Liberal Marc Ambinder: Hey, Obama Should Get Lots of Credit for Using the Word "Ass" Publicly

Yesterday I was discussing liberals finding it very useful to knock Obama on style points, because if meaningless style is the only topic of discussion, the much more important question of Is Obama competent? is not under discussion -- by derailing the national discussion into meaningless blib-blab about appearances, they avoid the much more relevant -- and more deadly -- discussion of reality.

Looking back, I think I was wrong to state that this was "deliberate" and "by design." That's probably only half-true, or less than that. It may not be so much by design, as caused by the fact that liberals cannot even begin to question Obama's competency because they so completely assume it that questions about it simply cannot occur to them. Thus, having eliminated Obama's obvious real problem -- he's not doing a damn thing to fix the catastrophic Obamatrina, and unable to push his people into Red Alert mode -- they are forced to grasp at other explanations.

What they've come up with is that he's good enough at feigning emotion. Which is, of course, pretty much a compliment, because they're saying, basically, Obama is so honest he finds it demeaning and difficult to counterfeit some PR tears even when doing so would redound to his political benefit.

As Sherlock Holmes said, when you eliminate the impossible, then the remaining possibility, no matter how improbable, must be the solution. Since it is, to Obama supporters, impossible that he's failing in the polls because he's failing as a president, they cast about for improbable solutions.

Ah! It must be the case that he's actually a phenomenally successful president, but he's unable to communicate this to the moronic public, which is so intellectually stunted they can only evaluate presidential performance through soap-opera-level play-acted emoting.

This seems to explain (to them) Obama's declining poll numbers while, not coincidentally, reinforcing several of their most cherished beliefs:

1. Obama is the most honest man born of a human parent, and maybe more honest than Jesus too.

2. Obama is the most competent and brilliant man not named "Henry 'Indiana' Jones, Junior," and maybe better than him, too.

3. The public is a bunch of morons who cannot appreciate the wonders of progressivism simply because they're too stupid to do so.

4. Nothing needs to be changed about progressivism or their progressive president, except for some meaningless focus-group-tested catch-phrases and maybe a little faked anger.

Notice how comforting those fictions are. They permit progressives to continue saying their favorite words in the world -- I was right, I am right, I had always been right," as The Stranger said -- and thus to avoid any empirical evaluation of their key tenets of Faith.

Truth is a decent reason to believe in something. Psychological comfort is a far better and stronger reason to believe in something.

At any rate, this absurd discussion now enters a new phase. With some liberals making the removed-from-reality critique that Obama just isn't "emoting" enough, now comes the second wave, to argue that he is emoting just enough.

And while we're having this ridiculous debate about sub-trivialities,
we conveniently ignore the reality that a massive oil slick is poisoning the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida, and Obama hasn't done shit about except talk about it, and even on that score, he didn't talk about it much.

The American Prospect's Adam Serwer notes today, "One of the things I used to like about the president is that he always seemed indifferent to village demands that he acquiesce to whatever empty political gesture they wanted him to make."

Well, Serwer can relax.

President Obama did not conjure up the posterior metaphor on his own. He turned Matt Lauer's "butt" into an "ass," and his annoyance seemed to be more a consequence of Lauer's questions than of any effort to appear angry. Appearing angry and appearing engaged are two different things. The White House understands how anger can be appropriately channeled and employed, but at this point, they are eager for the public to see the president as engaged -- as problem solving.

If President Obama hadn't said "ass," then he'd be accused of not being angry enough. Because he did say "ass," he's accused of titrating his response to criticisms that he's not angry enough about the oil leak. The man cannot win.

Yes, Marc Ambinder, he can win -- he can do something about the oil slick.

Not just talk about it or "strike the right emotional notes," but actually do something about it, something tangible, something real, something with real-world impact.

That's how he "wins," dude. And that, I'm sad to report, is the only way he wins.

But liberals are determined to believe that Obama can "win," as he has his whole life, not by actually accomplishing anything but by giving a nice speech.

Hey, if we set the bar for success low enough, then even Obama might be able to clear it -- with some helpful cheerleading by his media Amen Corner, of course.

I've got an idea: Let's just say that whenever Obama uses the sentence "I am angry," he automatically is judged a success at whatever it is he's failed to accomplish.

Manufacturing Consent: I think Noam Chomskey hit upon this idea, and there's something to it.

Suppose there are five possible plausible public reactions to an event or initiative. A, B, C, D, and E, ranging from rightist to leftist, and A and E representing the extremes.

Media debate tends to package C and D -- C, a centristl reaction, and D, a left-center but still mainstream-ish reaction -- as the only two possible reactions, and debates the issue without reference to A, B, and E, as if they don't exist, or, if they do mention them, they are dismissed peremptorily as extremist and wack-a-doo and "not serious."

Thus, at the end of the day, the public does get to "choose"... but only from the two options the media has pre-screened as permissible, C and D. Thus, consent of the governed has been "manufactured" -- sure, the public chooses between C and D, but their choice was forced -- as a magician forces a card on you -- by a media that carefully insulated them from genuine consideration of A, B, and E.

(Now-- Chomsky certainly did not use this idea to argue for media bias from the left! Quite the opposite-- he claimed we were always discussing only two possibilities, like "full support for corporate power" and "90% support for corporate power;" he claimed the media biased the discussion towards two possibilities, one on the right, and one on the further right.

In other words -- he was annoyed that "E" wasn't under active discussion, which is to say, full-blown communism.

Of course it is abject nonsense that the media censors ideas on the left*-- but his theory makes perfect sense when you adjust it to say the two allowable modes of thought are center-left and a little-farther-left-than-center-left.)


So, that's what we have going on. We are allowed two permissible storylines -- Obama's not emoting enough, or Obama's emoting just enough -- and the MFM won't entertain other storylines, like, "This has nothing at all to do with emoting, but rather to do with reality and real-world achievements."


* To some extent, he is right: The media doesn't like talking about communists, and will swear on a stack of Bibles that, for example, Obama is not socialist at all, not even a little bit.

But they do that not to thwart communism, but because they, unlike true-believer Chomsky, understand that communism will not sell in America and if the liberal Democrats are seen to be in basic agreement with communists, or at least count them as allies, it will badly damage the center-left's ability to get its agenda into operation.

Like I Was Saying: Even Matt Lauer is incredulous at Obama's reasoning for not talking with BP's CEO.

"Captain Kick-Ass," all the young people are calling him now.


Posted by: Ace at 03:21 PM



Comments

1 LOL
I can't believe I used to call myself a liberal, these people are nuts.
The only time Obama should get lots of credit for using the word "ass" is if he is referring to himself.

Posted by: johnc_recent_EX-democrat at June 08, 2010 03:24 PM (ACkhT)

2 This topic kicks ass.

Posted by: sifty at June 08, 2010 03:25 PM (P5yVq)

3 yes but has he found the ass to kick yet?

a blueprint, a map and a flashlight are available for use.

Posted by: negentropy at June 08, 2010 03:26 PM (27KAF)

4 oh, and both hands

Posted by: negentropy at June 08, 2010 03:26 PM (27KAF)

5 Daddy, did you kick enough ass today?

Posted by: Malia at June 08, 2010 03:27 PM (ZAlaQ)

6 I'd like to remind everyone that Kick-Your-Ass Obama knows what a library is unlike that illiterate, knuckle dragger George W. Bush. I mean, really, all you need is love and the threat to kick someone's ass.

