I'm Barack Obama, and I approve Bruce's message

by: Strummerson

Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 15:05:42 PM EST

Every now and then, Bruce takes another hack at writing his own "This Land is Your Land," a populist, inclusive, communitarian nationalist anthem.  This one is even more blatant than most, and teeters on the edge of unintentional self-parody.  Yet it's somehow sustained by Springsteen's unflinching sincerity, a more welcome than expected naive exuberance.  It also should be considered the first major campaign ad for Obama's reelection and should end with the title of this diary.

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Fantastic (2.00 / 7)
Clint Eastwood and Bruce Springsteen both with the same timely message.  You know, these aren't specifically pro-Obama, either of them, but when these cultural icons reach down into our hearts about what America's bedrock really is it just happens that Obama is standing there already.

Interesting to note the "we take care of our own" is an eloquent tribute to the battlefield ethos that Obama was struggling to reference in the SOTU address.  I think we just might be at an ideological turning point yet again.  It's been a long, cold night.

Quote of the Day (2.00 / 5)
On poor Romney's laboured "path toward conservatism" exegesis at CPAC:

He had the same kind of "path" towards conservatism that a greyhound at the track has toward the mechanical rabbit.

Charles P Pierce What the Self-Manufacturing of Romney Hath Produced Esquire 10 Feb 12

Looking at recent polling in Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan and nationally I'm seeing Willard headed into serious trouble.  The gloom over at Red State is almost suffocating.

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a joke. (2.00 / 6)
A Tea Party Patriot, a Goldwater Conservative, a Libertarian, and a Blue Dog Democrat walk in to a bar.

Bartender says, "Oh, hi Mitt."

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey

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Santorum told the joke as "a liberal, a moderate, and a conservative ... " (2.00 / 5)

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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I modded it (2.00 / 3)
from some old white dude @ CPAC (a Santorum supporter)

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey

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You are right -now it was Freisse. (2.00 / 4)
Major Santorum Super PAC donor.

By the way, that PPP poll is out Saturday am.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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I'm Beginning to Think... (2.00 / 4)
Romney is going to lose his grip on this nomination.  Gingrich is cold toast and when his tally is folded into Santorum's it might be enough to win sufficient delegates to seriously cripple Romney; even in some winner-take-all contests.  We'll see.

Santorum is sincere though I really don't think he has the ticker for this; but in the current field he's the default candidate for a large chunk of the party which Willard is never going to capture.

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Apparently, PPP asked Gingrich supporters who they would go to if (2.00 / 5)
Newt drops out.  Almost 60% would go to Santorum.  I believe this was part of the national poll whose results come out in am.

I've read where Paul (!) has a chance to win ME caucuses and that Romney had a tough townhall in ME this afternoon; he was heckled more than once.  The feeling is one of flailing and the perception isn't one of comfortable frontrunner.  That Santorum's doing well on a shoesstring budget's gotta hurt, too.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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Of course, the better Santorum does the higher POTUS's Intrade #. (2.00 / 4)

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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Nate Silver... (2.00 / 4)
Lays out the tentative case for Santorum:

Meanwhile, Mr. Santorum closed strongly and outperformed his polls in several states so far, including Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri and South Carolina (where he was projected to place fourth by the polls but finished in third). That could indicate that voters like Mr. Santorum the more they get to know him - indeed, his favorability ratings are strong among Republican voters - or that his supporters are more enthusiastic. Either quality would be an asset going forward, allowing him to win his share of close calls against Mr. Romney.

Thus, it seems at least possible that Mr. Santorum's momentum will be more sustainable. To have a chance at winning in the delegate count, he will need to supplant Mr. Gingrich as Mr. Romney's major rival in the South.

Nate Silver - The Bettor's Case for Santorum NYT 10 Feb 12

He's just hedging his bets at this point but that's more than any one was doing a week ago.  It's the outperforming the polls that intrigues me.

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A friend in Colorado went to the GOP Caucus. (2.00 / 6)
There were 20 people there, and in the second vote 16 were for Santorum. He was serious, not a Dem sandbagger, and said he was stunned.

"Really? Well, I guess I can just stop listening until this is over."

He is another person who, like me, voted for Obama but is very much not a "Progressive" (iow: "would not be accepted by 80% of DKOS as a human being"). More conservative than I am, but not a ("tea partier") idiot. Willing to vote to the right, not willing to cheer for "Your kids don't need no steenkin' Nancy-boy college!".

Maureen could get his vote. Heck, if she was running she could get my vote. The GOP could actually win, I think, by a strong show of reality-based reasoning.

But that isn't what they are going to do. They are either going to run someone they don't like themselves, and lose, or someone only they could love. And lose. They not only have not come far enough to stand a chance of getting a vote like mine, they can't begin to get the centrist votes to the right of me.

They're doomed.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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All with very little money or media buzz. (2.00 / 4)
How much did Romney spend to win FL?  15 mill?  And the vote count was down.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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Didja Notice... (2.00 / 1)
His complete turnaround was coincident with him halting campaigning to be with his daughter in hospital?  Impressive stuff.

