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Programming Note

I will be on vacation this week, so posting will probably be light.

8 comments February 4th, 2008 at 04:59pm Posted by Eli

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Lest Bobo Feel Left Out…

AlterNet’s Nick Bromell has a most excellent takedown of NYT’s other dishonest conservative op-ed wanker. The money shot:

Because later columns never acknowledge the existence of the earlier ones, Brooks never reveals how often he has changed his position on such important matters. No plasma of mental activity connects these different pieces. No single mind moves from one to the other. They could have been written by six different people, for six different newspapers, about six different wars. Only when you put all six together do the sharp outlines of six very different policy recommendations emerge into view: focus on political transition, focus on economic reform, focus on ideological struggle, focus on military action, focus on revising the Constitution, focus on the tribes and local leadership.

The obvious purpose of Brooks’s willful amnesia is that it allows him to dodge responsibility. But it also gives him a more subtle advantage: unfettered by anything he has written before, he is free to surf the wave of time as it breaks onto the shore of the future. Because neither he nor his underlying convictions are definitively located, he can claim implicitly to be ahead of everyone else. That’s exactly what he’s signaling with those little words at last and finally when he writes, “Now at last the smartest analysts and policy makers are starting to think like sociologists. They are finally acknowledging that the key Iraqi figures are not in the center but in the provinces and the tribes.” He doesn’t explicitly claim that he was thinking like a sociologist before they were, because for Brooks there is no before. Instead, his phrasing ambiguously implies that the “smartest analysts” have caught up to his unlocatable position over the horizon – out in that unnamable vector beyond the end of history.

We have always been at war with Mideastasia. And I have always been right about it.

(h/t Caro Kay)

27 comments February 4th, 2008 at 11:52am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Wankers

They Keep Going Missing, For One Thing.

More from the ever-charming and gallant Bill Kristol:

Look the only people for Hillary Clinton are the Democratic establishment and white women… it would be crazy for the Democratic party to follow the establishment that’s led them to defeat year after year… White Women are a problem – but, you know… we all live with that…

Stoopit white women don’t appreciate how important neverending war is.

15 comments February 4th, 2008 at 11:14am Posted by Eli

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Bill Kristol Reminds Conservatives That McCain Loves War And Tax Cuts Just As Much As They Do…

…Interspersed with dishonest gibberish, of course. This is my favorite bit, right here:

The American conservative movement has been remarkably successful. We shouldn’t take that success for granted. It’s not easy being a conservative movement in a modern liberal democracy. It’s not easy to rally a comfortable and commercial people to assume the responsibilities of a great power. It’s not easy to defend excellence in an egalitarian age. It’s not easy to encourage self-reliance in the era of the welfare state. It’s not easy to make the case for the traditional virtues in the face of the seductions of liberation, or to speak of duties in a world of rights and of honor in a nation pursuing pleasure.

BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! Oh right, I forgot: all of that excellence, self-reliance, traditional virtues, duty and honor stuff only applies to us commoners. They’re what the GOP likes to impose rather than embody.

This bit here is almost as funny:

Since [1980] we conservatives have had a pretty good run. We had a chance to implement a fair share of our ideas, and they worked. In the 1980s and 90s, conservative policies helped win the cold war, revive the economy and reduce crime and welfare dependency. American conservatism’s ascendancy has benefited this country – and much of the world – over the last quarter-century.

And by “implemented” and “helped,” Kristol means, “harassed and hounded the Democratic president who raised taxes, balanced the budget and stimulated the economy all at the same time.” And by “benefited,” Kristol means, “increased strife and anti-American sentiment.” Or, alternatively, by “this country” and “much of the world,” he means, “al Qaeda and my wealthy friends.” Take your pick.

When the primaries are over, if McCain has won the day, don’t sulk and don’t sit it out. Don’t pretend there’s no difference between a candidate who’s committed to winning in Iraq and a Democratic nominee who embraces defeat. Don’t tell us that it doesn’t matter if the next president voted to confirm John Roberts and Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court, or opposed them. Don’t close your eyes to the difference between pro-life and pro-choice, or between resistance to big government and the embrace of it.

And don’t treat 2008 as a throwaway election. If a Democrat wins the presidency, he or she will almost certainly have a Democratic Congress to work with. That Congress will not impede a course of dishonorable retreat abroad. It won’t balk at liberal Supreme Court nominees at home. It won’t save the economy from tax hikes.


One might add a special reason that conservatives – and the nation – owe John McCain at least a respectful hearing. Only a year ago, we were headed toward defeat in Iraq. Without McCain’s public advocacy and private lobbying, President Bush might not have reversed strategy and announced the surge of troops in January 2007. Without McCain’s vigorous leadership, support for the surge in Congress would not have been sustained in the first few months of 2007. So: No McCain, no surge. No surge, failure in Iraq, a terrible setback for America – and, as it happens, no chance for a G.O.P. victory in 2008.

I think Kristol has just made an excellent case for why we must not allow John McCain to become president.

Funny, Kristol didn’t seem to mention McCain’s moderate view on immigration at all. That is actually McCain’s greatest asset, and could allow him to save the Republican party from irrelevance as America’s Latino population increases. But only if Republicans in Congress let him, which seems unlikely based on recent experience.

25 comments February 4th, 2008 at 09:44am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iraq,McCain,Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Monday Media Blogging – First!!!

If business meetings were like big-blog comment threads…

You know, this chart reminds me of the summer camp that me and my friends used to go to…


(h/t Jamie)

13 comments February 4th, 2008 at 07:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Monday Media Blogging

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