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  • by chromatic (983) on 2008.11.05 14:16 (#65757) Homepage Journal

    Finally! Now we can all get back to demonizing George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the Trilateral Commission/Military Industrial Complex/Knights Templar conspiracy to crash airplanes into buildings so that we could suck all of the oil out of Iraq to power our ... (I don't remember how that ends; I stopped listening when he repeated "Commander in Chimp").

    I can only hope that we'll still have Governor Palin to mock come January 20th. That's vital to the health of our public discourse, apparently.

    • No matter how many times I read that, I still can't understand what you're trying to say. No offence, but your sarcasm (deliberately?) obscures what you're trying to say. Or maybe I'm just thick (many people will assume this, I suppose)

      • Sometimes I get a distinct impression that chromatic is on a quest to mock folly for the sake of mockery itself, and only occasionally has a firm opinion of his own at all.

        • I have lots of firm opinions, but I try not to mix them with my hobbies. (See the quote often attributed to Sir Thomas More: "The devil is a proud spirit who cannot abide to be mocked.")

      • I'm a registered independent, and I voted for neither Senator for president. I found the constant bickering between supports of both candidates tiresome and vitriolic. The idea that Senator McCain lost because of the technicolor spew from some of his supports makes me laugh. Try to find someone more despised in this country than Dick Cheney, or George W. Bush.

        I'm sorry, but "Finally, our long national nightmare is over!" is as one-sided and historically bankrupt a notion as "A decades-long global conspir

        • Exactly, chromatic. Oprah said the other day, "so this is what democracy feels like." An incredibly divisive and un-American thing to say, since she obviously said it only because her guy won.

          As you say, the hate from the left was intense. Maybe Ovid didn't notice it because a. he agrees with it and b. it has been so persistent for the last 6 years or so that he just tunes it out. For every "Obama is a seekrit Muslim" cry, I heard ten "Abort Sarah Palin" cries.

          • Oprah said the other day....

            See, there's your problem. She's on TV. I'm just impressed the bear can dance at all.

            As you say, the hate from the left was intense.

            As was the hate from the right during the Clinton years. As was the hate from the left during the Reagan years. You have to go back to Ford to find someone no one cared about.

            (I had an epiphany several years ago when I realized that the nasty things people were saying about Bush were so very similar in tone to nasty things I'd said about Clin

            • I had an epiphany several years ago when I realized that the nasty things people were saying about Bush were so very similar in tone to nasty things I'd said about Clinton. ...

              I think on balance it was much worse against Bush, but that doesn't really mean much I suppose. I had a similar epiphany, although I had it awhile before Bush took office. I realized that much of the things I said, and attitudes I had, toward Clinton were fruitless and damaging. This was probably around the time of the impeachment.

              Now, that doesn't mean I am going to like Obama (maybe I will) or his policies (I surely won't), and it doesn't mean I won't try to fight against him in many respects. That's

              • I will say that Obama's proposed policies undermine the limited government and civil liberties enshrined in the Constitution.

                Funny, that. You'd think someone who taught Constitutional law for twelve years would see a clearer distinction between the legislative and executive branches... though that would explain why he proposed no legislation while a member of the legislative branch.

                • Be careful, you're coming dangerously close to mixing your firm opinions with your hobbies!