DougJ at Buffoon Juice:
I know we write this type of post over and over again here, but I can’t stop myself…
I don’t want to make this another Firebaggers versus Obot post. I’m an Obot but I agree with some of the Firebagger criticism about Obama’s handling of the economy and mortgage issues.
I was at a party Friday night with a bunch of other liberal people. We talked about politics, and they all agreed everything was worse, all sad panda type stuff, no progress. I brought up ACA, which they kind of pooh-poohed, and I brought up that I didn’t think I’d see a black president in my lifetime, and now I have. They said he was bi-racial, so not such a big thing. I said you think that matters to the fringe, look at how they talk about him.
Then they got going on how awesome Clinton was relative to Obama. I countered that he didn’t pass anything as big as ACA. They couldn’t argue with that, but had some other stuff about how great the economy was and it was all his doing.
Why can’t Democrats just get behind Obama, admit ACA is a big win, admit Obama’s election was a big win? I’m a mopey, pessimistic, anxious, depressive person, but I still can’t understand it.
Look, we’re going to win in the end, make this country more inclusive, beat back the corporatocracy. It’s going to be a long hard slog, but we’re lucky to have some of the people we do on our side, including Obama.
It’s time to cheer up.
Excuse me for a moment.
Okay, that’s better.
If you think that post is bad you should read the comments.
I think my favorite part is DougJ’s focus on race. It’s unintentionally revealing – it shows that DougJ judged Obama on the color of his skin rather than the content of his character.
“Because he’s black” is not a reason to vote for anyone unless you’re using it as a tie-breaker between two equally good candidates. Hillary Clinton was the superior candidate. Plus she’s a she. Why was it more important to elect a black man instead of a woman?
Ever heard of James Harris? He was the first black starting quarterback in the NFL. His career was less than distinguished.
Ever heard of Doug Williams? He was the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl. He even won the MVP for the game.
Which milestone was more important?
Barack Obama will always be the first black President of the United States. William Henry Harrison will always be the first POTUS to die in office. Andrew Johnson will always be the first POTUS to be impeached. Nixon will always be the first POTUS to resign.
Sometimes being first ain’t such a great thing.