Monday, August 17, 2009

Why Sportswriters Should Stick to Sports

Whoever at the NY Daily News thought it would be a good idea to put Mike Lupica on the news pages must be fan of Keith Olbermann. This dreck authored by Lupica could just as well be a rehash of a Krazy Keith Speshul Komment spewed forth nightly on Olbermann's low-rated MSNBC show.

The two of them seems to have completely blocked out any memory of eight years of whining and protests directed at George W. Bush, the vitriol then dwarfing anything you see directed at Barack Obama.
So this wasn't an occasion when people with legitimate concerns and legitimate points to make were overwhelmed by the wing nuts and screamers who take their marching orders from right-wing radio and television and the Internet.
Where is this right-wing television Lil' Mikey speaks of? If someone knows of right-wing TV, let me know. I'd sure love seeing some.
Those idiots come to these town hall meetings more to be seen than heard, and think creating chaos makes them great Americans.

Those people have been convinced by the current culture that we are dying to hear from them, and the louder the better. People who think that all they need to star in their own reality series is a couple of TV crews. But then this is Twitter America now, where no thought is supposed to go unspoken.

We hear that all of this is democracy in action. It's not. It's boom-box democracy, people thinking that if they somehow make enough noise on this subject, they can make Obama into a one-term President.

The most violent opposition isn't directed at his ideas about health care reform. It is directed at him. It is about him. They couldn't make enough of a majority to beat the Harvard-educated black guy out of the White House, so they will beat him on an issue where they see him as being most vulnerable.
Violent opposition? Where has there been any violence other than Obama's SEIU goons beating up Kenneth Gladney in St. Louis? Maybe Lupica was off in Martha's Vineyard and missed that. Well, it wasn't reported on any leftwing television, so I guess he simply doesn't know about it.
With that kind of zealotry, screaming about government programs as if Medicare isn't one. It is why so many of them, all these wild-eyed red faces in the crowd, look completely certifiable, screaming about how Obama wants to kill Grandma, as if he's suddenly turned into Jack Kevorkian.

And by the way, if Sarah Palin is involved - Palin as uninformed as ever about these so-called "death panels" - the debate just got dumber, if that's possible. No kidding. If foreign policy was a brain-buster for Palin, something as truly complex as health care will make her feel as dizzy as if she just rolled down a hill.
Funny, but not long after Palin mentioned the supposedly non-existent death panels, they were quickly removed form the bill. But let's just take another cheapshot at Palin just for the heck of it.
So much of this comes from people who get all their information from right-wing media, or their cheerleading from political has-beens like Betsy McCaughey, people who don't see this as a fight for better and more inclusive health care, but who now see it as something grander and more noble, a fight to reclaim America from Obama.
The primary difference between Betdy McCaughey and the Mike Lupicas of the world is she's actually read the bill and offered constructive criticism.

The Lupicas in the media just rehash tired cliches. Maybe next time Mikey might want to take a look at the polls. It isn't just wild-eyed, frothing followers of right-wing radio opposing this mess.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 32% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9.

Today’s update marks the highest level of Strong Disapproval for President Obama. Previously, the number who Strongly Disapprove had reached 40% three times in late July. Most Americans would prefer no health care reform this year rather than passage of the legislation currently working its way through Congress.
Might be time for Lupica to go back on vacation, or perhaps see a doctor. Seems he may have contracted the GWB43 virus.

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