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Liberal angst
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, March 30, 2008

I see more and more of this sort of disclaimer about one or the other candidates running for the Dem nomination as the days of the primary drag on - this from a blogger at "Liberal Rapture":
If I ever reflect on how it is that I went from being a huge fan of Obama's, to a person who was excited about him and waiting to hear his plans, to wondering why I was not hearing anything tangible, to coming to terms with that fact he had no intention of clarifying anything, to coming to understand that he was a shallow pretender, to loathing everything his campaign represents - I will look no further than this email I received today from an Obamite:
The email, of course, questions the blogger's political awareness, education, etc. Yes, you're right, attacks usually reserved for the right-wing. It is getting nastier and nastier out there.

And such anecdotal stories lend credence to the polls which reflect a growing number of supporters for each of the two Dem candidates who claim they'll not vote for the other Dem if theirs doesn't get the nomination - such as our liberal blogger cited here.
I will vote for McCain or no one if Obama gets the nomination. Not because every one of these assumptions is wrong about me. ... I will vote for McCain or not at all because of the dripping, oozing condescension that Obamites have for those without college degrees. Because of the high end, fraudulent contempt Obamites have for the working class. Because I do not want to sit through another 4 years of an administration populated by those who think "cheese steak" consumers are less than equal partners in a democracy. I don't give a flying crap where the prigs land on the Left/Right scale.

By lying overtly and covertly about who he is Obama has poisoned this campaign and this country. He has used his considerable talents as an orator to fool the chattering classes and the media. He has used skillful oratory to blur his questionable past, rewrite our recent history, and open another gash in the wound of race in America. He has taken the difficult issue of race and turned it into a Benetton commercial and wonders why Pennsylvania isn't buying it. He breathlessly compares his grandmother to the putrid Wright and wonders why his grand "speech" didn't take. He has taken the low road, while claiming the high one. He has lied about his intentions for the wars if elected. He has lied about his association with his church: Our Lady of Perpetual Resentment. He has plagiarized speeches, lied about both Clintons, lied about NAFTA, and run a dishonest, ruthless campaign. He has willfully associated with bigots, slumlords and terrorists to further his career. (Yes, William Ayres is a terrorist.) He has turned the idea of meritocracy on its head by elevating vagueness and self promotion to messianic heights. He has accomplished nothing of note in his public life and insults those who have. Finally, the clip below of the staged "woman fainting" at his revival meetings is seemingly minor but goes to the heart of the Obama ideology: Illusion over reality.

He is a fraud.
I imagine, without looking very hard at all, you can find something just like this about Hillary Clinton.

And the Republicans just keep on grinning - quietly, of course.
 
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Written By: Synova
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I liked this part ..
Let me tell you: if Michigan and Florida had not been thrown overboard by Howard Dean and Donna Brazile - Obama would not matter. "God Damn, America!" is not going away. It is testimony to the willing irresponsibility of the media that Wright’s bile was not shown to the nation earlier. If Wright had been known to us in January, Obama would be a footnote now. It was out there to be seen. It is only compliant, brain-dead, synchophants in the MSM that kept those tapes off the air for so long. With two candidates that cannot get a majority of the delegates we have a real monster on our hands.
Talk about buyer’s remorese. When "liberals" start taking like conservatives, you know there is already change I can believe in.
 
Written By: Neo
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compliant, brain-dead, synchophants in the MSM
I’m a bit confused though .. does this prove that there is no "liberal" bias in the media ? .. or is it the other way around ?
 
Written By: Neo
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dripping, oozing condescension that Obamites have for those without college degrees
Heh. I guess my knee-jerk thought was that primarily "uneducated persons" (painting with a broad brush, I know) would fall for Obama’s schtick. Then reflecting on it, most of the big Obama supporters I know are self-described intellectuals. I say "self-described" because while many of them do have advanced degrees, they favor the image of education over the substance, i.e. care more about the degree than the actual pursuit of knowledge. Not understanding the substance behind an education is the antithesis of intellectualism.

I guess this fits the campaign well.
 
Written By: ck
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Schadenfreude has its sweetness, of course, but in the long run this nuttiness and bitterness among Democrats does not bode well. We face serious challenges. We need a strong Democratic party just as we need a strong Europe.
 
