How the Valley put Obama over the top

Recently I pointed out that the Valley deserved a great deal of credit for Obama’s success. (See here.) Now the big brains at The Atlantic have figured that out too and have turned out a terrific piece about the huge role that Valley money-raisers and techies had in helping Obama gain an edge. Also very smart is the author’s recognition that Obama fits in out here — he’s young, charismatic, maybe light in experience but in the Valley we’re all about the new new thing, and that’s what Barry is. So people took to him and wanted to invest in him. Better yet, Barry understood the power of social networking and put it to work on his Web site, big time. And he’s a Mac user. As we say in the Valley, he gets it. It also didn’t hurt that the Clintstones made a huge error in refusing to play ball with the Valley, relying instead on the same old rich cronies they’ve always turned to for money. Money quote: “As a result, the wealthiest region of the wealthiest state in the nation was left to Barack Obama.”

Suck on it, Clintstones. And note to the rest of America — we may not be as sexy as Hollywood or Wall Street, but you know what? We’ve got a shitload of money, and we know how to organize. We’re a powerful bunch of khaki-wearing, gay-marriage-supporting, arugula-eating, Mac-using elitist nerds out here. To all of you racist homophobic non-Californian dumb fucks who find that annoying? Tough shit. We outsmarted you. We out-spent you. And now for the next eight years we’re going to be running this country. We’re going to give equal rights to gay people, fund stem-cell research, teach evolution, take down the fence on the Mexican border, and make sure abortion stays safe and legal. We’re going to pull out of Iraq, shut down Gitmo, and stop torturing people. And yeah. A black dude with a Muslim-sounding name and degrees from Columbia and Harvard is going to be in charge. So sit back down, strap yourself in, and shut the fuck up, crackers.