Friday, March 7, 2008

Barack Bashing Begins

Barack Obama may be facing a media bash unlike he has ever experienced in his lifetime. It's not the kind that would greet him with platitudes and champagne, but more like a public hanging while being pelted with rusty beer cans, minus the beer. He could be hearing thunderous roars from collective voices not about "halleluiahs", but "hell to you, yes!". Gone will be the "Change You Can Believe In", and in its place will be "Change You Can Belie In".

Barack's rise has been phenomenal, and his surge since Super Tuesday has been hailed as a new wave of political savvy in its accomplishment at mobilizing the youth and generation X voters, who have long been disillusioned about politics and have abandoned participation in its murky environment. The media reacted in like manner and treated Barack in glowing terms, cautious not to dampen the enthusiasm of his multitude of young and idealistic followers. He became a political messiah in the eyes of the young, and the media followed by citing each statement made through rose colored glasses that seemed to describe a religious icon to be spoken of with reverence and awe.

The swords are out of their scabbards now. What will be forthcoming are stabs and slashes that will cut him down to size. The perception has changed from one with a halo mouthing words of wisdom, to one with a Mickey Mouse ear cap and bubble gum in his mouth. Like Judas said in the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, "You have set them all on fire, they think they've found the new messiah. And they'll hurt us if they think you've lied". Barack Obama should find a way to survive this brewing crucifixion. His fans in Kenya will always survive on the brewed beer fondly identified with him. But this one, he will have to drink from a cup of very bitter venom all by himself.

What brought this sudden shift is the fact that with all the hype and the rhetoric, he just couldn't defeat the resilient Hillary Clinton in the big states, despite having more states and a lead in delegate count. Doubts about his being electable have cropped up, and Clinton's fear tactic of a White House crisis call at 3 AM with the question "Who will answer that call?" proved to be effective. Worst of all, an Obama aide has assured Canada that Barack did not mean what he said about NAFTA. And the US media is now poised to scrutinize his stand and his statements with clinical, if not murderous intent.

His fashion statement in that Somali gown will only add fuel to the fire, together with his failure to put his right hand on his left chest during a flag ceremony when the Star Spangled Banner was being played. The trial of a racketeer ally in Chicago will definitely pollute his image of purity; also, his association with a self-confessed US terrorist through his Church won't help at all. His Muslim education and heritage will certainly raise volumes of theories about a conspiracy to hand over the United States to Al Qaeda.

Insights into the American mindset and behavior patterns could also be revealed. Their maturity or imbecility, depending on how this plays out, will surface for all its enemies to take advantage of. The saddest part is that the longer the Democrat selection takes, the uglier and dirtier it will become; and the Party may self-destruct and lose the election in November. It's time to step right up and get your tickets to the grandest circus in the world; and see the tragedy of what the so-called bastion of Democracy does to its future and ex-future leaders and messiahs.



Kevin said...

First, let me begin by saying people follow him not because they believe he is some messiah, though I know some people may take it to that extreme, but because he inspires people to stand up for what they believe.

On this last primary date, March 4, he did not win 3 states, but he did win Vermont, the 4th, and in a way, he even took the state of Texas because he won the Caucus and ended up with more delegates than Hillary out of the state because of it. Overall, Hillary managed to get a total of 4 more delegates than Barack, which is not even close to enough to slow his momentum. Those states were crucial for her to blow him out of the water, but she did not manage to do it. In fact, Barack made very significant gains in those states, coming from 20% behind to just 3% in Texas (primary only) and 10% in Ohio. If anything that shows that he can take votes from Hillary.

Also, if you have seen the news lately, the Canadian government did an investigation into that whole NAFTA situation and according to their reports, it was actually the Clinton campaign that said to take it with a grain of salt, not the Obama campaign. It was also the Clinton campaign that put out a "leak." The canadian government is looking into international law to see if any charges can be pursued. This was all released in the last few days.

