Monday, May 4, 2009

Obama Hopeover, Hopesick, and Hopebreak

A Lexicon of Disappointment

By Noami Klein, The Nation, May 4, 2009

[Excerpt] All is not well in Obamafanland. Whatever the last straw, a growing number of Obama enthusiasts are starting to entertain the possibility that their man is not, in fact, going to save the world if we all just hope really hard. [Full Article]

I wondered when it would start, but I am not surprised that some Obamist are beginning to lose their religion. Some Obama cultist are leaving the cult. Some are realizing that Obama is a just a man and a politician after all. They are beginning to think that maybe he really is not the messiah.

It looks like he can never be far left enough for the very far left. His failure to condemn the Israel's Gaza attack, the fact that he cannot stop all layoffs and foreclosures, his hypocrisy of advocating due process rights for Guantanamo detainees and opposing them for Bagram detainees, his escalation of the war in Afghanistan, and his failure to totally remake society are causing some of his most enthusiastic disciples to lose hope.

This is good news. If the most enthusiastic lose their evangelical zeal, maybe Obama can be vulnerable in 2012. Without his army of Obamaheads to pressure Congress every time the Perpetual Obama Campaign sends out an email, maybe Congress will start actually reading bills before they vote on them. Maybe without a loud chorus to back him up, Obama will be unable to walk on water.

Read this article to learn the new vocabulary of those who are losing Hope.

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  1. Back during the election, it was made clear to me that neither candidate would be nearly as good as their supporters hoped, nor nearly as bad as their detractors feared. It would appear that this is indeed true of President Obama.

  2. I read the article you referred to on OpEd News, a hotbed of disappointed liberals. I am pretty liberal myself but having worked many years in the belly of the beast I don't expect miracles. Much of what I read strikes me as the work of people who are not really familiar with how government really works or is even supposed to work. Change is not supposed to be easy, which is exactly how the Founding Fathers wanted it.

  3. Obama will have nobody to blame but himself. Some of his ideas have already met with resistance in Congress like Cap and trade, assault weapons, and not the tax loophole. I'll be interested to hear their excuses come 2010.

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