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Gallows schadenfreude

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Greetings, Class of June, 2008!

One of the ironist's bitter pleasures during these past several years has been watching the rats jump from Bush's stinking ship at precisely the most expedient times (that is, after some great and irrevocable damage has been wrought upon our nation).

With the shocking news (brace yourselves, folks) that Barack Obama is not at all a New-Politics Progressive Savior, we're seeing some fellow Dems in the throes of buyer's remorse.

Reading this DailyKos thread, I don't know precisely how to feel.

Is it time to indulge in a playback's-a-bitch round of Stages of Grief?

Or should we give 'em a hug and put their pictures on Cute Overload? So many categories seem to apply:

  • Rule #2: Looking helpless is cute.
  • Rule #3: An inquisitive look is cute.
  • Rule #10: If you haven't grown into your feet yet, it's cute.
  • Rule #14: If an everyday, small item makes you look small, it's cute.
  • Rule #32: If you're caught doing something bad, it's cute.

Amid some outbursts of world-class rationalizing, there are signs of genuine disillusionment.

And you know what, Class of June, 2008? I feel your pain. I've felt it ever since Obama put church and state in the same blender and served a toxic smoothie he cynically named "Change."

Now that you've noticed, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to petition your delegates to put a better candidate on the ballot?

Are you going to look back and notice your condoning (or being one) of the blogospheric jerks who shut down honest debate about the candidates when we could have properly vetted them and made them compete for who was the most progressive? Among other things, that cost us the opportunity for Obama supporters and non-Obama supporters to have sustained, constructive, reality-based debates. Instead, with your blessing, the campaign devolved into a cliquish high school beset by truthiness — a tragic waste of what could and should have been a true change year.

Are you, by any chance, ready to notice that a good woman had her reputation trashed at every turn, even as she listened to her better angels and truly found her voice during a campaign that her opponent termed a "death march."

Sure, I may wax a little schadenfreudish. But it's no ordinary "I told you so" we're talking about, it's no delicious cold dish. Because it's not just you that's feeling the pain. It's everyone who counts on and strives for a better America.

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Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

Now that you’ve noticed, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to petition your delegates to put a better candidate on the ballot?

why should they, when they know they have YOUR vote?

Human nature being what it is, the odds are practically nil that all this sturm and drang will make any permanent difference in the fauxgressive blogosphere. McCain is still there to hate, and all the bloggerboiz who made Hillary hate a staple and have now switched to McCain-hate will resume their hourly McCain bashing in short order.

The fauxgressive blogosphere is, and always has been, about being against something. And since its been all about Hillary hate for months, it can't realistically be expected to become about Obamaphobia -- so McCain-bashing is the only thing they CAN do.

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Submitted by vastleft on

and Democratic votes were in play, how relentlessly Obama asked for my vote? No, I don't remember that either.

But now that he's up against John McCain, I should be doing a kabuki dance in hopes that he'll give a shit about me and my vote now?

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Submitted by dotcommodity on

that eliminated possibility of vetting and getting the most progressive, by our own side, is what made me maddest!

Very, very well said. Thanks for saving me the trouble of figuring out the underlying reason for my fury, these last few months.

"the blogospheric jerks who shut down honest debate about the candidates when we could have properly vetted them and made them compete for who was the most progressive"

A wasted opportunity.

Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

that eliminated possibility of vetting and getting the most progressive, by our own side, is what made me maddest!

that the exact same people who vilified the Clintons and praised Obama to high heaven are NOW talking about how important it is to vet the candidates...

here's hypocrite in Chief Glenn Greenwald...

If there is one good thing that can come from this week's horrific embrace by Obama and our bipartisan political establishment of warrantless eavesdropping and telecom amnesty, perhaps it will be that the illusions of "lily-ness" about Barack Obama can finally fade away and be replaced by a more realistic perception of what he is, what his limits are, and the reasons why he merits real scrutiny, criticism and checks -- like everyone else pursuing political power does.

of course, not having done any actual scrutinzing of Obama, and finding out that the Obamessiah has feet of clay, he still insists that...

it is just as imperative today as it was yesterday that the sickly right-wing faction be permanently removed from power and that there is never any such thing as the John McCain Administration

In other words, its imperative that we vet our candidates -- but regardless of how bad they are, we still can't allow McCain to become president.

