Obama’s Empty Platitudes

One of the reasons it may be in my best interest to check out from politics for a bit is so that I don’t have to read comments like this for the next few months:

They’re covering their asses; it’s not about Obama
Submitted by Davidson on Sun, 2008-11-09 14:22.

His supporters know they went absolutely apeshit during the primaries over nothing but empty platitudes, voting for a “black guy” (think back to OpenLeft’s post), and fueling their Obama “support” with nothing more than overwhelmingly bigoted anti-Clinton hate. So, now that reality has finally hit and their unqualified candidate is president-elect in the midst of an epic clusterfuck, they’re covering their ass. Besides, it’s not as if they truly cared about what he’d do since they (as a whole) aren’t as dependent as other voting blocs (e.g., Bubbas) on a president to get things done.

As far as what Obama will do: I don’t trust him to do anything he promised. I don’t trust his words (It’s amazing how easily he flat-out lies) nor his competence (What the hell has he actually done?).

Democrats finally pick a winning candidate who wisely avoided being overly nuanced (Obama admitted early on that he didn’t want to come off too professorial), created genuine excitement for his candidacy and turned the map wonderfully blue, and this dimwit already has their tiny little knives out only a few days after the election.

It infuriates me and this is why:

Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

A team of four dozen advisers, working for months in virtual solitude, set out to identify regulatory and policy changes Obama could implement soon after his inauguration. The team is now consulting with liberal advocacy groups, Capitol Hill staffers and potential agency chiefs to prioritize those they regard as the most onerous or ideologically offensive, said a top transition official who was not permitted to speak on the record about the inner workings of the transition.

In some instances, Obama would be quickly delivering on promises he made during his two-year campaign, while in others he would be embracing Clinton-era policies upended by President Bush during his eight years in office. [...]

Obama himself has signaled, for example, that he intends to reverse Bush’s controversial limit on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, a decision that scientists say has restrained research into some of the most promising avenues for defeating a wide array of diseases, such as Parkinson’s.

“Hope” ruled the day on November 4th and now, only a few days later, we’re seeing clear evidence that “change” is coming. What empty fucking platitudes. And as you read that article, be careful about stepping in my fellow Obama supporters’ apeshit. The “black guy” got us all excited and us wide-eyed simpletons couldn’t help flinging it around.

ADDENDUM: I watched my father brutally wither away due to Parkinson’s before he passed on, so funding embryonic stem cell research is pretty huge in my little world.

SOMEWHAT RELATED: Tom Watson, who I sparred with a bit during the primaries and was always a good sport about it, makes a very good case for Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff.

UPDATE: To the twenty-three or so different power players who run PUMA groups, watch out. Thers is markin’ his territory and, oh boy, is he ever PISSY.

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/09/08 at 05:53 PM • Permalink

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The next eight years are going to be remarkable, and it will be fun watching the exploding heads at the vast wastelands over yon.

Good to see “Obama supporters don’t need a President” making a comeback.

Please tell me this person did not support Senator Did I Mention I was a POW and Governor Incoherent Also Though But!

It infuriates me and this is why:

I don’t see the connection. If the fRightened Keyboardists who are declaring jihad against America make you laugh, this person should at least make you chuckle. I don’t care where a person is on the political spectrum, there are a lot of WATB’s out there who will spend four to eight years sulking and sucking their thumbs because their guy or gal didn’t win. Fuck ‘em.

Good point, HTP. Maybe I’m naive, but I expected to see far less of this after the Obama win than I’m seeing now. Liberals/progressives/Dems/whatever need to grow accustomed to the concept of massive baby steps. There’s a world of hurt to clean up and not everyone’s going to be happy with the initial placement of the pooper scooper.

CorrenteWire really went over the edge. They were in Larry Johnson territory months before the primary ended and I just deleted them from my RSS feed. I figured I’d get enough of that stuff from the wingers.

The comment you point out above is right in line with what I’d expect of them considering their months spent in an alternate universe. They ain’t coming back.

Maybe I’m naive, but I expected to see far less of this after the Obama win than I’m seeing now.

Not naive, just charitable. I’m a cynical old crank so I’ve yet to be surprised by anything that’s come out of any corner of the Screeching Society.

Enjoy their yummy tears of anger and don’t worry about what they’re saying. Obama’s still going to the White House.

Paul Lukasiak is thinking of moving to Iceland. I’d love to ship him there sans parka. Anyone up for an airfare-only fundraiser?

I’m sorry, but I AGREE with the commenter! That is why I have founded PISSY (Political Integration Sure Sounds Yucky)!

I think if we all work together and ignore the “Eeyores” we can get “Obambi” impeached by Christmas!

