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remember a bit over a year ago when I said how much I was looking forward to being disappointed in obama?

well, mission accomplished.

I had a minor epiphany on Thursday though, which was that as annoyed as I am with his...well...basically being the centrist corporate stooge that I've thought he was from the get-go, if we were dealing with president mccain right now instead of president obama, the current debate in the senate wouldn't be about health care - it would be about whether to annex peru. so, like, things could be worse. at least the fights were having are the fights we should be having - even if they aren't going terribly well.

I realize that Centrist Corporate Stooge vs. Insane Corporate Stooge is a false binary and that there is a limitless range of other options, some of the better of which involve retraining oligarchs to be responsible members of society.

but the best rationale I could ever come up with for obama was "he'll get us all killed a little slower than the other guy".

and that seems to be working out just fine.

Date: 2009-12-20 03:58 am (UTC)
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Yep. A paper-thin deal in Copenhagen, a pro-war speech in Oslo (much as I did enjoy the spectacle of Sarah Palin having to say she liked it), a health care bill that might make things a little better if the avalanche of compromises nobody's even read through don't make it worse. For sure the "you must write two checks and advertise the fact that you're getting an abortion plan" deal is much worse.

Date: 2009-12-20 04:04 am (UTC)
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Of course, the usual excuses apply on domestic policy. Every President runs on domestic policy and then discovers (or already knows) that he doesn't make domestic policy, Congress does, and Congress is a bunch of assclowns. Then they run around showing off around the globe. Obama's version of that is a hell of a lot more constructive than his predecessor's. I might even be putting the apostrophe in the wrong place there.


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