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Sunday- Little Bessy’s Fever’s a-breakin’

What happened yesterday?! Holy Hemiola, I thought we were goners and we were crossing to the other side where all the children were playing in the fields with the lambs. Ahhh, he was going to lead us to that promised land, the angels was a-comin’ for us. “Kiss me mother, kiss your daughter, lay your hands upon my brow, while I’ll soon be with the angels, fate has doomed my future now”

Somehow, overnight, the fever seems to have been broken.

No way.


Take a look at some of these remarkable developments:

  • Ok, I have to admit I haven’t watched SNL in decades but they seem to have recovered their talent for recognizing the absurd. And there hasn’t been anything so absurd as the pornographic nipple massage that the media as performed on the country for Obama’s benefit. Sometimes a fever feels so damn good. Well, I hope they have a video of this somewhere but it looks like the writers had a field day with this. Take home message: “Bitch is the new black!” Amen, sister. In the meantime, HuffPo has some of the juicy details.
  • Then there was the sister doing it for herself. Hillary hit the proverbial roof over the new fliers from the Obama campaign that are circulating in Ohio. One misquotes and mischaracterizes her support of NAFTA. The other is a “Harry and Louise” type flyer dissing her health care plan. And the thing I like most about this video is that she nails him on something that is Democratic: Universal Healthcare through Shared Responsibility is a Core Democratic Value. That’s the take home message, folks. We know that Republicans are all about free market forces. We know that Republicans are all about “you are on your own, it’s YOUR responsibility if you get sick”. Now, if that’s what you want, vote for a Republican. But if you’re sick of that $*(#, then you want to vote for a Democrat and Obama ain’t it. Hillary is. See the video.
  • Hillary goes to the Black State of the Union and Obama- doesn’t? Hunh? Ohhh, I get it. Those black folks are already in Obama’s pocket. They’re going to vote for him but he doubts that they will vote for her. Yep, put that constituency in the “sucker* column and move on to get some of those tasty libertarians. The more I see of Obama, the more I’m convinced that he’s really just the typical middle aged white guy who is passing for black. So, while it was OK for Barry to aggressively court the AA vote in SC and alienate Hillary from a favorably disposed constituency, it’s *not* Ok to be so publically associated with Black leaders so as to be considered one of them. Is that how it goes? You don’t want to alienate your white middle class libertarian voter in Ohio by sitting next to Jesse Jackson on stage? No? Well that’s what it looks like to me, but then, what do I know. I’m just one of those stupid uneducated women who happens to be your age but older than you. For all of the talk of change, it sure seems like the same old stereotypical race and gender stuff. But I digress. The male Democratic hereditary power brokers will just assume that the Democratic women and AA’s will just suck it up ‘cos where else are we going to go? Well, I’m so glad she went. The next president has to be the president for everyone and she never gave up on them in the first place. Everyone has options, Barry, even the people you thought you had. We could leave you out there in the cold, all alone in the months leading up to the fall elections and let the $250M GOP attack machine take a whack at you. One of the dumbest things Obama has let his campaign do is alienate him from the very people he needs support from in November- Democrats. If he wins the nomination, he’s going to have to work twice as hard. He’ll have to go after the independents and Republicans who are going to abandon him for McCain AND the Democratic base who has been torn apart by his reckless campaign tactics. What brilliant Massachusetts fuckups dreamt this strategy up? And why the hell are we letting them get away with it? Anyway, Hillary showed more courage, strength and grace under pressure. Check for Hillary. Stupid move on Barry’s part. Remember, NOLA is just over the border from Texas and a huge AA population for Obama- Houston. Don’t think they won’t notice.

Now, I wonder if we will suffer a relapse or will we continue to recover? SNL is going to comment on absurdity so if the Clintonistas start producing silly season stuff, expect the ridicule to be dispensed in equal measures. But I think we can say that the worst is probably over. There’s still an infection but the delirium has passed.

If you see any other evidence that the fever has broken, add it to the comments.

