Democratic Convention 2008

Maureen Dowd on the Secret Link Between Barack Hussein Obama and Saddam Hussein!

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Well, not really. In a Times col, Dowd dishes on the Dems' dementia, or "High Anxiety in the Mile-High City":

Democrats have begun internalizing the criticisms of Hillary and John McCain about Obama's rock-star prowess, worrying that the Invesco Field extravaganza Thursday, with Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, will just add to the celebrity cachet that Democrats have somehow been shamed into seeing as a negative.

So that added to the weird mood at the convention, with some Democrats nitpicking Obama's appearance, after Michelle's knock-out speech and the fabulously cute girls, with a reassuring white family in a town he couldn't remember at one point. They wondered why he wasn't wearing a tie, fearing he looked too young, and second-guessed Michelle's green dress, wondering if it clashed with the blue stage, and fretted that there wasn't a speaker Monday night attacking McCain and yelling about gas prices.

"I'm telling you, man," said one top Democrat, "it's something about our party, the shtetl mentality."

The link between Barry Hussein O and Saddam H?:

Obama's pacification of Bill [Clinton, regarding speech arrangements] made his supporters depressed and anxious that he was going to be a weaker candidate than they had hoped and fearful that, as in Obama's favorite movie, "The Godfather," every time Democrats try to get away, the Clintons pull them back in.

The Godfather was, of course, Saddam Hussein's favorite movie!

I'm anticipating Thursday's night shindig at the Dem convention, if only because it should be quite a spectacle. It'll remind, I'm sure, of why I absolutely hate politics, but it should be really interesting for all sorts of reasons. Not the least of which: Setting the stage for the eventual debates between Obama and John McCain, who both have compelling and widely divergent styles and stories to tell.

An area that is shaping up as pivotal is how compelling Obama's (and the Dems') invocations of economic woes will play with the voting population. The script they're using now reminds me of the one Clinton-Gore played in 1992. That the economy is totally in the shitter, that the middle-class (i.e., everyone in America except the multi-mansioned John McCain) is feeling the pinch on all fronts, that jobs are going overseas faster than lightning, etc. One effect of that focus ironically may be to drain the election of identity politics which will on net hurt Obama I think. Arguably the best reason to vote for him (and certainly the only one, if you worry rightly about the leftward tilt of most of his actual positions) is that he closes out a long, odious racial discourse in American history (at least figuratively).

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  1. every time Democrats try to get away, the Clintons pull them back in

    Wasn’t that said in Godfather III, and never in The Godfather?

  2. After Clinton’s Candidate X/Candidate Y speech, it is pretty clear they want Obama to lose.

  3. “I’m telling you, man,” said one top Democrat, “it’s something about our party, the shtetl mentality.”

    Shtetl? Is this a Romanian or Burmese word or something? Has the democratic party been taken over by people from other countries?

  4. Shtetl? Is this a Romanian or Burmese word or something?

    Yiddish perhaps?

  5. it’s exceptionally clear that shtetl is a Hebrew/Yiddish word. They’re Orthodox communities that over-analyze anything and everything.

  6. Arguably the best reason to vote for him (and certainly the only one, if you worry rightly about the leftward tilt of most of his actual positions) is that he closes out a long, odious racial discourse in American history (at least figuratively).

    Nah, he be acting too white.

  7. Arguably the best reason to vote for him (and certainly the only one, if you worry rightly about the leftward tilt of most of his actual positions) is that he closes out a long, odious racial discourse in American history (at least figuratively).

    Voting for a person because of his or her race (in this case, because the politician is what passes for black in America) is odious and fingernails-on-a-blackboard (pun not intended) wrong.

    Sorry you don’t get this, Nick. But then, cosmotarianism is about being cool and hip and wearing black leather jackets, not about telling the fucking truth.

  8. It would HURT Barack Obama if identity politics played less of a role in the race. As he goes about trying to win states with large white majorities that have voted Republican in recent elections, it would hurt him if people didn’t vote along identity-politics lines as much.

    This may be the single worst bit of punditry ever written by someone not named Jonah Goldberg.

  9. I guess I best buy a leather jacket because I, too, see Obama’s race as about the only reason to vote for him. (Not that I’ll vote for him.)

    sreeeeeeechscreeeeeeeeeeeeech.

  10. I’d like to know why the media gives a pass to “white working class” voters who play–you guessed it–identity politics?

  11. Sorry you don’t get this, Nick. But then, cosmotarianism is about being cool and hip and wearing black leather jackets, not about telling the fucking truth.

    Drink?

    This may be the single worst bit of punditry ever written by someone not named Jonah Goldberg.

    Make it two?

    Somebody please mention Postrel and hit the trifecta.

  12. For an ex-editor called Virginia Postrel, Reason sure doesn’t reasonable, er, reasonate, Kochtopus cosmo, canceling my leather jacket, sputter, Ron Paul forever!, froth, goddamn Steven Chapman, anarchysoonyoubastards!

    I’ll have three Elijah Craigs, neat.
    Thank you very much.

  13. Because everyone knows that blacks reflexively vote for other blacks.

  14. Jonah Goldberg is a drink line?

  15. That’ll be $30, CN.

  16. Jonah Goldberg is a drink line?

    It was more the way you said it. It just had the “for a site named reason” vibe. Look, I play fast and loose with the rules. It’s how I roll.

  17. He’s got to be good for something, joe.

  18. he closes out a long, odious racial discourse in American history

    Does that mean we can end affirmative action?

  19. Look, I play fast and loose with the rules. It’s how I roll.

    There is a something to be said for eliminating false negatives. It’s not as though the false positives are a problem, now is it?

