Wednesday, November 05, 2008

OK, I Get It

All day people were coming up to me anxiously. Was I worried about what Obama was going to do to the country? Did I think he is a secret Muslim? I heard he was sworn into the Senate on a Qu'ran. Does he have friends in Al Qaida?

Whoa. Big surprise there. I can see why liberals take the political attitude of "Y'know, why don't we just get as far as possible from that?" Is that a sophisticated, nuanced approach for progressives to take? No, but it's one that an Assistant Village Idiot can understand.

Progressives also said irritating things today, but predictably irritating, and not crazy, so I didn't mind.


bs king said...

Yeah, the Daily Show was going around to some rallies (for both sides) and would just get rolling with people, and there were some crazy statements made. One woman kept repeating "There's a really good chance we'll be a Muslim nation in four years!" so the guy just said "So, what's your percentage on that? What's our really good chance?"

She said 75%. 75% chance we'll all be forced to worship Allah by 2012.

What, were people finding a dearth of things to criticize about his taxation policies????

terri said...

definitely all kinds of crazy out there.

I'm just wondering if the percentage of received e-mails that start off as "Obama is the antichrist/a muslim/a terrorist/eats puppies for breakfast....etc" will drop, or increase.

bs king...I saw that clip. Hilarious!

Anonymous said...

These were conservatives who asked you that? I must hang around the wrong kind of conservatives. There's so much true to be bothered about President-elect Obama that I have no idea why people would pick crazy things to worry about.
Well, silver lining, never again will we need to listen to Biden burble his way through confused history. In fact, we may Never hear from him again.

Ben Wyman said...

I've heard the typical Progressive crazy stuff, too: the world loves us now, Obama will change everything for good, America is now a place that can respect itself, etc.

I've heard much more of the flip side. For fun, a friend of mine changed his Facebook status to: "Barack Obama is our President... is this the beginning of the end?" Half an hour later, there was all sorts of craziness all over his page. The general consensus was "yes."

It's remarkable that everyone waited until after the election to go batshit crazy, as opposed to getting riled up two months ago, when it could've done something. Of course, I don't know if I'd have wanted to add two months of extreme Obama paranoia on top of the election.

Donna B. said...

The 'meme' that's offending me is the "he's OUR president" that assumes conservatives are going to act just like those who have gone around saying Bush isn't "their" president for the last 8 years.

Should I respond by reminding them of that? Or should I do what I've done for the last 8 years and just turn away in disgust?

Erin said...

to lighten the mood:

( word verification is "braver")

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Donna B, that's similar to actor Ron Silver's reaction at the 1992 Clinton inauguration when the jets flew over. He frowned in disapproval, and then thought "Those are our planes now." Very revealing, eh?

lelia - I assumed they were conservative in some sense, but perhaps that is too precise a term for people whose thinking may be quite scattered. One, at least, is definitely a conservative.