Politics and Media Headlines 11/26/08
In Thanksgiving Tradition, Bush Pardons Scooter Libby In Giant Turkey Costume (The Onion)
The pardon assures that Libby will not face any more repercussions for his role in the Valerie Plame scandal or be eaten on Thanksgiving.
A little Thanksgiving Fool humor.—Caro
Wednesday: Whoa! I didn’t see *that* coming. (by riverdaughter at The Confluence)
William Greider opens his column in The Nation entitled Past and Future with this realization: “A year ago, when Barack Obama said it was time to turn the page, his campaign declaration seemed to promise a fresh start for Washington. I, for one, failed to foresee Obama would turn the page backward. The president-elect’s lineup for key governing positions has opted for continuity, not change… Those of us who expected more were duped, not so much by Obama but by our own wishful thinking.”… Mr. Greider should remember how the Bush era began. It was by outright thievery. The election was stolen from Al Gore by the brotherly love of the Governor of Florida, Brooks Brothers Riot and the media Haka that prepared the public for Gore’s eventual defeat at the hands of a politicized Supreme Court. It should come as no surprise that the Bush era is ending with thievery on a scale that Atilla the Hun would envy…
Expect Obama’s style of governing to be remarkably similar. When the recession finally hits and tough choices have to be made, do not expect that you will be spared, Mr. Greider. Obama knows what’s best for you, even if you have to suffer. It will build your character. It has been decided for you. Your vote and opinion will not be needed now, just like it wasn’t needed in the primary. And it is all entirely predictable. Nothing good ever comes of a bad seed.
Obama in Bedlam (by John Ross at Counterpunch)
I don't buy Barack Obama as the Messiah. I didn't vote for him (I voted for another Afro-American) and I haven't filed an application to join his regime. He ran a duplicitous, multi-million dollar campaign that masqueraded as a social movement and because it was a gimmick and a shuck, will thwart and demoralize the re-creation of real social movement for years to come… False Messiahs are made to be unmasked. Anyone who aspires to be the maximum capo of the world's most homicidal on-going criminal conspiracy is just that, a criminal. Barack Obama is a war criminal-in-waiting masquerading as a peace candidate on the pretext that he will move the Yanqui troops two wars to the east to massacre civilians who did not vote for him. I am not fooled.
The Two “Realities” of Obamanation (by myiq2xu at The Confluence)
With a few rare exceptions, the only people claiming during the primaries that Obama wasn’t a progressive were Hillary Clinton supporters (GOPers claimed he was a socialist but nobody believed them.) Hillary was vilified by Obamanation for being a DLC centrist and was even accused of being a Republican by no less than the head Cheeto himself. [Markos Moulitsas] We also heard how she planned to be John McCain’s running mate and how her supporters were just Republican ratfuckers. So when these same people that viciously attacked Hillary as a centrist and/or praised Obama as a progressive now claim they knew all along that he was a center-right politician it begs the question: Were they lying then or are they lying now?
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