Channeling Bartlet?

As a die hard West Wing fan I just loved this from Maureen Dowd…

OBAMA The problem is we can’t appear angry. Bush called us the angry left. Did you see anyone in Denver who was angry?

BARTLET Well … let me think. …We went to war against the wrong country, Osama bin Laden just celebrated his seventh anniversary of not being caught either dead or alive, my family’s less safe than it was eight years ago, we’ve lost trillions of dollars, millions of jobs, thousands of lives and we lost an entire city due to bad weather. So, you know … I’m a little angry.

OBAMA What would you do?

BARTLET GET ANGRIER! Call them liars, because that’s what they are. Sarah Palin didn’t say “thanks but no thanks” to the Bridge to Nowhere. She just said “Thanks.” You were raised by a single mother on food stamps — where does a guy with eight houses who was legacied into Annapolis get off calling you an elitist? And by the way, if you do nothing else, take that word back. Elite is a good word, it means well above average. I’d ask them what their problem is with excellence. While you’re at it, I want the word “patriot” back. McCain can say that the transcendent issue of our time is the spread of Islamic fanaticism or he can choose a running mate who doesn’t know the Bush doctrine from the Monroe Doctrine, but he can’t do both at the same time and call it patriotic. They have to lie — the truth isn’t their friend right now. Get angry. Mock them mercilessly; they’ve earned it. McCain decried agents of intolerance, then chose a running mate who had to ask if she was allowed to ban books from a public library. It’s not bad enough she thinks the planet Earth was created in six days 6,000 years ago complete with a man, a woman and a talking snake, she wants schools to teach the rest of our kids to deny geology, anthropology, archaeology and common sense too? It’s not bad enough she’s forcing her own daughter into a loveless marriage to a teenage hood, she wants the rest of us to guide our daughters in that direction too? It’s not enough that a woman shouldn’t have the right to choose, it should be the law of the land that she has to carry and deliver her rapist’s baby too? I don’t know whether or not Governor Palin has the tenacity of a pit bull, but I know for sure she’s got the qualifications of one. And you’re worried about seeming angry? You could eat their lunch, make them cry and tell their mamas about it and God himself would call it restrained. There are times when you are simply required to be impolite. There are times when condescension is called for!

Op-Ed Columnist – Seeking a President Who Gives Goose Bumps? So’s Obama. – Op-Ed – NYTimes.com.

Maybe we really do need a fictional character as a President…Wait, that’s what we’ve had for seven long years. And it appears that is what the Republicans are trying to sell us in 2008, a fictional McCain that has never existed.

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5 thoughts on “Channeling Bartlet?”

  1. “did you see anger in Denver”

    No, and that’s what bothers me. The angry left showed up to disrupt the RNC in MN, but conservatives have too much respect to do something similar to the DNC.

    The left is looking more foreign to decency every day. The outrageously leftist Bill Maher said that he didn’t trust Americans because they may not elect Obama. He said Americans are stupid. He went on to attack religion at most people’s disgust. It’s this type of corrupt perceptions that make me despise the left.

    What do you think of these crazy “impolite” comments? Are you on in-line with this type of condescension?

  2. Actually, I did hear the angry left in Denver…The difference being, in Denver they were allowed to voice their anger, in St. Paul they were just arrested and charged with the crime of speaking out until all of the charges were dropped.

    And just to keep things “fair and balanced”, the rights views of the truth…Well, let’s just say, they leave a lot to be desired…

    And, Jim, let’s not start trading fringe players and the things they say…Your side of the aisle has as many as mine and they are part of the power structure…And the last time I attended one, they have prominent speaking places on the schedule at your conventions…

  3. I used to watch the West Wing too, but it was painfully obvious that it was simply a commercial advocating liberal politics while ridiculing conservative ones. What else can one expect from the boob tube?

  4. I guess that’s the difference between us Jim. I expect better from most things in life and am forced to accept the lesser since that is the way our society seems to work. But still, I live with the “hope” that my expectations will be met…

    And if your version of liberal politics is a government trying to improve the lives of all of it’s citizens, then, yea it was a pretty good advertisement of what could be the best of America. If we only had enough people pulling to make it so…

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