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Smacked in the Face by an Electoral 2-by-4 -- It's Over!



November 06, 2008 – Comments (11) | RELATED TICKERS: MOP , ING

For the past 2 weeks, I've resisted blogging for two reasons: (1) too busy with work, and (2) too many things I'd like to talk about. But now that the long dark era of consolidated power at the hands of a few divisive, determined political juggernauts is over, it got me thinking about the other things that are gone, OVER. The most obvious one: thank goodness, this insufferably long campaign season is finally OVER. But so are a lot of other stereotypes and affairs.

In her Nov/05/2008 show, Rachel Maddow said exactly what I was feeling. Here's the entire clip (8:37 in length), but I've paraphrased her salient points below in italics.

Humility and healing are the touchstones of a great acceptance speech.

The idea that America is too flawed, too scarred by racism to elect a black president -- OVER!

The fact that Iran's leader said in April that neither a woman nor a black man could ever get elected in a country like ours, how satisfying is it to prove that guy wrong?

The idea that white voters in PA and IN could be counted on to vote for a white woman but never for a black man -- OVER!

The idea that the Democrat Party is a regional party -- OVER! (The Fifty State Strategy articulated by the DNC's Howard Dean at the start of this campaign annihilated that idea).

The idea that the Republican Party has an indestructible, unbeatable Get-Out-The-Vote effort -- OVER!

The idea that 527 groups will dominate any election or candidate that they want to -- OVER!

The idea that liberals can't succeed on TV (shows picture of Olbermann) -- OVER!

The idea that one party can be so unfairly branded on national security issues that we couldn't elect a Democrat in war time -- OVER!

The Bradley Effect -- OVER!

Barack Obama has extinguished all of these Old World ideas. If you hear someone suggest these Old World assumptions of politics, race, and what the USA is or is not capable of... you are now licensed to laugh out loud at that person and/or group.


Gar here: Excellent points, Rachel. Gone too are the bragging rights that (since 1910 or thereabouts) Missouri always votes with the winning presidential candidate -- not anymore!

Like Mordor, the Bush Era is finally coming to a much anticipated end, about 4 years too late, but coming nevertheless. On January 20th, 2009, into the firey pits of hellish Mordor will go Dubya's abominable administration, rank with a huge deficit and ballooning national debt, and a squandered surplus from the Clinton years. Gone too will be his lip service to honesty, truth, justice, the passing of responsibilities for leaking CIA operatives' names to the pardoning of the one and unimaginably only scapegoat in that treasonous affair "Scooter" Libby before he served even a day of his prison term. Gone will be the poisoning of the Justice Department in undeniably partisanship and possibly illegal ways, and getting the whole "yellow cake" slam-dunk Iraq=Terrorism thing completely wrong and continuing to lie about it. Gone will be illegal wire-tapping (I sincerely hope Congress soon reinstitutes the FISA court to its full unemasculated power). Gone will be the torturing of prisoners, with restored rectitude for Bush's deviance from the internationally-recognized Geneva Conventions. Gone will be the gutting of our environmental laws that protect your water and your air (although the Idiot King is trying hard to pass last minute legislation to allow this pollution not only to stand firm, but to grow in its nefariousness--please write your Congressmen now to stop this). Gone will be the need for surreptitious federal payrolls for fake journalists in the White House Press Room and payoffs there under, ala Jeff Gannon and Armstrong Williams. Gone will be the need to unofficially sanction Administration officials to interviews only on Fox News and narrow-minded right-wing talk shows on the pretense of "fair and balanced" views but yielding lame interviewer questioning. Gone will be the 24/7 presidential work schedule, where that means 24 days a month, 7 months a year. Gone will be belief that Corporate America can govern itself and that unregulated businesses are best for America's economy (at least for 4 more years anyway). Gone will be the incessant need to interfere at the national level in the private lives of grieving family members over the dire circumstance of their loved ones, ala Terri Schiavo (for a party that hawks its political wares as keeping government out of the lives of the average American, the Republicans have done a lot of the opposite). Gone will be the castration of habeus corpus. Gone will be the President's interferring with court verdicts for his own staffers, with impeding of bipartisan commissions like the 9-11 Commission, the numerous fights against Freedom of Information requests from the likes of Bush, Cheney & Rove. Gone will be the half-hearted, good-ol-boy slacker mentality of appointing Supreme Court justices as if they were fraternity house popularity contests, ala Harriet Myers. Gone will be the flouting of subpoenas because of extending "executive privilege" circumstances, ala Karl Rove, Condie Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, etc, down to the White House gardners. Gone will be the insensitiveness and slow response exhibited by Bush 43 to events like Katrina, the Walter Reed hospital fiasco, jobs being shipped overseas, etc. Gone will be the stop-loss policy keeping military personnel locked in like indentured servants, against their will. Finally, gone will be "The Decider" and all of his ineffective cavalierness. Gone, gone, gone -- all of it, gone! He may not be the Worst President ever, but he's damn close and in relatively select company.

