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Andrew Sullivan – The Rose Colored Glasses Conundrum… Or, The Man-Crush That Just Won’t Die!

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Sullivan writes:

 

I rather glibly wrote recently that one reason president Obama has not opened a can of rhetorical whup-ass on those actually seeking the default of the US Treasury, is that he wants to avoid the “angry black man” trope. Once he is defined as that, the GOP needs nothing more to use the race card silently against him. That’s why they keep arguing that the president who killed bin Laden, prevented a Second Great Depression and achieved universal healthcare in his first term is somehow another Jimmy Carter.

But of course he isn’t. And of course he understands the political dynamic out there. He just knows that the one thing the far right wants – and needs – to do is get into a fight with him, elevating them, dimnishing him, and alienating the middle of the American electorate. His approach is the classic civil rights movement approach with a black leader addressing a largely white electorate: non-violence, reasoned argument …

If you have to see President Obama through the prism of  the civil rights movement in order to see him as a success??? You have a huge problem.

(A)    Many, maybe most of the current crop of voters never experienced the civil rights movement first hand. They may have encountered bits of clear racism in their lives, but for many, those were but tiny sparks compared to the all out raging flames of civil unrest and violence experience in the full fires of racism during the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. It’s impossible for so many of us to relate to it because we didn’t live through it. Even if you did live through it, your perception of it depends on your point of view. Example –  I grew up in the 70’s, smack dab in the middle of the Cold War. Yet,  my generation as a rule did not perceive the Soviets as a threat the way the previous generation just ten years older did.  Yes, we thought they were dangerous, but, because we didn’t live through the Cuban Missile Crisis, and never had to hide under out desks for a nuclear  bomb drill, we simply did not grow up with the same abject fears as our older brothers and fathers.  We related to Brezhnev more as a joke on a Saturday Night Live skit than we did as an evil ominous world leader…. And our generation is better off for it.

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(B)     When you have to put on any lenses in order to perceive a leader as a success, you’ve got problems…. Because most of us don’t wear that odd prescription of corrective lenses, and the lenses we do wear, will never distort the world enough to paint President Obama as a phenomenal success the way that Andrew Sullivan HAS to see him as [Meep Meep].

Now, of course, I could be wrong and history could judge Obama to be a much better President than I give him credit for. However, history is not kind to weak Presidents, even if they get some good things accomplished. Carter, after all did get the Camp David Accords done on his watch and did actually deregulate more Federal programs than Reagan did. But I don’t see Carters star rising to anything other than “Better ex-President than President” status, which, by the way, seems to be the trajectory of Obama Predicessor-In Chief G. W. Bush.

And there’s a maybe unintentional funny ending to the Sullivan post. After posting a comment from another site exclaiming how wonderful Obama is and how…

“Obama is winning. Democrats are uniting behind him, although some white progressives think that they could do the job better. Independents are flocking to him.”

Sullivan ends saying this:

Let the Dish say Amen.

OK. First, President Obama has just this week-end hit an all time low in his polling numbers – 39 percent! So the voter are definitely NOT flocking to him… And, in the face of reality, that he’s losing support from Democrats themselves, one does have to be religious about this President to think otherwise…. Which is ironic, because Sullivan takes great pains to criticize the religious fervor that has gripped the base of the GOP!

It’s past time for him to look in the mirror.

PS…. And…. Meme Alert!

Obama has taken a seat at the negotiating table and said “There is no reason why we cannot work out solutions to our problems by acting like responsible adults.

The “Adults In The Room” one is alive and well!

A Note To Andrew Sullivan….

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Conservatives HATE what liberals do, and the “socialist” legislation they pass….. Unless it directly benefits them!

When a friends Dad suffered a stroke a number of years ago, the family, though very Conservative and very well-to-do, had no problems using Medicare – D to help keep medical costs down as much as possible, even though a year before, Medicare – D was another horrible entitlement that signaled the doom of the country!

Will The Most Famous “Man Crush” Ever Die???? A Challenge To Andrew Sullivan.

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Jennifer Ruben writes:

A Republican aide e-mails me: “The Speaker, Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell all agreed on the general framework of a two-part plan. A short-term increase (with cuts greater than the increase), combined with a committee to find long-term savings before the rest of the increase would be considered. Sen. Reid took the bipartisan plan to the White House and the President said no.”

If this is accurate the president is playing with fire. By halting a bipartisan deal he imperils the country’s finances and can rightly be accused of putting partisanship above all else. The ONLY reason to reject a short-term, two-step deal embraced by both the House and Senate is to avoid another approval-killing face-off for President Obama before the election. Next to pulling troops out of Afghanistan to fit the election calendar, this is the most irresponsible and shameful move of his presidency.

If this is true, I dare Sullivan to declare this is one of those “Meep Meep” moment, where this President has outwitted the Republicans much like the iconic Roadrunner vs the Coyote. But, I suspect he will anyway. The “Man Crush” is just that strong with this one!!!!

