I have a solution, I have a solution…Barack Obama ought to call a press conference later on this week, another one, ought to be prime time on at night. And he ought to come out after channeling Lyndon Baines Johnson from March 31,1968, and uh – and I’ll share what LBJ said with you back then. Obama should come out and say to the American public, ‘OK, I get it. Now let me tell you something – everybody – I made the history books!
I’m the first African-American, real African-American – father African, mother American – eh eh! I am the first African American President! I understand that that has really irritated an awful lot of people in this country, because so many people in this country still can’t get over the fact that a black man is leading them. So I tell you what I am going to do, here’s what I’m going to do – I’m going to tell you right now, I’m in the history books, you cannot take that away. But I willl NOT seek nor will I accept the nomination of the Democratic Party for a second term! I’m finished! I understand the President should say what’s going to happen in the next two years. I understand that the Presidential sweepstakes started last night, as soon as the returns were in, and everybody was SURE of what the balance of power was going to be. I understand, because I’ve listened to BONER…I’ve listened to McConnell… I’ve listened to Pence…I’ve listened to uh, uh Cornyn…. I’ve listened to all of these guys and they are NOT going to work with me! OK! You got it!
I am not going to seek and I will not ACCEPT the nomination of my party for a second term. But here is what I am going to do….I am going to kick all of your asses! I am going to tell the TRUTH about what these right-wing capitalists are doing! I’m going to tell the truth about how the media is screwing you people to the ground! I’m going to tell the truth about every single one of these filthy Republicans that are destroying the country! In other words, Mr. and Mrs. America, I’m going to give you something you haven’t had in a long ass time – the TRUTH! And you can’t handle the truth! That’s all Mr. Obama has to do. And then after making an announcement like that…and after uh, uh Chris…who’s the guy on MSNBC….Chris Matthews and uh all the people over at the Fox sewer hole and uh uh David Gergen and Wolf Blitzer and – and-and- and -(laughs) go right down the list! After all of them pick their asses up off the floor and go OH MY GOD! All of a sudden, their whole reason for existing, these media thugs and punks, for the next two years, is GONE! GONE! No more contest! No more who’s going to – uh – Obama is going to fight against! No more speculation! It’s gone! And then Obama can work as a progressive, a real liberal, to continue the efforts that were started 80 years ago to make this a just society and he can tell the Republicans to kiss his black ass! – Mike Malloy, Liberal Talk Radio Host 11/3/10
Since Democrat losses on November 2nd, there have been two competing messages going to President Obama. One has been to move to the center, similar to that of President Clinton following the 1994 mid-term losses, and the other has been to go far to the left. The later, surprisingly, has been the loudest and most fervent, Malloy’s comments being a prime example of such. He’s not alone of course, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz had this to say the day after the election:
Malloy, and Schultz echo’s this, want a far more aggressive Obama. Malloy continues: “Take this lame-duck session after you make your announcement, and jam everything home that you possibly can….they are not going to re-elect you, they are not going to respect you..they are not going to work with you….for Christ’s sake! Stop pretending that they will! Stop begging! Be a man! Stand up! You are dealing with midgets, racists, and pigs. Why -why are you getting down to their level after they kicked your ass? Even now, after they kicked your ass? For two years! Fight back, Mr. President, the only way you can. KILL THEM! KILL THEM!”
With the base making these kinds of calls- and make no doubt, Schultz and Malloy represent Obama’s ideological base- it is no wonder that liberally distilled House Democrats selected Nancy Pelosi as their leader. Donna Brazil had this to say about Pelosi’s leadership election:
“Pelosi is still standing. Moreover, the House Democrats are ready to re-elect her, despite some hesitation from the so-called Blue Dog or moderate to conservative Democrats. As Pelosi has stated many times during the 111th session of Congress, it was not about her, it was about her members. And she never deviated from that script.“
Many a pundit looked at the Dems following the election and concluded that the party was confused and dazed by the results. I don’t think so, as Lawrence O’Donnell so aptly explains:
This makes the Lame Duck session of Congress all that more important. The left recognizes this as possibly the last real chance for some years to be able to push through their agenda. With the passing of this Congress, the only real strength the Dems, or more specifically- though there is little difference anymore- the left, will have is the White House. They will be ever more dependent on Obama’s veto and more sinisterly, his executive powers. John Podesta of the Center for American Progress:
“Concentrating on executive powers presents a real opportunity for the Obama administration to turn its focus away from a divided Congress and the unappetizing process of making legislative sausage. Instead, the administration can focus on the president’s ability to deliver results for the American people on the things that matter most to them…“
One could make the argument that they are not hearing the call of the American people from the election. On the contrary, I think they hear it just fine, but are choosing to ignore the calls. This is inherently a decision on the part of the left to rule over the people, rather than to govern by the consent of the people.
Well, if November 2nd is any indicator, those chickens are coming home to roost.