Posted by: Paul McCartney at June 08, 2010 03:28 PM (xxgag)

7 hehe..hehehe.hehe..hehe...... hey Beavis...... he said ass

Posted by: Butthead at June 08, 2010 03:28 PM (J5Hcw)

8 Although they both have to fight Nazis, Obama is greater than Indiana Jones, because Indiana Jones had to swim to the Nazi sub. Obama can just make the ocean recede below the sub.

Physics is/are racist.

Posted by: wooga at June 08, 2010 03:28 PM (2p0e3)

9 How is the "butching up" coming along, Daddy?

Posted by: Malia at June 08, 2010 03:29 PM (P5yVq)

10 The 'Bamster's moronic comments about finding out whose ass to kick is jsut another way of saying, "It's not my fault. I need a scape goat!"

Posted by: WalrusRex at June 08, 2010 03:29 PM (xxgag)

11 I refuse to discuss ass publicly.

Posted by: Will Folks at June 08, 2010 03:29 PM (5aa4z)

12 I hate crude oil. It smells like ass.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at June 08, 2010 03:30 PM (E4Pj8)

13 "One of the things I used to like about the president is that he always
seemed indifferent to village demands that he acquiesce to whatever
empty political gesture they wanted him to make."

The porkulus was one big empty political gesture to whiny villager demands for free shit...

Posted by: HeatherRadish, Häßlich-Amerikaner at June 08, 2010 03:30 PM (mR7mk)

14 If you can't do it, you can always talk about doing it.

Posted by: 48%er at June 08, 2010 03:31 PM (OThQg)

15 3. The public is a bunch of morons who cannot appreciate the wonders of
progressivism simply because they're too stupid to do so.

Witness the sweaty denials of reality whenever certain polls, like the WSJ today, come out showing that progressives are retarded when it comes to fundamental economics (or civics, history, etc).

Posted by: wooga at June 08, 2010 03:31 PM (2p0e3)

16 Excuse me. I'd like to "ass" you a few questions.....

Posted by: Ace Ventura at June 08, 2010 03:32 PM (E4Pj8)

17 This president is asstastic!

Posted by: Andy Bernard at June 08, 2010 03:32 PM (Mmw0q)

18 Paul Mccarthy *shuddering*, my wife just gave away his crap. She was, WAS, a huge fan, until last week. The man is stupid enough to not realise this is not 2008, the Bush Derangement Syndrome is gone.

Posted by: johnc_recent_EX-democrat at June 08, 2010 03:32 PM (ACkhT)

19 Yeah, I riffed on this this morning. If they aren't Bruce Banner, dorks shouldn't try to be badasses.

Posted by: Prof. Mondo at June 08, 2010 03:32 PM (gq02B)

20 I think Douglas Adams said it best:

In today’s modern Galaxy there is of course very little still held to be unspeakable. Many words and expressions which only a matter of decades ago were considered so distastefully explicit that, were they merely to be breathed in public, the perpetrator would be shunned, barred from polite society, and in extreme cases shot through the lungs, are now thought to be very healthy and proper, and their use in everyday speech and writing is seen as evidence of a well-adjusted, relaxed and totally un****ed-up personality.

So, for instance, when in a recent national speech the Financial Minister of the Royal World Estate of Quarlvista actually dared to say that due to one thing and another and the fact that no one had made any food for a while and the king seemed to have died and most of the population had been on holiday now for over three years, the economy was now in what he called “one whole joojooflop situation,” everyone was so pleased that he felt able to come out and say it that they quite failed to note that their entire five-thousand-year-old civilization had just collapsed overnight.

Posted by: Jerry at June 08, 2010 03:32 PM (QF8uk)

21 These psycophants wringing there hands about Obama's percieved temperment is sickening. One metrosexual telling another metrosexual in an interview that he want's to know who's ass to kick is laughable.
I want to know why he didn't have ships on site 45 days ago to suck up the oil. I want to know why the barrier islands aren't already built. I want to know why there still aren't enough ships on site to suck up the oil they are collecting with the cap.
I could care less what kind of mood this phony is in.

Posted by: robtr at June 08, 2010 03:33 PM (fwSHf)

22 Obama will have his Snakes on a Plane moment soon. As soon as the shirtless white dicks get done playing beer pong and write the speech.

Posted by: sifty at June 08, 2010 03:34 PM (P5yVq)

23 Obamatrina

I would like to suggest 'OBPamatrina'.

Posted by: Dang Straights at June 08, 2010 03:34 PM (fx8sm)

24 liberalism as a pathology. eesh.

Posted by: joeindc44 at June 08, 2010 03:34 PM (QxSug)

25 At least when they were attempting the Top Kill we didn't hear Obama say, "Let's not start sucking each others dicks yet gentlemen".
That certainly would have been unpresidential.

Posted by: Ben at June 08, 2010 03:34 PM (wuv1c)

26 Good to see that Ambinder took some time away from getting shot in the face by Rahm and Biden's squirt guns to release the Pravda message of the day.

Posted by: The Q at June 08, 2010 03:34 PM (ZAlaQ)

27 I forgot the link to the WSJ article about the poll showing progressives are morons when it comes to economics:
http://tinyurl.com/progressivelytardy

Posted by: wooga at June 08, 2010 03:35 PM (2p0e3)

28
he can do something about the oil slick.

Unleashing the ass-kicking oil eating microbes would be a good start.

Posted by: Dang Straights at June 08, 2010 03:35 PM (fx8sm)

29 I agree with the content of the post whole heartedly, except for the idea that the government is capable of doing anything useful. The only thing that the government could do to offer actual help,as opposed tofake help, is to send the best minds they can get from the Army Corps of Engineers, and whatever equipment said brainiacs say they need to aid BP's effort. If some weenie from theEPA or DEQ or whateverwas out there running theshowwe'd probably have a gusher 10 feet in diameter by now, unpluggable by man's devices.
I think the only right move in this case would have been to offer up the resources of the federal government in a good-faith arrangement to help get the job done.

Posted by: Reactionary at June 08, 2010 03:35 PM (xUM1Q)

30 the bar for success
I used to go there, but my tab started getting really high. Then they changed their specials.
So I hang out here instead.

Posted by: LibertarianJim at June 08, 2010 03:35 PM (PReJ3)

31


Yes, Marc Ambinder, he can win -- he can do something about the oil slick.

Or admit that, as an administrator, there's not much he really can do. It's a technical problem that will be solved by trial and error.

Posted by: Rob Crawford at June 08, 2010 03:35 PM (ZJ/un)

32 It's truly amazing how often the elite mean the exact opposite of what the elite say. Take the statement, "The man cannot win." What Ambinder really means is that Obama cannot be wrong and cannot fail. If Obama launches a nuclear first strike against Canada and Britain it will be the most brilliant strategic vision in the history of the world.

Posted by: WalrusRex at June 08, 2010 03:35 PM (xxgag)

33 Barack Obama: The Stuart Smalley President.

He's good enough, he's smart enough, and dammit, people LIKE him!

Posted by: Marc Ambinder at June 08, 2010 03:35 PM (EW49d)

34 Now get this honkie, you tell BP, I ain't takin no jive from no BP-messenger, you tell that asshole, that if he gots something to tell me to get his ass down here himself

Posted by: ObamaGardener at June 08, 2010 03:36 PM (JKe0g)

35 ....the moronic public, which is so intellectually stunted they can only
evaluate presidential performance through soap-opera-level play-acted
emoting.

