Disappointed Charlie Pierce Is Disappointed

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

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.

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

4 Comments

  • 1. Cujo359  |  November 28th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    My own hypothesis that Obama is a con artist who isn’t really that interested in changing anything still seems the better explanation. In any case, it doesn’t matter very much – either way, he’s not going to do what has to be done to make the country better.

  • 2. Cujo359  |  November 28th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Actually, on second thought, it matters to this extent – if he’s a con artist, then making it in his interests to do the right thing will be an effective strategy.

  • 3. Eli  |  November 28th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    A lot harder to put pressure on a president than a congresscritter, tho.

    I think it’s a pretty good bet that he’s going to get a lot less enthusiastic support from the grassroots in 2012, but I don’t think he cares.

  • 4. Cujo359  |  November 29th, 2009 at 4:01 am

    True. The obvious follow-up question to my second comment is “How do we make it in his interests to do something?” In the case of most issues, I haven’t a clue.


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