uniters, not dividers

I’ve noticed less of a political divide in recent days, as fair-minded observers left and right are beginning to see what the other side has been pointing out for years. Never underestimate the unifying power of shared disdain.

1.) The left was right — “movement conservatives” are a nasty lot. The ongoing fatwa against McCain has become ridiculously trivial, fueled by mean-spirited rhetoric from small-minded reactionaries like Limbaugh and Coulter. Note the hypocrisy — they gab endlessly about supporting the troops, yet when they actually have a candidate who served heroically they don’t hesitate to unleash the character assassisans. And when they don’t get what they want, the ideologues threaten to take their ball and go home. If only we were so lucky.

2.) The right was correct to obsess over the Clintons. As they are now demostrating to their fellow Democrats, Hillbilly will do whatever it takes to win. Talk about your character assassisans — the Clintons have long been masters. It’s just politics, they claim, but their rationalizations are increasingly unconvincing. Character does matter.   

the clintons and race

They’ve dealt this card before:

After falling behind in the New Hampshire primary in 1992, and after being caught lying about the affair with Gennifer Flowers to which he later confessed under oath, Clinton left the campaign trail and flew home to Arkansas to give the maximum publicity to his decision to sign a death warrant for Ricky Ray Recor. Rector was a black inmate on death row who had shot himself in the head after committing a double murder and, instead of dying as a result, had achieved the same effect as a lobotomy would have done. He never understood the charge against him or the sentence. After being served his last meal, he left the pecan pie on the side of the tray, as he told the guards who came to take him to the execution chamber, "for later." Several police and prison-officer witnesses expressed extreme queasiness at this execution of a gravely impaired man, and the prison chaplain, Dennis Pigman, later resigned from the prison service.

Does that make them bigots? Dunno, but I sure as hell wouldn’t belong to a country club that prohibited black membership. Bill wasn’t so inclined:

Yes indeedy, the Country Club of Little Rock had 500 members, all of them white, and the aspirant candidate had himself photographed there more than once until Jerry Brown made an issue of it. It was then announced by Clinton’s people that "the staff and facilities" at the club were "integrated"—a pretty way of stating that the toilets were cleaned by black Arkansans. Yet all this was forgiven by credulous liberals who were sure that they had discovered a New Democrat who was a Southerner to boot.

judge him by his enemies (cont’d)

I wish Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter hated me as much as they despise John McCain. Watch them become increasingly unhinged discussing their least favorite Republican. At one point Coulter argues Hillbot is more trustworthy and better on national security than the Arizona senator.

So now Clinton has been endorsed by Maxine Waters and Ann Coulter.

I rest my case.

*Meanwhile, that noted thinker Michael Reagan is taking McCain’s ascension personally:

Until last night, when I watched the Republican debate, I had no idea how much John McCain dislikes me and just about everybody else but Rudy Giuliani, who if you believe The New York Times is a pretty good hater himself.

As I watched McCain and Governor Romney go at it during the debate at the Reagan Library I was struck by the huge gap that separates McCain — whose contempt for his fellow humans is patently obvious — and my dad, Ronald Reagan, who had nothing but the deepest affection and respect for the American people.

The feeling is mutual between McCain and me. I don’t like the way he treats people. You get the impression that he thinks everybody is beneath him. He seems to be saying, “I was a war hero, and you had damn well better treat me as your superior.”

uniters, not dividers

I’ve noticed less of a political divide in recent days, as fair-minded observers left and right are beginning to see what the other side has been pointing out for years. Never underestimate the unifying power of shared disdain.

1.) The left was right — "movement conservatives" are a nasty lot. The ongoing fatwa against McCain has become ridiculously trivial, fueled by mean-spirited rhetoric from small-minded reactionaries like Limbaugh and Coulter. Note the hypocrisy — they gab endlessly about supporting the troops, yet when they actually have a candidate who served heroically they don’t hesitate to unleash the character assassisans. And when they don’t get what they want, the ideologues threaten to take their ball and go home. If only we were so lucky.

2.) The right was correct to obsess over the Clintons. As they are now demostrating to their fellow Democrats, Hillbilly will do whatever it takes to win. Talk about your character assassisans — the Clintons have long been masters. It’s just politics, they claim, but their rationalizations are increasingly unconvincing. Character does matter.   

judge him by his enemies (cont’d)

I wish Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter hated me as much as they despise John McCain. Watch them become increasingly unhinged discussing their least favorite Republican. At one point Coulter argues Hillbot is more trustworthy and better on national security than the Arizona senator.

