12 — elections are a choice, not a form of psychoanalysis. I am, however, afraid that — absent the kind of major change in style that no second-term POTUS has ever evinced — he will go down in history as a mediocre President. Undoubtedly, some of our (Chavez-worshippers') angst is due to our HOPE for more.

Cheers.

DarwinianDemon April 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm

That's what I thought, but Ken says he hates snark and does not do it. So…

DarwinianDemon April 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm

To me, it grates when liberals say something like "I thought he would bitch slap so and so or pimp slap the republicans" because really what they are saying is the same thing Bill O' Reilly said when he was shocked people didn't ask for m-er effin' iced tea. They're saying "I thought this black man was going to act like the black men act on TV"

Negropolis April 13, 2011 at 11:34 pm

He waits for other people to form a consensus that generally leans his way, and then expends whatever personal capital is necessary to push it through.

When you lay it out like that, it makes him look really pitiful. That's the exact opposite of leadership.

ArmoredBore April 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I still shudder at the thought. Like I've told friends and family, I didn't as much vote FOR O'Dawg than I voted AGAINST Snowbilly and her Maverick.

tessiee April 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Pardon my lack of finesse, but you're on the crack pipe if you think McCain would have survived a week after the election.

hellbabe April 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Yeah, Ken, but do you realize that there are many democrats who feel that they are stuck with Obama…..because the repugs are so much worse? Where does a liberal go? Amsterdam? No, even there, the crazy conservatives have taken over.

FlipOffResearch April 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Alternative title: Slow-witted liberals want to give up on Obama and give the Republicans the chance to name the next two Supreme Court Justices because daddy didn't give them a pony for Christmas.

Daddy really did want to give them a pony, he just couldn't right yet.

BZ1 April 13, 2011 at 9:50 pm

The devil's in the details, and Obama has probably done the best he can, given the virulent hate directed at him.

Negropolis April 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm

FTW

mszardi April 14, 2011 at 9:59 am

Will you be walking any of this back now that the actual speech was nothing like you predicted it would be, Ken?

ExtremeLiberal April 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Wow, I didn't realize Wonkette was a Tea Party site. Crazy, crazy people….I'm hearing Twilight Zone music.

anti0aquabudda April 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm

It is amazing how many subsidies our government doles out. Our government gives away TOO much of OUR money. We are have a 1.6 Trillion dollar budget deficit in 2011. We have to stop the madness!!

People say we should tax the rich more, but raising the highest rate from 35 to 39% will bring in an additional $100 to $150 billion per year. That takes the deficit down to 1.45 Trillion, NOW WHAT?

I have been studying up about proposed flat taxes, where no loopholes exist and there are no deduction. I am becoming a fan because people like Buffet should pay 35% like the tax code requires.

anti0aquabudda April 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm

His secretary making 60k per year (per Buffett) would pay at a marginal rate of 18.8% (because of tax rates at different income levels) and would pay around $11,000 in federal taxes. With 2 kids and a mortage giving her other deductions, she would probably pay about $4,000 in federal taxes.

Buffet made $46 Million that year and paid 17.7 percent (which I still don't understand unless he was able to cook his books). Nevertheless, at 17.7 percent, Buffet paid roughly $8,142,000 in taxes. Obviously, Buffet paid a TON more because he made a TON more, but still, the tax code MUST be simplified so that he pays 35%. I paid over 30% in 2010 and I did not make anything near Buffett!!

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