Archive for February 21st, 2007

When Sportswriters Attack

Have I mentioned that Mike Lupica is not a Bush fan?

Clinton, for now at least and maybe forever, does not play along. Instead she stands up in a hall in Dover, N.H., over the weekend and says this:

“I have to say that if the most important thing to any of you is choosing someone who did not cast that vote or who has said that vote was a mistake, then there are others to choose from.”

It does not mean that she should win the nomination or that she should be the first woman President or that people who don’t like her or her husband should suddenly change their minds. There is too much race to be run, and anybody who tries to call this thing now should have his or her head examined.

It was still the best moment she has had, whatever her reasons for saying what she did. And by not playing along with either Edwards or Obama, it is not as if she were playing to the crowd. She was asked a question in Dover about her refusal to say she was wrong and, according to Michael McAuliff in the Daily News, her answer was given “to a nearly silent auditorium.”

The next time she is asked the question, in New Hampshire or Iowa or even South Carolina, she should say that she will apologize after the President does.

Again: You make up your own mind about the senator from New York, and whatever baggage you think she brings to all this. But she would make a better President than the one we have because anybody would. This isn’t her war. It is his.

She should say she will apologize right after Vice President Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, the fired secretary of defense, do the same. They are a couple of hacks out of another time, especially Rumsfeld, who must have imagined this country’s original strategy in Iraq on the back of a napkin.

Hillary Clinton should apologize for her war vote when this President apologizes for anything, for all the dead and all the wounded, for all the reasons he gave and is still giving for this war. Now, suddenly, the great bogeyman of the conflict over there is Iran. We hear last week from the President that “a part” of the Iranian government is sending explosives to Iraq, and that those explosives have been responsible for 170 coalition deaths.

Clinton was wrong once, the way Edwards was wrong, and Sen. Joe Biden, and Sen. Christopher Dodd. This administration, on the other hand, has been wrong for years, from the time this President first started beating the drums for this war on the first anniversary of Sept. 11. When does he apologize for that, for using Sept. 11, propping himself up on the rubble, to go after a tyrant who had nothing to do with blowing up our buildings?

When does anybody in this administration apologize for the war profiteering that has gone on, practically under all their noses? When do they apologize for not having the proper facilities to handle the maimed and broken soldiers who have made it back half-alive from Iraq and Afghanistan, physically broken or psychologically broken or both?

These are the soldiers whose stories have been told so brilliantly over the past few days by Dana Priest and Anne Hull in The Washington Post, as they have described the shame of conditions at places like Building 18 – what they call the “Other Walter Reed” – across the street from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

“On the worst days,” Priest and Hull write, “soldiers feel like they are living a chapter of ‘Catch-22.’ The wounded manage other wounded. … Disengaged clerks, unqualified platoon sergeants and overworked case managers fumble with simple needs …”

This President thinks he can get another hundred billion dollars or so every time he needs the money for Iraq, doesn’t think anybody in the Senate should even debate that. But where do these soldiers go for the money to pay for the care some of them are going to need for the rest of their lives? Who do they talk to about that?

Hillary Clinton can admit she was wrong right after Gen. Colin Powell admits he was wrong to throw in with Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld on this war, and the trumped-up reasons for entering into it, in the first place.

Not Hillary Clinton’s war. Theirs. It is theirs. She didn’t make the world more dangerous than it already was. They did. You want an apology? They go first.

I don’t really buy the whole idea of Hillary’s refusal to admit error being some kind of Noble Principled Stand any more than I do when Bush does it, but I dig the anti-BushCo rant.

5 comments February 21st, 2007 at 07:04pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Clinton,Democrats,Iraq,Politics,War

Poor Ellen Tauscher.

All she wants to do is work with Dubya, advance the DLC agenda, and save the Democratic Party from going over the “left cliff,” and those mean ol’ progressives act like she’s Joe Lieberman’s long-lost sister.

WaPo weeps.

One interesting angle to the story is its mention of Jane Harman as a faithless wayward centrist Democrat who treats a tough primary challenge as a reality check instead of a personal affront. According to the story, it sounds like Tauscher is making some efforts to conceal her conciliatory leanings, but it didn’t sound like she’s making any substantive changes. Let’s see how well that works out for her.

UPDATE: I thought maybe FDL would still be too immersed in the Libby trial wrap-up to hit this, but I was a fool. The Good Howie has more detail on why Ellen Tauscher is Teh Suxx0r.

4 comments February 21st, 2007 at 03:43pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Media,Politics,Wankers

$50 Well Spent

Gosh, I don’t know what I would do without MoDo’s insightful analysis and dazzling wordplay…

Hillary is not David Geffen’s dreamgirl.

[Geffen talks about Obama Good, Hillary Bad.]

Barack Obama has made an entrance in Hollywood unmatched since Scarlett O’Hara swept into the Twelve Oaks barbecue. Instead of the Tarleton twins, the Illinois senator is flirting with the DreamWorks trio: Mr. Geffen, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, who gave him a party last night that raised $1.3 million and Hillary’s hackles.

