Luckily for us, you no longer have anybody on your side, except maybe the Great Fuzzball, who’s willing to stand athwart history, yelling stop. Thank Gaia for the “useful idiots” like David Brooks, the very embodiment of the term “milquetoast conservative”; Newt Gingrich, so caught up in his own pomposity that he’s no longer capable of a rational thought that doesn’t begin with the word “I”; and even crazy old McCain-Feingold himself, who told Republicans they had nothing to fear from an Obama presidency. Well, that was then and this is post January 20, so be afraid. Be very afraid.
President Obama’s promise to have no lobbyists in his administration? No longer operative! No earmarks in the budget — hah! And so what if some of them even have his name on them? The third Emanuel brother, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, now advising Obama on health care, while Rahmbo gatekeeps at the White House and Ari keeps tabs on Hollywood? All in the family!
”You know, Billy, we blew it,” says Captain America (Peter Fonda) to Dennis Hopper at the end of Easy Rider. And so you did. You had both houses of Congress, the presidency, and a majority of the governorships, and — thanks to the Honorable Campaign, the Gang of 14, and “power-sharing” in the House — you blew it. You can bet we won’t be making that mistake. Nancy Pelosi has marginalized the House Republicans to the point of irrelevancy, and now comes word that the administration may consider using a procedural maneuver in the Senate to pass universal health care, put Marx and Engels on the currency, and mandate the singing of “The Internationale” in schools in lieu of the Pledge of Allegiance with just 50 votes. You should have nuked us when you had the chance.
So — Chance the Gardener in Being There or the Manchurian Candidate? At this point it doesn’t really matter, does it, because how could you tell the difference? In the meantime, I’m working on Mission to Moscow III: This Time, It’s for Keeps. – David Kahane no longer believes that dissent is the highest form of patriotism. Feel free to disagree with him at email@example.com, at least until the Fairness Doctrine comes back.