A survey of the MSNBC landscape last night has made clear that many of Obama’s fiercest defenders are coming to terms with their disappointment. In honor of this, Slate’s David Weigel dug up a dusty ol’ YouTube clip of Hillary Clinton supporter and union leader Tom Buffenbarger railing against Obama back in 2008. Buffenbarger, Weigel suggests, had it right all along.
The video dates back to the days of the Democratic primary, when Obama was the coolest guy in the world and promised that he wouldn’t extend the Bush tax cuts past their expiration date. These days, Obama’s barely the coolest guy in America, a fate that Buffenbarger ominously predicted to his audience.
Hope? Change? Yes We Can? Give me a break! I’ve got news for all the latte-drinking, Prius- driving, Birkenstock-wearing, trust fund babies crowding in to hear him speak! This guy won’t last a round against the Republican attack machine. He’s a poet, not a fighter.
“At the time,” Weigel writes, “Obama supporters thought Buffenbarger was ridiculously unfair. Now?” Well, now the video is tearing up Twitter, so it looks like you’re on to something, Mr. Weigel.
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