She didn’t stand outside the gates to the Geffen mansion, where glitterati wolfed down Wolfgang Puck savories, singing the Jennifer Hudson protest anthem “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” [Obviously, cocktail-weenie-deprivation is the worst thing MoDo can imagine.]But she’s not exactly Little Miss Sunshine, either  [Look! It’s another movie reference! Oh, MoDo, will your cleverness never cease?]. Hillary loyalists have hissed at defecting donors to remember the good old days of jumping on the Lincoln Bedroom bed.

(…)

Who can pay attention to the Oscar battle between “The Queen” and “Dreamgirls” when you’ve got a political battle between a Queen and a Dreamboy? [Oohs and ahhs – dazzling, I say!]

(…)

She is overproduced and overscripted. “It’s not a very big thing to say, ‘I made a mistake’ on the war, and typical of Hillary Clinton that she can’t,” Mr. Geffen says. “She’s so advised by so many smart advisers who are covering every base. I think that America was better served when the candidates were chosen in smoke-filled rooms.” [Good idea; we should just cut the ignorant rabble out of the democratic process entirely.]

The babble here is not about “Babel”; [She did it again! Awesome!] it’s about the battle of the billionaires. Not only have Ron Burkle and David Geffen been vying to buy The Los Angeles Times — they have been vying to raise money for competing candidates. Mr. Burkle, a supermarket magnate, is close to the Clintons, and is helping Hillary parry Barry Obama by arranging a fund-raiser for her in March, with a contribution from Mr. Spielberg. [“parry Barry”! Brilliant!]

…Can Obambi stand up to Clinton Inc.?…. [“Obambi.” Niiiice. Get used to that one, you’ll be hearing it a lot. I wonder, did she come up with that one on her own, or did she have help?]

(…)

[Geffen and Bill Clinton] fell out in 2001, when Mr. Clinton gave a pardon to Marc Rich after rebuffing Mr. Geffen’s request for one for Leonard Peltier. “Marc Rich getting pardoned? An oil-profiteer expatriate who left the country rather than pay taxes or face justice?” Mr. Geffen says. “Yet another time when the Clintons were unwilling to stand for the things that they genuinely believe in. Everybody in politics lies, but they do it with such ease, it’s troubling.”

Trashing just one Democratic candidate at a time is sooo 2004.

Oh well, at least she makes me feel ever so much better about my own writing.

2 comments February 21st, 2007 at 12:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Clinton,Democrats,Media,Wankers

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Kudos to the NYT for working in a reference to Balzac in their editorial about The Great Scrotum Controversy Of Aught-Seven.

February 21st, 2007 at 11:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Books,Coolness,Media

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

Is there such a thing as too many standardized tests?

Faced with rising violence among our nation’s youth, the American Psychological Consortium has released a new test designed to red flag future Red Skulls.

“Parents of gifted children face many challenges, especially when their little ones’ cognitive talents bend toward world domination,” said consortium spokeswoman Deborah Loeb. “Our new Stanford-Binet Evil Genius Exam will help them to pinpoint budding megalomaniacs — or even the non-megalo kind.”

Dr. Loeb has given Weekly World News a set of sample questions:

1. VERBAL REASONING

Which of the following best completes the sentence: “You, Mr. Bond, will see your friends soon — ” ?

a) “in Jamaica.”
b) “in Prison.”
c) (maniacal laughter)

2. (OUTER) SPATIAL RELATIONS

Gamma Cephei is:

a) a red dwarf star
b) the location of the first confirmed extrasolar planet
c) a base of operations from which you will crush the governments of Earth.

3. MATH AND LOGIC

555-1212 is a:

a) phone number.
b) bank account.
c) nuclear launch code.

4. VERBAL CLASSIFICATION

Which of the following is closest to the definition of ‘mercy’?

a) pulchritude
b) magnanimity
c) I don’t know the meaning of the word.

SCORING

The number of ‘C’ answers determines your Iniquity Quotient (IQ). For each ‘C’ answer, add 40 points to your IQ score.

Give yourself an Inquity Bonus of 50 points if you fled the test at any point in an escape pod.

0-40 Dim Exemplar.
40-80 Astute Ruffian.
80-120 Rotten Egghead.
120 and above: EVIL GENIUS

This could really help with vocational guidance – maybe some of these at-risk kids could be steered into reality television instead of talk radio or government.

2 comments February 21st, 2007 at 07:37am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

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She really should know better than to take it out on her family.

4 comments February 21st, 2007 at 12:46am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics,Republicans

More Success, Please

Excellent news!

Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce on Wednesday a new timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, with 1,500 to return home in several weeks, British media reported.

Blair will also tell the House of Commons during his regular weekly appearance before it that a total of about 3,000 British soldiers will have left southern Iraq by the end of 2007, if the security there is sufficient, the British Broadcasting Corp. and The Sun newspaper said, quoting government officials who weren’t further identified.

(…)

Blair and Bush talked by secure video link Tuesday morning, and Bush views Britain’s troop cutbacks as “a sign of success” in Iraq, said U.S. National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe.

“While the United Kingdom is maintaining a robust force in southern Iraq, we’re pleased that conditions in Basra have improved sufficiently that they are able to transition more control to the Iraqis,” Johndroe said in Washington.

Well, if withdrawing just 3,000 troops is “a sign of success,” just think of how successy it would be to withdraw 130,000! The Islamofascists would never recover from all that successiness!
(h/t Mercury Rising)

February 21st, 2007 at 12:37am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,War


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