The Terminal Stage of Obama Derangement Syndrome

“Here’s your new office, Mr. President. Sen. McConnell picked it out just for you.”

There’s a vacancy on the Supreme Court.    It’s President Obama’s job to send up a nominee to the U.S. Senate to fill it.   Mitch McConnell and his gang of thugs  say, “Hell no, they can’t go!”

The Republicans have made it clear they do not want a moderate, a middle-of-the-roader, a safe choice, or an acceptable alternative. They want Rush Limbaugh or someone further to the Right of him and nothing less than this is acceptable and even that might not be enough. What if Clinton or Sanders wins the presidency? Is McConnell and crew going to say, “Okay, we’ve got a new president. Send over a nominee.

The Republicans have the House and the Senate and hope to sweep the trifecta with taking the White House back too. Their reasons for keeping Scalia’s seat vacant are twofold: they don’t want to foreclose the possibility of a Republican president picking the next nominee or deny themselves the pleasure of sticking it to Obama one more time.

Why would Obama not make a nomination? The President is a scholar of Constitutional law. He knows what his responsibilities are. McConnell knows what his responsibilities are too, but only one player in this game is trying to change the rules.

If Scalia has died in October or November, McConnell might have a point. There are eight months until Election Day and the Senate Republicans can’t claim they’re too overworked to fit in a confirmation hearing. They just don’t want to allow this president to select the next Supreme Court justice.

“Y’know, you’re even uglier in person, Mitch.” “Thanks, Barack and I just farted.”

That, Mr. and Mrs. America, is obstructionism. No finessing or tap-dancing around it and anyone who thinks GOP opposition to replacing Scalia will magically melt away on January 20, 2017 if President Hillary Clinton or President Bernie Sanders takes the Oath of Office is on crack.

Since Republicans don’t understand the Constitution, what else do they want Obama to punt until the next president arrives? If a shooting war breaks out imperiling American interests, does McConnell want Obama to stand down until a Republican replaces him? If the economy starts to crater, should Obama go golfing and leave the mess for the next guy or gal to clean up?

The president may be in the last year of his presidency, but despite the inability of Republicans to read the Constitution or a calendar, he’s still the only president they got.

McConnell is still trying to undo the results of the 2012 election and this is his last chance to do so. He’s misreading the situation. The GOP has more Senate seats to defend in blue states than do the Democrats. Lose control of the Senate as well as the White House going to Clinton or Sanders, and a nominee further to the Left than what Obama might offer up becomes a near-certainty. Say “good-bye” to overturning Roe v. Wade and say “hello” to the end of Citizens United–especially if Hillary Clinton gets the nod.

The stance taken by the Republicans is historical. We’ve never seen anything like it in American politics. Contentious arguments over Supreme Court nominees is nothing new. Refusing to even consider a nominee no matter how qualified they may be out of malice and spite is.   McConnell and his mob really do not seem to grasp we already have a President of the United States and they have NO valid excuse which passes legal, political, or Constitutional muster to deny giving Obama’s nominee a hearing. It’s simply a naked power grab, plain and simple.

I DEMAND you stop the Black guy from replacing me!”

Let’s be honest here: The Republicans don’t want to see their most-favorite Supreme Court justice’s replacement chosen by their least-favorite Chief Executive. This is all about jamming up Barack Obama and denying his legitimacy as the president one more time.

In our hyper-partisan age, it’s no mystery why the Republicans are doing what they are doing. I don’t even really care if they use their numerical superiority in the Senate to vote down Obama’s nominee. That would be fair and every Democrat and/or liberal would have to recognize when you lose an election it has consequences and this is one of them.

But when the Republicans lost the 2008 and 2012 elections that has its consequences too, and one of them it is Barack Obama–not his successor–who has both the duty and Constitutional right to choose a nominee to replace Antonin Scalia and all the rest of this is just noise obscuring the signal

The hatred and disrespect of this president by the Republicans has reached a new low in Obama Derangement Syndrome and it should cost them dearly.

