“Battered Obama Supporter Syndrome”

Marc Rubin:

Progressives are never going to get what they want with Obama as president. Obama knows he can wipe his feet on these groups like PCCC and MoveOn and they wont dare oppose him. or do anything meaningful. You can’t even call these groups doormats. Doormats have a useful function. They not only help get rid of the dirt under one’s feet so it won’t get tracked into the house they are often decorative and welcoming. These groups have done nothing to keep the dirt from being tracked into the White House or into legislation and policy that have undermined the positive things Democrats could have done. That there is even a question that the country has to raise taxes, especially the upper 5% income earners, to pay for the war ( in Iraq) that Republicans refused to pay for ( which adds up to $1 trillion of the $1.7 trillion deficit) is a testament to how weak Obama really is. Not to mention the fact that Bill Clinton got a balanced budget and a zero deficit over Republican objections and opposition by raising taxes.

While these groups are filled with well meaning people with good intentions, they are obviously still bamboozled over race, afraid to criticize, afraid to get tough, afraid to dump Obama as so many others finally have and are still suffering from Battered Obama Syndrome, refusing to leave, refusing to say enough is enough, and coming back for more. The proof of their ineffective politicking is they have gotten zero results in two years even though Democrats had the biggest majority in 60 years. And what did they expect with threats like ” we will vote for you anyway even if you lie again and betray again everything we believe in”.

Here is an example of Battered Obama Supporter Syndrome (BOSS) from Avedon Carol’s blog:

If you want to know why the left doesn’t win, Avedon, it’s because instead of building a unified political machine to combat the right you have morons who throw pies and do other bullshit stunts. All that energy wasted because you have no fucking idea how the game is played. Just like all the other commenters here, masturbating to political fantasies that will never happen.

You are a prime example of why we’re losing, Avedon, you and your little toadie commenters. And generations are going to suffer because of your cowardice. Sleep well when you think about that.
Yesterday, 4:05:41 PM

Notice the displaced aggression – blaming the wrong people. This is a very common symptom. Rather than be angry at Obama he is angry at people who have no power.

There is a treatment for BOSS:

You can spot an Obot by looking for some or all of the following signs:

1. The inability to use logic and think rationally.

2. Paranoid delusions that everyone (except fellow cult-members) is a racist

3. Uncontrollable outbursts of sexism and misogyny (similar to Tourette’s)

4. Bright discoloration around the nostrils (caused by snorting the Kool-aid in powder form)

If your friend or beloved family member isn’t already, um . . . “receptive and ready” to begin deprogramming, you will have go catch them convince them to come with you for treatment. The Captain recommends duct tape and a large windowless van for transportation.


For the first step in the treatment process you will need to obtain a fish about 18 inches to 2 feet in length. Fresh fish are available for a reasonable price in most large supermarkets, but for those on a budget you can obtain not-so-fresh fish for free from the supermarket dumpster.

Secure your patient to a chair with generous amounts of duct tape, leaving their head and shoulders exposed. Blindfolds optional. In a loud firm voice say “Nobama“ while striking your patient across the face with the fish. (Don’t hold back, really smack them) Continue saying “Nobama” while striking them back and forth in the face with the fish. Go ahead and yell it if the neighbors can’t hear. Keep doing this until your arms are too tired to continue.

This won’t help your patient but by now you should feel much better. Repeat Step 1 as often as you feel like it, but eventually you may need another fish.

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55 Responses to “Battered Obama Supporter Syndrome”

  1. Mary says:

    LOL BOSS I love it!

    They’re so frenzied (Mahr’s show exemplifies that)—they’re saying anything and everything to others, without directing their true rage at Obama.

    Dibgy’s place is a desert of bitterness now. TL is slowly coming around. It’s amazing to watch them flail in their new-found grief that The One is not now, and probably never was, who they thought he was. Reading their comments is like watching them engage in group therapy.

    BOSS. Nailed it, again!

    • myiq2xu says:

      I believe “Rathole of Bitterness” is the technical term.

