First they came for the hippies…

Today I caught my middle-schooler burning the Obama t-shirt she begged me to buy for her during the 2008 election season. Holy Christ, I thought—can it all be true?

Are a handful of liberal bloggers destroying the Obama presidency so effectively that even 7th graders can’t stand the sight of him anymore?

Or maybe Biden’s latest haymaker to the hippie snotlocker was so cruel that it permanently alienated even the children and grandchildren of hippies?

Turns out there was a simpler explanation…

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I keed, of course—my daughter doesn’t even read HuffPo! But I think there’s a larger lesson here.

The base is demoralized because the economy sucks worse than it has since my grandfather was in knee-pants. Maybe—just maybe!—punched-hippies and all-powerful bloggers have fuck-all to do with it.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 09/28/10 at 07:33 AM • Permalink

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No, no! Bloggers control the vertical. Bloggers control the horizontal! It’s true, it must be true!!

I wanted to say “You’re welcome” to Allen:

I’m late to the party and he may have already left, but I just wanted to chime in and thank the Dark Avenger for his kick-ass work on the McGovern campaign.

I’d like to remind everyone that in a little more than a year, you’ll get to have a experience similar to mine.

Hmmm, I don’t remember reading about President McGovern in history class. Maybe Allan should have thanked you for your kick-ass work on the Carter reelection committee so you could have a better historical underpinning for your prophesy…

I’d like to remind everyone that in a little more than a year, you’ll get to have a experience similar to mine.

Like PUMAs and Certain Liberal Bloggers, that is the only joy you have left to look forward to in this life.

God, you’re pathetic.

Excellent. I was getting nostalgic for the wall-to-wall PUMA predictions of electoral doom back in 2008. Great to see that old memes never die, they just get recycled.

Near-jinx, Strange! (a) I need to be quicker on the trigger, and (b) I owe you a tipple.

I think we’ll soon be referring to this as PUMA 2.0.

It’ll never make 300.

Hmmm, I don’t remember reading about President McGovern in history class. Maybe Allan should have thanked you for your kick-ass work on the Carter reelection committee so you could have a better historical underpinning for your prophesy…

Hmmm, you don’t know what disheartening is untill you do phone polling and find that 70% of your respondents aren’t for McGovern.

But, hey, I’m sorry to bring a downer now that you’re all optimistic and hopeful about the changes come November.

Carry on, we need a reality-challenged Left in order to compete fairly with a reality-challenged Right.

But, hey, I’m sorry to bring a downer now that you’re all optimistic and hopeful about the changes come November.

Bollocks you are. You’re a sad old git getting his jollies from a little bit of attention.

Shouldn’t the superhero wannabe say “bookmark it” or something?

It never fails, they lose an argument and it’s all “just you wait until the next election, mwhahahaha!”  Not to mention the irony of having so much invested in the next election years away, but can’t wait for their ponies to arrive cos they want ‘em RIGHT NOW!!!

TODAY ON THE RUMPROAST TAKE-YOUR-ASS-TO-SCHOOL SPECIAL:

“Everyone Will Miss Me When I’m Gone”

A Lifetime Channel Movie Event On America’s Epidemic of Adolescent Political Depression

Starring The Dark Avenger and a Cast of Thousands of Wounded Egos Who Thought Godspell Was a Documentary, Only to Discover That Face-Paint and Clown Shoes Were a Metaphor, Not a Uniform

I Like Pie!

Comment by The Dark Avenger on 09/28/10 at 10:21 AM

I don’t know why this guy annoys you all so much. Can’t punch a hippie for liking pie.

@Strange:

Well, super.  I now have nose-flavored coffee to clean out of my keyboard.

I’m pretty sure my 12-year-old would be right there marching on the White House with yours, Betty, and she’s no Righty. And, I have to confess, I don’t wear my $500 Obama/Biden t-shirt to the gym anymore, even though I still support the President and the Vice President.

Personally, I blame Maureen Down and all the other sex-deprived MSM hos (both male and female) for the decline in Obama’s popularity.

