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From Bush-Hatred to Obama Adoration
the Great Transformation of the American Left

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:28 pm - July 10, 2011.
Filed under: Bush-hatred,Liberals,Obamania

In a post on Saturday, Victor Davis Hanson echoes something our reader Leah said two-and-one-half years ago when she quipped that “Obama worship is the flip side of Bush hatred“.  That sage scholar and pundit observes that soon after Barack Obama launched his bid for the White House, those who spent half-a-decade hating George W. Bush soon became enamored with Barack H. Obama:

Then the mad hatred turned to the mad worship. Do we remember the great campaign of 2008? The madness now metamorphosized, as an obscure, heretofore unremarkable rookie senator became the Great Savior who would deliver us from Bush. Newsweek declared him a god; almost nightly we heard of leg tingles and speeches comparable to the Gettysburg Address. To doubt was racist, to really doubt was un-American. But now there was no shrieking, shrill Hillary Clinton to scream that such dissent was not really un-American.

Via Instapundit.  Read the whole thing.

Bush-hatred, Obama adoration, two sides of the same coin.

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13 Comments

  1. The person who believes in nothing will fall for anything.

    Comment by Max — July 10, 2011 @ 7:08 pm - July 10, 2011

  2. Bush-hatred, Obama adoration, two sides of the same coin.

    Neither of which can be honestly explained why by those engaged in it.

    Comment by TGC — July 10, 2011 @ 7:35 pm - July 10, 2011

  3. Yeah, yeah they hate Bush and adore Obama. We’ve known this for a couple of years now. More importantly, Walker in Wisconsin signed a new guns rights bill leaving Illinois all by itself among the 50 states. Love it! :)

    Comment by JohnAGJ — July 10, 2011 @ 8:50 pm - July 10, 2011

  4. heterosexual-bad. homosexual, bisexual-good, unless homosexual/bisexual is a republican, conservative, federalist, Tea Party. What’s up with left libertarians and right libertarians?

    Comment by rjligier — July 10, 2011 @ 11:38 pm - July 10, 2011

  5. I have plenty of hatred toward Obama, so I must be one of those nutjob libertarians. His policies are awful, and furthermore, his attitude is so condescending and elitist. I loathe that part of him also.

    Comment by davinci — July 10, 2011 @ 11:58 pm - July 10, 2011

  6. Illiniois isn’t alone, that’s just local propaganda. Here in NJ there’s no civilian concealed carry and highly restrictive handgun purchasing regulations and firearms laws…plus we can’t use hollowpoints even for self-defense.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — July 11, 2011 @ 12:38 am - July 11, 2011

  7. I do remember 2008. It was reminiscent of Germany 1933.

    Comment by Blair Ivey — July 11, 2011 @ 3:52 am - July 11, 2011

  8. “The left” is a big place. There are a great many people there who feel very negative about Obama including myself. I guess you could call me a Bush-hater (more precisely a Bush policy-hater, since I don’t know the man personally), but I’ve never been warmer than coolly cynical toward Obama.

    I’ve observed that side-takers get the media play, the people who loudly pick a side, especially sides allowed for in the dominant propaganda model (for instance “liberal” and “conservative”), who almost unfailingly cheer anyone and anything from their side and attack anything from what they consider the other side, who ignore indefensible things their side does while not missing an opportunity to pillory the other side for doing the same things. Those who aren’t side-takers are mostly ignored.

    Gun laws can be grossly different between states. That a state allows concealed carry means almost nothing by itself. Some are very restrictive, due to the language in the law or by how its administer within whatever discretion the authorities are allowed. Even “right to carry” laws can have major differences. (I’m a supporter of less restrictive carry laws and administration, by the way.)

    Comment by Donny D. — July 11, 2011 @ 9:11 am - July 11, 2011

  9. Obama’s policies are destroying the Black Middle Class. How’s that Hope and Change working out for them?

    Comment by V the K — July 11, 2011 @ 9:14 am - July 11, 2011

  10. Blair Ivey wrote:

    I do remember 2008. It was reminiscent of Germany 1933.

    The Sarah Palin rallies certainly were. :)

    Early in 2009, Nancy Pelosi’s documentary-making daughter Alexandra said she’d been in Cuba recently and things here reminded her of that, with Obama’s picture being everywhere, almost inescapably.

    Since then, the bloom is off the Obama rose and we aren’t seeing all the iconography anymore.

    Comment by Donny D. — July 11, 2011 @ 9:32 am - July 11, 2011

  11. I do remember 2008. It was reminiscent of Germany 1933.

    The Sarah Palin rallies certainly were. :)

    While I agree that comparing the Lightbringer worship probably isn’t an accurate comparison to Berlin in the early 30′s, I’d be very curious to hear your argument as to how Palin’s rallies were.

    Care to discuss and/or provide any sort of empirical evidence, Donny?

    Comment by Eric Olsen — July 11, 2011 @ 9:39 am - July 11, 2011

  12. Care to discuss and/or provide any sort of empirical evidence, Donny?

    He did, Eric. He said Nancy Pelosi’s daughter said so. Surely, Nancy Pelosi’s daughter is a fair and objective source.

    Comment by V the K — July 11, 2011 @ 9:51 am - July 11, 2011

  13. I don’t remember saying that, but hey, it’s a good comment, thanks for reminding me.

    Comment by Leah — July 11, 2011 @ 12:07 pm - July 11, 2011

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