Giuliani: Obama Doesn’t Love America (and he doesn’t think much of you either).

An ugly man who tells ugly lies makes for an even uglier drag queen.

Rudy Giuliani chopped up President Obama, threw him in a blender and turned it on to “high.”

NEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani went straight for the jugular Wednesday night during a private group dinner here featuring Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by openly questioning whether President Barack Obama “loves America.”

The former New York mayor, speaking in front of the 2016 Republican presidential contender and about 60 right-leaning business executives and conservative media types, directly challenged Obama’s patriotism, discussing what he called weak foreign policy decisions and questionable public remarks when confronting terrorists.

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

With Walker sitting just a few seats away, Giuliani continued by saying that “with all our flaws we’re the most exceptional country in the world. I’m looking for a presidential candidate who can express that, do that and carry it out.”

In an interview after the dinner — Walker aides insisted all of the governor’s comments were off the record — Giuliani said he would “eventually” back a Republican presidential candidate. He also elaborated on his criticism of Obama by arguing the president “sees our weaknesses as footnotes to the great things we’ve done.”

“What country has left so many young men and women dead abroad to save other countries without taking land? This is not the colonial empire that somehow he has in his hand. I’ve never felt that from him. I felt that from [George] W. [Bush]. I felt that from [Bill] Clinton. I felt that from every American president, including ones I disagreed with, including [Jimmy] Carter. I don’t feel that from President Obama.”

Following his scorched earth attack on the President of the United States for his lack of love for the United States (and Rudy Giuliani), the former mayor of New York doubled down on his criticism of Obama with a flat-out refusal to apologize during an appearance on The Kelly File.

“Not at all. I want to repeat them,” he said. “The reality is, all I can see from this president, all I have heard from is he apologizes for America, he criticizes America. He talks about the Crusades and how the Christians were barbarians, leaves out the second half of the sentence that the Muslims were barbarians also.”

“He sees Christians slaughtered and doesn’t stand up and hold a press conference, although he holds a press conference for the situation in Ferguson,” he said. “He sees Jews being killed for anti-Semitic reasons, doesn’t stand up and hold a press conference. This is an American president I’ve never seen before.”

I have to carry this sign with me so people remember who I am.

Rudy Giuliani is a racist. Not the kind of racist who screams “nigger!” at the top of his lungs. That’s the old-fashioned, overt, uncool kind of racism and which makes everyone a bit weirded out. Dude, you’re being kinda racist. Rudy is far too savvy a politician to actually call out Obama that way.

There are other ways. Better ways. Ways that get the point across while leaving yourself wiggle room to plausibly deny you ever said anything offensive at all. Lee Atwater, the late adviser to George H.W. Bush, knew a little something about how to race-bait without actually saying anything that sounds racist. At least to White people who chose to willingly blind themselves to the truth.

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

Rudy understands the language of the racially abstract. How does one talk about a Black President without calling him a “nigger?” As much as Giuliani might like to, he know he can’t because that puts you in that David Duke camp and that’s too dangerous a place to enter even for the erstwhile “America’s Mayor.” Instead, you talk about Obama’s “otherness” and how he didn’t grow up as the son of a Kenyan Black father and a Kansas White mother the way Rudy did. Which means he must not love America the way Rudy does and is not to be trusted.

Whenever someone attacks the patriotism of another man, that’s bad enough.  The patriotism of Black people has been questioned for centuries, but sneer “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country” that’s a different sort of assault. That is speaking in CODE.

“Obama isn’t like you and me. You know….White and Christian.”

Wake up and smell the bullshit. This isn’t politics as usual. This isn’t any of that “oh, worse things have been said about other presidents” noise.   This is a sniper attack, a cowardly assault and a slander on the character of the President of the United States by a racist scumbag.