    • angienc says:

      IMO, they have to admit they have a problem before any real “work” can begin. So far, even though I see some grasping of reality (which, granted, is a step) at the places you’ve mentioned, I don’t see many owning their responsibility (ie, there is a lot of “no one could have seen” and “we were duped” but no “I was wrong to ignore his vote on FISA and his backtracking on public campaign funds”). We saw what Obama was & what his “fans” were doing (that treatment for BOSS is from 2008!) but they still are not admitting their error.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        A lot of saw the same with W. Bush, ftr. I felt like a lone wolf crying out in the forest in 2000 & 2008. Anybody paying attention could have seen it. I was so disappointed and angry to find that the people I supposedly shared values with could be a stupid and clueless and prone to some sort of celebrity worship as neocons and theocons.

        • angienc says:

          I’m with you on all of that. It was mind-numbingly horrifying.

          Do you know how many times I argued with BTD over at TL that W was the “media darling” too & that fact by itself should make Obama persona non grata & not your no. 1 reason to support him? I didn’t get myself banned but I became the object of his derision for a long time until I finally left myself after Jeralyn drank the kool aid in Denver.

        • WMCB says:

          When I was at DailyKos, I got eviscerated for posting GW’s old 2000 “no blue, no red, uniter not divider, tired of the old politics” campaign speeches side by side with Obama’s.

          The speeches were so eerily similar it was scary. But they pretty much tried to figuratively burn me at the stake for pointing it out. They didn’t even argue it, they just went BATSHIT.

        • Mary says:

          Wait a minute….I thought the tribal meme was that only the Republicans were “batshit.”


  2. foxyladi14 says:

    my college g.d.isn’t voting for him this time..smart girl 🙂

  3. Mr. Mike says:

    2012 Democrat voters will sit this one out if nothing changes. The result will be losses for down ballot candidates, not that it makes any difference to Obama, Pelosi, or any other candidate in a solid blue district. They at least will have their job and why should they show any regard to fellow pols since they don’t to their constituents?
    Can you tell me that in a Blue district like Pelosi’s Single Payer didn’t have the majority of support?

    If only the republican controlled House would do us the favor of an inquiry into Obama’s ties with Rezko and the Chicago machine before the primary season starts. I see them as too smart to make that mistake.

  4. WMCB says:

    OT but interesting. Ace of Spades (whom I consider an intelligent, honest conservative) is opining on the Ohio welfare office scandal, and says this about why neither party seems able to clean up the corruption and waste inherent in govt bureaucracy:

    Another point: No party seems to take an interest in the lawful, proper functioning of the bureaucracy.

    Democrats, the party of government, should take an interest, because it would help them sell more government if government actually functioned properly, but they don’t, because their two biggest groups of supporters are government workers, who want to do nothing at work and get raises every year from their employers the taxpayers, and those on the government dole, who obviously have no desire to see welfare qualifications made more rigorous.

    Republicans, the party of smaller government, should, in theory, take an interest in reforming bureaucracies, because these jackasses all vote against us anyway and we might as well squeeze some minimum level of job performance out of them, and we should also have an eye on protecting the taxpayer, but we tend not to, because we tend to view these bureaucracies as enemy camps, bastions of the Democrats, and we sort of just let them make the rules for their camps.

    But we shouldn’t. There’s a line Democrats love to use: “Republicans campaign on the argument government doesn’t work and then when they’re in office they spend all their time proving it.”

    That’s a hard knock. We should overcome that. We should recognize that whether we would have authorized these various welfare schemes in the first place, it is a fact on the ground that they exist, whether with our consent or without it, and we should be bears about making this crap work properly.

    Ace is much, much to the right of me. But I think that he sort of gets it, albeit from his own perspective. I believe that govt does need to provide services, but they need to do it well and efficiently. Liberals all too often pay lip service to this, but once they have “a program” in place, there is not any real interest in making it accountable for fiscal responsibility and results. As a matter of fact, we often view any criticism at all of “our” programs as nothing but “an attack” on the concept of govt assistance itself. And maybe it is, sometimes. But knee-jerk defending of inefficient, too-expensive, ineffective, corruption-riddled policies, and letting them continue untouched, is a pretty stupid way of deflecting attacks on liberalism.

    And Ace is right that both sides seem to have a vested interest in allowing govt waste and ineffective programs to continue, though for different reasons. And he’s thinking, examining logically, and coming to the conclusion that doing government right is something we all should want, even as we continue to argue over how big or small it should be. That argument is not going away. But we could have some better govt in the meantime.


