In his brave speech yesterday, Barack Obama gave us a preview of what it would be like to have a president who addresses US citizens as if we were adults capable of understanding complex issues and nuance. In stark contrast to what we’ve been exposed to for the interminable length of the Bush administration, not only was the speaker able to assemble multi-syllabic words into coherent sentences, paragraphs and themes, he did us the honor of assuming we were able to comprehend more than bumpersticker slogans and monochromatic portrayals of us vs. them, good vs. evil.
Obama staked his entire candidacy on our ability to get it. He must have known Fox News, the National Review and Rush Limbaugh would cherry-pick his speech to pair nuggets like “Jeremiah Wright is like family to me” with clips of Wright’s unhinged rants. Obama must have known Limbaugh’s sole take-away from the speech would be that Obama has become “the candidate of race.”
But to Limbaugh and his regrettably numerous ilk, Obama or any other black man was always the candidate of race. The speech had nothing to do with that. To the Limbaughs of the world, Donovan McNabb, Doug Williams or Vince Young will always be the black quarterback propped up by a fawning media. It doesn’t matter how many playoff games they win or how many white quarterbacks they outperform. A black quarterback could win the Super Bowl single-handedly, and Limbaugh would discern affirmative action in the referees’ calls. That’s just how Limbaugh rolls, and nothing will ever change it. Obama knows this.
Read it all. And if you’re a blogger and you haven’t added Betty to your blogroll yet, what in the hell are you waiting for?
Later on he had Buchanan back on alone who barked out a punch list of great things “we” have given to African Americans and then, basically, said that all they’ve done for their fellow Americans in return is steal white people’s jobs and rob and rape them.
Then Joe told us liberals needed to start listening to people like Pat.
It was a great morning to be an American. Good christ, we’re fucked.
MORE: I missed Mike Huckabee on Morning Joe this morning, but apparently he stood up for Obama. Bravo. And for people like Taylor Marsh who are too dense to understand the difference, it’s a good thing when Republicans defend Democrats and it’s 100% okay for liberals to showcase their comments. Conversely, it’s a bad thing for liberals to highlight and cheer on wingnuts when they’re going after a Democrat just because it’s not the Democrat you’re supporting for the nomination. It looks like Clinton supporters like Vanity Fair‘s James Wolcott are starting to notice what I’ve been pointing out here on Rumproast and in the comments sections of other blogs, including Tom Watson’s place (linked in the Wolcott quote below):
I watched most of Obama’s speech afterwards online and found it serious, moving, in a Tiger Woods league of its own, but I question that a “conversation” or dialogue about race is what the country wants or needs right now—it may be a pedagogical aria that appeals to the political media elite and other word-crafters but occupies a plane irrelevant to most people’s concerns as the economy implodes. But I think it’s ludicrous to claim, as some Hillary supporters have been doing, that Obama threw his white grandmother under a bus in this speech, a rightwing sneer-job that I’ve seen bouncing around the comments sections of even erudite pro-Hillary sites. There’s been a lot of that lately, and ardent Clintonites do their case and cause no good by citing Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Newsmax, and Fox News as sources to buttress their arguments that Obama is an unelectable dewdrop with a hate diploma from Jeremiah Wright’s religious academy. I voted for Hillary in the NY primary and she’s still my choice for the Democratic nomination, but it’s embarrassing reading nonsense about how poor Geraldine Ferraro was thrown under the same proverbial bus that squished Obama’s grandma for the gauche felony of speaking out of turn. Ferraro’s a grownup professional, she opened her mouth and slung words carelessly around and caught a load of flak, so what, she’ll survive, she got a lot of TV time she wouldn’t have gotten otherwise, and the words she slung were singularly unhelpful to Clinton and to the Democratic Party. Painting her as the victim of her own candor is taking Impressionism too far.
9:38AM: Race expert Patrick Buchanan is on my teevees again. Have they set up a studio in Buchanan’s house so he can blast in at his leisure on every fucking show on MSNBC? Can we get Rachel Maddow a set up like that?
FINALLY: bostondreams at the TM Experience has been doing a hell of a job documenting all of the lunacy taking place at what he calls “Taylor’s Den of Obama Derangement.” Take a trip over there and look around.
If Obama had gotten away with this, he would have had Wright, and Farrakhan as guests at the White House. How disgusting is that? And who knows who else??
