Monday, June 30, 2008

Advice for former GOP presidential hopefuls

STFU. Seriously. First, Rudy makes a fool of himself, and now Sam Brownback is trying to rewrite history.

Republican Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas learned a lesson today that other John McCain surrogates might be wise to learn: Before you say Barack Obama never worked across the aisle, make sure he never worked with, for example, you.

On a McCain campaign conference call with reporters this morning, Brownback — who was briefly one of McCain’s rivals for the Republican nomination — said Obama was all talk and no action when it came to working across the aisle.

“John McCain’s a maverick. He’s fought for a bipartisan fashion,” Brownback said. “I think that the biggest thing I’ve seen from Barack Obama is a willingness, aggressiveness, to talk bipartisan and yet to vote the hard left — most liberal member of the United States Senate.”

So Obama’s rapid-response team quickly fired off an e-mail listing the projects on which he worked with Brownback. They include a Brownback bill that authorized sanctions against people who were involved with the genocide in Darfur, a version of which became law in 2006. They also teamed up on an Obama bill that required the administration to provide humanitarian relief and other aid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Brownback also co-sponsored Obama’s bill to impose sanctions against Iran. And the two were involved — though not the principal players — in the 2006 immigration overhaul effort that McCain worked on with Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.

Note to Senator Brownback: Stick to calling Obama an evil terrorist Muslim. It would lend you more credibility.

Via Dem Underground.

Yes, I have too much time on my hands

...And a rather strong stomach.

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Image shamelessly swiped from Yellow Doggerel Democrat.

A couple of years back, I blogged about the obvious homoerotic subtext of today's Republican party. Other people have also noticed this; hence, the existence of an actual Livejournal devoted to slash fiction about politicians. Most recently, it includes a Bush/McCain slashfic (but, alas, no Larry Craig/David Vitter pairings).

It seems politician slash is too tame for some fanfic writers. Teresa Nielsen Hayden has discovered...don't read this on a full stomach...Punditslash.

Yes, you read it correctly. Punditslash. Sadly, none of the fan stories feature Fox News' crew of dreamboats. I suspect there'll be a Bush/Lieberman fanfic before Hannity and Colmes get the slashfic treatment.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Oh goody. ANOTHER anti-gay marriage amendment.

And guess who's sponsoring it? This is like Wile E. Coyote opening a chain of vegetarian restaurants.

Friday catblogging

Lily

This is her. Lily, my favorite cat ever.

I was fifteen when she showed up at our house, a brown tabby kitten with a dulcet meow. She'd come from who knows where, and she trailed the other two family cats, Stray and Basta. Basta was black and white and friendly. Stray was long-haired and extremely territorial; he hissed at Lily the minute he saw her.

My family had owned lots of cats and one dog to boot. But Mom wasn't in the mood for taking the umpteenth stray cat. She told my brother and me to just ignore this new feline. If we didn't feed her or--God forbid--let her in, she'd go away.

You can see where this is going, right?

I'd already named her Lily. A sweet name for a sweet kitten. She wasn't white, of course, but she just looked and sounded like a Lily.

One afternoon, Mom came home and said, "See? I told you the cat would go away if you didn't feed it. And look--no cat!"

My brother and I looked at each other. "Oh. Lily."

"LILY?!?!"

I believe it was my brother who had finally relented and let her into the house. And, of course, she installed herself on Mom's bed. It was settled. Lily became part of our family.

She was a cat with the spirit of a puppy (but without the urge to chew the furniture). She would hop onto my bed for a few minutes of petting before breakfast. She'd approach Christmas guests, searching for a lap. She made a habit of grooming Basta (until he bit her one day). It was impossible not to love her. I decided that no matter what, Lily would always be my favorite cat.

The day came when I left the Hudson Valley for New York City. And there she was, standing in the driveway, looking at me. I picked her up and gave her a goodbye hug. In the studio apartment that was going to be my new home, there would be no room for a cat used to the outdoors. Lily wouldn't be coming with me.

But I didn't forget her. And she didn't forget me. I'd come home to visit and call her name. As soon as she saw me, she'd rush to greet me, meowing.

Of course, she grew older and developed all the expected medical problems. In Lily's case, it was diabetes, and Mom had to give her insulin shots. Lily was as patient and big-hearted as always.

The last time I saw her was in Thanksgiving 1997. My uncle and aunt brought their new infant son to visit. With some trepidation, I brought Lily to meet him. She examined this new tiny human, never flinching and scratching him. And, of course, she curled up on my bed when I was there.

