I find Obama's respect for protests funny. He hates the Tea Party, he hates their rallies, he accuses them of being all kinds of things, but the protesters in Egypt, why, they are great, Muslim Brotherhood, secular, they're not interested in violence. Obama loves these people in Egypt all the while he is in violation of a federal judge. This man is so concerned about the law in Egypt, he's got his own health care bill declared unconstitutional, and he acts like the court has never ruled. So all this talk about democracy and the rule of law, give me a break, he's flipping Judge Vinson the bird.There's a lot of stuff in there. I'm focused on the question I put in the title. Obviously, I'm also interested in the health care case. He wove that into the discussion — awkwardly... or elegantly?
He may claim to love democracy in Egypt. He knows what that group is. He's a community organizer. He knows exactly what that group is. That's why he's such a big supporter of that. He knows that group's just a bunch of agitators. But to sit around and start talking about, "Oh, we love democracy, and whenever we see it bubbling up, we're gonna support it out there." Yeah, except when the judge says your health care bill's unconstitutional, we're gonna ignore that. He loves democracy in action except when it's the Tea Party. Then all of a sudden they become a bunch of tea baggers, as far as he's concerned. Yeah. I'm not kidding. The American Tea Party, they're responsible for shooting people, they're responsible for all the violence. I mean, who's worked this crowd up into a fevered pitch? I don't know that my program's on the air there. And if it were -- he-he-he-he-he-he-he -- they wouldn't like me much.
Meanwhile, the NYT reports:
The Egyptian military, complying with most of the principal demands of the opposition, said Sunday that it had dissolved the country’s parliament, suspended its constitution and called for elections in six months, according to a statement by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces read on state television. It also said it would honor all of Egypt’s international agreements, including the peace treaty with Israel.
The military did not address a third major opposition demand to lift emergency rule. In previous statements, the council had promised to take that step once the security situation improved.So, at this point, it's pretty much a military coup, making references to an entity called "the opposition," dissolving parliament, and suspending the constitution. I'm just trying to understand what's going on and why we should feel so much confidence about it.
Or is it political theater? Perhaps Obama et al. are only acting as though they have full confidence that the outcome will be democratic and free, because it is a way to state our expectations, make that outcome more likely, and position us to pressure the military government if that doesn't happen.
Have I stumbled into the answer to my original question up there in the post title? If it's "political theater," then a completely different set of gestures with respect to the Tea Party makes perfect sense.