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The Mockery and Face Rubbing Will Continue

In the beginning, an empty suit promised hope and un-defined change.

And the weary leftists who had had no traction for eight years (and entirely too many centrists) bought that glimmering image of rainbows and unicorns.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings.
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.
Now we witness their shock...

ANOTHER RUBE SELF-IDENTIFIES: YOU CAN CALL ME "SMUG" AS LONG AS YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THE STING. You were played. I told you so at the time. The whole hope-and-change thing was an obvious con, and you were among the rubes who fell for it anyway. And yeah, I'm rubbing it in.

And, heck, I'll link this while I'm at it. How things change. Given what's going on, why wouldn't I be smug?


ANOTHER UPDATE: Moe Lane emails: "I will admit to a certain amount of smug, myself. I mean, it's not like we didn't tell these rubes, over and over and over again. Jim Geraghty especially, back in November 2008..."

And Moe's rubbing it in, too. Why not? It's the chief pleasure offered by this miserable administration. And, as I said right after the election, you've got to take your fun where you find it.

MORE: Reader Michael Hankamer writes: "So I guess that recognition that Obama is a dunce, was always a dunce, and forever will be a dunce is the new definition of 'uber-partisan.'" So it would seem. But since that characterization seems merely to increase the sting, I'm okay with it this time... .

And Prof. Stephen Clark writes: "By all means, rub their whole faces in the facts of this latest intervention. To be clear: if the left and Democrats generally do not savage this President in much the same manner they savaged Bush, if they are not out in the streets protesting, if they are not opposing his reelection, if they are not demanding his impeachment and trial, if they are not hoping for his very death, then they will have shown themselves to be every bit the craven hypocrites that many have long claimed." I have not yet begun to rub it in.

Posted at 8:30 am by Glenn Reynolds

Cue the Gods of the Copybook Headings:

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew,
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four--
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man--
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began --
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire--

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!


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Comments (8)

Oh, yeah, right. How many ... (Below threshold)

Oh, yeah, right. How many Leftists will really protest that actions of this President in Libya? Probably the same pathetic band of 5% or so that sort-of protested President Clinton's illegal involvement in the former Yugoslavia.

One of my favorite techniques at parties with leftists who wanted to talk about the "illegal" attacks by the US in Afghanistan and Iraq was to offer to debate any of them that I could remember who were angry at Clinton's actions against the Serbs. And then I looked around and said, "And that would ... be ... no one".

Military courts? It's only illegal if it's ordered by the Republican President.

Imprisonment of suspected terrorists without full civilian US rights? It's only illegal if it's ordered by the Republican President.

Continuing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? It's only illegal if it's ordered by the Republican President.

Intervention in a civil war? It's only illegal if it's ordered by the Republican President.

Being a Leftist means never having to say your sorry ... or a hypocrite ... of a fool.

The libs passed mediocrity ... (Below threshold)

The libs passed mediocrity and hypocrisy long ago. They live in an alternate reality, the native tongue is called NewSpeak.

This is right on time, had ... (Below threshold)

This is right on time, had an old friend call me today and act like they did not like Obama from day one.
I asked her why she voted for him and why she was so "high" on him at the time? She responds I never was. Sadly for her, my gmail account has unlimited space. Pulled up her email (one of many) about how great Obama was, forward it too her and all of a sudden she had to get off the phone...:)

Patrick B,And ever... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves:

Patrick B,

And every time, from now on, when she wants to talk politics, remind her of this and make the conversation contingent on admitting error with regard to Obama in the first place.

No one should feel smug abo... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

No one should feel smug about this, any more than he should feel smug about winning a bet with a retarded kid on where the sun would rise tomorrow morning. It's as sad as seeing a retard beaming because he traded all of his money for some magic beans.

Hey, as long as you're gonn... (Below threshold)

Hey, as long as you're gonna invoke Kipling ...

For the past three years I've wondered whether ol' Rudyard was somehow prescient and used Obama and his followers as the model for the Bandar-Log, the troop of monkeys in The Jungle Book:

Here we sit in a branchy row, Thinking of beautiful things we know; Dreaming of deeds that we mean to do, All complete, in a minute or two -- Something noble and wise and good, Done by merely wishing we could.

And lifting this from Wikipedia:

The Bandar-log feature most prominently in the story "Kaa's Hunting", where their scatterbrained anarchy causes them to be treated as pariahs by the rest of the jungle. Their foolish and chattering ways are illustrated by their slogan: We are great. We are free. We are wonderful. We are the most wonderful people in all the jungle! We all say so, and so it must be true. Bandar-log communicate almost entirely through the repetition of other animals' speech.
No one should feel smug ... (Below threshold)

No one should feel smug about this, any more than he should feel smug about winning a bet with a retarded kid on where the sun would rise tomorrow morning.

It's like the old joke about the guy who won $40 from his idiot neighbor, betting on the Superbowl -- $20 on the game, and $20 on the instant replay.

Murgatroyd,<blockquot... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves:


AS I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market-Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market-Place.
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.






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