How Quickly They Forget
John Cole has clearly OD'd on kool-aid:
Where do these wingnuts come up with this perception? I see the same sort of crap from the Hillary Clinton blogs and the pro-Clinton commenters- this notion that Obama supporters are somehow unaware that Barack Obama is GASP a politician.
He is a United States Senator. He is running for the highest political office in the land. He is a politician. We are aware of this. Trying to change the tone and tenor in Washington as well as how politics is conducted is not apolitical, and we are all aware of this. What we reject is the current status of our politics, not the notion of politics. What we see in Obama is a chance to change the nature of our current political mess.
What we don’t see is Obama as apolitical. That is just stupid. Some might say it is TOWNHALL stupid.
So, attention wingnuts- We are aware Obama is a politician, and your attempt at witty comments aren’t breaking news to us. All it is doing is proving that we are right to think you are a moron.
Ah, how quickly they forget. Before his CDS came out of remission John made fun of the thing he now denies exists:
BTW, for fun, I have decided that I am going to compile a list of things that Obama supporters claim he has transcended. Off the top of my head, we have race and politics.
Gee John, you had that notion a few months ago. What should we think of you?
The earlier post by Cole is noteworthy for a couple reasons. The first is that this is the post that coined the phrase "Unity Pony." (I Can Has Unity Pony?)
The second is that the post contained great commentary:
lambert strether Says:
I’m gonna get a pony and I’m gonna name it Fierce Urgency of Now!
And later on, Uncle David Broder’s going to come around and sniff my pony’s saddle LOL!!
I’m s-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o happy
I love my pony!
January 10th, 2008 at 2:09 pm
lambert strether Says:
Thank you, Justin. [lambert blushes modestly] The magic Unity Pony is so worthy of derision and mockery because there’s no basis for believing it’s going to achieve the policy outcomes Democrats prefer, and if anything it’s destructive to those outcomes. Maybe at some point Obama’s going to figure this out, and start running as a Democrat for the year 2008, instead of the second coming of Tom Daschle as of 2002. (Anyone remember how well that one worked out?)
I share Mr. Cole’s amusement at “no magic except magic.” Another excellent example is the YouTube where Obama puts Social Security “in play” as a cudgel to beat Hillary with, while claiming in the next breath that Social Security shouldn’t be a political football.
Obama’s smart, knowledgeable, can organize (see Iowa) but the vacuity of the unity message is such a turn-off for me that at this point I’m counter-suggestible on the actual policy outcomes he prefers, if any. And that his fan base seems totally immersed in Republican talking points and uses them to attack Democrats (“trial lawyer”; “special interests”; and the Hillary hatred) is not a confidence builder for me.
I’m with Barney Frank. The reason we fought the battles of the 90s is that they were WORTH FIGHTING. For pity’s sake. And you know what? All the guys we fought back then are as entrenched as they ever were, but now they’re all singing Unity, as if in chorus. Why is that, I wonder?
January 10th, 2008 at 2:27 pm
It doesn't get any better than that.