Explains how he got elected.

Posted by: Tami at June 08, 2010 03:36 PM (VuLos)

36 I want to know why he didn't have ships on site 45 days ago to suck up the oil.
Posted by: robtr at June 08, 2010 03:33 PM (fwSHf)
It's not like there isn't eleventy gazillion empty oil tankers just sitting around doing nothing. Even though they are all privately owned, BP needs to get on the stick and ask for all the help they can get.

Posted by: Johnnyreb at June 08, 2010 03:36 PM (NNrYJ)

37 I appreciate your support, but the constant references to ass . . .
"Let's get a taxi." "No, asstaxi!""What time is it?" "Ass o'clock!"

Posted by: Oscar Martinez at June 08, 2010 03:38 PM (Mmw0q)

38 What can you say? They are stupid. If they weren't stupid they would not be Dems.

Posted by: Vic at June 08, 2010 03:38 PM (6taRI)

39 My ass!

Posted by: tsj017 at June 08, 2010 03:38 PM (4YUWF)

40 Ace, a bricklayer lays bricks; a plumber fixes pipes; a carpenter builds things out of wood. For a politician, talking is "doing something". It's the essential problem with our entire political class. To most of them, talking is a synonym for working. They don't think in serving the abstract public good by making laws or whatever; they see it as a more direct kind of job: they get paid for giving speeches.

I've always said that you should always pay attention to what people do rather than what they say...unless they talk for a living.

Posted by: Monty at June 08, 2010 03:38 PM (4Pleu)

41 You guys just don't appreciate the laser-like focus on fixing the oil spill here at Camp Barry. Now hand me that ping pong paddle.

Posted by: Jon Favreau at June 08, 2010 03:39 PM (QKKT0)

42 Jules: What does Obama look like? Does he look like a bitch?

Me: Well, yeah. He kinda does look like a whiney candy-ass bitch.

Jules: ...

Posted by: sifty at June 08, 2010 03:39 PM (P5yVq)

43 What's the over/under on Easy Baske's manic meltdown?
I'm giving it three weeks after November 9th of this year.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at June 08, 2010 03:39 PM (pLTLS)

44 >>Hey, if we set the bar for success low enough, then even Obama might be
able to clear it...


I'm afraid that no matter how low we set the bar for success, Obama will attempt the Limbo.

Posted by: Dr Spank at June 08, 2010 03:39 PM (xO+6C)

45 18 What did your wife think of McCartney's appearance in those WH pics? I was stunned to see him looking every bitthe crazy old Brit cat lady. Helen Thomas looks more of a manly man than Lady Paul.
It kills me to know that such corny people are zillionaires.

Posted by: kallisto at June 08, 2010 03:40 PM (+FkcS)

46 Have you kicked anyone's ass yet, daddy?

Posted by: Malia at June 08, 2010 03:40 PM (pLTLS)

47 It's not like there isn't eleventy gazillion empty oil tankers just sitting around doing nothing. Even though they are all privately owned, BP needs to get on the stick and ask for all the help they can get.
Posted by: Johnnyreb at June 08, 2010 03:36 PM (NNrYJ)
We unload tankers everyday 50 miles from where this is happening. We unload more not far away in texas. I don't give i shit if Obama takes them over by force just get them out there and suck the shit up.

Posted by: robtr at June 08, 2010 03:40 PM (fwSHf)

48 "What they've come up with is that he's good enough at feigning emotion.
Which is, of course, pretty much a compliment, because they're saying,
basically, Obama is so honest he finds it demeaning and difficult
to counterfeit some PR tears even when doing so would redound to his
political benefit.
... the only thing that matters to Progressives



Posted by: Arbalest at June 08, 2010 03:40 PM (BqSr3)

49 Ubergruppenfuhrer Poll: Generic
Congressional Ballot: Republicans 44%, Democrats 35%

Posted by: oscar at June 08, 2010 03:40 PM (evdj2)

50 In today’s modern Galaxy there is of course very
little still held to be unspeakable. Many words and expressions which
only a matter of decades ago were considered so distastefully explicit
that, were they merely to be breathed in public, the perpetrator would
be shunned, barred from polite society, and in extreme cases shot
through the lungs, are now thought to be very healthy and proper, and
their use in everyday speech and writing is seen as evidence of a
well-adjusted, relaxed and totally un****ed-up personality.







Posted by: Jerry
at June 08, 2010 03:32 PM (QF8uk)
In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked upon as something shocking now Heaven knows, anything goes. Good authors too who once knew better words now only use four
letter words writing prose, anything goes.

Posted by: Cole Porter at June 08, 2010 03:40 PM (xxgag)

51 Ass?
Fo shizzle ma nizzle!

Posted by: Teachers' Union Member at June 08, 2010 03:41 PM (YZISw)

52 These psycophants

I don't know if you were going for "psychopath" or "sycophant" but mashing them together like that makes an AWESOME word.

(I'm convinced Toonces is a sociopath.)

Posted by: HeatherRadish, Häßlich-Amerikaner at June 08, 2010 03:42 PM (mR7mk)

53 I don't give i shit if Obama takes them over by force just get them out there and suck the shit up.
Posted by: robtr at June 08, 2010 03:40 PM (fwSHf)
SHHH! Don't give that bastard any ideas about taking over shit by force. If he figured he could do that with impunity, fixing the oil spill would be the last thing on his tiny little mind.

Posted by: Reactionary at June 08, 2010 03:42 PM (xUM1Q)

54 Barky's "Asstrina"

Posted by: Jane D'oh at June 08, 2010 03:42 PM (UOM48)

55 Obama could have enough ships if he wanted them. He is looking long term. No more oil drilling and the EPA/Sierra Club writing domestic policy.

Posted by: sifty at June 08, 2010 03:42 PM (P5yVq)

56 Interestingly but OT, Heather Mills was also recently overheard saying “in fact, after the lasttwo years, it’s great to have a man who knows what a vagina is.”

Posted by: Fritz at June 08, 2010 03:43 PM (GwPRU)

57 I've always said that you should always pay attention to what people do rather than what they say...unless they talk for a living.



As with many things in life, the USMC Rules for Gunfighting apply.

18. Watch their hands. Hands kill. (In God we trust. Everyone
else, keep your hands where I can see them).


Posted by: IllTemperedCur at June 08, 2010 03:44 PM (E4Pj8)

58 Using "ass" in primetime TV? He's not the President of Spades, fer cryin' out loud. Oh, wait...

And I denounce myself post haste.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at June 08, 2010 03:44 PM (swuwV)

59 I am your New Age prophet. You people didn't think I new what I was talking about in Margaritaville when I sang about "tourists all covered in oil." Well, whose laughing now, bitches?

Posted by: Jimmy Buffett at June 08, 2010 03:45 PM (xxgag)

60 I'm giving it three weeks after November 9th of this year.

Weasel Stomping Day is November 2....

Posted by: HeatherRadish, Häßlich-Amerikaner at June 08, 2010 03:45 PM (mR7mk)

61 At least when they were attempting the Top Kill we didn't hear Obama
say, "Let's not start sucking each others dicks yet gentlemen".
That certainly would have been unpresidential.


And a little too close to reality.