CorrenteWire really went over the edge

The Mighty Cuckoowire Cult:  not much left of it but a panic room inhabited by a smattering of chronic confabulators, cackling conspiracy squawks, and a pee stained sulking couch. The whole toxic dump should be submitted to some regional hazmat team for proper disposal.


Anyone up for an airfare-only fundraiser?

airfare? hell, put him in one of those inflatable kiddy pools with a bag of sponges and a whistle and shove him off into the gulf stream. let the north atlantic drift current do what it wants with him.

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hell, put him in one of those inflatable kiddy pools with a bag of sponges and a whistle and shove him off into the gulf stream. let the north atlantic drift current do what it wants with him.

I laughed so hard it actually hurt.  I can never thank you enough for that.

Paul Lukasiak is thinking of moving to Iceland.

I actually thought of him when Obama won Pennsylvania.

I wondered if anyone got hurt when his head went off like a claymore mine.

I’d give $50 but Icelanders are descended from vikings and they’re already angry with us over the exploding toxic bond trick. The arrival of one Phuksiak on their shores would result in the entire eastern seaboard being put to the sword.

Every time you go over to OpenLeft and read the latest “sky is falling” post by Stoller or Bowers, you’re instantly reminded why the left is perpetually out of power.

Fucking purity tests.

The arrival of one Phuksiak on their shores would result in the entire eastern seaboard being put to the sword.

That not good. Hey, maybe Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild could take him in and make him one of her liveried footman. He could be put in charge of caring for Milord Tiggywinkles (Lady Lynn’s favorite hedgehog) and preparing trays of tea cakes and deviled eggs for visits with the Bilderbergs.

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“compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions”

I read this early on Sunday morning and cried tears of joy. My very cynical husband did a happy dance. The man won less than a week ago, hasn’t even been sign in yet and he’s already changing things for the better!
Those nutbags would think the world is headed for the bottom rung of hell even if they woke up sitting on some cushy cloud with a gold lyre in their mitts. Fuck ‘em.

Every time you go over to OpenLeft and read the latest “sky is falling” post by Stoller or Bowers, you’re instantly reminded why the left is perpetually out of power.

I know a lot of people I respect like Stoller, but I’ll never forgive him for the massive hissy fit he pulled with Stirling Newberry, the biggest gasbag the left side of the internet has ever produced, when they didn’t feel like they were getting the respect they deserved from the Wes Clark campaign in ‘04. They penned a petulant “open letter” that Clarkies like me snickered at (I wrote a parody of it) and proceeded to try to take down his campaign using a relatively low-traffic blog they’d originally set up to support him.

G’morning, Donna.

I honestly wonder if alot of these folks were even Democrats or liberals in the first place. Or,if they were former conservatives who left the right side over some single issue that wasn’t resolved to their satisfaction. They need to read the history of liberalism and progressive politics,I don’t think liberal means what they think it does.

I think some of this will stop when the man actually is sworn in and gets to work with results. Yeah,alot of ‘em will still bitch,but my guess is they’re professional whiners anyhow.

Those silly twits at The New Agenda were kvetching about the fact that only 23% of the economic advisers who appeared with Obama at his presser were women and demanding that cabinet appointments reflect the 51% of the population women represent.

Meanwhile, it was perfectly okay with them to support the anti-woman policies of the McCain-Palin ticket because one of the prospective purveyors of said policies was a woman. It’ll be interesting to see how this shakes out: The PUMA types are simultaneously glomming onto the type of identity politics that are supposedly anathema to wingnuts while embracing other wingnut talking points when it serves their purpose.

Usually, I’d conclude that such ideological incoherence couldn’t be sustained. But these folks aren’t the brightest bulbs in the chandelier—they may not even notice.

If anyone cares, here’s the archived version of Newberry’s “An Open Letter to the Clark Movement” and here’s my parody of it. For the record, I was mistaken earlier saying it was co-written by Stoller, but he was Newberry’s partner in crime and they both started crying for media exposure together around the time this was written.

Those silly twits at The New Agenda were kvetching about the fact that only 23% of the economic advisers who appeared with Obama at his presser were women and demanding that cabinet appointments reflect the 51% of the population women represent.

Yeah, Lynette Long is on the case, too. She was on Lady de Laughingstock’s Short Bus for McCain tour.  I’m sure she would have been pushing the Maverick really hard to make sure he hit the 51% mark if he had won on the 4th.

I can’t wait to watch sparks fly from their circuitry if the “dark horse” rumors about Hillary for SecState turn out to be true.

Oooo, I hadn’t heard that HRC was being considered for State. Fascinating.

BTW, jenniforhillary did not disappoint in her latest meltdown (search for jenni).  Her guns-a-blazin’ battle with “clintondemocrat” is one for the record books.

