Dixie Chicks Smarter Than the Liberal Media, Again

It seems like such a long time ago, when Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, performing in England, told an audience that she was “embarrassed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”  As an Oregonian I personally was less embarrassed, but I’d been routinely apologizing to foreign friends about Bush for years; he was so deliberately obnoxious, especially internationally, that any American setting foot on a European stage had to be deeply ashamed, and simple manners would mandate saying so.  To all the world save a third or so of the dumbest Americans, the man is and was a complete and utter failure.  That plain fact lies behind the fierce and immediate manufactured outrage over Maines’ remark; Rove and his henchmen simply couldn’t have people stating the obvious about their naked emperor and what a small, well, decider he had.

Like many before and since who were targeted by similar White House smear campaigns during the Bush era, Maines learned her lesson, one that, to this day, few elected Democrats and almost no one in the mainstream media has figured out: back down to a bully, and you will never see your lunch money again as long as you live.  Republicans, having not a single policy that can be honestly sold to voters, deal only in lies, smears, and character assassination; always have, always will.  It’s simply, “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” updated with, “and if you do, it’s because you hate America.”  Concede to half of their kooky ideas, and they’ll still take their toys and go home, blaming you for your intransigence and extremism.  Concede to all of them, and they’ll come up with even kookier ones to demand next.  Meanwhile all the kookiness, put into action, inevitably sends the country down the toilet, and that’s your fault, too.

Why then, is Natalie Maines so much smarter than President Obama, most of the Democrats, and practically all of the liberal media?  It seems that a lot of fancy schooling was wasted on people who, tragically, weren’t paying enough attention on the playground when they were eight, and as such really oughtn’t be trusted with such responsible jobs today.  If we were to believe that the President was being honest when he said he thought he could work with the Republicans going forward, despite their loud and repeated declarations that their only goal was his political demise, then it’s time to stop talking so much about how smart he is.  That is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard, with or without Rachel Maddow’s laugh track, and frankly I’m again embarrassed by my president, who like his despised predecessor, is either lying or stupid.

One could forgive Obama’s touching naivete, I suppose, if he gets his information from TV news or, say, the Washington Post, who all still believe in fairies and bipartisanship, not necessarily in that order.  Each day since his election, the media has trotted out a rogue’s gallery of Republican retreads, washouts, and charlatans to predict dire outcomes from any policy to the left of Dick Cheney, and Obama has hardly disappointed them.  Though the unpopular Bush wars continue unabated, foot-stomping generals and unreconstructed neocons in and out of government still want more; ten years in Afghanistan has stealthily grown to thirteen or so, and several new wars have already been picked out for later, under a president whose anti-war stance was what catapulted him to the national spotlight in the first place.  Torture has been pushed under the rug, Guantanamo has been made permanent, illegal spying legitimized, Social Security only lamely defended, gays have not made any gains toward full citizenship (like Latinos), Wall Street and big Pharma have been each handed another multibillion dollar “get out of jail free” card, and huge, ruinously expensive tax cuts for the rich are about to be passed, paid for by “shared sacrifice,” and we all know what that means.  What, pray, could the righties want that they haven’t already gotten?  That’s the scary part, and to those of us not in the media it’s also blindingly obvious.

“Not Ready to Make Nice” would have been a nice and certainly more morally defensible mantra than “Looking forward, not back” for Obama and Democrats in the post-Bush era; Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, George Bush, John Yoo, John Bolton, and all the rest are now free, not just from jail, but to go on TV every night to refight previously lost battles, quite successfully, it turns out, while Obama looks like a vacillating, defeated cipher.  How’s that bipartisan-y thing workin’ out for ya?

Obama could learn a thing or two from Natalie Maines, who refused to shut up and sing, won respect, and sold a hell of a lot of records for it.  Notice how no one’s asking her to step down.


  1. dirigo says:

    A fraction of a man (Bush), as William Rivers Pitt put it recently in a very harsh piece on Truthout.

    How many other fractions posing as men in the dearly departed presidency would it take to make up a whole one?

    But it’s still darker than that.


  2. daphne says:

    I also like the slogan “beat you at your own game,” in which Obama uses the opposition’s tactics (some of them) more effectively than they do. Like that’s ever gonna happen.

    Meanwhile, did you see ultimate insider Ted Koppell’s false equivalency column comparing MSNBC to FOX? I’d be delighted to read a thorough evisceration of that, if you’re so inclined.

    • cocktailhag says:

      You know, I saw the title several places and didn’t have the heart to read it, although I had horrible writer’s block that it might have alleviated at the time. Maybe after my next drink I could plunge in (getting more depressed in so doing, of course…)… Sounds like a fish in a barrel if tomorrow’s a slow news day. Et tu, Ted?

      • daphne says:

        Whad’ya know? Keith’s devoting a special comment to rebut the argument. Used the same term – “false equivalency” – as I did. Haven’t seen it as I write (I record the show) and on the west coast it hasn’t aired yet. Bet we both can’t wait to see what he says, and then you can add your unique styling to the subject. PS I stopped reading when I started craving a drink.

        • cocktailhag says:

          Yay! Let Keith take this one, and make it fresh again for CHNN, where we like to be on top of things.
          If it weren’t for the liberal media, heck, I might be a teetotaler. Unlikely but nonetheless possible. As matters stand, however, there’s precious little chance of that. I’ll watch after dinner….

    • cocktailhag says:

      Wow. That made depressing reading. I did like that the writer focused on what I mentioned here; what is the endgame? I guess they’ve got the police state already up and running; it’s easy to see why.

  3. mikeinportc says:

    Never paid much attention to the Chicks ’til then. Did after. The boycott really worked, eh? Love that song Last I knew, the freepers still had an active thread fantasizing about which particular way they’d be executed for treason.

    OT , got hit by that thing that hacked RMP. Seems to be a built-in delay. Seems to be a (virtual) identity thief. Yesterday, while I was gone, and completely disconnected it called my brother’s iphone, many times, along with some “strange” emails to others .Also , all administrative functions are blocked , and restore points deleted .Requested deletion of that email account, so take me off your list , if there. Thanks.

  4. Gator90 says:

    I went to France in 2006, and made a point of learning how to say “I hate Bush” in French (I believe it was “j’detest Bush”), which I immediately stated to almost everyone I met there. The idea that anyone might think even for a moment that I had voted for the bastard just made me ill. The first person I said it to shook my hand and said, Welcome to France.

    • The Heel says:

      being of German descent, I am almost happy to have had Bush, here. Hitler getting elected in Germany was equally embarrassing to about half of Germany (he didn’t win by a landslide).

      It will take a long time for this shame to wash off. But time wounds all heels (or so they say)…

      In regards to the darky-disappointment in the white house, I bet he can now get a few things done – at least if he takes the “take no prisoners” approach of saying “WTF, we are doomed anyway, might as well put up some good fight”…. Just not sure he has it in him.

      Darn it, I am chagrined that you guys didn’t elect my girl. Hilary would turn into a beautifully vindictive bitch, just about now…

    • cocktailhag says:

      Last time I was there was Halloween 2000.. the last time an American could travel anywhere without a dunce cap on and a sheepish demeanor.

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