Posted by: mpur in Texas (kicking Mexico's ass since 1836) at June 08, 2010 03:46 PM (5lHuA)

62 My president is ass-tastic!

Posted by: Plugs Biden, master of the water gun at June 08, 2010 03:46 PM (UOM48)

63 I am going to piss into the wind.
I don't blame Obama for this. I honestly don't think there is anything the government can do. That is partially why I am a conservative/libertarian. The government is inept. Does this suprise anyone here? If some disaster happens where you live do you plan on waiting for FEMA to help you.
That said, I understand politically blaming this on Obama entirely is extremely beneficial to us, as it was to the Left during Katrina. For that reason I will pile on with everyone else on Obama and help put this millstone around his neck.
I think one of the big issues that i've only seen mentioned a few times is why is anyone drilling at 5,000 feet. That is almost a mile deep. There is oil on dry land and in shallow water why not there? Again the answer is the goverment prevents it.

I don't blame Obama in the same way I didn't blame Bush for Katrina, for the shortage of Flu Vaccines and for all the things the left blamed him for that were out of his control.
Could he do more? Sure. Is he a terrible executive? Yes. Can he do anything to actually plug the well? No, not that I can think of.
His blame should be specifically linked to the environmental and cleanup aspect. When Bobby Jindal asks for 4 million feet of boom and gets 800 thousand feet instead, that can be laid at Obama's feet. The actual leak 5000 feet under the sea can't/

Posted by: Ben at June 08, 2010 03:46 PM (wuv1c)

64 And we're supposed to believe that this bloodless, feckless, wimpy man-child is capable of kicking anyone's ass, on any level...after having had what, almost two months to work up the gumption? Yuh huh...

Posted by: Chainsaw Chimp at June 08, 2010 03:47 PM (pLTLS)

65 Daddy, why do you hate dolphins and pelicans?

Posted by: Malia at June 08, 2010 03:47 PM (UOM48)

66 Motion for Ace of Spades to include "ass" in posts for the next 24 hours.

"Overnight Open Assthread"

Posted by: logprof at June 08, 2010 03:47 PM (Mmw0q)

67 Thus, at the end of the day, the public does get to "choose"... but only
from the two options the media has pre-screened as permissible, C and
D.

My sister used to accuse me of not letting my children make choices for themselves. I always retorted Damn Straight!. I did let them choose between Good Thing A and Good Thing B. Letting them choose Evil Thing was not an option.

Liberals think we are the children and it shows.

Posted by: damian at June 08, 2010 03:48 PM (4WbTI)

68 Ass?
This is a big f--king deal!

Posted by: Joe Biden's Thought at June 08, 2010 03:49 PM (YZISw)

69 Daddy, why does Mommy call you a pussy and make you cry?

Posted by: Malia at June 08, 2010 03:49 PM (UOM48)

70 What Obama really needs to do is load up every bus he can find full of union members and drive them across the Atlantic to protest in front of the BP CEO's house in the UK.

Posted by: Brendan at June 08, 2010 03:49 PM (saRwI)

71 And we're supposed to believe that this bloodless, feckless, wimpy man-child is capable of kicking anyone's ass, on any level...after having had what, almost two months to work up the gumption? Yuh huh...
Posted by: Chainsaw Chimp at June 08, 2010 03:47 PM (pLTLS)

Well ya know that old saying: You and what Tank Division? Well in his case, it kinda applies, so be careful?

Posted by: nevergiveup at June 08, 2010 03:49 PM (0GFWk)

72 If the oil hasn't stopped flowing one week from today, the President will consider saying, "Fuckin' A!"

Posted by: Beltway Bob Gibbs at June 08, 2010 03:49 PM (xxgag)

73 Motion for Ace of Spades to include "ass" in posts for the next 24 hours.

"Overnight Open Assthread"


Posted by: logprof at June 08, 2010 03:47 PM (Mmw0q)


Seconded.

Posted by: IllTemperedAss at June 08, 2010 03:49 PM (E4Pj8)

74 When the President drops the f-bomb and pops a cap in someone's ass, then we'll know he's serious.

Posted by: Dr Spank at June 08, 2010 03:50 PM (xO+6C)

75 He spoke stupidly.

Posted by: Teh Teleprompter at June 08, 2010 03:50 PM (YZISw)

76 Nikki Haley has a sikh ass.

Posted by: Ben at June 08, 2010 03:50 PM (wuv1c)

77 Well ya know that old saying: You and what Tank Division? Well in his
case, it kinda applies, so be careful?

He's got Predator drones.

Posted by: Jonas Brothers at June 08, 2010 03:51 PM (mR7mk)

78
At least when they were attempting the Top Kill
we didn't hear Obama say, "Let's not start sucking each others dicks yet
gentlemen".

That certainly would have been unpresidential.

Posted by: Ben at June 08, 2010 03:34 PM (wuv1c)
However, two days from now will be the two week anniversary of Obama congratulating himself for single handedly stopping the oil leak.

Posted by: WalrusRex at June 08, 2010 03:51 PM (xxgag)

79 BREAKING: Comrade Zero signed an Executive Order this morning directing that a "big ole' can of whoop-ass" be opened up on BP's management.

Posted by: Cicero at June 08, 2010 03:52 PM (QKKT0)

80 You know, when I was chasing Rahm around with my Super Soaker, I noticed he has a really, tight, firm ass. True story!

Posted by: Joey Biden, water gun ace at June 08, 2010 03:52 PM (UOM48)

81 Dog, you're right, dog. Progs as a variety of the Lefty species are simply unable to consider opposing POVs. They are just fucking incapable-- because they are so certain the Prog POV is correct.
Thinking individuals question themselves every day. But Progs don't think, they feel. Post-Modernists feel.

Posted by: dr kill at June 08, 2010 03:52 PM (w9bVp)

82 I told him to jump and Obama said, "How high?"

So Ambinder and I are like brothers on this one.

Posted by: Spike Lee, Director at June 08, 2010 03:53 PM (swuwV)

83 By including "ass" in every thread title, we can prove to the liberals by their own standards that we're more macho than they are.

Posted by: logprof at June 08, 2010 03:54 PM (Mmw0q)

84 Ace, I know that I don't always give you the credit you deserve for this place, but more often than not you knock it out of the park, rhetorically.
You ought to be writing for people willing to pay you more than we are willing to pay you. Because you are a fucking brilliant analyst and an even more fucking brilliant writer. There's about ten different passages from that post that are praiseworthy.
I should be so lucky as to some day be clever enough to write as much in a year that you can knock out in a couple hours while hung over.

Posted by: Truman North at June 08, 2010 03:54 PM (e8YaH)

85 Motion for Ace of Spades to include
"ass" in posts for the next 24 hours.


I'm covered.

Posted by: mpur in Texas (kicking Mexico's ass since 1836) at June 08, 2010 03:55 PM (5lHuA)

86 Could there really be a single person anywhere that does not believe that had this oil mess happen under Bush, that things would be very different?

The media would not be gently poking the President to 'emote,' or 'show anger.' Not a fucking chance in Gehenna. They would lead every newscast with a "DAY 8 in the Oil Catastrophe!" intro. The Alphabet Block would make Goebbels jealous in the manner how they would portray Bush.

The WTO riots would pale in comparison to the anarchist, enviro-Nazi spastic fits across the country. Oil cans would be tossed over the WH fence. Every Prius would bear a "Bu$h, Stop Killing U.S." sticker.

Being a Leftist is to lack principle and honor.