On December 10, 1997, Mom called and said she'd found Lily dead outside, most likely from a heart attack or a seizure.

"Now I don't have my Lily cat," she told me.

The above photo is from the early 1990s, right after I moved to New York. Mom included some photos of Lily with a note: "Just in case you get meow sick."

I still feel a bit of meow sickness when I think of her. Miss you, Lily.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Odds, ends, and links to recommend

Happy anniversary to Ms. and Mr. Sideshow. Ms. Sideshow, meanwhile, breaks down the whole FISA debacle here. My own congresscritter and senators can be counted on to vote the right way on this issue. Still haven't forgiven Schumer for his Mukasey vote, however.

Colliding Softly, meanwhile, deconstructs yet another dopey bit of Bushco hypocrisy and shows how much Bush/Cheney and the Islamofacists have in common.

Elayne Riggs, conoisseur of online generators, has discovered a really great one. The generator has been removed per the request of LucasFilms. Sigh.

Ann Telnaes and David Horsey keep hitting 'em out of the ballpark. Horsey, meanwhile, gets lots of angry comments for whom his toons hit too close to home.

Angry Black Bitch takes on the current right-wing Obama-as-monkey-humor. No, she ain't gonna lighten up.

C’mon people…this is America, for the love of all that is built on a foundation of ig’nance towards others!

We are not post racial...we do not have a population that stumbles over racial imagery like fresh faced chil'ren who have never ever ever seen that shit used in a negative way and gosh, sure didn't mean to say what they said when they did it.

These primate doll and monkey t-shirt people are not making a perfectly understandable mistake.

They are using imagery that is easily understood by the population they seek to reach.

Here's an example of compassionate conservatism at work in flood-drenched Iowa.

Meanwhile, McCain and those around him continue to say stupid crap. This time, it's a McCain adviser explaining the bright side of a terrorist attack. Seriously. Where does McCain find these people?

Finally: George Carlin, R.I.P.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Curveball = Complete screwball

I mean, look at one of their sources: Rafid Ahmed Alwan, aka Curveball. An Iraqi crackpot with a reputation as a total liar. Maybe Bushco should have checked this guy out before believing his tripe. If they had, they might have gotten the following character references.

"He was corrupt," said a family friend who once employed him.

"He always lied," said a fellow Burger King worker.

They also would've learned that he accused a 16-year-old kid of smuggling WMDs. And that he couldn't hold a job because he was such a hopeless liar, thief, cheat, and general con artist. That he "told 5 or 10 stories a day." And that he also pretended to be spying for the Iraqi government. From the article:

In early 2002, a year before the war, he told co-workers at the Burger King that he spied for Iraqi intelligence and would report any fellow Iraqi worker who criticized Hussein's regime.

They couldn't decide if he was dangerous or crazy.

"During breaks, he told stories about what a big man he was in Baghdad," said Hamza Hamad Rashid, who remembered an odd scene with the pudgy Alwan in his too-tight Burger King uniform praising Hussein in the home of der Whopper. "But he always lied. We never believed anything he said."

Another Iraqi friend, Ghazwan Adnan, remembers laughing when he applied for a job at a local Princess Garden Chinese Restaurant and discovered Alwan washing dishes in the back while claiming to be "a big deal" in Iraq. "How could America believe such a person?"

People smear Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame, but they're willing to take Curveball's "intelligence" at face value? Oooooooooo-kay.

(Via Armchair Generalist.)

Mermaid Parade, 2008


Happily, 2007 was not the end of Coney Island's legendary Mermaid Parade. June 21 (the summer solstice, natch) brought the return of the parade in the face of Thor Equities' plan to replace Coney Island's amusement park rides, hot dog stands, and assorted games with glassy condo buildings. Sheesh, how many luxury condos does this city need, anyway? I really can't wait for Bloomberg to leave, because he's just continued the bland-ification of NYC. (Note the Amy Winehouse impersonator registering her protest.)

Here are more photos from the event. Now why would anyone want a bunch of boring old condos when you've got all this local color? (Note: at least one photo might count as NSFW. You've been warned.)


Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.















Mermaid Parade King and Queen Reverend Billy and Savitri D from the Church of Stop Shopping.











One of the first parade floats. There are generally lots of floats and brightly colored wigs at the Mermaid Parade. Also a lot of parasols. Lots and LOTS of parasols.























