Commit yourself to party loyalty and you must go along for the stomach-churning moral roller coaster ride. But fall in with a cult of personality and you won’t even notice the contortions of logic necessary to stay true. Keith Olbermann has been a keen, if personally annoying (no humorous remark shall pass out of his mouth unescorted by a smirk and not saluted by raised eyebrows) critic of the various excesses of the Bush Administration, eloquent even (perhaps that accolade should go to whoever’s writing his copy). But such is the transformative power of Barack Obama’s personality that his royal imprimatur renders inert the “fascism” Olbermann saw in the new FISA law way back in Jan. 2008, BO (before Obama).
Via Glenn Greenwald, here’s Olbermann twisting himself into knots to cover the Crown Prince’s* backside:
Asked by “Rolling Stone” publisher, Jann Wenner, about how Democrats have cowered in the wake of past Republican attacks, Senator Obama responding, quote, “Yeah, I don’t do cowering.” That’s evident today in at least three issues . . .
Senator Obama also refusing to cower even to the left on the subject of warrantless wiretapping. He’s planning to vote for the FISA compromise legislation, putting him at odds with members of his own party . . . .
You see, Obama is not capitulating to the “Right” on the FISA bill, he’s standing up to the far Left, which is even more impressive. But of course we can assume that if he did oppose the new law, he would still be standing resolute against the Right, with whom he is currently standing against the Left (it’s all less confusing if you just accept the blue pill and ignore that creepy voice coming over a loudspeaker compelling us all to go ahead and drink, drink the kool-aid) . Truly, there is nothing Barack Obama cannot do! Warrantless wiretapping? Oh no you don’t, but yes
we he can!
*Moniker lifted from and coined by the Stiftung Leo Strauss