How to win like a loser (Updated) Posted by: MichaelW
on Friday, November 07, 2008
After a two-year long, grueling campaign, culminating in the historic election of their candidate, you would think that Democrats would be happy. Especially considering all the talk about bi-partisanship and changing the divisive culture in Washington. Instead, the Dems are still angry, apparently because Barack Obama didn't receive 100% of the vote (kinda like that other Hussein feller):
It's good! It's great! It's all fantastic, and I'm thrilled! Really. I do mean it. But something seems to be escaping our attention amidst the exaltation. In spite of the wars, the lies, the torture, the stacking of the courts, and the rollbacks to civil liberties; in spite of the religious fundamentalism, the fanaticism, and the utter disdain toward the population that's been expressed; in spite of the Katrina fiasco, the wire tapping, and the raping and pillaging of our economy for corporate gain (not to mention the ridiculousness and horrendous idiocy of the Republican campaign, including the Palin monstrosity) 56 million, 378 thousand, 316 Americans still voted for the other side.
To humanize that just a bit, that means that 56,378,316 individuals waited in line just as long as you did, and worked just as hard as anyone else, to try to make sure that Barack Obama would not become president of the United States. I don't know about you, but that scares the shit out of me. It means — for reasons that go way beyond any immediate financial crises — we're still in very deep trouble.
Pity the poor, Deep South, and that includes our great state of Tennessee, along with Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas.
For the most part, they remain deep red and hardly wanted any part of President-elect Barack Obama's landslide victory.
Oh, but Mr. Bositis, isn't the South going to rise again? I just heard Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn say on a local morning TV show that the Republicans have to go back to their conservative ways. What about that?
"The problem is that she believes that,'' Bositis replied. "Remember, for much of the post-Civil War days, the South was isolated from most of the other parts of the country. And, after the civil-rights bills were passed and the turbulent times of the '60s, the South reasserted itself. But politically now, the South is in big trouble when it comes to the Republican Party.
"And, if they look, the people in the Deep South will find that among the New England states, there's not a single member of the U.S. House who is a Republican. ... People like Marsha Blackburn may be confronting a country that isn't buying into those old Southern values anymore ... values such as fundamentalist religion, militarism, anti-unionism, negative feelings about race and civil rights, low taxes and spending, except money that they can mooch off.
"The rest of the country is becoming increasingly educated, and all trends are working against the South. As long as people like Marsha Blackburn want the Republican Party to do more of the same, they're going to be in for a long run in the minority.''
Yes, pity the poor South. But you get exactly what you deserve if you don't get with the right program.
Classy. Southerners didn't "get with the right program" (i.e. "vote for Barack Obama") because they're uneducated, militaristic, and racist, so they should be pitied. I guess I should just be happy nobody suggested that they be rounded up for re-education.
Recall that just four short years ago the left dealt with losing the Presidential Election by apologizing to the world. And we were also blessed with such timeless classics as "What's The Matter With Kansas?" Staying true to form, now that they've won they're still miffed that they didn't run the table. "How could anyone NOT vote for the Messiah?"
I guess that's tolerance for you. The work's never done until there's nothing left to tolerate.
UPDATE: Thanks to Linda Morgan in the comments, we're treated to a show of class that arrogant jerks cited above can't begin to approach, much less fathom. Some of my favorites are below the fold:
I have family in Arkansas that did not vote for Obama, and they have stated their pride in a country that can elect a black man president. Also, they respect the office and regard Obama as their president.
Having lived in the South for half of my life, this sort of sentiment really psses me off. People who bad mouth Arkansas and the other southern states couldn’t have spent much time in them. Yeah, we have our share of backwoods nuts. So does Los Angeles, only without the backwoods.
Communists are still claiming that the Soviet Union failed because the whole world failed to achieve communist enlightenment. It’s a congenital blight in the leftist brain. Got to have consensus, even if only at the point of a gun.
wonder how many of these people who have these opinions about the south have actually lived here?
I grew up in the south and left it for the blue coasts. I was never all that comfortable in the south and with southernness, but one thing I sure noticed in the blue states was the casual bigotry towards southern whites. Every now and then I take bluestaters to task on that.
Sarah Palin is from Alaska but to a lot of people she’s just southern white trash.
Michael, I think you are missing a subtle point regarding Linda’s 52-48 link. It is likely that most of those 52 folks were in a frothing rant in 2004. Only now that their savior has been elevated that the office of President should be respected, and the healing can begin. A courtesy only afforded to the right (far left) candidate.
I did notice that, bains (and shark). Nonetheless, I find the current gesture much, much classier than the former offerings, and welcome to boot. And either way, it’s certainly much classier than the moral-scold, tut-tutting of the the two posts I cited before.
