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Obama Is All: “Ha ha, Holland! I Got A 35% Approval Floor, And I’m Not Even Named After A Foreign Country”

Posted on | September 6, 2014 | 14 Comments

by Smitty

Via Instapundit, the excellent Daniel Hannan, emphasis mine:

Snobbery is not confined to any party or faction, of course. What seems far more common on the Left, though, is the need to find some inert, subjugated, grateful mass to champion. At first, that mass was supposed to be the industrialised proletariat. But, when working people were enfranchised, they often turned out to have troublingly conservative opinions. The needy politicians then turned to immigrants and other minorities. Annoyingly for them, some of these groups were equally unwilling to play the part allotted to them. So Lefties began to cast the net wider, searching for people who could be relied on not to contradict the official line: oppressed colonials, Palestinians, black South Africans. Sadly, these groups, too, refused to be either unconditionally grateful or politically correct.
I sometimes wonder whether political neediness explains the popularity of the animal rights movement: here, finally, is a constituency that can be relied on never to gainsay its self-proclaimed champions. Passive, predictable and in need of protection, animals are the perfect political prop.
As for Hollande, the French saw through him long ago. With 13 per cent approval ratings, he is the most unpopular leader in the history of his country (though, in fairness, there were no opinion polls during Charles X’s reign). Some French people may be toothless, but they’re evidently not mindless. They are on the receiving end of the Euro-correct socialism that is immiserating France, and they know it. Vivent les sans-dents!

The whole snobbery/unpopularity thing is as viral as ebola. Consider the utter disdain with which someone bearing actual charisma and a heart for reform, e.g. Sarah Palin, is met. I don’t see how she could possibly have been less effective than #OccupyResoluteDesk, without, say, getting a carrier battle group sunk somewhere while having her feet done. And yet we’re instructed to ridicule her, meanwhile overlooking the rodeo clown stylings of President “Sorry, I think I left my ISIS strategy in my seersucker suit.”

Thursday, while driving to the airport, I got a call from the NRCC, wanting to loot me for $150-$200 to help “fight the Liberal agenda”. I pressed the speaker for more detail on just exactly what that meant. Is the GOP really going to repeal ObamaCare, or just fanny about until Americans get bored and roll over (an admittedly reasonable strategy).

By the time the huckster had worked the panhandle down to $50 I was all “Seriously. I’m calling Boehner’s bluff. The suspicion is that the GOP is tacitly colluding with the IRS. Get the reform plan out there, and I’ll think about contributing.”

The apparent lack of a GOP wave this November is due to the water being confused as to which direction of flow is not Progressive. Which is why it is heartening to see the likes of Tom Coburn calling for a Convention of States. I sort of waffle on which branch of the Progressive Party is the bigger pack of liars;

  • the overt statists know as Democrats, or
  • the closet statists who make occasional patriotic bleats, the Republicans.

In any case, if you like a candidate, don’t bother giving one red cent to any national campaign committee: these career jackwagons are the problem, not the solution.

Comments

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    His cowardice on holding off on his Amnesty plan is going to dishearten his lefty supporters.

  • http://theothermccain.com smitty

    Yeah, but those supporters deal in patient treachery.

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  • Mike G.

    Bob Belvedere in a recent post, says Sept. 17th, Constitution/Citizen’s Day.

  • Kevin Cousins

    Smitty, isn’t the RNCC funding incumbents to defeat TEAParty challengers in primaries, or am I mistaken?

  • http://theothermccain.com smitty

    They’re guilty until proven innocent.

  • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

    Animal rights, climate, the oppression of borders, the tyranny of accurate vote counting, the evil of energy. You’re right over the target, Smitty.

    They learned that their true constituency is the anthropomorphism of guilt.

  • http://theothermccain.com smitty

    Anthropomorphism, commoditizing; it’s all in the same ballpark.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Damn well put, Squid.

    ‘Not One Red Cent’ must, once again, be our battle cry.

    My gut tells me the expected GOP triumph in November will be somewhat less than triumphant.

  • Squid Hunt

    I think opening the door to a Constitutional Convention in this political climate would be a disaster. Progressivs have the forces, the motivation, the organization, and the political machinery to completely hi-jack the process and torch liberties.

  • http://alanye.com daialanye

    Nice bit of writing, but hold the convention.

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