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It’s a fair cop.
LOL!!!! I got it, rtresco!
I *am* a witch.
“Obama is moderate. He listens and thinks. Is that why you hate him?”
Please tell me you’re kidding. He’s far left, not moderate. Sure, he listens and thinks, but that has nothing to do with moderation. Obama has no plans to moderate, ever. Force must be dealt with force (political force). I still think the Right underestimates how radical Obama is and will continue to be.
I don’t think it’s fair to say that Republicans are trotting out Tea party candidates. O’Donnell is an example of the Republican establishment candidate (Castle) getting booted.
I still think the Right underestimates how radical Obama is and will continue to be.
An odd kind of radicalism that involves simply continuing the policies of the last regime.
Some examples of his radicalism, please. I’m with Antinous on this one, the democrats have failed to govern much at all, far less oversee radical change. Or even talk about it anymore.
“Radical” as in “not far right of center enough?”
In fairness to mariner, there does seem to be a lot of confusion about the matter.
I got mistaken for a radical quite a lot just because I opposed the war in Iraq. That was just sensibilism.
Heh! I was called a traitor more than once for voicing my WTF sentiments when Iraq appeared on the menu. That’s when I realized I was no longer the moderate I thought I was. I was a radical, like my dad. Of course, he had to be an actual communist to be radical back in his day.
When you get so far to the right that you think someone like Obama is far left, there is a problem.
The Tea Party if an established sub-label of the GOP. They are funded by, organized by and made up of, Republicans. The vast majority of those that identify themselves as Tea Baggers, voted for Bush, twice.
It’s intellectually insulting for Republicans to pull this on the naive masses, but they should really stop the charade when they are dealing with people who obviously know what they are up to.
For the life of me I can’t even think of any Obama positions that are significantly left of center, let alone “radically” so. The most “radical” thing he’s attempted so far was a very watered-down version of universal health care, which is something that every single other industrialized democratic nation already has.
Help me out here. What exactly are you talking about?
How can she be me? She never met me, and we have never communicated.
This person is disturbed, and it is disturbing that she is a candidate for Senate, a position of national importance.
Is this the Cult of Personality: O’Donnell, Palin, …
… Obama, …
Obama is moderate. He listens and thinks. Is that why you hate him?
I don’t hate him – I’m indifferent, however I do recognize that a good portion of the people who elected him, elected him because he’s charismatic and charming.
The definition in my mind of the Cult of Personality, to quote wikipedia, “A cult of personality arises when an individual uses mass media, propaganda, or other methods, to create an idealized and heroic public image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise” – I think the mainstream-press leading up to the election was almost entirely unquestioning flattery and praise (SNL even satirized it, so I’m pretty sure it’s not imagined), and the “HOPE” poster I think that fits the definition of propaganda.
What kind of platform is “Hope”? – I certainly wouldn’t have voted for someone who told me to “hope” for a better tomorrow without a specific and itemized plan for how that was going to occur – hope is just a step from faith and that’s the opiate of masses.
I don’t question your selection of Palin and O’Donnell as members of the Personality Cult, they certainly are, but it’s not the lack of serious credentials that puts them there, it is the idealized and heroic image they have amongst their supporters – the inability of those people to see that Palin and O’Donnell are normal people with flaws – and that they should be seriously questioned on their motives, and plans for the positions they seek … but so should Obama.
Whatever gets you to sleep at night while drones patrol the border.
By “Cult of Personality,” I believe they’re referring to candidates who have absolutely nothing going for them besides their personality. They’re completely lacking things like smarts, knowledge, political skill, etc. Say what you will about Obama, but he’s not lacking in those regards.
Yes Christine, only Democrats are guilty of back-room deals and scheming to stay in office at any cost.
Well just wait until the mice with human brains start getting back-room deals and scheming over your national cheese!
LOL More hypocrisy from the Right. Forgive my misspelling. And these Republicans tried to discredit Clinton because he smoked some pot in high school? LOL She is giving Wicca a bad name. She was for a while into Santanic Witchcraft, not the nature loving one. Wow, these Republicans are really, really losing it.
