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August 27, 2008


This would be amusing if it weren't so pathetic. For saying he likes Michelle Obama better when she's independent, outspoken, and sometimes controversial (in other words, when she's herself) Richard Cohen is called a racist woman hater by his commenters:

The transformation of Michelle Obama from a bracingly proud contemporary woman -- mother, wife, career woman -- into a prime time Betty Crocker was sad to see. This is not to say that she was not up to the task assigned her Monday night. She spoke well and looked swell. But her speech was like one of those buildings where the interior structure can be seen. You could watch her hit all her marks, answering, point by point, the uninformed criticism: angry, although mighty privileged, black woman. Never mind that that was a canard. Just as much a canard was the woman who spoke almost entirely of motherhood and wifehood and the incredible greatness of America -- a land once of searing racism, which, if mentioned, is seen as proof of irrational rage and for which whites now have three words: get over it.

The transparent purpose of the speech, its kitchy effort to reassure, gave Michelle Obama a glaze of insincerity. In the post-speech commentary, many of the TV types, schooled now in empathy and not objectivity, gave her high marks for what she did. But what she had really done, she had done earlier in her life. Last night, she gave the standard “Log Cabin” speech expected of nearly all American public figures -- born poor, raised in faith, etc. -- with nary a mention of race. It was a speech designed to reassure...

You know identity politics is imploding when it loses the ability to tell friend from foe.


Posted by Cassandra at August 27, 2008 08:56 AM

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You know identity politics is imploding when it loses the ability to tell friend from foe.

Just another consequence of having lost the ability to comprehend what one has *read*.

Posted by: BillT at August 27, 2008 10:40 AM

*nipping over to the PX/BX for fresh popcorn*

Posted by: BillT at August 27, 2008 10:41 AM

Someone needs to break out the Midol drip for these folks. They seem to be making a career of being reflexively and mortally offended at pretty much everything.

Posted by: Cassandra at August 27, 2008 12:00 PM

Dibs on inserting the fire hose -- uhhhhhhh -- needle.

Posted by: BillT at August 27, 2008 01:10 PM

Just the thought of that drip application sent me on a search for a bio-hazzard suit vendor. Must keep the kitchen tidy...

Posted by: Betty Cracker at August 27, 2008 01:24 PM

Only if I get to choose the injection site....

Posted by: DL Sly at August 27, 2008 01:26 PM


*Bad* cerebral cortex! Bad! *BAD!*

Posted by: BillT at August 27, 2008 02:26 PM

Hillary and Michelle resemble those artificial people such as Abraham Lincoln at Disneyland.

They call them animatrons. The gears whir and the lips move:

Abe: "Four score and seven years..."

Elvis: "As the snow flies,
On a cold and gray Chicago morn... In the ghetto"

Hillary: "And I have always loved youuuuuu..."

Michelle: "God has anointed us the most humble rich Harvard lawyers in America. And he did it all so that America will be healed."

Posted by: K at August 27, 2008 04:49 PM

to "lose" something, one must first have it.

so they never lost the ability to tell freind from foe, they just use the xerox method. i compare you to myself, who is pure in ideology, and if your not carrynig the same ideology, you must be the enemy.

now that the ideology encompases competing positions, they all attack each otehr.

no different than the russians controling the people by similar orchstrations.

after all, they are too busy mucking with each other to be effective till someone in power directs thm.

with no clear enemy, they just act like a blind junk yard dog with no sense of smell

they bite everything.

Posted by: artfldgr at August 27, 2008 05:02 PM


*Bad* cerebral cortex! Bad! *BAD!*

[in slow, measured Austrian accent] Zee need for a little razy free azzoziation ezz not all bad. Don't be zo hard on your zerebral cortex!

If you muzt have a lettle spanking, zee blog juzt down from pajamas media, ez called leather media might have vat you are zeeking.

Posted by: Zigman Schadenfreude at August 27, 2008 05:18 PM

Oh dear Lord. Did you have to mention leather?

You know how he gets.

Posted by: Princess Lei in a Suede Bikini at August 27, 2008 05:21 PM

"Oh dear Lord.

Um, you misspelled my name......I'll let it go this time.......

And I didn't mention leather....well, until now.

Posted by: DL Sly at August 27, 2008 08:36 PM

This is getting out of hand, where are the strait jackets?

Posted by: Ymarsakar at August 27, 2008 09:24 PM

Mistress Mandy took the cleaners in them.....uhhh, took them to the cleaners.


Posted by: DL Sly at August 28, 2008 12:14 AM

...uhhh, took them to the cleaners.

Like PUMA is trying to do to the Obamanation.

Which will -- hopefully -- have larger ramifications in nine weeks...

Posted by: BillT at August 28, 2008 02:59 AM

9 weeks or 9 months?

Posted by: Ymarsakar at August 28, 2008 03:49 AM

Good question. What *is* the gestation period for an alien baby, anyway?

Posted by: BillT at August 28, 2008 05:27 AM

Hehe hehe hehe hehe, he said ramifications hehe hehe hehe hehe

Posted by: Bevis at August 28, 2008 05:42 AM

Heh. Knew you'd zero in on that...

Posted by: BillT at August 28, 2008 07:29 AM

It's only been a matter of time for cannibalism to set in.

It was always inevitable.

Posted by: Obloodyhell at August 28, 2008 01:21 PM

Alien babies are cannibals?

No wonder you never see twins...

Posted by: BillT at August 28, 2008 01:49 PM

Michael Moore once had a twin? God forbid, Bill.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at August 29, 2008 10:36 AM