*Dowd, Maureen Dowd.

Typing error perfectly understandable J. For months now I try to type “Somerby” and it comes out “Somerbabble.”

Maureen Down

In typo veritas.

Bollocks you are. You’re a sad old git getting his jollies from a little bit of attention.

Why don’t you tell me to turn that frown upside-down?

Um, that’s already the latest talking point, FYI:

“People need to shake off this lethargy. People need to buck up,” Obama told Rolling Stone in an interview to be published Friday. The president told Democrats that making change happen is hard and “if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.”


I’ve just been rebuked by my President.

I feel so bad about all I’ve written here now.

I’ve just been rebuked by my President.

Well I guess that makes it unanimous. Congratulations!

I feel so bad about all I’ve written here now.

Help! Help! I’m being depressed!

The closer we get to the election the more hysterical the “criticism from the left that looks peculiarly like Right Wing Talking Points”.

If Dark Avenger’s story gets any sadder, he could win “Queen for a Day.”

I really dig apple pie!

Comment by The Dark Avenger on 09/28/10 at 12:01 PM

Have you tried blueberry?

Since DA is new to Rumproast, he may not be aware of some RR wisdom which has been in full use since The Great But Ultimately Unnoticed Snitfits of ‘08:

1. Your Pwecious Feewings + 50 cents won’t get you a cup of coffee when we are facing God-bothering Fascistic Loons.
2. We reserve the right to point and laugh at egregious examples of smarm and petty vengefulness.
3. Unless it becomes tiresome, in which case sammiches of indifference will be served, followed by a palate-cleanser.
4. There is no use arguing with the wilfully stupid, as they don’t know when they’ve lost.

And which primary challenger to Obama will you be supporting, DA?

I ask because I really want to enjoy his/her press conference after the Iowa caucuses, and knowing you’re gnashing your teeth and rending your garments will add to my schadenfreude.

And which primary challenger to Obama will you be supporting, DA?

Based on what I’ve seen today, the one who offers him the biggest slice of the pie.

More pie please!

Comment by The Dark Avenger on 09/28/10 at 09:24 AM

See? Brother man really likes his pie.

Read and weep. These are the people who are motivated to vote, come hell or high water.

Scanning the thousands of hopped-up faces in the crowd, I am immediately struck by two things. One is that there isn’t a single black person here. The other is the truly awesome quantity of medical hardware: Seemingly every third person in the place is sucking oxygen from a tank or propping their giant atrophied glutes on motorized wheelchair-scooters. As Palin launches into her Ronald Reagan impression — “Government’s not the solution! Government’s the problem!” — the person sitting next to me leans over and explains.
“The scooters are because of Medicare,” he whispers helpfully. “They have these commercials down here: ‘You won’t even have to pay for your scooter! Medicare will pay!’ Practically everyone in Kentucky has one.”

A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can’t imagine it.

Comment by roshan on 09/28/10 at 12:01 PM

The other is the truly awesome quantity of medical hardware: Seemingly every third person in the place is sucking oxygen from a tank or propping their giant atrophied glutes on motorized wheelchair-scooters.

Ti - i - i - ime is on our side. Yes it is.

Do you ever worry that you’re the rump?

More good news!

Joe Biden’s “Stop Whining” Remark Incites Backlash from the Left

What exactly is the “strategery” involved here?

Comment by roshan on 09/28/10 at 12:27 PM

Do you ever worry that you’re the rump?

Do you mean the one that gets roasted, or the one the Progressive Left is hoisting up in the air to more commodiously receive the horn-and-iron penis of the Tea Party?

What exactly is the “strategery” involved here?

Compare the unelected “progressive left” spokes with those in Daou’s article linked in Betty’s post.

Joe Biden’s “Stop Whining” Remark Incites Backlash Even More Whining from the Left

Certainly not a tactful approach on Biden’s part, but I still thought that headline needed some fine-tuning. ;->

the horn-and-iron penis of the Tea Party?

Gene Wolfe? Right?

Gene Wolfe? Right?

Nope. Malleus Maleficarum.