Santanic witchcraft is the worst sort. The reindeer abuse, the underage elves… I don’t know how she can live with herself with that in her past.
This whole tactic of the GOP trotting out really uneducated people under the “Tea Party” sub-label should be insulting to most Americans. Unfortunately, there are a lot of uneducated folks out there who are buying into it.
You know the SubGenius motto?
“Act like a dumbfuck and they’ll treat you like an equal.”
Dude, put Sad But True by Metallica instead!
“Please tell me you’re kidding. He’s far left, not moderate.”
Which one is Obama?
â€¢ anarchist (centre)
â€¢ left liberatarian
â€¢ radical communist
â€¢ marxist-leninist (orthodox)
these are off the top of my head btw.
Possibly you could include “left social-democrat” ala 1913 German SPD splinter group The Sparticists. You could include the left faction of the Revolutionary Socialists of Russia around 1919 as well. But possibly these groups wouldn’t fit your unspoken-of-yet academic definition of ‘far left’
So it’s these you must have been thinking of, exactly.
Also, preface which legislation he has OK’ed or instigated that would come from the textbooks of one of the above.
Personally ….. I WISH!!! At least for entertainment value, to see how it would phuck up a large percentage of the population across large tracts of land in the USA.
But anyway, it’s your call.
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Why are people playing up this witch thing? Yes, it’s kind of funny, but it’s the LEAST powerful argument against her, and it’s so easily dismissed (yeah, I tried it in high school, but didn’t like it). How about focusing on her anti-sex, anti-masturbation stance? or about how simply unqualified she is?
This witch business only distracts from all of that.
“Why are people playing up this witch thing? Yes, it’s kind of funny, but it’s the LEAST powerful argument against her…”
Are you kidding? I hope she wins. The entertainment value will be priceless.
It sounded like she said she wouldn’t do “bathroom deals.” I thought really, really straight Republicans liked those.
Yeah, mariner… I don’t think you know centrism when you see it. Thought I was a centrist myself. I eat beef, I often forget to recycle, I haven’t given a nickel to save a whale since kindergarten, I grew up in a trailer park, I have little more than a high school education, I listen to AC/DC, I don’t smoke dope, I pay for my movies and music, and I drive a 40-year-old V8.
But, see, I’m also a pro-choice atheist who supports gay marriage, I want single-payer health care, I want to prosecute a large fraction of the last couple of Administrations for various forms of Constitution-soiling and war criminality, I want to tax gasoline by a couple bucks a gallon (though that 40-year-old V8 of mine gets considerably less than 20 mpg), I want to heavily regulate handguns and assault weapons (while leaving rifles and shotguns relatively available), I support the Park51 community center’s presence wherever they wanna build it, and at the same time I take a dim view of the tax-exempt status of religious organizations in general. And even so, I don’t march, I don’t throw firebombs, I get seated relatively promptly at good restaurants, I open doors for ladies, and the last time I wrote a Letter to the Editor was in 1987. About Oliver North and Iran-Contra. Good times.
So! Look here if you wanna see somebody considerably to the left of Fearless Leader Obama. And I’ll bet all the kopeks in my pocket that I am not nearly the furthest-left Fellow Traveler in this Comments section.
El Presidente has been largely a bitter disappointment to even the Near Left. The Far Left never did have much of a use for him… they just found him marginally less unpalatable than any of the electable alternatives, if they voted at all.
As leftist as BoingBoing is, I wouldn’t have thought you guys would have fell to the level of publishing/promoting something like this. Ooo, a remixed personal attack ad! Now I’m just waiting for Reid’s “crazy juice” ad to get featured. If it was even handed it wouldn’t be a problem, but you guys really highlight your own biases. Not all of us dorks are huge leftists, y’know.
Obama’s a leftist. America has always been way more right-leaning than left-leaning. Conservatives make up the largest self-identified group (witness: http://www.gallup.com/poll/120857/conservatives-single-largest-ideological-group.aspx ), so why it’s a surprise that Obama’s leftist agenda has been opposed by a plurality, if not a majority, of Americans?
