Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Church Of Obama Is Losing Members

This is perfect Sunday fare, and rich coming from someone who routinely appeared with Keith Olbermann on Countdown (until they broke up back in August last year). That would be Dana Milbank. Oh, yes, this is priceless:
Obama The Mortal

Some parishioners in the Church of Obama discovered last week that their spiritual leader is a false prophet.

Consider the blow suffered by the liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, who issued a plaintive plea to the president on the eve of his announcement that he was sending 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan. By escalating the war, Moore wrote:

"[Y]ou will do the worst possible thing you could do -- destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they've always heard is true -- that all politicians are alike."

Obama, of course, was not moved by his follower from Flint. The real question is why Moore, and those millions and multitudes of whom he wrote, thought that Obama would do otherwise. Obama never said during the campaign that he would pull out of Afghanistan; in fact, he had promised to escalate. "As president, I will make the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban the top priority that it should be," he said in July 2008, vowing to send at least two more combat brigades to Afghanistan. "This is a war that we have to win."

Yet Moore is surely right about the disillusionment of Obama's supporters. Even before the surge announcement, support among liberals for Obama's Afghanistan policy had dropped 22 points since July, to 59 percent from 81 percent, according to a Post-ABC News poll. Overall liberal support for Obama had drifted down to 80 percent from 94 percent in the spring -- and, given the noisy complaints from the left last week, that number seems likely to fall further.

I wonder what Moore thinks now that Obama didn't pay any attention to him? Not sure why he ever thought Obama would, but there you have it. As Milbank points out:
It was bound to happen eventually. Obama had become to his youthful supporters a vessel for all of their liberal hopes. They saw him as a transformational figure who would end war, save the Earth from global warming, restore the economy -- and still be home for dinner. They lashed out at anybody who dared to suggest that Obama was just another politician, subject to calculation, expediency and vanity like all the rest.

Certainly, Obama gets some blame for encouraging the messianic cult as he stumped for change and hope. "I am asking you to stop settling for what the cynics say we have to accept," he would say as he wrapped up speeches. "Let us reach for what we know is possible: A nation healed. A world repaired. An America that believes again."

Uh, you think? Encouraging it?? That is exactly what Axelrove and Plouffe wanted - to craft Obama as the next coming (remember the whole "the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal" crap?), and Obama was all too willing to go along. That isn't exactly a newsflash, at least to us in the reality based community. We were aware of what the Obama camp was doing, and why. No doubt, it was so people wouldn't pay attention to this:
In other cases, Obama truly has gone back on campaign vows. Even some of his advisers are disappointed that he has moved so slowly to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. Civil libertarians are justifiably disappointed with his decision to continue much of the Bush administration secrecy. Clean-government types are understandably frustrated that Obama vowed that lobbyists "will not get a job in my White House" but now grants waivers so that lobbyists can work in key administration jobs.

But at least as much blame for the disillusionment goes to progressives who simply expected too much of him. Some are disappointed that the Nobel Peace Prize winner proposed even higher defense spending than George W. Bush did -- but Obama never said he would cut the Pentagon's budget. Many liberals are disappointed that he isn't pushing the "public option" more forcefully in the health-care debate -- but it was never something Obama emphasized during the campaign.

For all of Obama's soaring oratory about hope and change, it was plain even during the campaign that his record was that of an incrementalist. His signature legislation -- health care in the Illinois Senate and ethics in the U.S. Senate -- were evolutionary improvements, not revolutionary overhauls. His Afghanistan policy, likewise, is above all a pragmatic, nonideological strategy. He stayed true to his campaign promise to take the fight to the Taliban, but he also tried to build a consensus.

His record? Just which record would that have been exactly? The one in which Emil Jones slapped Obama's name on legislation for which he had done exactly NOTHING? And what did he do in the US Senate besides blow off promises made on the campaign finance reform committee, or fail to hold any meetings for the committee for which he was chair (that pesky boring one that just dealt with stuff like Afghanistan)? Is that the new definition of "incrementalist"? Sure, whatever you say, Dana.

