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August 9, 2009

Jazz Shaw: I think we’re talking past each other

by Smitty

Irony
The sweet irony of being attacked for lack of reading comprehension.
I don’t know Jazz Shaw, but I’ve read his stuff on The Moderate Voice and Pajamas Media with some agreement. However, failing to agree with Rick Moran’s assessment that Sarah Palin’s opinion that possible aspects of the healthcare legislation are

unconscionable, outrageous, and either a deliberate lie, or proof that she really is an airhead

marks me as afflicted with “Reading Incomprehension” (emphasis mine)

But there’s one teeny, tiny point which Smitty is missing in his criticism of Right Wing Nuthouse’s proprietor. Rick – along with the rest of us – are not talking about random editorials published by public officials. We’re talking about legislation, either extant or proposed, which has shown up in committee on the floor of the House and/or Senate. And these so called “Death Panels” are simply not there.

So, the crux of the debate seems to be whether:

  • one can assume that a bureaucratic entity spawned by some future, final legislation (currently 1k+ pages, rumored to have malignant tumor) would contain panels, or if you don’t like the term: board, working group, committee, team, reviewers,
  • one can infer that such a hypothetical collection of folks would make decisions affecting life,
  • one can attach a qualitative label such as “death panel” to such a hypothetical entity,

…all without being accused of dishonesty.
Young or old, one would certainly be perfectly within their rights to express concern if they thought some sort of Spartan fitness test could potentially be applied to them in the future.

Of course it’s not there

As we bandy about the final shape of legislation, which is about as predictable as the weather, we can feel confident that there will be no “Article 1482: Death Panel” in the final version submitted for vote.

Of course, history is replete with examples of why all of government-controlled health care is a bad idea. Social Security and Medicare. British NHS. Events in the last century that would be true demagoguery to bring in, yet which we entirely forget at our peril.

At the time of this writing, We Just Don’t Know. We do have a congress and administration whose goalposts are both wheeled and motorized. The concern is merited.

Palin die-hard?

From TMV:

“The big point these Palin die-hards are missing here was best summed up by Rick in another portion of his column which Smitty also apparently failed to read:”

The damn bill is plenty bad enough without lying about it. Jesus Christ! Your loyal subjects, who don’t think you can do any wrong, are smart enough to figure that out without you having to demagogue the issue like a Democrat, for God’s sake!

Look, we’ve already agreed that the bill doesn’t exist in a final, presidential signature (+ signing statement) form. How does Moran call anyone a ‘liar’ concerning an unfinished product? His title said, paraphrasing, that everyone else is doing it (demagoguery) so why not him?

Sure, in that context, accusing someone of lying works, I guess. Strikes me as a blowhard move, and I said so.

But, speaking of literacy, Jazz, I also fell short of being a die-hard Palin supporter:

It remains to be seen, but it may just be possible that Sarah Palin has as good an platform as anyone. I can, and do, see the wisdom in playing a cautious hand. Some of the Palin blogs, for example, seem as blatantly worshipful as the crappiest Obama pap.

Nevertheless, a strongly Federalist platform is exactly what’s needed. Should she deliver such, with the kind of thoughtful analysis shown here, which you seem intent on deeming dishonest, then we’ll just mentally group you with the Brooks/Noonan Axis of Useless.

What I don’t mind being called is a die-hard Federalist. When these Progressive nitwits come up with an Amendment to overturn Amendment 10, I’ll be able to shut up about the fundamental inappropriateness of the entire question. And if your reply is “Only DC can do something about health care,” my reply is “We move closer to the root of the problem. Continue your analysis.”

No, I’m not a hard-core Palinista. I’ll even entertain supporting Mitt Romney. Because it’s platform over personality. Voting Sarah over her genetic information is as overtly stupid as voting Obama over his.

At any rate, Jazz, thanks for noticing my humble post.

Update:
Here’s Newt Gingrich supporting Sarah.

Update II:
Howard “ROOOAAR” Dean: ‘She made that up‘.

August 9, 2009

MoDo Covers the Jesse Griffin Scandal

“Gryphen” gets an extension on his 15 minutes of fame courtesy of the New York Times columnist:

Palin is still obsessed with the blogosphere, which recently lit up with a rumor — started by a fellow mavericky Alaskan, who also no longer has his job — that she and Todd were Splitsville.

