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?
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.
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.
They should have shown the girl running through the field at the end getting mowed down by machine gun fire in slow-mo. That really would have tied a pretty bow around this twisted warmongering cosmic mindfuck.
UPDATE: Ann Althouse, of course, had an entirely different reaction:
Even though I was trying to look at this ad with a critical eye, I kept getting chills. At one point — TR looking out onto a crowd — I thought: This is the feeling of being conservative — it is a deep emotional sense that the past matters and flows into the present and makes sense out of the future.
How much longer is she living in Brooklyn? Can I call 311 and get her placed on the curb for large trash day?
“I think that since we now know Sen. McCain will be the nominee for the Republican Party, national security will be front and center in this election. We all know that. And I think it’s imperative that each of us be able to demonstrate we can cross the commander-in-chief threshold,” the New York senator [Hillary Clinton—ed.] told reporters crowded into an infant’s bedroom-sized hotel conference room in Washington.
“I believe that I’ve done that. Certainly, Sen. McCain has done that and you’ll have to ask Sen. Obama with respect to his candidacy,” she said.
Calling McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee a good friend and a “distinguished man with a great history of service to our country,” Clinton said, “Both of us will be on that stage having crossed that threshold.” [Chicago Trib via TPM]
Adds John Cole, whose panties are bunched even tighter than mine:
Christ on a crutch, I am tired of the Clintons. And just as an FYI, being held as a POW and wrecking your plane on a ship and then being wrong about EVERYGODDAMNEDTHING in Iraq does not make you “Commander in Chief” material. Neither does being in bed next to your husband when he answers the phone at 3am. Please just stfu, Hillary.
Someone should ask Jim Blanchard if he had anything to do with the flap about NAFTA involving the Clinton campaign, the Canadian embassy and a false press report accusing the Obama campaign of something instead done by the Clinton campaign. [via Daily Kos]
Too much to quote here. Read it all. That bullshit cost Obama in Ohio and probably lost Texas for him.
“When Senator Obama was confronted with questions over whether he was ready to be Commander-in-Chief and steward of the economy, he chose not to address those questions, but to attack Senator Clinton. I for one do not believe that imitating Ken Starr is the way to win a Democratic primary election for president.” [via TPM]
I absolutely despise Howard Wolfson and in a perfect world I’d be allowed to headbutt that oily fuckweasel through three layers of drywall, but here on planet Earth I’m restricted to just referring him to as a C-list (and 2% more fuckable) version of Karl Rove.
I’m donating $100 to Obama to combat all of this wretched bottom-feeding. I’d suggest you give whatever you can.
P.S.: Must credit Rumproast if you use the phrase “Bitch is the new hack”:
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Call me misogynistic for making a funny. Apparently I’m automatically a male chauvinistic pig for supporting Obama in the first place. It’s a lose-lose for me. Whatever. Bring it.
However, if it goes on to the convention and Obama wins, I think in retrospect the protracted fight will be seen as a good thing. Like many pundits are pointing out, the battle is preparing Obama for what he will face when the GOP cranks up its slime machine in earnest. That’s conventional wisdom. But a second, less heralded advantage is the wall-to-wall coverage this battle is getting. McCain clinched the nomination last night, and there was a collective yawn. The Democratic race is sucking up all the drama, diverting the media, however temporarily, from giving full attention to the object of their collective adoration, McCain.
Digby gazes into the tank (the one the media is in for McCain) and documents the dry-rubbed horror.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. McCain will be the hardest Repub to beat in ‘08—there has never been any doubt about this—and Digby’s post highlights the uphill battle the Dems will be fighting when it comes to the media’s enduring puppy love for him. Hillary never, ever stood a chance in a punditry popularity contest against him. No matter how hard she tries (and I haven’t seen a lot of evidence that she has—I’m not counting continually playing the victim card, which is a thoroughly ineffective strategy), the cable news grunts and campaign reporters will never go to bat for her. Obama may be a bit of a crap shoot in the general election, but we’ve seen plenty of evidence to date that the media has a pretty big crush on the Big O (certainly more so than I’ve seen for any Dem prez candidate in my lifetime) and he’s the best (and only) shot we have at knocking the halo off of St. Maverick with weapons as inoffensive and hug-making as a wink and a smile. From a purely realistic perspective (one I know us Obama fans are supposedly allergic to), I just don’t see how anyone doesn’t think Obama is the way to go in November.
Adam Nagourney of the New York Times lets all of us Obama zombies in on the shocking truth:
When Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton goes after Senator Barack Obama these days, she presses him on the details of his health care plan, criticizes the wording of his campaign mailings and likens his promise of change to celestial choirs.
But if Mr. Obama becomes the Democratic presidential nominee, he is sure to face an onslaught from Republicans and their allies that will be very different in tone and intensity from what he has faced so far.
In the last few days alone, Senator John McCain has mocked a statement Mr. Obama made about Al Qaeda in Iraq. The Tennessee Republican Party, identifying him with his middle name as Barack Hussein Obama, suggested that his foreign policy would be shaped by people who are anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.
Mr. Obama’s record is not as long as Mrs. Clinton’s, or as potentially rich, for an opponent looking for damaging votes or quotes. But there is still plenty to work with. Some cases are simple let’s-go-to-the-video moments, like Mr. Obama’s statements that he would support giving drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens or would support raising taxes to shore up Social Security, lines of attacks that Republicans are already employing.
Someone should tell Obama’s campaign staff about this. Zoinks! Too bad their HEADS ARE IN THE SAND!!! kicking the dethroned Queen of the Coronation’s ass all over the Dem primary schedule. I’m sure they haven’t thought about inevitable rightwing attacks or running against McCain at all. Nor has Obama himself. Silly bunnies.
And for all of the folks who think it’s shameful that The New York Times ran with the story and/or are disgusted that the “hypocrites” who were upset that the Lewinsky affair got 24/7 play in the media are pushing this McCain and lusty lobbyist story forward, please remember:
Monica Lewinsky didn’t blow Bill Clinton to get him to bomb Kosovo.
MORE: Two different takes on this story from the left side of the blogosphere from our pals at FREEwilliamsburg and Hullabaloo. And another pal (we have lots of pals!) TS from Instaputz sums it up nicely: “Suck. On. This.”