Saturday, March 01, 2008

Change, Hope, Unity. And Blank-ness

Today's edition of Change, Hope and Unity focuses on Unity, by any means necessary.
African-American superdelegates are being targeted, harassed and threatened,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.), a superdelegate who has supported Clinton since August. Cleaver said black superdelegates are receiving “nasty letters, phone calls, threats they’ll get an opponent, being called an Uncle Tom.

This is the politics of the 1950s,” he complained. “A lot of members are experiencing a lot of ugly stuff. They’re not going to talk about it, but it’s happening.” [snip]...
Cleaver questioned why white superdelegates such as Massachusetts Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry weren’t being targeted to support Clinton after she carried their state.

If white people were being harassed and threatened because they were not supporting a white candidate, we’d see headlines,” he said.

Obama as Borg. You will be assimilated. New Obama slogan: Unity - You Will Join Us. Dissent Is Not an Option. But I thought dissent was the highest form of patriotism? (I read that on a bumper sticker.) Wrong. Dissent from Hope can only be Despair. And despite all my efforts the Politics of Despair ain't selling. (Note to self: re-double effort.)

And on the pop culture front, here's a preview of the mass idiocy which will dominate American pop culture during the Obama Administration:
Is Fred Armisen, who is not African American, "black enough" to embody Obama on "Saturday Night Live"?
Debate over that question has been pinging around the Internet since Armisen, a veteran cast member, donned darker makeup to portray the Democratic candidate for the first time Saturday. [snip] ...
Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune put the question bluntly: "Call me crazy, but shouldn't 'Saturday Night Live's' fictional Sen. Barack Obama be played by an African-American?" (ed: Okay, you're batshit crazy.) Ryan went on to conclude: "I find 'SNL's' choice inexplicable. Obama's candidacy gives us solid proof of the progress that African-Americans have made in this country. I guess 'SNL' still has further to go on that front."

Hannah Pool, a writer for the Guardian newspaper in Great Britain, suggested the whole setup had "minstrel" overtones.
"Casting a black actor wouldn't have guaranteed the quality of the sketch, but it would have made the whole thing a lot less shoddy," Pool wrote. "Let's get one thing straight. The moment anyone starts reaching for 'blackface,' they are on extremely dodgy territory. Anyone who thinks it's either necessary or, for that matter, remotely funny to black-up needs to have the gauge on their moral compass reset."

That sound you hear in the background is Dave Chappelle and Eddie Murphy's heads exploding. Four years of this stuff. I can't wait! Guess I'll stop watching TV. Maybe with all the time saved I can learn to play the piano. See, hope lives.

Thursday's news about Obama's staff telling the Canadians not to worry, that his anti-NAFTA rhetoric was just for show (it fools the rubes in Ohio, don't you know?) has been confirmed. And Canadian TV is naming names:
However, the Obama camp did not respond to repeated questions from CTV on reports that a conversation on this matter was held between Obama's senior economic adviser -- Austan Goolsbee -- and the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago.

Whoosh! Austan Goolsbee, flushed down the Toilet of Hope.

Here's a short collection of misc items to finish the post.
The Times of London:
The problem is that there's a danger that the presidential contest between Mr Obama and Mr McCain will become not a debate but a silly battle of conflicting icons. You can be sure that, in the eyes of the rest of the world, and much of America, if Mr McCain wins it will be not because of his superior experience or the quality of his ideas, but because America is irredeemably racist.
Instead of being the welcome break with America's recent past that he truly is, he will be painted as a continuation of it. Worse, that that, he will have won by vanquishing Hope and Peace. He will be for ever The Man Who Shot Bambi.
New McCain slogan: I'll Crush Bambi. Now that's a bumper sticker

The Chicago Sun-Times:
The next day McCain mocked Obama, ''I have some news. Al-Qaida is in Iraq." Obama fired back, ''I do know that al-Qaida is in Iraq and that's why I have said we should continue to strike al-Qaida targets. But I have some news for John McCain. There was no such thing as al-Qaida in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq."

So what is Obama's Iraq strategy? It seems to be that he knows al-Qaida is in Iraq but he's going to pull out anyway. But if al-Qaida establishes a base in Iraq, he will go back in. Does that sound confused to you? Me, too.
His policy, in a nutshell, seems to be this: Pull troops out of Iraq and hope for the best. And anyway, the real issue is what cowboy Bush and McCain did five years ago.
Obama vs. Angelina Jolie? At least on Iraq:
What we cannot afford, in my view, is to squander the progress that has been made. In fact, we should step up our financial and material assistance. [snip]...
As for the question of whether the surge is working, I can only state what I witnessed: U.N. staff and those of non-governmental organizations seem to feel they have the right set of circumstances to attempt to scale up their programs. And when I asked the troops if they wanted to go home as soon as possible, they said that they miss home but feel invested in Iraq.

But what's Brad's opinion? Do Angelina and George Clooney have political discussions over appletini's while Brad plays with the kids by the pool? And won't somebody please think of poor Jennifer! [insert anguished wail]

On Nightline Hillary Quotes Obama: "Blank Screen"
"I think the best description, actually, is in Barack's own book, the last book he wrote, 'Audacity of Hope,' where he said that he's a blank screen. And people of widely differing views project what they want to believe onto him. And then he went on to say, 'I am bound to disappoint some, if not all of them.'"
I guess he's a leader of the Blank Community. Obama, our first blank president? The jokes write themselves, just put the comic in blank-face. (Whoops. Do I need to have my moral compass reset? I report for reeducation after lunch.)

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