Excuse me, Ms. Dowd, but is Palin “obsessed with the blogosphere” or is it the other way around? And don’t you share that obsession? Furthermore, ma’am — speaking of “Gryphen” a/k/a former Anchorage kindergarten teaching assistant Jesse Ray Griffin — is it the usual practice of the New York Times to ignore, in its news pages, events which are significant enough to merit commentary from its Pulitzer-winning columnists?

This is from my Thursday account of Griffin’s resignation from Trailside Elementary School:

“Sarah is finished with Todd and has decided to end their marriage,” Griffin wrote at “Immoral Minority” Saturday morning, saying that “one of [his] best sources” had told him the Palins were divorcing. Griffin’s story was immediately promoted by Dennis Zaki’s “Alaska Report” site, which claimed that “multiple sources” had confirmed the report.
Jeanne Devon, an Anchorage Democratic activist who had previously blogged anonymously, also promoted Griffin’s “exclusive” at the Huffington Post. As a result of this promotion, by Saturday afternoon Zaki’s headline, “Todd and Sarah Palin to divorce,” was the lead item at the popular Memeorandum political news site, even though it had already been officially denied by Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton.
Griffin wrote on his blog Wednesday, “I stand by every single word” of the original report, which accused Sarah Palin of attempting “to hide a broken relationship” with husband Todd.

You see, Ms. Dowd, how this “exclusive” got boosted up the online food chain so that, within a few hours of an unverified blind-source rumor being posted by “Gryphen” on his Immoral Minority site, it was the hottest story on the Internet. And it was his claim to have an “exclusive” — as if his sources were more reliable than mine — that drew my interest.

Given your Pulitzer-winning reputation for thoroughness, Ms. Dowd, I’m sure you’ll be interested in reporting the whole story about what “Gryphen” wrote on his blog:

“I think that this trend toward real people having real sex is definitely the way to go. . . . when you see a video of an amateur couple having sex you can tell that they are simply doing it for the sheer excitement of sharing their passion with a bunch of middle aged pervs who are going to wank off to their sexual exploits.”
– “Gryphen,” 6/3/07

“If sex is not naughty then it is almost not worth doing. I love kids, but in my opinion they are just a side effect of a healthy sex life.”
– “Gryphen,” 6/14/07

“And your penis will respond more readily if you take it out and put it through its paces more often. Duh! So the next time your girlfriend/wife/mother bust you for watching porn on your computer, simply tell her that you are exercising and you would appreciate some privacy.”
– “Gryphen,” 7/7/08

Yesterday the no-longer-pseudonym-protected Griffin was back to “just asking questions” mode:

My question is. who pays for this? Who sent money to the websites that attacked me to spend so much time trying to cut and paste bit and pieces of four year old posts together in an effort to “prove” I am a bad guy?

It would be embarrassing to admit that the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy hasn’t been hitting the tip-jar with enough frequency lately to keep up with my expenses. So if it suits Griffin’s pathological imagination to suppose that Big Pharma or Halliburton are footing the bill, why spoil the illusion?

I’m sitting here in my silk pajamas, smoking Cohibas and sipping Dom Perignon, all of it paid for by GOP fat-cat donors who don’t mind my slagging John McCain, dissing Charlie Crist and voting for Bob Barr. Meanwhile, Dan Riehl has spent his VRWC loot to rent a beach house in Ocean City and hire the second runner-up in the 2007 Miss Ukraine pageant to attend to his domestic needs. (“No, Katerina, I said very clearly I wanted my sandwich with mustard, mayonnaise and pickles . . .”)

What might arouse the curiosity of a Pulitzer-winning columnist like Ms. Dowd is this question: Why can’t Griffin, who claims to have sources who give him the “exclusive” lowdown on the state of Todd and Sarah Palin’s love life, get his sources to tell him who’s paying Dan and I?

