18 May, 2009

Happy Hour Discurso

Today's opining on the public discourse.

If you want to know just how ridiculous Cons are getting over this whole Pelosi-dissed-the-CIA!!1!!11! thing, look no further than Mike Huckabee's poem calling for her resignation.

That's right. A poem.

I refuse to reprint the damned thing here. I've read some hideous poetry in my lifetime, but that one left my eyes bleeding. I'd thought my respect for the GOP didn't have any bottom left to hit, but I was wrong. We are now in negative numbers that can only be measured in scientific notation, my darlings.

The same goes for my respect for Michael Steele:

This weekend on “Meet the Press,” David Gregory asked RNC Chairman Michael Steele whether health care reform could pass this year. Invoking his party’s preferred reply, Steele responded, “Noooooo”:

GREGORY: Do you think it’s going to happen? Chairman, do you think it’s going to pass this year?


GREGORY: You don’t think it will pass?

STEELE: Noooooo. No, no. no.

Reinforcing the fact that Republicans have no health care plan of their own, Steele could only repeatedly insist on “tort reform.”

Can somebody stick a sock in him, please? My head hurts from repeatedly hitting the desk.

Con cheerleaders on Faux News need some health care reform. They obviously need to see a doctor about their hearing problems:

In a May 18 washingtonpost.com discussion, Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson falsely asserted that President Obama was "afraid to use the word" "abortion" during his May 17 commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. In fact, Obama used the word several times during the speech.

During the discussion, a reader asked Carlson and Air America Radio national correspondent Ana Marie Cox, who was also answering questions: "How do you both think Obama did at Notre Dame yesterday? Do we move forward with a dialogue on abortion or did Obama just say what people at ND wanted to hear?" Carlson replied:

You can't have a real conversation about abortion if you're afraid to use the word.

Pro-choice? Pro-life? Those are slogans designed to obscure rather than illuminate.

The debate is about whether abortion ought to be legal, not about whether you respect "life," whatever that is, or whether you think people ought to have "choices," whatever those may be.

So let's call it what it is. That'd be a good first step. Obama, who's deeply interested in language, knows this but not surprisingly failed to mention it.

In fact, Obama did not "fail[] to mention" the word "abortion" -- he used it several times during the course of his speech.

I counted seven times in just the short snippet Media Matters excerpted. Funny. I don't remember being told 0 is equivalent to 7 in math class.

Some Con strategists are looking at the dumbfucks leading the party and the dumbfucks pumping the party in the press, and developing a decided sense of despair:

Just a few weeks ago, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) added Republican strategist John Weaver, a long-time John McCain confidant, onto his team. It was a move that signaled Huntsman's interest in the 2012 presidential campaign.

Now, of course, Huntsman is headed to Beijing as the Obama administration's ambassador to China, and Weaver is left to wonder what could have been. In the meantime, Weaver spoke to Byron York about their party's future.

The Republican strategist who helped Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman prepare for a possible presidential run says the Republican party is in for a devastating defeat if its guiding lights are Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney. "If it's 2012 and our party is defined by Palin and Limbaugh and Cheney, then we're headed for a blowout," says strategist John Weaver, who advised Huntsman and was for years a close adviser to Sen. John McCain. "That's just the truth." [...]

"I firmly believe that Huntsman and people like him are the prescription for what ails us," says Weaver. "But I have the feeling that our party maybe won't order that prescription in 2012."

This, not surprisingly, has not gone over well among many conservatives, including the blog at the Weekly Standard.

Unfortunately for sane Republicans like Weaver, the lunatics are still very much in charge of the asylum.

Let us end on a more amusing note. Let's see the Cons' take on Maureen Dowd's little brush with plagarism:
In the meantime, the MoDo flap gives Bill Kristol's lapdog, Michael Goldfarb, an opportunity to pose a profound and interesting question:
Imagine if Kristol had plagiarized a RedState post in his NYTimes column.

This must be what it felt like when man first conceived of the atom; that matter is made up of smaller units forming a greater whole. The idea that Bill Kristol could possibly lift something that was dumber and wronger than anything he could write or has written is to stare into the infinite abyss only to see Kristol smirky face staring back.

You can get dizzy just thinking about it.

Indeed you can.

1 comment:

Chris said...

Don't miss the MSNBC article this morning featuring Michael (Alfred E. Neuman) Steele. Here's a gem:

"Steele also promised that the GOP will not shrink from confronting Obama and Democrats. But, he said, unlike the "shabby and classless way" Democrats took on Bush, Republicans will take on Obama with class and dignity."