As I see it, we’re one team, and even if we don’t like the captain we still give it our all on the field. Sometimes that’s going to mean speaking our minds in the huddle about how ahistorical, ill-advised, unworkable and down-right illogical the play calling is. We don’t have to resort to demonizing those who disagree with us, which is what the cited posts were perpetuating (and, as you note, some of the original photogs were doing).
I plan to do my best at showing what patriotic dissent looks like, and it won’t resemble anything similar to what we’ve seen for the last 8 years. By the same token, when I see something that encourages discussion rather than stifling it, then I want to acknowledge the effort and give a nod of approval.
In short, I don’t expect consistency from those I oppose. But when they show respect, I will acknowledge it for what it is and move on. In my view, if you do that enough, then maybe one day you can get away from the BS and discuss actual issues. I’ve got plenty of barbs for anyone who wants to go toe-to-toe, I just prefer to not have to use them.
I’m with Bains and Shark. I have already received 9 or 10 emails and/or Facebook messages from absolute died-in-the-wool Bush haters who, as one of many examples, were convinced that Hurricane Katrina was a direct result of Bush’s failure to ratify the Kyoto Treaty. They have all expressed some variation of the sentiment that "we are all in this together so let’s get along." Yesterday, I sat staring at my computer for about 10 minutes debating whether or not to post a response asking them where this sentiment has been for the last eight years. I pu$$ed out but I don’t know how much more of this I can take. After all, dissent is patriotic. The lack of liberal self-awareness continues to amaze me. They can sure dish it out but they can’t take it.
I found the 52-48 stuff insulting. I don’t need a bunch of people who previously felt it necessary to "apologize" to the world because Kerry lost to now tell me that we are all Americans and need to be united.
I will accept Obama as my president because I have ALWAYS viewed myself as a proud American whether my candidate won or lost — not because a bunch of leftists decide America is OK again.
Prior to throwing out the link, I’d already noted that the 52-48 photos tend to jangle conservative nerves and raise libertarian ire, but I still credit the goodwill of the people taking part. It tallies with what I see in the Obama-voters among my own friends and family.
In the coming four years, I plan to vigorously oppose — or at least whine and mouth-off about — practically all the programs, policies and promises Obama suckered these gulls in with. But I see no point in painting each and every individual one of his voters as a conscious and Kos-posting agent of evil. Most of them are as naiveannoying innocuous as the day is long and it’s nice to see a few with the cluelessness courage to stride onto the blood-soaked political intarweb battlegrounds offering to shake hands with the vanquished other side.
Dear 99%; Bah! Humbug! A Pox on all of you sissies. I shall retire to a dark corner and nurse my hatred and resentment, letting it grow and fester, until I can burst forth and spew my pustulent ire all over you. No filter yet designed by mankind can withstand my righteous wrath. Tremble, wimps.
Michael, if you have been reading either Patterico or Protein Wisdom, they you are aware of an ongoing argument regarding how best to address the upcoming 4 years. While I understand what Patrick is trying to do, he misses the larger point - with which I agree - that Jeff is making. For too long an influential part of the right has been fighting what they think is an honorable fight. Coastal elites if you will, best exemplified by David Brooks. The problem is, they have chosen to accept to battle under the ever-changing rules of the left. Rules that stipulate that criticizing a Republican President is patriotic whereas criticism of the Democratic (now) President-elect is racist. Jeff’s point is that if we continue to fight under such rules we will be forever the Washington Generals battling the Harlem Globe Trotters.
Now this is not to say we can not acknowledge good deeds, and decent gestures, but to buy into this new brotherly love is horse puckey. Personally, I think the attitude portrayed by George C Scott at the end of Patton (the celebration with the Soviets) is much better. If you remember, it was only when the Soviet General revealed his true nature that Patton smiled and toasted.
So what’s this with the assumption that everyone waited in line equally long to vote? Just because some districts can’t seem to organize enough locations to vote, enough workers at those locations, enough machines at those locations, or whatever doesn’t mean that that’s true of all districts. I live in a minor city, not a tiny town, in the middle of a university community and in a neighborhood with a relatively high African-American and a relatively high student and academic population, so you should expect high turnout. I showed up, waited for one person, waited for my wife, and voted. It took all of ten minutes. I’ve never had to wait more than 15-20 minutes in my district, and in most elections I don’t have to wait at all. I have waited in other districts, but that just shows you that not everyone is equally organized in providing a good environment for people to vote in.
All 56,378,316 individuals that voted for McCain were registered in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas. Just a bunch of ignorant rednecks. That had to be it. Just the racist South.