Naturally, all of us here "progressives" (who may eventually summon the courage to call ourselves "liberals" again) are having a hard time believing that anything really good can come out of the election of Barack Obama as President. I hear and read about it everywhere, this reluctance of good-hearted folk to take yes for an answer. We're suspicious, wary, maybe slightly paranoid. We startle at sudden noises. It's difficult to sleep, we have intrusive hallucinations in which we wake up and discover we're still being ruled by an inarticulate little despot from the West Texas District of Connecticut.
November 08, 2008
November 07, 2008
Last night on The Rachel Maddow Show, Ms. Maddow lamented the choice of Rahm Emmanuel as Chief of Staff as a sure sign that Barack Obama had succumbed to Beltway Politics As Usual; thus; there was now no hope of real Change®. She asked to be "talked down" by a guest commentator (from her hysteria, I guess), and he gamely tried without noticeable effect. Well, let's face it; it's pretty obvious all is lost, isn't it?
November 06, 2008
I caught Spike Lee on "Morning Joe" the day after the election. He was in great form. His funniest take was on the crowd that heard John McCain's sanctimonious, saccharine concession speech in Phoenix, the one in which McQueeg tried to reinvent himself as a decent human being. Spike noted the distinctively "pale" appearance of McCain's rabid followers, the ones who booed when L'il Johnny mentioned Obama by name. This isn't the America of the 1950s, Spike reminded that crowd, although they "apparently didn't get the memo. This isn't the America of 'Leave It to Beaver,' 'Father Knows Best,' and 'How-dy Doo-dy.'"