Highlights:

Police are not good anymore. Affirm. action has some really really bad cops down here in Texas…

even if you own one gun, just buy like 4000 bullets

We need a puma handshake or signal…we need to have a meeting and everyone must come..

what if the internet goes away…we will need to know each other in real time too

but clintondem, I am not talking about domestic violence right now…I was talking about me and the millions of americans who are scared of a military take over of our country. We don’t want a weapon we can keep in our purse, we want a big weapon we can use to stay alive…

I just bought 2 years of food for my entire family (dry rations that keep for years), we are installing solar/generator, and YES we just bought an arsenal of guns and bullets, etc., etc., etc…..

I think there is going to be a very rude awakening for many…

Good christ, I love this woman.  I think she may be the most entertaining PUMA yet.

This one from PUMAbear rocked, too:

I’m feeling glum today after attending a Unitarian church service (new for me) and the first event after the hymn singing was the call for the children to come down to the pulpit and discuss the importance of the election of Obama. I nearly gagged. I walked out and sent them an angry letter.

And I forgot maybe the best jenniforhillary quote:

Any woman who voted for the Democrats this year should be sent to Iran for 4 years as punishment.

I just bought 2 years of food for my entire family (dry rations that keep for years), we are installing solar/generator, and YES we just bought an arsenal of guns and bullets, etc., etc., etc…..

I think there is going to be a very rude awakening for many…

I guess her Y2K stock had expired. Jesus, what a nutcase. I’m sure they’re all just dying to meet that raving, heavily armed loon in person, too. I begin to wonder if she’s a brilliant pro-Obama satirist.

I begin to wonder if she’s a brilliant pro-Obama satirist.

She’s been at the crazeeeee for a pretty long time, so I doubt it.  She’s been banned just about everywhere (including from the Effluence). Apparently Dumbass Darragh is the only person stupid enough to keep her around.

LOL at the “Open Letter” parody. Man, that was some good shit. I also love this quote:

“People often ask me if I ‘hate Bush’ and the answer is ‘no,’ because I don’t think he even knows what in the hell’s going on half the time. It would be like hating a dummy because the ventriloquist is a dick.”

It would be like hating a dummy because the ventriloquist is a dick.

That was the all-time classic line from back in the day at The Tooney Bin. Cheesus Crackers I’ve known Kevin for three blogs now (Tooney Bin, Catch, and Rumproast.)

Of course, it was never true that Obama’s positions on issues amounted to “empty platitudes.” Obama always had a full slate of policy proposals, just like HRC. This bogus line was pitched early on in the campaign, courtesy of the Republicans and the Clinton camp, and it’s now been abandoned by nearly everyone except these PUMA chumps.

Really, this Davidson’s post is just one more episode of internet discussion-forum wank-off. It offers the usual affectation of smug disdain for those other people out there, all based upon a laughably false premise. It’s not just PUMAs who do this, but they exemplify the forum wanker type.

And you know what, these guys will NEVER stop their routine, even if they do find something else to wank-off over. It’s not fundamentally about any issue, it’s about ego and self-delusion. An expressed attitude of superiority and a little would-be eloquence is enough to make some people feel truly righteous, never mind that they’re pitching ill-informed or even crackpot assertions under the sneer (i.e., “Piper is so delicious and Sasha so flavorless…”) Bring in some like-minded dipwads to agree with them, and you have a happy circle jerk.

I’ve known Kevin from all three blogs too. And…I remember you, poputonian, from Kidding on the Square.

CorrenteWire really went over the edge. They were in Larry Johnson territory months before the primary ended and I just deleted them from my RSS feed.

Our deep admiration for the conspiracy theorists at No Quarter must be why one of Larry’s contemporaries threatened us with a lawsuit.

Our deep admiration for the conspiracy theorists at No Quarter must be why one of Larry’s contemporaries threatened us with a lawsuit.

Yeah, well, Larry Johnson very publicly threw Darragh Murphy off of his BlogTalkRadio network, so not sure what that proves. They’re both still slurping out of the same steaming bowl o’ stupid.

And anyone who spends their time posting daily (and petty) Google searches like this really doesn’t have a license to turn up their noses at “conspiracy theorists.”

BTW, Google will soon return one result for “vastleft is a bugfucker.” Yay for me!

“Yeah, well, Larry Johnson very publicly threw Darragh Murphy off of his BlogTalkRadio network, so not sure what that proves. They’re both still slurping out of the same steaming bowl o’ stupid.”

Kinda of the same reason why anti-semite Andy Martin is now complaining and filing ethics violation complaints against Philip Berg.

It’s not so much they all failed, they failed completely.  And now they’re trying desperately to keep a ever-smaller number of “true believers” to donate to their cause - even if they don’t know what that cause is yet.

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