Kate Clinton

White Whine

Filed By Kate Clinton | September 12, 2009 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, Joe Wilson, white privilege

For all I know, Keith Olberman might still be doing his special extended commentary on the You joewilsonsouthcarolina.jpgLie Guy, but I had to get to bed. I have not checked this morning to see if he is still going strong with his fulminating filibuster on stupidity, but he could be. There's plenty of what a southern friend of mine calls "stupid out loud" for Keith to chronicle. It is much easier to talk about stupid guys than complex ideas.

So while we are at it, my favorite guy was not South Carolina's Joe "A protégé of Strom Thurmond" Wilson. I could not get enough of the guy with the handmade "What Bill?" sign in his lap. Was he a holdover from the Clinton healthcare speech sixteen years earlier and the "What Bill?" indicated he still did not understand the importance of healthcare reform? Sometimes he acted as if the sign had dropped in his lap from the balcony. Or he was covering a wine spill from dinner. Or it was some Ciallis misfiring.

While others in his pod of pathetics were sternly holding up their white flags, he seemed ambivalent about hoisting his own placard. He pointed to the signage in his lap, "Look at this thing. It wasn't my idea." That whole Republican side of the aisle looked like a bunch of troublemakers I had in a 7th grade study hall that reportedly balked at doing the stand-up, sit-down quad-strengthening exercises for a substitute gym teacher.

Republicans treat President Obama as if he were a substitute and they are just waiting for the real deal to come back in the room. That would be a white Republican male. Their desperate efforts to delegitimate an elected president (not to be confused with their efforts to legitimate a selected president) remind me of their panicked response to the terror attacks on September eleventh, eight years ago. For many of them, it was their first experience being attacked. Unlike women, poor people, and people of color who know being attacked as a pre-existing condition, the white guys freaked. Their world order was rocked. They panicked, put the country in lockdown and retaliated against the wrong country.

Once again their worldview is being rocked - demographically, racially, economically, politically - and the Birthers, Deathers and Everything in Betweeners are not behaving well at all. I would suggest detention, but after Guantanamo, it has bad connotations.

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And we need to keep rocking it and shaking it.

He is the Right's new hero, rumoured vice-presidential timber, a front runner for second place.

Well poor spoiled little Repubs will just have to get used to it. Because we're not going back. We are a progressive society, not a regressive one.

I want to think Wilson just forgot to pack his home training when he went back to Washington, but between the old guys waving their bill and the young ones playing on their Blackberries, and now his refusal to apologize to Congress, I am beginning to think the disrespect is orchestrated just like their town hall meetings and their demonstration in Washington, conveniently when the president was not there.

I am so sick of their disrespectful, no Christian or family values adulterous selves that I had to ask for prayer about my anger toward conservative Republicans.

I wish someone would infiltrate and find out the truth and expose the Republican Party for perpetrating a fraud. I have never seen a sitting president have to put up with this crap, but then if they think he is just a substitute---well you know how school kids treat a substitute teacher.

The president needs to make some kind of compromise with the Blue Dogs and get his bill passed, with the public option--just shove it through-- so that it has enough time to be working well before the re-election. That is what Bush did with his war that finished off the economy. He waited for his majority to be in place and then passed the war. What is it, $10 billion a day. That would pay for a lot of health care.

The funniest part was Pelosi's face. HA!
It was the Mother Raymonds School Principle ready to call you into her office hairy eyeball.

Wilson obviously never went to Parochial School or knelt on upturned bottle caps saying a Novena in forgiveness.