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A style is born. On October 5, 2010, weighing about two pounds, one ounce, in hardcover, given name: The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism. Its baby daddy Roger D. Hodge. hails from the left-elite camp — again!  Roger is not alone because other left wing stellar wordsmiths are lending their names to the cabal of Obama haters by penning books, online chatter and tribal council to bring Obama down. And the e-leaks read “President Interrupted.”

It started with the right, really. But the professional left is gaining ground. Once sipping the tea of contentment, laid back unready to slash and burn…yet. But now they are writing with as much vim and verve as one group can wield. They are calling Obama out as liar, as the root of mendacity in French “to lie.”  

What do the elite really want? Their own round table seat complete with Kool-Aid service where they can rant, spin and spend another trillion dollars? Copy-cat criminals, the lot of them, are at the root of these new tomes. Let’s see who can out-write, outwit and out-sell the most anti-Obama diatribes. Who knew it would come to a spitting-in-Obama-eye contest between left and right wingnuts over who will write the ugliest book on the first black president in the age of Obama?

The Obama presidency has become fair game. It was also a waiting game. Writers laying in wait for Obama well before the Ides of March to launch a cunning offensive from an iPad at an undisclosed location. Mission accomplished boys and girls.

Unfortunately, Hodge’s book just might be the Democrats and Obama’s undoing or the longest “Dear John” letter ever written. His book should come with a warning label: “wear black while reading,”  because it may be final nail in the Obama administration coffers.

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  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/realist Realist

    The first nail into the Obama administration’s coffin was driven when Rahm Emanuel was named chief of staff. Once he had the hammer, he allowed David Axelrod to position the next nails for insertion. I could go on and on, for it takes many nails to seal a coffin, and the list of those is long and detailed.

    It didn’t have to be. If Obama had given job creation a tenth of the attention he gave the Republicans in his foolish efforts to achieve bipartisanship (an affliction he still carries), he and the Democrats would be routing the Republicans in the midterms instead of fighting to retain their Congressional majority. But you wouldn’t know this reading tomes put out by corporate stooges like Ingraham and Ifill.

  • doug m.

    ‘A style is born’? This kind of thing is nothing new. Idealogues are rarely happy with what happens in DC

  • kurt brigliadora

    Are you talking about books? cause if you are.. “Trickle up Poverty” is a must read! Its a real “eye opener”

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Does one have to be an ideologue, Doug, to assess Obama’s performance as a failure?

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Excellent link, Heloise, to an excellent interview with the author. The guy is sharp

  • doug m.

    Not at all. Surely you are not claiming Hodge isn’t one.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Not on the basis of that interview

  • Baronius

    Heloise is right. President Obama’s black.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    The day an elected politician pursues exactly, and only, the policies I wish him to pursue will be the day I realize that heaven does exist and I’m in it.

  • zingzing

    “The day an elected politician pursues exactly, and only, the policies I wish him to pursue will be the day I realize that heaven does exist and I’m in it.”

    or you could be an elected official. if this were heaven and you weren’t forced into compromise by the fact that you AREN’T A DICTATOR.

    but if obama is a “failure,” as roger is apt tp say, but not to explain, i wonder how clinton wasn’t. or how any other democratic president in my lifetime wasn’t a failure. (republicans are not failures, just idiots.) obama has pushed through meaningful reforms in both healthcare and wall st. he’s stemmed the flow of blood from the economy. the war in iraq, if it’s not over, is at least heading in the right direction, where that idea was once just a pipedream. $200 billion has been invested in clean energy. we’ve got two relatively young new female members of the supreme court.

    what did clinton do before his first midterm election? (or what did reagan do?) how is obama, who has done more meaningful shit in his first 18 months than any other president during the last 40 years, a failure?

    if you’re a liberal, or a progressive, or whatever, obama has been pretty damn good so far. (of course, if you’re a conservative, i could see how you’d be pissed, but i’m not sorry for it.)

    that he’s done it with such ridiculously bullheaded and drooling lockstep opposition against him is a goddamn miracle, but he remains, to the unimpressed like roger, a “failure.” how is that? he didn’t put on glasses, take off glasses, sprout a cape and turn into fucking superman?

