Those who are still drunk on the Obama Kool-Aid see no problem with a misogynist, heterosexist assbite delivering the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugration. Obama, you see, can do no fucking wrong — he fucking shits gold — and everything that he does is part of a Larger Plan that those of us who disagree with him just couldn’t possibly understand.
My brother and I had the traditional political argument over Christmas dinner yesterday. Only it wasn’t the traditional right-vs.-left argument; it was the progressive-vs.-pussy argument.
I have a real fucking problem with the fact that President-elect Barack Obama picked Prick — er, Rick — Warren, who opposes a woman’s right to an abortion and same-sex marriage, to give the invocation at Obama’s inauguration next month.
Obama didn’t pick Warren for his cabinet, my brother argued. Warren will make a brief appearance and then go away; why can’t I just get over that?
That was the gist of my brother’s “argument.”
True, Warren won’t be on stage for very long. But we’re not talking about exposure to radiation, in which the length of the exposure to the toxic substance is a critical factor.
And it takes no more than a few seconds to flash your middle finger to your base, to those who put you into office, to those who gave you millions and millions of dollars in contributions because your incessant fundraising e-mails promised them that if elected, you’d have their backs. And that’s what Obama is doing with his selection of Warren, who embodies the stupid white male power system, which stands for the oppression of women, of non-whites, of gay men and lesbians, of non-“Christians,” of those from other nations, et. al., et. al.
The election of Obama was supposed to herald “hope” and “change,” was supposed to be the last nail in the coffin of the stupid white male power system, yet here is Obama planning to share the inaugural stage with a stupid white man who believes that women don’t have the right to control their own uteri and who believes that same-sex couples don’t deserve equal human and civil rights, that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness do not belong to all Americans, but only to those Americans the stupid white male power system deems are worthy.
It’s a fucking problem.
Let Obama fuck us progressives before he’s even taken office and he’ll keep on fucking us. We progressives need to nip this shit in the bud — now. It’s larger than just the Prick Warren thing. We progressives need to let Obama know that if he fucks us, he’ll lose our support.
While Obama busily chases after the mushy middle — those fucktards who can’t tell the difference between good and evil and who thus easily would vote mindlessly for a Repugnican whose “folksy” propaganda sounds good (Sarah Palin-Quayle is the poster bitch for that) — he’s going to lose his base, is going to lose the support of those who made it possible for him to get where he is. (Uh, I don’t think that the mushy middle whose wuv and acceptance Obama so covets contribute very much money to presidential campaigns, since they seem to make their voting decisions within 24 hours of Election Day…)
Another thing that I had to set my brother straight on yesterday over Christmas dinner: Oh, Obama didn’t get to where he is entirely on his own. Yes, he’s smoooooth, smoother than a pre-operative anasthetic. Yes, he talks a good talk, and I’d call it his “poker face,” except that that is his face. He didn’t flinch once during the presidential debates while John McInsane came across as the addled, irritable, condescending, barely contained human volcano that he is.
But — Obama benefited enormously from the grassroots Internet revolution (including, of course, and perhaps especially, Internet fundraising) that Howard Dean’s campaign created in 2002 and/or 2003.
Obama largely just rode the wave that was created by Dean and to a much lesser extent by John Kerry. The wave under Dean and Kerry wasn’t large enough to topple the Bush regime, but the wave was only getting larger over time.
Obama had the benefit of inheriting the wave when it had finally swelled to an adequate size, of having come upon the presidential scene when the majority of the hard work of herding the progressives, which is even harder than herding cats on crack, had already been done; all that he really had to do was not fuck up in a really major way.
He’s fucking up now, though, because he’s undercutting the wave that he rode in on.
Apparently Obama has bought into Obamania himself; apparently he has forgotten, or maybe he never recognized, how much he benefited from what came before him, and maybe he believes that he got to where he is mostly or perhaps even entirely on his own.
If he persists in this arrogance, he is in for a rude awakening.
Even the Repugnicans are smart enough to know that you don’t fuck your base after they’ve put you into office. You don’t see the Repugnicans running to the mushy middle after they’ve won office. The Repugnicans campaign as “compassionate conservatives,” but then, once in office, they reward their base by taking a hard right.
Obama campaigned as a liberal — although Team Obama claims now, of course, that he did no such thing, that we liberals only saw what we wanted to see (and if that is true — which it isn’t — the members of Team Obama certainly didn’t work very hard — did they? — to correct our erroneous view, since our money was pouring in) — and now he is reaching out to all of the haters in order to be “inclusive,” to be “a president for all Americans,” blah blah blah. There are no blue states and red states, he says. All of us Americans are the same, he says. Nevermind that there are plenty in the red states who’d love to don white robes and hang him from a tree while a burning cross illuminates the whole scene. Obama says: It’s all good!
No, the fight right now isn’t between the left and the right, it’s between the progressives and the sell-outs, the pussies who voted for Obama but who are too timid to call Obama on his shit.
Those on the right aren’t pussy. They still claim victory even after Helen Keller plainly could see that they’ve been defeated decisively.
In stark contrast, the pussies who drank the Obama Kool-Aid still claim defeat even after they have been victorious, and they just allow their gold-shitting imperious leader to post-victoriously claim defeat on their behalf.
P.S. On a related note, Ted Rall‘s latest ’toon:
And Mikhaela Reid ‘s take: