September 05, 2008

Open thread

Why not. Possible topic: Will Barack Obama be the first person to guilt his way into the White House? Or will McCain/Palin force him to stop crying to teacher and start playing by their rules? I almost hope not, because it's fun to watch this socialist continually rely on his one and only fallback: "That's not fair!"

(I reserve the right to close comments at any time, delete your comment, alter it to your detriment and my amusement, or whatever the hell else I want to do on my own blog.)

Posted by Jim Treacher at September 5, 2008 08:46 PM


To be a bit more eloquent, The One has backhandedly used race and "History In The Making" to push his way into The White House. He gushes about change while using the same old Dem tactics of class warfare, and trying to make all of us not on the minority feel bad for crimes we did not commit.

Posted by: Christian at September 5, 2008 08:57 PM

I don't think O! will succeed in guilting his way into the White House, but if he does it won't be the first time it's been done -- only the first time it's been done on behalf of the candidate rather than the people he claims to champion.

Nor do I think McTigh and Sarah! will cause him to abandon the personal entitlement sales pitch since, really, it's all he ever had.

My best bet would be a November blowout of Dukakis-like proportions.

Posted by: McGehee at September 5, 2008 09:49 PM

Yeah, they're probably starting to realize that $6 million they blew on his acceptance speech could have been better spent organizing some communities.

Posted by: Jim Treacher at September 5, 2008 09:54 PM

But you know what? It might be kind of funny if he is actually able to guilt his way into the White House and then manages to guilt his way through two terms and guilt his way through a whole slew of foreign policy crises.

What if, for some reason we cannot fathom, bin Laden himself is unable to resist the siren pressure of Obama's whining? What if even Putin decides that he'd rather give up his imperial ambitions for a New Soviet Union than listen to this dummy whine on and on for four years.

Admit it. That would be a little funny.

Posted by: Kensington at September 6, 2008 12:14 AM

Iíve been convinced since McCain and Obama have been confirmed as the nominees, that the debates will seal the deal. McCain loves and excels in debates, and seeks them out. Obama has hidden from them as if they were a family of gun-totiní, bible thumpiní, arugula hatiní Wal-Mart shoppers.

As weíve seen multiple times throughout the last year, The Messiah, without a teleprompter, makes Bush seem eloquent.

Iíve never been a huge McCain fan, but I find it hard to believe that, mano-a-mano, heíll come out the worse for the comparison, even with the media spinning as if in the throes of death.

Posted by: Captain Mojo at September 6, 2008 12:14 AM

I was wondering if that was the way that the election was going to go--McCain picking some Republican from a swing state and going on to be the next Bob Dole. Obama getting the goo-goo good government vote like eating all your vegetables 'cause there's kids starving in Japan.

But Dah-yum.

Americans don't like to be guilt-tripped into action. They want to feel that they are part of something upbeat and positive. And they love the taste of flesh in all its forms.

Ergo, Sarah Palin.

Or, as we will call her in 2012, "Madam President."

Posted by: The Islander at September 6, 2008 12:24 AM

obambi needs to put this guy on his team:

Posted by: ex-democrat at September 6, 2008 01:35 AM

The real comedy is going to be the Sarah and Joe debate. Can an East Coast liberal handle a fiery Alaskan? Think of the Odd Couple only Oscar has firearms and hunts Moose. Could we dress Biden up as Bullwinkle?

Posted by: liontooth at September 6, 2008 02:54 AM

Take this post back Jim Treacher. It's totally unfair. You're just jealous that Barack Obama has such a compelling life story. COMPELLING.

Posted by: Sonic Charmer at September 6, 2008 05:32 AM

As one viewing this Obamanable Showman vs Formidable Snow-woman spectacle from a distance (yeah I know it really is Obama vs McCain), I tend to think -as do many others it seems - that Obama has serious daddy issues.

America tried the cult of the therapeutic option for those with daddy issues with Clinton. I'm very positive that Americans have woken up and grown up a bit since then.

I say that because that's exactly what Hollywood tells me: every movie portraying Americans as handwringers, whiners, compromisers, appeasers and losers seems to be an almighty flop.

Never let it me said that I don't listen to what Hollywood tells me.

Posted by: saint at September 6, 2008 05:45 AM

Oh yes he will whine. Because that motivates his base and for whatever reason, he appears to believe that will win the people in the middle.

He is doing a serious misread of most people if he thinks the whines are working outside his base.

Maybe he thinks that since people have defended Palin so much that he wants some of that love....but I think that he is just angry at people actually attacking him instead of just loveing him.

And maybe his whining has always solved the problems before so why not this time?

Oh, and let us not set the bar too high for McCain in the debates. Let the narrative be how badly the One will crush the old man in the debates.

Lefties last night still were counting on Obama crushing McCain in the debates as when Obama will break out. I tried to point out his early poor performance and got back, "how much he has improved, how the questions were unfair, how good he will look against the old man physically, and on and on."

Fine, let them believe that (and the MSM will eat it up too), get more people to watch the debates, and (fingers crossed) McCain performs like he has in the past.

Oh, and have Palin keep taunting the One as he can not seem to stop him and none of his advisors dare speak up to him about how he might be wrong....

Posted by: ArandomPerson at September 6, 2008 06:32 AM

I cringe at the idea that whining is the way he might win ... and yeah, it might work. Phil Gramm had it right; America is a whiny-ass country these days and maybe Obama is the right leader for his time.

