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Hillary Clinton 2008

Hillary Clinton

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I know some of you are in that community, but some are not. This is a general statement about the whole Obama phenomenon. It's one of the longer entries I've written in a long while.

This post contains spoilers for the new straight-to-DVD movie, Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs.

On February 3rd of this year, I posited a question to the Obama people of politicsforum after I'd written briefly about how disconcerting it was shaping out to be that people were blindly following Obama:

I wish someone from the Obama camp would tell me something about what he's accomplished and what makes him a better leader than Clinton other than his wits and charm. Otherwise, it's just how it is in Futurama--you all support someone because he has the hypnotic power of talk over you.

Of course, more people complaaaaaaaained about my depiction of these mindless drone-followers as victims of the Hypnotoad (or Hypnobama, renamed), the pet toad from Futurama's past that would be able to command legions of people just by hypnotizing them. Either they didn't get it because they don't care much about Futurama or they just found it completely insulting that--gasp--someone would compare their support with mindlessness/being brainwashed into a cult mentality.

Yet that is what I received in that post. Mindlessness.

The stereotype of the mindless Obamatron reared its heads in their many forms:

"Read his website!" (and again)
"The race card!"
"Repeat key points of his lackluster resumé and HOPE no one notices!"

Perhaps I spoke too soon. Four days after my blog challenge, ABC News Correspondent Jack Tapper wrote "And Obama Wept", a blog posting about the cultishness of Obama supporters. Five days after my blog challenge, Joel Stein of the L.A. Times talks about having "Obamaphilia", and "the Cult of Obama". And, eight days after my blog challenge, the New york Times' esteemed economist Paul Krugman noted that the Obama campaign "seems dangerously close to becoming a cult of personality".

What people in that community didn't realize is that there were already articles out there. You just had to find/read them. Most of what I'd seen and was memorable came from blogs and small press; most notably Gal Beckerman's article in the Columbia Journalism Review titled "Seeing the Light in South Carolina: In the flesh, Obama is easy…maybe too easy". She had attended both an Obama rally and a Clinton rally, and this is what she heard spouting from Obama at his rally:

When the senator did arrive, he gave a pitch-perfect stump speech, surfing the enthusiasm of the pulsating gym. When he took the stage he said, “At some point in the evening, a light is going to shine down and you will have an epiphany and you’ll say, ‘I have to vote for Barack.’”

If that epiphany never came, you couldn’t blame Obama. I’m not sure what more he could have done to make those people see the light.

Now if that didn't raise any red flags for the thinkers out there, then those thinkers are hopeless. But yes, that was the main article I was drawing my parallel between Barack Obama and the Hypnotoad from. This is the graphic that is my icon, and also the graphic that upset so many people at the forum:

From Wiki:

The Hypnotoad is a large toad with oscillating, multicolored eyes which emit a loud, ominous buzzing noise. It has the power to hypnotize almost any living thing at will, even mass numbers of creatures.

The Hypnotoad first appeared in the episode "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid", where it wins a pet show by hypnotizing sheep to herd themselves into a pen, the event judges into giving it a perfect score, and finally the audience into applauding mechanically. A running gag in the series is that the Hypnotoad has its own television show, Everybody Loves Hypnotoad, in which it hypnotizes the audience (first seen in "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV").

It would appear that, at the end of the primaries and at the Rules & Bylaws meeting where the DNC heads (Donna Brazile and Howard Dean) unceremoniously and inexplicably stripped four of Senator Hillary Clinton's pledged delegates and gave them to Obama even though Obama voluntarily took his name off of the ballot--and no, if you are going to say that Obama did this at the urging of Howard Dean, you are WRONG (figured I'd use that link, since most of HuffPo is Obamarama Central, but Sam Stein's articles are level-headed and--seemingly--unbiased). It would appear that, after Senator Clinton met with the party insiders, she felt backed into a corner and would--despite the majority of us Clinton supporters through her website urging her to take it to the floor of the convention--suspend her campaign and "support" Obama. The Hypnobama had worked its way throughout the entire Senior Class of the Democratic Party (including Nancy Pelosi) to corner and strongarm the strongest "Most Likely to Succeed" candidate in the yearbook in favor of the guy who was Secretary of the Chess Club who never played a game or attended any meetings. Thus, a whole great bunch of the 18 million who voted for Clinton and would settle for nothing less took up Senator Clinton's "Mo'" and ran with it, creating several hundreds of pockets of "PUMA" people (PUMA standing for either "Party Unity My Ass" or "People United Make Action", People United being the "official" 527 that can create/raise money for/air ads against Obama).

