… yesterday when I wished Obama would start kickin’ ass and takin’ names. In political terms, that’s ‘going Bullworth.’ And now The New York Times reports that Obama himself “has talked longingly of ‘going Bulworth.'”
Bulworth was a Warren Beatty movie fifteen years ago, about a Senator who’s so fed up with the bullshit of politics that he hires an assassin
to kill him, then — assuming he’s going to die in a couple days and has nothing to lose — starts kickin’ ass and takin’ names.
I really don’t think Obama will hire an assassin, at least not one to kill himself. But the other part, standing up to political pressures, denouncing the effect of big money, telling the truth about political maneuvering, he could do that. And, says the Times, he’s thought about it a lot lately.
Maybe I should spend a few bucks so I can check out the Times every day.
What the hell, maybe I’ll even re-develop some interest in and respect for Obama.
Suppose Obama did take off the gloves, step out from behind the curtain, what might he say? Ezra Klein at The Washington Post’s Wonkblog has imagined a press conferenece for the occasion. Here’s enough of the transcript to get you started.
Q: Thank you, Mr. President. At this point, though, can the American people actually trust their government? There’s a sense that these issues might just be the tip of the iceberg.
OBAMA: [Long pause.] Are you kidding me?
No, the American people can’t trust their government. They can’t trust their media either, I might add. But that’s not because of a couple of I.R.S. agents out in Cincinnati. We can fix the Cincinnati office. Let me be clear: We’re already fixing the Cincinnati office. This problem was solved a year ago. The guy who solved it just got fired anyway because you all wanted to see some blood on the walls and I’m just political enough to give it to you.
Look, the reason the American people can’t trust their government is here in Washington….
Now, if only that were enough to get The Man started as well.