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Next at bat is film critic Roger Ebert, a “cultural figure” who can at least claim household-name status. Ebert was for decades the beloved movie reviewer of the original incarnation of his TV show, until he became politically partisan and mean-spirited in his advancing age. Now he is in danger of making his Tea Party-bashing his legacy. His reason for voting for Obama? A vague and uninspired three paragraphs on how “President Obama faced down the GOP and the health industry to finally reform American healthcare” – as if the GOP and the health industry themselves weren’t in favor of reforming healthcare. The difference is that Obama’s reform will turn medical care into a DMV-like nightmare and end up denying Americans the kind of quality healthcare Ebert himself was able to take advantage of during his own struggle with cancer.
Last but not least – okay, last and least – comes George Saunders, a creative writing teacher at Syracuse University. He’s voting for Obama again because the president “has fully funded the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and supports its reauthorization.” To his credit, at least Saunders gave his piece more time and attention than Ebert did his, with a lengthy but disingenuous piece reiterating the left’s senseless meme that Republicans are waging a war on women and support violence against LGBT and immigrant women in particular. So far the “90 Days, 90 Reasons” website feels pretty lackluster.
Since it will be impossible for even the most devout progressives to amass 90 achievements of The Chosen One, the list will no doubt have to include some negative, fear-mongering shots at his competition. And sure enough, Eggars and Kurland point out that in addition to “concrete, factual, plain” reasons to re-elect Obama, “this initiative will also provide likely outcomes of a Romney presidency.” It will be interesting to see just how factual the progressive depictions of such “likely outcomes” will be. No doubt they will include a return to slavery, the repeal of women’s right to vote, and weird Mormon religious rituals including human sacrifices on the White House lawn.
Three days down. Eighty-seven more “cultural figures” with 87 more weak, desperate reasons to go. This should be amusing.
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