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I have never seen the verbal equivalent of a head exploding until reading David Sirota’s admonition “to Naderites and Clintonites”

Personally, I started laughing at the very notion of these two groups being put in the same box. The guilt is eating at David’s inards and he is being defensive “just”

because President Obama has made some tactical mistakes and ideologically odious moves – and because I’ve been critical of some of these – that it means I was abhorrently wrong for being generally supportive of his candidacy during the primary and the general election; that I need to apologetically throw myself on the mercy of the court; and that I need to beg for forgiveness.*

(somehow, John Lowitz imitating Harvey Firestein with the whinny “is it so wrooong?” came to mind).

He is OK with the idea that a real progressive can never be elected in US because his delusions of grandeur make him think that

though I’m trying to do my part every day to make that day possible

and then let his unabated Clinton hatred flow

Likewise, if you think Hillary Clinton would be a more progressive president, then you either weren’t born – or weren’t paying attention – over the last 17 years of the Clinton administration (which she played a major role in) and Hillary Clinton’s career in the senate.

Well, David, I was paying attention. Bill Clinton never put 40% tax cuts in his stimulus package – and never gave away essential pieces of legislation when he had the votes to pass it.

And while Hillary didn’t make  a speech against the war, she voted against FISA when your “best candidate” voted for it – and didn’t think Blackwater had a bad rap.

But Sirota lets the resentment flow, even borrowing the vocabulary of the cheating republicans in 2000

Among Clintonites, the “I Told You So” rants are just straight-up sore-loser-ism.

Why is it that all election thieves use the same language?

Unable to accept that a first-term senator defeated their candidate who had every single advantage, they cannot embrace the new president, even as that new president (wrongly, IMHO) appoints her to a top position in his administration.

I bet the W supporters said the same. What confuses me is this: if we are the sore losers, who is the happy winner?

because David, you don’t look like either.

In fact you are the poster boy for the devastating loss the progressive movement was dealt in 2008.

Here’s a sober assessment

The American left, he said, has crumbled. It sold out to a bankrupt Democratic Party, abandoned the working class and has no ability to organize. Unions are a spent force. The universities are mills for corporate employees. The press churns out info-entertainment or fatuous pundits. The left, he said, no longer has the capacity to be a counterweight to the corporate state. He said that if an extreme right gains momentum there will probably be very little organized resistance.

THAT would be the thing to apologize for, Sirota, not “telling the truth”. Selling out and being so blinded by pointless hatred, you let yourself manipulated by it.

So hear this, from my “rathole of bitterness”: I am the one telling the truth, and will not STFU.

Sometimes, raising objections in time is important – like say, the right to vote.

That fellow in the back would be you, David.


Update: for the short period my post will survive at the ironically named Open Left, I want to give  a shout to myiq2xu at the Confluence on this, as well as Cannonfire

Zealots were preparing themselves for disappointment in another upcoming case, but were let down earlier.

I guess I’ll use here Glenn Greenwald’s title as it best sums up the story

Obama fails his first test on civil liberties and accountability — resoundingly and disgracefully

..The case was brought in by ACLU and was questioning the rendition practices

Today the Obama administration was required to file with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals its position in this case — i.e., whether it would continue the Bush administration’s abusive reliance on the “state secrets” privilege to prevent courts from ruling on such matters, or whether they would adhere to Obama’s previous claims about his beliefs on “state secrets” by withdrawing that position and allowing these victims their day in court.

These are the people that got protected

They were essentially the CIA’s torture travel agents. They were the one who arranged all the overflight rights for the CIA civilian planes to be able to fly from country to country. They handled the security and the logistics. They filed dummy flight plans to try to trick air traffic controllers into not being able to track where the actual flights were going.

and of course, W and his insane doctrine that secrecy justifies crimes.

And since there are still those who try to rationalize, NY Times published this surreal dialogue in court that erases any doubts

“Is there anything material that has happened” that might have caused the Justice Department to shift its views, asked Judge Mary M. Schroeder, an appointee of President Jimmy Carter, coyly referring to the recent election.

“No, your honor,” Mr. Letter replied.

“The change in administration has no bearing?” she asked.

“No, your honor,” he said once more. The position he was taking in court on behalf of the government had been “thoroughly vetted with the appropriate officials within the new administration,” and “these are the authorized positions,” he said.

.And for some comical relief, here’s Andrew Sullivan – his hopes and dreams..

Tomorrow in a federal court hearing in San Francisco, we’ll find out if the Obama administration intends to keep the evidence as secret as the Bush administration did.

Oh, stop! The suspense is killing me!

I guess that justified the B0B0ts wisdom of wishing Obama for dictator

I was telling my friend the other day, I would not mind a dictatorship under Obama

I trust him to make the right decisions for our country by getting input from people with all kinds of viewpoints. I trust him to have a good heart (look at what he gave up personally, in terms of wealth and self-aggrandizement, to be a community organizer). I think he would always act for the best for all, rather than for CEOs and trust-fund babies, if he were The Sole Decider

Yeah, cuz they are so very different!

P.S And yes, I know Mr Fish cartoon entitled “Bear Naked Emperor” is disturbing. But then so is the story that follows it.

Not Your Sweetie

February 2009