Thursday, February 5, 2009

The "Yes We Can" Movement Gets Sudden Reality Check!

As much as I appreciate passion and politics, the "yes we can" movement honestly made me a bit uncomfortable during the last year. OK -- very uncomfortable. To me, the movement (distinct from its leader), displayed a very naive understanding of the dynamics and complexity of true political change. In a very short time, however, it appears that Washington, DC -- the bastion of status quo preservation -- is delivering healthy and much needed reality checks to "pie in the sky" members of the cult of change. What are the signs?

* The withdrawal of Tom Daschle, one of Obama's chief supporters.

* The Republicans controlling much of the debate on the stimulus package - despite being heavily outnumbered in Congress and highly unpopular, according to most opinion polls.

* The vast majority of the public not supporting the stimulus in its current form (though it's the form largely advocated by the president).

* Obama will employ a kinder, gentler "rendition" program (also known as governmental kidnapping).

* And perhaps the most probative evidence comes from Maureen Dowd. Dowd, who for the last year has been stridently anti-Clinton and effusively pro-Obama, has finally employed her spiteful and acidic writing style to analyze the president. Here's a short quote from her latest smarmy essay:
It took Daschle’s resignation to shake the president out of his arrogant attitude that his charmed circle doesn’t have to abide by the lofty standards he lectured the rest of us about for two years.

Before he recanted, his hand forced by a cascade of appointees who “forgot” to pay taxes, his reasoning was creeping perilously close to that of the outgoing leaders he denounced in his Inaugural Address: that elitist mentality of “we know best,” we know we’re doing the “right” thing for the country, so we can twist the rules.

Mr. Obama’s errors on the helter-skelter stimulus package were also self-induced. He should put down those Lincoln books and order “Dave” from Netflix.

She's baaaack. Dowd's decision to use her chainsaw writing style has upset some Obama supporters. Michael Stickings at The Moderate Voice, for example, says that Dowd has become "unreadable," and he longs for the days when she was "exposing Bushworld as the bubble of darkness it was." Dissenting Justice to Stickings: Dowd's demise started long before The King of Hope entered the White House.


Anonymous said...

Maureen Dowd has become a total hack.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Well, I don't think Dowd has been original since she gave us "metrosexual" -- and I am not sure she was the original source of the term.

Anonymous said...

"To me, the movement (distinct from its leader), displayed a very naive understanding of the dynamics and complexity of true political change."

Why not think equally badly of the leader? He not only served up the Kool-Aid but mixed the concoction in his Chicago kitchen. It’s all part of the same deceitful package. He sent his minions out to accuse HRC of being racist when he, in fact, does not believe or care if they are racists – but was willing to use the accusation to play on the CDS of the boyz and grls?

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Nick Name -- read the quote again. I said the movement - distinct from its leader - was naive about political change. Obama did a remarkable job of playing politics to get elected. ON that front, I have been critical of Obama on many issues. I am nonpartisan.

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