Somewhere an @emptywheel Is Missing Its Hamster: New Frontiers in Obama Derangement Syndrome UPDATE: Now with More ODS
Jesus Take the Emptywheel
“I really don’t mean to be an asshole about this.” – emptywheel
“Too late.” – everyone else
So it appears that right-wingers are furious that John Brennan was sworn in on a copy of the Constitution instead of on a Bible. They’re argle-bargling about this in their own fetid corner of the interwebs.
But a special subspecies of Obama-haters is laser focused not on the use of the Constitution, but specifically on the edition that was used.
With Obama in attendance but media excluded, Brennan took the oath from Biden in the Roosevelt Room. Rather than swearing on a Bible, Brennan placed his hand on an original copy of the Constitution from 1787 that had George Washington’s handwriting and annotations on it. He told Obama he requested the document from the archives because he wanted to reaffirm his commitment to the rule of law, an administration official said.
You see? A draft from 1787? You know what the Constitution didn’t contain when it was drafted, right? Any amendments! No Bill of Rights was positioned under Brennan’s cloven hoof! Why do John Brennan and President Obama HATE THE BILL OF RIGHTS??!1!?
And this panic is shared not only among brain-eating Rand Paul zombies. This important issue has the power to unite Obama Derangement Syndrome patients from both ends of the political spectrum. No, really.
I really don’t mean to be an asshole about this. But these vows always carry a great deal of symbolism. And whether he meant to invoke this symbolism or not, the moment at which Brennan took over the CIA happened to exclude (in symbolic form, though presumably not legally) the key limits on governmental power that protect American citizens. (bolding in original – Ed.)
It’s incredibly generous of world-renowned legal scholar* emptywheel to include that qualification “presumably not legally”, and in boldface too. (The ceremony itself was private, so we lack audio of Brennan swearing to protect and defend “this exact version of the Constitution I’ve got my sweaty paws on right now, and not those pesky Amendments.”) So what has emptywheel spinning so furiously? It’s the symbolism, you see. Those stupid incompetent douchebags who have usurped the White House failed to anticipate that their most deranged detractors would find their use of this particular draft of the Constitution to be a super sekrit coded message that there are drones headed at all of us right now!!!1!
So while emptywheel doesn’t suffer at all from Obama Derangement Syndrome, no siree, she still feels that Obama is a failure because his administration keeps giving ODS sufferers new opportunities for their condition to metastasize. Which is, of course, simply a variant strain of ODS: the belief that it’s Obama’s fault that shitheads, racists, crackpots and dumbfucks hate his guts.
Is it fair of me to remotely diagnose bloggers like emptywheel based on their written output? No, of course not. But that doesn’t stop Leftist ODS Patient Zero Digby from concluding that President Obama has Narcissistic Personality Disorder.** So, in that same generous spirit, allow me to offer you some warning signs:
When you focus on a symbolic nontroversy over something the Obama administration has or has not done that you believe reveals nefarious intent and/or criminal stupidity, you may be suffering from Obama Derangement Syndrome.
I’ll outsource my final words on this topic to yet another blogger, Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs. As one who is himself in recovery from the right-wing variant of ODS, he is well positioned to note this intersection of the crazy on the left and right:
I suppose if you’re the kind of person who thinks swearing an oath on a Bible imbues the oath with magical power, swearing on a historic copy of the Constitution without the Bill of Rights means that John Brennan is now magically committed to destroying America.
Seriously — what the hell is wrong with these people?
UPDATE: @emptywheel responds:
Golly. These Angry Black oBot freaks sure don’t understand how symbols work.
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) March 9, 2013
* Actually, Marcy Wheeler (emptywheel) is not a lawyer. Her PhD is in Comparative Literature. The moar you know.
** hat tip to Friend of ABLC Smartypants
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