More April Fool

The YIR continues. No worries — it will end:

*Defending a double standard;

*Media laziness;

*Proudly bashing the Confederate flag;

*I said something nice about Rosie — no, really — and something not-so-nice about the "victimized" Rutgers basketball team;

*My alter ego proposes a "speech court" to punish hateful dialogue;

*The "unofficial" French national anthem is much cooler than "God Bless the U.S.A.";

*A code of conduct for bloggers? What stupid asshole came up with that ignorant idea?;

*Tom Cruise is demented and dangerous (but absolutely, positively not straight);

*10 reasons why I hate golf;

*Against "Out"ing — unless it’s Tom Cruise or Matt Drudge;

*The funniest scenes in movie history.

Huckabee’s Radical Supporters

I read in Robert Novak’s column this morning that Mike Huckabee held a fundraiser earlier this week at the Houston home of Dr. Steven Hotze. As Novak notes, Hotze is “a leader in the highly conservative Christian Reconstruction movement.”

Christian Reconstructionists, for those unfamiliar with the term, are Religious Right radicals who believe that America, and the rest of the world besides, should be governed in accordance with strict Biblical law. And yes, that includes stoning adulterers.

Self-described “Christocrat” Rick Scarborough was also on the host committee for the fundraiser. He made news earlier this year by opposing the HPV vaccine because it “improperly interferes with God’s punishment of sexual license.”

The Anchorman And Drudge

In the previous post I wondered aloud if Romney’s campaign might be responsible for leaking the alleged McCain scandal. I based that not on evidence but on my disdain for The Anchorman. Turns out my suspicion was warranted:

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Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has hired Matt Rhoades to serve as a senior communications strategist in his all-but-announced presidential bid, according to sources familiar with the internal workings of the campaign. …

One of the most important contributions Rhoades will make to the Romney team is his relationship with Matt Drudge. As documented in John Harris’s and Mark Halperin’s book — “The Way to Win” — the Drudge Report is an indispensable mover of political news and can shape (and often lead) news coverage by the major media outlets. The duo refer to Drudge as the “single most influential purveyor of information about American politics” and detail a meeting between Drudge, RNC research director Tim Griffin and Rhoades — Griffin’s deputy at the time — that functioned as a passing of the Drudge torch from Griffin to Rhoades.

So that puts Drudge in the pocket of Romney and Hillbot. If they’re nominated, be sure to direct at least some of your accompanying vitriol to the closeted homosexual with the initials M.D.

Pardon Me While I Bury My Head In the Sand

I don’t believe — I don’t want to believe — there’s any merit to the alleged McCain scandal. Granted, he hasn’t handled the leak well, and I never like it when a campaign pressures a newspaper to hold a story.

But for now I’m sticking with the Arizona maverick. I think he’s the most decent, honorable candidate running and I need hard evidence before reconsidering.

This much I do know: Hillbot has developed a “working relationship” with Drudge, who broke the McCain story today. Polls show McCain running ahead of Hillary in a general election.

Meanwhile, McCain has moved into a tie with The Anchorman in New Hampshire. Romney is as slick as the Clintons and is proving to be just as untrustworthy. The McCain story couldn’t have come at a better time for Romney — make of that what you will. (Mark Halperin is likewise suspicious.)

Don’t get me wrong: If these allegations turn out to be true, I won’t ignore reality. I’m not going to be like one of those blindly loyal Bill Clinton supporters.

I trust it won’t come to that. What little faith I have in politics — and politicians — is at stake.

Pardon Me While I Bury My Head In the Sand

I don’t believe — I don’t want to believe — there’s any merit to the alleged McCain scandal. Granted, he hasn’t handled the leak well, and I never like it when a campaign pressures a newspaper to hold a story.

But for now I’m sticking with the Arizona maverick. I think he’s the most decent, honorable candidate running and I need hard evidence before reconsidering.

This much I do know: Hillbot has developed a “working relationship” with Drudge, who broke the McCain story today. Polls show McCain running ahead of Hillary in a general election.

Meanwhile, McCain has moved into a tie with The Anchorman in New Hampshire. Romney is as slick as the Clintons and is proving to be just as untrustworthy. The McCain story couldn’t have come at a better time for Romney — make of that what you will. (Mark Halperin is likewise suspicious.)

Don’t get me wrong: If these allegations turn out to be true, I won’t ignore reality. I’m not going to be like one of those blindly loyal Bill Clinton supporters.

I trust it won’t come to that. What little faith I have in politics — and politicians — is at stake.