Wednesday, November 03, 2010
The End of the Beginning
THE DAY AFTER THE DAY BEFORE. The result was okay. But just okay. Remember that. It's hard to resist the notion, for example, that there's something "off" about Rand Paul. You know what I mean. I'm not happy with him being the face of the tea party movement. His wife is pretty. But can you imagine hearing that keening, curiously affectless voice all day long in your house?
This morning I watched The Daily Show. It was funny.
The thing to watch out for now is the Great Liberal Sucker Punch, or as Laura Ingraham so deftly put it, the Lucy swipe-away-the-football routine which has almost invariably fooled Republicans in the past.
As I write this, Obama is eating some humble pie in his press conference. He's still supercilious and we're still too dumb to understand what he was doing, but he's at least acknowledging how average Americans might interpret his policies as government overreach. Except that he's not changing any of his views on healthcare, for example. He's willing to talk about energy but not apparently about taxes. At least he's not bringing it up. Two promising developments. The press is asking tough questions. And Obama is being uncharacteristically articulate without a teleprompter. He insists he wants to talk to Republicans. Lucy...?
Still. I have to admit I'm liking him more than I have at any time in the last three years. He's standing there and taking the questions like a man. He's not really budging on any of his ideological issues, but he is willing to take the beating he admits he received. He seems, for once, human and, well, abashed. He's actually used the word "shellacking." Good for him. Although, when pressed, he has a tendency to revert to how he's "different, with a funny name," and so forth. Sigh. I wish I could trust him. I just can't. It feels like he's trying to play us yet again. Damn.
Advice. Make note of contact information for the new Republicans in congress. Pepper them ceaselessly with reminders of what they've been sent there to do.
The best news. The real slaughter was at the state level. Republican governors, Republican legislatures. The most since Reconstruction. The states now have the power to fight back against federal mandates and incursions on personal liberty.
All in all, only the end of the beginning. No party hats or balloons here. There's a big big job ahead, with many pitfalls and dangers awaiting...
The real video is here. We're Slash, departing the Church of Obama
and singing in the wilderness. And, yeah, it's still a wilderness. But
sing. And who's in the coffin? Us or them? Both? Think, my friends.
Just in case your energy was flagging. Don't let it.