Here we are, roughly three weeks since Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination for the Presidency, in an election which I believe to be one of the most important our lifetimes - and in the midst of this historic, barrier-breaking run, Obama rehashes a kibuki dance that we have all seen entirely to many times. Afraid of being painted as soft-on-terror by the world's-biggest-asshole types among the RepubliCons (who will undoubtedly paint him as soft-on-everything anyway); pulling the rug out from under vast swaths of his own ideological base, which has been so enchanted, and so inspired by his candidacy; by capitulating, and refusing to on sign to filibuster the horrific FISA bill being rammed through Congress by the GOoPers and their weak-kneed little-d democratic enablers, he decides that holding ADMITTED lawbreakers responsible for their criminal activities and standing up for the Constitution is less important than making friends with Republicans.
Make no mistake, this is not a compromise. This is a surrender, and by refusing to put principled, capital-L Leadership over the appearance of looking weak on terror, Obama has now lumped himself among the self-serving Blue Dogs and Steny Hoyer types, who are desperately afraid of the GOoPers, and who care far more about the money that Big Telecoms can offer them than about doing right by the American people. And that is disgusting in the extreme.
Look, we all know that this piece of shit legislation was likely to pass anyway. There are enough suspect Democrats in the Senate to make a cloture vote unlikely to extend debate, even without Obama's vote. That being the case, if my Junior Senator wants to Lead the free world, then WHY THE HELL WON'T HE STAND UP AND HELP LEAD THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY? Does he really believe that refusing to filibuster this piece of shit is going to take one attack ad portraying him as soft-on-tehr off the air? Does he really think that he can make us, proud progressives, HIS BASE happy by saying:
"Well I tried to strip telecom amnesty from the bill."You know, say what you will about the venal world's-biggest-asshole types comprising the Leadership of the RepubliCon party, when the rubber meets the road, these jerk-offs will go to great lengths to go way out on a limb for what they perceive to be the desires of their constituents. RepubliCon leadership seems to know that, above all, the people who vote Republican want leaders. That means that the Republicans nationwide have politicians who will be the FIRST ONE to go absolutely as far off the charts right wing as they possibly can. They may be leading our country and our planet off a cliff, but at least they're willing to take the reigns, and say: "I'll go first."
YEAH YOU TRIED SENATOR OBAMA - FOR ABOUT FIVE MINUTES, WHEN IT DIDN'T MATTER. Then when it mattered, you gave us, proud progressives, YOUR BASE, the same lay-down-and-die act we've been seeing for TWENTY FUCKING YEARS!!!
Compare to what we've got on our side. A large group of wishy-washy appeal-to-the-middle-first-your-own- electoral-base-be-damned, spineless little Gollum-like milquetoasts; who would rather make friends with a RepubliCon party that DESPISES THEM than attempt to show the slightest hint of a pair gonads, and actually Lead.
I'm just disgusted with these people. What's even worse, is that Obama had a lot of us convinced, myself included, that he was different. For once in my god-damned voting life I would have a Presidential candidate I could vote for without holding my nose! This build-up Candidate Obama has given us makes this capitulation all the more disgusting. I feel like I've been punched in the gut!
I'm not a one-issue guy, but what's next? When's the next lay-down-and-die act coming? Are there other issues on which Obama would prefer to meet the psychopaths half-way? What are we gonna do with these people? How many fucking elections do we have to endure in which we vote Democrat MOSTLY because the alternative is too unthinkable to bear?