Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Obamamania - the Flip-side

It's clear that the honeymoon is over and Obamamania -in terms of senseless worship from supporters- has given way to rational expectations.

Some of us are concerned that the president is not acting quickly enough to close Guantanamo, or that he is slipping on his pledge to end "Don't Ask; Don't Tell."

Regarding the financial crisis, I was more in favor of a "We don't need no water" approach, rather than a massive taxpayer bailout of the [expletive deleted] bankers who got us into this mess.

But there's a flip-side to Obamania -an equally senseless loathing from his detractors- that is not giving way to any measure of rationality.

There is just no logical explanation for such venom hissed at a president who has yet to be in office for a full year.

Let's look at just a few puzzling right-wing reactions to this president.

  • The President tells school children to work hard and stay in school: OUTRAGE!
  • The President tries to bring the the Olympics home and fails: JUBILATION!
  • The President wins the Nobel Peace Prize: INDIGNATION!
Now, we can always count on fringe groups to irrationally worship or demonize public figures. And sometimes such sentiments spill out into the general population; but it doesn't last.

Here's my concern: I think the Republican Party is becoming a fringe group. Has anyone bothered to tell them that they can't win elections with only the Southern states? Even if they whip every last WASP in the country into a raging, foaming-at-the-mouth, gun brandishing frenzy; there just aren't enough of them to win national elections!

Well I'm not going to tell them. I plan on taking a "We don't need no water" approach. We'll see how it plays out.