Ask a strategist or operative a probing question and they’re liable to respond with a famously cynical quote turned hackneyed political cliche.
“I’m shocked, shocked my party is … (take your pick) stoking public resentment, exploiting the partisan divide, etc.”
Of course they choose less incriminating, vague language. But at the end of the day, the perfect storm of political mimicry has produced a deflection that reporters need to vigorously challenge.
Do it for the memory of Claude Rains, if nothing else.
Terry McAuliffe is apparently under the delusion that people find him likable.
Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe signed papers Monday signaling a possible run for governor next year in Virginia.
McAuliffe told The Associated Press he set up a campaign committee and will tour Virginia for the next 60 days before making his candidacy certain.
What’s next, Senator Begala? Secretary Carville? Ambassador (Dick) Morris?
*Rahm Emanuel is a dick. That seems to be the consensus, and he represents the kind of attack dog partisanship I detest. That said, I wouldn’t read too much into his appointment as chief of staff. His job is to be the president’s gatekeeper. He won’t be the public face of the president, nor will he be instrumental in crafting policy. Maybe you need an asshole in that position. Still, I hope we don’t see an abundance of hacks in Obama’s administration.
*If Republicans weren’t so wed to narrow-minded ideologues Bush would’ve never been president. They could’ve nominated McCain in 2000, but he committed the cardinal sin of badmouthing narrow-minded fanatics like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. The base then lined up behind Bush, he fucks up, and now McCain takes the fall. In retrospect I wish Mitt Romney had won the nomination — he deserved to be humiliated.
*I hope Obama doesn’t appoint Robert Kennedy Jr. to head the EPA. He’s an activist, not a scientist, and he comes off as something of an alarmist. Plus, his voice annoys the hell out of me. Shouldn’t he have completed puberty by now?
*Sorry to see Gordon Smith lose his Oregon Senate seat. Smith was a reasonable Republican, moderate on issues such as gay rights. The GOP needs centrists, as much as they don’t want to acknowledge it.
*Unfortunately, Minnesota congresswoman Michelle Bachmann was re-elected. Now she’s praising Obama, though she hasn’t forgotten Joe the Opportunist.
*Rush Limbaugh called Obama a “Chicago thug” today. Welcome to exile,
fat ass. (I read an interview with him recently in which he admitted to crying after his cat died. So I rescind the slur.)
It’s fair to accuse CNN of Clinton bias, as most of their pundits served time with the Little Rock mafia. None irritate more than the effortlessly obsequious Paul Begala.
But is he more loathsome than Fox analyst — and longtime Clinton thug — Terry McAuliffe? You decide.