  • Clavos

    …obama has pushed through meaningful reforms in both healthcare…

    Oh puleeze. Obamacare as currently constituted will result in more, not fewer uninsured people. In the wake of several large corporations (including John Deere and Verizon among others) announcing that they are considering dropping employee health plans under Obamacare, the WH has announced it will grant waivers to these corporations — so, now we have the administration backpedaling frantically from their own plan because it’s unworkable, the CBO keeps insisting the cost of the plan as currently constituted will break our economy, etc. etc. That’s certainly some impressive “reform,” alright.

    … he’s stemmed the flow of blood from the economy…

    Really? Which one? Certainly not ours. Unemployment is still at a post-Depression record high, the stock market is still down by 30%, the housing market is nearly moribund, banks are refusing to lend money in the face of all the uncertainty, and consumers (those who are still working) fear they may lose their jobs as well, so the GDP is again slowing — a number of economists (none working at the WH, of course) are now warning of the increasingly real possibility of a double-dip recession.

    …that he’s done it with such ridiculously bullheaded and drooling lockstep opposition against him is a goddamn miracle…

    That “opposition” is meaningless and powerless — the Dems have majorities in both houses — the administration isn’t skilled (or experienced) enough to seize that and use that advantage to its full potential.

    But, not to worry. He’s gonna get sent back to community organizing very shortly.

  • Baronius

    Zing – I think a fair reading would recognize President Obama for his economic policy and health care reform. The efforts on financial reform and clean energy were minor; the Iraq War is going according to Bush’s schedule; he wasn’t going to leave two slots on the Supreme Court empty.

    In Clinton’s first two years, he enacted NAFTA and failed in his health care reform efforts. Reagan, in his first two years, enacted his economic policy and escalated the Cold War. I think your defense of Obama’s first 18 months is driven by emotion more than facts.

  • Baronius

    You raise an interesting point, Clav. George HW Bush was nearly 70 when he was fired from the most high-profile job in the world. He went into seclusion. Carter, on the other hand, was still a middle-aged man when he lost the presidency. It drove him into the weird, bitter creature we see today. Clinton, of course, left on his own terms, but 2000 put Gore on a Carteresque path without him ever having been president. So, if Barack Obama were to become unemployed in 2013, what would the future hold for him?

  • zingzing

    “I think your defense of Obama’s first 18 months is driven by emotion more than facts.”

    i’ll say this to both you and clavos. you aren’t the audience for my remarks. not to say you can’t say anything about those remarks, but i didn’t expect you to like what he’s done so far, so it’s no surprise. he (and his legislation) is certainly open to criticism, but progressive criticism is that he hasn’t gone far enough, rather than he’s gone too far. and yet, from a progressive standpoint, his accomplishments have been rather impressive, if not all we could have dreamed of.

    as for clavos’ “That “opposition” is meaningless and powerless” bit, that might be true if it wasn’t expected for the gop to vote in mass against the more controversial bills. if the dems voted in mass along party lines, it would be meaningless. but they don’t, so it’s not.

    as for baronius’ “he wasn’t going to leave two slots on the Supreme Court empty” bit, that’s true, but did he filled them with two fairly young, liberal women with disparate backgrounds. and he’s got a good shot at a third nomination in the near future. he could help sway the court back our way. it’s all timing, of course, but so what? it’s important.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    If you’d take the time to read the one-page article as per Heloise’s link, it might open your eyes as to why “the progressives” consider Obama a dismal failure. But you’ve always been quick on the draw with your freely opinions and just as resistant to consider views other than your own. Just an observation, zing, no hard feelings.

    And who by the way are the progressives you speak of? Certainly you can’t be thinking of Handy as your prime example?

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    freely expressed opinions …

  • Baronius

    Zing, note that my comment #13 was entirely without partisanship. I’m not arguing that Obama’s second-tier accomplishments weren’t good; only that they were second-tier. Personally, I think that Reagan’s breaking of the air traffic controllers’ union was brilliant, but I’m not going to list it as a first-tier accomplishment.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    @14 who cares?

  • Clavos

    …if the dems voted in mass along party lines…

    They don’t have to, their majority was large enough to lose a few and still pass Obamacare.

    It’s not the fictional “opposition” that’s sinking him (not until November 2, anyway), it’s the ineptitude, flawed concepts and poor planning that are doing it.