Wednesday, June 18, 2008

How to win voters and, oh, never mind

Lately, the wingnutosphere had developed a fun new game. It's called "Alienate the Voting Bloc." Pick a certain voting bloc that may have traditionally voted Democratic--say, women or black people--and start writing and saying offensive things about them. You get extra credit if you attack, say, Michelle Obama, who's both black and a woman.

The wingers have now picked a new target: young voters. Who are also a mostly Dem-leaning bunch, and therefore, have no business voting in the first place. (Dear College Republicans: See what a bunch of ingrates you hooked up with?)

Someone really should warn America's senior citizens that Townhall's cast of idiots is coming for them next. Someone on the far, far right is going to notice all those old coots and blue-haired biddies collecting Social Security (read: living off the government) and propose that anyone age 75 and older be booted off the voter rolls.

You know it's coming.

Dear Rudy: Be glad you're not running

Because then your political career outside of 9/11 would've been examined in some more detail. And your national security credentials would've been found somewhat wanting. Specifically by Democrats. You know, like Obama, the guy you just attacked for agreeing on the proper way to fight terror. You said that the law was the most potent weapon to fight terrorism. (You know, as opposed to torture and Gitmo.) The Democrats have decided they don't like being attacked for being soft on terror. And Rudy? They're calling you out.

The DNC takes its shot at Giuliani with an e-mail with a title, parroting Joe Biden’s Greatest Debate Hits: “Rudy, ‘Noun, verb, 9/11’ Giuliani returns.”

“Democrats are not going to be lectured to on security by the mayor who failed to learn the lessons of the 1993 attacks, refused to prepare his own city’s first responders for the next attack, urged President Bush to put his corrupt crony in charge of our homeland security, and was too busy lobbying for his foreign clients to join the Iraq Study Group,” DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney said.

Via Atrios.

Monday, June 16, 2008

"I'm Voting Republican"

Somehow, I can't see Team McCain using this:



Via Yellow Doggerel Democrat.

The Obamas: Conservatives should love them, but they don't

Take Michelle Obama. She's the very image of the self-made, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps type that the wingnuts claim is the American ideal. She grew up working class on Chicago's South Side (which isn't exactly the Elysian Fields, folks). Instead of relocating to Cabrini-Green, popping out babies left and right, and living like...well, a welfare queen, Michelle Obama went to Princeton and Harvard. She became a lawyer and is happily married with two little girls. I bet she even says "ask" instead of "ax."

So what happens? Faux News gives her a "cute" nickname: "Obama's baby mama." "Baby mama" is a term given to women who aren't married to their children's biological fathers. Angry Black Bitch has THE BEST TAKEDOWN of the most noxious race-baiting since the Obama t-shirts with Curious George.

Fast-forward ahead. Obama gives a speech about absent fathers. (Given that his own father abandoned his family, he knows something about this.) He also told the crowd, “Don’t get carried away with that eighth-grade graduation. You’re supposed to graduate from eighth grade.” Even Pat Buchanan could love something like this. But the silence from the wingnutosphere is enough to make your ears bleed.

Who, then, have the conservatives chosen as the focus of their worship and adoration? A Connecticut preppy pretending to be a cowboy, fake accent and all. (Yes, I believe Bush's accent is fake.) An ex-governor who'd sell Seamus the Irish setter to be elected. To a lesser extend, some even have fondness in their hearts for a long-term senator who abandoned his first wife for a rich beer heiress. All of whom come from well-to-do political or military families.

You do realize there's something really screwy about this scenario, don't you?

More trouble in McCain-land

The political wonks are speaking. They're consulting election patterns. It doesn't look so hot for McCain.

Specifically, the above linky-winky takes you to history professor Alan Lichtman's "13 keys to the White House." Basically, if you OR your party has problems with one of these keys, your chances are pretty much--what's the word?--fucked.

Key 1: Party mandate. After the midterm elections, the incumbent party holds more seats in the U.S. House than it did after the previous midterm elections.

2006 elections anyone?

Key 2: Contest. There is no serious contest for the incumbent-party nomination.

Remember Rudy? Yosemite Mitt? Mike Huckabee--who WON IOWA?!?!? Heck, remember Ron Paul? (Don't worry if you don't remember Duncan Hunter.)

Key 3: Incumbency. The incumbent-party candidate is the sitting president.

Key 4: Third party. There is no significant third-party or independent campaign.

McCain has no problems here. Bob Barr's Libertarian Party bid doesn't count.

Key 5: Short-term economy. The economy is not in recession during the election campaign.

