Surprisingly truth in advertising was the latest tack of defense of Teh One on DU: He always hated Ds

“I am bound to disappoint some, if not all”

Some of the Reaganite words from Audacity of Hope

But that is not all that I am. I also think my party can be smug, detached, and dogmatic at times. I believe in the free market, competition, and entrepreneurship, and think no small number of government programs don’t work as advertised…..

…..I reject a politics that is based solely on racial identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or victimhood generally. I think much of what ails the inner city involves a breakdown in culture that will not be cured by money alone, and that our values and spiritual life matter at least as much as our GDP.

A huge photo follows as this is a fan post. Most loyalists nod in approval: he was honest!

These are mild. In 2008, more direct Reagan quotes from the book were posted

“That Reagan’s message found such a receptive audience spoke not only to his skills as a communicator; it also spoke to the failures of liberal government, during a period of economic stagnation, to give middle-class voters any sense that it was fighting for them. For the fact was government at every level had become to cavalier about spending taxpayer money. Too often bureaucracies were oblivious to the cost of their mandates. A lot of liberal rhetoric did seem to value rights and entitlements over duties and responsibilities. Reagan may have exagerrated the sins of the welfare state, and certainly liberals were right to complain that his domestic policies tilted heavily toward elites, with corporate raiders making tidy profits throughout the eighties while unions were busted and the income for the average working stiff flatlined.

Nevertheless, by promising to side with those who worked hard, obeyed the law, cared for their families, loved their country, Reagan offered Americans a sense of common purpose that liberals seemed no longer able to muster.p 31

“The conservative revolution Reagan helped usher in gained traction because Reagan’s central insight–that the liberal welfare state had grown complacent and overly bureaucratic, with Democratic policy makers more obsessed with slicing the economic pie than with growing he pie–contained a good deal of truth.” p 156

It’s what made me decide “not Obama”

and I myself explained to the creatives who didn’t know what was wrong with Reagan

to have now one of OUR candidates – whom some of us deemed fairly progressive – embrace those memes (“welfare state” “personal responsibilities” “failed liberals” – which Bush uses too, BTW) – feels like a knife in the back. I feel betrayed and saddened that there are DU-ers that don’t get it.

Some time ago, some were already started to smell a rat

“When Obama praised Reagan we thought he was just BS-ing”

You nailed it. When Obama praised Reagan, we all hoped he was just bullshitting.

The fact that he turned out to be serious is going to have disastrous consequences for this country.

and

14. When Obama praised Reagan, we all hoped he was just bullshitting.

I think many of us believed he meant he wanted to create a liberal version of the “Reagan Revolution” that would secure the Democratic party in power for a generation just like Reagan ended up securing his party in power for a generation.We didnt think he meant literally copying the worst economic and social policies Reagan was responsible for.

So, my response to this defense: was the truth out there for those who wanted to dig for it? Yes, it was, and 18,000.000+ voters got it too.

Was there a willful self delusion from the part of the Os? And how.

On the other hand, if this weren’t “fine print” the operatives wouldn’t come up with it now, when the mask is off.

In defense of the Os (who knew I’d do that?), there were plenty of lies on top of that.

Starting with the “fairy tale” that Obama was anti-war. Bill Clinton was called racist for saying that for some reason.

Continuing with other straight out lies during the campaign that a few bring up in that discussion

8. Listen to this, and tell me what you hear. I’m a pretty good listener.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCRO0g9CfAw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acc6Wn_BWlk

What are you hearing?

If you don’t want to click on the videos, one is an ad from his campaign where he makes Billy Tauzin a symbol of what he wants to change in Washington. The other includes his “any bill I sign” promise on the public option, and his comment on the absurdity of a mandate for private insurance.

Between Obama’s own lies and the media’s, a lot of people got bamboozled.

I’d say they had a responsibility to look deeper. Especially as some of us were yelling it in their face.

Journolist founder has this epiphany now

We Are All Tom Buffenbarger Now

Remember Tom Buffenbarger? In 2008, his International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers endorsed Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama. The night of the Wisconsin primary, which Obama won, Buffenbarger helped kick off Hillary’s campaign in Ohio with a volcanic 12-minute speech all about the weakness he’d seen in Obama in Illinois, on pivotal labor fights. I found the video again after watching a few minutes of MSNBC last night.

I remember the furor this caused and this is what he was saying

Hope? Change? Yes We Can? Give me a break! I’ve got news for all the latte-drinking, Prius- driving, Birkenstock-wearing, trust fund babies crowding in to hear him speak! This guy won’t last a round against the Republican attack machine. He’s a poet, not a fighter.

That being said it’s pretty damn underhanded to come with quotes from a book as proof that Obama has been honest all along.

It’s almost as greasy as the secondary mortgage  operators waving the fine print in the faces of their victims. The ones Obama protected so much.