Thursday, November 6, 2008

First Off

Jon Stewart took his first shot at making fun of our President-Elect last night with a William Ayers joke. Chris Wallace of Fox News, Jon's guest last night, pointed out that the joke bombed (pun incidental, I presume). He was right.

This is a problem. We're not talking about Sean Hannity doing an hour long special called "Obama: A History of Radicalism" - no - this was Jon Stewart doing what we love him doing. If you support Barack Obama, you need to be able not only to laugh at him, but criticize him. In "Notes on a Native Son" James Baldwin wrote of his relationship with the United State: "I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."

We've heaped a world of problems on a single man and our knee-jerk reaction may be to swarm around him and protect him from dissent. WE may fear that, saddled with the task he is, we cannot afford to let him endure criticism, second-guessing, and opposition as well. Of course, this is precisely the logic of the Bush Administration, and a sentiment we must vehemently reject. Barack Obama does not need our protection. That's what Rahm Emanuel is for.

During the campaign we found an added outlet of support for Obama, however crassly Capitalist it was, in the small donations made to his campaign. This created a sense of co-ownership that, I suppose, a cast ballot no longer (if it ever did) holds. Now we have our words. Use 'em.

I expect this blog to be part aggregate blogging, part commentary, and all politics. I'll keep things posted as the transition comes together and provide background and commentary where it seems helpful/I feel like it. See you on the inside.