Sunday, December 14, 2008

Where's the patriotism?

En route to finding something else, I stumbled upon a list of blogs that gleefully tie Barack Obama to Rod Blagojevich. Maybe Rahm Emmanuel will be prosecuted! Maybe Obama will be forever tainted! You can almost hear the clapping of hands and smacking of lips.

The man hasn't even been sworn in yet, and some on The Right are already drooling over his demise.

Don't you people get it? If Barack Obama does well,
WE ALL do well!

Barack Obama has been trying to distance himself from Blagojevich for some time. Some say it's because he knew the Governor was nuts. Others claim it's because the Governor has been under investigation almost since he took office. I personally believe it's because Rezko is the slender thread that connects them, and who wants to go there again? The reasons don't matter really. It appears that there's barely more of a relationship between my erstwhile Senator and my Governor than there was between Obama and Bill Ayers (don't get me started). Even in his bugged conversations, Blagojevich complans about how all the Obama team is willing to show him is "gratitude." Fuck them, my Governor replies, clearly hoping for money which would not be forthcoming.

But the complete and utter silliness of the conspiracy theories isn't what bothers me. It's the delight some on The Right are exhibiting at the prospect of Obama being crippled politically before he even takes the oath of office. How sad that their ugly compulsion to be right about him outweighs their love of country. Shame on them.

I always wanted Bush 43 to prove me wrong, to turn it around. It's a source of profound sadness that he didn't.

Barack Obama needs our support during these extraordinary times, and those who can't give it should examine their motives.