I suspect the big "R" is approaching, and this may be another strike against McCain.

Key 6: Long-term economy. Real per-capita economic growth during the term equals or exceeds mean growth during the previous two terms.

Most people will ignore the economic jibber-jabber and say that the economy is pretty sucky right now.

Key 7: Policy change. The incumbent administration effects major changes in national policy.

Yes, they did. (You can argue the merit of these changes, or lack thereof.)

Key 8: Social unrest. There is no sustained social unrest during the term.

There really should've been more, IMO, given the disasters of the past eight years. But never mind.

Key 9: Scandal. The incumbent administration is untainted by major scandal.

Let's make it succinct: This is a strike against McCain.

Key 10: Foreign/military failure. The incumbent administration suffers no major failure in foreign or military affairs.

...And another strike against McCain.

Key 11: Foreign/military success. The incumbent administration achieves a major success in foreign or military affairs.

...And yet ANOTHER! Man, what are Bush and Cheney trying to do? Make sure the guy doesn't win?

Key 12: Incumbent charisma. The incumbent-party candidate is charismatic or a national hero.

McCain has this going for him. Yay!

Key 13: Challenger charisma. The challenging-party candidate is not charismatic or a national hero.

He's running against Barack Obama. Enough said.

No wonder John McCain looks like he wants to go home.

Meanwhile, back in McCain-land...

Sigh. Who's going to give a galvanizing speech for John McCain? Dubya? Yosemite Mitt? Karl Rove? In his speeches, he looks as if he's this close to telling his supporters, "You know, I don't know how I got this far, and I don't know what I'm doing here."

Shades of Warren G. Harding, who allegedly once said: "I am not fit for this office and should never have been here." Presidential scholars generally agree, considering Harding to be one of the worst presidents of all time.

And speaking of Harding...if he hadn't died 80 years ago, I'd swear he and McCain were separated at birth...



Al Gore endorsement liveblogging

This suspense is killing, ain't it. Gorebama is running somewhat late up in Detroit. Jennifer Granholm (Michigan's governor) is giving the required rousing intro to Gorebama while Olbermann and Dana Milbank are indulging in the required news analysis. Milbank claims that Gore is practically "above politics" at this point. He does not, however, believe Gore wants to return to politics.

Granholm just took off her shoe. Interesting.

Now, Dan Abrams is up, with the usual slate of professional blabbermouths.

And heeeeeeeeere's Gorebama! Al Gore congratulated Detroit on the Redwings. He's giving a really rousing speech. Best quote: "After the last eight years, even our dogs and cats have learned that elections matter!"

Boy, is he ripping the current idiots regime. And nobody can dispute what he's saying because...well...it's true.

Who said Al Gore was a block of wood, again?

I'm going to call/e-mail my friend Sheryl, who lives in Ann Arbor. I imagine the Detroit traffic is kind of tangled tonight. I bet Al Gore's comment on revitalizing the auto industry will make Detroiters happy.

"Change" is a great slogan, come to think of it.

Wow. That speech kicked all kinds of ass.

I repeat: WOW!

Back to the Dan Abrams gabfest.

Friday, June 13, 2008

M is for minutae...

...As in things people obsess over during the silly season. Latest source of pontification: a photo of Barack Obama riding a bicycle and looking a little dorky. As Obama himself noted, at least he wore a helmet. Reminds me of a guy I saw while biking by the East River yesterday. He wore a suit and was chatting on a cellphone while riding. And I don't think he was wearing a helmet.

Then again, this is New York, where people live on the edge.

Yet ANOTHER reason not to vote for McCain

If (Gawd forbid) McCain does become president, Keith Olbermann's going to giving him televised bitch-slaps from now until 2013. Last night's Special Comment, in two parts, is here:



Say whuh?

Ron Paul has dropped out of the race. I didn't even know he was still in the race.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

There's only one thing to say to this

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!

Rahm Emanuel thinks Dick Cheney would be a great asset on the campaign trail:

“The last time they put him on the road was for the Mississippi special, and look at how he worked there,” crowed Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the former House campaign chief for the Democrats and currently the caucus chairman. “I look forward to and I will pay the travel fees to put Vice President Cheney out on the road to talk about energy policy. Because it will remind this country of where this administration has been and who their friends are. And their friends are doing very well.”

Please, send Dick to West Virginia. I'm sure he'll be a hit.

A rule I just made up

I think it's a good one, too.

