HoWARd on his third back foot
Monday February 12th 2007, 6:02 am

image: Kudelka for The AustralianOn 29 January, I posted about my support for Barack Obama‘s US Presidential possibilities… and wrote about the funky smell of government terrorism hype on 7 Feb… and by 11 February, John HoWARd was saying ‘a vote for Obama is a vote for Osama.’ Whoa. My political ‘spidey sense’ is spot-on.

First of all, as an American voter, let me take this juicy opportunity to castigate HoWARd for his interference in the party politics of another country. It wasn’t that long ago that Australian pollies were whacking then-US Ambassador to Australia Tom Schieffer in the shins for his unwelcome critiques of potential Australian Labor party policy on Iraq. Hypocrites.

Much to his credit, Obama put HoWARd right into the perspective he deserves:

“I think it’s flattering that one of George Bush’s allies on the other side of the world started attacking me the day after I announced [my candidacy],” Senator Obama said.

“I would also note that we have close to 140,000 troops in Iraq and my understanding is Mr Howard has deployed 1,400.

“So if he is ginned up to fight the good fight in Iraq, I would suggest that he calls up another 20,000 Australians and sends them to Iraq, otherwise it’s just a bunch of empty rhetoric.”

Johnny, you’re now cordially invited to fuck off with your opinions of Obama and the US Democratic (and don’t forget the ‘ic’) Party, especially with any of those absurdities where you conflate a vote for a party you don’t like with a vote for terrorism. We’re all a bit over the horseshit.

Kevin Rudd is cracking the whip on the Lieberals with an astonishing 65% approval rating in the latest AC Nielsen poll on party preferred leadership. HoWARd’s finally lost touch with the realities of the Australian voting public. And no, we don’t want any nuclear power stations in Australia, mmmmkay?

While we’re on polls… if recycled sewerage water can be cleaned to the super-pure level where it is usable in integrated circuit manufacturing, for which impurities must be removed to the parts-per-billion neighbourhood, it sounds completely fine to drink. Morris ‘Fuckwit‘ Iemma is continuing his blind blunder towards a wasteful desalination plant for Sydney- which the people simply don’t want, at very least until we have begun to recover every drop of stormwater runoff which presently gets discharged into the sea.

Don’t get us into yet another fine, expensive mess, Morrie. Iemma’s skating on the VERY thinnest of ice with the NSW electorate already after nearly continuous cock-ups. If Peter Manbed wasn’t so completely (and hilariously) incompetent, Labor would indeed be at risk of losing the NSW Government.

Roll on the elections… change is WAY overdue in both the USA and Australia… and whoopee, I get to vote in both places, once again.


hat tip to Suki for the Obama followup.

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Weez said
“Peter Manbed”

Who? 🙂

Comment by suki 02.12.07 @ 6:44 am

Oh dear. Johnny certainly is losing it isn’t he? About 4 months ago, he probably thought he was heading for another easy win over poor old Beaz. I like the way Obama just brushed him off with a sharp, targeted reply – a polite but firm “shut the fuck up hypocrite”… Love it.

Comment by Dave 02.12.07 @ 8:45 am

Expect more of that straight talk from Obama, Dave.

Comment by weez 02.12.07 @ 9:24 am

Yeah, I reckon that I’ll be voting green for sure in the next state election. Iemma’s incompetent leadership of what must be one of the most lacklustre and corrupt excuses of a Labor government – I’m all for a bit of pragmatism in centre left politics, but that mob is almost completely bereft of the values that Labor is supposed to and used to represent.

Anyway, getting back to Obama, the way he so elegantly made short thrift of Lil Johnny has turned me into a convert. OBAMA 2008!!!

Comment by Marcus 02.12.07 @ 8:36 pm

Wow. Thats a major diplomatic no-no Howards just made there. yipes.

Comment by duckmonster 02.12.07 @ 11:52 pm

It sure was, Dux… but Howard is such a slimy creature that I expect there was some alternate purpose to this cockup deluxe, something just didn’t play in the meeeeeja the way Johnny expected… Was he trying to beat the terrorism drum with Rudd’s policies? Whatever the plan, this one blew up right under Johnny’s nose. And count on the Lying Rodent to use one of his favoured strategies to try to recover his footing… claim it’s all OK and that he did nothing wrong, it’s a meeeja beat-up, etc.

Ain’t working.

The Chicago Sun-Times, from Obama’s home state of Illinois, is one of the most read newspapers in the USA outside of the Washington Post and New York Times. The S-T grabbed hold of Little Johnny… and left him looking even littler. Nice going, Johnny.

An upcoming Australian government is going to have to work with the US, whether it’s run by Obama and the Dems or not. Johnny may have hitched his wagon to a star back in 2001, but that star is falling- fast.

Comment by weez 02.13.07 @ 5:41 am

I don’t care about the fact that Howard has attacked Obama. I wish he would do it more often.

Just so I can watch and hear the delicious, delicious, DELICIOUS backlash afterwards!

I’m loving this.

At the same time, I find it somewhat hypocritical that Americans are telling Australia to “butt out” of their affairs, when for the last 7-10 years, America has been telling Australia what to do. Er…er…um…? Is this the part where the pot calls the kettle black? Or is it the kettle calling the pot black?

Comment by Colours 02.13.07 @ 8:52 pm

C, I think it’s a complete set of cast iron cookware. 😉

Comment by weez 02.13.07 @ 9:42 pm

In that case, Weez, let’s hope they all get rusty and voters, like consumers, throw ’em out for a new set of cookware!

Comment by Colours 02.13.07 @ 9:56 pm

I wish every Australian could vote in US elections. As much as Lil Johnny can’t get enough of the taste of GW Shrub’s poopchute, you’d think we Aussies all would be entitled to an absentee ballot for the federal elections at very least.

Comment by weez 02.13.07 @ 11:00 pm

Bruce Shapiro provides commentary to Philip Adams’ Late Night Live program on Radio National, from an American’s point-of-view (why doesn’t Philip ask me what I think, eh?). Shapiro was astonished at how effective an Australian PM could be in setting the preferred Dem candidate.

Go listen to the LNL podcast for 13 Feb. Link available for only a week or so until Aunty puts it into an archive, likely to sell to us later on…

So many Americans are now opposed to the war in Iraq that any politicians or candidates still advocating ‘stay the course’ or ‘avoid defeat in Iraq’ are playing with their political lives. Many Repuglicans up for re-election last November very deliberately avoided being caught in frame with Shrubya.

HoWARd couldn’t have gauged the mood of the American or Australian peoples any more wrongly.

Comment by weez 02.13.07 @ 11:12 pm

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