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Submitted by vastleft on

It's a crazy idea, I know, but what if there were a technology that allowed progressives to write -- and debate -- critical commentary about the candidates?

Surely people of conscience would be highly concerned if the candidates clearly and repeatedly signaled their disrespect for progressives and the issues that matter to them. All it would take would be a few clear-eyed progressives to do the documentation, and others would surely heed their concerns and put aside trivial identity politics and unwarranted (or should I say warrantless) hyperbole for a given candidate's innate awesomeness.

Also, if prevailing media narratives were incorrect about who was the stronger candidate, the progressives could do rigorous analysis and everyone would see the light, and we'd get the best possible candidate on our ballots.

Then the vetting process would have taken place before the field narrowed to representatives of the two leading parties.

A far-fetched dream, I know...

Submitted by gob on

Maybe a network of pneumatic tubes? Can we work out the bugs in this idea?

Submitted by lambert on

I just don't think this would work unless readers were allowed to comment and add value to the discussion. Is that even technologically possible?

[x] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Nadai on

I'm finding this whole FISA thing darkly amusing.

For months, the Obama cultists have been running around, waving a shit sandwich in everyone's faces and crying out, "Look at my Change burger! Obama himself gave it to me!" And the rest of us went, "Uh, dude, that's a shit sandwich. Put it down before it gets all over your clothes."

The Obama cultists' response was to clutch the sandwich closer to their chests and howl, "It's Unity Pony! On a sesame seed bun! You're just a bunch of racists!"

So now, for the first time, the cultists have taken a bite, and they're standing there with a half-chewed mouthful going, "Uh, wait." Well, eat up, boys. That's one damn big sandwich you're holding and you're going to finish the whole thing even if you choke on it. Cause after all, it's not like you have anything else to eat, do you?

Submitted by lambert on

As it was written, so it shall be:

"But... this is a bag of SHIT!"

"But it's really GREAT shit, Mrs. Presky!"

What font would that shit be in? Gotham?

[x] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by CognitiveDissonance on

All it would take would be a few clear-eyed progressives to do the documentation, and others would surely heed their concerns and put aside trivial identity politics and unwarranted (or should I say warrantless) hyperbole for a given candidate’s innate awesomeness.

Isn't that what the progressive blogosphere was supposed to be doing in the first place? Wasn't that their reason for being? And they were the first ones to jump aboard the worst candidate of my lifetime, lie and smear the better candidate running, and defend their man no matter what contemptible stupid thing he did or said.

I would bet that even now, after the 3 latest betrayals this week - NAFTA yet again, campaign financing, and FISA - that these moron Blog Boyz still think that they have been doing the right thing the past few months. They don't have the capacity of self-reflection, or the ability to say they were wrong. Kinda like their candidate.

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Submitted by FrenchDoc on

of the big shit sandwich - BSS (see Nadai's hilarious comment above), there's plenty more to come.

And like any shit sandwich, it goes down easier when washed with kool-aid.

To the rest of us (PB2.0), it smelled like a BSS from the start.

Submitted by lambert on

VastLeft asks:

Are you going to look back and notice your condoning (or being one) of the blogospheric jerks who shut down honest debate about the candidates when we could have properly vetted them and made them compete for who was the most progressive?

No.

NOTE Compare Matthew 10:14.

[x] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

Submitted by lambert on

... but of course I've been banned. Haw.

Great post, VL. You're reading The Obama 527 Formerly Known as Daily Kos so I don't have to.

[x] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by dr sardonicus on

The problem may just be that the gulf between The Village and the rest of America has become too wide to cross, even with the world's finest innertubes.

...for the rest of us

Submitted by lambert on

Where do they get their ideas from?

[I know, I know, soft was one of "Jeff Gannon's"....]

[x] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by dr sardonicus on

Although it could be argued that many of the A-list bloggers didn't have that far to jump, the big problem is that few people who make the leap to The Village ever come back.

Must be something in the cocktail weenies. Nobody can eat just one...

...for the rest of us