Friday, February 08, 2008
Larry Johnson: Stepin Fuckhead
Step one: Place bowl on head.
Oh, we loves us some Bama!
As someone wrote in the comments:
Who is writing this stuff? Don Imus?
Step one: Place bowl on head.
Oh, we loves us some Bama!
As someone wrote in the comments:
Who is writing this stuff? Don Imus?
I went to bed hearing Obama was ahead in Tuesday’s delegate count and I woke up to the exact opposite. I’m grumpy and I’ve got a long, sure-to-be annoying day at work ahead of me. If Ricki Lieberman, who keeps spamming me (after two polite requests to be removed from her mailing list) with crazeeeee-colored, goo-laced pro-Hillary emails (”
With thanks to Tina Turner - She’s the best, Simply Better than All the Rest…
”), sends me another “GO HILLARY!!!” email today I hope she really enjoys the stills from the “2 Girls 1 Cup” video she’s going to find clogging up her Gmail account.
On a more serious note, I think Obama’s still in it, but he’s got to have nearly everything go his way in the upcoming primaries and caucuses to overcome Hillary’s super delegate lead (and don’t forget her surefire shameless attempt to seat her Michigan and Florida delegates). If not, say hello to President McCain. I’ll post more info as I find it.
MORE: Good christ, do I loathe Hillshills.
JUST ON MSNBC: Chuck Todd just said that Hillary is currently up by 70 delegates, including committed super delegates. That spells good news for Obama in the next couple of rounds of voting where he’s sure to substantially whittle away at her lead, but he’s got to pull off a March 4th win in Texas or Ohio if he doesn’t want Hillary to lock this up.
Michael Chabon had an editorial in the Washington Post today. It’s quite good and spot on:
There are many reasons not to support Barack Obama’s candidacy for president, but every one of them is bad for the same reason.
Because I have come out publicly for the senator from Illinois, I am often called upon to listen as people offer up—with wistfulness and regret, or with a pundit’s show of certainty, or with a well-earned but useless skepticism—their bad reasons for not giving Obama their support. For a long time now, I have listened to these people with forbearance and with a sense of duty—not to some principle of open debate or of the inherent merit in the free exchange of even meritless ideas, but rather out of obligation to the candidate whose cause I champion.
Because Obama appears to be a patient, forbearing man with a gift for listening, I figured I owed it to him to play the thing his way. So I have nodded and looked into their eyes and hummed sympathetically as people gave their reasons and made their excuses and generally offered up, as if they were golden ingots of profound wisdom, the handful of two-penny nails with which they plan to board up the windows of their hopes for themselves, their families, their country and the world.
Read it all. (hat tip: hopemonger in comments)
The severely abbreviated Super Bowl Sunday edition*...
According to some of the commenters over at Atrios’ place, this is just more all-flash, no-substance gruel for the starry-eyed hope junkies who blindly support Prince Obama. They’re right. Dems need to nominate a thoroughly uninspiring policy wonk if we’re going to beat St. Maverick in the general election. It’s worked so well for us in the past. Someone get Dukakis or Mondale on the phone and see if they’re available for the veep spot.
* Go Giants!
U.S. Democratic presidential candidates Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) and US Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) wait to go onstage for the CNN/Los Angeles Times Democratic presidential debate in Hollywood, California January 31, 2008.
Barack Obama is such a sore loser!!! I can’t believe HE SNUBBED HILLARY AGAIN!!! Look at how he refuses to maintain eye contact with her and pretends to be having a conversation with someone to his left. You can clearly see that he ISN’T talking to the man in the right of the photo. I’d like to see this smug POS spin this. What a phony. He is clearly intimidated by a powerful and dignified woman and acts like a CHILD as a result. Hopefully The View will bring up his disrespectful and misogynistic behavior today! This immature and oh-so-smug man (LOOK at his face ... it radiates SMUGNESS) is NOT ready for the presidency!!! SHAMEFUL!
Someone put raving anti-Obama lunatic Mushy, who’s now snuggling up to Inside Edition and “Fox ‘News’” (she really did use quotes around “News” without the slightest hint of irony) to help bolster her gal pal Hill, on suicide watch. It didn’t take a genius to figure out that stuff like this was going to start dripping out about the Clintons:
Late on Sept. 6, 2005, a private plane carrying the Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra touched down in Almaty, a ruggedly picturesque city in southeast Kazakhstan. Several hundred miles to the west a fortune awaited: highly coveted deposits of uranium that could fuel nuclear reactors around the world. And Mr. Giustra was in hot pursuit of an exclusive deal to tap them.
Unlike more established competitors, Mr. Giustra was a newcomer to uranium mining in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic. But what his fledgling company lacked in experience, it made up for in connections. Accompanying Mr. Giustra on his luxuriously appointed MD-87 jet that day was a former president of the United States, Bill Clinton.
