Thank You Sir! May I Have Another?


The Nation:

Re-Elect the President

Progressive opinions on Barack Obama’s first term are as conflicted as his record. These differences are a sign of a diverse and spirited left, and we welcome continued debate in our pages about the president’s record and policies. But that discussion should not obscure what is at stake in this election. A victory for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in November would validate the reactionary extremists who have captured the Republican Party. It would represent the triumph of social Darwinism, the religious right, corporate power and the big money donors who thrive in a new Gilded Age of inequality. It would strike a devastating blow to progressive values and movements, locking us in rear-guard actions on a range of issues—from the rights of women, minorities, immigrants and LGBT people to the preservation of social insurance programs and a progressive tax structure. Inside the Democratic Party, Obama’s defeat would embolden the Blue Dogs and New Dems, who have greased the party’s slide to the right. Whatever disappointments we have with Obama’s first term—and there are many—progressives have a profound interest in the popular rejection of the Romney/Ryan ticket.

It’s true that many issues of fundamental importance have been absent from this election—from catastrophic climate change and staggering rates of poverty to the militarization of foreign policy and the continued growth of the national security state. Their omission has been enabled to a degree by the Republican Party’s rightward lurch, as well as the Romney team’s recurring gaffes and its naked hostility to vast sectors of the American electorate. As a result, the president has been successful, so far, in running a campaign that appeals to key progressive constituencies (women, Latinos, LGBT people) but without the broad call for change that distinguished his 2008 election.

As such, we have no illusions about the audacity of hope, no faith that the re-election of President Obama alone will accomplish the radical change this magazine has championed. For America to be on a different path in 2016 from that of 2012, progressive movements will have to “occupy” all the levers of power—in Washington, in the states and in the streets.

Ever seen someone making a complete fool of themselves and it’s so embarrassing that you go past feeling bad for them and start to get to get angry at them? You want to slap ’em and shake ’em and kick ’em in the ass and yell “Get a fucking grip and show some self respect!

Yeah, it’s that bad.

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30 Responses to Thank You Sir! May I Have Another?

  1. lyn5 says:

    I see more hope with the Romney/Ryan ticket than I have had in the last four years. Obama has pooped on progressives, and he will continue to do so if re-elected. The only way to change the Democratic Party is to vote Obama out.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      works for me. 🙂

    • Karma says:

      Geez…Obama openly mocked them while in office and said they clearly weren’t listening to his speeches filled with caveats. Those fools even cheered the line that negated everything he just said he was for. They traded their ‘principles’ for shallow speeches that made them feel good and nothing else.

  2. DandyTiger says:

    That was pathetic. Obamanation is so wrapped up in their over the top crazy cartoon version of their enemy, they’ve fallen into delusional crazy land. They’ve painted Romney/Ryan and Repubs as evil incarnate. I understand the over the top propaganda as both sides are guilty of it. But it really appears these idiots actually believe it.

    And when you believe your own hype, esp. so over the top crazy shit like Romney/Ryan will eat babies, enslave women, kill old people, and the like, then when confronted with the real candidates who are reasonable Americans that actually want to do good things, but just happen to have different opinions of how to go about it, you look like a complete nutcase. Case in point, the debates where Romney wasn’t the cartoon character the left created.

    If you’re not arguing actual policies and instead screaming the other guy is the boogyman, it’s time for the rubber room.

    • myiq2xu says:

      And that’s to be expected, because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters.

      If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things. – Barack Obama, August 28, 2008

  3. myiq2xu says:

    I wish I had the time and energy to make a post out of this:

    The cracks in the Acela Corridor’s Barack Protection Protocol are showing because Obama’s most compelling attribute was the belief that his intellectual prowess is unmatched by any President, perhaps any mortal. A cornerstone of their faith in him was always that Barack Obama’s intellectual firepower could be deployed at will, and destroy Mitt Romney at a time and place of the President’s choosing.

    What they saw Wednesday night wasn’t the demigod they’ve protected like so many cultural Myrmidons, but a stammering, detached, utterly outclassed man hoisted on the petard of his own laziness and incuriousity. The damage to their perception of him isn’t enough to draw them to Romney, but in their post-modern, super-ironic world, the moment Obama showed weakness, he became a legitimate target.