If you want proof this person is a Clinton supporter, take a look at their TPM comment history. I especially enjoyed the comment where they quoted and linked to the discredited Newsmax article (that’s right, Democrats linking to fucking Newsmax) about Obama attending one of Wright’s infamous sermons.
And, believe me, this is one of the milder, wingnut-like comments you see from Hillshills around the web these days. Take a gander at this string of comments at Philly.com:
Don’t listen to this speech. Err, those purple lips that I won’t watch. It’s about time for the power of estregan. Go Hillary 08!!
12:35 AM, 03/18/2008
Don’t waste your time. His words are just lies. He’s a hypocrit and his campaign is a fraud. Support Clinton.
12:46 AM, 03/18/2008
Unbelieveable! Were a white candidate found to be involved with a pro-white, anti-black church, the NAACP and various other groups would take to the streets to protest that they step down. Instead, we get to listen to some innane drivel about how Senator Obama had no idea that he was part of a Black Supremacist movement and we all should overlook the issue. The hypocrisy apparently knows no limits….
12:46 AM, 03/18/2008
Yes, Tammie!! As my sister says…get the testosterone out of the White House. Hillary got a rousing welcome here Friday night, I was there and it was great. Saturday was the St Patrick’s day parade where she was cheered for the whole mile. Keep going Hillary! We’ve got your back.
12:51 AM, 03/18/2008
I included j9zig1’s comment not because it’s shocking or offensive in and of itself, but because j9zig1 didn’t blink an eye (“Yes, Tammie!!”) at Tammie’s obviously racist “purple lips” comment and cut right to the shameless bonding. I’m seeing vile stuff like this being spewed everywhere by Hillshills and it’s not pretty.
Obama’s speech is going down at 10:15am today (MSNBC is definitely airing it) and it won’t be just the most important speech of his career, but it could potentially be one of the most important speeches uttered during a presidential campaign ever. I hope he nails it and drives all of these freshly-exposed knuckledraggers back into their dank ‘n’ hateful little holes.
MORE: Check out the comments at this post at Taylor Marsh’s House of Horrors where TM’s minions are hugging Sean Hannity so hard that Marsh has to tumble in and gurgle out her opposition to Hannity to save face. The fully quoted anti-Obama article from the rightwing Human Events site at the bottom of the thread puts the icing on this rancid cake.
Samantha Power made her first TV appearance after the overblown “Hillary is a monster” brouhaha last night on, of all places, The Colbert Report. Both of them handled it well, talking primarily about the subject of her new book, Sergio Vieira de Mello. What an exceptionally classy and smart woman. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of her soon.
Stephen Colbert, as usual, is funny as hell: “Do you want to clarify what kind of monster, while we’re here, by the way? [...] What about a good monster like Cookie Monster?”
For a party that loves to hate the Clintons, Republican voters have cast an awful lot of ballots lately for Senator Hillary Clinton: About 100,000 GOP loyalists voted for her in Ohio, 119,000 in Texas, and about 38,000 in Mississippi, exit polls show.
A sudden change of heart? Hardly.
Since Senator John McCain effectively sewed up the GOP nomination last month, Republicans have begun participating in Democratic primaries specifically to vote for Clinton, a tactic that some voters and local Republican activists think will help their party in November. With every delegate important in the tight Democratic race, this trend could help shape the outcome if it continues in the remaining Democratic primaries open to all voters.
Spurred by conservative talk radio, GOP voters who say they would never back Clinton in a general election are voting for her now for strategic reasons: Some want to prolong her bitter nomination battle with Barack Obama, others believe she would be easier to beat than Obama in the fall, or they simply want to register objections to Obama.
“It’s as simple as, I don’t think McCain can beat Obama if Obama is the Democratic choice,” said Kyle Britt, 49, a Republican-leaning independent from Huntsville, Texas, who voted for Clinton in the March 4 primary. “I do believe Hillary can mobilize enough [anti-Clinton] people to keep her out of office.”
Britt, who works in financial services, said he is certain he will vote for McCain in November.
About 1,100 miles north, in Granville, Ohio, Ben Rader, a 66-year-old retired entrepreneur, said he voted for Clinton in Ohio’s primary to further confuse the Democratic race. “I’m pretty much tired of the Clintons, and to see her squirm for three or four months with Obama beating her up, it’s great, it’s wonderful,” he said. “It broke my heart, but I had to.”