Rudy G. was a bully as a mayor, a failure as a presidential candidate and a racist all his miserable life. He was a racist when Patrick Dorismond and Eleanor Bumphers and Amadou Diallo were gunned down by the NYPD and he’s still a racist with his post-Eric Garner/Ferguson “why don’t you Black folks stop committing so many crimes and force the cops to kill you?” ranting.

I AM TOTALLY NUTS AND COMPLETELY RACIST!!!!

The degree to which the White Right is infected with Obama Derangement Syndrome knows no bounds. First, they said he was a Socialist. Then they said he had no birth certificate and wasn’t born in this country. Now they say he’s sympathetic to Islamic terrorists and wants to give your pretty White daughters to Boko Haram to be good Muslim wives.

Why should Obama love Giuliani? Why should anyone love such a repugnant, repulsive, racist? I know what I read, I know what it means and don’t play me stupid by telling me I don’t.

Of all the ugly things said about the president, coming from such a prominent member of the Republican Party is perhaps the ugliest. But then Rudy Giuliani is an ugly man. Ugly on the outside and uglier on the inside.

What We’re NOT Going to Get According to Rachel Maddow

Watching Rachel Maddow makes you smarter. It’s a scientific fact.

Okay, that’s enough.   Your prolonged temper tantrum has been quite amusing, disappointed Republicans, but it’s time to cut the crap.

It’s sad and tragic that some people are having such a hard time waking up to the realization that Obama is still president, but you’ve had a week to let that sink in.   After a respectable amount of time to give you time to accept you’ve got four more years to suffer through,  I don’t haven even  one more minute to waste waiting on Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin, Mary Matalin, Victoria Jackson, Fox News and pissed off wives that run down their husbands for not voting to get over their Obama Derangement Syndrome.

Some of us are pretty pleased with how last Tuesday turned out.   Rachel Maddow is one of the smartest news personalities we have.  Watching her makes me smarter than I was before I tuned in.

Maddow ran down a list of what wasn’t going to happen with Barack Obama safely back in the White House.  It was quite a list and if anyone missed it, it bears repeating.

(1) “We are not going to have a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe vs. Wade. There will be no more Antonin Scalias and Samuel Alitos added to this court.”
(2) “We’re not going to repeal health reform. Nobody’s going to kill Medicare and make old people in this generation — or any other generation — fight it out on the open market to try to get themselves health insurance. We’re not going to do that.”
(3) “We’re not going to give the 20% tax cut to millionaires and billionaires, and expect [cutting] programs like food stamps and kids’ health insurance to cover that tax cut.”
(4) “We’re not going to make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth control with the insurance plan that you’re on.”
(5) “We are not going to redefine rape.”
(6) “We are not going to amend the constitution to stop gay people from getting married.”
(7) We’re not going to double down on Guantanamo.
(8) “We’re not eliminating the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, or Housing at the Federal level.”
(9) “We are not going to spend two trillion dollars on the military, that the military does not want.”
(10) “We are not scaling back on student loans because the country’s NEW plan is that you should borrow money from your parents.”
(11) “We are not vetoing the Dream Act, we are not ‘self-deporting.’”
(12) “We are not letting Detroit go bankrupt.”
(13) “We are not starting a trade war with China on Inauguration Day in January.”


(14) “We are not going to have — as a president — a man who once led a mob of friends to run down a scared gay kid to hold him down and forcibly cut his hair off with a pair of scissors while that kid cried and screamed for help. (And there was NO apology, not EVER.)”
(15) “We are not going to have a Secretary of State John Bolton. We are not going to bring Dick Cheney Back. We are not going to have a foreign policy shop stocked with architects of the Iraqi war, we are not going to do it … We had the choice to do that if we wanted to do that, as a country, and we said no, last night, loudly.”

Ah, Rachel, if television is the idiot box, it’s no wonder the idiots hate you for refusing to dumb down your show to make stupid people (like this moron in Cincinnati) feel better about themselves.

Disbelieve In America.

It’s better when they don’t see it coming.