Frankly, despite denials of a Palin divorce, I can’t even get my sources to share the intimate details of the couple’s romantic activities. (7:04 p.m. Thursday: “Todd gives Sarah a playful squeeze.” 8:17 p.m. Thursday: “Sarah sneaks up behind Todd while he’s watching ESPN and nonchalantly begins rubbing his shoulders.” ) So if I, who am supposedly on the Palin payroll, can’t get that kind of dish, why is it that Jesse Ray Griffin’s sources are so reliable, so ubiquitous, so omniscient?

Check the timeline of the “Gryphen” investigation, Ms. Dowd, and see if you can resist the Pulitzer-worthy conclusion that Jesse Ray Griffin is a lying sack of crap with less journalistic credibility than Jayson Blair.

Oh, BTW, Ms. Dowd, we’ve met, although I’m not sure we were properly introduced. When you arrived at CPAC 2007 to cover Dick Cheney’s speech, it was I who volunteered to escort you to the media sign-in table. After the speech, my young friend Ian Schwartz asked me to get you to pose for a photo with him.

Since we’re already acquaintances, Ms. Dowd — shhhh! my wife might get jealous — perhaps I can speak to the funders of the VRWC and ask them to cut you in on this action. Just send Dan Riehl an e-mail and ask for the Griffin dossier, then catch the next flight to Anchorage. Remember to bill it to “Arlkay Overay.”

I’ll phone the Pulitzer Committee and tell them to keep an eye out for your next big scoop.

(Note to regular readers: “Arlkay Overay” is a notorious cheapskate, so please hit the tip jar.)

UPDATE: Dan Riehl links, and remarks:

Nice try, Jesse. But you don’t get to ring the bell to end the fight in this one. There are no referees’s arms for you to flee into, no corner to crawl up in and hide. But you’ll likely find that out for yourself this week. I’m not done with you . . .

Ruh-roh. And Dan quotes Griffin’s latest expedition into Trig Trutherism:

Sarah Palin has used this heartrending diminutive prop with such careless abandon, that even people who once supported her are embarrassed at her apparent disregard for the well being of this baby.
Leaving behind all of the questions about Trig’s parentage, the question we must now ask ourselves is how well is he currently being cared for?
I believe that many people have very powerful concerns for this child.We see him trotted out when Sarah wants to make a political point, or create the warm motherly image for the cameras, but who cares for him while there are no cameras to record the event? (Emphasis added.)

And — who knew? — Jesse’s a huge MoDo fan!

The fact that she wrote about my situation in her column absolutely makes my day.

Stay tuned to RIEHL WORLD VIEW. Meanwhile, the VRWC just sent me a new minion to supervise.

UPDATE II: Now linked at Memeorandum.

August 9, 2009

Rule 5 Sunday

by Smitty

Rule 5 Sunday is upon us. We kick it back, set aside the nail-biting anxiety about, well, everything political, and find refreshment in the contemplation of beauty.

  • Three Beers Later brings crucial travel reporting from Bermuda, featuring Laetitia Casta. He also posted a fine YouTube video of a burlesque song that’s quite well done.
  • The WyBlog features Jets Cheerleaders. Should I reveal my quixotic fancy for the Seahawks? Probably not.
  • Captain Elias has some Dollhouse and Battlestar Galactica content that helps the balance of this post. Thanks!
  • The Patriot Room has more kiwi in the buff for your review. We’ve had the safety ad on here at some point in the past, but the commercial is new to us.
  • The Daley Gator has Reese Witherspoon and Michelle Malkin.
  • Pat in Shreveport with some Chuck Norris for ya. That’s the facts.
  • Miss Cellania has a ‘Heh’ graphic on turkeys, or something.
  • Troglopundit brings a Megan Fox fix for flacks. He’s also shameless in his foreign political
    babe
    blogging. Admittedly a niche market, but he plies it well. He’s also a birthday
    fetishist
    , it appears.
  • Now, it wouldn’t be nice to pick on Dustbury for finally catching up with Debbie
    Gibson
    . But let’s just say he puts the ‘medium’ in ‘medium pace’.

OK, I was about to embed the Adam Sandler track ‘At a Medium Pace’. Hadn’t heard it in upwards of ten years. Got halfway through it and realized that, like Sacha Baron Cohen, there is too much ‘yuck’ to wade through to get to the humor.
Alison Krause, on the other hand, qualifies as Rule 5, as well as being something to throw on for your lefty friends whose heads ‘splode at the thought of anything that doesn’t celebrate societal decay.

