February 5th, 2009

Apollo 4 on column of fire

Panic update

Sam Seder, unfortunately, still is panicking. He wants Obama to steamroll the Republicans, although not out of a desire to humiliate them, and not out of fear that they are snickering at him, and not expressing bafflement at what Obama is doing, just disagreeing. But Sam should learn from the fact that he and co-host Mark Maron can’t even agree on what Obama should do; Sam wants Obama to force the Republicans into a magical filibuster that makes everything okay, and Maron thinks the nation is insufficiently panicked, and wants Obama to go before the nation and shout that we are screwed.
Apollo 4 on column of fire

BuzzFlash buffoonery

BuzzFlash: ‘In a reference to Republicans, Obama told a gathering of House of Representatives Democrats that his critics were offering "tired arguments" for economic solutions that emphasized tax cuts for well-off families. Obama said he valued "constructive criticism." "But what I have also said is, don't come to the table with the same tired arguments and worn ideas that helped to create this crisis," he added. Right on!’

Why did I post this as an example of buffoonery? Because of the fist-pumping ‘Right on!’ at the end. This reminds me of nothing more than Joe Lieberman in the movie theater, and next most it reminds me of the fist pumping ‘I feel great!’ (or whatever) that Bush is reputed to have done when he started dropping bombs. What’s really a very sad and regrettable situation is, to Mark Karlin over at BuzzFlash, a source of exhiliration and of a sense of power.

Even if one did have to steamroll an opposing party, it ought to feel really, really bad and induce anxiety about the consequences.