That should have been blocked, not striked. Struck?

One of the commenters at that CBS article Roshan linked gets it:

Why does no one seem to see what’s happening here? Step 1: Biden makes a mildly provocative two-word comment in the midst of a completely sensible series of remarks. Step 2: The media puts the two word comment in the headline and makes it sound like Biden’s entire point was to chastise the base. Step 3: Liberals respond only to the media’s distorting headline. Step 4: Republicans win in November. Rinse and repeat. This is how we lose over and over again, guys.

Bait - hook - gulp. Every fucking time. These hippies ain’t gonna punch theselves. Oh, wait. Yes they are.

I’m sorry, Brit—I was obsessing over that “Demon Hillary” photo on Drudge. It really makes me fear her.

Are you saying that biased reporting manipulates us to do self-defeating shit? Wow. I’ll bet Al Gore never saw that coming when he invented the Internet.

Are you saying that biased reporting manipulates us to do self-defeating shit?

If I though Boehner et al. were capable of putting together a coherent strategy, I’d bet it included administrative obstructivism leading to mass hippie-on-hippie mudwrestling. As it is, they no doubt have others to do their thinking for them, so I guess we have to look elsewhere.

Jesus, Strange—I thought you were kidding. Good thing no actual political journalists mistake Drudge for an assignment editor or anything. Oh wait…

Step 3: Liberals The usual rejects are selected by the media to respond only to the media’s distorting headline.

That’s the only thing I would change. The liberals I know still don’t trust the media after eight straight years of lap dances for Bush.

Jesus, Strange—I thought you were kidding.

Seriously, look at those eyes. That’s probably the last thing Vince Foster ever saw. Sarah Palin’s got my vote for sure, now.

Jesus, Strange—I thought you were kidding.

Hmm. Looked like gunsights to me.

And some days I remember that the only thing saving us from utter Republican domination is that some hippies are too filled with ennui to punch even themselves.

I’m too chicken to post this song here as the Tuesday Afternoon Music (you’d all frikkin ignore it anyway).

What deficit?

We’re gonna investigate ACORN, Climate-gate and US Postal Service.

Heh!

Comment by roshan on 09/28/10 at 01:59 PM

As a progressive, a leftist and a real DFH, can I just punch the next “progressive” who whines about this? You’d think we weren’t facing a ravenous horde of genetic throwbacks with a voting right. I swear to god, all the people who are gonna diary this at dkos et al need a british nanny shake.

BTW, do check out the comments on Daou’s post. Some sense is being talked there in among the asslicking and griping.

While you’re up, check out this gem from Daou’s Twitter feed.

He’s a funny guy.

Betty, you just had to stir the pot on this again, didn’t you? And once again you’ll sit back with the boxer doggies and laugh at us! Worst of all—NO PIE!!!

(Th… th… THIS isn’t the change I can believe in!”)

While you’re up, check out this gem from Daou’s Twitter feed.

Critical difference between Obama’s liberal critics and his conservative ones is that the former want him to succeed, the latter to fail.

Great galloping unicorns. Same world, different planet.

Preceded by:

Dumbfounding some still deny that bloggers have an outsized impact on public discourse. They articulate/shape concerns of voters.

I’d say “I’ll have some of what he’s drinking,” but the worrying thing is, I doubt very much he drinks.

Still, he did run Hillary’s highly successful online campaign, so there is that.

Must. Stop Reading. Daou’s. Twitter. Feed.

My claim that liberal bloggers are bringing down Obama is based on left-right convergence altering conventional wisdom http://bit.ly/aAsp2j

Thanks a bunch, Strange. These dents in my forehead are only bone-deep.

“I’ll have some of what he’s drinking,”

I’m sure it’s a very serious drink.

That’s probably the last thing Vince Foster ever saw.

L.O.L.

4. There is no use arguing with the wilfully stupid, as they don’t know when they’ve lost.

If I took that as my guiding principle, then I shouldn’t have commented here in the first place.

Goodbye and thanks for all the fish.

Late hit, 5-yard penalty, still first down.

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