PS. When news came around yesterday that there was a Democrat penned / Obama approved deal in the works for $2.7 billion in cut, and no tax increases, I was set to write that, since that seems like a reasonable deal yet the Republicans had brushed it aside, the Dems had indeed scored a MAJOR public relations coo and had made the Republicans look like idiots. But the story has changed radically and the original MSNBC article has seemed to have gone down the memory whole… Well… Now we are here.

Sullivan’s Obsessions.

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The Palins, titled “Another Palin Pregnancy”:

And in classic Palin fashion. Track’s bride looks more pregnant two months after her marriage than Sarah looked at allegedly eight months with Trig. But the family-for-abstinence keeps the show on the road. But when will Track join the crusade?

Really… That’s what you got? The one member of the family who has done his level best not to insert himself in the limelight, the one who seems to be doing things the right way… And then Sullivan links to this snarky Gawker tripe!

…The picture above of “Britta Pie,” which was posted on a Wasilla friend’s Facebook wall, confirms the news she’s expecting. Britta looks to be several months along—perhaps more than two months?

Britta’s friends responded to the Facebook pictures with elation. But given the timing of Britta’s pregnancy, the happy couple may want to tell Sarah Palin to shut up the next time she champions abstinence-only education or Bristol sermonizes against extramarital sex, lest the conception of another Palin grandchild and the rationale behind another well-publicized Palin marriage fall into question.

The Palins did not respond to our request for comment.

Gee, you wonder why? I’m not a Palin fan, but jeez, this is just ridiculous!

Next on the plate is this bit of fun:

My view is that Obama has essentially won the argument but not yet the fight…

Gee, now there’s a surprise!

But the GOP believe they can destroy the US and global economy and from the wreckage ensure Obama is not re-elected. That is their sole true guiding principle. They terrify me.

Now, you may absolutely disagree with the supposed solutions that the Grand Ol’ Party puts on the plate, that you think / know their offered solutions won’t work, but there is no evidence to support the charge they don’t believe that what they advocate wouldn’t work! Do you really think the believe no one would notice that, after they get their way, then the economy tanks, and no one would blame them???? They believe their policies are the best way to start a strong recovery in this wretched economy, just as Democrats believe theirs is the best. To say the GOP are PURPOSELY AND KNOWINGLY destroy the US and global economy, well, that’s just partisan hackery at its worst. I’m pretty sure this would win his Michael Moore Award if he considered give his own awards to himself.

Andrew Sullivan – Meet reality. UPDATE.

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On his Daily Dish blog, he writes:

Americans are fine with raising some taxes along with cutting spending in a bid to cut the deficit and the debt. In poll after poll after poll after poll … No wonder those socialists in Britain – aka the Tory party – has done it too.

The Tory party to which he refers, is of course, the British Tory party. Well, as we are seeing just today…  It simply is not enough!  They want even higher taxes to support their pension addiction!  Taxes are raised, so there is now no need to fix the pension system, even though it will still lead you to ruin.

 

UPDATE:  From my blog-pal and kindred spirit The Last Bass Player, who just happens to reside in jolly ol’ England:

 

The evil British coalition Tory-Liberal government wants higher taxes to support their addiction to claiming expenses for food and second homes.  The average British citizen has to buy such things out of their own wages.  Not so politicians, who were claiming for everything from moats to housekeepers (unwillingly and unwittingly paid for, of course, by British tax payers).  There was a massive scandal about it, but I don’t think anything was changed.  Except moats, which now have nice shiny new drawbridges.
The strikes are because people have been paying into pension schemes for years – all their working lives in many cases – and now the evil British coalition government is threatening to lower the final pension payments, pensions which have already been paid into by the workers themselves.  The money saved by such a move will of course be recycled into paying for politicians’ moats, and bankers’ bonuses.

Another Knock On Sullivan… The Long Term View?

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In this defense of Obama, Andrew quotes Obama explaining his presidential philosophy:

Something that I have learned over the last couple of years is that I have to make decisions based on the long view. And I have to suppress my own desire for a short-term fix if I’m going to be able to lead the country effectively over the long term… I will keep on making that case, and I think that to point — to quote my vice president — I believe that voters are going to stop comparing me to the Almighty and compare me to the alternative.

Andrew concludes “We’re lucky to have him”.

Hello… McFly!

Are you kidding.

Do you think that Obama is somehow unique in this regard? Do really you think that most other past Presidents did not think in the long term? (OK, maybe you can exclude Clinton) Every Presidential race is a contest to see who will win the opportunity to leave a legacy, to be looked at as a President held in high regard due to the changes or decisions he made while in office, to forever be remembered as a great leader of men. The invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq are nothing if not decisions based on long term projections and expectations, to create and foster democracies in the Middle East. By bettering the lives of those peoples in the region you stave off the impulse to become an extremist and become a terrorist! That sounds pretty long view to me. It’s one of the reasons you originally supported the Global War On Terror in the first place. You dropped your support once you realized the long term goals were not compatible with the developing reality on the ground.

