If you want to get some idea of just how lost some of the folks on the right are these days, catch this from Red State:
Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
Friday, October 2nd at 11:29AM EDT
I thought the world would love us more now that Bush was gone.
I thought if we whored ourselves out to our enemies, great things would happen.
So Obama’s pimped us to every two bit thug and dictator in the world, made promises to half the Olympic committee, and they did not even kiss him.
So much for improving America’s standing in the world, Barry O.
Maybe now perhaps we can hope he will mature a bit on the issues of foreign affairs. But I doubt it.
BTW, Dear Barack Obama, you are no Billy Mays.
Let’s leave aside the fact that a major American city lost a bid today for the Olympics, which would have meant jobs and publicity for the Windy City. Let’s leave aside the disgusting comment about “pimping.” Let’s concentrate on the line, “So much for improving America’s Standing in the World.” What does this claim amount to? If we don’t win every time, then we shouldn’t bother talking to other nations and peoples, or placing ourselves on the world stage (unless we are #1). This is what one would expect from those who don’t understand that “improving our image” involves a willingness to engage, and engagement doesn’t always mean winning. It means “losing” at times. (Should our athletes not participate in the Olympics because they might lose?) This is how decent peoples and countries behave. And in the long run, it builds respect and allies, as opposed to vassal sates.
Erickson and many of his fellow (right-wing) conservatives are like the whiny kids in the school yards who take their marbles home when they can’t get their way. And then decide to stay home because they might lose. And cheer (from home) when others lose.
Obama took a chance. He didn’t succeed. Good for him. Meanwhile, you guys on the right, keep up your good work mocking the president for trying to bring the Olympics to the U.S. We know what you really care about: bringing Obama down, even if we lose because of it. But I am betting that the American people can tell the difference between self-destructive xenophobia and patriotism.