Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Twenty Bucks, Same as in Town: Inaugural Edition

Blogwhoring. You do it, I do it, we all do it. What have you been up to?

Surely, President Obama's bright, optimistic hope that all Americans pulling together and becoming one is being heeded even by those on the seedy side of the tracks, right? Er, not exactly. Seems there are still a few with Koolaid hangovers. Typically, Michelle Malkin is one of those nostalgic holdouts. Because apparently, Michelle the Merciless doesn’t like the White House’s official web design in her deathless screed, “The all-new, improved “humble” White House website.” Oh, no. The White House webmasters are Obamaniacs who had nothing better to do than to plaster Obama's face on the index page on an insignificant day such as his inauguration.

Which stands in marked contrast to the humility shown by Dearly Departed Leader.

It's always a treat when conservatives try to be civil rights heroes. Mitt Romney can travel back in time and march with dear old Dad and Dr. King and David Horowitz, a man who can inspire mass illiteracy, can become a champion of that same Dr. King while smearing Democrats at the same time.

Horror-wits wrote today,
If we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday at a time of presidential inaugurals, this is thanks to Ronald Reagan who created the holiday, and not to the Democratic Congress of the Carter years, which rejected it.

Sure, Ronald Reagan, that paragon of civil rights and brightly-rouged champion of the black man, signed the bill into law on November 2, 1983 but what Horowitz forgets is that Jesse Helms opposed it perhaps more than anyone else, even going as far as to carry out one of the most absurd filibusters in the history of the Senate (Helms wanted to unseal FBI files connecting King to Communists that weren't to be unsealed until 2027). Plus, Jimmy Carter did support the bill making King's birthday a national holiday but it had languished in Congress no thanks to Republicans like Helms.

Meanwhile, over at Powerline, John Hindlicker was looking not forward but backward to the Bush Years, offering this screed in defense of Der Fuhrer:
President Bush leaves office mostly unloved, with some poll respondents saying that they consider him one of our worst presidents ever. This in itself is odd. Generally, our worst Presidents have been one-termers, for obvious reasons: James Buchanan, Jimmy Carter, Herbert Hoover (if you buy into the myth). But George W. Bush was re-elected rather easily in 2004. Thus, if he really was one of our worst Presidents, either the electorate was subject to mass hypnosis, or something must have gone seriously wrong in his second term.

If we strip away the partisan hysteria, it's pretty clear that Bush was a reasonably good President, not an epochally horrible one. Let's start with domestic policy.

Bush took office just as a recession was beginning, a recession that could have been made much worse by the September 11 attacks and the subsequent stock market collapse and business contraction. Instead, Bush's tax cuts gave needed relief to taxpayers and fueled an expansion that lasted almost throughout his terms in office. This is one of several instances where Bush, despite a number of small errors, got the biggest things right.

Inherited a recession? OMFG. Don't tell me Hindlicker still gets phantom faxes from the White House.

Believe it or not, it goes even farther afield than that, even after you stop beating your head against the nearest brick wall after reading that Bush was 1) re-elected and 2) "re-elected rather easily." Not that he was ever swept into power due to partisan hysteria.

People like John Hinderaker ought to be chemically castrated at the very first sign of puberty. Seriously.

Malkin flying monkey third class riggword had this to say about Obama's inaugural speech before it was ever delivered:
No doubt reporters, commentators, lefty politicians, and the Obama mesmerized masses will agree.

Before he even opens his mouth and blesses the microphone with his silky voice, people will be calling it a speech for the ages.

Before he utters a word of true substance, he will be hailed as the most eloquent, articulate, powerful, and needed speaker of the last fifty years.

Some, like Spike Lee, have already heralded the Messiah’s coming.

Be sure to listen for such impacting and relevant phrases as, “It is time for all Americans to sacrifice” and “What we need is change” or “Bring back hope to America and the world” then there will be “I want to bring our country together” and “we need to work together” “I promise more jobs” and “I promise more talks with difficult countries”. These slick words and promises will be repeated over and over using slight changes to that will make his admirers swoon. Let’s not forget the obligatory, “______ is the worst in fifty years” comments.

The truth is, he doesn’t have to say anything of substance.

Dear God, what was that man thinking before he even had the chance to encourage civic pride and personal and collective responsibility instead of greed and selfishness and to choose hope over fear? Doesn't Obama know that inaugural speeches are not supposed to identify and address new challenges for the future but to offer minute, detailed policies and complex legislation that could easily turn into a filibuster?

The nerve of that man! Impeach!

Finally, let's revisit the White House's new official website and take a look at this totally justified swipe at the last administration:
President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.

President Obama swiftly responded to Hurricane Katrina. Citing the Bush Administration's "unconscionable ineptitude" in responding to Hurricane Katrina, then-Senator Obama introduced legislation requiring disaster planners to take into account the specific needs of low-income hurricane victims.

Unfortunately, Chuckie at LGF thinks it's a bit much and a little too unfair.

Yeah, I'm sure 1800 rotted corpses would agree, shit-for-brains.


At January 20, 2009 at 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the appropriate members of the Bush administration stand trial for their various crimes and be sentenced to live in a FEMA trailer for 5 years.

At January 21, 2009 at 1:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for reading that right-wing shit and giving us the ludicrous bits. Because I wouldn't want to waste the time, stomach acid or kidney damage from increased blood pressure caused by that. I don't know how you do it.

At January 21, 2009 at 7:47 AM, Blogger WereBear said...

Unlike a mule, who asserts their intelligence by their stubbornness, die-hard Bush fans have invested a great deal of self-esteem and self-identity is propping up corpses.

Like the necrophilia of their most recent convention.

I think they will like W better once he's gone. Myth making would have to be easier without the actual "high functioning moron," per Paul Begala, messing it up.

At January 21, 2009 at 11:03 AM, Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

there will be a long term attempt at spinning the bush legacy. which, if you want to see the bush legacy in full aspect, all you need to do is visit the big ass scar on the earth that is still there in manhatten, or the festering, sodden ground of the lower ninth ward in new orleans, or simply go down to you local VA and see the host of maimed and halting steps that painfully try and rebuild their lives after enlisting in bush's ill conceived adventures.

legacy? it's right in front of us. every minute of every day.

he probably won't go quietly either. he'll find himself a forum somewhere to tout his supposed accomplishments.

ah well, at least there are some who are on to him. it scares me that nearly one full third of our population is deluded, or stupid enough to still by into his bullshit.

At January 21, 2009 at 11:48 AM, Anonymous joel hanes said...

JP :
Horowitz and Malkin and Powerline and LGF and Drudge and their illin' ilk are now irrelevant. They have no influence. No one who does have influence reads them, nor cares what they say.

On the other hand, Fred Hiatt and David Gregory and the WSJ Opinion Journal and Chris Matthews etc., floating above reality, as they do, on the aflatus of their own self-importance and Seriousity, still offer superb opportunity for target practice.

Time to adjust the sights.

At January 21, 2009 at 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JP you should keep an eye on this ass-wipe. He's a great resource for wing nut material.

Another partisan tool, educated far beyond his level of intelligence.

At January 21, 2009 at 4:22 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

That Shapiro kid looks like the kind of serial killer or mass murderer whose mugshot you see on Yahoo news after taking out their family or their English class before it gets scrolled out into oblivion.

"He was such a nice, quiet boy." I can only report on their mindless drivelings. I cannot understand the mindset. They're like some alien, infinitely stupider life form only tangentially related to homo sapiens.


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