If you didn't cringe when John McCain buddied up to Pastor Hagee;

If you looked the other way when the GOP actively courted religious nutcases;

If you didn't say anything in protest when Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson blamed 9/11 on the evil feminists/atheists/secularists/liberals/gays/insert wingnut bogeymen here;

Then you automatically forfeit the right to complain about Jeremiah Wright.

Dig?

This is really what I wanted to hear. NOT.

Despite the schedule on the IRS Web site, I found out yesterday that I'll have to wait at least two extra weeks for my stimulis check. Drat. I want my $600 NOW.

I knew I should've gone with direct deposit.

Because I like her new album a lot

It's Duffy singing "Warwick Avenue."

Sunday, June 08, 2008

An idea for Team Obama

Lindsay Beyerstein writes about all sorts of Etsy-related Obama goodies for sale. Including doll clothes. Perhaps an Etsy entrepeneur can create a line of Barack and Michelle Obama poseable dolls that do the dap. They'll sell like hotcakes and maybe make Brian Williams' brain explode. Who else agrees?

It had to happen

Granted, the source is the Daily Mail over on the other side of the pond. It focuses on John McCain's first wife, Carol, disfigured in a 1969 accident and then cast aside for a prettier, wealthier trophy wife.

(Via Media Girl.)

Stupid white people

Dear Fox News:

I don't watch your network; in fact, I'm mostly familiar with your programming via Crooks and Liars, Media Matters, and other outlets. That's how I found out about your latest "Obama is TEH TERRIST!!1!1!!" meme.

The dap is not, as you call it, "a terrorist fist jab." It's a common gesture of camaraderie and affection among African-Americans. Really, you probably want your party to avoid total bloodshed in November, and offending voters of color is not a good way to go about it.

Sincerely,

The Truffle

P.S. While you're at it, could someone ask why Brian Williams has a problem with the dap? It's not an "inside gesture" if millions of black people are doing it. 'Kay?

(Via Balloon Juice.)

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Because I'm in one of those happy moods...

...and because this video is timely, here's "Choice of Colors" from Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. You have to sit through a minute-long intro, but it's a killer song. And just perfect.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Possible veeps

Yahoo has a breakdown of Obama's potential running mates. My take on some of these guys is as follows:

Joe Biden: Would be more effective as a secretary of state than as a vice-president.

Wesley Clark: A Southerner and Hillary supporter who could bolster Obama's foreign policy/national security credentials. Will probably be appointed to a cabinet post and be more effective there.

Hillary Clinton: Dream ticket blah blah blah women's vote blah blah blah. Yeah, as the article points out, she would draw working-class white voters. However, so would, say, Jim Webb or the aforementioned Wesley Clark. And I don't really think Obama needs to worry about women voters. But I'm just an optimist. Speaking of Hillary, any of her supporters want to defend this, assuming it's true? I'm not sure how enabling La Hill's power trip is a good way to advance women's rights.

Chris Dodd: Naaaaaaaah. Dodd's a decent guy but I don't know what he'd add to the ticket.

Chuck Hagel: No. Aside from his Iraq war stance, Hagel is very much a generic vote-by-numbers Republican. Like McCain, Hagel is very conservative and would be out of place on this ticket.

Tim Kaine: He's supposed to be a decent governor, but he's also anti-gay marriage and opposes abortion. Mark Warner (former governor) would've been a better choice, but he's running for Senate and that race is his to lose.

Sam Nunn: Isn't he, you know, retired from politics? Make him a campaign adviser, perhaps, but a running mate?

Ed Rendell: Governor of a state whose primary Obama lost. Hillary supporter. He's a "maybe".

Bill Richardson: Another possibility. A black/Latino ticket would make Pat Buchanan's head explode.

Kathleen Sebelius: Not as well known, but might be a good choice to help win more conservative voters. Plus, I think a governor would be a better choice for the VP slot than another senator.

Ted Strickland: He was just elected two years ago. Leave him in the Ohio governor's mansion.

Jim Webb: Strong potential, but doesn't seem that interested in the job.

It's over.

Le Sweetie and I were walking home when we noted an army of news vans lined up around the Baruch College campus. La Hill is there making a speech even as I type this. Obama, meanwhile, is giving his victory speech on TV.

It's up to Bill and La Hill to be gracious losers and throw their support behind Obama. My prediction? If they don't, they'll harm La Hill's political future more than they harm the party. Judging from the wholehearted support for Obama coming from Blue Dogs and Clintonistas alike, it appears that the Clintons' clout is not as strong as it once was. Part of it is simply that the Clintons didn't figure out that they couldn't campaign like it was 1996.

