Conservatives Celebrate America’s Defeat (UPDATED x2)

This is how unhinged the right has become–they’re celebrating the fact that the United States was rejected as a host of the 2016 Olympics.

Why are they celebrating? Because President Obama supported Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid. Those are conservatives for you–if Obama supports something then they oppose it, even if it’s good for America.

International prestige? Major tourism? Economic gain? Major investments? The chance to redevelop an American city? Creating jobs? Republicans don’t want any of that, just because President Obama does.

Steve Benen has more:

What I find fascinating is the extent to which the far-right was rooting against the country. Eric Erickson published an item declaring: “World Rejects Barack Obama.”

Hahahahaha. 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. Apparently not.

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.

Malkin’s mocking the U.S. defeat; so is the Weekly Standard. Fox News, which launched an aggressive effort against Chicago’s bid, will no doubt follow. (Update: the offices of the Weekly Standard, in its own words, “erupted” in “cheers” after the announcement.)

That’s how unhinged conservatives have become–they’re literally celebrating America’s defeat just because they can now use it to attack President Obama.

Rooting for America’s failure–it’s the new Republican Party. And these guys want to be put back in charge come 2010? Don’t make me laugh.

UPDATE: Steve Benen also brings us this:

It was barely noticed at the time, but January 2008, then-President George W. Bush met with the Chicago 2016 Bid Committee and U.S. Olympic Committee members about bringing the 2016 summer games to the city. “They say that the Olympics will come to Chicago if we’re fortunate enough to be selected, but really it’s coming to America, and I can’t think of a better city to represent the United States than Chicago,” Bush said.

He added, “This country supports your bid, strongly.”


A year ago, a conservative Republican president told Chicago, “This country supports your bid, strongly.” That was then, before the right decided their hatred for the president’s hometown was more important than anything else.

Remember, in 2005, when New York was eliminated as a host city for the 2012 Olympics, and liberals everywhere giggled like children and mocked the Bush administration?

Oh wait, that didn’t happen.

UPDATE: Here’s more right-wing America bashing:

The National Review Online called the episode an “embarrassment for Obama,” before adding the predictable conservative ribbing: “If he can’t work his personal magic with the Olympians, why does he expect it to work with the Iranians?”

Rush Limbaugh called it “the worst day of his presidency,” adding that Obama “has failed” and the entire episode was an illustration of Obama’s “Mars-sized ego.”

The Drudge Report — topping them all — blared the headline: “THE EGO HAS LANDED


Then again, conservatives did a pretty good job busting the country up between 2001 and 2008; I guess they’re just trying to keep the trend going.

UPDATE II: Here are even more conservatives celebrating America’s defeat:

During the Americans For Prosperity’s “Defending the American Dream Summit,” blogger Emily Marie Zanotti of American Princess interrupted a discussion about engaging the right online to announce that Chicago was out of the running — and the room erupted in applause.

“If anyone cares, Chicago is out,” Zanotti said. When the crowd asked what happened, she said, “The very first vote, they did not have any chance at even negotiating. They were out on the first vote.” That news was met with more cheers and high-fives.

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When conservatives were in charge and progressives were trying to end the Iraq war, conservatives hyperbolically accused us of rooting for America’s defeat.

And yet, here we are, 8 months into Barack Obama’s presidency, and conservatives are actually, explicitly rooting for America’s defeat.

So hey, maybe all of that Bush-era progressive-bashing was just an exercise in right-wing projection.