But I cringe even more when I think of the wailing that would follow his loss. Not only "Americans are racist and that's the only possible reason they didn't vote for Obama!" (and oh boy, will there be a bunch of that), but at least four more years of the media and Kos (et al.) and every person who believes that everything wrong with the world starts with an (R) carrying on about fascism and hatred and corporate greed and "oh, won't someone PLEASE think of the CHILDREN?!" With bonus interviews twice a week of a smirky Obama telling us how he'd have made America so much better if only Americans weren't so racist.

It's almost enough to make me WANT an O! win, just to prove to those people that a (D) doesn't make you magic. Almost.

Posted by: Deb at September 6, 2008 07:09 AM

I was actually looking forward to seeing Obama lose just to see the chaos that occurs when reality and the reality-based community collide. I mean, this was supposed to be their blowout landslide election and McCain was running a tight race even before Palin got on the ticket.

But the thought of President McCain provoked nothing more than a "meh" from me. I have to say I was not looking forward to him winning much more than I was just looking forward to the Democrats losing again. But now that Palin's on the scene I'm actually Hopeful for a Change!

Anyway, if Obama does get himself into the Whine House though-and he might-it will be a very funny four years. I will give him that.

Posted by: Sortelli at September 6, 2008 07:57 AM

This is not helping Michelle's kids. After all, what kid enjoys seeing their daddy getting his a$$ kicked by a woman and crying like a little girl?

Posted by: JohnO at September 6, 2008 08:00 AM

If I may take one more swing at the dead astroturf horse, Jesus as community organizer makes just slightly less sense than Jesus as sushi chef.

Posted by: chaika at September 6, 2008 08:37 AM

Jesus as community organizer makes just slightly less sense than Jesus as sushi chef.
--I don't know how great a carpenter JC 2.0 is, but he's picked out a hell of a cross...

Posted by: Johnny Pee at September 6, 2008 09:42 AM

I'm just so goddamn glad the old Treacher is back.

"just to see the chaos that occurs when reality and the reality-based community collide."

I am so stealing that line.

Posted by: Matt at September 6, 2008 11:07 AM

Recalling the "Jesus was an organizer" joke, I just point out on my blog that Jesus was rather more successful at the job that Obama was:

In fact Obama hasn't been effective at any job he's had.

Posted by: FrancisT at September 6, 2008 12:47 PM

If McCain/Palin do pull it off, I suspect I'll do something I haven't done since returning to Tucson: wish I were back in Seattle. The collective hissy fit will be hilarious.

Posted by: Dirk Deppey at September 6, 2008 03:01 PM

When I was younger I thought about going to college for a degree in journalism, but then I realized that paying for a sense of entitlement sort of defeats the purpose.

Posted by: Kevin Parrott at September 6, 2008 04:37 PM

Who's bitter now?

Posted by: Sean M. at September 6, 2008 06:51 PM

yes, Obama can guilt his way into the Whitey House. He is the Messiah.

Posted by: Vermont Neighbor at September 6, 2008 08:13 PM

McCain's much-touted record of "reaching across the aisle" as a senator, which he promises to continue as president, will be sorely tested by the Democrat-controlled congress when Sara and him get elected. I believe that the spiteful congress will thwart (I love that word, and I'm glad I got to use it today!) him at every opportunity, resulting in congressional approval ratings in the low single-digits and a loss of Democratic control of both houses at the mid-term elections that will make their pointy little heads spin.

Unfortunately, it's likely that McCain will then piss it away by continuing to reach across the aisle for reaching-across-the-aisle's sake, unless he arrives at the same ultimate conclusion as every other president: Congress is the enemy!

The best thing he can do is to not fuck it all up for Sara in 2012. I'd be satisfied with that.

Posted by: Captain F-Hole at September 6, 2008 08:27 PM

Didn't Douglas Adams have "community organizers" on the B Ark along with the telephone sanitizers and meeting facilitators in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy?

Posted by: Ronsonic at September 6, 2008 10:08 PM

In re: The guilt trip

Good idea, but needs to be followed to its logical conclusion. The routine is a clever twist on Mau-Mauing, as in the Tom Wolfe article of almost 40 years ago.

Except The One has added several enhancements. Instead of dressing wild and going in and frightening The Man into giving money, he does it Harvard Law style with a suit and got elected and then nominated.

The particularly clever twist is his ability to come off Black church at times, allowing his party to feel wonderful because the cool dude is making them feel a part of it by letting them say "Amen" every once in a while.

Check the YouTube video of the debate in which he is asked about Biden's "clean" mainstream African-American comment. Obama lets him off the hook, and says, "I can give testimony--as they say in The Church--I can give testimony that his heart is in the right place."

And they eat that up because he makes them think they're honorary members.

When no one buys it, he flips the routine to "I've got a funny name, don't look like I belong on a dollar bill, and by the way, I'm black."

That Biden comment, BTW, got him on the ticket. Obama couldn't be sure of controlling anyone else, but to use an old LBJ line, he's got Biden's p*ck*r in his pocket, out of atonement if nothing else.

Remember that line of Ann Richards' about George Bush? "He was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple." Obama hit a single, did his neo-mau-mau routine, and some suckers just waved him to third.

The problem is that he got used to it. The hubris that generates may just bring him down.

Posted by: Ampontan at September 7, 2008 12:51 AM

Can haz more opan threads pleez?

Especially since the bed-shitting on "pandagon" is, not to be all gendermental about it, a scream.

Posted by: Johnny Pee at September 7, 2008 08:15 AM

As a typical white person, I don't look forward to spending the next four to eight years being called a racist by the Obamatons every time that I disagree with the Obama administration on trade policy.

Posted by: David at September 7, 2008 08:44 PM