Since Election Night, I’ve watched more Fox News than all the nights leading up to Obama’s reelection.   I’m ashamed of the sadistic pleasure I’ve received from watching their on-air talent looking like shell-shocked soldiers.   You can see it in their eyes.  We were so sure.  How the hell did Obama win?

They thought they had it nailed.  Now?  It’s Disbelieve in America.

For anyone following Fox, they know the motto of the network is “fair and balanced.”  They’re so fair and balance that their most prominent personality used part of the post-election O’Reilly Factor to read letters from viewers “criticizing” the host (most viewers though O’Reilly hadn’t been tough enough on the president).

This was the week that “fair and balanced” was exposed as a punchline, not a principle.

What do sore losers look and sound like? They look and sound as ugly as Mary Matalin. You can feel the hatred seething out of her in waves.

The stench of rancid bitterness reeked from CNN contributor Matalin who could barely restrain  herself from leaping through the split screen and strangling Van Jones after Wolf Blitzer asked how the newly reelected president could find common ground with the GOP.  Now why did Wolf want to go and ask her a damn fool question like that?

Matalin is a bitter, shitty human being on her good days and she clearly wasn’t having a good day.   “I don’t care what you think, Van!”, she snarled as she bit off the head of a live puppy.    This is partly Mitt Romney’s fault.  His declaration that he had only written an acceptance speech was classless as well as brainless.  Romney couldn’t even conceive he could lose?    The concession speech he did make sounded as though he had just written it right before he went on stage and did nothing to dampen down the red-hot passions of his pissed-off supporters.

Look, I know it sucks to lose.  There’s no such thing as a good loss. But with the exception of the Democrats picking up two more Senate seats, this was pretty much a status quo election. Incumbents are notoriously difficult to beat and Obama is a better candidate than Fox News conservatives give him credit for.

The shock and awe of Obama winning a second term after all the experts said he was toast is still too raw and painful a wound for many. It would be unseemly and uncool for liberals to brag. Put those salt shakers away my fellow Lefties. The sense of impending doom our friends on the Right are feeling is identical to our own after the 2010 mid-terms when the Tea Party was ascendant.

Let Donald Trump call for a “revolution” against Washington (how much would Fox News freak out if Romney had won and some Scary Black Guy like Louis Farrakhan had echoed Trump’s call for blood in the streets?). Permit Mary Matalin her epic hissy fit on CNN as she rails against the president’s “derision, division, destruction, distraction and distortion.” Tolerate Terrible Ted Nugent raving about “pimps, whores and welfare brats.”

Elections do have consequences and bad side effects as well. What we’re witnessing in the Republican Party is a classic example of the Kubler-Ross model of the five stages of grieving and some folks need a little more time to get over denial and anger before they transition to bargaining and depression and finally reach acceptance.

They have four more years to get there. Hopefully Obamacare will help defray the cost of professional help.

Tavis Talks Mo’ Trash

Tavis Talks Trash

The Tavis Smiley Update Desk has replaced the now closed Michael Steele Update Desk.  New subject, same old Negro Foolishness.

Every time I think I’m done with Tavis Smiley, he says or does something so ridiculous he forces me to address his garbage all over again.  This time he went on Sean “the Hater” Hannity’s show and dropped this little nugget.    “I respect the president, I will protect the president, but I will also correct the president when I think he’s wrong.”

Roll around in your head for a moment what kind of monumental egotism it requires to appoint yourself as the President of the United States personal instructor where you can CORRECT him when YOU think he’s wrong.

Smiley’s vendetta against Obama goes back to 2008 when he was backing Hillary Clinton.  Nothing wrong with that.  Clinton had a lot of Black support and with good cause.   But the election is long over and Smiley still can not and will not let it go.

No matter what causes he champions or injustices he rails against, Smiley always finds a way to bring it back to one central point: “Obama ain’t shit.”   What makes it worse is Tavis refuses to acknowledge that is his message.

