Obama also expressed impatience with his liberal supporters for not understanding the deep divisions in the country – and that overcoming them was not simply a matter of a better message.
“I will say that when it comes to some of– my supporters– part of it, I think, is– the belief that if I just communicated things better, that I’d be able to persuade– that half of the country that voted for John McCain that we were right and they were wrong.
“One of the things that I think is important for people to remember is that– you know, this country– doesn’t just agree with the New York Times editorial page. And, I can make some really good arguments– defending the Democratic position. And there are going to be some people who just don’t agree with me. And that’s okay.”
When I first read this, I thought perhaps “liberals” was in error and he meant “Blue Dogs.” Because I know many liberal Democrats.
And we’re definitely not saying he should have reached out to the McCain voters. After being called weaklings and quislings for opposing an immoral war, a war predicated on lies an deceit; after being called sluts and whores because we think our sisters, mothers, spouses, friends should control their own bodies and not corrupt preachers, priests, and prelates; after being told that we are not ‘real’ Americans…
…does Obama really think we believe we can convince these bozos…of anything?
A longtime reader and Democratic loyalist once told me his definition of change: “Now, it’s our turn to give them the business.” As I wrote about Todd Henderson, we do not come to win them over, but to defeat their inanity (and insanity too).
If there is anything I learned from growing up in Virginia, it is to be wary of the Cumbaya Fallacy:
That’s a foolish strategy, and it’s what I call the Kumbaya Fallacy. During the 80s and 90s, there was a popular revisionist version of the history of the Civil Rights movement that claimed that we all one day just realized that denying black people the vote and lynching was bad and that it needed to stop (i.e., we just held each others hands ’round the campfire and began singing Cumbaya).
Not exactly. The Civil Rights movement shamed enough people into forcing the end of segregation–often at the point of a federalized guardsman’s bayonet. If the Civil Rights movement had waited to convince the overwhelming majority of Americans of the justness of its cause, black people still wouldn’t be able to vote. There will always be those who don’t want to face reality, whether it be cynical self-interest, fear, or slavish devotion to a worldview. No mystical or mythical incantation of the right, focus-group tested, perfect phrase will alter this.
We were told we needed a Democratic House, sixty seats in the Senate, and a Democratic president. Well, we got that. And liberals were under no illusions that playing nice was necessary–we expected you to use these gifts and ram home some good legislation. Do you think we wanted to play nice with those assholes? Really?
We wanted action, not talk. Instead, your bipartisan fetish gave us post-partisan depression.
But, clearly, punching a Dirty Hippie in the Face is the appropriate response.