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Posted by on Aug 19, 2008 in Guest Contributor, Politics | 12 comments

Bye Bye Barry (Guest Voice)

This is another Guest Voice by Joel S. Hirschhorn, who is highly critical of both major political parties and who advocates a constitutional convention. Should we save this post for use on election day? Guest Voice posts do not necessarily reflect the opinion of TMV or its writers.

Bye Bye Barry

by Joel S. Hirschhorn

The final results are in on this historic November day.

Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars he raised, Barack Obama has lost the 2008 presidential election. American voters have boldly spoken truth to arrogance. Turned out that all those pre-election opinion polls that showed Obama’s inability to get over 50 percent support were prescient. Much of the public was never comfortable with Obama, though he clearly was so comfortable acting like he already was president.

Hillary and Bill Clinton are probably drinking champagne and having the sweetest time since Bill won his first presidential election. Hillary must now bite her lip repeatedly and resist saying publicly that “I told you so!” Hillary in 2012 will reveal that she learned her lessons well.

All that Obama audacity of arrogance from the smiling, glib politician finally died the death it so richly deserved. Too many pundits will blame his loss on his blackness and racist voters.

But the larger truth is that sufficient voters saw through the many lies and deceptions. Obama always had a hard time giving a simple, short straight answer to tough questions. He was always mentally calculating exactly how to game his answers so that he would achieve all the benefits he had his eyes on.

He was simply too presumptuous and too smart for his own good. In the end, Americans do not want the smartest person in the presidency or endless nuancing. They want someone they can easily understand and trust, despite their skepticism. There were many reasons not to trust the calculating Obama to do anything he promised to do or, for some people, to fear he might.

And now the bloviating pundits will also blame third party presidential candidates for siphoning votes from Obama, as if Americans have no right to exercise their political freedom and vote for someone they honestly think has the best policy positions and would most help restore American democracy.

Jon Stewart and other late-night comics will feast on these election results, as they should. I can’t wait to hear jokes about Obama’s wife becoming a more vocal and militant critic of the good old USA, now that she has proof positive that so many Americans are stupid white racists.

Of course, now the nation must suffer through the ineptness, confusion and dementia-like dullness of the living-in-the-past John McCain, tough-talking but brain dead. Will the McCain presidency look like an extension of the incredible terrible George W. Bush White House? Of course.

Still living off a once-true characterization as a maverick, McCain must now surround himself with people who actually are smart and knowledgeable about myriad issues.

Should be no problem finding enough lobbyists.

Pundits will start speculating that McCain will be lucky just to stay alive for four years, but thankfully his vice-president seems more capable.

One thing for sure: the power plutocracy that really runs the country will have little trouble pulling the strings behind the scenes and keep the puppet McCain dancing to tunes written by corporate interests.

Ralph Nader summed up this way: “A large fraction of Americans know that we need a Jeffersonian political revolution to fix our corrupt system. They were not fooled by the Obama rhetoric about change, not from someone that has been a product of and servant for the two-party plutocracy. Yes, all the votes for me and the other third-party presidential candidates spelled the difference between Obama winning and losing. Our voters correctly protested against the corrupt two-party system. They did not elect McCain. Only those who voted for McCain elected him, and that is something they must live with as they watch a McCain administration continue dismantling American democracy and budget-busting global warmongering.”

Cynthia McKinney wisely noted that “It is time to stop saying God bless America, and begin repeating God save America. The good news is that we will build even greater public support for a true political revolution during the McCain presidency. All too often things must get much worse before they can get better. They will get worse.”

As to Obama, half-jokingly he said: “I may come back as a third-party candidate.” Or did that reflect a calculation that Democrats had learned their lesson? As to all the screaming from the left that the Republicans stole this election also, Obama immediately said “John won it fair and square.” Thanks Barry, exactly what I expected from a phony change agent.

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  • pacatrue

    Hating everyone is not an informed opinion.

  • Jim_Satterfield

    I haven’t seen one Guest Voice from Hirschhorn that impressed me and this one is no exception. In fact I would go so far as to say that it’s the worst piece of BS he’s written. Any chance of finding some better Guest Voices? Because this one was pretty disgusting.

  • In the end, Americans do not want the smartest person in the presidency or endless nuancing.

    The want a moron they can drink beer with.

  • epiphyte

    So Joel, Obama is arrogant and self-serving, but Nader isn’t? You must be wearing the kind of spectacles that would give any sane person a migrane.

  • While everyone is entitled to an opinion, it would be nice if this piece offered some constructive criticism rather than dwelling entirely on negativity. For example, how about a similar post that details the author’s best-case scenario? Write about the surprise third-party candidate who emerged to win the election, and how he or she pulls it off. Had Ross Perot not dropped out midway back in 1992 he very well could have broken through the two-party system, and it’s conceivable that if someone like Colin Powell or Warren Buffett were ever convinced to run independently that they could win. An article about such a scenario would prove more enlightening than one like this one that basically says “the system sucks” without offering any insights.

  • greenschemes

    I read an editorial by David Gergen who is in Obama’s court I believe and a very smart man.

    A once commanding lead by Obama is now down to 275 electoral votes with McCain taking the lead in 3 states he once trailed in. McCain showing momentum and Obama starting to lag behind. Remember back in the early days when the GOP kept saying that Obama would be easier to defeat then Hillary.

    Well this seems to be what they are talking about. Once Obama shows up on the world stage with his postage stamp resume against John McCain then the venting will begin and Obama will spend his entire time defending himself instead of getting his message out. Hillary in the meantime has already been vented and would have been able to focus on other matters.

    The numbers are just not there. HIllary Clinton supporters are staying away from Obama in droves. I believe Obama himself would love to have Hillary on the podium with him. Obama’s supporters would not.

    John McCain is going to be the next president because the Obama supporters will not let Obama be that which he has promised to be…………..the Uniter.

  • Manchester2

    “Hillary in the meantime has already been vented and would have been able to focus on other matters.”

    Greendreams, I think you mean “vetted.”

  • Manchester2

    Oops…I meant greenschemes.

  • saintixe56

    If this musing ever comes as a premonition, Hillary may run in 2012 , but she will have so many well wishers waiting in ambush for her, it will not be I told you so , but I killed myself also.
    Do you suppose one second that the Obama voters who are routinely villified, insulted who daily get their copious servings of abuse , will for a moment of madness forget who made the fairytale comments, who remembered the ides of June, who chose Mark Penn now a no more hidden racist as her chief startegist, do we want those people in the WH.
    no , no way
    BY THE WAY YES WE ARE NOW GETTING VERY UNHAPPY- i AM POLITE so I shall refrain to voice how mad we are we are raving unhappy
    we love the USA BUT IF IT TAKES A TSUNAMI to get the US back on tracks so be it
    after 8ys of bushismes macacainsims and other oreilliries
    I bet that the voters will remember and this time will choose wisely

  • JSpencer

    “after 8ys of bushismes macacainsims and other oreilliries
    I bet that the voters will remember and this time will choose wisely”

    If they don’t, then they will deserve the parody of a once great country they would be helping to create.

  • DdW

    Almost anyone can postulate a possible outcome to an event–whether it turns out to be the correct prediction is another matter.

    It takes a certain skill to “flesh out” the details to make the predicted outcome somewhat interesting and plausible.

    But it takes Hirschhorn’s glib and bloviating to expertly weave in bias, hate, and prejudice into such a “prediction.”

  • DLS

    Never mind the quality-control issues. The obituary is awfully premature!

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