A Tale of the 9's: Polling Against the Current

It is interesting that Ahab also had a knack for making "major speeches" just before striking out after an ill-fated goal.

Posted by Milwaukee Mike at July 9, 2009 11:13 AM

You're always good for a pleasant read, Gerard.

Ahab. That's a new one. I like it. I really do. You might be right, too.

Posted by Eric Blair at July 9, 2009 11:50 AM

Moby Dick is fiction. In the real story, the whale won.

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Posted by Salt Lick at July 9, 2009 12:21 PM

Early on in the 2008 portion of the campaign marathon I developed the nagging suspicion that the Obamas were out to punish us, with our official permission.

Posted by Roderick Reilly at July 9, 2009 1:47 PM

Ahab the Arab, the sheik of the burning sands.

Posted by Fat Man at July 9, 2009 2:52 PM

Obama must chuckle to himself every time Axelrod pads off to the press room to release a statement on how 2010 is going to be roses for the Democrat party.

Ax, it was never about party. And it sure as hell was NEVER about reelection.

It took more than two hundred years to get here. But having a Barak Obama arrive in this office in these times with the Congress we have...

Might as well have invited Hannibal Lechter to a camp out and handed him a butcher knife and some Tabasco before every body turned in.

Posted by TmjUtah at July 9, 2009 5:00 PM

An insightful literary analogy.

As the lamented Dr. Sanity has explained, Obama is a selfless narcissist. As I would say, he'll do everything conceivable to help the people, no matter how many actual persons he has to hurt or kill along the way. (For instance, "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.") That his policies might actually be deleterious would not, then, seem to be relevant to him -- so long as he gets to live his own life quite comfortably, that is.

Posted by ELC at July 9, 2009 6:18 PM

Oh yeah. You've got it.
Obama as Ahab.
Watch the Jib Jab again.
That's a harpoon he's thrusting into the heart of democracy as he struts atop the U.S. Capitol.

Posted by Cathy at July 9, 2009 8:25 PM

Thought provoking post, as usual. It's scary to have a President with "daddy issues". A mature adult, such as Bush, is, policy differences aside, whom we want to have in that role. Someone who can focus on the external world, and not be pulled hither and thither by his own internal problems.

By his own admission Obama is a man with rage problems and clearly the deep anger caused by being deserted twice by fathers has been subsumed into a hatred for America, under the malign guidance of Ayers and Wright.

Posted by Brett_McS at July 9, 2009 9:58 PM

TmjUtah, I wouldn't understimate Obama's chances of two terms ... with four years for Acorn to weave its magic.

Posted by Brett_McS at July 9, 2009 10:01 PM

A Lenin or Hitler sees himself bringing the utopia all the way home.

Western Leftists are a much more lazy lot; they satisfy themselves with thinking they know what is supposed to happen after the establishment is destroyed.

That was what the Verona messages spelled out - get the Western useful idiots hooked on destruction but don't go into too much detail on outcomes.

So they hack away, a generation at a time. Hear that creaking?

Posted by TmjUtah at July 10, 2009 8:50 PM