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Mark Steel is a little uneasy (he often is) about the sudden outbreak of peace in the US following the election.

Oh they've all changed now. Suddenly they all like Obama, so even Republican spokesmen are saying things like: "This great and truly memorable moment shows what a wonderful country we are.


"Sure, during the campaign we called him a sleazy Marxist terrorist dirty Muslim atheist thieving anti-American Arab anarchist lying cowardly darky, but let's not allow that to cloud this joyful, wonderful result."

Some of them almost slip-up and say, "Can I be the first to say how glad I am that this moment, which I've spent my entire life trying to prevent, has happened."

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Mark clearly can't forget the bitterness of the campaign. Can you?


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jhubert wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)

Heck, I'm maintaining a collection of some of the bitterness to warm my heart during those cold autumn nights.

(Incidentally, if anyone knows some other good such rants, please tell me the link...)
brennakimi wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
haha win.
farla wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
Most people manage to remember events that happened decades ago, so why would Democratic supporters be obligated to pretend events of less than a month ago never happened?
okielady wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
I think we NEED to put it aside in order to come together for the good of the country and support what President-Elect Obama would like to accomplish. We as his supporters owe it to him to follow his example.
allhatnocattle wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
Criticism of the President(-elect) isn't very palatable. Especially since he can't be blamed for anything, not yet. Loyalty is preferred, even if the contest winner wasn't preferred.

But I'm so sick of hearing that he's black. Of course he's black. I'm sick of hearing that this moment is historic. Every election is historic. I'm sick of hearing of the first this, the first that. I guess it's easier then reporting that this is the last time this or that will ever happen, eh?
raptavio wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yet professional morons like Rush Limbaugh try to pin the rose of this recession on Obama's lapel, even now.

It never ends.
seldearslj wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
professional morons like Rush Limbaugh try to pin the rose of this recession on Obama's lapel, even now.


...seriously? They're all going on about how the man's a one-term senator who's never made a political difference on his life, and this recession is his fault?

Mr. Limbaugh, don't be an idiot. You only end up kicking yourself in the ass one way and in the balls the other.
raptavio wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
polarisdib wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Mr. Limbaugh has "kicked himself in the ass" various times, and "in the balls" others, and it has never affected his standing or credibility for his listeners. Remember the whole pill-addiction thing? Nothing came of it. Stopping political commentators like Limbaugh and Coulter and the like is like stopping WWE: you're asking a large mass of entertainment-led Americans with no lives and nothing productive to do but get worked up over adrenaline (in WWE's case, steroidal, in Limbaugh's case, political) for pure, mindless emotional catharsis. Limbaugh and his listeners do not matter, have never mattered, and never will matter.

celtickath wrote:
Nov. 18th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
They don't matter to most of us "enlightened" ones ;o
Just as some people claim that negative campaigning doesn't work, but it DOES plant seeds of doubt. What concerns me even more than narrow-minded folk like Hannity, RL, Ann C., idiots-R-us, etc. is the idea that many liberals want to make all air time give equal time to various opinions. Don't try to shut down the Talk Radio Right, don't let them have that power over you!!! Freedom of speech belongs to everyone, no matter how misguided we may think them to be.
realcashgifter wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah i know
everyone follows the crowd :)
princess2000204 wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
I'm still hearing the bitterness even though it's over week since the election!! Not to mention the constant rehashing of things that have been said and done.

Gotta love the people who just can't take to losing something quietly.
___sixtilsunday wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Not really. As an African American living in one of the few blue sections of deep south Texas, no. It may seem that the Republican party is accepting the results in the media (for the most part) there are still proud Republicans and some Democrats in Texas who are livid. I think I've heard more 'n-word' and lynching jokes about Obama than I've heard during the election race. No the bitterness is not going away, at least not quickly.
pariskan wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Politicians know that that all's fair in love and war, and a political campaign is certainly war. I doubt any of the candidates actually hold any hard feelings about the insults, biting remarks and outright lies that were spread against them; they each did plenty of mudslinging.

Now, if only the rest of us could realize that...

We take ourselves, the Electorate, way too seriously.
seldearslj wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Suddenly they all like Obama, so even Republican spokesmen are saying things like: "This great and truly memorable moment shows what a wonderful country we are.

Really? The only people I'm seeing saying this are the politicians, who have to say nice things about him - he's going to be the man sitting in the Oval Office for the next four years! It's Essential Political Ass-Covering 101.

Everywhere online, the only comments I've seen from Republicans about Obama have been sneers at his choice of Sec of State, and that financial cabinet thingy, how he's not about change at all, and mocking any verbal missteps that he's made in the last seven days.

