Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Two Americas


You will likely remember Mr Obama's comment from his 2004 Democratic Convention address: "...there's not a liberal America and a conservative America - there's the United States of America".

He was half right. According to Gov. Palin there is a real America and, by implication, a phony, less real, only partial America. So which parts are not real, Governor? Presumably those bits which are coloured blue on the electoral college map right now. Well my figures show those bits kicking the red states' asses right now, so I'd be careful who you call fake Americans; Rhode Islanders can get scrappy.

And Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota (incidentally the state in which I am currently sat alone in a Days Inn) said that Obama had anti-American sentiments. Oh please, is all I can manage in response, but Keith Olbermann can take it from there.

Olbermann's 'Special Comments' are self-indulgent, self-righteous, pompous and take a particular political view, and therefore it follows that we like the concept, if not always the content. But on this occasion he is right on the money.

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