Upon landing on the first stop of a three-country philanthropic tour, the two men were whisked off to share a sumptuous midnight banquet with Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, whose 19-year stranglehold on the country has all but quashed political dissent.
Mr. Nazarbayev walked away from the table with a propaganda coup, after Mr. Clinton expressed enthusiastic support for the Kazakh leader’s bid to head an international organization that monitors elections and supports democracy. Mr. Clinton’s public declaration undercut both American foreign policy and sharp criticism of Kazakhstan’s poor human rights record by, among others, Mr. Clinton’s wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.
Within two days, corporate records show that Mr. Giustra also came up a winner when his company signed preliminary agreements giving it the right to buy into three uranium projects controlled by Kazakhstan’s state-owned uranium agency, Kazatomprom.
The monster deal stunned the mining industry, turning an unknown shell company into one of the world’s largest uranium producers in a transaction ultimately worth tens of millions of dollars to Mr. Giustra, analysts said.
Just months after the Kazakh pact was finalized, Mr. Clinton’s charitable foundation received its own windfall: a $31.3 million donation from Mr. Giustra that had remained a secret until he acknowledged it last month. The gift, combined with Mr. Giustra’s more recent and public pledge to give the William J. Clinton Foundation an additional $100 million, secured Mr. Giustra a place in Mr. Clinton’s inner circle, an exclusive club of wealthy entrepreneurs in which friendship with the former president has its privileges.
(Password-free link to the NY Times article here.)
I wasn’t going to watch the debate tonight because a) I already know who I’m voting for and b) I’m a total loser and the season premiere of Lost is on, but I may DVR it just to see if Anderson Cooper brings this up. Of course, after he hits on super important stuff like “The Snub.”
p.s. This will be my one and only post during the primary cycle highlighting potential shady $$$ dealings by the Clintons. Consider it a friendly reminder to the Hillshills that Obama’s “boneheaded” (his description) interactions with Rezco is relatively small potatoes compared to what reporters might find in the Billary bin. You may want to reconsider your Freeper-like dancing-in-your-own-feces routine when it comes to digging through Obama’s underpants drawer. Instant karma’s going to get you.
Betty Cracker on John Edwards dropping out of the presidential race:
Notice how [Hillary Clinton] appeals to Edwards’ supporters, not to Edwards himself. Edwards will endorse Obama—soon—and probably in exchange for the AG spot should Obama win the presidency. The only question is, will it matter.
I believe Betty’s right about the endorsement and I agree that Obama will probably offer him a plum role in his admin (if he hasn’t already), but I think telling Edwards he’ll empower him to be the most influential and important Secretary of Labor ever might be the best angle for both of them. I mean that with all sincerity. Edwards could turn that mostly ceremonial and lackluster position into something monumental. It seems like a logical fit to me.
You’ll realize political lamesmanship has reached a level of stupidity (and inexplicable desperation) that is mind-boggling after you check out the rabid anti-Obama Hillshills, including the normally thoughtful Tom Watson, analyzing (and reanalyzing) Barack’s alleged “snub” of Hillary before the State of the Union address. This guy sums up how I feel about this slap-fight-at-recess immaturity in a pretty funny way:
I thought the grownups were going to be in charge again. Now excuse me while I get back to drawing the REO Speedwagon logo on my notebook before homeroom is over…
One thing that rabid anti-Obama Hillshills like Taylor Marsh and Larry Johnson should realize (besides the fact that there’s more than one hair stylist in the world) is that Barack isn’t just another teflon candidate, he’s the first real Boomerang Candidate. If you hurl shit at him, you’ll find a landslide of it heading back in your direction and most of it won’t be coming directly from him. And that political phenomenon isn’t going away any time soon (including during the general election, if he makes it that far). The media, including several rightwing pundits I never in a million years would have imagined going puppy-eyed for someone as liberal as Obama, are in the tank for him, much more so than they are for St. Maverick, and unless he’s got a skyscraper-sized skeleton or two hiding his closet (which I doubt) or he pulls a Bill and starts wagging his finger at journalists (once again, which I doubt), there’s nothing that’s going to pry that boomerang effect away from him in ‘08. I’ve seen a lot of concern trolling directed at Obama and his followers indicating that we have no idea what the Republicans will throw at him in November. They proclaim that his love affair with the media will eventually wear off and they’ll go all Sweeney Todd on the Chosen One. It ain’t gonna happen.
