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Does he really have a choice?

Ted Rall gets it right in his latest ’toon, but the million-dollar question is why President-elect Barack Obama publicly displays such a limited emotional range.

Is it his inherent personality? He is a Leo, and Leos are known for having a cool (if not cold) detachment.

Or has Obama learned that a black man who displays emotion in the United States of America is going to be labeled by the white supremacists as “unstable” or “angry” or even “dangerous” or the like?

I mean, didn’t Obama have to be non-threatening to enough whites in order to get elected as president? Wasn’t the whole point of Team McCainosaurus’ failed attempt to link Obama to William Ayers of the Weather Underground — a “terrorist” group that killed nor even maimed not even one person, but only caused property damage — to paint Obama as dangerous to whitey?

The Repugnicans and other wingnuts love to castigate their detractors as “angry.” (I recall a fairly recent fundraising e-mail from the Repugs that cast Democrat Al Franken, who, hopefully, will win the U.S. Senate seat for Minnesota that remains undecided, as an “angry liberal.”) “Angry,” you see, as the Repugs and wingnuts use it, if it doesn’t actually mean insane, means at least unstable.

Yet in the debates between Repugnican John McInsane and Obama, it was the former, not the latter, who repeatedly became unglued and unhinged.

Of course, when a Repugnican or wingnut becomes angry, it’s perfectly justified, of course. When their detractors show the normal human emotion of anger — anger, by the way, indicates that you are alive, alert and aware, and the Repugs and wingnuts want you to be a zombie like they are — that means that their detractors “hate America” or the like.

In any case, yes, I’d love to see a visibly pissed-off Obama, but I rather doubt that that’s ever going to happen, and I’m thinking that that’s because it’s just not his disposition, as it is McInsane’s, or because he’s so incredibly disciplined to be acceptable and non-threatening to whites that it’s second nature to him now.

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Obama worship out O’ hand, but presidential pessimism premature

Yesterday, it was the “limited edition” “official Obama [coffee] mug” that barackobama.com was hawking for a donation of $15 or more. Today it was the “limited edition” “official Obama calendar,” yours for a donation of only $35 or more. (I’m on the website’s e-mail list and so I received these great offers via e-mail…)

Um, is this a democracy or Home Shopping Network?

That “Saturday Night Live” skit in which John McCainosaurus (the real one) appeared with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin-Quayle on QVC: it doesn’t seem like it’s far from reality.

I just want a president who does a decent job.

I don’t want or need a president to worship, and Obama worship has gotten out of hand. His face and surname (and that damned stylized “O”) are emblazoned everywhere and on everything, and far from bringing me hope for change, it just gives me the creeps. (Leftist columnist and editorial cartoonist Ted Rall calls all of those damned stylistic Obama signs “Soviet-inspired propaganda posters.” I wish that I could disagree.)

Does the United States of America come down to and depend upon just one person? I hope not.

Maybe President-elect Barack Obama will do a kick-ass job. Maybe. I hope so.

But the man hasn’t even taken office and already he’s being compared to Abraham F. Lincoln, replete with his so-called “team of rivals.”

It’s also too early to declare Obama a failure, as some are doing:

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I love Rall, but again, Obama hasn’t even taken the oath of office yet. Obama can’t do all that much about the nation’s ills right now, and even after he is inaugurated it still will take a considerable amount of time to turn the Titanic back around.

Has Obama sold out the left-wingers who put him office, as they have been yelping?

It’s too early to tell. 

Are Obama’s “centrist” picks for his administration posts a sign of wussiness or a stroke of political genius?

It’s too early to tell.

I’m assuming — or maybe hoping is more accurate — that Obama will be in charge, and that even if he has “centrists” in his administration posts, they will (more or less) carry out his wishes. “Centrists” in Obama’s posts carrying out a progressive agenda that trickles down from the top might be able to accomplish more than (perceived) leftists in those posts could. Is what I might call “stealth leftism” possible?

We’ll see.

I’m not ready to compare Obama to Abe Lincoln or to Billary Clinton just yet.

I’ll wait at least until Inauguration Day.

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Does this mean that Prez-elect Obama is NOT an al-Qaeda operative?