Obama's being awfully classy about La Hill, saying that she "has made history in this campaign, not just because she's a woman...but because she is a leader who inspires millions of Americans." La Hill should return the favor.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Dick Cheney: Professional asshole

Dear Vice President Cheney: Stick to hunting. On second thought, don't go out in public. At all. From WaPo:

Did Dick Cheney just hand West Virginia to the Democrats, or what?
'Cause his remark at the National Press Club today is bound to rub plenty of folks in the Mountain State the wrong way, especially those who are sick and tired of hearing West Virginia incest jokes. Already, members of the West Virginia congressional delegation - Republicans and Democrats alike - are ticked off.

Cheney was at the Press Club to congratulate this year's winners of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. During a question-and-answer session toward the end of the luncheon, someone asked the vice president about his wife Lynne Cheney's revelation on MSNBC last year that "Dick and Barack Obama are eighth cousins."

The questioner jokingly asked the vice president if he and Obama were going to have a family reunion, to which Cheney replied he would "have no objections" though he said he doubted Obama would want one - "certainly not before November."

Then came the offensive punch line. Cheney explained that during the course of researching his family lineage for Lynne's memoir "Blue Skies, No Fences" last year, he learned there were Cheneys on both his father's and his mother's side of the family. There was a Richard Cheney on his mother's side, the vice president said.

"So I had Cheneys on both sides of the family and we don't even live in West Virginia," Cheney quipped.

Really, I thought Republicans were supposed to be salt-of-the-earth populists who saw their red-state fellow Americans as kindred spirits. How do you explain this?

This is an installment of "What they said!"

Drifting Through The Grift has a tactful way of explaining that the wingnut echo chamber has jumped the shark:

Barack Obama - 57 states? Confusing Buchenwald with Auschwitz? And do I even need to say Rachel Ray? This is the continuous crap feed which almost caused me to stop writing? Then, I think to myself, if this is the best the right wing noise machine can gin up, why the hell should anybody worry?

The One True Tami would rather not be lumped in with those Americans who were duped by the president and his cast of idiots. It's small comfort to see that my own bullshit detector was working properly circa 2003. Maybe now that Scott McClellan has confirmed what was long suspected among the reality-based, perhaps we'll get a nice apology from all those war cheerleaders who were screaming at us for being nasty, ugly, evil, horrible, un-American traitors. Hmmmmmmm?

Bark Bark Woof Woof points out the true purpose of William "Kick Me" Kristol:

There's been a lot of calls for the publishers of the New York Times to cancel Mr. Kristol's contract as an op-ed columnist owing to his propensity for errors and just plain right-wing silliness, but in a way I think he's providing a valuable public service. He gives us an insight into the mindset of the True Believers; those who are still clinging, however desperately, to the wild-eyed visions of reshaping the world into a Christian wonderland of McMansions, SUV's, and Dunkin' Donuts -- without the Yasir Arafat accessories.

I have long suspected that Kick Me Kristol was hired so that certain liberal media types could laugh at his expense. Think there's some truth to this?

Meanwhile, the NYT's Public Editor says that Edward Luttwak, author of a "Barack! Obama! Is! An! Apostate! Muslim!" editorial that ran a few weeks back, was just making shit up. The Public Editor spoke to some actual Muslim scholars, something Luttwak did not do. Note to Public Editor: Maybe you could lean on your bosses to insist that Kristol stick to facts as well? That is, unless you're turning him into your own Alan Colmes.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

And another thing

After La Hill's atrocious campaign, I don't want to hear anyone complain that she's trailing Obama because of TEH SEXISM!!1!1!! Nor do I want to hear anyone whine about Obama getting special favors or special treatment because he's a black man.

Hillary's floundering for reasons that have nothing to do with her being a woman and everything to do with the fact that she's trying to be some horrific cross between Rove, Nixon, and Atwater in how she campaigns.

And she's doing a lousy job of it.

AND the American people are tired of this crap.

In fact, plenty of Democratic voters are judging La Hill by standards that have nothing to do with gender. Which is how it should be.

She totally blew it, people. Time to accept that and quit blaming sexism.

Hillary has her political parties mixed up

Her campaign drafted a bunch of McCain and Huckabee supporters (along with Obama supporters) to protest this weekend's RBC meeting at the DNC. Americablog has more.

If La Hill can't be persuaded to bow out of the race (yet), could someone at least remind her what party she's in? Please?