Spreadin’ Love

Crap. I've blogged too much today and not done what I should be doing. But one last link.

Everybody (ie this guy and that guy) is talking about Matt Taibbi's article on Obama. The topic du jour in the political blogosphere.

8 thoughts on “Spreadin’ Love

  1. I don’t read articles with obscenities (I mean, unless it’s Henry Miller or something), so Taibbi’s thoughts will not be percolating through my brain.
    From the part of Taibbi’s article before the first obscenity, he seems to live in a very insular world. In what possible universe would a Harvard Law graduate with an appointment at University of Chicago be an outsider? Bizarre.

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  2. “In what possible universe would a Harvard Law graduate with an appointment at University of Chicago be an outsider?”
    The one where he’s black? fatherless? from Hawaii? whose American-ness is still questioned by a shockingly large segment of American?

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  3. My, he’s grumpy. “…we don’t know if Obama has changed, or if the influence of Wall Street is simply a fundamental and ineradicable element of our electoral system. What we do know is that Barack Obama pulled a bait-and-switch on us. If it were any other politician, we wouldn’t be surprised. Maybe it’s our fault, for thinking he was different.”
    I see Obama as a kind of mix of Jimmy Carters sententious priggery and a mirror of GWBush – Bush who ran from the center and then governed from the right, and didn’t resist Wall Street on anything, Obama ran from the center, is trying to govern from the left, and resists Wall Street on nothing. It’s discouraging.
    Beej, this guy went to Punahou. His grandfather and grandmother were present for him always. He had every opportunity. The birthers are nuts, I fully agree. But his life has been fine.

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  4. Tabbi’s best work by far was when he was the sane(er) one behind the eXile in Russia. (Compared to Mark Ames, who is more vulgar and less smart than Tabbi, or Eduard Limonov, who is much smarter but less sane, that’s not necessarily saying much.) His “Gorilla journalism” pieces, where he’d dress in a gorilla suit and try to do various things, were wonderful. But now the need to shock and try to imitate Hunter S. Thompson (not a very worthy target to my mind) has destroyed most of what was good about him.

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  5. bj: are you saying that Vernon Jordan and Colin Powell and Henry Louis Gates and Stan O’Neal are outsiders? That is racial essentialism on steroids. And Obama isn’t fatherless: his parents divorced, like half my friends’ parents. As for being from Hawaii, you lost me. Which of the 50 states are “inside,” and which are “outside”?

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  6. Actually, there’s an interesting question here: which of the recent presidents had fathers who were, in some way, absent?
    Present fathers: Nixon, Carter, Bush, Bush.
    Absent fathers: Ford, Reagan, Clinton, Obama.
    I don’t know what this proves.

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  7. What do you guys all mean by being an insider vs being an outsider?
    Digby/Atrios/others often talk about “the Village.” So that’s what I think of as being an insider. Being part of that club, like being in the Senate and invited to all the right parties.
    Am I an insider? I have an Ivy League education and a PhD and I had both parents at home while growing up.
    I feel like you guys are working with different definitions.

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