Posted by: Garbonzo the Garrulous at June 08, 2010 03:55 PM (zgd5N)

87
oh yeah, and if Obama didn't push across The Stimulus and waste $1T for absolutely nothing you stupid wingnuts would be criticizing Obama for not doing anything to spur the economy.

sheeeeesh, Obama cannot win.

Posted by: fishdicks, do you like them? at June 08, 2010 03:55 PM (uFokq)

88 If
Angry = success,
then
Michelle = ?

Posted by: Fritz at June 08, 2010 03:56 PM (GwPRU)

89 At least when they were attempting the Top Kill we didn't hear Obama say, "Let's not start sucking each others dicks yet gentlemen".

That certainly would have been unpresidential.

Posted by: Ben at June 08, 2010 03:34 PM (wuv1c)

And I replied-- Watch the teeth, Barry.

Posted by: Larry Sinclair at June 08, 2010 03:56 PM (w9bVp)

90 BREAKING: Comrade Zero signed an Executive Order this morning directing that a "big ole' can of whoop-ass" be opened up on BP's management.
But wouldn't that require some form of dialogue between BP and the President nowknown as Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Comacho?
(psst. Slu, we need your photoshopping skills on this one, man!)

Posted by: laceyunderalls at June 08, 2010 03:56 PM (pLTLS)

91 Or admit that, as an administrator, there's not much he really can do. It's a technical problem that will be solved by trial and error.
You can't admit that goverment can't solve a problem when your entire existence is premised on the idea that goverment can solve all problems.

Posted by: Mallamutt at June 08, 2010 03:57 PM (OWjjx)

92 And what did I tell you about reading the Atlantic?

Posted by: dr kill at June 08, 2010 03:57 PM (w9bVp)

93 Notice how comforting those fictions are. They permit progressives to
continue saying their favorite words in the world -- I was right, I am
right, I had always been right," as The Stranger said -- and thus to
avoid any empirical evaluation of their key tenets of Faith.

Continued belief in liberal philosophy requires a manufactured reality as an opening premise. Why should their approach with this situation differ from how they treat humanity and the world as a whole?

Posted by: MikeTheMoose at June 08, 2010 03:57 PM (0q2P7)

94 Ass jokes really aren't funny.

Posted by: Seymour Buttz, Proctologist at June 08, 2010 03:57 PM (Ks4nX)

95 You know its been my experience in life that true ass kickers generally don't hold meetings on whose ass to kick they just instinctively know and get to it.

Posted by: bulwark at June 08, 2010 03:58 PM (5IU9c)

96 If Obama wants to kick some ass, he doesn't have to look far since anybody in his the donkey (ass) party would do.

Posted by: czekmark at June 08, 2010 03:58 PM (SMyC3)

97 The Marina-Katrina will drag on until the left is shitting their own pants in fright.
As for an ASS to kick. Have you seen the size of MICHELLE'S ASS OPIE??
Even an imcompetant sociopath like you could hit that target Opie.

Posted by: gus at June 08, 2010 03:59 PM (Vqruj)

98
furthermore, if Obama didn't foist his ObamaCare and destroy one-soxth of our economy and ruin our entire health care system, you rightwingers would be criticizing Obama for not doing enough to control insurance costs.

Obama cannot win.


Posted by: fishdicks, do you like them? at June 08, 2010 03:59 PM (uFokq)

99 @92 - Exactly.

Posted by: ATaLien at June 08, 2010 04:00 PM (SkRi5)

100 Hey, stop kissing the Ewok's ass! He might actually start reading his own blog. We need all the memes we can get.

Posted by: IllTemperedAss at June 08, 2010 04:00 PM (E4Pj8)

101 Contest!!! Name the biggets LIBFAG TALKING HEAD.
I'll start. ELLIS HENICAN. Alan Colmes gets honorable mention in the mutant head shape category.

Posted by: gus at June 08, 2010 04:00 PM (Vqruj)

102 It kills me to know that such corny people are zillionaires.
Posted by: kallisto at June 08, 2010 03:40 PM (+FkcS)
I never got the Beatle thing either.
Hey Jooo
Back in the Joo SSR
Love me joo

Those boys wereobsessed I tell ya!

Posted by: helen t at June 08, 2010 04:00 PM (pr+up)

103
And we're supposed to believe that this bloodless, feckless, wimpy
man-child is capable of kicking anyone's ass, on any level..

That's IT, muthafuckas! I'm on my way over there to KICK SOME ASS!!!!


http://tinyurl.com/6rfnmm


Posted by: President Internet-Tough-Guy at June 08, 2010 04:02 PM (EW49d)

104 So that makes Michele Obama the dog that did not bark in the night-time?

Posted by: andycanuck at June 08, 2010 04:03 PM (7b1Uc)

105 Contest!!! Name the biggets LIBFAG TALKING HEAD.
Keith Olbermann. Have you seen the size of his...............ass.

Posted by: Mallamutt at June 08, 2010 04:03 PM (OWjjx)

106 Obama's cock....nom nom

Posted by: The MFM at June 08, 2010 04:03 PM (HVbP3)

107 The First Umpire says, "I calls em as I sees em."
The Second Umpire says, "I calls them as they are."
Ace says, "This blog doesn't exist until I wake up and post something."
I think I just irreperably mixed my metaphors there. But you get the point.

Posted by: Truman North at June 08, 2010 04:03 PM (e8YaH)

108 I'll start. ELLIS HENICAN.

I give Ellis this: He response politely to critical email. That makes him better than 99% of talking heads.

Posted by: damian at June 08, 2010 04:04 PM (4WbTI)

109 I'm sorry I posted such a long post, I didn't have time to write a short post.

Posted by: Ace channeling Ben Franklin at June 08, 2010 04:04 PM (QoT/W)

110 HENICAN, COLMES, OLBERMANN. Keep em coming. The biggest LIBFAG talking head CONTEST.

Posted by: gus at June 08, 2010 04:04 PM (Vqruj)

111 I'm gonna open up a can of whoop-ass on somebody, but first, I need to figure out who.

Posted by: Stone Cold Barack Obama at June 08, 2010 04:05 PM (ZAlaQ)

112 Oddly, Sidney Blumenthal also responses, just not politely.

Posted by: damian at June 08, 2010 04:05 PM (4WbTI)

113 Let's see: Dick Cheney's war cock vs. Barry's mom jeans in an ass kicking contest. Hmmm?

Posted by: Jane D'oh at June 08, 2010 04:05 PM (UOM48)

114 Quite the opposite-- he claimed we were always discussing only two
possibilities, like "full support for corporate power" and "90% support
for corporate power;" he claimed the media biased the discussion towards
two possibilities, one on the right, and one on the further right.

I've seen some footage of him indicating that he understood American media had a slightly left bias (the C and D options) and he was essentially upset because it took his precious truth E completely out of the picture. He argued that by the media being slightly left, that it tried to make itself the voice of progressive reason, forcing further left views to extremism therefore slowing or blocking true "progress" that would have occurred had they just took the C tact, or simply reported facts, and let all sides have open debate.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose at June 08, 2010 04:06 PM (0q2P7)

115 And he looks like a fetus.

Posted by: damian at June 08, 2010 04:06 PM (4WbTI)

116 Could there really be a single person anywhere that does not believe
that had this oil mess happen under Bush, that things would be very
different?

From the Alabama Auschwitz to the Bayou Buchenwald, Bush's final solution to the environmental crisis is happening, just not the way the children and other living things want it to happen.

