FEAR THE UNBRIDLED FURY OF ... UM, MICHELLE OBAMA? REALLY?
In The Washington Times, Joseph Curl pushes a meme the right really thinks will pump up the base in November:
The very angry first lady Michelle Obama
Michelle's back, and she’s madder than ever. She was already pretty angry, seemingly unhappy with just about everything. As her husband wrapped up the Democratic nomination in 2008, she let fly her real feelings: "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country." ...
Now, she is ready to spew her bilious disgust with America on the campaign trail. A dignified, transcendent first lady? No chance. Michelle is going to break with a hundred years of tradition and play the role of attack dog, heaping derision on her husband's political opponents like no other first lady before her.
And it's already begun. Mad Michelle this week popped down to Davis Island, Fla., to hobnob with the very people her husband despises - the 1 percent. At a massive mansion on the bay, filled with the wealthiest of the wealthy, America’s first lady launched into a tirade about "them" - the Republicans.
And wow, does she let loose. Get a load of this -- it's unprecedented for a first lady:
"I don't think it's fair to really lie about allegations about someone like the Republican national chairman did," she said. "Well, he made it up, I guess I should say."
She's not concerned about her husband's declining poll numbers.
"I think part of the reason he has is because the Republicans have just spent over $100 million campaigning," she said. "And their main campaign issues have been to beat Barack Obama. That's all they really talked about."
.... Er, no wait. That wasn't Michelle Obama making an "unprecedented" "angry" statement at a campaign appearance -- that was Laura Bush in 2004 in an ABC News interview, in which she accused then-Democratic chairman Terry McAuliffe of lying about W's Texas Air National Guard AWOL status. (I changed the party name and the name of the president.) Here's what Michelle actually said that was so "angry":
"Let's not forget about what it meant when my husband appointed two brilliant Supreme Court justices, and for the first time in history, our daughters - and our sons - watched three women take their seats on our nation's highest court. But more importantly, let’s not forget the impact their decisions will have on our lives for decades to come - on our privacy and our security, on whether we can speak freely, worship openly and love whomever we choose. That is what's at stake here," she said to applause....
"Will we be a country where opportunity is limited to just the few at the top? Who are we? Or will we give every child a chance to succeed no matter where they're from, or what they look like or how much money their parents have. Who are we?"
Wow -- feel the hate!
So, America's first lady will travel the country this election season to tell her fellow Americans just how bad it is out there (between lavish vacations, of course). Unlike President Ronald Reagan, who saw morning in America - that great shining city on a hill - Michelle will tell all who will listen that Republicans want to poison the air and water, stifle free speech, oppress the religious. She will offer not an uplifting vision of what her husband's America could be but only a vapid view of what Republicans' America would be.
Yeah, that's right! Get a load of this. Where's the Reaganesque uplift?
The choices this year are not just between two different personalities or between two political parties. They're between two different visions of the future, two fundamentally different ways of governing -- their government of pessimism, fear, and limits, or ours of hope, confidence, and growth.
Their government sees people only as members of groups; ours serves all the people of America as individuals. Theirs lives in the past, seeking to apply the old and failed policies to an era that has passed them by. Ours learns from the past and strives to change by boldly charting a new course for the future. Theirs lives by promises, the bigger, the better. We offer proven, workable answers....
We've heard a lot about deficits this year from those on the other side of the aisle. Well, they should be experts on budget deficits. They've spent most of their political careers creating deficits....
And for almost all of those 50 years, deficit spending has been their deliberate policy. Now, however, they call for an end to deficits. They call them ours. Yet, at the same time, the leadership of their party resists our every effort to bring Federal spending under control.
So hate-filled! So un-Gipper-esque!
... No, wait -- that wasn't Michelle either. That was Ronald Reagan's 1984 Republican convention speech.
I keep saying that right-wing racism has a huge carve-out for black right-wingers, who are issued a special exemption. But if you're liberal or moderate and you're black, all stereotypes are considered suitable for deployment by the right. "Angry black woman" is one right-wingers are going to try to hang on Michelle -- facts be damned.