Except for the scandal nicely brewing around the execrable McCain, the other meme going through the internets this week is a combination of “Obama supporters are freakish weirdos” and “Obama holds no viewpoints on substantive issues.” Chris Matthews ambushed a hapless Texan moron the other night by asking him for one piece of legislation that Obama had championed, a question which was no doubt supposed to be a transitive reflection of the senator himself. Of course, the Texan shat his pants, reminiscent of the time Stephen Colbert asked that God-fearing Georgia congressman to name the Ten Commandments.
As for the Obama crazies, I see articles like “I Refuse to Buy Into the Obama Hype” as well as Hillary’s favorite “I’ve got sound solutions instead of sound bites” attack. More? How about:
Kathleen Geier: “I’m getting increasingly weirded out by some of Obama’s supporters… people who should know better – hard-bitten, not-so-young cynics, even – are gushing about Barack, raving about his ‘game-changing’ politics, about his ‘power to inspire,’ about how they wept while viewing the now-famous Dipdive video, and on and on.”
Joe Klein: “…there was something just a wee bit creepy about the mass messianism…”
Even Jake Tapper, an awesome reporter whom I usually like, says “Let me be clear: I’m not saying there shouldn’t be enthusiasm in politics. I’m merely touching on the fact that some Obama supporters’ exuberance seems to be getting a little out of hand.”
I’d like to formally invite everyone complaining about the passion of Barack Obama’s supporters to kindly suck my balls.
ARE YOU PEOPLE KIDDING?!?!? Here we are, in the seventh dolorous, soporific, horrifyingly numb year of an administration run by an ass monkey, caught in blood-soaked war on the other side of the globe, paying $101/barrel for oil, tumbling into a recession, feeling utterly hopeless. The president has used the Constitution as toilet paper and blocked every single measure to move us forward socially, environmentally and ethically, and has an approval rating of 19%, right around Josef Stalin and “the stomach flu”. He’s the worst president at the worst time in history, period.
Then along comes someone who lifts Americans out of their paralyzing sadness, offers hope for the first time in a decade, does it without blaming other races; in fact, preaches unity, acceptance and responsibility, giving them a glimpse of what America could be again… AND YOU THINK THEIR EXUBERANCE IS OUT OF HAND? Seriously, when did that part of you die? Just because your snark robs you of the ability to get excited doesn’t mean millions of other voters share your torpid indifference.
These Obama supporters that creep you out – they’re the kids in their 20s who have only known the fearmongering cruelty of the Bush years, and understand the early promise of Bill Clinton’s term only by story. They’re waking up to a world that seems to give a shit about them, feeling empowered in a way we certainly didn’t when Reagan and Bush shuffled geriatrically through our adolescence.
They’re also the middle-aged moms and dads who cannot express their delight at the prospect of an African-American President, remembering (as my mom does) the different drinking fountains and white lines on the floor of the bus. They remembered the death of their idealism through Vietnam and Watergate, only to encounter something they thought was impossible: a president worse than Nixon.
And your charges that Obama has no substance? That’s your oversight, not theirs. Most of them know where he stands on all the issues, and if they don’t, they know how to use the Internet Tubes:
1. Click here.
Obama’s stump speeches are stump speeches, for chrissake. As my 23-year-old nephew says, “stump speeches aren’t directed towards the staff at the fucking Brookings Institute, they are directed towards voters.” I agree with Robert Creamer – if you’re vilifying Obama for being inspiring, you’ve learned nothing from thirty years of progressives losing elections. The way conservatives have won is by yanking at our emotions – usually the basest, worst emotions (hate, racism, greed, blame) – but emotions nonetheless. Obama is doing the same thing, only with visions of hope and empowerment.
As for me, my heart was broken in 2000 with the fraudulent election, and in November 2004, my spirit followed suit. I was done, and if we hadn’t been pregnant, we were close to moving out of the country. Two things have changed that, and brought us back into the fold. First was Kirsten Gillibrand, who ran an amazing campaign for the House of Congress in our district (NY-20).
Tessa and I, against all wisdom, decided to throw our weight in the ring because we liked Kirsten so much, but didn’t have much hope; NY-20 had been hard-core Republican since the 15th century. She was an unknown and was told it was impossible. She won by six points.
The other inspiration? Obama. It has been a long, long time since we felt this kind of excitement, and yes, we are “not-so-young cynics” who “ought to know better”. And even if we’re dabbling in “creepy messianism,” allow me to re-phrase an early translation of 1 Corinthians 13:13… there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these, at least right now, might be hope.