In case you didn’t know, because his campaign is trying to keep it low key and file early before anyone else notices, Obama is running for president in 2012. That gives me a second opportunity to not vote for him. I can hardly wait.
But where’s the fanfare? The snooty “nose in the air” stylized graphic portraits of “Yes, we can” Man? Why so hush-hush about the whole fol-de-rol? The LATimes has a theory. You’re going to love this:
Like other incumbents, Obama wants to avoid being viewed as a candidate for as long as possible to limit the scent of politics in his presidential maneuverings. He did not appear in the two-minute video that accompanied his emailed announcement, and he held no public events Monday. He did make an unannounced conference call to supporters in which he described himself as “a little older and a little wiser” than in 2008.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Obama was “not focused on elections” and that there would be “plenty of time well down the road for politics.”
OMG, isn’t that a hoot?? He doesn’t want to look like he’s playing politics. And he’s “a little older and wiser”. That would be an improvement over 2008 when he was inexperienced and over his head, not to mention shoved down our throats by a bunch of finance guys who wanted a weak president who would be their Yes Man. But, frankly, my dear, I don’t believe it. Obama doesn’t really like politics. He’s in love with the *idea* of politics. But real “down in the mud”, get in your face, LBJ style politics? That’s icky and makes him feel like he needs a shower.
I think that’s clear now to most Obots. Paul Krugman never was a Kool-Aid drinker but he’s been giving the guy a chance (more than he deserves, IMHO, after he cheated his way into the nomination). Even Paul seems exasperated these days.
But then there are the Grape flavored addled ones, like Kevin Drum, doing his best Britney Spears imitation of her unquestioning belief in George Bush. Arthur Silber has the low down on Kevin’s devotion and trust in Obama. Here’s Kevin leaving Libya in the hands of
So what should I think about this? If it had been my call, I wouldn’t have gone into Libya. But the reason I voted for Obama in 2008 is because I trust his judgment. And not in any merely abstract way, either: I mean that if he and I were in a room and disagreed about some issue on which I had any doubt at all, I’d literally trust his judgment over my own. I think he’s smarter than me, better informed, better able to understand the consequences of his actions, and more farsighted. I voted for him because I trust his judgment, and I still do.
No, Kevin, you didn’t vote for Obama because you trusted his judgement. You voted for him because his campaign made you think you were smarter, cooler and more connected to the political zeitgeist than you actually are. To be honest, I have never been impressed by Kevin Drum so it could be the case that Obama is smarter, better informed, better to…oh, don’t make me repeat the nauseating drivel. Obama is none of those things. He is just what I said he was: a corporate ladder climber, a schmoozer, a guy who wants the corner office just so he can have the corner office. The responsibilities that come with that office are secondary concerns. Or tertiary. Or quantenary. Right after winning the MacArthur Genius grant, an Academy Award and Woman of the Year. Voters are such whiners. They need to learn personal responsibility. Michelle, where is that bowl of homemade, sugar free, organic, macrobiotic granola you’ve been growing in the front lawn as an example of what working mothers everywhere should be cultivating for their children in their copious free time?
Anyway, I’m getting off track. Let the campaign season commence! Obama and his droogs are no doubt commandeering the social media outlets as. we. speak. to convince us that whatever it is we thought we wanted from him that he failed to deliver was some unreasonable expectation on our part and that we are too demanding or something. His guys (and they HAVE to be mostly guys) will spend the next 18 months trying to get us to vote for him and I will spend the next 18 months digging in my heels and demanding that he actually do something I like. Like get a real jobs program, rewrite his lame healthcare insurance bill, figure out a way to stop the crazy Republicans in their tracks. Yeah, right, dream on.
I’m voting Green or Socialist or Ladies Auxilliary or Player to be Named Later. Obama can save his breath. I haven’t listened to him since that clueless State of the Union address back in January. Yada-yada-yada.