Recently the Think Progress site ran an interesting piece. The writer expressed disgust that the same conservative writers with whom Obama had dinner recently had the nerve to publicly disagree with him. Implied therein is a strange belief that these conservatives should have been won over by spending an hour with the great man. How could mere mortals not be so enchanted by the physical presence the great Obama? And how could their way of life and thinking have not been transformed by being in his Presence?
The writer and many commenters seem to feel that these few minutes spent with these few writers is what Obama meant when he promised bipartinsanship in the election. Basically he spent a few minutes on the effort and all of the tens of millions who voted against him didn’t change their tune so f___ ‘em. He has now officially been bipartisan. He kept his promise, it didn’t work and now we know that change might not be such a great idea.
It is difficult to be bipartisan when your base thinks it’s a ridiculous, maybe traitorous cause. And a reading of the comments makes this pretty clear. It’s a long comment thread. Much of it degenerates into petty and endless squabbling between pairs of commenters that frequently characterizes the dregs of the net. I will copy intact some of the comments that show the hate and antipathy to even allowing basic human dignity to those on the right that seems to characterize lefty discourse.
Before I do the copy and paste I have a couple of quick observations. Obama spent much, much more time bragging about this promise on the campaign trail than he probably will spend implementing it. It was merely a campaign promise. A campaign promise in the great tradition of, “You weren’t stupid enough to believe that were you?”
Each comment below is exactly as it appeared.
I hope President Obama has learned a simple lesson: reaching out to rabid dogs will only get your hands ripped off.
Better to shoot the bastards and put them out of their misery - and help the nation out at the same time.
January 25th, 2009 at 12:21 pm
grover nerdkissed Says:
let’s hope he doesn’t bother kissin’ those pimply asses again.
January 25th, 2009 at 12:26 pm
Barak had to give it a try. He can easily say he tried to reach out to these fools, while all they can do is whine and complain. Now he can go back to reminding them who won.
Come to think about it, now he could also use some of Bush’s favored strategies, invoke the Patriot Act on them and send them all (Rush especially!) to Gitmo!
January 25th, 2009 at 12:31 pm ===================
Klem Kiddilehopper Says:
Let’s start playing hard with those as*holes!
First take Krauthummers wheelchair away, and let him crawl around forever!
Make Brock work as the towelboy in gay bathhouse, never to leave!
Kristol should be put in a round cage with Malkin, both of them butt-naked and roll them from one Repug meeting to the next one!
January 25th, 2009 at 1:19 pm
Obama did the right thing in dining with them. It’s not Obama’s fault that his dinner guests have the mental and intellectual maturity of 7 year olds.
January 25th, 2009 at 4:42 pm