  • Bob Belvedere celebrates Summer with Elke Sommer.
  • Fishersville Mike suggests Whitney Duncan, who sports a guitar like she knows what to do therewith.
  • That methodical fellow Morgan Freeberg looks like he’s applying alphabetic iteration to the bikini, starting with A and B. This promises to be an important study.
  • Now, Jeffords at the Eye of Polyphemus needs some counseling. I don’t want
    anybody following this link to get the impression that this blog approves of the
    growing scourge of xenophilia. Kids these days. But, if you scroll down, you’ll see a survey of ladies who subscribe to other ideas about which we remain skeptical.
  • Purveyor of classic Rule 5-ery, Paco, contributes Marilyn Maxwell.
  • Nation of Cowards, thankfully, holds the Holder, but does offer a heartwarming brace of damsels wrapped in the flag.
  • The Classic Liberal provides a meditation on blond.
  • Hope you caught Gateway Pundit’s St. Louis roundup, featuring Rule 5 and a small mountain of courage. Kenneth Gladney, you are the man.

So, that’s your Rule 5 Roundup. Send more cheesecake and healthy fun to Smitty.

UPDATE:
Rightofcourse is spot on that I missed the Molly Ringwald post. I blame Dick Cheney.

August 9, 2009

The Breast-Feeding Baby Doll

Trog is creeped out, but Daley Gator merely notes the “controversial” nature of Bebe Gloton:

A Spanish toymaker known as Berjuan has developed a breast-feeding doll that comes with a special halter top its young “mothers” wear as they pretend to breast-feed their “babies.” The halter top has daisies that cover the little girls’ nipples and come undone just as easily as the flaps of a nursing bra would.
The doll — called Bebe Gloton, which translates as “gluttonous baby” — makes sucking noises as it “feeds.”

Yeah, a bit weird. But maybe we should ponder whether make-believe motherhood is really a worse play-time activity for girls than whatever imaginative future is symbolized by those trashy Bratz dolls or, God forbid, pre-teen pole dancers.

August 9, 2009

Hope and Change, Middle East Edition

Just as the apotheosis of Obama means we’re on the verge of economic recovery — no matter what the unemployment rate — it also means that peace is just around the corner:

The status of Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state is a red line that no Palestinian leader is permitted to cross, President Mahmoud Abbas’ ruling Fatah faction declared in the West Bank on Saturday.
According to Israel Radio, the Fatah general conference, which convened in Bethlehem for a three-day gathering, adopted a position paper which also states that the Palestinian national enterprise will not reach fruition until all of Jerusalem, including the outlying villages, come under Palestinian sovereignty.
Fatah, which rules the West Bank but was ousted from power in Gaza by the Islamist Hamas movement, also ruled out any interim agreements with Israel.
“Fatah will continue to sacrifice victims until Jerusalem will be returned [to the Palestinians], clean of settlements and settlers,” the paper states.

Via Memeorandum. At Jihad Watch, Robert Spencer says:

If Obama can force Israel to make enough concessions, they will surely end their jihad against the Jewish State — won’t they? All the learned analysts are just sure of it, so it must be so.

Right. One of the most stubborn follies of the past four decades — and I’m old enough to have watched the 1967 Six-Day War on the 6 o’clock news — is the bien-pensant notion that the essential problem in the Middle East is Israel.

There was a time when nearly all Democrats were staunchly pro-Israel, when even most liberals understood that Arab hatred of Israel was incited by the Soviets as part of a proxy campaign of Third World “wars of national liberation” against the West, and when most people could grasp the significance of the fact that Israel was attacked by enemies armed with MIGs and Kalishnikov assault rifles.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, however, people in the West seem to have forgotten that history. Now, the American foreign-policy establishment is dominated by alumni of elite “Middle East Studies” programs infested with the likes of Rashid Khalidi and Hamid Dabashi, the Columbia University heirs of Edward Said.

Therefore, “respectable” opinion about the Middle East now endorses the Fatah/Hamas/Hezbollah agenda, which can be summarized in two words: Kill Jews.