Posted by: Tom Brokaw at June 08, 2010 04:06 PM (xxgag)

117 Yeah, well it makes Henican a LIBFAG too.

Posted by: gus at June 08, 2010 04:06 PM (Vqruj)

118 Biggest talking head?

Ed Schultz. Literally.

If you put a fire under his chin, his head would carry him to the clouds.

Posted by: The Q at June 08, 2010 04:06 PM (ZAlaQ)

119 -->It may not be so much by design, as caused by the fact that liberals
cannot even begin to question Obama's competency because they so
completely assume it that questions about it simply cannot occur to
them.

Not at all. Liberals know (to their great dismay) that The Precedent is an incompetent boob whose only talent (from their point of view) is his rabid hate of America and all things American, which is what allowed him to push that un-Constitutional health scare monstrosity through.

Don't kid yourself, ace, everyone knows that a guy who speaks about "profit and earnings ratios" and "reduce premiums by 3000%" is one of the biggest idiots around. They are going to style to keep from having to discuss The Precedent's obvious incompetence and stupidity.

You should have stuck to your original position. The style argument is used by liberals because it's the only thing they think they can say about the inept fool without having to brand themselves 'racists'.

And, it's nice of The Precedent to use language that has to be beeped out of network TV. Real class, there. But, what more would be expected of Precedent Wee Wee who is always screwing up?

Posted by: progressoverpeace at June 08, 2010 04:07 PM (Qp4DT)

120 I'm gonna open up a can of whoop-ass on somebody.

For "can of whoop-ass," substitute "jar of Grey Poupon," and I might almost believe it.

Though actually I think he gives those to Michelle for her to open.

Posted by: Sockpuppet Czar at June 08, 2010 04:07 PM (MA9A3)

121 Donnie Deutsch. Gag.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at June 08, 2010 04:07 PM (UOM48)

122 Hey - all this talk about "Ass" hasn't been cleared by our executive committee. We have the corner on any/all Ass talk....

Regardless, this wimpy, candy-ass Obama just cracks us up! (heh)

Posted by: Plumbers and Refrigerator Repairmen With Low-hanging Pants Union at June 08, 2010 04:07 PM (92zkk)

123 I'd love to see Obama go up against an old oil roughneck in an ass kicking contest.

Posted by: bulwark at June 08, 2010 04:08 PM (5IU9c)

124 Look, just plug the damn ass!

Posted by: Barry Hussein Soetero at June 08, 2010 04:09 PM (v+QvA)

125 Finally heard the sound bite because when I know Obama is about to come on I either mute it or change the channel because his cadence has become annoying andtiresome. I finally thought, "Oh what the hell, let's see what he sounds like angry."
Fucking nada. He could have been reading from Little Bo Peep. What a fucking pussy. Maybe he should take ballet lessons from Rhambo.

Posted by: ErikW at June 08, 2010 04:09 PM (AovSW)

126 Matt Lauer and Barky together couldn't find their own asses. They'd pull out their purses and pay someone to kick some ass.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at June 08, 2010 04:09 PM (UOM48)

127 You know who else wanted to "kick someones ass" when it came to British Petroleum?

Hermann Goring.

Just saying........

Posted by: Rickshaw Jack at June 08, 2010 04:09 PM (OFPTC)

128 Barack H Obama stars in the classic children's tale.....(heh)

MyPetAss

Posted by: Intrepid at June 08, 2010 04:10 PM (92zkk)

129 I like "Captain Numb-Nuts", myself.

Posted by: Tipper aka Johnny I at June 08, 2010 04:13 PM (fir//)

130 F'n half-sock.

Posted by: Johnny I at June 08, 2010 04:13 PM (wRAyx)

131 -->At any rate, this absurd discussion now enters a new phase. With some
liberals making the removed-from-reality critique that Obama just isn't
"emoting" enough,

We can thank the asswipe GOPers who let the emoting Latina through the judiciary committee (Lady Lindsay and, if she hadn't done it, Cornyn would have - the treasonous pricks) and the GOP for not trying to filibuster that pathetic nomination for allowing the left to even try and use the "need to emote more" argument of un-American idiocy in public.

Thanks for not dying on that hill, guys. You were great. Really. The bestest ...

Posted by: progressoverpeace at June 08, 2010 04:15 PM (Qp4DT)

132 Hey, what about me, you racist murderer Christians? But I suppose an African-American man who's only on PBS can't be the Biggest LIBFAG Talking Head?

Posted by: tavis smiley at June 08, 2010 04:16 PM (7b1Uc)

133 Contest!!! Name the biggets LIBFAG TALKING HEAD.
O.K., gus, I will give you top 5, with appropriate comments
5. Ed Schultz. Union hack. Every tax credit is "corporate welfare" but loves the Earned Income Credit, despite the fact that it results in people who actually pay not federal income tax getting money from the federal government basically for not paying taxes.
4. Randy Rhodes, former Air America "talent". In 2004, brought on every crackpot around who claimed to have evidence that the voting machines were rigged and gave them their 15 minutes of fame --- well, at least 15 minutes on her air. Then, claimed she was attacked by right wing extremist when, in fact, she had merely gotten drunk and fell down her own stairs. To its credit, Air America first suspended her and then cut ties to her over this stunt.
3. Chris Matthews. This is a sad entry, because 8 years ago, Matthews was actually a pretty astute political observer. Then his ratings began to tank. The rise of Olberdouche sealed his decision to swing left, hoping to appease the new power behind MSNBC. Famous for the leg tingle comment. Matthews has, however, started to show signs of starting to behave like a responsible journolist, or at least not like a partisan hack. Matthews has a pretty good political radar, so he may sense a change in the political landscape both in the country and at MSNBC (hint: Comcast).
2. Lanny Davis. Nothing but spin - 24/7/365. To his credit, Lanny does not shy away from an apperance - Lanny would probably do a talk show in hell wearing a parka if that is what Satan demanded to get on. But, when Lanny Davis opens his mouth, it is nothing more than Clinton approved b.s. that is being shoveled. Completely incapable of articulating a thought of his own. If Bill Clinton went full John Wilkes Booth and shot someone in a crowded theater with 1,000 witnesses, Lanny Davis would be there to not only tell you it didn't happen, but if it did, Bill Clinton was fully justified.
1. Keith Olbermann. Really, what needs to be said. The only funny thing about Olbermann is that while he rails and whine about what he perceives to be the evils of Fox News he, himself, has become the exact evil that he claims Fox represents. No contrary opinons, no conservative to challenge his views, Keith spews his opinion not as what he thinks, not as what he believes, but what actually is, actual facts and logic be damned if it turns out to be an inconvience. Olbermann also managed to lead an entire network down his path. Ultimately, his reward will not be journolistic acclaim and recognition, but getting himself and a whole lot of people who would not have followed his path unless he insisted upon it fired. And, considering the number of people he has managed to get canned/fired at MSNBC, that would be karma.

Posted by: Mallamutt at June 08, 2010 04:19 PM (OWjjx)

134 Barack Obama stars in the progressive children's story that changed the world...

Heather's Mommy Has Two Asses

Posted by: Moron in a Booty-Pop Snuggie at June 08, 2010 04:19 PM (Ks4nX)

135 I'm still trying to figure out what Obama can do about the situation. It's not exactly like we have a super-secret corps of leaking well stoppers that he can mobilize. Other than boats and rhetoric, the government has exactly zero resources that have anything to do with stopping an oil leak.