Back to Afghanistan:
You'd think his supporters might applaud this sort of thoughtful, methodical leadership as a repudiation of the Bush style of government by political theory. Instead, they're using words such as "O'Bomber" to describe the president. MoveOn.org launched a petition drive against the policy. Code Pink, the group that heckled Bush officials for years, heckled Obama advisers on Capitol Hill last week. The liberal Web publisher Arianna Huffington told Charlie Rose that the policy "puts into question his whole leadership."

This is what happens when true believers mistake a mortal for a messiah. (danamilbank@washpost.com)

"Thoughtful"? "Methodical" Oh, right - that is "Upside down world" speak for "hemming and hawing", "dithering," and "dragging one's feet." Got it.

And Dana, you and a lot of the rest of the MSM were hyping Obama as a messiah, too, so make sure you shine that spotlight on yourself and your colleagues, while you are at it. Obama couldn't have gotten his "message" across all over this land without the sycophantic collusion of the media. Just sayin'.

We all knew this was going to happen. At some point, Obama's most devoted followers were going to start letting the reality pierce their veil of "Hope, Change, And Unicorns for Everyone!" It would have been BETTER had this happened 18 months ago before this charlatan got into the White House, aided and abetted by some of the very folks Millbank mentions above, as well as the media.

Okay - can I finally say this? I told you so. We told you so. Time to get up off your knees, shake the Kool Aide dust out of your head, and realize you have been had, on the 7th level with Tom Cruise kind of being had by some self-proclaimed messiah.

We welcome you to the Reality Based World. And with this being Sunday and all, I reckon we can say our prayers are starting to be answered. Halle-damn-lujah.

6 comments:

SFIndie said...

Dana Milbank is like a criminal who gets caught and thrown in jail, and then finds religion. Too late, Dana. The damage is done. You helped create the illusion that is The One. And talking trash like "thoughtful, methodical leadership" is hardly shedding light on that illusion. Idiot.

And Michael, Michael, Michael, how blind can you be? "...destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you." Let this be a lesson NOT to place your hopes and dreams onto another and expect that person to make those hopes and dreams come true. YOU, Michael, are responsible for your own hopes and dreams, not another human being (key word here is human being, Michael).

What's scary though, Rev, is that The One's support amongst so-called liberals is still at 80%. How can 80 out of 100 people be so damn blind??? I guess they like living in the Land of Oz, and simply don't want to click their heels together and come back to the real world where I'll be happy to greet them with a big old banner proclaiming, "WE TOLD YOU SO."

Here in LOTO, the water is still toxic from the koolaid. I wonder if it will ever truly be safe to drink the water again.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

SF, that is a perfect analogy - yes, that's exactly what Dana is like.

Spot on analysis of Michael Moore, and ALL of the Obots who expected someone else to make all their dreams and hopes come true. Well said, indeed.

I hear you - I swear, I look at those people the EXACT same way I did those who were diehard Bush supporters. Completely unwilling to look at who the person is, and how they act. Pathetic.

There was a Leonard Pitts article today - another Obama sycophant - who seems to be seeing the light a little bit. He highlighted how one study was framed by the MSM as saying Obama is losing support of whites. He said it could just as easily be written that people of color are propping Obama up.

Say whaaaaaa??? Dang - maybe the haze is clearing up!

I bet they don't drink Kool Aide in Malta, SF!

SFIndie said...

I'm pretty sure kool-aid is on the list of items that visitors are prohibited from bringing into Malta, Rev! tee hee

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

ROTFLMAO - thank HEAVENS!!! Looks like we'll be safe there! :-D

nazareth priest said...

Rev. Amy, this may be a bit late (I was giving a retreat over the weekend and have not kept up with the internet), but just to enjoy something here it is (speaking of halle-damn-lujah!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWFJ_rykyA4&feature=player_embedded

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Nazareth Priest - you are never too late! I hope the retreat went well.

Thanks for the video - it is hilarious!!