The successors of Yasser Arafat have their own American academic echo chamber, so that anyone who opposes their genocidal agenda is automatically accused by “learned analysts” of being an AIPAC stooge. And the Democratic Party is now controlled by what we might reasonably describe as the Sirhan Sirhan Caucus.

August 9, 2009

Follow-on Mound-o’-links Just Roars Ahead

by Smitty

Thanks to everyone for the indulgence on the FMJRA pause last Saturday. Now we can catch up on the previous week’s anchor tag festivities. Griffaquiddick really dominates the links, as it did the week. If it wasn’t so pathetically stupid, one could wish for similar stories at higher frequency.

…from the POMPETUS of love

  • Right of course had excellent thoughts on the BHO Joker controversy.

Blogger Advice

  • Lonely Conservative liked the advice given to trollish commenters. OK, I had approved the post. My line is drawn in a different location than RSM’s.

Snitches Be We

  • Grandpa John tosses a rack of bloggers under the bus using a horseshoe throw thought forgotten lost with the Coolidge administration. Reach-around, indeed.

Vice President Biden

  • Troglopundit thinks that this is a deterrent against asking timeline questions about BHO. This democracy is an experiment, no? I’m ready to try the Jester, instead of the Joker.
  • The Nashville Post liked the birther summary.

IG-Gate

  • Pat in Shreveport posts a review of the Walpin case, and also laments that there isn’t any media, or Congressional for that matter, interest in IG-Gate.
  • Instapundit notices the connection between Dodd and IG-Gate. And it’s not that both are, sadly, cancer-riddled.
  • The Camp of the Saints continues to be the definitive index to the scandal.

Libertarians as GOP bitches

  • Knappster takes Stacy to task for his analysis of the meaning of a six-ballot Barr nomination in 2008. I’ll let better looking people than me critique the analysis. My preferred argument is the straight, simple, classical federalist one. You realize that we have 50 different opportunities to be as libertarian, socialist or moderate as we want to, once the Federal vampire is de-fanged. There really isn’t a need to argue any viewpoint to conclusion at the Federal level: just make sure that the stake stays stuck in the vampire’s heart. OK, Stacy has responded.

Miscellaneous Shouts

  • Mark Thompson of the Ordinary Gentlemen considered the seatbelt law question, linking humans aren’t numbers post. Good post, but could be expanded into a general consideration of the Progressive agenda, in my opinion.
  • Caffeinated Thoughts makes a crucial point:
    To those of us who blog there’s a lesson here whether we are conservative, liberal or someplace in between… we can’t just write whatever we want and make up stuff and not expect to reap consequences. It is easy to hide behind anonymity and throw rocks.

    I’ll pile on and add that it’s not too hard to make a stand in favor of a position in a positive way. Give reasonable space to legitimate counter-arguments. Then attack the opposition with dispassionate questions.

  • Paul at the Home Security Blog rounds up blogadvice, giving appropriate position to Stacy.
  • Jesse Hathaway puts up an excellent post concerning the New Black Panther case dismissal. He linked us, as if daring me to include him in the roundup. I take that dare.
  • Adrienne’s Catholic Corner honors Mrs. The Other McCain (who is a wonderful lady, I can say, having met her) after a refreshing photo tour of her garden. If you need a flower break, go to the arboretum, or this post.
  • The Reaganite Republican Resistance liked and linked the Cash for Clunkers post.
  • Bob Belvedere like Brooks bashing, but is lukewarmer(?) than my lukewarm willingness to consider Mitt Romney. And then there is the DK/Rush connection. May need to get together with this guy for a beverage.

The Main Event: Griffaquiddick

  • The fabulous Pamela at Atlas Shrugs picked up on us.
  • Doug at Sondra K wonders aloud how lame you have to be…
  • The Rhetorican picked it up.
  • Al-Wa7a had a lengthy roundup, but little evidence of their origin.
  • Another Black Conservative followed the story, providing an Epic Fail summary, and opined:
    I find it very odd that his supporters seem unbothered by his comments. If you go to the Immoral Minority and read through the comments, no one seems alarmed or creped out by any of his statements. So myopic are they with their Palin hatred, that they readily accept all these disturbing things. It says a lot about the state of politics on the far left.

  • Jimmie invokes the classic adage about discovering you’re in a hole, and halting the digging.