The idea that Obama needs to kick some asses presupposes that BP isn't really in a big hurry to stop the leak. Do you think the BP execs are saying, "Well, we're losing ten of thousands of barrels of oil a day and our PR reputation is in the toilet and the clean up will cost us billions. Big fuckin' deal. Let's go play 18."? No, they want to stop this as badly as anyone. Yelling at them or kicking their asses won't help the situation one bit. They are already throwing everything they have at it.

About all that Obama can realistically do is promise the taxpayers that he will make sure that not one penny of the clean up comes from the taxpayers and that he will help those hardest hit get what is coming to them.

Posted by: Steve L. at June 08, 2010 04:19 PM (Gkhxf)

136 119 Biggest talking head?Ed Schultz. Literally.
Pfft Schultz is a piker...Bob Beckel is the TALKING HEAD!!

Posted by: dananjcon at June 08, 2010 04:23 PM (pr+up)

137 I'm still trying to figure out what Obama can do
about the situation. It's not exactly like we have a super-secret corps
of leaking well stoppers that he can mobilize. Other than boats and
rhetoric, the government has exactly zero resources that have anything
to do with stopping an oil leak.

Posted by: Steve L. at June 08, 2010 04:19 PM (Gkhxf)
Boy, that is really stupid. The federal government's primary task, and its main responsibility, is cleaning up the oil and trying to keep it from hitting the shores. They have not only done NOTHING in that respect, but they have stopped the states and localities from doing what they wanted to do to safeguard their shores and waters.The cleanup is the federal government's main responsibility, most important one, and totaly within their control. THey haven't done jackshit about it and have served only to impede any defense against the spilt oil.
Also, only the federal government can discuss nuking the well ... but we haven't even heard the feds discuss that possibility once - even though the Russkies nuked something like undersea leaking wells to seal them.

Posted by: progressoverpeace at June 08, 2010 04:23 PM (Qp4DT)

138 even though the Russkies nuked something like undersea leaking wells to
seal them.

That should have read "something like 5 undersea leaking wells""

Posted by: progressoverpeace at June 08, 2010 04:25 PM (Qp4DT)

139 O.K., gus, I will give you top 5, with appropriate comments
I'm going with Lanny Davis only because he is repeatedly asked to appear on FOX and says the same damn thing over and over with that stupid shit-eating grin.
I guess that's more of a rant against FOX.

Posted by: ErikW at June 08, 2010 04:26 PM (AovSW)

140 Hey, what about me, you racist murderer Christians? But I suppose an African-American man who's only on PBS can't be the Biggest LIBFAG Talking Head?
Travis - your not on the list for 2 reasons. 1) No one listens to you and 2) your not quite yet Randy Rhodes bat-shit crazy. Yet. You are close, so keep calling Christians killers a few more times and you will get there.

Posted by: Mallamutt at June 08, 2010 04:28 PM (OWjjx)

141 Thus, having eliminated Obama's obvious real problem -- he's not doing a damn thing to fix the catastrophic Obamatrina, and unable to push his people into Red Alert mode -- they are forced to grasp at other explanations.
Truth is a decent reason to believe in something. Psychological comfort is a far better and stronger reason to believe in something.
...they, unlike true-believer Chomsky, understand that communism will not sell in America and if the liberal Democrats are seen to be in basic agreement with communists, or at least count them as allies, it will badly damage the center-left's ability to get its agenda into operation.
This post kicked my ass.

Posted by: FireHorse at June 08, 2010 04:30 PM (cQyWA)

142 Progress? Are you saying that Lindsay Graham is a fucking douchebag.
Because he is. he's worthless.

Posted by: gus at June 08, 2010 04:33 PM (Vqruj)

143 I think the terrifying thing about Easy Bake putting on the angry eyes from his Mr. Potato set is that the most public recommendation for that action came from Spike Lee......SPIKE LEE! The idea that the guy with the nuclear football on his nightstand takes suggestions from the bug-eyed little jock-sniffing has-been film-auteur racist with the MFA from New York U. is bone-chilling. Oh, and 'ass'.
PS: I really don't care for Spike Lee, if it seemed unclear.

Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at June 08, 2010 04:33 PM (ERJIu)

144 I'm still trying to figure out what Obama can do about the situation. It's not exactly like we have a super-secret corps of leaking well stoppers that he can mobilize. Other than boats and rhetoric, the government has exactly zero resources that have anything to do with stopping an oil leak.And zero resources when it comes to running a car company. Or managing health care. Or managing real estate transactions. Yet, this lack of resources, experience, ability and expertise did not deter Obama from going ahead and saying government can and should manage these areas.
Sorry, when you claim that goverment can solve all problems, then goverment damn well better solve all problems. Otherwise, admit your ideology is wrong, there are limits to the role of government and start shrinking the role of goverment. We didn't chose the ideology that Obama wanted to espouse, but I am damn sure not gonna let him forget it. If goverment has all the answers, Mr. President, then it better have an answer to this problem.

Posted by: Mallamutt at June 08, 2010 04:35 PM (OWjjx)

145 Steve L.: "About all that Obama can realistically do is promise..."

Just words.

He could cut down on his vacations and spare us the disingenuous speeches.

He could gather agency heads and tell them to expedite requests from the affected state governors.

He could request help from other oil-drilling nations and pave the way for BP to rent their assets.

He could request his crisis management team, if it even exists, meet with other private enterprise drillers and get them to coordinate with BP with the salvage operations.

He could get the Army Corps of Engineers to mobilize beachhead defense.

He could stop with the politicization of the crisis and stifle his legal prosecution talk with the only entity that has the most hands on access and expertise to this particular well.

He could familiarize himself, like an executive should, with the personnel under his watch and their responsibilities rather than get courted by a Beatle et al.

I imagine this list could go on for some time.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at June 08, 2010 04:36 PM (swuwV)

146 he's worthless.

Posted by: gus at June 08, 2010 04:33 PM (Vqruj)
I wish Lady Lindsay would improve to the point at which he was merely worthless.

Posted by: progressoverpeace at June 08, 2010 04:36 PM (Qp4DT)

147 Sept. 08, financial meltdown, big political meeting of political big shots including Obama and McCain who 'suspended' his campaign. While everyone else yakked about the situation and what to do, Obama just sat there like a bump on a log and got praised for being so presidential.

Posted by: davidt at June 08, 2010 04:36 PM (HtIec)

148 I think largely the problem for the left right now is that they recognize that Obama isn't showing leadership, but they've been so confused by leftist ideas of leading, power, and what is effective that they don't know what to suggest or look for. They simply don't know what leadership is even after 8 magnificent years of it from President Bush, so they are just flailing around looking for something to replace it. Act tough. Kick ass. Step up. Its like a little kid trying to explain how to drive a car.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at June 08, 2010 04:37 PM (PQY7w)

149 Larry O'donnell for biggest libfag.

Posted by: awkward davies at June 08, 2010 04:39 PM (B4e7Q)

150 Funny ... I've had no difficulty associating "Obama" and "ass"
They are synonyms.

Posted by: Neo at June 08, 2010 04:40 PM (tE8FB)

151 Hey Obama! Come and kick my ass,I'll be on the bus.

Posted by: I'm A Mother Fucker at June 08, 2010 04:43 PM (YVZlY)

152
I'm still trying to figure out what Obama can do about the situation. It's not exactly like we have a super-secret corps of leaking well stoppers that he can mobilize. Other than boats and rhetoric, the government has exactly zero resources that have anything to do with stopping an oil leak.


