Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

By W.B. Dunne

The News Pauper returns from his travels in the real world.

The “news” is full of the items that perpetuate the status quo of hyperbole over content.

It is the humble NP’s desire to avoid dissipating my meager energies responding to the daily outrage in deference to observing the larger trends that indicate the way the future will be. The following is a commentary that no doubt will go against the grain of the latest strident outcry over Obama’s moves in office.

I support Obama because he is in fact playing a long game that has already begun to bear fruit. Namely, look how we as a public are digesting real information again … even the Foxers can’t escape discussing the reality of the disparity in the wealth people hold in this country while the tax cut debate proceeds.

Fox News and the media at large are cornered into presenting facts, although skewed, in the story about WikiLeaks. The list goes on as you, dear reader, already know. It isn’t my intention to repeat the litany of which you are completely aware.

The cries on the left of betrayal by Obama are good for the discourse in the regard that the right is compelled to gloat publicly, drawing a huge amount of attention to the policies in question. Obama is wise, and far from weak…how else would he be able to commit to such a course?

He knows what is necessary to turn the ship of state.

The energy he is creating on the left by pretending to cater to the right will be a force that shows the tea party for what it is; a shell. The right is forced into an impossible position of supporting the devil himself to get their agenda enacted, and I can point out several examples of this dynamic already happening in the tax cut story.

I suspect the grown-ups on the right are aware of the rope-a-dope and cannot get their sluggers from expending the strength they will need to go the long rounds. The sheer joy they get from pounding on the ‘Magic Negro’ will ebb and I predict the brother will have the fight in him when that time comes.

His own party is openly defying the White House, making it appear that the president is losing ground. That’s okay, the country is benefitting from the exposure of the issues this confrontation engenders.

It is getting good folks, the coming season will wreak havoc on the right. Your humble NP enjoys the prospect of the contortions they will endure when they attempt to deal with the popularity of Obama’s tack in their own ranks.

To my friends on the left, my fellow travelers, I insist you take these thoughts into account and correct my shortcomings if you detect any.

© 2010 WB Dunne. All Rights Reserved.


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RS Janes
13 years ago

I’ve thought of that, WB — this is a subtle strategy by Obama to get both progressives and the lame-ass Dems in Congress fired up, even if it’s against him, and then he’ll try and turn that anger on the GOP, all the while exposing to the public at large just how ruthless, crass, cruel, and in the pocket of Big Money the Republicans really are: “Tax cuts for the rich uber alles!” I hope that’s the case — I want Obama and the country to succeed and I don’t feel good calling him out on his shortcomings. But I still think it’s past time for him to come out of his rope-a-dope crouch and start throwing some punches at the GOP occasionally — he’s taking such a beating he may slip beyond the point of no return, and he’s dangerously close now. All we can do is keep pushing and see what happens.

Ken Carman
13 years ago

“Rope a dope?”

Will fight back?

Make fools of them?

Expose the shell?

For two years: wait.

And I believe I shall continue to do so. But I certainly won’t “do so” with a cult-ish smile on my face. And I shall certainly rant as I see fit. Unfortunately I expect in 2012 to still be waiting. But after that, if I am, the waiting will probably be over. Won’t it President Palin?

RS Janes
13 years ago

I changed my mind on Palin — I think she’s been so over-exposed, and she has so little to offer, that by 2012 most of the country will be sick to death of her and her family. She might win in Iowa, and then the GOP Money Machine, and its Media Echo Chamber, will start really cranking against her and she’ll end up another Pat Robertson or Mike Huckabee, favored by the Christopublican nuts but few others, and not a viable candidate against Obama. Of course, the GOP Elite may simply buy her off to stay out of the primaries; Saree just loves her some money, you betcha.

Ken Carman
13 years ago

Hope you’re right. (How many times have I responded in that way to you? Hmmm, guess Mr. Glass Half Empty: Me, will have to find some other phrase.)

During Clinton I remembering hearing presidential wannabe, little George, making occasional comments. “No one will vote for this guy,” I remember thinking. I thought his ideas were idiotic, half thought out at best, and had all the class of the kid who blows his nose all over the teacher. Instead he got close enough to pretend he was the teacher. I still think of him as that nose blow guy, and that has nothing to do with his cocaine issues. My respect for Palin may be slightly lower, maybe the same: certainly not higher.

After 8 years, two years later, they gave part of Congress back to Bush clones.

So my logic circuits are a bit fried. I’m thinking now anything can happen as long as the corporate run pols think they can get away with it. If not, they just wait until they are able to get away with it anyway: not be too damn obvious. Hence 2008.

RS Janes
13 years ago

My track record on being right on such things has a few potholes. In 1999 I saw George the Lamer give a speech on C-Span, shortly after he announced he was running for president. He looked like an 8-year-old speaking to a group of adults; he was nervous, his voice was shaky, some of his facial expressions were inappropriate, and he read from cards with his eyes down. At the time I thought there was no way this goof was ever going to get the GOP nomination, so there you go. Of course, the Texas Dauphin didn’t offend the GOP Elite as Palin does, so there’s that.

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