The word “squeeb” is a crude mix of squid and dweeb, and by inventing it I mean no disrespect to the squid, which in most respects is an excellent and admirable animal. In the ocean there’s almost nothing you’d rather be than a squid, one of nature’s most perfect predators — fast, resilient, ruthless, more intelligent by leaps and bounds than your average fish, and able to squeeze into impossibly tiny cracks. In the ocean, there is no hiding from a squid, I tell you.
But on land, a squid is about as useless as it gets. It’s a spineless, squishy little hunk of seafood that wouldn’t stand a chance in a cage match with a baby squirrel. It has no heart, and its first instinct when trouble comes is to hide in a cloud of its own excretions. This is why a squiddy word like squeeb seems to me to be a good way to describe the American voter during a presidential election season.
That’s especially true now, during a “controversy” like this latest flap over Barack Obama pastor Jeremiah Wright. This Wright business is a perfect example of the American electorate at its squeeby worst — panicky, gutless, acting more on reflex than thought, incapable of retaining information for more than a few minutes at a time. It’s also a great example of how the presidential election process has become more about enforcing the attitudes of a cultural orthodoxy than a system for choosing leaders. Through scandal after idiotic scandal, the election process has become a painfully prolonged, deeply irritating exercise in policing conventional wisdom, through a variety of means keeping the public in a state of heightened, dumb animal panic, and ultimately turning the election itself into a Darwinian contest — survival of the Squeebiest.
I am giving Hillary a sincere pat on the back for this:
Clinton was asked by a questioner in the audience here what she would tell frustrated Democrats who might consider voting for McCain in the general election out of spite.
“Please think through this decision,” Clinton said, laughing and emphasizing the word “please.”
“It is not a wise decision for yourself or your country.”
The crowd applauded loudly.
A Gallup poll released this week indicated that 28 percent of Clinton\‘s supporters would back McCain should the New York senator lose her quest for the Democratic nomination.
That compares to the 19 percent of Obama supporters who say they will favor McCain should Clinton be the party’s nominee.
“First of all, every time you have a vigorous contest like we are having in this primary election people get intense,” she continued. “You know, Sen. Obama has intense support. I have intense support.”
Clinton stressed that there are “significant” differences between her and Obama, but said “those differences pale to the differences between us and Sen. McCain.”
“I intend to do everything I can to make sure we have a unified Democratic party,” she said. “When this contest is over and we have a nominee, we’re going to close ranks, we’re going to be united.”
Everyone knows Hillary and her campaign lost the big daddy of the leftosphere a while ago (Kos), but there have been quite a few respected, high traffic veteran bloggers who have remained fence-sitters during this primary season. Over the last few days, several of them fell off and they didn’t tumble onto HillCo’s crabgrass and horsehit shit infested lawn. The list includes Duncan Black (aka Atrios), Kevin Drum, and TBogg. In addition, The Atlantic Monthly‘s James Fallows, one of my favorite journalists ever, felt the need to dial in his disgust with the Clinton campaign from China on his blog.
The pathetic wingnut-like antics of Hillary, her campaign staff and her more rabid supporters (I’ve documented plenty of them here) have reached a Scaife-fueled tipping point in the blogosphere and I don’t think there’s any turning back.
Now let’s turn our attention to a few fine bloggers who don’t get the attention they deserve.
Blatant racism and white supremacy has no place on any leftwing blog. None whatsoever. Earlier last week, a group email conversation between leftwing bloggers was launched to try and quell the infighting between Hillary and Obama supporters, to try and reach a truce. For my part, I said that I wouldn’t be able to stay quiet if some of the extreme Hillary supporters used racism and comparisons to Hitler against Obama, because that’s just over the line—and if the same actions were committed against Hillary by an Obama supporter, then I’d take those bloggers to the woodshed, too.
Well, as far as I’m concerned, the truce is dead. Long live its brief existence.
If SusanUnPC had any sense of humiliation, she would apologize for spreading the worst form of racism and retire from blogging. And if Larry Johnson had any honor, he would have booted her from posting on his blog a long time ago. But these Hillary supporters have no scruples. And I don’t want to make any blanket statements against Hillary’s other supporters, most of whom I’m sure aren’t completely insane, but let me just say that when you sleep with the dogs, you wake up with fleas. SusanUnPC and the rest of No Quarter is a flea-infested Great Dane, and it’s time for everyone—no matter what candidate you support—to admonish them; to boot them from discourse in the blogosphere. They no longer deserve to be here.
You’ve probably seen the letter that was sent to Nancy Peslosi, by now. I’ll be honest, it pissed me off. I know that Hillary’s supporters have worked hard to push her to the top in this Primary and I respect that. But, as a local campaign coordinator and a local candidate, myself, I know how hard it is to gain support and earn votes. And Hillary’s recent behavior is a slap in the face to all the Democratic candidates at every level downstream from her.
I could highlight all of the outraged posts I’m stumbling upon all day (and night), but I’d need a few interns (any takers?) and a new hosting plan to help me push all of the tetrabytes out into the ether.
SIDE NOTE: Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be introducing Obama before he delivers a speech on the economy today in Manhattan. Smells like an endorsement to me. Look for Taylor Marsh to be sifting through Bloomberg’s garbage by end of day and for him to be tagged as an anti-Semite by Hillshills within hours.
I don’t think Clinton brining [sic] up the issue of Wright was a matter of keeping the story alive. The polls show that nearly 90% of Americans already know and have an opinion about it, that’s a done deal. Rather, Clinton was belatedly putting some needed distance between herself and Wright. [emphasis added—ed.]
