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The Battered Bitter Battle.

"The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius." Oscar Wilde

While at an event in San Francisco Barack Obama uttered a word which has reverberated among the talking heads like a gunshot in the Lincoln Tunnel. The word was "bitter" and Mr. Obama was using it to describe those Americans who felt left behind by the evolving economic forces in this country.

This all-too-obvious truth was quickly turned on its head by the McCain campaign, couching Mr. Obama as "elitist", speculating that he somehow felt himself superior to these people. If you're wondering how a man who owns eight houses and is married to a woman worth $100 million can dare call a man who owns but one house "elitist" it's actually pretty easy to understand as that's just part of the Republican Playbook. It works like this:

The Repubican goal is to take one's own faults and find ways to apply them to your opponent. Once accomplished it's impossible for your opponent to use such claims against you as it would appear juvenile. You know, "I'm rubber, you're glue" and all that. This comes in pretty handy when all Republicans are war-mongering, hypocritical, avaricious, pedophiles.

Mostly, anyway.

Here's an example of how it works: George Bush skipped out on his required Air National Guard drug screening and went AWOL eighteen months early to work on a campaign for his father's friend in Alabama. Bush should have never BEEN in the Guard as he flunked the aptitude tes.

At this point the only thing I can figure is that the Irony Fairy appeared and waved her magic wand as George's father was among the kind of REAL elite who could pull the kind of strings that gets one's sons admitted to such units over more qualified young men.

So how do you cover up something that potentially embarrassing? You don't. You just get the media to parrot the idea that John Kerry falsified the facts of his Silver Star-winning deeds in Viet Nam, even though he won his medals courageously. But with Fox News and the "Swift Boaters" wailing this nonsense continually it became accepted fact. As Joeseph Goebbels said "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."

Hint: Think WMD's.

The "elitist" comment is worse than that because the McCain's of this country aren't just attacking Mr. Obama, they're attacking all Americans who are getting the warm, sticky, stinky end of the economic stick. That's a lot of people.

Republicans are currently feeling smug because they've completely repudiated an adjective that best descibes the plight of the American working class.

Like hell they have!

I, personally, am bitter about almost everything the Bush administration has done to this country since the first hanging chad. I'm proud to be bitter. Being bitter is what drives this rant and this web site. I'm sincerely hoping that Mr. Obama will change his campaign slogan to "Yes we can... be bitter!". Bitterness can make this country a bitter, I mean, a better place. Come be bitter with me.


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