Take South Carolina for example. He was up against not one but two of the best political minds of our generation, both of whom were still juiced up from a surprise victory in New Hampshire and a strong level of support from Democrats, including myself, who thought the media was piling on Hillary a bit too much post-Iowa. After a relatively quiet win in Nevada they strolled into South Carolina down in the polls but up to their necks in overconfidence. They unleashed The Machine, an awesome and ugly thing, and went to work lowering expectations and trying to muddy up Obamamania with Rottwilliam Jefferson Clinton clumsily leading the charge. They thought they had teed it up perfectly; a loss for Barack would be a very bad loss and a win was ultimately a loss because all of his votes would have come from a swarthy swath of Brother and Sister Souljahs, clearly laying bare the inevitability of his ultimate doom on Supercalifragilistic Tuesday when whitey would rule the roost.
And then Obama beat the Clintons like a pair of mewling political simpletons in South Carolina. He crushed them, blowing away Hillary by more than a 2:1 margin and leaving Bill looking like a post-beatdown Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story—a laughable, bloodied fool. And then Barack deftly orated all over their sorry asses in his victory speech, smothering both of them (and their entire operation) under a comforting blanket of change and hope and unity that was laced with some of the most inventive velvety venom ever unleashed in the political realm. It was expert gamesmanship and a definitive warning to everyone, pols and pundits alike, that Obama’s not some naïve flash-in-the-pan dreamboat who will be ground up by the vast right-wing conspiracy in the general election, but a savvy political player and a real threat in ’08.
He’s the Boomerang Candidate. Go ahead, fling it. I dare you. You’ll be sorry you did.
MORE: Not the greatest quality, but this is the first video of Big Teddy’s endorsement I could find.
After reading this and this, I’ve lost nearly all interest in reading or viewing anything even remotely political for a few days. The insertion of the Clinton machine into this election cycle has been like pouring raw sewage into what should have been the.best.punch.bowl.ever. I’m not naive, I knew it was going to get a little ugly, but I never imagined it would get this ugly this early. If Hillary wins the nomination, not only will I have a hard time pulling the lever for her in November, but I may switch to being an independent voter. Obama or Edwards could have saved this party. The Clintons are going to drown it in the bathtub.
MORE: Digby, who had to close down her comments because the bickering got so bad on her blog, seems to think this won’t hurt the party. I normally agree with her, but in this case she’s wrong.
FINALLY: This Daily Kos diary entry highlighting today’s editorial from Bob Hebert is worth a look, especially for the comments. If you don’t think a Clinton candidacy is going to dishearten and disengage a large chunk of the Democratic party (and reinvigorate the currently moribund Republicans), you are living in a—to quote Bill Clinton—“fairy tale.”
Taylor Marsh hugs herself after performing her kickass version of
“Love Is A Battlefield” at a Hillary Clinton karaoke benefit.
Good cripes, I’ve never paid much attention to C-list talk radio host* Taylor “Mushroom Top” Marsh, but if you want to witness full-blown Obama Derangement Syndrome, you’ve really got to check out her site. Rather than focus on why her gal Hillary deserves your vote, she chooses instead to dig deep into the scum bucket for anti-Obama oppo dreck and limits her praise for the Clintons to adoringly drooling about how skillfully they’re taking Obama “off his game.” I’ve never witnessed relentless, wild-eyed attacks on a Democratic candidate like this from a liberal/progressive/whatever blog before. If anyone can point me to a pro-Obama blog that’s unleashing anti-Hillary rants that are even remotely as unseemly or unrelenting, I’m all eyes. Until then, Mushy wins my award for Demohack of ‘08.
* Is there any evidence that Mushy is or has been a “radio show talk host” as her bio states? I can’t find any evidence of it. Or is she just a podcaster? There’s a difference, radio hosts can be heard on radios. Podcasters can’t. She allegedly “launched her radio show in Las Vegas” in 2002, but did she launch it on, ya know, a radio station? Was it syndicated and picked up by anyone? If not, sorry, she’s not a “radio show talk host,” she’s just a podcaster. And after listening to a some of Mushy’s recent podcasts, that’s a very good thing.
RELATED: Wolcott has had it with the Clinton machine...
I’m really rooting for Michelle Obama to kick Bill’s intrusive ass—rhetorically speaking, of course.
UPDATE (4/9/08): Due to some not-so-subtle legal threats Taylor directed at blogger John Brown, I’ve replaced her image with a more appropriate one. Sorry the Pat Benetar joke falls flat, but you can still find the original image on her bio page (linked above).
A lot is being made today of this video of a former Hillary precinct captain switching to Obama’s camp, but, in my mind, the video embedded below, which is getting very little traffic, is far more effective. It’s gut-wrenching, touching, honest and very, very convincing. I’ve been teetering between supporting Obama, Edwards and Dodd (yeah, I know), but I think this may have permanently pushed me into the Obama fold. It’s just that good.