Written By: huxley
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Check out Joe Wilson’s (as in Valerie Plame) HufPo piece:
Smears and Tears: How Obama’s National Security Week Turned Into the Mendacity of Hype
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-wilson/smears-and-tears-how-oba_b_93525.html?view=print
 
Written By: Anonymous
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I do think it would have made a big difference if the Wright videos had been played before Obamamania got rolling.

And how hard would it have been? It took no supersleuthing to buy the DVDs from Trinity, watch them, then excerpt the devastating chunks that have only now been presented to the general public. There were enough clues already that Rev. Wright was a wacko and the center-right blogosphere had followed up the text leads.

What happened? Why did the MSM just put it off until this late? What about the Democratic party or the Hillary oppo staff? It’s understandable that the Republicans would have held off until the general election since they could easily by tarred as racists.

Maybe no one really expected Obama to get this far and no one wanted to take the risk of blowing the whistle.
 
Written By: huxley
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Watching the Dems eat their own guts is the most fun I have had in an election ever. Then I realize that one of these 3 clowns is going to be the next President, and all of the air is sucked out of me. We are deep into "the crazy years".
 
Written By: Paden Cash
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If anything comes out of this election season, I’d like to see more "Democrats" and/or "liberals" come to the realization that "their side" engages in just as much distortion, lying, fact-shading, and dung-slinging as "the other side". No more, no less. There are real differences between the parties, but both sides, being far too large and unwieldy to maintain effective message discipline, use the full range of human attacks at their disposal. Neither group holds back, because neither group is capable of holding back.

Actually, I’d like everyone to come to that realization, but the opportunity that presents itself here and now is for the Democrats.

Vitriol, bile, and lies do not cease being vitriol, bile, and lies for being directed at your enemies.

I’ve seen some people wake up to this. I’ve seen others fail to. Some I find myself wondering how much effort they are exerting to fail to notice this. And I have to admit, while I’ve never really respected it, I find myself respecting those who still persist in referring to "Republican tactics" at this date even less.
 
Written By: Jeremy Bowers
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I’ve seen others fail to. Some I find myself wondering how much effort they are exerting to fail to notice this. And I have to admit, while I’ve never really respected it, I find myself respecting those who still persist in referring to "Republican tactics" at this date even less.
*Clears Throat*

Oh Oliver.....
 
Written By: shark
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While a divided government is probably good, the last time I remember this much joy at another campaign was the glee Jimmy Carter was having watching the obviously unqualified Ronald Reagan defeat George Bush in a bitter campaign (remember ’voodoo economic’). They later realized they had celebrated a tad too early. It happens.

Jeremy: YES! Both sides do it, it’s a game that neither is virtuous in. I know liberals think ’we’re in it for principle, the GOP for power,’ and conservatives think ’we have ideas, they just want control,’ but the reality is politicians in each party are far more alike than different, and they have similar tendencies to cheat, exaggerate and try to control the debate. I hope Republicans and conservatives realize this too.
 
Written By: Scott Erb
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I do think it would have made a big difference if the Wright videos had been played before Obamamania got rolling.

And how hard would it have been? It took no supersleuthing to buy the DVDs from Trinity, watch them, then excerpt the devastating chunks that have only now been presented to the general public. There were enough clues already that Rev. Wright was a wacko and the center-right blogosphere had followed up the text leads.

What happened? Why did the MSM just put it off until this late? What about the Democratic party or the Hillary oppo staff? It’s understandable that the Republicans would have held off until the general election since they could easily by tarred as racists.

Maybe no one really expected Obama to get this far and no one wanted to take the risk of blowing the whistle.
This is partly why I have to muse about the timing. With all his momentum, this is close to the best time for Obama to least jeopardize his chances in the Primary.

And weighing that against the need to put as much time between this revelation and the General Election makes this probably the best possible time in an overall sense for this revelation to play out.

In fact, doing it now, there’s a certain security in fact it will play out amongst Democrats first rather than brought up by Outsiders/Republicans. In fact it will look awkward if Republicans bring it up in the Campaign to the General. In fact is someone does, I’d expect McCain to toss them under the bus.
 
Written By: jpm100
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Sometimes you really have to wonder why anyone runs to be the "most hated man in America".
 
Written By: Neo
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myDD see a problem as well.
 
Written By: Neo
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Another four years? Which presidency was the original version of this? It’s a bit strange to think Bush supporters tend to be latte-drinking intellectuals, and Clinton certainly had a much broader support base than that, even if it included them. It’s a little strange to refer to anyone before him in such a manner. So what exactly is this person referring to?
 
Written By: Jeremy Pierce
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