Here’s a dude who went on C-SPAN and bitched, “Once he got elected and my critique of him about holding him accountable to various things didn’t sit so well with him or the people around him, he has not at this point come on my TV or radio programs one time since he’s been in the White House. This is the first president in my professional career that hasn’t invited me to the White House.”

But Smiley turned around to The Grio and said, “I have never leveled a personal criticism of the president.  My job has always been to hold presidents accountable to the best interest of all Americans but specifically and unapologetically for [African-Americans] .”

How did Tavis get the job holding presidents “accountable” (his favorite word) and who hired him?  It wasn’t me.  Was it you?

Smiley cast his lot with Hillary Clinton in 2008 and he’s still crushing on her.  His first primetime special for PBS featured an interview with Clinton after she became Secretary of State.  One reason for Smiley has publicly grumbled that Obama has not invited him to the White House,   Perhaps he figured he’d be sleeping overnight in the Lincoln Bedroom if Hillary had won.

Holding hands and making all kinds of plans

Tavis trotted this “ree-spect, pro-tect and kee-rect” line out on Harvard professor Randall Kennedy, but Kennedy wasn’t having any of it as Les Payne wrote in The Root.  His Obama Derangement Syndrome is so intense when he says he’s been friends with Obama for 15 years and he’s never made a personal criticism of him, he genuinely seems to believe it.   It’s as if the incident with his blatant disrespect of Michelle Obama never happened at all.

Smiley is so lost in his hatred and jealousy of Obama he’s created his own separate reality where he’s the crusading advocacy journalist and the president is the soulless sell-out whom he must expose.   Tavis has wagered his popularity among Black Americans against that of President Obama and that’s no contest at all.

The best takedown of Tavis came not from me or any other cultural critic tired of him running his mouth, but from someone who helped him rise to prominence, Tom Joyner.  Joyner penned a devastating critique on Black America Web following TIME columnist and MSNBC contributor Mark Halperin disrespecting the president calling him “a dick.”   Joyner said he had no expectation of Halperin, but Smiley and his sidekick, Cornel West had let him down.

“…I’m even more disgusted with Smiley and West, two brothers who I did have expectations of – and thought I knew. These two have done much worse than what Halperin has done because they set the tone for it, opened the door to it, and must take much of the blame for creating a climate that would make a white, professional journalist feel comfortable verbally and vulgarly attacking the first black president of the United States.”
When you think you know a person, when you’ve given a person a forum to present his views, when you’ve had a hand in a person’s success, you want to believe that he is the same person he always was.

Remember THAT Tavis – the one who could take any complicated political story that had an impact on black America and “break it down” for us every Tuesday and Thursday in less than five minutes. The one who coined the phrase “radio advocacy” and alerted us any time anyone – from a private business owner to a politician to a corporate giant – even thought about doing black folks wrong. The Tavis that loved black people so much that he would sometimes, during his commentaries, be moved to tears. Where is that guy? You know, the guy that would have been telling me, “Fly Jock, Halperin has got to go.” For a while, I thought he was still with us, even though people around me (and many of you) tried to convince me otherwise. “Tavis is a hater.” “Tavis is only about himself.” “Tavis is jealous of the president.” I wouldn’t believe any of it. I had so much respect for him before his primary goal became selling books, and, later, selling out.

So, yes, MSNBC, fire Mark Halperin. I hope he never works again. I’ve already fired Tavis and Cornel. There’s nothing either can ever do for me or with me again.  I’ve got a new D-word for the two of them: Done

Smiley is an ass.   Every day that goes by he becomes just a little less relevant and a lot smaller than the day before.    His egotism knows no bounds.  He has no humility.   He’s petty and vindictive.

I am grateful to Smiley for one thing.  I no longer read or buy his books.  I no longer watch his television shows. Taking Tavis Smiley out of my private time has saved me plenty of it.   Now if he would only shut up for a while I could banish him from my blog as well.

A message from the First Lady to Smiley the Saboteur