The problem with exclusive long term thinking, is that much of the time, you never consider the consequences if you’re wrong, or if maybe some short term solutions wouldn’t actually help advance the long term goals. That’s called pragmatism. And sorry, despite your assertion to the contrary, he’s demonstrated that he doesn’t have it. Despite the short term inconvenience it might have created, he and Nancy Pelosi’s Congress never really tried to get Republicans substantially involved in the health care process. The result? They rebelled, and the final bill is a partisan piece of crap that is probably unconstitutional. Sure, Obama may be thinking long term, but, for two years, from appointing several officials who didn’t file their taxes correctly, to the appointment of a bazillion Czars, to “Beergate”, to the health care fiasco, to passing a trillion dollars worth of stimulus that, in real non-modeled terms, didn’t seem to do anything, to flailing on the Gitmo and detainee situation, to deriding the Supreme Court in his SOTU address, to the lame attempt to take credit for the BP spill fix and clean-up, to the decision to keep fighting DADT in court, he’s demonstrated noting but horrifically poor judgment in his long term thinking. And the results? He’s literally handed the House, and maybe the Senate back to the Republicans. He’s operating in an egotistic vacuum, devoid of any input from the real world outside it. And you can’t make good long term decisions from that place.

Oh, and BTW, it doesn’t show good judgment to use a quote from a Vice President to bolster your case that the majority of Americans think is a complete boob.

Sullivan vs Sullivan vs Sullivan.

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It’s sometimes like watching a dog chase its own tail!

On Obama’s stance on Same Sex Marriage?

He’s being pragmatic!

On Obama’s stance on DADT?

Perplexed.

And, just moments ago?

We’re lucky to have him!

Andrew Sullivan Celebrates 10 Years Of Blogging!

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He features a ton of comments from other bloggers on this milestone. Ann Althouse nailed the reason why I still read his stuff:

“Ah, yes. There are so many blogs that are no fun at all”.

You may not agree with him…. Heck, you may be reviled by him… But damned, his blog can be fun!

Say What? Andrew Sullivan Get His Own “Quote Of The Day”

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He has a feature on his blog called “Quote Of The Day“, generally reserved for something dumb or outlandish that recently appeared in print or on the internet. Well, today, he get’s to be the recipient of his own award. Here is the quote he featured as “QOTD III”:

“Her work is her life is her work,” – Charles Fried, a Harvard Law professor, on Elena Kagan, a woman with no romantic life since college, no pets, no retreat and apparently a private life devoted solely to the elites.

Here is Andrew expanding on the thought:

The profile today is almost a parody of Washington careerist insularity – with everyone in power in cahoots with, or related to, everyone else, and everyone just loving one another to death. The idea that Kagan represents real experience of the real world is, quite simply, ludicrous. She is the polar opposite of Clarence Thomas – as bright as he is dim, as protected by liberal elites as he is brutally exposed by them.

Now, you may disagree with some of Clarence Thomas’s decisions from the bench… But “Dim”? And which liberals have exposed him? Would that be Timothy Noah, who not only apparently started the “dim bulb” meme rolling, but  doesn’t have anything  of substance to say about Thomas’s history on the bench in his Chatterbox gossip column.  Or does Andrew mean this “takedown” of Thomas by Harry Reid, who BTW, not only didn’t apparently know much about the case he cited, as he got major facts wrong, but who also doesn’t seem to take the time to read the legislation his own Senate is passing. Plus, more than a few lawyers, you know, those guys who, unlike two bit gossip journalists and flailing Senators, actually have to read and decipher legal opinions and judgments to make a living, seem to have high regard for Thomas’s body of work.

So here’s to you Andrew Sullivan, for qualifying to have your very own “Quote Of The Day”.

PS. How soon will Reid’s comments on Clarence Thomas come back to haunt him in the upcoming campaign? (Sharron Angle… Hint, Hint)

Andrew Sullivan Just Jumped The Sharks… ALL OF THEM!

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Two names that should NEVER be compared as being anywhere similar in leadership abilities – Thatcher and Pelosi!   Oh sure, the “rhetorical style could easily have come out of Maggie’s mouth” as Andrew says. But style is easily copied; I do it here all the time. And lets face it, Pelosi is not exactly known for being a very competent “rhetorical stylist” when it comes to verbal skills. Either she got lucky here, or she got a better speech writer. Either way, one thing is for sure – Thatcher was a competent and dynamic leader. Pelosi has demonstrated herself to be anything but. If this WAS Thatcher, health care reform would have passed a month before the original deadline. Pelosi is definitely no Thatcher!