Now Maher's doing teleprompter jokes?
I mean, selling the personal part to stay popular, I'm all for it, but you got us already. We like you, we really like you! You're skinny and in a hurry and in love with a nice lady. But so's Lindsay Lohan. And like Lohan, we see your name in the paper a lot, but we're kind of wondering when you're actually going to do something.Mouth hangs agape.
He has done a lot of stuff. He's validated all most all of the actions taken by his predecessor (that's what had Rall all fired up), he's dissed his gay constituency (that's got Democratic Underground all fired up), he's essentially taken control of major banks and two of the Big 3 auto makers. How can you say he hasn't done anything? Oh, right. You're Bill Maher.
I know that's harsh. But when I read about how you sat on the sidelines while bailed-out banks used the money we gave them to hire lobbyists who got Congress to stop homeowners from getting renegotiated loans, or how Congress is already giving up on healthcare reform, or how scientists say it's essential to reduce CO2 by 40% in 10 years, but your own bill calls for 4%, I say, enough with the character development, let's get on with the plot.See? Obama just didn't do what Bill wants done.
And so on. It's funny as hell to see people like Mahar having fits because- Gasp! Surprise!- they've discovered The One lied to them, but it's tempered by the knowledge that he's screwing the whole damn country over- or trying very hard to- with the support of these clowns.
It is nice that Obama's now facing revolt from a lot of Evil Party members. Whether it's personal problems with his trying to take over everything, or pressure from people back home saying "He want to do WHAT? You vote for this and you're toast!"; people taking note of the damage being done by his takeover of GM and Chrysler and closing dealerships, people- often with family and/or friends in the military looking at the cuts he's trying to shove through; people looking at his screwing over Israel in order to suck up to the 'muslim world'; there's a lot of Reps and Sens backing off a whole bunch of things. I get the feeling that he truly believed that because he's Obama, and The First (semi)Black President, that people were just going to bow down and do his bidding(witness the "I won" crap early on); now that he's pissed off a LOT more people, including many who voted for him, and now that people are listing to/reading alternate media and getting more information than the major media(i.e., 'the suckups') will give, he's realized- or his advisors have- that he just can't do a lot of this crap. For instance, that 'reduce CO2 by 40% in 10 years' crap; people have been getting the message of just how badly trying that will cripple us('cripple', hell, flat destroy our economy and lives) and raising hell with the politicians, and- most of them being politicians to whom staying in DC means more than anything else- they're listening. Which means no blind following for The One, which means problems in his agenda.
And so the realization hits a lot of people; not only did he lie to them on a lot of things, but he apparently didn't realize just how much resistance would be generated to a lot of the other promises; and, Obama being a Chicago machine politician(defined as 'crooked as a dogs' broken hind leg'), he'll throw just about anybody and anything under the bus if he thinks it'll help him in some way. Like all the good union members now finding their jobs gone but the Union still being kissed by the administration; they realize that while he does indeed 'owe the Unions', he doesn't give a crap about the members, just about the brass who control the money and can order people around.
Like I say, entertaining as hell in some ways, but the enjoyment is tempered.