    The cover of the New Yorker — one of the tentpoles of respectable liberalism and elite opinion — is a signifier of the scope of Obama’s failure this week.

    As the dozens of snarky articles, brutal editorial cartoons, late night comedy shows taking new and unaccustomed shots at Obama (I’m not counting Chris Matthews and his epic rant) build up a certain cultural momentum, the sense that Obama’s failings are suddenly funny is a deadly virus in the bloodstream of liberal opinion.

    Barack Obama is a man of abundantly evident self-regard. The growing sound of mockery and derision must be painful to him, especially coming from the unexpected quarters of his erstwhile allies. Once the mockery starts, it’s hard to stop. Ask Bill Clinton.

    The clues of an Obama meltdown in high-, low- and even pop-culture tell me that the next debates for Obama aren’t just consequential: they’re existential

    (Via JWS)

    • Pips says:

      Nothing new, really, for anyone who’ve paid attention since early 2008. Still it’s reassuring to see the truth, about both Obama and the media-memes, reaching a wider audience. Wish it would spread further. And stick.

      What strikes me about the New Yorker cover is that it not only clearly takes Obama down several pegs, but references the Eastwood moment of the RNC convention, which we were assured by our betters for several weeks was a disaster for the Romney campaign. Think about it: the New Yorker is mocking Barack Obama using an image from a gag from the Republican National Convention.

    • swanspirit says:

      He is a poor loser too , didn’t he go into political hibernation for a year or two after he lost an election early in his “career” ?

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Meh, the Nation hasn’t been relevant for years and that endorsement sounded like a desperate attempt to hang on to what few subscribers they have left. The fringe left that is.

  5. Lulu says:

    I think we are seeing the different types of his supporters/acolytes splinter. You can tell what type they were by their reactions to the reactions and the abysmal debate under-performance itself. The ones who liked him primarily because he was a bully (like Maher) are furious by his weeny beta persona when he is supposed to be a gangsta. Those convinced he has a mega big brain because of the falsified and overblown curriculum vitae are panicked because their own is not worth as much as they thought. People swayed by the teleprompter extravaganza speeches see that it is just an act by a dope. The people who have paid for this fake, contributors, in kind media advocates, volunteers have not seen a return on their investment and now realize it is time, money and reputation down a rat hole. These people are not going to vote for Romney but they may not show up at the polls because Obama did not show up for them at the debate.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Here’s your “reactionary extremists” and the Nation wants them to STFU 😀 Goosebump alert …..

  7. myiq2xu says:

  8. cj says:

    Pathetic Hollywood:

    Byron York‏@ByronYork

    One Hollywood Dem: ‘Everyone is in shock. No one can understand what happened.’

    Hollywood Reporter: Obama’s Hollywood supporters ‘deeply shaken’ by debate performance; will offer advice when Obama visits tonight…

    Obama hopes to regain bearings at event with Clooney, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry; also, $25k/plate dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s…

    Obama Hollywood Reporter link:

    • Lulu says:

      I’m sure he will be thrilled with advice from a bunch of actors. As much as they have given him in contributions I’m sure they think he ought to listen to them. He won’t and it will piss him off. I remember reading that they feel like he only shows up with his hand out.

      • yttik says:

        Liberal Wa is getting a bit tired of him always having his hand out, too. The news complained about how he’s just using us like an ATM machine and last time he just sent Michelle to pick up the cash.

        His fund raisers have really caused traffic and security nightmares, usually during baseball games, and to make it even more insulting, they’re always private events so nobody even gets to see him. He flies in, disrupts the entire city, collects his money, and flies out.

      • cj says:

        Notice he’s not cramming on substance, just on performance. Typical Obama, but what the hell can his buddies in Hollywood tell him that he doesn’t already know? Keep your head up?

        Obama’s been a consummate actor for almost as long as they’ve been around for godssakes & the fact that the cream of the Hollywood elite still doesn’t get it is, the word of the day, pathetic.

  9. anony says:

    wow, myiq, you nailed it again!!! don’t always agree with you & plan to vote 3rd party, but you keep the brain’s airways open with integrity & laser-like wit & that counts reallllly big in my book.

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