Toss the evil and powerful ring of the Bush/Cheney legacy with all its corruptness and moral arrogance into the fires of Mordor, for it is finally Morning in America!  Long live democracy and the American republic!

Respectfully yours,

P.S. I'm am beside myself with joy that I live in a state (Oregon) that helped push Obama over the magic 270 electoral threshold. If Obama's 2x electoral win over McCain isn't a mandate (as several Republican operatives are now trying to pass on to the gullible), I don't know what is. In her show, Rachel had a good phrase for it, though. She called this denial of Obama's mandate the "Audacity of Mope". I think that pretty much nails it -- so, let the moping begin!

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#1) On November 06, 2008 at 9:49 AM, madcowmonkey (< 20) wrote:

gar- I like the post, but initial thought.

 consequence- we just elected a man that is talking of "humility and healing," yet he gave a speach about not having issues with his daughters aborting their children as if it were a mistake.  This creates the Audacity of Mope for me. It is what it is, I guess.

 consequence- I live in the financial world and have seen first hand experience the effects of Obama becoming elected. There is going to be a mass exodus due to the taxation of capital gains. The money that this man thinks he will be pulling from the higher ranks of the economic society will be much less than what he thought. It has been proven that anytime the capital gains was increased, the money brought in by the higher taxes was actually less than when the tax rate was cheaper. Go figure, Obama was told this and flew threw it as if there was no worry on his end. This creates the Audacity of Mope.

I don't really feel like writing a thesis about the consequences (time restraint), but these are my initial thoughts. The last Audacity of Mope, Obama expressed the Hope for Change, I am willing to bet the entire campaign message is going the be the allured sequence for the next 4 years. Hope and only Hope, it will take much longer to put the policies in place that Obama has set out to achieve. I highly doubt the voters realize this, they most likely think this will take place once the man is in office. I can also see Obama having to come out and rescind on the capital gains tax before he takes office.

Let me emphasize the fact that these are my personal opinions and that I respect your blog and touch base on the fact that you brought up some interesting changes for Obamas office.


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#2) On November 06, 2008 at 1:50 PM, TheGarcipian (33.21) wrote:

Hey MadCowMonkey,

Thanks for responding and putting your ideas/feelings down on e-paper. It's good to hear what others are thinking and/or fearing. Good points about the possible loss of taxation revenue, but I don't think there'll be a mass exodus. Rich people and/or corporations are suddenly not going to live or work in the USA. But given the myriad of loopholes available to them in the US Tax Code today, I'm sure their accountants will find ways to finagle around the Obama points.

However, I also think the uber-rich (those making above $100M annually) understand what we have all come to know in our hearts, if not our minds, since 1992: a rising tide lifts all boats. That's the message and the hope behind the much maligned quote from Obama of "spreading the wealth". People at the very top don't have to struggle with the little things in life, the things that endlessly siphon off our energy & motivation in daily leaks. Perhaps they can focus better on the bigger picture. Who knows? But they know that if the "Joe the Plumbers" out there are struggling financially, that those people are not going to be buying products and services from the companies that the uber-rich own & operate. In the end, we all suffer. It's all the wannabe millionaires in the $250K-$50M range that have a problem with his plan, selfishly & myopically looking out only for themselves and (I think) failing to see the big picture. I think the rest of the people who may have voted for McCain who earn under $200K/year either don't understand this idea of support for the entire economy, or they had other reasons for doing so (e.g., religious, fear, etc.), reasons which I respect as their own opinion (much as this blog is of mine, and thanks for being classy in your disagreement with me, btw, and not going into the ditch to sling mud).

Put another way, in this digital age of instant cross-communication, global economies and ever-intwinging lives, the citizens of the USA certainly (and quite possibly other parts of the world) are so inter-related financially that when there's a hole in lifeboat, it's to everyone's advantage to fix that hole, and do it soon. If the credit crisis should have taught us anything these last few months, it's just that: we're all in the same boat, for better and for worse.

Make no mistake about it: there will be powerful forces and a lot of money spent via the K-Street denizens to oppose Obama's plan in Congress, so yes, I do expect him to have a fair deal of trouble trying to get those things passed. But if we hold together, then we can all stand together and be lifted, one and all, by the same rising tide.

Finally, I forgot to mention one of the most important things in the former administration that will now be gone (well, not all of it, but a good part of it): fear mongering!  On Tuesday, Hope kicked Fear's butt by 8 million votes. Stephen Colbert said it well in last night's show. Check this video out for a good laugh.

