Think, whom didn't Obama piss off except for his loyalest advocates? It's a remarkable achievement. Maybe he's playing this Clinton 1994, and lordy knows the GOP House is going to over-cracker hysterically, but I don't remember the Left being as angry at Clinton in 1994 as at Obama in 2010. Might work. Bet a pint it does.President Obama has performed his act of contrition. Now comes the hard part, according to Democrats around the country: reckoning with the simple fact that he’s isolated himself from virtually every group that matters in American politics.
Congressional Democrats consider him distant and blame him for their historic defeat on Tuesday. Democratic state party leaders scoff at what they see as an inattentive and hapless political operation. Democratic lobbyists feel maligned by his holier-than-thou take on their profession. His own Cabinet — with only a few exceptions — has been marginalized.
His relations with business leaders could hardly be worse. Obama has suggested it’s a PR problem, but several Democratic officials said CEOs friendly with the president walk away feeling he’s indifferent at best to their concerns. Add in his icy relations with Republicans, the media and, most important, most voters, and it’s easy to understand why his own staff leaked word to POLITICO that it wants Obama to shake up his staff and change his political approach.
Play with me: what if Obama genuinely believed he could expand the mythological American moderate base with seepage into both Left and Right, acted on that belief, and managed to piss-off everyone but his loyalest advocates? What if Corporate believed it, or at least green-lighted a pilot-program w/a WTF shrug?
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Overwhelming odds say Obama's fucking inept at following orders and a dick when confronted on it. But play with me: what if Obama honestly believed in and earnestly strove for compromise and bipartisanship and America consciously told him to fuck off? It's hard to believe that was Obama's plan; it's easy to believe that would have been America's reaction had it been.
- Heh, revolution from the Left.
- GOP pushback begins.
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- Phantom jobs.
- On the above.
- Targeted killings.
- Defensive boredom.
- Hot potato.
- Stupid outrage.
- Western Maryland is beautiful, motherfucking Kentucky.
- How much is Politics and Prose really worth?
- James Wright trashes Allen Ginsberg.
- I have read exactly zero of the novels on this best of list. Of the five books of poetry, I have read the Zapruder. It's good.
- Márquez writing new novel.
- Anne Sexton was born eighty-two years ago today.
THE TRUTH THE DEAD KNOW
Gone, I say and walk from church,
refusing the stiff procession to the grave,
letting the dead tide alone in the hearse.
It is June. I am tired of being brave.
We drive to the Cape. I cultivate
myself where the sun gutters from the sky,
where the sea swings in like an iron gate
and we touch. In another country people die.
My darling, the wind falls in like stones
from the whitehearted water and when we touch
we enter touch entirely. No one’s alone.
Men kill for this, or for as much.
And what of the dead? They lie without shoes
in their stone boats. They are more like stone
than the sea would be if it stopped. They refuse
to be blessed, throat, eye and knucklebone.