Today is Friday, June 27th. Three days ago, the new Futurama straight-to-DVD movie came out, and there is a new Futurama character analagous to Obama and the Obama Campaign: Yivo. Yivo is a giant, omnipotent blob of goo with several billion regenerative/multiplying tentacles that, at the beginning of the story arc, implants itself in the backs of peoples' necks under the premise that it's "giving love" to the people. While people resist, virtually everybody comes under the spell of Yivo (rather, falls victim to a tentacle shoving itself into the back of their necks):

"Don't you want to become part of something bigger?"

Doesn't that sound familiar? Doesn't it feel familiar? Yes, Yivo is the Obamatronic Nucleus, the bunch in the lamestream media who keep telling themselves that "PUMAs will come home/come around"--like that idiot Rebecca Traister who stupidly declared at the end of her article that

These angry people have nowhere else to go. So the safe expectation is that they will fall in line without much kicking and screaming. And that, ultimately, is why many of them are kicking and screaming. Yes, they're going to vote for Obama. Of course they'll vote for him. The truth is, they'll probably love voting for him.

Even Obama said that women would "get over it" with just a little bit o' thinkin'.

Well, we--and I mean all of us, the women AND men who make up PUMA Party members, Democrats for McCain and Hilldogs for McCain--have thought about it. Some of us have been thinking about it for a long time; this community was created in February of this year. I sat on it, waiting to see what would happen throughout the rest of the primaries after the first huge red flags about Obama had cropped up but were ignored by the media. See the very bottom of my post from January 9th, 2008? Look again:

As of last month, Obama's pastor Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright bestowed his church's magazine's self-titled Lifetime Achievement Award last month to noneother than penultimate douchebag Louis Farrakhan. No, this doesn't illustrate that Obama is exactly in bed with Farrakhan, but it does go towards demonstrating the moral platform that Obama shares. Chelle pointed out that in a semi-recent issue of the East Bay Express there was a rather large article on Hillary's religion/faith; however, Hillary keeps her faith personal. Faith is a personal thing, and Hillary is a Methodist (she used faith to get over Bill's affairs/other tough patches in her life), but she doesn't shove it in peoples' faces, nor does she make an "issue" out of it on her campaign site, so it's not something that's fair game to pick at. Obama, on the other hand, puts his faith out there and even has it listed as an issue on his campaign website...therefore it's open to scrutiny. Interestingly enough, Trinity was Oprah's church, too...but in 2002 was said to've not attended services in over 12 years.

So a big "fuck you with a rusty pipe/no lube" goes out to anyone who sits there and continues to smugly assert to themselves that the PUMAs haven't thought anything through and will eventually come around to voting for the least qualified candidate that the Democratic Party has put up for sale to the public as Commander-in-Chief in the past 100 years (possibly even longer).

"As the universe falls prey to the revolting alien,
only a few isolated pockets of resistance remain."

"Those pockets sure are missing out on a great thing!" says the news anchor recently raped by an alien tentacle ("rape" is a strong word, but even David Cross--the actor who appears in everything and lends his voice to Yivo in the movie--said so in the Special Features of the DVD). So says Rebecca Traister in her article above, so says any Obamatron fighting for the survival of the image of their Great Progressive candidate, a candidate who, within the past couple of weeks, managed to piss off even more people: Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, members of the Congressional Black Caucus, American Muslims and left-wingers with his statements on FISA and the death penalty and conservatives with his stance on late-term abortions. Pretty soon there's going to be no one left to piss off; perhaps that's part of a new strategy (Is this what he meant by "change"?) of pissing everybody off so that everybody's pissed of but will have to vote for you because everybody's on the same level of being pissed off. I'm not sure if that tactic is gonna work.