One other thing:  If it turns out that Hillary can turn this thing around, the GOP-media complex will never again have the power to control the narrative.  Oh, yeah, they’ll still be a force to be reckoned with but their perception management techniques will have reached their limits.  Pray, pray hard and work even harder to make it happen.

18 Responses

  1. Just some links that may contribute to the idea that the fever is breaking.

    I actually had chills last night, but awoke refreshed and renewed this AM. Go Hillary!!!!

  2. Sha: That last link was very revealing. Thanks for the visual. In a minute, I’m going to post something that you’ve probably already noticed but is even more startling when you see it side-by-side.

  3. Obama’s non-appearance in New Orleans may have been his passive-aggressive version of a Sister Souljah moment … avoiding not the politically polished and supportive Jesse Jackson, but the edgy and uncompromising Dick Gregory.

  4. Riverdaughter,

    Hi. I’m new here and grateful for your site.

    I am wondering about the possibility of someone organizing a mass response to the DNC from those of us who feel so disenfranchised and angry at the supposed ‘progressive’ party who engaged in so much race-baiting and sexism in their zeal to annoint one candidate and destroy another.

    What if a million of us could be convinced to quit the Democratic Party all at once in mass protest via a petition or announcement or something? Is this just a crazy idea?

  5. Molly: It is not a crazy idea. We just have to think of the one response that will get the message through most effectively. In the meantime, I’m betting that the DNC is starting to get the idea that some of us are a little bit pissed off.
    So, let’s brainstorm for a few days so that it has maximum impact.

  6. riverdaughter, you are on fire today!

  7. molly: I’m changing my registration to independent. If there’s a group effort to make a statement, let me know so I can be a part of it.

    I tried to make a statement with moveon and The Nation when I unsubscribed and cancelled my subscription with their endorsements of Obama. I wonder how many moveon people left?

  8. ronk: Thanks to that reference to Dick Gregory. I only know him by name. I don’t know much about him but I’ll see if I can track down any clips on Youtube. Can you expand on your comparison for the unenlightened?

  9. I think that Obama was adverse to being photographed with some of the people there.
    Or, he doesnt like that Smiley is pretty fair to the Clintons.

    I love Tavis.

  10. ShaShaMae:

    Yes, I personally know around 20-30 people just among my own friends and colleagues who are planning to divorce the democratic party. So there must be many many more out there. It just started me thinking that it could be a very powerful statement if we coordinated and did it en masse as a gigantic protest statement. Maybe then we could finally shake up some of the blatant denial that is going on about the sexism and race-baiting – that these are not allowed under a progressive party platform I mean.


  11. Molly – I thought it was the indies who were winning this thing for Obama. How do you punish the Dems for that? I do think we need to lock down some of the rules in the different states for primaries, but too late now. Cracking the party means the GOP wins. That would be foolish, imo.

  12. Judith – I hear what you’re saying, but I just don’t want to be associated with democrats anymore. Their brand now stands for something I don’t want to be a part of anymore – win by any means necessary. I see no different between right-wingers and left-wingers when left-wingers use and/or tolerate race-baiting, smear campaigns, and sexism. The savaging of Hillary by any means necessary has just been the turning point for me personally. And I guess I don’t care anymore if the GOP wins — if that’s what it takes to get people to understand that bullying and discrimination is not OK in any party.


  13. Molly: I don’t want to divorce myself from the Democratic party. Instead, I want the party to become more like a DEMOCRATIC party. I want to come out and say what it is, not pretend it is something else. So, we shouldn’t abaondon it, we should take it over. Now, let’s think about how we can take it over and throw Howard Dean out. Because, let’s face it, he let this primary season spiral out of control. We need to be actively promoting someone who will get our shit back together.

  14. Molly, running away and letting the GOP win is not an option for me.

  15. Molly – and your anger would more appropriately be directed at the media – the ones who air what they want. I am tired of people saying “oooh, did you hear what so and so said?” Turn off the teevee – punish them by making their ratings drop. That is the way to win!

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