I think liberals have to cop to something: we have a bit of cognitive dissonance as well. Deep down, I don’t think we can fully let go of the promise we felt in the days after Obama’s election, and many of us are clinging to one hope: that the President and his team only planned to “survive” through the first term, and are saving their progressive gunpowder for the second.
Yes, that sentiment looks even sillier in writing, but for those of us who can’t bear the thought that we were only projecting what we wanted onto Obama, it’s pretty much all we’ve got to look forward to.
We expected more out of this Administration, and we didn’t get anything close to what we wanted. We compare it to Bush’s administration, when those motherfuckers came in and took whatever they damn well pleased, and got more than they asked for. I realize we aren’t supposed to “stoop to their level”, but you have to admit, their level was pretty damn effective.
As we approach the countdown to another Election Year (and we recommit ourselves to a Total News Blackout), these are the things I’ve been wondering:
• Did Obama really underestimate the level of hate-filled, partisan obstruction he was going to get? Or did he expect it, and thought he’d come off as the “adult” in the argument?
• Will Obama ever come out and say “the Republicans have done everything they can to ruin the economy in order to gain power in the 2012 elections”? Or does he still believe them incapable of such atrocity?
• Are Democrats going to get lucky in 2012 because the Republican candidates are all so shitty? Would a charismatic, smart, not-crazy conservative wallop Obama next November?
• Can Americans elect a Mormon, once they truly know everything a Mormon believes?
• Did Obama and his team ever have an overarching plan, a basic framework and timeline for his Presidency, and if so, is the present situation anywhere on it? Or did they have to crumple it up and throw it away by the second month?
• If he wins next November, is there any chance he’ll actually end the two wars, try to suspend the death penalty, fight for a woman’s right to choose, champion a truly effective environmental policy, or do anything that would make progressives happy? Or – cognitive dissonance be damned – he truly isn’t the person we wanted him to be?
Tessa and Lucy the night after the Inauguration, Jan. 2009