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JANUARY 6, 2013 4:28PM

Obama’s Round Two already shaping up just like Round One

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US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Obama (D-IL) shares laugh with Senator Hagel (R-NE) at Amman Citadel in Amman

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Then-U.S. Sens. Barack Obama and Chuck Hagel yuk it up in Amman, Jordan, in July 2008. Obama is expected to nominate the Repugnican former senator as his secretary of defense any day now, because “bipartisanship,” you see, means that a so-called Democrat does things that no Repugnican Tea Party traitor ever would do in kind.

Let’s see:

“Democratic” President Barack Obama hasn’t even been inaugurated for his second term, and already he:

  • Threw U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice under the bus when she came under attack from the white supremacists and patriarchs, who rather would see U.S. Sen. John Kerry in the position of U.S. secretary of state, since a white male Democrat is better than any other kind of Democrat
  • Capitulated on the Bush-regime-era tax cuts for the rich, having promised over and over and over again to increase taxes on inviduals earning more than $200,000 and families earning more than $250,000, but actually having agreed to increase taxes on individuals earning more than $400,000 and families earning more than $450,000
  • Is poised to sell us out on Social Security and/or Medicare in the deferred so-called “fiscal cliff” fight over the federal budget (after all, he and his family are set for life)
  • Is poised to name Repugnican former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel as U.S. secretary of defense, reinforcing the meme that Democrats are shitty on defense, and doing something that a Repugnican president never would do (i.e., appoint a Democrat to his cabinet, perhaps especially for defense)

Have I forgotten anything? And again, Obama hasn’t even been inaugurated yet for Round Two.

Your vote for Barack Obama on November 6 was significantly different from what Mittens Romney was offering how?

The most immediate next fight in D.C. apparently will be over Hagel, whose nomination might be announced as early as tomorrow, according to Reuters.

Not that Hagel would represent the first time that Obama sold out those who voted for him where it comes to his selection of the U.S. secretary of defense. Recall that Obama, at the start of Round One, lazily, cowardly and stupidly kept on Robert Gates, who under George W. Bush had replaced war criminal Donald Rumsfeld as secretary of defense in November 2006. Gates stayed on the job as defense secretary under Obama until he retired on July 1, 2011.

My biggest problem with Hagel is that again, a Republican president of today never would put a Democrat on his cabinet (yes, I use “his” because a female Republican president is pretty much an oxymoron), and DINO Obama has sold out the Democratic Party enough as it is.

Yes, I have a real problem with Hagel having referred to former U.S. Ambassador James Hormel in 1998 as “openly, aggressively gay” — we gay men should keep our sexuality strictly and entirely in the closet, just like straight men always do, you see (since when has equality been an American value?) – but I do like Hagel’s reportedly made comments about the “bloated” defense department budget (our national “defense” budget is bloated beyond belief, and mostly represents only the perpetual looting of the U.S. Treasury by treasonous war profiteers) and the insanely disproportionate amount of power and influence that the “Jewish lobby” (I call them the “Israel-first lobby,” because of course not every Jewish American is an Israel firster) has in D.C.

Admittedly, it is unusual for a Repugnican to attack the sacred cows of the military-industrial-corporate complex and the Israel-first lobby, even though both of those sacred cows are milking us dry. And Hagel, himself a veteran of the Vietnam War, also apparently wasn’t enough of a cheerleader for the unelected Bush regime’s illegal, immoral, unjust and unprovoked Vietraq War — which also is unusual for a Repugnican.

But are there no qualified Democrats whom Obama could nominate as defense secretary?

What’s Obama’s logic here? That as long as his nominee as defense secretary uses the Republican label, the Repugnican Tea Party traitors in the U.S. Senate will be OK with it?

“This is an in-your-face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of Israel,” Repugnican Tea Party U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham– who, along with Repugnican Tea Party U.S. Sen. John McCainosaurus, was instrumental in Obama’s caving in on the nomination of Susan Rice – already has declared of Hagel’s nomination.

Not that the likes of wingnutty closet case and chickenhawk Lindsey Graham would approve of any of Obama’s nominees, but why the fuck can’t Obama at least respect those who voted for him by ceasing to kiss the ass of the Repugnican Tea Party traitors, who never return the favor in the fucking slightest?