So now Clinton has been endorsed by Maxine Waters and Ann Coulter.

I rest my case.

*Meanwhile, that noted thinker Michael Reagan is taking McCain’s ascension personally:

Until last night, when I watched the Republican debate, I had no idea how much John McCain dislikes me and just about everybody else but Rudy Giuliani, who if you believe The New York Times is a pretty good hater himself.

As I watched McCain and Governor Romney go at it during the debate at the Reagan Library I was struck by the huge gap that separates McCain — whose contempt for his fellow humans is patently obvious — and my dad, Ronald Reagan, who had nothing but the deepest affection and respect for the American people.

The feeling is mutual between McCain and me. I don’t like the way he treats people. You get the impression that he thinks everybody is beneath him. He seems to be saying, “I was a war hero, and you had damn well better treat me as your superior.”

what paul begala begat

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Meet the Lickspittles, Hugh and Taylor (accompanied by smooth jazz remake of “The Odd Couple” theme):

Hugh on Wednesday’s GOP debate — “Romney by contrast was as polished and professional as ever, and his command of the facts and the debate far superior to that of McCain’s.

Taylor Marsh analyzes Thursday’s Democratic showdown — “Clinton commanded moment after moment. Issue after issue she took the time and made her case.”

Ever spotted them in the same pod?

worst debate host ever

I don’t have strong feelings either way about Wolf Blitzer, but he did a shitty job moderating tonight’s debate. When he wasn’t lobbing chummy softballs, he threw inside (the Beltway) junk, like his concluding question about whether Obama or Hillary would pick the other as veep. Gee, I wonder what they’ll say.

Blitzer seemed intent on punctuating — nay, influencing — a recurring theme: You like her, you really like him.

Hillbot works best with script in hand, though the structure didn’t suit Obama. Fortunately, debates tend not to matter (see: George W. Bush).

judge him by his enemies

Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin, who has written in support of the internment of Japanese-American citizens during WWII, said she won’t vote for McCain over Hillary. McCain should thank her.

And now, your daily right-wing fatwa:

The Republican Party has been hijacked. Over the past month a new Axis of Evil has emerged — not one based in Damascus, Tehran or Pyongyang — but instead in Cedar Rapids, Charleston, South Carolina, Derry, New Hampshire and Boca Raton, Florida. It is the liberal and “independent” voters in these 4 states that have nearly completed a deed that makes Kim Jong Il envious — the near crippling of the American Electoral System. These four states have combined their native liberal populism with an imported liberal electorate and have forced the GOP to accept a nominee so distasteful that in more than one poll — the numbers of voters choosing not to vote and those choosing to vote third party actually exceed those who will hold their nose and vote for Maverick, War Hero, Amnesty Supporter, John McCain. …

This is our party, not John McCain’s or Mel Martinez’s, or Lindsay Graham’s. The Republican Party is THE conservative party dammit. Let’s admit it and take it back. RINOS and Liberals have taken the GOP plane hostage, and its time for us passengers to revolt…and do what has to be done — Let’s Roll.

the clinton/obama smackdown: hour one

You haven’t missed much:

Hillary reminded everyone, one banal platitude at a time, she’s been bringing people together for 35 years to solve problems through vague solutions and unnamed projects. Oh yeah, and she’s a woman. (Her husband, meanwhile, is a crook, continuing to raise money by any means necessary.)

As for Obama, well, he’s not the best debater. But he’s not Hillbilly.

BTW, Hillbot’s “it takes a Clinton to clean up after a Bush” line is about as stale as her recent campaign skit. The audience loved it, but keep in mind these are the same people who greenlight Adam Sandler movies.

what paul begala begat

BegalaMeet the Lickspittles, Hugh and Taylor (accompanied by smooth jazz remake of "The Odd Couple" theme):

Hugh on Wednesday’s GOP debate — "Romney by contrast was as polished and professional as ever, and his command of the facts and the debate far superior to that of McCain’s."

Taylor Marsh analyzes Thursday’s Democratic showdown — "Clinton commanded moment after moment. Issue after issue she took the time and made her case."

Ever spotted them in the same pod?