Before throwing things at Obama, you may want to watch the upcoming results in the next few days for Wyoming and Mississipi, as I am quite sure that Obama is about to take those states as well, putting him even further ahead of Hillary, especially with this most recent news.

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Kevin,

I can see why you have reacted to this post in the manner that you did. I know that you are one of those inspired by Obama.

If you read the post objectively and unemotionally, I am saying what the media will do to him based on how they perceived him then, and how I expect them to see him now. This is based on the propensity of media to "scoop" and profit from either praising or bashing a person or entity. They are a very fickle lot. The first to praise you will also be the first to nail you, just like Judas.

All their projections and forecasts have been proven wrong, making them appear like worthless amateurs doing guesswork. Their reputations have been affected, and they want to take it back by stoning Barack. Now, they are primed to withdraw praises and throw dirt instead; this is evident in all the muck being raked about him. If you read the last paragraph of the post, you will see that my sentiments are against the media and all those fools who follow their lead.

A related post laments the fact that the Democrat primary is taking too long and may disintegrate the party, causing them to lose the election. Also, a more recent post talks about the difficulty of either candidate to manage the affairs of state if they continue with the ugly and nasty style of campaigning.

Reading all my posts on the Democrat side of politics, you will see that I have really not taken any side but merely responded objectively, sometimes sarcastically, to the candidates positions, campaign strategies and sound bytes.Thanks for the comment and the visit. --Durano, done!

I faved your other blog on technorati. I like your creations there. You're good!

Blogtommy said...

The media will do what it always does....They are as varied as varied gets....The bigger problem for Obama is the experienced politicians on the other side. He'd actually probably do better if he were trailing everywhere....ya know...we all like the underdog...The reality is he could win this thing outright and get out politicked in and around the convention...That would be enough for me to not vote. As a 2 time Bill voter, I acknowledge what he and crew can do...the problem is he was the underdog then...Now they're acting like republi....errrr...bullies...and I hate it.
As kevin discussed, the news now is that Clinton's camp is the ones who first contacted Canada re NAFTA. Who cares? It's dumb. Everyone loves to take shots at fallen giants. The US is a shadow of itself in record time thanks to the Bush regime..but I wouldn't want to take us on in any field if it came right down to it, and if we keep installing dictators ya just never know what they may eventually do...there are only so many in the world with the nuclear capabilities we have and I shudder to think what a few more elections like the last couple may produce. Obama's trying to be civil...The rest are playing politics as normal, and until the last 2-3 weeks, I was an undecided. Not now. Thanks to the media and whatever, I'm on board with our next President.


Kevin said...

Hehe, you are correct, you are rather neutral in your statements, I had just read some other posts by some other bloggers that were commenting much more directly and ignorantly than you were, so thanks for clearing that up and with a cheery attitude too. :)

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Tommy,

It's funny how in 2004, Bill Clinton said that "If one candidate scares you and the other makes you think. And if one candidate appeals to your fears while the other appeals to your hopes; then you better vote for the candidate that makes you think and hope". Isn't this the exact opposite of what the Clinton camp is doing, and the very thing that Barack Obama is achieving?

I believe that the Clinton's, after so many years in the White House, have somehow relinquished all their values and honor to the ways of the snake pit called Washington Style Governance.

Hillary is no underdog and Obama's inexperience with the wily ways of the Clinton Camp may make him lose the nomination. The impending media attack must not break him.

The point where the wretchedness to which the Clinton's have descended to is not very visible as yet. But it will come soon enough, and the Democrat base must see this before they make a final decision as to who will be their standard bearer.
--Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Again Kevin,

That's quite alright. I can understand the haste...perhaps you have been dropping Entrecards all over the blogosphere. :-)--Durano, done!

Anonymous said...

Sometimes I wonder about the bashing.
Are they sincere or are they meant to satisfy their opponent?
Bash, bash , bash and then kiss and make up just in time to unite with each other....hummmmmm?

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...


Your skepticism is all over your aura but you may have a point. It's like saying "better to bash each other than to be bashed by the opponent".