The person mocking the verbal misstep is a friend of mine, and has been for the last seven years. However, I note that not once did she comment on Bush's verbal gaffes. Right now, I'm hoping this doesn't continue for the next four years.
polarisdib wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Pleaseee... one problem with freedom of speech is noise. From my perspective, most people were happy with Obama regardless political stance. The ones that were calling him "sleazy Marxist terrorist dirty Muslim atheist thieving anti-American Arab anarchist lying cowardly darky" were usually the same people that are STILL calling him that, buying themselves some guns, going back to their small, insular communities with no global perspective, and living lives that largely do not affect the majority of the United States. Any political commentators who spoke like that during the election was just trying to get some press. It's all about attention-seeking when you have nothing to say. It happens every election and its not always worth taking seriously because all they want is attention. As long as they're not threatening to kill Obama, destroy buildings, rebuild the Confederate Army, massacre people who voted for him, or otherwise, I don't see why we have to care.

bossiballs wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Forgotten, but not gone.
Hiya Mark.

Its all down the mountain from here on guys.

The Baboons will chatter for a while.
a_stud wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Here to stay
There is nothing that is going to change the fact that Obama will be the president next January. I personally was a supporter of McCain, but believe Obama will do a superb job. Everyone needs to come together and accept the fact that Obama is here to stay. We need to unite as a country and put all the distractions aside.
ysabetwordsmith wrote:
Nov. 12th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
Forget, no; work to get past, yes. I'm delighted that Obama won, and I hope he survives his term. I've done what I can to encourage cooperation between liberals and conservatives. Obama is skilled at getting people to work together, so there's some chance of success.
fzun wrote:
Nov. 13th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
I have a classmate who was a diehard McCain fan. Now whenever we tlak about Obama in government he refers to him as "president hussein"

So no, not going to forget this very quickly.
absurdhero wrote:
Nov. 13th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
It's intriguing, and a bit patronizing, to see how so many people who did not support Barack Obama called his win "historic" and projecting their newfound pride in the man who only days earlier they were calling a mysterious socialist, or giving audience to those who did.

Even the McCarthyesque U.S. Representative Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, who astoundingly achieved reelection after calling for reporters to do an "exposé" to find out which members of Congress were "anti-American," was running her mouth about how "we" had "sent a tremendous signal" when we elected Obama president.

There was also a sense of a sudden realization by many in the media that Barack Obama was, in fact, black. and they thus proceeded to celebrate the fact that you could use the word black together with president and not just be talking about TV and movies anymore. While I do admit that this is a dramatic milestone in American history, as a voter who would have gone for Obama even if his skin was green, the sudden attention to that particular detail seems too little, too late, and disingenuous.

Maybe I'm too partisan, but I can't follow the logic of those who get starry-eyed about the brilliance of the Obama win on November 5th, but weren't there to support him on November 3rd. It's kind of like being happy that the next door neighbor is getting a pool because you know you're going to be able to swim in it.
princekermit wrote:
Nov. 13th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Well, eight years ago when Bush... became president, Conservatives were quick to jump on Liberals saying that "the election is over, you need to support the President." Perhaps the shoe is on the other foot now.

I enjoyed Bill Maher's commentary about how what he doesn't want to see over the next few years are Republicans jumping up and down every time Obama slips up. How can anyone complain about disrespect for the rule of law when the outgoing administration issued more signing statements circumventing established law than any other president in history?
hallyluia wrote:
Nov. 13th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
United We Stand
"Oh they've all changed now. Suddenly they all like Obama..."

False conclusion. We don't all have to "like" him to respect him and accept that he is our president.

I didn't vote for him, and I still question and even disagree with his promises and plans, but I do recognize the historic significance of his candidacy and soon to be presidency.

Fiercely campaigning for the candidate we feel will be best for America is our duty. Exaggerated views of what his opponents thought of him is not helpful in trying to understand Americans.

We support our new commander in chief regardless of whether our candidate won or lost. That's American.

I voted based on character and policy issues. I still disagree with his plans for America, but am hopeful that he will be a better president than I envisioned. Nearly half the country supported McCain. As a country we don't let that divide us. Win or lose in an election, we respect the validity of our election system and will support our new president.
hallyluia wrote:
Nov. 13th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Mark Steel
....... THIS is the journalist you pick to represent some kind of balanced political views on LJ?

Mark Steel's attempt at comedy:
"Then she (Sarah Palin) accused him of having an illegal aunt and he, being petty, took no notice. If she'd been allowed to run her own campaign, she'd have appeared on CNN skipping with a friend and chanting, "Barack Obama smells like a llama, There's one worse smell and that's Michelle." Obama would have responded with, "I have no comment to make on the skipping rhyme," and she'd say, "There you are – we're all as petty as each other."

LJ, you have really hit a low picking these guys for your campaign coverage.
biomaton wrote:
Nov. 13th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Mark Steel

This has been nothing but a bunch of circle jerking by Obama supporters.
randy_68 wrote:
Nov. 14th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Mark Steel
And they left a big ole puddle the night of the 4th.
navygrlf14 wrote:
Nov. 13th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
I still think Obama is a sleazy Marxist terrorist lying and cowardly man. =]
reality_hammer wrote:
Nov. 13th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Wait, someone is whining that the Republicans are losing graciously?


I thought that someone might be more interested in the fact that Obama has declared he's going to use executive orders to roll back anything Bush has ever done.
crystalstarr wrote:
Nov. 14th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
I still have to listen to a few people Whine about it. A few have let go and decided to stick to their word and be "patriotic" instead of buying GOP talking point lies.
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