An upside of an Obama presidency will be the return of slick satire. The Left can’t do it anymore because most are too frightened of upsetting someone from the minorities and the rest are so dumb they don’t get parody.
And you can only milk white patriachal heterosexual Christians for so long before it becomes tiresome (like in about 1998).
That aside, the Right owns the best satirists and humourists anyway: think Steyn, O’Rourke, Iowahawk, and here in Oz, Blair.
Add Ralph Peters to that list. A Peters report from 2012:
We also have seen peace in Iraq. Claims that our troop withdrawal was responsible for the resurgence of al Qaeda and the subsequent civil war are nothing but Republican campaign propaganda. With the International Sunni Alliance in firm control of Iraq – after Israel’s wanton destruction of Iran – order prevails in the streets. As for the Turkish and Arab suppression of the Kurds, our diplomats regard it as a small price to pay for regional stability. Biased reports of massacres and concentration camps remain unsubstantiated.
Our relations with the Muslim world have rarely, if ever, been better. The current $320 per barrel price of oil allows long-oppressed states to develop themselves without the yoke of neo-colonialism or invasive efforts to force democracy upon their populations. As UN Ambassador Ayers noted, “We can state with pride that the US not only respects, but embraces cultural differences.”
Relations with Russia are also at a high unthinkable a mere four years ago. Moscow’s legitimate concerns for the welfare of its citizens in the “near abroad,” as well as for ethnic Russians persecuted by so-called free democracies, fully justified its peace-preservation military deployments into Ukraine and other regional states. The subsequent referendums on re-unification with Russia, while displaying a few inevitable irregularities, have been judged free and fair by the Jimmy Carter Memorial Foundation.
Another brilliant US essayist, Bill Whittle, is not ready to call game over:
This attitude of despair is being trumpeted from the Left for the sensible and understandable reason that if they lose this election — with all the advantages they have at this precise point in time — then they can never win. Not ever. And the media is pulling with their teeth now, because if Obama loses they will have destroyed their credibility — for nothing.
They haven’t just wrecked their credibility. Mainstream media in the US is shedding consumers at the rate of 10 per cent p.a. Could it be that highly paid editors and publishers see generous sinecures in an Obama beltway as a convenient golden parachute?