I’m posting this because I think dipsetmuthafucka, who posts a video of himself dancing in public every day, is a hoot and because I’ve never seen a woman look more adorable and/or sexy eating a hamburger.* Check out all of dipsetmuthafucka’s videos here. I’ve embedded a few more selections below the fold since he’s got 377 of them to choose from (no, I haven’t watched them all). Enjoy.
Like any good citizen journalist, I went to check out what else this “fine video artist,” a Hillary supporter and a 9/11 Truther (huzzah?!), has produced. At first, I came upon his hillaryious video mashup called “The Obama’s,” which swaps in the Obamas as TV’s the Jeffersons (replete with the show’s intro song), inserts video of what quervodrinker claims is a Kenyan riot, and ends with, get this, footage of the World Trade Center collapsing. I guess that end scene is funny when you’re a 9/11 Truther, but then so is staring at butter dishes and watching dogs poop.
So I decided to check out a bit more of what quervodrinker, another fine video artist, has churned out and settled into viewing his biggest hit to date (over 19k views as of this writing): “Obama, Wright and Hitler The Three Stooges!” Enough said about the video the better, but I thought I’d peruse some of the responses to this masterpiece-o-shit in the comments section. Since I’ve been documenting how Hillshills have become virtually indistinguishable from wingnuts lately, I can’t say I was totally astonished by what I found, but the comments made by quervodrinker on his own video page (read that again, SusanUnPC ... his own video page) caught even an untypical white person like me by surprise:
if blacks dont like it here, get the fuck out…. we will trade the whites “stuck” in south africa for the blacks that are “stuck” here, at least they will contribute to this country instead of leach off of it!
well i dont know if blacks are smarter, i do know that if they do not get there way a large number of them will burn down cities, loot, beat and kill people!
la riots in the 60’s, chicago riots, rodney king riots, kenya riots, etc, etc, etc.
hmmmmmmm who sold us the slaves in the first place?
BLACKS…... Why dont you go after the “DEALER” instead of the “ADDICT”
I cant believe that the blacks are this ungrateful
600000 men died for civil rights blacks sold the black slaves to the Americans and white Americans fought for the injustice of slavery and won
Blacks have been given the same rights as whites have now
This preacher knows nothing of forgiveness, and anyone that supports him (Barack Obama)
Wants to perpetuate this forever
And forever perpetuate this division between us
Furthermore if you do not like the USA You have the right to LEAVE
hitler was just as charismatic as barack….
what do we need to wait for people to die first to satisfy you….
barack is a racist, just like hitler was. the connections that barack has are to racist figures and terrorists, do the research fool!
Well, since quervodrinker encouraged me to “do the research fool,” I decided to take him up on it and see what other pearls of wisdom (all easily found) he’s left around YouTube. Here’s a sampling…
This is pretty funny. Hillary spokesperson Phil Singer blasted out an email at 11:23 insisting that Obama release his tax returns for back years,
Exactly two minutes later, at 11:25, Obama spokesperson Tommy Vietor emailed out word that Obama had posted his tax returns for 2000-2006 on his campaign web site. Turns out the Obama camp has been planning this for some time.
And, yes, it was pretty damn funny. *Thwap!*
I’ll lay off of snipergate (or Tuzlagate or Sinbadgate) because the media has finally picked up the story en masse and the trainwreck that is the Clinton campaign is handling the onslaught so poorly that I don’t (currently) feel the need to rub their noses in it further. Here’s the nutshell version of the Clinton responses to the controversy: She mispoke. She was sleep-deprived. She is human. Rev. Wright. Rev. Wright! Rev. Wright!!! Pathetic.
But the above example from TPM is another reason why I’m totally impressed with how well the Obama campaign has worked the game during this campaign, without appearing underhanded, and how I’m becoming increasingly confident that Obama can handle whatever comes his way during the general election. He’s a solid candidate, he’s picked a great staff and he responded to the Wright controversy magnificently. Hillary and her team of allegedly great political minds, on the other hand, were taken down by fucking Sinbad and have responded like sniveling, dissembling infants.
For their sake, I hope Carrot Top doesn’t have anything on them.
MORE: Just a reminder of how far Obama has come. People tend to forget how far he was behind Hillary when this all started.
It’s become fairly common knowledge among the reality-based-ers that SusanUnPC (a.k.a. susanhu) from Flowbee’s Fortress of Fucknuttery (No Quarter) is certifiable, but after her post last night, entitled “Words Matter, Even for a Liar,” I fear she’s now a few ticks short of 24/7 behind-the-back sleeve-binding.
And below the fold, all set up for us nice ‘n’ pretty like by Susan, we’re greeted by Pat “Segregation Forever” Buchanan’s new editorial titled, I shit you not, “A Brief for Whitey.” Susan, announcing “I share some of his anger,” selects a few pull-quotes from Buchanan’s piece and offers, ahem, color commentary as well:
Buchanan says, “We hear the grievances.” Then, listing the trillions of dollars spent in trying to right the wrongs of our nation’s history of racism, he dares to ask, “Where is the gratitude?”
You must read Buchanan’s piece in full (A Brief for Whitey) — I cannot quote all of the examples that Buchanan cites. Here is how he concludes his essay:
As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?
Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?
We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.
Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago.
Well, I took Susan’s advice and read all of Buchanan’s screed because that wasn’t inaccurate and/or hateful enough for me. Look at what else I found:
First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.
[Rev. Jeremiah] Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.
Oh ... my ... God. He didn’t just .... he did? Holy racist shitbag on a cracker. No liberal in their right mind would endorse and/or identify with rancid garbage like that. Right?!
Oh, wait, we forgot about Susan:
Now go ahead and call me a racist for quoting Pat Buchanan.