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Nattering Nabobs of Negativism

I have wanted to use this phrase for awhile. As the dust settles, I offer a few outlandish thoughts and suggestions.

The primaries are over (cue big sigh of relief) and it appears that Senator Barak Obama is the presumptive nominee. Kudos to Senator Hillary Clinton for her efforts. Well done to both. Also, Andrew & Dan, kudos to both of you!

The dialogue has been pretty nasty on this blog and on others. A pity. Granted, all of us have issues and everyone needs to assume some responsibility (I include myself). I am tired of the sniping – both sides were not perfect; rather than determine which candidate/supporter was more guilty, I suggest it is time to move forward.

Here are a few of my thoughts:

FIRST: Democrats made history, PERIOD. I never thought in my lifetime that I would see a Woman AND an African American be viable candidates during the primaries. We need the appropriate ending for this chapter of American History.

SECOND: If you or a friend is having any difficulty, I have a couple of mantras that I hope might be of help in November: (feel free to add any other healing mantras)

1. Supreme Court, Supreme Court, Supreme Court
2. John McBush, John McBush, John McBush
3. How long do you want to stay in Iraq?
4. How much longer can you manage without healthcare? Pay your COBRA? Pay your insurance carrier? Pay for your prescriptions?
5. How many more jobs do we want to ship overseas?
6. When are you ready to kick the oil habit?

THIRD: To quote Herb Wesson: it is not about ME; it is about WE.

At this juncture, if anyone is still looking for someone/thing to blame, I suggest we blame the corporate media for fanning the flames of misogyny and racism. Conflict gets ratings. Perhaps there are some corporate elites that wanted to see the Democrats place a white woman and a black man in the coliseum to fight til the death of one, the mauled survivor remaining to face a rested Republican white male.

The DNC RBC (Rules/Bylaws Committee) also made a decision this past weekend.

I actually want to commend the RBC for doing their best under such terrible circumstances. If no one is happy, my guess is that it is a good compromise. Kudos to RBC member, Alice Huffman. She was a total class act. 


  1. Andrew Davey Andrew Davey June 5, 2008


    Thank you. I guess we’re all doing the kiss & make up thing now. That’s good. I’m glad that we’re all on the same side again, the Democratic side.

    Oh yes, and totally agreed on the media elite. Simply put: They suck. I’m sure now that John McCrazy is the GOP nominee, they’ll do all they can to go to bat for him. We can’t let them get away any longer with perpetuating the “maverick” myth while sliming Democrats as “class war baiting, terrorist loving, enviro-nazi freaks”.

    Great post, Susan. 🙂

  2. Susan Freeze Susan Freeze Post author | June 5, 2008

    Andrew – I will gladly kiss and make up with you! If we are at DL tonight, perhaps we can have a group kumbaya! 😉


  3. Michael Randall Michael Randall June 5, 2008

    Group Hug everyone, Group Hug…Now, let’s win this thing!

  4. wiz bang wiz bang June 5, 2008

    “Nattering nabobs of negativism” – how cool that you would quote Spiro Agnew – the disgraced vice-president under Richard Nixon.

  5. Vern Nelson Vern Nelson June 6, 2008

    Or, as William Safire never tires of reminding us, Safire VIA Agnew.

    All I knew as a little kid about Agnew, was that MAD Magazine was always making fun of that phrase, doing takeoffs on it.

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