Fear and Loathing in Obama’s America

The late gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson, wrote a series of articles for Rolling Stone magazine based on his travels with Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon during their runs for president. The articles were later consolidated into a book entitled, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, ’72. If the recent activities of the Obama administration are any indication, the 2012 presidential election should be the subject of yet another Fear and Loathing book.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has stated “six ways from Sunday” that he will not run for president in 2012. February, he went so far as to say, “Listen, I threatened to commit suicide. I did, I said, ‘What can I do short of suicide to convince people I’m not running?’ Apparently, I actually have to commit suicide to convince people I’m not running.”

Christie’s unambiguous statements have no effect on the Obama re-election campaign. Gov. Christie is now the subject of opposition research (i.e., digging up dirt) by the president’s staff.

Is this a sign of the way the Obama machine intends to wage its campaign in 2012? Will it rely on negative campaign ads and Chicago-style politics? The electorate is both wising up to and wearying of this brand of electioneering, but given Obama’s dismal record, I suppose there’s little else available to him.

Since his inauguration, he spent close to a trillion dollars on a “stimulus bill” that was little more than an amalgamation of earmarks stimulating nothing but the egos of a few members of Congress. Then there was “Cash For Clunkers,” which even the automobile dealers criticized as driving up the price of used cars. Then came his takeover and restructuring of General Motors against all principles of bankruptcy law, which left bondholders high and dry, but rewarded the UAW. Then, who can forget Obama’s failed campaign to bring the Olympics to Chicago, while he kept his generals waiting on the subject of troop build-up? And we all heard his uninformed and insensitive remarks regarding Israel’s borders last week, from which he’s now frantically backpedaling.

Yes, given the above, negativity is probably all Obama has. But using the principle of “tit for tat,” is it not proper that someone dig up dirt on Barack Obama? Oops, forgive me. On second thought, that’s probably being “racist.” It’s only proper to dig up dirt on overweight white guys.

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