"Memo to Barry... Shut the F*ck up already. I mean you went back on your pledge (LIED) to accept public financing of your campaign and also limits to spending so that you could raise more than half a BILLION bucks and wallpaper every available minute of airspace with your mug, trophy ears and "mesmerizing" oratory. People should vote against you just because they're already tired of you. Obama fatigue. I've had it for a year already. -- Henry Louis Gómez, "Memo to Barry," Babalú, October 21, 2008
With the approaching end of civilization and all, I haven't had much time for the "Val & Henry Show" (which is more like the "George Show" lately), but I must note that the "political animal since the age of 5" (that would be Henry) has really and at long last seen the light about Obama, or rather, he now sees Obama in a different less flattering light. No more does Obama's youth, looks and oratory evoke effusive adjectives from him as in the old days when bashing McCain was more important to him than defeating Obama. In the past when Henry used the word "mesmerizing" to describe Obama he didn't attach qualifiers to it or frame it in quotation marks (see here). Conversely, Henry does not berate McCain anymore for being "U-G-L-Y" (yes, he actually used that word here in exactly that way and without quotation marks). I suppose he must have finally figured out that this is not a beauty contest (if it were the Republican ticket would win hands down).
I remember when Henry was actually rooting for Obama to win so that a "real conservative" could be swept into the White House in 2012. As I observed that the time, though it is certainly true that an Obama presidency would unite his foes and create a lot more of them, it is not as certain, however, that there would be free elections in 2012 or even a 2012. Obama's running mate recently expressed similar concerns about the U.S. surviving an Obama presidency because of his inexpertise in handling crises. Personally, I think we have much more to fear from Obama in the way of his manufacturing crises. But, in any case, I should have thought that Henry would at least have been as prescient as Joe Biden.
Henry was also convinced at one time that it would make no difference to Cuba's future if Obama or McCain were elected president ["In terms of Cuba, Barack Obama's position today is not monumentally different than McCain's or even the President's"]. This was after Obama had already promised unconditional negotiations with the Castro regime but before one of his volunteers displayed a Cuban flag with Che's superimposed image at a campaign office in Texas. The eternal proscription pronounced on Cuba's freedom by Obama didn't convince Henry that Obama was worse for Cuba than McCain; but that piece of Che merchandise sure did the trick. It was literally a red flag waved in front of a bull. Henry may not take Obama at his word (a decidedly risky proposition, admittedly) but he is quite apt at interpreting symbolism.
I suppose that since Henry is finally in McCain's camp -- with Lincoln, Mario and Ileana, who endorsed McCain before the primaries -- I should not bring all this up now. Still, if McCain wins, we shall never hear of Henry's early preference for Obama again; but if he loses, Henry is sure to dust off his "Four-Year Plan" and try to convince everybody that the best thing that could have happened to the conservative movement was for Obama to rout the GOP's leading moderate.
You do have that post written already, don't you, Henry?
Henry is real big on red flags and silver linings.
Notable & Inverted: Now Henry Thinks McCain Can't Win Because He's "U-G-L-Y"
Still Obsessed With Obama's Youth and Repulsed by "U-G-L-Y" McCain
Notable & Disillusioned: Henry Dumps Obama
Yoani Endorses Obama and Val Endorses McCain