The frightening future has arrived. And it's a rube awakening!

Abe Greenwald likens the unbelievable nature of our present predicament to one of those tales of a frightening possible future. Problem is, the nightmare is true:

...we're living in one of those clever political columns written as an over-the-top straight story from a frightening future. "After seizing the American automobile industry almost a year ago, the Obama administration has used a parliamentary procedure to take control of one-sixth of the private sector ... in other news, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended the administration's stand against housing construction in Jerusalem ..."

But no one "respectable" made such extreme prognostications. For one thing, no one among the intelligentsia could have predicted the speed with which the country would be transformed. Additionally, for the media at large and for certain self-consciously moderate political analysts, some things are most dangerous when speculated upon. Once they are actually achieved, they are merely "historic."

Read it all.

I have liberal friends who (much like Howard Stern) really didn't think things would get this bad. They honestly thought they were voting for American liberals like themselves, not Eurosocialists.

While they might have been rubes, I'm too polite to call them that. Besides, when people are beginning to understand that they might have made an error, name calling is unproductive, and unlikely to win them over.

posted by Eric on 03.23.10 at 07:32 PM


Screw 'em and their feelings. Start the name-calling. Rubes, dupes, stupids, dopes, The Hopey-Changies, The Terminally Gullible, The Other Euros... and that's all I can think of, just off the top of my head.

We don't need to win them over. Where else are they going to go? Ralph Nader?

Kim du Toit   ·  March 23, 2010 9:13 PM

I just keep remembering the names I was called because I saw through hopey changey back when it was just obvious instead of even the most obtuse can't avoid seeing it. Racist hater was about average.

Saying that, the real problem I have is with the people who refuse to admit they allowed themselves to be had. They wanted to be had.
"How could he change so much?"
He didn't, he was a marxist, chicago-machine-politician before he was elected and he's still one but they spent too much time thinking themselves much smarter than Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber and all the other stupid, racist haters.

I admit, I thought he was going to be a disaster of Cecile B. DeMille proportions, even I didn't realize he would be one of Jerry Bruckheimer proportions.

Veeshir   ·  March 23, 2010 10:26 PM


You and I spent months trying to get the word out. We put on the front page every day the connections Veeshir mentioned.

What America got was a bad case of Carol Mosely Braun fever. The people wanted to do something historic. Well they did that.

M. Simon   ·  March 23, 2010 10:50 PM

Input appreciated. Kim, thanks for stopping by! I'm probably a bleeding heart but it's hard for me to engage in name-calling with friends who didn't do that to me. (Even though supporting Obama might constitute rude behavior in itself, I still cling stubbornly to the idea that friendships ought to rise above political differences. However, if friendships threaten to compromise political beliefs, they are not real friendships, in which case these "rules" would be off.)

Eric Scheie   ·  March 24, 2010 11:51 AM

"They honestly thought they were voting for American liberals like themselves, not Eurosocialists."

Maybe you've answered this before, but what separates 'American Liberal' from 'EuroSocialist'?

Everything I've seen says the answer is "just a little bit pregnant".

guy   ·  March 24, 2010 12:08 PM

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