"He's smooth, she's not," said a
There are no rules in love and politics. And Waters loves being a political street fighter. But at least she's honest about what she wants.
Not so much. He keeps his knife hidden from view, behind that silky tongue of his.
Flying high above it all on his winged unicorn the other day, Obama made it clear that he hopes to uplift us, and end cynicism in all its forms.
Ending cynicism shouldn't be all that difficult for a man who, in claiming the Democratic nomination for president in 2008 -- after eviscerating
What's also clear is that he's still adored by the
It was Obama's preening cynicism and the obvious and wholesale adoration of the American media -- not Waters' vulgar directness -- that created the conditions for Trump to win the
Waters knows Democratic bosses cringe when she speaks. She annoys them, makes things difficult as they try to appeal to suburban moms to pick up House seats.
When Auntie Maxine goes low, telling the mob to get in the faces of
"They say 'Maxine, please don't say impeachment anymore,'" Waters told a gathering the other day. "And when they say that, I say 'Impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment,'" Waters said, to much adoration and applause.
Meanwhile, there's Obama. Speaking the other day at the first of what will be many speeches until November, he was given an ethics award at the
As president, Obama embraced and nurtured
But the other day, Obama lectured on what's wrong with America: Trump and cynicism.
"The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference," Obama said. "The biggest threat to our democracy is cynicism -- a cynicism that's led too many people to turn away from politics and stay home on
Obama did get a legitimate thwack at Trump, for the president's inexcusable and cowardly equivocation on those white rioters of Charlottesville.
"We're sure as heck supposed to stand up, clearly and unequivocally, to Nazi sympathizers," Obama said. "How hard can that be? Saying that Nazis are bad?"
Obama's correct. But it shouldn't have been difficult for Obama to use the words "Islamic terrorism" when describing
The mullahs of
Was it cynical of Obama to manipulate journalists and American public opinion in favor of his
Obama's deputy national security adviser,
"We created an echo chamber," Rhodes was quoted as saying. "They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say."
Was it cynical for Obama to blame the deadly
Was it cynical for his administration to unleash the
Trump's loud and boorish verbal attacks on media as "fake news" clearly upset journalists and energize Trump's base, which loathes much of journalism. But is that cynicism or political alley fighting?
Obama would never stand before a jeering crowd and yell at reporters. Instead, Obama used the federal hammer to spy on The Associated Press and
Obama's actions against the media were "the most aggressive I've seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The
Waters is often ridiculed. And Democratic leaders hold her at arm's length, treating her as something of a clown, an
But she's honest about what she wants.
Some might think this cynical. But Obama hasn't said so. He knows what it is.