    The economy is still sinking, and he (and his peeps) haven’t a clue as to what to do — if they did, it wouldn’t still be sinking…

  • zingzing

    “They don’t have to, their majority was large enough to lose a few and still pass Obamacare.”

    well, they did pass that. but that took some doing. the point is that you can trust the gop to walk arm in arm just about every time something controversial comes up, but you can’t expect the dems to do that. while i sometimes wish, for the legislation’s sake, they would, i’d rather have freely-thinking legislators rather than party-first robots.

    the opposition certainly exists and it certainly makes things very difficult for him. maybe the gop is better at the game. i dunno. it certainly looks like it right now.

    roger: “But you’ve always been quick on the draw with your freely opinions and just as resistant to consider views other than your own.”

    touche, but that’s what everyone does. you’re just as guilty as i am. so i’ll honestly have to agree with you, but i’ll turn the mirror around as well.

    “And who by the way are the progressives you speak of?”

    the progressives i speak of are the disappointed dems, i guess, although i’m not quite sure what the “you speak of” phrase is referring to. i’m not quite sure what handy’s position on all this is at this point.

    baronius: “I’m not arguing that Obama’s second-tier accomplishments weren’t good; only that they were second-tier.”

    well, roger, amongst others, seems to say that obama’s accomplished nothing. but it’s simply not the case. if you really look at it (from a progressive standpoint), he’s accomplished plenty, and if it’s not enough for you, well, that’s washington. maybe you came in with goals that were a little lofty and frankly unattainable.

  • Baronius

    “the point is that you can trust the gop to walk arm in arm just about every time something controversial comes up, but you can’t expect the dems to do that.”

    Yeah, that’s how the GOP got rid of the Department of Education, privatized Social Security, passed the flag-burning amendment, eliminated affirmative action, authorized the bombing of the Iranian nuclear program, created a flat tax, eliminated the teaching of evolution from our schools, reversed Roe v. Wade, enacted free trade with Latin America, built a wall along the Mexican border, expanded oil drilling in Alaska, passed a balanced-budget amendment and gave the President authority for a line-item veto, got rid of bilingual education, established abstinence-only education and elimiated condom distribution from American schools, cleaned up the art being funded by the NEA, got rid of the Federal Reserve System, and not only left the UN but drove it from our soil.

  • zingzing

    i’m specifically talking about their response to obama, baronius. sorry that wasn’t clear.

  • zingzing

    and most specifically within the senate. the house seems to be a little more open, because there’s always that next line of defense. but once something gets to the senate, it’s gop lockdown time.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Zing, #24: That’s because of the stupid filibuster-mania that now requires 60 votes for any action whatsoever by the Senate. The Senate is full of useless bullshit like that: a single Senator can anonymously hold up any nomination too. Insane.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    I agree that Roger Hodge is a very smart man. But he writes as a polemicist, and tends toward hyperbole. He’s better writing about history than contemporary events.

    So I don’t agree with his overstated negativism about Obama. But he is right that the Citizens United decision is just about the worst thing to come out of the Supreme Court since sometime in the first half of the 20th century. The “personhood” of corporations is just a wacky concept. Obama ought to demagogue it for all he’s worth, and make the GOP defend it to an angry public.

  • Clavos

    If he can find an “angry public” that’s angry at someone (or something) other than him.

    Doubtful.

  • zingzing

    well, republicans certainly haven’t been busy making themselves look good. that’s the price they pay for concentrating all their power into making obama look bad.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    A couple of other points:

    As I have said many times before, I believe the economy would still suck and unemployment would still be high if John McCain, Ron Paul, or Hillary Clinton were president. The recession was that nasty and deep.

    We were hemorrhaging 500,000 or more jobs a month in early 2009. We have now had positive job growth in the private sector for seven straight months. Progress is slow and painful, but it is there. If there were a “magic bullet” for unemployment, why wouldn’t the president have already used it? There isn’t one.

    We probably do need a second big stimulus bill, but the asshole Republicans have effectively demonized the very word “stimulus.” If there is a double dip, look no further than that for the reason.

    I don’t understand referring to the financial reform bill, a fairly massive accomplishment, as “second tier.”

    When critics from the left discuss the Obama health reform bill, their complaint starts from the baseline that it is not a Canadian/European style national health service. It was never going to be that, so they were never going to be satisfied.

    The administration decided early on that the employer-based insurance company is so entrenched that ripping it up would be massively disruptive. So we got a variation on the current system.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy
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