I'm not sure about that the U.S. Navy has a long history of deep water salvage operations.You don't have fleets of nuclear armed subs roaming the oceans without some way to retrieve them and their warheads if they sink, or even some protocol in case of a leaking reactors on the sunken subs So the idea the government doesn't have any expertise in these type of operations doesn't exactly ring true to me

Posted by: bulwark at June 08, 2010 04:44 PM (5IU9c)

153 He'll sit down and talk to Mahmood Ahmedinejad without preconditions, but the CEO of BP. . .nah.

Posted by: looking closely at June 08, 2010 04:45 PM (PwGfd)

154 While everyone else yakked about the situation and
what to do, Obama just sat there like a bump on a log and got praised
for being so presidential.

Posted by: davidt at June 08, 2010 04:36 PM (HtIec)
Yep. It was amazing how the left and the MFM figured that the "deer stuck in the headlights" reaction was evidence of leadership. But, in all fairness, 52% of America understood full well what they were doing. The 2008 election was an intentional declaration of national suicide by that part of the nation that was thrown into a psychotic break by that credit crisis - well that, and the 25% who always hated the US and wanted this nation to die, no matter what the circumstances. Now we all get to live through the actual death. Fun, fun, fun.

Posted by: progressoverpeace at June 08, 2010 04:45 PM (Qp4DT)

155 Obama would only be "keeping real", or "street", if he said it in his Negro dialect.

Posted by: d_fitz at June 08, 2010 04:49 PM (5jCbz)

156 Remember that this administration is as business-deficient as any in American history. In fact it's actually business hostile. To think that it could ever act like a proper business operation with executive charge would be foolish... and the nation voted like fools in '08.

We're reaping the rewards and The Precedent does not have the capacity to learn. He's on automatic pilot and does what he does which isn't much at all. Worse, his arrogance and ego, along with the political maneuvering of his cabinet and czars, will reject anything that exposes their limited capabilities or notice of them. Pride and politics obligates them to stonewalling. They cannot accept that they're failing which, ironically, commits them to more fail.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at June 08, 2010 04:51 PM (swuwV)

157 I love the smell of ass in the morning.

Posted by: Andrew Sullivan at June 08, 2010 04:51 PM (P33XN)

158 That's Tavis, you racist cracker, Mallamutt! And it looks like Steve L. is after my job, too. I can tell you that guy is a cracker, too!

And affirmative action should place me at least as number three on that list!

Posted by: tavis smiley at June 08, 2010 04:55 PM (7b1Uc)

159 >>If President Obama hadn't said "ass," then he'd be accused of not being
angry enough. Because he did say "ass," he's accused of titrating his
response to criticisms that he's not angry enough about the oil leak.
The man cannot win.

Call me insane, but maybe he'd be more effective if he'd actually, you know, DO SOMETHING, rather than playing potty-mouth.

Leadership isn't about simply saying the words "ass kicking", its about making sure things get done (with or without literal or metaphorical kicking).



Posted by: looking closely at June 08, 2010 04:55 PM (6Q9g2)

160 Maybe he could reduce the sea levels as he promised and then the well would be much closer to the surface. Then he could surf out to the well and free dive with a plug. Maybe he could use Michelle's bug plug. That HAS to be big enough.And all of this could help REDUCE the deficit by a TRILLLLLLION dollars.
Capt. Fantastic can't wipe his own ass. He's incompetent. Who didn't see this coming.

Posted by: gus at June 08, 2010 04:55 PM (Vqruj)

161 Is it "Captain Kick Ass" or "Walking Eagle"*?

*(Bird that can't fly because it so full of shit)

Posted by: jls at June 08, 2010 04:56 PM (5s4WP)

162 Hey LIBTARDS, being President isn't designed for AFFIRMATIVE ACTION SISSY BOYS. Obama needs to grow the fuck up. And start acting like a man.

Posted by: gus at June 08, 2010 04:59 PM (Vqruj)

163 It's about time that the President started acting gangsta black!

I'll be in my bunk.

Posted by: bill maher at June 08, 2010 05:01 PM (7b1Uc)

164 I'm still trying to figure out what Obama can do about the situation.
For starters, he start by articulating his intent. Does he want to stop the pollution and see that it gets cleaned up? Or does he want to find fault with the system in general and find someone in particular to blame, someone whose throat he can put his bootheel on and whose ass he can kick?

Posted by: FireHorse at June 08, 2010 05:01 PM (cQyWA)

165 Here's what Obama can do:
He can say, "I was wrong to attack George Bush over Katrina, because there are some things that happen that are just outside of the President's control. In fact, there are some things that the federal government is simply not empowered by the Constitution to do. There are limits to government. I was wrong to not acknowledge that before. The powers of the federal government are few and defined, and that's true regardless of which Party is in charge."

Posted by: What Republicans Should Say at June 08, 2010 05:05 PM (/K0XR)

166 Posted by: What Republicans Should Say at June 08, 2010 05:05 PM
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Of course, if The Indonesian Imbecile did that, he'd also have to admit that the federal government had no role in Katrina (outside of what the states and localities requested - though the dems running the Louisianna and NOLA declined to request federal help, thereby keeping the feds out of the loop) while in the offshore oil spill, the federal government has the main responsibility for oversight and cleanup/defense.

The leaking offshore well and Katrina are polar opposites in which levels of government held the responsibilities. In Katrina it was states/localities. In the Deepwater Horizon well, it's the federal government (as the well is not even on state land, but in federal waters). In both instances, democrats were holding the offices of the appropriate levels of government and they royally screwed up. Royally.

Conservatives should be pounding this point home every day. The differences between the two disasters is stark (governmentally speaking) but the line of consistency is that the government that had dems in it screwed up in each case ... and blamed everyone else. Until the right can start pounding the living shit out of the America-hating, retarded left on these things, nothing will get better. The left cannot be allowed to continue to get away with this crap.

Posted by: progressoverpeace at June 08, 2010 05:16 PM (Qp4DT)

167 I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities - Sarah Palin
Truer words, my friends, truer words.
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Posted by: Schwalbe at June 08, 2010 05:37 PM (UU0OF)

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Posted by: Empire of Jeff at June 08, 2010 05:47 PM (Z4b1t)

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Posted by: Hazy at June 08, 2010 05:54 PM (GkYyh)

171 What could Obama do? Here's what Bruce McQuain suggests:


Obama is the guy on the spot to make a difference when a disaster strikes. He is the person who must mobilize the federal forces necessary, remove the red-tape and get things headed in the direction they need to be headed.


Where is that? He’s visited the area twice. He seems to have no idea of what further measures might be possible or necessary. He’s delegated everything to others and doesn’t seem that interested in taking an active hand. In fact, it appears he’s only made an effort to look like he’s interested because people are beginning to talk.


Where is the leadership? Where’s Obama taking an active role, for instance, in federalizing some National Guard troops, training them up on beach and marsh clean up and getting them where they need to be? Is every possible boom available on site and either deployed or ready to go? Why isn’t he in using the influence of his office to remove the red tape wound tightly about the Corps of Engineers and helping the governor of LA get his barrier islands constructed?


Why isn’t he talking to Saudi Arabia about how they used supertankers used to clean up the horrendous spill caused by Saddam Hussein over here? How many supertankers are available. Why aren’t we chartering them, and moving them in the spill area?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at June 08, 2010 06:20 PM (PQY7w)

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