November 4, 2008


Fear just struck out, and the world's somehow a little more beautiful today.

I'm still absorbing it all, drinking it all in.

Leave your thoughts.

Ok, there's so much to write, I'm not sure I could get it all in, so I'll do a shorthand version.

First I wanted to note that John McCain's concession speech was without a doubt the most gracious and responsible, even moving, consession speeches I've ever heard.
He not only displayed great humility, but proved that he has the wisdom to realize that, after spending months whipping it up, his responsibility now was to tell the angry and misinformed minions they'd so crudely mislead that in essense, it was all bullshit, and that they should support and give Obama the respect he's due and, as people who supposedly love America more than anyone else, they need to drop all the over-blown fear and anger McCain's campaign had worked so hard to instill, and instead be magnanimous and lend support to the countries next leader in perilous times.

McCain, after having his hour of a campaign, on the 59th second of the 59th minute, FINALLY stepped forward to try to dampen the ugliness his campaign has created, an ugliness that even he realizes poses a real threat to solving the many problems the country faces.


At 11/04/2008 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats all. Good work. Now get some sleep, we have a lot of work to do.

At 11/05/2008 12:50 AM, Blogger Tom Mannis said...

Yes, drinking is no doubt what you've been doing, sir.

At 11/05/2008 1:14 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Hey Tom,

How's that? What are you basing your comment on? The fact that you had your ass handed to you, tied around your neck, and stuck in your ear tonight?

Who needs alcohol when our long national nightmare is finally fading into the scrap-heap of history?

It feels GREAT!

The entire world is rejoicing at the end of the era of paranoid, delusional, half-baked, "low information", lying right wing assholes, which, having glanced at the mental vomit you call a blog, you most certainly are.

Get a load of Tom's fever dreams, complete with his earnestly believed theory that Obama killed his own Grandmother.

Tom. Get help.

At 11/05/2008 1:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was nice to see President Obama and Senator Jacobs win by such big margins. I wonder how the men will use their mandates to move Illinois forward?

At 11/05/2008 8:51 AM, Anonymous No Nonsense said...

I can see you that you enjoyed the Keith Olbermann parody ( it was a riot!)

No more Palin--- yes a blessing indeed. After McCain's concesion speech and I literally saw their backs on their way out, I exhaled.

At 11/05/2008 2:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TID, I'm happy that Obama won, but I'm not a fan of the "Yes We Did" mantra. It makes it sound like we have accomplished our goals when it's actually just the beginning. The victory last night simply gave us the opportunity to change. It's now time for all of us to do our part.

At 11/05/2008 2:59 PM, Anonymous Josh said...

Wow. Tom seems a tad unstable. I think he may have lost his tin foil hat and his mind.

At 11/05/2008 3:12 PM, Anonymous Josh said...

Looks like Tom gets around. He doesn't seem to have too many friends, though.

At 11/06/2008 2:29 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 1:46

If Jacobs has any "mandate" it must be a date with a man.

Please spare us any further vomit inducing attempts to put Jacobs anywhere near the stature accomplishments, or personal character of Obama.

If Jacobs himself actually thinks he's anywhere near Obama's league, then he needs professional help.

All I can do is hope he doesn't and that this is all a joke.

And I sincerely hope that it's not the man himself who is pushing this baloney.

At 11/06/2008 2:40 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 8:51,

Yes, that Olberman bit by Afleck was hilarious, wasn't it?

And Olberman himself gave him praise for it the next night on his show, revealing that Afleck did the whole bit without memorizing his lines, just reading from cue cards.

Now, I love Olberman. I feel he deserves some credit for having the guts to stand up and buck the right wing press intimidation which prevented most pundits from daring to call out the right.

Olberman has enjoyed great success and showed the suits that left leaning coverage can make money too.

That said, Olberman does make me cringe from time to time, and I regret seeing occasional instances where he goes over the line in trying to ascribe bad motives to less sinister things done by Republicans.

But if you can manage to tune out those things, and recognize what's legit and what's not, Olberman is a great reporter, and you can find actual FACTS which you may not on other sources.

He puts a progressive spin on the news, to put it mildly, BUT, more often than not, his spin is right on, especially from my point of view.

And perhaps most importantly, his FACTS are correct.

You may not like his spin or his often overwrought commentary, but the stories he reports are both true and factual, as opposed to the often entirely fictional crap reported as hard news by the likes of Fox News.

As a matter of fact, I sincerely think Olberman should be commended for working hard to provide a valuable service to American citizens.

I think he's devoted to telling the truth, to providing the facts, and just as importantly, exposing the distortions, hypocrisy, and outright lies that otherwise are reported uncritically elsewhere. For that he truly deserves praise.

Now if he'd only reign himself in a bit and stop talking like he gets paid by the word, (frankly, I often have to replay bits just to have a chance to decipher his torrent of words), I think he'll be around for a long time.

At 11/06/2008 2:41 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Oh yeah, and for others, what the commenter is referring to is that I was reminded of the famous turn of phrase in the title of the post, which is attributed to Winston Churchill, by its use in the Olberman skit on SNL.

At 11/06/2008 2:46 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 2:12

That's an excellent point, and one which occurred to me shortly after I posted the header picture.

It does sound too final, when in fact as you note, it's only the beginning.

"Yes We Can", after all, better reflects the spirit and outlook that the Obama movement exemplifies. It's a positive, forward looking, call to action, roll up your sleeves and get to work to make this country lives up to its promise sort of phrase.

But I was so exuberant at the time, when the phrase popped into my head (honestly, I hadn't seen it elsewhere at the time), it seemed appropriate.

Thanks for the comment.

At 11/06/2008 2:56 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Ain't they sumthin?

A bit disturbing to realize that there are a LOT of moonbats out there who truly are so riddled with hatred and fear that they really believe things any rational 5 year old would instantly recognize as nonsense.

These sort of people represent the fulfillment of the Republican campaign dream.

Full of irrational fear placed there by an unrelenting stream of horrible notions by the likes of Hannity and Limbaugh and even Republican elected officials.

Consumed by hatred of the "other", whether it be blacks, minorities in general, the poor, Muslims.... bottom line, anyone who isn't white and therefore "Real Americans" and "Patriotic".

They've been told since Nixon that they should blame minorities for every problem they have in life, from a shitty job to erectile disfunction. And they gladly do, to the point where it festers into full-blown hatred driven by irrational fear.

Little Tom is a Republican strategists wet dream.

An irrational dim-bulb, driven to believe the most far-fetched smears imaginable due to abandoning common sense out of irrational fear.

They see the white dominated society gradually evolving and instead of being fine with it, they act as though it means the end of the white race entirely.

I'm sure that psychiatrists will, if they haven't already, recognize this right wing Republican mental state as a legitimate form of mental disorder.


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