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Polling i saw on twitter (I need to dig for links) (2.00 / 5)
Michigan liked the ad and didn't think it was pro-Obama.  And few see Romney as native Michigander.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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Dunno, I'm pretty sure that (2.00 / 3)
this one is intentionally supportive of Obama's argument and candidacy.  It's a brilliant attempt to counter the Tea Party's claim to patriotism, it's reductions of freedom and liberty to rabid autarky.  Not a single flag, but the shot of a little leaguer leaping to shag a fly back-lit by a sun is a pretty good stand in.  

As a matter of fact, it strikes me that the absence of any flags in a song that repeats "wherever this flag is flown" is pretty significant.  The first time Bruce sings the line, he raises his right hand, as if in allegiance.  But maybe the video suggests a nationalism that isn't all about fetishizing symbols.  Maybe, as in the end of the video, the American people are the flag that represents us, in all the diversity represented in the closing shot where he walks proudly as one citizen among others, his iconicity barely perceptible.

Anyway, regardless, it seems pretty clear with this one (not the Chrysler-Eastwood spot) that it's an intentional contribution to a campaign that is getting up and running in opposition to slanders of anti-americanism and anti-freedom and anti-liberty, and in opposition to those who think that if government simply gets out of the way and each of us aspires to accumulate enough capital that we can dodge taxes by depositing it in the Cayman Islands, that things will get better.  Nope.  They will only get better when we remember to take care of our own.  All of our own and not just those who look like us.

The future is unwritten

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Remember that guy who said Bruce is anti-American? (2.00 / 3)
George Bach? Greg Back? Something like that. Used to have a TV show...

Damn, now it's going to bug me all night.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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I Certainly Don't Know Either... (2.00 / 2)
But it's a great song.  Would be nice to see it on the Obama campaign playlist.

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American political messaging at its best (2.00 / 6)
With all the nasty trollery on the political blogosphere, it's sometimes easy to forget the decency, hard work and honour of so many (extra) ordinary voting people. This video reminds me what I love about your country.

Well done, Bruce. Good diary Joe-son. And god bless your country.  

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'

Thanks Pete (2.00 / 2)
Just read Vulliamy's piece on "Broken Britain" in Harper's.  Seems like he downplays the late 70s-early 80s slump to depict things as particularly dire.  It got me wondering though, given the attention he gives to racism in contemporary Britain, whether you think a progressive, humanist nationalism such as the one Bruce's video calls for is possible over there.

The future is unwritten

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Hard to Say (2.00 / 3)
Perhaps time for Argentina to bang the Malvinas drum again:

Some British MPs are also concerned that David Cameron's government may have created the perception that it lacks the power and international support to defend the islands. Denis MacShane, a Labour MP and former foreign office minister for Latin America, says: "South American leaders know that Britain has fewer friends than ever before because of David Cameron's isolationist approach in Europe and its indifference to the Obama administration. This is foreign policy folly and anti-British elements in South America have taken advantage of British economic, defence and diplomatic weakness."

James Blitz and John Paul Rathbone - Banging of Malvinas drum causes headache Financial Times 21 Dec 11

And so it goes:

According to media reports on Saturday, British Prime Minister David Cameron has personally approved the deployment of the Trafalgar-class vessel, believed to be either HMS Tireless or HMS Turbulent, in the South Atlantic.

However, a British Ministry of Defense (MoD) spokeswoman said, "We do not comment on submarine deployments."

The heavily-armed submarine is set to be in the Malvinas waters in April for the 30th anniversary of the 1982 war which the two countries fought over the islands also known as the Falklands.

The Royal Navy has already revealed it is sending HMS Dauntless, a Type 45 destroyer, to the Falklands.

Britain's Prince William arrived in the Malvinas on Thursday for a six-week training mission as a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force (RAF).

Buenos Aires has strongly condemned Britain's "provocative" move to post Prince William, likening it to that of a "conqueror."

UK sends nuclear submarine to Malvinas Press TV 4 Feb 12

You would have thought that Argentina learned a lesson last time.

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Short answer (2.00 / 3)
Nationalism can't work in the UK. We're a state of four nations.

If Scotland goes independent, that stops me being a multinational Brit, and is in danger of making me an Englishman - an identity I reject as mainly Welsh Armenian, and one with (with the EDL) has racist ethnic overtones.

Now maybe Englishness can be rescued from racism. I don't know. But it's not an experiment I really wish to pursue.

Maybe London can declare UDI.  

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'

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Maybe one needs a republic (2.00 / 4)
in order to have a republican, citizenship-based nationalism.

I guess that's why all of Brown's rhetoric about "Britain" was doomed to fail.

I like the idea of going back to city states.  Citizen of a cosmopolitan London sounds good to me.  Here in the US, urban centers have been drained in the name of propping up rural areas to command the electoral college, and in the development of the exurbs that David Brooks loves so much.  When I lived in a collective in Williamsburg warehouse, before it went totally hipster, we had a giant "People's Republic of Brooklyn" banner in the living room.  The people with Saab's and stock portfolios moved in and we had to move out...  Of course, NY has often been positioned as antithetical to "America," which only exists somewhere in the amber waves of grain.  London, on the other hand, has been central to Englishness at least since Lydgate in the 15th century and increasingly so from then on, that such a severing of London from England seems even more ludicrous than NY's secession from the US.

The future is unwritten

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