Why They Hate Us


Most of you are probably aware of the recent mental breakdown by David “My” Sirota at OpenLeft, wherein he went postal in a series of paranoid rants aimed at Clintonites, Naderites and anyone else on the political left who isn’t a Kool-aid chugging Obamite.  Over at Corrente Vastleft asked:

The continued lashing out against PUMAs, ex-PUMAs, presumed PUMAs, etc. — what’s that all about?

A discussion generating more heat than light ensued (as will any thread involving Mandos) but the question remains: Why does Obamanation hate us so much?  We can get some insight over at Salon from Glenzilla:

During the 2008 election, Obama co-opted huge portions of the Left and its infrastructure so that their allegiance became devoted to him and not to any ideas.  Many online political and “news” outlets — including some liberal political blogs — discovered that the most reliable way to massively increase traffic was to capitalize on the pro-Obama fervor by turning themselves into pro-Obama cheerleading squads. 


The major problem now is that these entities — the ones that ought to be applying pressure on Obama from the Left and opposing him when he moves too far Right — are now completely boxed in.  They’ve lost — or, more accurately, voluntarily relinquished — their independence.  They know that criticizing — let alone opposing — Obama will mean that all those new readers they won last year will leave; that all those new dues-paying members will go join some other, more Obama-supportive organization; that they will prompt intense backlash and anger among the very people — their members, supporters and readers — on whom they have come to rely as the source of their support, strength, and numbers. 


Part of the political shrewdness of Obama has been that he’s been able to actually convince huge numbers of liberals that it’s a good thing when he ignores and even stomps on their political ideals, that it’s something they should celebrate and even be grateful for.  Hordes of Obama-loving liberals are still marching around paying homage to the empty mantras of “pragmatism” and “post-partisan harmony” — the terms used to justify and even glorify Obama’s repudiation of their own political values.

Glenn then provides us with a link to Matt Yglesias who has the answer to Vastleft’s question:

If you succeed in muting all your critics to the left, all you do is create a situation where your program is defined in the press and the congress and the public imagination as the most-leftwing-possible proposal.

Obamanation hates us because we are lefty critics of Obama.  Obama supporters call us racists and Republican ratfuckers because they can’t admit we’re the liberals they wish they were.  In fact, they hate us worse than they hate real racists and Republicans.  They hate us because in their hearts they know we’re right. 

They misrepresent our beliefs and launch personal attacks on us because they can’t find substantive areas of disagreement with us on the issues.  If, as Riverdaughter says, we’re “Democrats in exile” then Obama supporters are “Democrats in captivity.”  They hate us for our freedom, because nobody tell us what to do or think.

What remains baffling is why non-Obot lefties like Anglachel and the gang at Corrente treat PUMAs with disdain when we agree on almost every issue.

7 Responses to Why They Hate Us

  1. donna darko says:

    I FINALLY read Anglachel’s post from months ago. She was upset about the right-wing meme of blaming the Fannie Mae-Raines fiasco on minorities which is correct. But what about the much more prevalent, misogynist, right-wing memes/CDS against the Clintons which was used against her even before the election? Fauxgressives used misogynist, right-wing memes/CDS against her way back at Yearly Kos II in August 2007 when she spoke on those panels.

    Misogynist, right-wing memes/CDS cost her the nomination and election. We should talk about that more. CDS is based on misogyny. Fear of a feminist woman and Bill Clinton who supported a feminist.

  2. donna darko says:

    Anglachel was therefore oversensitive. PUMAs have a way of doing things AFTER Obots do MASSIVE amounts of it. Such as CDS or cheating.

  3. native1 says:

    I think they hate PUMAs because they really bought in to the meme that all PUMAs were repugs. It was easier than actually listening to what was being said. Unfortunately there were also some supposed PUMAs that went over the line at times. I personally think they were deliberate plants that were tasked with making the PUMAs look like lunatics. This gave otherwise thinking persons an easy out and provided fodder for there crusade against us. They continue to fear us because they are realizing that we aren’t just going to disappear now that the election is over. They realize that for now we are not a real organized movement. IF we were to become a real movement we would be a very real threat to the established power structure. They know it is best to stamp us out now or marginalize us before people begin to demand a real alternative.

    Sorry for the rambling, just trying to keep the traffic up here on your sight so you don,t have to turn into an obot to keep a roof over your and the capts’ heads.

  4. myiq2xu says:

    I’d take a job as a mop-boy in an adult bookstore before I would Obot for money.

  5. native1 says:

    That might make a good open thread sometime…” What I’d do before I’d become an obot”, or “What I’d do to keep from becoming an obot”.

  6. They hate us becasue they know, danged well, Obama’s re-election could depend on us turning out for him.

    After the kool-ade wears off for the swing state voters. And the ACORN coup is exposed for what it was. He is going to need every Democrat that ever was to vote for him.

    I predict they will continue their attempts to discredit us in every way that they can. This will get uglier and uglier unless we succumb to The One.

  7. zipperupus says:

    O Lone Righteous!
    Lilies weeping in the storm
    Correctness is a thing white like clouds that yesterday brought no thunder.

    Ragged hands like half-kilned fractured clay
    Work American vengeance
    Jeremiads graffitied on discarded candy wrappers
    Find solace in wind swept collections of
    Like-minded rubbish
    Dancing on street corners.

    I wish I could be an island on the sea waiting for
    Fish to grow feet and walk on my shores.

    This is a lament, the Puma’s lament,
    The lament of a cat without prey,
    Chasing black shadows
    As pangs of stoccato
    Hunger devour your days.

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