If you’re going to get into social criticism with absurdity and satire, you can’t be politically correct when you do that

New Yorker satire

What Obama and some liberals are upset about is the Barry Blitt satire (upper left) of all the e-mail, internet right-wing diatribes and urban myths that gave been spread about the Obamas. I think its good satire. It takes the hot air out of some people, of voting age one assumes that have engaged in some down and dirty hate mongering. The one in the upper right is one Blitt did portraying Bush as Cheney’s maid – au pair girl would be more accurate. The lower left is of Iranian president and homophobe Ahmadinejad playing the foot tap game in a public restroom. The lower right is the Bush administration up to its neck, in problems, we’ll assume. I got these covers over at HuffPo where the NYer responded to an e-mail, New Yorker Editor David Remnick Talks About The Obama Cover

I don’t know if this story is in the same issue as the current cover, but it looks at the phenomenon of some right-wing blogs and a few liberal ones have tried to portray as Senator Obama as a flip-flopper. Flip-Flop Flap. Obama did not flip-flop on women’s rights (NARal Pro-Choice America backs him up), he did not flip-flop on gun rights or the death penalty (he has always been pro death penalty for some crimes) and there are a couple of others. The only serious change of course that Obama has taken since cinching the Democratic nomination has been FISA. There has been some defense of that switch in position by liberals like Morton H. Halperin and RBC,  I’ll just leave it at that. The New Yorker hardly seems out to get Obama. The funniest part of this little brouhaha is that at least a couple right-wing blogs are pretending outrage and trying to paint The New Yorker as racist. The Brooklyn Bridge is also made of silly putty.

I came across this today and coincidentally adds a little weight to Blitt’s assertion that the bizarre claims being made about Obama are so out of control and so absurd that taking a moment to laugh at them is a worthy response, Barack Obama, Secret Jew?

The latest Pew Poll (in which Barack Obama leads John McCain 48-40) asks registered voters what religion they think Barack Obama is……….1% say he’s Jewish!

Lesson if you’re going to send out surrogates to speak for you have them do some homework first, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MCCAIN AND BUSH IS, UH, UM, AH, ERR…

BLITZER: Are there any significant economic differences between what the Bush administration has put forward over these many years as opposed to now what John McCain supports?

SANFORD: Um, yeah. For instance, take, you know, take, for instance, the issue of — I’m drawing a blank, and I hate it when I do that, particularly on television. Take, for instance the contrast on NAFTA. I mean, I think that the bigger issue is credibility in where one is coming from, are they consistent where they come from.

Sanford, of course, can’t come up with any significant difference because McCain has systematically wiped those differences out. Where he once opposed the President’s tax cuts, he’s flipped and now swears he’ll make them permanent. His health care plan is pretty close to what Bush proposed in his 2006 State of the Union.

The only thing Bush did for the economy, supposedly anyway is cut taxes. Those benefited mostly the wealthiest American and created the biggest deficit in our history. Bush said his tax plan, the one that McCain has now decided to support, would stimulate the economy, create jobs and pay for themselves. Bush and McBush were completely wrong. Nothing that Bush said would happen, has happened. An economic record only Bush could be proud of

McCain, two faces for the price of one

Army Secretary Asks for Probe of Firing

The Washington Post reported on Gray’s firing yesterday. After assuming her director position three months ago, Gray discovered that cemetery officials were trying to impose new media restrictions on funerals of Iraq war dead, despite families of the fallen having granted permission for coverage.

Gray believed the new restrictions were wrong and were not supported by Army regulations, The Post reported. But she was demoted six weeks after The Post first reported on her attempts to restore news coverage, and she was fired on June 27.

If you’re going to get into social criticism with absurdity and satire, you can’t be politically correct when you do that. ~ John Cusack