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Images of President-elect Barack Obama and slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, seemingly comparing the two, hang in Harlem, New York. Al-Qaeda’s No. 2 boss says that Malcolm X and Barack Obama are cut from different cloth, however.

The Associated Press reports that al-Qaeda’s No. 2 boss has called President-elect Barack Obama a “house slave” (or “house Negro,” depending upon how you want to translate the Arabic).

As much as I’m not thrilled to agree with al-Qaeda, it is a fact, and I have stated the fact, that Barack Obama never would have been elected to the WHITE House if he had been an “angry” black man, like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton — or certainly like Malcolm X, whom al-Qaeda’s No. 2 held up as an example of “an honorable black American,” as opposed to “house slave”/“house Negro” Obama.

As I have noted, even Vice President-elect Joe Biden, during the Democratic presidential primary season, noted that Obama is “articulate and bright and clean.”

Obama was elected because he is, at the minimum, inoffensive to enough white Americans.

That may not exactly make him a “house slave” — but I can’t entirely disagree with al-Qaeda’s No. 2 on this one.

The AP notes that al-Qaeda’s No. 2’s message in which he calls Obama a “house slave”/“house Negro” “appeared chiefly aimed at persuading Muslims and Arabs that Obama does not represent a change in U.S. policies.”

Which certainly wasn’t what the wingnuts were implying when they kept repeating the inflammatorily xenophobic “B. Hussein Obama”…

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2008 blue state-red state map finalized

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Associated Press graphic (Nov. 6, 2008)

Less red now than in 2004, but still too much red…

So the 2008 presidential election results for the final state, Missouri, were called today. (Missouri is shown in gray in the graphic above because at that time its results were still up in the air.) Unsurprisingly, Repugnican John McInsane won Missouri, but only by a hair.

The Associated Press reports that

McCain’s narrow victory over Obama breaks a bellwether streak in which Missourians had picked the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1956.

With all jurisdictions reporting complete but unofficial results, McCain led Obama by 3,632 votes Wednesday out of more than 2.9 million cast — a margin of 0.12 percentage points….

Obama won 365 electoral votes. Missouri’s 11 electoral votes will give McCain 173.

I never get tired of posting the map of the slave-vs.-free states during the Civil War era for comparison to the blue state-red state maps of today:

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Yup. So much time, so little change.

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Prez-elect Obama needs to cut out the ‘Kumbaya’ bullshit

When the official popular vote had Repugnican George W. Bush having won the 2004 presidential election by only 50.7 percent to Democrat John Kerry’s 48.3 percent, Team Bush immediately called this a “mandate.” Did we see Team Bush reaching out to Kerry, inviting him to co-govern with them?

Oh, hell no.

On Nov. 4 Democrat Barack Obama won 52.7 percent of the popular vote to Repugnican John McInsane’s 46 percent, but is Team Obama or the Democrats claiming a “mandate”?

Of course not — they’re Democrats!

Obama won the election by almost 7 percentage points, but already Team Obama is talking about including the McCainsaurus in the governing of the nation.

Let’s hope that it’s just talk.

The McCainosaurus put his ideas out there. The majority of the American voters rejected them. Team Obama needs to remember this.

And who is John Sidney McCain III anyway other than just one of 100 U.S. senators? Why should he have any more say in the Obama administration than any other Repugnican U.S. senator? Because he ran for president — and lost?

President-elect Obama always likes to take the high road, or always at least likes to appear as though he’s taking the high road. He even embraces the red-staters who would have him lynched.

You know, your mind can be so open that your brains fall out.

The Repugnicans never accommodate Democrats. The Repugnicans call even just 50.7 percent of the vote a “mandate.”

Are the Repugnicans magically going to learn to be decent and merciful and humble from the Democrats’ example of wussing out and caving in to them, even when the Repugnicans are out of power?

History indicates: Oh, hell no!

All that is accomplished when the Democrats suck Repugnican ass is that the nation gets worse. “Centrism” is a recipe for the further slide of the United States of America toward the way of the ancient Roman empire. “Centrism” might slow the fall of the U.S. empire down a bit, but it doesn’t halt the downward slide.

Let’s hope that Team Obama’s “Kumbaya” bullshit is just talk and that it ends quickly.

