A night at the comic opera

Roberta X on that Obama utterance:

Y’know, the Democrats used to at least pretend to be in touch. It’s not so much that the gloves are off as the mask has slipped.

But … but Democrats care! It says so right on the bumper sticker!

“[I]n much the same way that a dairy farmer cares about cattle or the guys in Brokeback Mountain cared about sheep,” Tam replies.

Meanwhile, this from Lileks:

What annoyed me about the Obama comments was the crude reduction of everything into economic terms, the most dismal prism through which to regard humanity. So the factories close, and the sullen mass of the lowly workers ball their fists, feel a strange sour bolus of resentment bolting up their throat, and think: must — channel — confusing — emotions — into — unreasoning — opposition — to — redefining — marriage. If the factories magically reappear, does everyone sigh with relief, quit church and drop off their guns? I have money! No need for the Magic Carpenter and that poorly-worded amendment. Call off the border patrol, too — there’ll be jobs and upward wage pressure for everyone. It’s not exactly an unusual thesis; I’ve encountered it for years. People cannot possibly believe these crazy things for their own sake; they must be driven to them by external forces.

And those things we “cling” to? They’re guaranteed by the Constitution:

The Second Amendment permits me my weapons; the First Amendment permits me my faith and whatever “sentiments” I may embrace. The notion that I should not be allowed such “sentiments” is wholly un-American. (In fact, it’s Canadian.)

It’s times like this I almost wish we had Joe Biden back in the race. Almost.


  1. Dwayne "the canoe guy" »

    15 April 2008 · 8:03 am

    I used to be in the camp that thought the length of the campaign should be short, to allow fewer annoying soundbites.

    My mind has changed. The longer things take to resolve, the more time we have to actually learn (from their own mouths) what these fools actually believe.

  2. Dwight »

    15 April 2008 · 8:27 am

    Gosh. It sure sounds like some people are…bitter. Surprise. Big surprise.

  3. Tam »

    15 April 2008 · 9:47 am

    Let’s see…

    I haven’t lost my rust-belt manufacturing job, since I never had one, so I’m not bitter about that.

    I’m not clinging to religion, since I’m an atheist.

    I am clinging to my guns, in much the same way that I’m clinging to my computers, my stereo, my cameras, and my BMW, and all the other legal things I legally purchased with my own damn money. (None of which, save the guns, are specifically protected by the Constitution.)

    I’m agnostic on immigrants. I’m in favor of open borders, provided we don’t hand out free stuff. If it’s “root, hog, or die”, then I’ll welcome any additions to the hog family with open arms.

    So, “Bitter”? No more than I’ve been since the scales fell from my eyes in my high school AmGov 121 course…

  4. McGehee »

    15 April 2008 · 10:27 am

    Y’know, the Democrats used to at least pretend to be in touch.

    And once upon a time — long before I was old enough to vote — they even did it convincingly.

  5. John Owen Butler »

    15 April 2008 · 11:46 am

    Poor Barry. His presuppositions slipped out. He believes in a Messianic State, One gubmit to bind us all. It is just because any government big enough to give us it all is also big enough to take it all away is why we have the first and second amendments.

  6. McGehee »

    15 April 2008 · 4:00 pm

    Anytime people ask the government to give it to them, they’re just asking for the government to give it to them.

  7. localmalcontent »

    15 April 2008 · 5:14 pm

    Coincidentally, I’m sure, Mr. Obama has begun wearing an American Flag lapel pin, again.
    What’s next- saying the Pledge? I doubt he knows the words.
    And # 577 is incredible.)

  8. Jennifer »

    15 April 2008 · 6:52 pm

    Funny thing. The last three times I had ocassion to say the Pledge have been at Obama events. One with him in 2006, one with staffers in 2007, one with his wife, two weeks ago.

    Can’t remember the last time I said it before then, can you?

    It’s really interesting, in an almost comical vein, that the people who are least upset, nay “outraged”, about his comments – which were never intended to be a dissertation on all things small town – are the residents of the very small towns he was speaking of.

  9. CGHill »

    15 April 2008 · 7:19 pm

    I don’t question the man’s patriotism. (For that matter, I didn’t really question John Kerry’s, and he gave me far more reason to.)

    I am saying, though, that he’s taken Jimmy Carter’s whiny “malaise” notion and given it a contemporary — and contemptuous — spin.

    And actually, I can remember the last time I did the Pledge, but that’s not really relevant.

  10. CGHill »

    15 April 2008 · 8:42 pm

    Thought I’d swipe this from BJTexs, commenting at Cold Fury:

    Barack and the Hopetones have managed to grasp inevitability and then throw it away, trailing smoke. It is not a winning strategy to tell people, in effect, “Everything sucks in this country, but I’ll fix it and make it better” and then follow up with “And you backwater, gun toting rubes are PART OF THE PROBLEM!”

  11. Jennifer »

    15 April 2008 · 9:05 pm

    Yeah, except see? That take misses the whole point. Because it’s not what he said, unless you that’s what you want to hear.

    But defending Obama is not my mission.

    I like the man. And I’m doing everything in my little backwater-born power to help him win.

  12. Tatyana »

    15 April 2008 · 10:35 pm

    Joe Biden? [who’s that?]

    No, I miss Thompson. Still think he left way too early.

  13. CGHill »

    16 April 2008 · 7:04 am

    Not having access to the Secret Decoder Rings, I have to go by what he said, not by what he said he said. (What’s that old slogan? “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”) My support for the guy was already half-hearted; to say the least, this didn’t help.

  14. Tam »

    16 April 2008 · 9:15 am

    It’s already being called WORM, for “What Obama Really Meant”. ;)

  15. Old Grouch »

    16 April 2008 · 3:57 pm

    Oh, and if you say that he’s elitist, you’re a racist.

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