I'm no prophet. Anyone scouring the archives will find many predictions made in these pages that did not pan out. But I did make this prediction
in December of 2008:
I maintain that the day will come, and will come soon, when Democrats will regret dissing the Clinton wing of the party. I predict that Barack Obama will one day be seen as the worst thing ever to happen to the Democratic party.
Granted, it'll be a while before the progs permit themselves to confess that they were wrong to mount a divisive hate campaign during a primary -- although Moulitsas came parlously close to taking that step recently.
Another such step is this Daily Kos diary
, written by elizabethgurly. (Must
I spell that name as one word?) The short post references Austan Goolsbee, Obama's long-time economics adviser, whose first name is misspelled by elizabethgurley. I'll bet you'll quickly guess why my jaw dropped while reading this:
Now, I know the primary seems like a hundred years ago--and in "another country" as James Baldwin once said--but Mr Goolsbee, who was then a major economic advisor to Obama, got caught secretly assuring the Canadians that Obama supported "free trade," with its benefits to corporations for abandoning American workers and American industry, with its brutal crackdowns on organizing among foreign workers.
Needless to say, backtracking occurred, Hillary voiced her concern that NAFTA be modified, and it was laid to rest. For then.
What's wrong with this picture? It's missing something. The past
The Kossacks are trying to erase their own vile history. The brie-n-chablis progs want us working-class liberals to forget how they ruined our Democratic party in 2008. But, in the words of Richard Pryor, I ain't gonna never forget
Here's the history that the odious, disgusting Kossacks are now trying to erase: When Goolsbee was caught giving back-channel re-assurances to the Canadians, Kos front-paged an enormously popular diary (more than one, actually) which spread the lie that Obama was not the Janus-faced party, that Hillary
was the one who had given the Canadians assurances varying from those she gave to the American public.
A Canadian commission of inquiry set the matter straight. They proved that Obama was guilty as charged. Hillary Clinton was 100 percent innocent.
Did Marcos Moulitsas and his minions ever publish one diary about the findings of that commission? To the best of my knowledge, a correction never appeared. Instead, Moulitsas allowed the original lie
Keith Olbermann did one of his patented tirades against Hillary Clinton, based on the misinformation published in the Daily Kos. Olbermann, to the best of my knowledge, never mentioned the Canadian inquiry, and never apologized for getting his facts wrong.I exposed this Big Lie at length here
. That post may be the best thing I've ever written.
When Daily Kos published the Big Lie, the Kossacks fulminated thusly:
Obama did not reassure Canada of anything...It was all bullshit to cover up the leak that Hillary DID reassure Canada
Billary, started it all by telling Canada that even though she was bad mouthing NAFTA on the campaign trail, do not worry I really still support NAFTA. Politicians like to talk out of both sides of their mouths. Right Billary?
Hillary has joined the ranks of George Bush in lying every time she opens her mouth.
The Clinton's are dangerous, lying, neocon, corporate/MIC enablers.
There were dozens, hundreds of similar comments. All of them were based on a fraud. Hillary Clinton had no
secret dealings with the Canadians. Obama
Obama was the one who won primaries by printing ads with this message:
"I don't think NAFTA has been good for America -- and I never have."
Yet in 2004, he had told an interviewer:
“The United States benefits enormously from exports under the WTO and NAFTA.”
(I give links for all this in my original story.) We now know that the 2004 quote reflects Obama's true stance. It has been said that all politicians lie, but I don't think I've ever seen a lie quite so bald-faced as this one -- not even a lie told by a Republican.
The current Kos story by Eli -- excuse me: by elizabethgurley -- notes that Obama's Trade Representative Ron Kirk is pushing for trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that will offshore even more American jobs. Will Kos readers ever come to grips with the fact that they
created this situation?
The only way for them to re-unite the party is for the progs to give up on Obama, once and for all, and then APOLOGIZE. No ifs, ands or buts. I don't want to hear a single syllable of weasle-wording. Let's have no attempts to sneak in some Clinton Derangement Syndrome through the back door. No "But Hillary would have..."
No. None of that. Not even a whisper of that.
What we want from you, Kossacks, is 100 percent loss of face. Humiliate yourselves. Grovel. Drink our piss. Eat our shit. Stand there and take it when we spit in your eye, and then say: "Thank you sir; may I please have another?"
is what you deserve for destroying the Democratic Party.
You were wrong about Obama. We were right when we said that he was a conservative in progressive clothing. Just admit it, and do not try to slip in any of your damnable counter-insults.
For god's sake, Kossacks, can't you lose your grip on your damnable arrogance just once
APOLOGIZE. No excuses. No rationalizations. No "Well, there were problems on both sides..." None of that. JUST APOLOGIZE, YOU SMUG SANCTIMONIOUS ARROGANT FUCKS!Update:
An asshole "Whole Foods" Kossack responds to this post here
. Be careful before you click that link: The smarm will hit you like a whiff of pure ammonia.
No matter how badly they fail, those clowns will never apologize. They will never give up their arrogant attitude. Smug is their crack. They would rather slice off their nipples with a rusty potato peeler than admit that they got it wrong.
Well, thanks to Obama -- and thanks to that supremely alienating Kossack-brand smugness -- the Democratic Party is going to lose huge
in 2010 and probably in 2012. After the failures of W, the Democratic party should have had a run comparable to 1933-1952. Instead, they are back on track to permanent minority party status.
How's that smugness working out for ya, you Kossack fuck-faces?
Sure, you can snicker and lie about your history. But nothing can change the fact that you ruined the party
. During a primary, you mounted a smear campaign and acted like Freepers. You created a Mao-like cult of personality. You lied and fabricated and tossed mud in an unabashedly Rovian fahion.
History is going to make you eat a mountain
of shit before this is over, jackasses. I will always have the ability to crow, because I was right all along. You will always be unable to alter history's harsh judgment. You are, in a word, impotent.
Nevertheless, despite your record of failure, and even know you know damned well that your arrogance only alienates, you'll keep reaching for that bottle marked "HUBRIS" while disdaining the tonic labeled "HUMILITY."