    • myiq2xu says:

      The left also has a habit or reacting to any cut (however small) in a program as an attempt to destroy that program. The same for tightening eligibility rules.

      Drug testing of welfare recipients? “ZOMG they want to end welfare!”

    • djmm says:

      Excellent point. Something perhaps that well-meaning Independents, Democrats and Republicans should be able to agree upon.


      • WMCB says:

        Yep. There are a lot of people out here who realize that finding agreement where you can does not mean becoming an unprincipled “whatever” squish. You can keep your principled disagreement on some things, and still do the stuff you agree on.

        • myiq2xu says:

          When everything is based on tribalism instead of principles, you can’t give an inch without betraying your tribe.

        • WMCB says:

          Yes, myiq. The mere fact that “they” want it makes it automatically bad and to be vehemently opposed.

        • Yes. That’s what I’m seeing in Palin. In Alaska she focused on things both sides could agree on: taming oil companies, efficiency, getting rid of corruption. I’d trust her to FIND things that everyone could agree on in DC too.

  5. WMCB says:

    ROTFLMAO!!!! The perennial Obama-gusher Contessa Brewer gets here ass handed to her in a most embarrassing way:

    must-see moment from MSNBC, admittedly a phrase heard only slightly more often than “the good judgment of Anthony Weiner.” Contessa Brewer gets into an argument over economic policy with Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), and tries to talk him down by snidely asking him whether he has a degree in economics … which, to Brewer’s embarrassment, Brooks does.

    Brooks actually has three degrees: political science, economics, and law.

  6. Mary says:

    Just announced: The One is willing to accept a short-term extension of debt limit increase, IF Congress commits to Gang of Six plan.

    You know, the plan that isn’t in legislative language yet, hasn’t been scored by CBO, has to start in the House and not the Senate, be passed by both House and Senate before sending to WH. Even Harry Reid admitted the Gang of Six plan is “not ready for primetime.”

    It can’t be done by August 2.

    • myiq2xu says:

      That’s what my grandma would call “buying a pig in a poke.”

    • WMCB says:

      We’ll find out what’s in it after they pass it. Been down this road before. No, thanks.

      • Mary says:

        Amen, sister. He gets his increase in spending money, and all the rest happens “down the road.”

        I don’t think so.

        • WMCB says:

          If we really do need a “balanced approach”, how come we can’t get a bill with cuts up front, and tax increases “down the road sometime”?

          Why do the taxpayers always have to pony up first?

        • Mary says:

          Because the Dems control the WH and the Senate?

          Americans are gonna freak when they find out Gang of Six “plan” includes eliminating their mortgage interest deduction, and cuts in SS and Medicare in order to produce the numbers Conrad claims.

          I think that’s why the WH wants their offer……most Americans won’t know until it’s too late.

        • WMCB says:

          The reason why they cram specifically unpopular cuts (instead of sane cuts) into these bills is so they have an excuse to back out of that part later.

          Reagan – 1986 – negotiated a “deal” with congressional Democrats to cut (actually cut) $3 of spending for every $1 of taxes raised. The taxes went up immediately, the spending cuts never happened.

          Bush the Elder – 1990 – negotiated nearly an identical deal with congressional Democrats ($3 cuts for $1 in new taxes). Once again, taxes went up immediately, government spending actually increases.

          Here we go again.

        • angienc says:

          Most.Transparent.Administration.EVAH! strikes again.

        • Quibble. According to Bill Clinton, the ceiling increase isn’t “to increase spending money”, it’s to pay the bills we’ve ALREADY got coming in.

        • ralphb says:

          I stopped listening to Bill when he started selling Obama’s plans.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          Bill Clinton also said that health insurance was like car insurance and that he’d use the 14th amendment to force a raise. Yeah, that 14th amendment, the one that was passed some 60 years before they invented the debt ceiling.

          Like I’ve said before, both sides are still fighting the Civil War. And I despise them all for it.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          FTR, what chaps my hide about the health insurance/car insurance thing is that it actually entrenches the idea that health, like driving, is a fucking privilege. Fuck his stupid, caving ass. Sorry, REALLY mad about that.

