Build Me Up Buttercup: Last Night’s MSNBC Coverage

Tweety on Obama’s campaign:

“It’s too debonaire; it’s too Fred Astaire; it’s too Kumbaya.”

He waspissed, right, deeply, viscerally angered that Obama wasn’t more of a man, more aggressive, angrier maybe? I don’t know, it wasn’t totally coherent, which shouldn’t surprise us, between Tweety twittering and Brokaw slurring it was like watching two bears have a slapfight while falling down a hill. It’s like it offended him personally, what he kept describing as Obama’s “inability to close the deal.” Howard Fineman was kind of trying to hold it off, but he, too, displayed a sort of childlike disappointment, like he’d expected, what? Obama to come out with six-shooters? I do not understand this bullshit.

Fineman particularly was buying into the Republican spin about how Democrats needed to HEAL their retarded party and get back together and how in the general all these Democrats who voted for Democrats would vote Republican, in Pennsylvania. I don’t live in Pennsylvania, but are all y’all like that, really? I seem to remember Kerry, that windsurfing wuss, took PA pretty hard like he meant it and handled it like a champ. It’s not that I’m not sick of the primary campaign; oh, I so am. But I really do question this thing that’s coming up, that’s nothing more than Republican spin, that all of this is good for John McCain and the Democrats are doomed and OMG.

I was thinking about this last night; after like nineteen billion hours of MSNBC shitheads spewing nonsense you start to get Stockholmed into thinking maybe they’re right, and look. Sure. Maybe the ongoing Dem primary campaign is good for McCain right now. But once there’s a nominee, the game changes. In between the shitheadery overtaking the airwaves was the DNC ad on McCain and the economy. It’s devastating. He looks old, tired, out of touch, past his prime, and fucking confused. Recall, mind, that that’s just the first ad. Recall, also, that most people a) don’t watch the cable chatter and b) have the attention span of gnats.

Plus, and this is the biggie, the ongoing Dem primary campaign does not seem to be depressing turnout in these primaries.*PA turnout:

Election officials projected turnout among Pennsylvania’s 8.3 million registered voters at 40 percent to 50 percent for the presidential primary, double that of the state’s primary four years ago.

Secretary of State Pedro Cortes said Tuesday that for the 2004 primary 21 percent of Democrats, Republicans, independents and other registered voters turned out. In 2000 the primary turnout was just 18 percent.

If people truly were all “fuck this primary, Obama’s a Muslim and Hillary’s Hitlery and I’m voting for the old dude what can’t remember the flavor of his pudding,” you’d see that by now. So while we, the junkies, may be tired, and the cable news dickheads may be tired, looks like America’s not fucking tired. Balls to the walls, eh?

A.

ps. Tweety’s other finest moment? Calling Hillary Clinton, repeatedly, a “local girl.” Stay classy, MSNBC.

*To be fair, in 2004 and 2000 the primaries were basically over by the time PA rolled around, so maybe it’s not a big surprise turnout’s up, but still. You get half of anybody to do anything, it’s a pretty good day.

16 thoughts on “Build Me Up Buttercup: Last Night’s MSNBC Coverage

  1. You amaze me. You can do analysis AND do the Crack VAN?
    Must be the not-drinking on weekdays.
    and yeah, this was a true WTF? classic:
    “It’s too debonaire; it’s too Fred Astaire; it’s too Kumbaya.”

  2. Chris Matthews can eat my poo (/30 Rock)
    Seriously. Heal the party?
    I will still buy any democrat a cup of coffee, and every republican owes us democrats at least a cup of coffee.
    What’s to heal?