Or, it may be possible, that these are Barack Obama's true colors, and the picture that they paint really is frightening: He really doesn't know what the Hell he's doing. He takes credit for things he didn't do (both in the Illinois Senate, with the umpteen high-profile bills Emil Jones handed to him and the half a dozen "Oopsies, wrong button!" votes, and in the U.S. Senate, most recently in his campaign commercial regarding Public Law 110-181 and extending healthcare for veterans). He says he supported something before he didn't and vice versa to the degree that makes John "The Waffler" Kerry of 2004 look stable (Iraq War, guns, Justice Roberts, FISA, abortion, single-payer healthcare...the list goes on). He opens his mouth and spills out the most arrogant, condescending sexist tripe (from everything to the "claws come out" comment early on to the "sweetie" comment later). Worst of all, he allows his surrogates, campaigners and supporters alike, go unchecked with their nastiness and negativity towards Senator Clinton and her supporters (see the Detroit rally with Al Gore for just one example). And despite wanting to be the Messianic poster boy for post-racial politics, he has consistently played the race card throughout the entire campaign, all the while crying that that's what his opponents were doing/were going to do (by complicitly allowing his surrogates to paint the Clintons and Clinton supporters (and basically anyone who wouldn't vote for him) as racist). In fact, his best game is the Blame Game, where he blames everything and anyone else for everything wrong that he does, never taking responsibility for his own actions.

"But it's your own fault...your universe dresses provocatively."

Remember when Obama threw Reverend Wright under the bus (after he said that he couldn't throw him under the bus)? Obama didn't say "I made the wrong decision to sit at Trinity, listening to him for twenty years." No, he said this:

“The person that I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago. His comments were not only divisive and destructive, but I believe that they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate, and I believe that they do not portray accurately the perspective of the black church. They certainly don’t portray accurately my values and beliefs. If Reverend Wright thinks that’s political posturing, as he put it, then he doesn’t know me very well and based on his remarks yesterday, I may not know him as well as I thought either.

I gave him the benefit of the doubt in my speech in Philadelphia, explaining that he has done enormous good in the church. But when he states and then amplifies such ridiculous propositions as the U.S. government somehow being involved in AIDS; when he suggests that Minister Farrakhan somehow represents one of the greatest voices of the 20th and 21st century; when he equates the U.S. wartime efforts with terrorism – then there are no excuses. They offend me. They rightly offend all Americans. And they should be denounced, and that’s what I’m doing very clearly and unequivocally here today.

It is antithetical to my campaign. It is antithetical to what I’m about. It is not what I think America stands for.”

He laid the blame on Reverend Wright and took absolutely no responsibility for his own free will that led him to sit there in church for twenty years, have his kids baptized by him and get married by him, name the title of his last book after a sermon by Wright in which Obama writes the following about in his first book which is over 12 years old:

"It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks' greed runs in a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere...That's the world! On which hope sits!" (pg. 292, Barack Obama transcribing what he heard from Jeremiah Wright's "Audacity of Hope" sermon in the current edition of Dreams from My Father)

"White folks' greed"? Excuse me while I call bullshit on Obama's blame game played on Reverend Wright, because as you should know by now, we thinkers are the ones who can smell it from a mile away. We sense it. We're resisting because of our instincts, much like Leela did in The Beast with a Billion Backs when she sensed Yivo's b.s. and he played the blame game.

Thinking is what most of us have done. We're not irrational. We're not "afraid of change" or "racist towards the black man". We don't like Obama because we don't like him. And if these past couple of weeks is any indication of what the real general election is going to look like, then we don't effing want him as the Democratic nominee, either. If it can't be Clinton, then we want John McCain because like Yivo ended up being "too good to be true" at the end of the movie (it took the show's robot, Bender, to explain why the "love" that Yivo gave to people wasn't real love), Barack Obama is proving to be just another empty suit, even in the eyes of some true progressives.

I just hope that the lot of them will wake up fast enough to realize that the squishy feeling that they're getting inside their body comes from a giant genticle rather than a tentacle that they thought was "loving" them.

  • This, THIS is why I cannot vote him. This is why it breaks my heart to see Hillary have to support him. I do not trust him and I will not give him my vote. But I'm still not sure about McCain though. ;/
  • I still feel like Obama is the lesser of two evils for various reasons that you don't particularly care about.

    But I want to commend you on your use of Futurama trivia, because it's relevant and also enjoyable. =D
  • it's always really disturbed me that someone can be so trite as to write a book about their life at the age of 34...good grief.
    I have always said, since before the primaries, that he is a charismatic leader who was underestimated from the start. You may notice a pattern among other charismatic leaders that their followers are extremely loyal and unyielding. Look at Charles Manson, who even months after his capture still had the female members of his cult under his control (they shaved their heads in order to imitate him).
    At this point I can't bring myself to vote for him. Frankly it's not that I harbor a grudge or anything it's just that I can't find any evidence of what he will do in office. I can't vote for mccain either because well, he just outrightly goes against everything I believe in.
    So here I am, a hardcore party loyalist turned undecided. ouch.
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