Again, thanks for taking the time to respond here. Hope your day is a good, bright one.


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#3) On November 06, 2008 at 10:48 PM, Tastylunch (28.56) wrote:

Whether Obama's plans are good or not,I do think America needs an insipirational figure badly. No candidate had any real solid plan on how to deal with this economic mess (You can't tell me Ron paul would have been an effective President, he's greta at accurately spotting problems but creating solutions and building consensus? I don't think so).

No matter who was elected, We aren't going to get through this for years. We are going to need someone like FDR and Reagan who can keep America hopeful to survive it.Again not necessarily the greatest policy makers, but they knew how to keep morale up. Obama is definitely that guy from what I can tell.

If noting else I'm very happy for the Black community, I really don't think many people on CAPS have any idea what it really means to that community at large.

As for me I'll worry about Obama does or doesn't do later. For now  I'm just going to marvel at what has happened . :-)

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#4) On November 07, 2008 at 1:04 AM, TheGarcipian (33.21) wrote:

Well put, Tasty. I think you're right about all those points. I particularly liked the messages in Obama's acceptance speech, as well as McCain's excellent conciliatory one. Both speeches were phenomenal at showing the best America has to offer in terms of our unity as a country.

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#5) On November 07, 2008 at 2:26 AM, BigFatBEAR (28.35) wrote:

Great post, Gar! I liked how you tied in the tickers to form the word "moping".

America is better and brighter today. Long live democracy!

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#6) On November 07, 2008 at 10:50 AM, madcowmonkey (< 20) wrote:

One thing that is OVER! No more horrible speeches by W that I can't watch or listen to:)

Obama’s Speechwriter Speaks Up | Newsweek Politics: Campaign 2008 ...

I like this article explaing about the process of Obamas speech. Bush was horrible at giving speeches.


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#7) On November 07, 2008 at 2:03 PM, TheGarcipian (33.21) wrote:

Excellent point, MCM. It will be so pleasant to listen to a president that speaks in complete sentences and with correct pronunciation (though he has a nasty habit of filling the gaps between sentences with "uhhh"). The imagery behind the speeches is so important to convey something more than the sum of the words. I will be so glad to never have to hear Bush 43 "aw-shucks" his way through another international press conference.

And lest we forget: Gone too are the Bush Signing Statements, a strategem that bordered on establishing a dictatorship. Seriously. This is some very bad stuff, going against the will of the people and their representation in Congress. A lot of our citizens are completely oblvious to this ruse (I suggest they check the link out above). In our glorious 232-year history, I think this is the closest we've ever come to having a central figure in singular unrivaled power (though some would/could argue it was more Cheney or Rove than Bush). The balance of power has shifted too much to the executive branch (and Obama may fall victim to same lust for power; we'll have to wait and see; hopefully not). Thank goodness King George will be dethroned soon, though it's still about 4 years too late.

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#8) On November 07, 2008 at 5:44 PM, madcowmonkey (< 20) wrote:

Obama’s Curious Capital Gains Tax Epiphany - Capital Commerce ...

You had to know that this was coming before he took office:) I am not going to say I told you so ( I think I put up in a blog about how he was going to have to do away with the idea of increasing the capital gains tax). It is definitely something to think about moving forward on his other policies that were mentioned during the campaign. This takes some of the heat off "Joe the Plumber."

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#9) On November 07, 2008 at 8:54 PM, Tastylunch (28.56) wrote:

Ack my editorial cartoon changed to something weird!


Haha very true!

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#10) On November 14, 2008 at 9:24 AM, madcowmonkey (< 20) wrote:

The editorial cartoon is pretty accurate (today's)for the future, except they should show the bankers, car companies, and CEO's that are behind those hands:)

 Gar- Just wanted to let you know that I appreciate the way you commented on the blog too. Sometimes it is rare that people don't get bent out of shape over comments on the blogs. Thanks for that.

I have to agree with you on the fact that the Executive branch has really taken over. I am not even really sure the judicial branch is part of the checks and balances anymore. As the saying goes, give somebody an inch and they will try to take a mile. I really don't like that saying though. I would like to think that I can give more than an inch:)

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#11) On November 16, 2008 at 12:28 AM, TheGarcipian (33.21) wrote:

No problem, MCM. I appreciate hearing a differing viewpoint, as long as people respect each other's opinions & thoughts, and particularly if they can agree upon what's fact and what's opinion or simply unsubstantiated.

I too like Tasty's ever-revolving choice of editorial cartoons! Somehow he'd pointed to a link to a front/cover page which gets updated each day. From his earlier comment, it doesn't sound like that was planned, but there's some good/funny stuff there! The editorial today (11/15/08) is showing Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates telling a telephone caller: "No, he's not in today... every once in a while he likes to go down & play Henry Paulson." Good stuff.

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