  3. At least there are 2 beautiful things to the prolonged campaign:
    *) Free air time and news coverage for the dems
    *) As Obama has pointed out, Clinton is doing a good job of vetting him now, so he will be less vulnerable later (if Obama gets the nomination)

  4. If his worst skeletons are having done drugs back when…and not being big on diner coffee, put his happy butt in the Oval Office NOW!
    Oh, there might be an OJ scandal (vs. a BJ scandal or JJ almost-scandal) when an intern brings him a pitcher made from concentrate and not freshly squeezed…no, we can’t have ‘that’.
    Oh my goodness…a president that actually has taste?!? No sir, I don’t like it! 😉
    Elspeth

  5. Elspeth,
    so far, the worse scandal I’ve seen for Obama is that he can’t bowl.

  6. Had to decide what to TIVO last night while I was out celebrating with Hill and Bill at the Bellevue. Didn’t want to waste a moment of disk space on MSNBC, and from each and every 2nd-hand report I’m reading today, I see it was a good call. And I say that as someone who was a five-a-weeker for Olbermann until recently. They’ve simply gone completely mental. So Greta Van on Fox it was. Good thing, too! My SO and I were on the teevee! Wheee!
    Oh, and as for scandals? Look to Rezko to be the gift that keeps on giving. In the course of this campaign, Rezko went from “some guy whose law firm I did four hours of work for”, to someone who is responsible for $250,000 of campaign money for the bright young state senator, and apparently one heck of a lucky real estate agent to find a patch of land like that next to the household of a grateful Barack and Michelle “family values” Obama. Barack’s now famously thin skin and irritability with pesky questions from reporters, and famously morphing relationships with the past will only serve to make him look guilty, even if there’s no there there.
    Watch as he does himself and the party no favors in the GE. You think Bowling and Orange Juice is what they plan to throw in the Fall? Keep dreaming.

  7. WTF is TonyRz? I don’t care if you scrub the Clinton’s toilet you effing name-dropping concern troll.
    Personally, I was kicking back with the Kucinich’s last night…what’s that you say? Oh, yeah, we live in the same dysfunctional country, so I can say I was ‘with’ them, too! See?
    And if you are throwing stones, you must live in a helluva brick house ol’TonyRz.
    Who in politics today is utterly squeaky clean? A land deal? Not fab, but whoopteedo! Now, if it had something to do w/toxic land and schools/neighborhoods, THEN bring it up.
    laterz
    Elspeth

  8. note: free associative rant coming on…
    Wow, Tweety took the McCawk out of his mouth long enough to express that many syllables? and i missed it. Tweety with the margins of his Hello Kitty notebook overflowing with repeated scrawls of McCain’s name, hoping that Cindy was out of the way so that he could have Johnny all to himself, journalistic integrity be damned, because after all Andrea Mitchell gets to be Mrs. Greenspan when the camera is not on her, right / rant.

  9. Thanks, A. Now I’ll have that farking song in my head for the rest of the day.

  10. Look to Rezko to be the gift that keeps on giving. In the course of this campaign, Rezko went from “some guy whose law firm I did four hours of work for”, to someone who is responsible for $250,000 of campaign money for the bright young state senator, and apparently one heck of a lucky real estate agent to find a patch of land like that next to the household of a grateful Barack and Michelle “family values” Obama
    And sinceno Republicans have any ties to Rezco, they’llgrab that investigation and run with it, huh?

  11. [Reads links]
    Yeah – all that DoJ corruption/USAtty scandal stuff really stuck to the Republicans like boiling taffy.
    And did Rezko’s wife buy a lot next to George and Laura down in Texas or something? Didn’t think so.
    [derisive snort]

  12. “But once there’s a nominee, the game changes.”
    To a great degree, that depends on how we get to that nominee. If superdelegates end up naming Hillary, and new ‘young’ Obama voters, and black (Obama) voters, etc. feel like they got screwed, then the ‘coming togather’ that your comment implies is very unlikely to happen. And all the ‘great turnout’ for Dem candidates will just melt away.

  13. “[derisive snort]” is not an acceptable sound effect. But full points for spelling it correctly.
    Do you not know anyone’s last name (besides Barack and Michelle Obama’s)? There are many “George and Laura” couples out there, especially in TX – you may want to clarify.
    Thanks much, Elspeth
    [punch3][chainsaw][dolphin]

  14. > Do you not know anyone’s last name (besides
    > Barack and Michelle Obama’s)? There are many
    > “George and Laura” couples out there,
    > especially in TX – you may want to clarify.
    Yup. We simply can’t lose.

Comments are closed.