The bashing I refer to is the one expected from media, since they have treated Obama with kid gloves and wonderful write ups so far, now it seems that the gloves are off.

Obama and Hillary may continue to bash each other, but when the media is involved, it's a different ballgame altogether. Whether or not Obama can take it remains to be seen.

Thanks for dropping by. --Durano, done!

PollFan said...

Interestingly written piece, but it is worth noting that Obama is not a GenXer. As several major media outlets, incluidng the New York Times and Newsweek, have recently written that Obama is specifically a member of Generation Jones, born 1954-1965, between the Boomers and Xers. I'm also part of GenJones, and I'm more than ready to finally see one of my generational cohorts in a leadership position.

Blogtommy said...

In the sports analogy field, it's like this.....

Clinton and Obama are in the semi's fighting for the right to play the chum...err..championship game vs. Bush Jr.

I've had some spirited debate with my wife on this and stay with the idea that Hillary does well to compare herself to HITLER forgodsakes if it get's her to the final round....Not sure whey dems are so disheartened by the fact that it aint wrapped up in a pretty little bow. Sorry. It's been wrapped in such a package the last two times they lost. I still don't think it will matter, but I'm also not gonna get hung up on playing nice....

Let the bigger dog bark in the end.


durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Polfan,

Nice name, so tuned in to the political milieu. Welcome!

I know Obama is a baby boomer, so was Bill Clinton and so is Hillary; although the latter two are older. I believe the years cover 1946 to 1965.

One reason why Barack can attract the Gen X'ers is his rhetorical prowess that seem to ring a bell with those who have been disenchanted by politics and politicians.

It is apparent that the democratic race will go down the wire and these two candidates had better say something profound and new, otherwise they will both bore the electorate to death come November.
--Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Tommy,

Am I correct is assuming that you see this a battle between ferocious dogs?
Problem with this is, both could get so bloodied up with injuries that they would both fail to lick an old soldier who has the wile of a fox and is backed up by the Arizona chapter of the Mafia; through his father-in-law. This is according to a Libertarian blogger who goes by the name Becky C.

This woman is a Lawyer who used to work for the State Prosecutor's office. She should know. I don't know if the MSM will come out with this dirt in the near future. --Durano, done!

ZenDenizen said...

I've never heard of Generation Jones but I'm intrigued enough to read further.

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Zen,

First time I heard it too, this Generation Jones thing, and I simply assumed the historical period which bunch the baby boomers covers Obama too.

I hadn't realized that a portion of that bunch has been segmented to create another branch. Here's what Wikipedia says about it:

"Generation Jones is a term that describes people born between the years 1954 and 1964. U.S. social commentator Jonathan Pontell identified the existence of this generation and coined the term “Generation Jones” for it. Generation Jones has been referred to as a heretofore lost generation between the Baby boomers and Generation X, since prior to the popularization of Pontell’s theory, its members were included with either the Boomers or Xers. The connotations of the name “Generation Jones” include:

* a large, anonymous generation
* the slang term “jonesin,” which refers here to the unrequited craving felt by this generation of unfulfilled expectations

The term has been cited in the U.S.,[5] U.K.,[6] Western Europe,[7] Australia,[8] and New Zealand [9]. The birth years typically used in the U.S. are 1954-1965, but tend to vary slightly in other countries, usually starting no earlier than 1953, and ending no later than 1968.

In demographic terms, Generation Jones was part of the baby boom which ended in the early 1960s. However, the events stereotypically associated with generational discussion of Boomers, including protests over civil rights and the Vietnam war and the emergence of rock music took place while the members of Generation Jones were still children or early teenagers. Thus the early life experience of this group was more similar, in many respects, to that commonly imputed to Generation X."

That's it Zen, hope it helps your understanding. --Durano, done!

ZenDenizen said...

Durano, thank you for saving me the trouble. It really is a lost generation with no discernible traits.

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Zen,

It's lost alright, I didn't even know about it. I hope for their sake Barack Obama does not get lost in the snake pit of Washington. --Durano, done!