…why it’s a surprise that Obama’s leftist agenda has been opposed by a plurality, if not a majority, of Americans?
It surprises me because as far as I can tell Obama doesn’t HAVE a leftist agenda. I agree that many Americans seem to think he does but few of them can name any specific policies that are far outside the mainstream. A lot of Americans think he’s a Kenyan-born Muslim too, but that doesn’t make it so.
why it’s a surprise that Obama’s leftist agenda has been opposed by a plurality, if not a majority, of Americans?
Oh, I dunno. Could be because it’s the “leftist” part of his agenda that he seems to have jettisoned most readily upon being sworn in. There were a lot of “left-leaning” items on his agenda when he was a candidate:
1. Closing Guantanamo within a year. It’s still a going concern.
2. Health-care reform with a “robust” public option. Uh, no.
3. Ending the practice of warrantless wiretaps. Should I put “F*ck Mueller” in the sig of all my emails now?
4. Recognizing the Armenian genocide. Shucks, can’t piss off the Turks right NOW…
5. Ending income tax for seniors making under $50,000. Nope.
6. Comprehensive immigration reform within the first year. Still nope.
7. Ending extraordinary rendition. We may never know.
8. Ending torture. Now we assassinate American citizens.
9. “Sunshine” rather than state secrets. Au contraire.
And these are all things he *campaigned* on. This is the stuff that helped get him elected. By a majority. You may remember that he received more votes than any Presidential candidate in American history, and this was while running as a candidate who appeared to be considerably further to the left than he’s ended up being as President.
I thirst for a small sip of solace. Please tell me of an instance where he’s snuck in a bit of long-haired hippie-type pinko commie fag governance that is demonstrably more liberal than the stuff he campaigned on. If it has, indeed, happened, I don’t want it to pass by unrecognized.
She may be a simpleton, but who is crazier (which bothers me only because thatâ€™s how the media is portraying her)?
Wow, what a hack job the Spectator did on Chris Coons there.
For those that did not follow the link: The ultra-right-wing Spectator has picked up on the fact that Coons has a University Degree in ethics from Yale (something you’d think that a normal conservative would like, seeing how they are supposedly all ethical and moral and stuff). Using the fact that philosophy degrees and religion degrees exist in the same category, and have used religion as the major categorization since the 15th century, they are presenting this as a wacky religion degree. That’s right, ethics is a religion, and not just any religion – it’s queer witchcraft.
They trawled the Yale course catalogs – note, they didn’t look to see what courses Coons took, they looked at what’s being offered – and found one called “queer worship” (which is not actually about worshiping queers, it’s mostly about examining the effect of openly homosexual congregants attending religious services) and another one that mentions witchcraft, and so on. Into this misrepresented stew they mixed Coon’s statement that he’d like to bring the values he learned at Yale (presumably meaning to call attention to the fact he’s actually studied ethics) to government, and came up with… wait for it… Yale is a haven of queer witches and subversion! Gee, we sure don’t want Chris Coons bringing his witchy queer subversiveness into Delaware!! Ivo Dominguez is bad enough!
Now, I am a Republican and not particularly fond of Coons. The best I can say of him is that he is a proven fiscal conservative, although not a particularly inspired one. I have met him and talked to him on several occasions and have not been satisfied with his responses to my concerns. All that being said, the Spectator’s article is nonsensical propaganda for know-nothings and I am ashamed to have them on my side.
O’Donnell won the primary because Castle was hated for his voting record, which ran consistently against his constituency’s expressed wishes. His constituents voted the bum out because he simply refused to do the job of representing them.
O’Donnell will win the general because she is physically attractive (Chris Coons is short and balding) and because Delaware’s Democrats and moderate Republicans will be at home, on the couch, watching TV while the Tea Party’s activists are voting her in.
It seems Christine has cast some sort of black magic spell of enchanted copyright claims forever silencing this video.
Evading the press is poison to any politician’s credibility.