We can’t afford four more years of even just a little bit of Repugnicanism.

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Mixed results

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With the sound passage of Proposition 2 and the apparent passage of Proposition 8, Californians seem to care more about chickens’ rights than gay men and lesbians’ rights. Maybe if I stuff some eggs up my ass and start laying them I can get some fucking rights around here…

Well, the most important contest yesterday was the U.S. presidency, of course, and I am happy that we real Americans will not have another four years of Repugnican rule.

And I’m glad that President-elect Obama won by a large-enough margin — preliminary election results are 52 percent of the popular vote for Obama to 46 percent for John Fossil Fool McCain, and the Electoral College standing at 349 Obama to 147 McInsane — that the Repugnicans cannot claim, with any credibility (not that they ever had any credibility on any subject anyway), that Obama is not the pick of the clear majority of the American people.

The wingnuts need to shut the fuck up and let the man whom the majority of the American people elected as their leader lead the nation out of the fucking mess that the unelected, treasonous Bush regime got us into. 

Kevin Johnson won Sacramento’s mayoral race by a large margin. I had voted for incumbent Heather Fargo, who struck me as rather boring but at least competent, and my guess is that Johnson, given his scandalous history, is going to have a scandal-plagued term as mayor. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll surprise me and he’ll do a kick-ass job, but my guess is that his election was a mistake. I surmise that Johnson won on both the Schwarzenegger Effect (celebrity jock turns politician) and on the coattails of Barack Obama. And I surmise that the voters will come to regret their choice, which, again, they seemed to have made based upon celebrity more than upon careful consideration.

An anti-abortion proposition (Prop 4) on California’s ballot died, and an anti-animal-cruelty/pro-animal-rights proposition (Prop 2) passed, which I’m glad about, but it looks as though the anti-gay proposition, Prop 8, has passed. (So animals apparently have more rights in California than do we faggots and dykes. Woo hoo!)

Prop 8’s final results haven’t been released yet, as many votes remain to be counted, but I expect that it passed, as The Associated Press reports that with 90 percent of precincts reporting, it was 52 percent yes to 48 percent no. I don’t expect that 4-percent margin to be erased. It might be reduced a bit, but it seems to me that Prop 8 passed, which means that in a future election, when more homophobic old farts have kicked off and Californians are more evolved, we faggots and dykes will have to put another proposition on the ballot to get ourselves as many rights as animals have…

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AP: ‘Obama in a landslide’

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President-elect Barack Obama will take office on Jan. 20.

Reports The Associated Press:

Barack Obama swept to victory as the nation’s first black president [tonight] in an electoral college landslide that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself.

The son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, the Democratic senator from Illinois sealed his historic triumph by defeating Republican Sen. John McCain in a string of wins in hard-fought battleground states: Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Iowa.

A huge crowd in Grant Park in Obama’s home town of Chicago erupted in jubilation at the news of his victory. Some wept.

McCain called his former rival to concede defeat — and the end of his own 10-year quest for the White House. “The American people have spoken, and spoken clearly,” McCain told disappointed supporters in Arizona.

Obama and his running mate, Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, will take their oaths of office as president and vice president on Jan. 20, 2009.

As the 44th president, Obama will move into the Oval Office as leader of a country that is almost certainly in recession, and fighting two long wars, one in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan.

The popular vote was close, but not the count in the Electoral College, where it mattered most.

There, Obama’s audacious decision to contest McCain in states that hadn’t gone Democratic in years paid rich dividends.

Obama has said his first order of presidential business will be to tackle the economy. He has also pledged to withdraw most U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months.

Fellow Democrats rode his coattails to larger majorities in both houses of Congress. They defeated incumbent Republicans and won open seats by turn.

The 47-year-old Illinois senator was little known just four years ago. A widely praised speech at the Democratic National Convention, delivered when he was merely a candidate for the Senate, changed that.

Overnight he became a sought-after surrogate campaigner, and he had scarcely settled into his Senate seat when he began preparing for his run for the White House.

A survey of voters leaving polling places [today] showed the economy was by far the top Election Day issue. Six in 10 voters said so, and none of the other top issues — energy, Iraq, terrorism and health care — was picked by more than one in 10….

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