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Disappointed Charlie Pierce Is Disappointed

I feel your pain, dude:

[I]t is becoming increasingly plain that the man is not up to the most important job he was elected to do–which is to wring the accumulated viciousness, ignorance, and hackery of the past eight years out of the various parts of the United States government–and to do it brutally, if necessary, which it is. One of our two major political parties has completely lost its mind. This should be a political issue. It is incumbent upon the other party to eliminate that party’s influence until it purges itself and comes to its senses again. It also scarcely needs to be said that the sane party has to watch its own ranks for people who seem to be enabling and abetting the goals of the crazy party. Otherwise, as Ezra Klein memorably put it this week, every attempt at bipartisanship winds up as “a hostage negotiation.” President Obama… not only seems unequal to this task, he doesn’t even seem to recognize the task at all. He wasn’t elected to change the tone, dammit. He was elected to change everything because everything needed to be changed. So it’s a hard goddamn job. So what? He didn’t know this coming in? Now we’re going to feed 34,000 more American kids into the meat grinder in Afghanistan because we’re America and we can do anything we set our minds to? Hell, we can’t even keep our own citizens alive by breaking the power of the health-insurance industry. We can’t right our economy because it’s still in the hands of Wall Street grifters, and the government has fallen into the thrall of a bunch of banker-morons I wouldn’t trust with a potato gun. Some people needed to be crushed politically. Some people needed to go to jail. Some people needed to be exiled forever from the serious business of self-government. It’s Black Friday, and I’m shopping for another candidate. I’m beating the rush.

I don’t think anyone seriously expected Barack Obama to be crushing people beneath an iron boot, no matter how deserving they might be.  Hillary certainly would have been a little tougher and a lot more motivated, but ultimately I don’t think she would have done a whole lot more than Obama has, either on accountability or financial reform.  She’d probably be stronger on healthcare reform, but she would also be facing an opposition that would be waving the failure of “Hillarycare” in her face every single minute of the day.

I still believe that Obama’s charisma and eloquence better equipped him to lead this country out of the Republican darkness – unfortunately, as I also feared, he appears to have very little stomach for actually doing so.

4 comments November 27th, 2009 at 09:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Torrey Pines Scenic Bench Photoblogging

Inviting, no?

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November 27th, 2009 at 11:16am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Friday Quote & Hamster Blogging

This week’s quote is from Guilty As Charged, starring Rod Steiger as a vigilante with an electric chair in his basement.  Also Isaac Hayes, Lauren Hutton, and a young Heather Graham.

You see, in my eyes, the state should televise the electrocutions, they should be on Saturday mornings, they should be with the Smurfs, and the Muppets. And then even, even the small children would understand, that the wages of sin is death.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s dwarf hamsters…

So cute.

2 comments November 27th, 2009 at 07:16am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

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