Thursday, June 23, 2011
Gottcha Two Minutes of Hate Right Here
Perhaps this is a little too inside baseball, but there you have it. I've been drifting around and reading some of the sort of progressive sites. Although to be fair they may more properly be called democratic or anti-republican sites. Places like Balloon Juice and Tbogg at Firedoglake have provided some interesting commendatory, in the sense that crap is interesting, I guess.
Tbogg is straight forward: no matter how bad Obama is the other guy (whomever he or she may be) is so much worse that, you've just got to vote for Obama, and I guess work for him also. Not a position that I believe in, but at least one whose point of view I understand (perhaps because that was my position on Clinton, Gore, Kerry, and finally Obama in 2008). In fact Tbogg is very explicit in the cut off the nose to spite, etc., position.
But the posters on Balloon Juice are, to me at least, more interesting. Because they (or at least Mastermix and ABJ) have come out with the total and complete Two Minutes of Hate thing about Firedoglake and Hampsher in particular.. First accusing them of being in the pocket of republicans, second of being racist, third of being in it only for the money, and always of being liars whenever they attack Obama. Larded in there are arguments that FDLis also incompetent politically, so there too, but that isn't the important stuff. It is necessary to insist that FDL (and at other times Greenwald) are evil and that they are motivated by racism. If not just racism they are in the pay of the right wing, or both. Essentially, they simply do not deal with the merit of any arguments against Obama and his policies, they simply skip that and go directly to..........well as I said the Two Minutes of Hate.
Kind of sad really. I came to a conclusion after thinking about the Tbogg post for some time. I am not going to work for Obama and in all probability not vote for him either, but it doesn't seem worth while to seriously debate the True Believers (well except perhaps for my own entertainment). My position is that you go right ahead and you work your little heart out and then if he gets re-elected come and tell me how he couldn't do anything but gut Social Security and most of the other "safety nets" in our society. I will have the admittedly thin gruel of having been right.