        • angienc says:

          Lola– I’m really mad about that too & am infuriated that people repeat his stupid car insurance/health insurance analogy is if it was actually smart when, in fact, it is ridiculous, inane and insipid. Everyone has a choice whether they want to buy a car or not. Don’t want to buy car insurance? Don’t own a car/don’t drive. NO ONE has a choice as to whether they are born. And that’s basically the requirement for the health insurance under Obamacare — being alive in this country. The only way out of having to buy it (at whatever price the insurance co.’s say because there is no public option) is to kill yourself.

      • ralphb says:

        You can’t pass what’s not there. The only commitment they could make would be a Sense of the Senate/House to favor it with their attention later.

        Seems to me the fight would be over the contents of the so-called Gang of Six bill. All it is now is a plan to come up with a plan.

        Alternatively, we can just not pass a debt ceiling increase and see what happens. Sometimes you just have to say F*ck It!

        • WMCB says:

          Ralph, they may be lying that it is “unfinished”. I posted on this in the Thrill up the leg thread above. Something stinks in Denmark. I think they have that legislation ready to go, but don’t want us to know what’s in it yet.

    • westcoaster says:

      here’s what Bernie Sanders thinks of the Gang of Six Plan:

      • Three Wickets says:

        It reduces the deficit by about $3.7 trillion over 10 years, while providing a net tax cut of $1.5 trillion that will mainly go to the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations.

        Which would make total spending cuts $5.2 trillion over 10 years.

    • insanelysane says:

      SF Chronicle had an article on this and way at the bottom in next to last paragraph it said a tax decrease from 35% to 29% for the highest income bracket was included.

  7. foxyladi14 says:

    the little guy just getting it again. 🙄

  8. ralphb says:

    Tom Coburn makes a good case for tax reform as part of any deal.

    <blockquote“Tax expenditures are not tax cuts. Tax expenditures are socialism and corporate welfarism. Tax expenditures are increases on anyone who does not receive the benefit or can’t hire a lobbyist or special interest group to manipulate the code for their favor. Politicians love to play the tax code because it benefits the politicians.

    • Mary says:

      Ok, but it’s not just “fatcat evildoers” that get those tax breaks —soon to be “reformed.”

      It also includes EITC, family credits for children, credits for charitable contributions, and mortgage interest credits.

      They’re calling elimination of those kinda credits “revenue,” but for middle class people, it acts as a tax increase.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        They’re trying to eliminate the EIC? Who? Link? ‘Cause that is really going to suck ass for poor people once health insurance bail outs start. The EIC was the only protecting them from having to pay out of pocket an actual tax penalty for not being able to afford Barry’s health insurance bail out!

        • Mary says:

          Lemme clarify….I don’t know that EITC is included yet—none of us know what’s in the damn plan.

          But if Conrad’s calling it “revenue” (as opposed to taxes) to remove loopholes in the tax code, then lower and middle class loopholes might be included. We’ll have to see.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          Thanks for the clarification!

      • ralphb says:

        My son has seven children. You think I want that deduction removed? 😉

        In the end a flatter, lower rate system with fewer deductions would be better for everyone. If nothing else it would stop deductions from warping the markets.

        • ralphb says:

          And it would act as campaign finance reform on steroids since donors would have less to gain from buying the politicians,

        • Mary says:

          I would agree with that, ralph. I’m for a flatter, lower tax system, too.

          But I just can’t see the middle class NOT rising up in anger if they lose some of those tax credits.

    • Three Wickets says:

      Getting rid of mortgage interest deductions will obviously hurt homeowners, and that includes middle class households who couldn’t afford to buy their homes with cash. Would push the housing market even more underwater. Can’t imagine bankers and creditors would allow that to happen. It’s a negotiating point in any case.

  9. Karma says:

    I agree.

    That billionaires were saved from feeling the pain while this one is threatened to be taken from the middle class. I don’t see that solution ending well. The masses might actually riot…

    After work hours of course….they still have to pay the mortgage after all.

    All cynical jokes aside, it might inspire another wave of underwater homeowners into walking. I have been shocked at the people who have completely changed their views on walking out on a home loan. Take that last tax benefit away…..after the shame factor has already left the building….it won’t end well for the banks.

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