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In the new Scooter, Abe Sauer offers tips on how to make sure your children aren’t brainwashed this fall, in “How To Talk To Your Kids About Republicans”:
Just as Joe Camel once enticed children into tobacco addiction, the two parties’ cartoon mascots are an early gateway. With its kid-friendly (if lumbering) elephant, the GOP has the edge over the Democrats’ donkey. Your kids will view Republicans as the party of Babar and Dumbo: joyous orphans who faced the hardships of life on their own, without assistance from any central authority.
Meanwhile, the only donkey in most kids’ lives is Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh’s compatriot who never stops whining about his lot in life. While Eeyore does exhibit a glum, enjoyable humor, it is of the sort most associated with adult characters like Woody Allen. And there is only one child in the world who has ever loved Woody Allen.
I’m sorry but I love them. I can’t get enough of Republicans attacking each other from the left, attacking each other from the right, attacking each other as corrupt liars, slipping on their own lines, sounding like morons, and basically filming the Obama campaign’s ads for them… I hope it never stops. Next debate, Thursday night!
Noooo .. not another GOP debate .. anything but that ..
Let’s be honest, can you remember any President this side of Jimmy Carter, another Democratic president who people thought would go to the White House and change the game, who had to deal with such bullshit?
The problem is exactly about going to Washington and thinking you could change the game. The game can’t be changed. That was Carter’s problem too. It’s better to focus on getting results than on changing the game.
Clinton was attacked viciously too, and he wasn’t black and he wasn’t Jimmy Carter. The Republicans accused him of covering up foul play in the suicide of his deputy counsel. They investigated him from the beginning, over Whitewater — remember all that led to? He compromised on social issues and enraged his base. But somewhere along the way, he got things through that helped the economy.
The main job of the president isn’t to fulfill the agenda of his early supporters, the ones who claim credit for getting him elected. It’s to fulfill the agenda of his late supporters, the 69 million people who put him over the top in November 2008, millions of whom have lost years out of their lives since then, because of an economy that is worse than it should be because Obama couldn’t manage the message or the politics.
Yes, “Obama” is soooo annoying. Like he’s the only one in Washington playing stupid ass games. I’m fed up with ENTIRE lot of them, every single one of them and if I could go through Congress and The White House and throw them all out, I would be there, today and be done before lunch.
They should all be thrown out. But Obama was the one I was counting on to represent my values.
This is great but they let Obama off the hook for the ridiculous attempt to step on the Republican debate. From the Times editorial:
It’s also possible that the White House failed to notice that the contenders for the Republican presidential nomination have a debate on Wednesday, or deliberately tried to upstage it. If either is true, shame on the White House.
“Possible”? Either they failed to notice or they were being deliberate, one or the other, and I suspect the latter, because they’re not really idiots, they just act that way. This was totally rude, not only to the Republicans but to the political press (who Obama needs), and I’m glad the President had his dick handed to him on this one.
Engineering a fight with Republicans over something empty and symbolic like the timing of a speech, when he utterly failed to stand up to them substantively on extending the Bush tax cuts or the debt ceiling extension, suits this White House perfectly and it’s why Democrats, along with everyone else, have lost patience with Obama.