If my brain stem wasn’t all clogged up with cotton candy dreams and magical unicorn dust, it would be clear to me that this was SEXIST hateful bullshit written by someone who doesn’t want the MOST qualified and electable (and whitest) person to be the next president of the United States, the country Michelle Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright hate with red-hot, reverse-racism-fueled, black-souled passion.
The somnambulist media took guest star Tracy Morgan’s “defense” of Senator Barack Obama last night as an equal time gesture on the part of Saturday Night Live after Tina Fey’s defiant “bitch is the new black” stand on behalf of Hillary Clinton. Not shockingly, they’ve missed the story. Ya see, Morgan’s a comedian, fellas. He didn’t come to praise the campaign of Senator Obama - he was openly mocking some of his supporters. Take his now-famous “bitch may be the new black, but black is the new president, bitch” line. The right-wing Chicago Tribune called it “a blistering (and funny) response to Geraldine Ferraro’s comments about Barack Obama.” Uh fellas, Morgan was satirizing some of the blatant sexism that suffuses much of Clinton’s opposition - and quite brilliantly. You see, by referring to a still-revered female septuagenarian Democratic pioneer as “bitch” - by pretending to be an angry anti-feminist on SNL - Tracy Morgan was holding up a mirror to the hate, and he was nailing so many of the misogynists to the wall with the simple hammer of humor. Morgan took down some of the iron-my-shirt, likeable-enough, she-sipped-tea woman-haters in the crowd - and hard - while joining his good pal Tina in battling sexism. The great ones can do that. The Lenny Bruces and the George Carlins. But so many missed the message. Dudes, you ever hear of satire?
Tom Watson, I like you, I really do, but, dude, you ever heard of a vacation? Either than or it might be time for a Johnny Thunders post or two.
p.s. Yesterday Riverdaughter, who Tom said “always seems to nail what’s so important about the typical Clinton voter,” wrote the following:
Now, I am going to say something that will undoubtably be misconstrued and condemned as insensitive and racist. Of course, it is none of these things but it must be pointed out anyway. It is the great unspoken that everyone is thinking but no one will say for fear of bringing down another Keith Olbermann rambling, unfocussed diatribe on our heads. If Obama wins this thing by virtue of having obtained unearned delegates, he will become the Affirmative Action candidate.[my emphasis—ed.] Not only that, but he will have done it by gender discrimination as the candidate most qualified, having more experience, a greater knowledge base, dedication and hard work was passed over, along with all of the millions and millions of disenfranchised voters of the most populous Democratic states and several crucial swing states. That is the narrative that will haunt you all the way to November, Bill. It won’t matter whether he is a better candidate than John McCain or not. The thing that the GOP has been railing about for years will be out there for the whole country to see. And how do you expect the country, including independents and Republicans, to get behind Obama when this is the way your party treats its own voters?
In case anyone is confused and/or offended, I think Riverdaughter was satirizing some of the blatant racism that suffuses much of Obama’s opposition. Right? Someone get George Carlin on the phone. I think we need an expert opinion on this one.
At TM.com we honor the service, the heroism and bravery of all service men and women, regardless of political party. Senator John McCain is one of those men. Of course, this is not an endorsement of McCain or his politics. That I feel compelled to write that sentence saddens me, but that’s where our politics is today. This is simply a well deserved acknowledgment of the indomitable spirit of the American soldier represented by John McCain. [...]
But today we look beyond John McCain’s politics. On behalf of TM.com, we salute a real American hero, Senator John McCain.
Any liberal blogger who still blogrolls this loathsome attention-starved lunatic, who has recently used the ravings of Michael “Bill O’Reilly Jr.” Smerconish and Sean Hannity to bolster her constant anti-Obama not-so-swiftboating, should be ashamed of themselves. I’d say it’s pretty clear who she’s going to be actively supporting in the general election if Obama is the nominee.
FINALLY: Two bloggers I have mocked here on Rumproast, Roger L. Simon and Ann Althouse, blogged about Obama’s thoughtful entry regarding Rev. Jeremiah Wright at The Huffington Post and had the decency to take him at his word. Bravo. And what was Democrat Taylor Marsh’s response to Obama’s post? One dismissive sentence: “Something tells me Senator Obama won’t have the last word on this one.”
And before anyone calls me a hypocrite for doing the same thing I accused Marsh of, Simon and Althouse were defending a Democrat. Smerconish and Hannity, on the other hand, were dragging a Democrat through wingnut mud ... while an alleged Democrat cheered them on.