make. Doing the right thing (one could call that ‘respecting his oath
of office’) will bring on a political shitstorm as every Republican
down to the student government level declares that the government has
gone commiefascist and starts digging bunkers in their back yard. If
Obama doesn’t want that fight then he has to keep innocent people in
cages and tell the courts and the international community to go f*ck
Our punditry likes to make this hard, aided by critters such as Joe Lieberman and Lindsay Graham. It’s not hard. Republicans have zero power right now. None. They don’t seem to care about it, either. They’re busy fighting amongst themselves over whether Sarah Palin is the awesomest ever or just regularly awesome, whether the Earth really is 6,000 years old, whether tomorrow will bring us all economic ponies, and what to do with the Ron Paul signs in the garage. Not to mention that they haven’t got a moral pot to piss in thanks to everybody taking Argentinian mistresses for great justice all over the place. So as to Republicans, I can’t see they mount any threat equal to the whole “keeping innocent people in cages” karmic double-down we seem to be engaging in these days.
And not for nothing, but I think Tim’s being a little reductive when he talks about Obama only telling the international community to go fuck itself by staying his present course. He’s telling a majority of Americans, who voted for him and campaigned for him and donated to him and care about silly things like the rule of law, to go fuck themselves.
Not that I didn’t expect him to do just that, but let’s just put to bed the notion that a) like we didn’t know this and b) this fucking sucks and c) we should say out loud it sucks as often as possible can’t all exist in our minds at once. We contain multitudes, and this sucks.