Oh, well.

As I watch Barack Obama for the next four years continue to sell out those who voted for him — and continue, just like Bill Clinton did, to make the Democratic Party more and more indistinguishable from the Repugnican Party (I lovingly think of the two corporation-loving and individual-hating parties as the Coke Party and the Pepsi Party) – at least I won’t feel nearly as punk’d this time as I did during Obama’s first term, because while I stupidly voted for Obama the first time, on November 6 I cast my vote for the Green Party candidate for president.

As George W. Bush once so wisely declared: Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again!

See you around, fools.

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The Rethugs are so benighted that the Dems often put Rethugs as Defense Secretary. Cohen was a Rethug in the Clinton administaration, and of course Gates is/was a Rethug.

Not only that about Gates he was a former CIA director. I think he is the only CIA director to have worked his way to that position from entry level. A real "man of the company". Another plus for a "liberal" Democrat not to be attacked on defense by retrograde, militaristic, Neanderthalic, narrow-minded Rethugs.

Not to make any excuses for Democrats, just illustrating a method to perceived madness.

We need Kucininch as SecDef. Lol!
Wikipedia has a list of U.S. secretaries of defense since Democratic President Truman (during whose administration the position on the Cabinet was created), and according to the entry on Wiki, NOT ONE Repugnican president has appointed a Democrat as his defense secretary. EVER.

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On the other hand, the last of Democrat Truman's four defense secretaries was a Repugnican; Democratic President Kennedy made Repugnican Robert McNamara his defense secretary; Bill Clinton, as you noted, made Repug William Cohen his third and last defense secretary; and, as I have noted already, Obama made Repugnican Robert Gates his first defense secretary and now wants to make Repug Chuck Hagel his second.

Who wants to support a party that so frequently concedes defeat to the Repugnican Tea Party in terms of national defense? If the Dems essentially are telling us that the Repugs are better than they are, then why vote for the fucking Dems?

Anyway, yeah, I miss Dennis Kucinich, who, I believe, is out of office right now because of redistricting in Ohio...
In Oliver Stone's new book/show he's pointed out how it was machinated to get Truman the VP slot -- during Roosevelt's final term (it was known by the power elite and Dem Party bosses that Roosevelt was sick). Do you know how progressive Wallace was? There have been so many freakin's points in this country when the good could have won! Aaarrggghh!

Kucinich is gone... Tom Hanks endorsed Marcy Kaptur. Way to go Tom. Actually Marcy Kaptur is not a bad lady, I saw an article where Kucinich was flummoxed by her campaign methods against him. I'm not saying she was dirty, but Kucinich clearly must have thought they were closer.
A defeat is a win to Obama. He starts negotiations by giving all (or most) of the marbles away. Obama can't wait to give speeches, with paydays of more zeroes than he can count in just a few years.
I was kinda hoping Obama would nominate Cindy Sheehan for SecDef.

She's got bigger balls than Hagel and she hasn't insulted anybody by calling the "aggressively gay".

At least then there would be one person in the cabinet without their know up Barack's butt.

Yeah, I love Cindy. I saw her speak here in Sacramento before she became nationally (in)famous. She's a bright, courageous individual.

The more the right wing and the Israel-firsters attack Hagel, the more I guess I kind of like him, but if his values and beliefs don't match those of his fellow Repugnicans, then why doesn't he change parties? (Yes, it DOES matter which party one aligns oneself with. By aligning with a party, one is saying: I'm with these people. I agree with them. I endorse them. Those who assert that party affiliation is meaningless are fucktarded and/or just nihilistic. Anyone who is of the same party as the likes of George W. Bush and Sarah Palin -- to name just two -- I cannot accept as being in the Cabinet of a Democratic president.)

Although I love that the Israel-firsters hate him, Hagel has a history of bigotry toward non-heterosexuals, including his historical defense of "don't ask, don't tell," and again, I can't accept that there is no fucking Democrat on the planet whom Obama could have nominated for the post. I can't, don't, accept that Hagel was the only viable candidate, and I'm happy that I didn't waste my vote on sellout DINO Obama again.