November 11th, 2008
|11:44 am - ODS Watch: All the Other Kids Are Doing It|
Over at Windypundit, Mark's posted his first roundup of Obama Derangement Syndrome news. A fair number of conservative/libertarian folks have. Seems that some, well, nutcases have been pointing to evil symbolism in Michele Obama's dress, for example.
Okay, I'll play, too. Some rightwing nutcases are talking about how some Obamamaniacs are already promoting a national holiday for The One. Sheesh. As though.
Let me try again. Gotta put down this ODS stuff. Now, this is rich -- this woman rants about how on January 20, Obama will "take power and begin to rule." [My emphasis.] Sheesh. Don't these rightwing nutcases --
Plans are being made to promote a national holiday for Barack Obama, who will become the nation's 44th president when he takes the oath of office Jan. 20."Yes We Can" planning rallies will be at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the downtown McDonald's restaurant, 1100 Kansas Ave., until Jan. 13. The goals are to secure a national holiday in Obama's honor...
Not a rightwing nutcase. Turns out to be Valerie Jarrett, co-chair of the Obamatransition team, and a leading Obamatron.
I'll get it, though. I'm chasing down a nutty rightwing rumor that Obama accepted the Democratic nomination on a stage made up to look like some sort of Greek Temple O'Bama...
Which one of Niven's numbered laws is this one again?
(For what it's worth: I have the same disgusted reaction to this as I do to the "name something after Saint Ronnie in every state, county, city and hamlet" fanatics. My hope is that those latter dedications will suffer the same fate as all votive statues of Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Saddam Hussein.)
Niven doesn't number laws; that's Walter Slovotsky's schtick. I think you're thinking of "there's no cause so noble that it won't attract a few fuggheads," roughly.
Which is true. And it's one that some of us were pointing out, during the campaign, when it's possible that, in addition to the hoaxes, there were some fuggheads on the fringe of McCain crowds shouting stupid stuff.
That said, I'm not sure that you'd want to argue that the cohead of the Obamatransition is on the fringe, anymore than you'd want to argue that the alternative historian who remembers a US/French expeditionary force to Lebanon that kicked out Hezbollah is on the fringe, either, what with him being the VP-elect, and all.
Fugghead? I'm not going to dispute that, since it's kind of my point. Noble cause? I think that at least most Obamamaniacs think theirs is a noble cause.
And, that said, I'd want to draw a distinction between memorializing a former political leader and the present one. I hope we don't see much of Barry O's smiling face looking down on us from posters and billboards, like the way that those other leaders he's going to be meeting without preconditions do in their countries.
Although I hope he'll change his mind . . .
Given my opinion of Rahm Emanuel, I'm not about to deny that somebody's fringey, just because they're on the transition team.
Wherever you put the POTUS' Chief of Staff, the fringe ain't it. He can be a lot of places, but he's not on the fringe.