Monday, October 20, 2008

Operational Pause for the Cause

I suppose it was my wildest dream that the GOP would permanently end its tenure as a ruling party by playing the "jigaboo" card at the end of this election. I can hardly believe they're actually doing it, but since they are, I say goody! Let's have the media rebroadcast every bigoted rant by Rush and that owlish twit George Will and the rest of the right wingery, and keep playing them and keep playing them and keep playing them until there's no question left in the mind of anyone on the planet what exactly American conservatism is really about.

Let's also have nonstop replays of Joe the Plumber explaining his vision of 'Merika and companion spots of McCain and Palin talking about how Joe represents their "base."

Most importantly, let's not leave any doubt in the mind of anyone who wants to vote these cretins out of office that it's a done deal and there's no reason to bother going to the polls. It's time for American electorate to make a decisive statement to the dark side of our country: never again. Get out and vote and crush these bastards.

Ahem. Well, I'm off for a few days of sightseeing in Washington D.C. I plan to hit the Library of Congress, and will let you know if the Constitution is still on display there.

Here's a preview of the next part of "Johnny and the Warmongers," I should have the rest online by Saturday.



Johnny and the Warmongers Part II

The thing I dread most about a John McCain presidency is that he gets that phone call at three in the morning and actually wakes up answer it. McCain best illustrated the sound judgment he claims to have when he voted to invade Iraq, followed by his echo Dick Cheney's line that that "the Iraqi people will greet us as liberators.” Then there's his choice of running mates.

I've heard the excuse that, well, Sarah Palin wasn't McCain's choice of running mates, that his advisors pushed her on him. If that's true, it only goes to show how bad McCain's judgment in choosing advisers is and his utter inability to judge when he's getting bad advice. In the foreign policy realm, McCain has shown the same misplaced trust in the same woebegone wonks that young Mr. Bush listened to.

Bill Kristol, editor of the right wing Weekly Standard, son of the "godfather of neoconservatism" Irving Kristol, founder of the infamous Project for the New American Century, signer of the 1997 letter urging Bill Clinton to invade Iraq, co-author of the September 2000 neocon manifesto Rebuilding America's Defenses that said the U.S. military should conquer and occupy the entire planet but that only "a new Pearl Harbor" would convince the American public to go along with anything that crazy, who has said that America should join Israel in a war against Islam, and who has persistently tried to goad young Mr. Bush into attacking Iran, and who was a leading proponent of the Iraq surge stratagem, and all around prominent member of the American warmongery, that Bill Kristol has been one of John McCain's key foreign policy advisers.

In an October 13 editorial, Kristol allowed as how the McCain campaign "is now close to being out-and-out dysfunctional," but lauded McCain's "sound judgment and strong leadership." What Kristol likes about McCain's judgment and leadership is his decision to follow Kristol's counsel.

In early 2007, McCain was down in the poles and his campaign organization was a disaster. When it came time for Kristol sideman Fred Kagan to roll out his surge strategy at the American Enterprise Institute headquarters, John McCain was there to endorse it, as was his frequent date Joe Lieberman. Lindsay Graham, McCain's other paramour, didn't attend. I'm sure he had a good excuse.

Read the rest of "Johnny and the Warmongers Part II" on Saturday.


  1. Chris Dornan10:00 PM

    Indeed, they really need to be put out of their misery, and the sooner the better for them.

    Love your articles.

    Have a good break!

  2. Thanks, Chris. I think the GOP works fine as an opposition party. Idealists always need small minded bigots around to keep their them grounded.


  3. Anonymous1:21 PM

    Never Again - indeed. I have been blogging about that since 2006.

    BTW - we just passed the anniversary of the 3rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, major Anthony Gale - being drummed out of the Corps (18 Oct).

    In any gallery of portraits of Marine Commandants, his space is always blank. Below it is his name and "No Known Likeness Available."

    I think that would be appropriate for #43.

  4. Yep. Barring that, maybe a portrait of him looking into a mirror showing no reflection. ;-)

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