  20. This may be the single worst bit of punditry ever written

    Worst EVAH! Now you can drink.

  21. (hic) No problem at all. (hic)

  22. fingernails-on-a-blackboard (pun not intended)

    Pun not present

  23. “Arguably the best reason to vote for him (and certainly the only one, if you worry rightly about the leftward tilt of most of his actual positions) is that he closes out a long, odious racial discourse in American history (at least figuratively).”

    Dream on Nick. Too many people have too much invested in the racial divide for that to be true. If Obama is elected, everytime someone criticizes him it will be because they are racist. Every policy of his that fails or is unpopular will be evidence of racism. If he is not re-elected in 2012 it will be because the country is racist and didn’t give him a chance. If he is re-elected, every year in the future will be a racist shadow of the golden era that was Obama. If it were actually true that electing Obama would stop people from being able to play the race card, I would vote for the dumb bastard figuring four years of him in Whitehouse would be one last penentential act for the country’s racism. But no way would that ever settle things.

  24. And from the right, John, everytime Obama proposes something the Republicans don’t like there will be a whisper campaign that Obama hates white people. Count on it.

  25. Arguably the best reason to vote for him (and certainly the only one, if you worry rightly about the leftward tilt of most of his actual positions) is that he closes out a long, odious racial discourse in American history (at least figuratively).

    Well, there’s also the fact that McCain is, by every insider account I know, batshit crazy, too.

    (Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with having a crazy president, mind you. Nixon and Johnson both proved that presidents don’t need to be honest; Carter proved that presidents don’t need to be competent; Bush II proved that presidents don’t need to be intelligent; Reagan proved that presidents don’t need to be actively involved and Ford proved we don’t need a president.)

  26. Arguably the best reason to vote for him (and certainly the only one, if you worry rightly about the leftward tilt of most of his actual positions) is that he closes out a long, odious racial discourse in American history (at least figuratively)

    Because we all know how much better a McCain presidency will be on foreign policy, the economy, and civil liberties. Give me a damn break.

  27. That’ll be $30, CN.

    At first glance, I thought you meant $30 Canadian* and feared the Canuck-bashing had jumped threads.

    *Properly, the suffix is CAD, but lots of people get it wrong.

  28. Dagny,

    Are you know or have you ever been a Canadian? Don’t wait for the translation, ANSWER THE QUESTION!

  29. It wasn’t Canuck-bashing. I love Strange Brew. That must be mandatory watching for you in high school, right? How to be a proper Canadian?

  30. SF,

    Guilty as charged. I’m a Canadian ex-pat; fled to Seattle several years ago. I’m still debating on whether to take the plunge and get US citizenship.

  31. That must be mandatory watching for you in high school, right? How to be a proper Canadian?

    Rick Moranis* does indeed have much to teach us. I’m always amazed when Yanks don’t know what a hoser is. I thought the film made it very clear.

  32. Oops, forgot to add that:

    *Moranis filmed a movie in a park near my parents’ house, and we weren’t even interested in trying to meet him. I think the movie bombed, anyways. Something about cowboys.

  33. I love the Canada, but it’s touchiness about being criticized is indicative of a bit of insecurity. Imagine if all the USAians on here flamed everyone who who said a bad thing about America?

    Although, Canada isn’t the worst by a long-shot. Great Britain gets that honor. Faded empires get that way.

    Dag, can you not get dual citizenship? That way it’d be legal to eat both kinds of bacon.

  34. Imagine if all the USAians on here flamed everyone who who said a bad thing about America?

    I hope I’m not guilty of that! Was just being snarky about the “Canuck-bashing” thing. Hell, we deserve it! Current PM is Bush-lite, and the MacLean’s anti-free-speech thing sucked ass. Not to mention 40% tax rates for all! Oh, Canada, will you ever learn?

    I haven’t looked into the dual thing too carefully, but I suspect not. They kinda want you to pick one or the other, I think.

  35. Dag, can you not get dual citizenship? That way it’d be legal to eat both kinds of bacon.

    This is NutraSweet’s coded way of asking whether you are bisexual. He’s such a pig.

    Canada has given us Ginger Snaps and Kissed, for which I thank them.

  36. eat both kinds of bacon

    Thanks for a new and unappealing euphemism, Epi. Now I know what I won’t be having for lunch.

    Werewolves and necrophilia both aided by Federal grants? Wow, my country’s edgier than I thought.

  37. Wow, my country’s edgier than I thought.

    You also can claim David Cronenberg, which is a massive win. Long live the new flesh.

  38. I think the Dems are in trouble on the campaign themes front.

    The war? Sorry, we’re winning in Iraq, and talking about that only makes McCain look better, since he made the right call on the surge and Obama didn’t.

    The economy? Right now, when people think economy they think gas prices. Of the competing narratives on gas prices, I think the Repubs (we need more drillin’) has won over the Dems (oh noes, teh speculators!).

    Identity politics? Very dangerous for Obama to run as The Black Candidate. Of course, its odious from a moral/social perspective (regardless of whether Obama self-identifies this way, or the Repubs brand him this way), but it will alienate more than it attracts.

    Biography? Please, don’t throw McCain in that briar patch.

    So, what does Obama do to break out of the doldrums?

  39. I hope I’m not guilty of that!

    No, no… you’re the good kind of Canadian. You know, an American.

  40. he closes out a long, odious racial discourse in American history

    You know, I had hoped that were true, but I think the opposite will be the case. Now I fear that any opposition to or criticism of Obama will be treated as a racist outburst by his partisans. He’ll become a whole new grievance industry.

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