This blog will now seek to squelch the rumor that Griffin once fronted the punk outfit The U-Men, and was merely carrying out the mission in their nihilist classic “Dig it a Hole”:

In any case, it makes an appropriate theme song for Griffaquiddick.

  • Caffinated Thoughts links to Megyn Kelly discussing Griffaquiddick on O’Reilly. I know, MK is pure Rule 5 by definition, but we’re focusing on the legal content here.
  • The Rude News tried to help Griffin, after a fashion:
    Naming the post “Kicking Some Teeth In” in no way endorses violence against losers, wussies, cowards or even decent human beings. It’s just my way of offering Griffin another shelter should he no longer be able to hide behind school children.

    I confess to missing the logic behind this, and request clarification.

  • Chad at the KURU Lounge was unimpressed by the specifics of the problem. The two points he seems to miss are the children at risk to a creepy character, and the fact that this is a shot o’er the bow to all of the clowns who helped drive Sarah out of office in the first place. If you take away those two factors, Chad, sure, the thing becomes a local matter that the POTUS might term ‘stupid’.
  • Pumas for Palin suggests Sarah stay silent about the divorce rumor. Good analysis, which she appears to be following. And with the dynamic duo of Riehl and McCain demonstrating the difference between a legitimate journalistic inquiry and a Joe-the-Plumber-esque character assassination, what more need be done?
  • Liberalsmash included Griffaquiddick in a roundup.
  • BelchSpeak emitted a cloud. Which recalls a sausage pizza and a can of ginger ale and a story that, in the name of decency, I shan’t continue.
  • Political By Line, the bearer of the big guns, thinks that boy bit off waaay more than he can chew.
  • Cassandra weighed in, generating an absurd rumor of her own.
  • The Rhetorican noted that Griffaquiddick has provided a new Griffin gate, or sorts.
  • Irons in the Fire took notice.
  • We had the honor of making Melissa Clouthier’s podcast.
  • The Ruby Slippers Blog clicked its heels.
  • Moe Lane noted that the renegade hockey mom quote is apparently real.
  • The Daley Gator quoted us.
  • Thomas Lamb notes Griffin’s affinity for ‘bitchy‘.
  • Fullosseous Flap had a roundup, including a Facebook screencap.
  • Jimmie mocks the magic of multiple sources.
  • Carolyn Tackett: “Excuse me if my heart doesn’t break for poor little Jesse“.
  • Rhetorican focused on some legal aspects.
  • Rightofcourse linked the divorce quote in a roundup.
  • Libertarian Republican complements Stacy.
  • Backyard Conservative picked up on the multiple sources angle.
  • Eric Florack over at Pajamas Media: liberal bloggers crash and burn.
  • Joe at NOVA Town Hall: “Sarah Kicks Liberal Ass Just By Walking The Earth”.
  • The Confluence noted the tabliod blogging.
  • Blatherings echoed the now-famous quote from the renegade hockey mom.
  • Wake Up America was tracking the story.
  • The Faithful Progressive linked us.
  • Paco linked us faithfully.
  • Kim Priestap linked us, too.
  • Wizbang digs us.
  • The Ruby Slippers Blog likes them some debunkin’.
  • Jimmie makes the depressing observation that a divorce would have been a Christmas present in lefty land.
  • Tigerhawk links us. And we should link TH more.
  • Texas 4 Palin links, and throws in some Monty Python for good justice.

That more or less catches us up. Send your cheers and jeers to Smitty. Pray for peace, keep the powder dry, and hit the tip jar.

August 9, 2009

Rick Moran: if you were trying to sound a blowhard, you succeeded

by Smitty

Rick Moran, reacting to Sarah Palin’s Facebook statement:

I wholeheartedly agree that this statement by Sarah Palin on her Facebook page is unconscionable, outrageous, and either a deliberate lie, or proof that she really is an airhead

Your attention is drawn to the excellent William Jacobson, (emphasis mind)

These critics, however, didn’t take the time to find out to what Palin was referring when she used the term “level of productivity in society” as being the basis for determining access to medical care. If the critics, who hold themselves in the highest of intellectual esteem, had bothered to do something other than react, they would have realized that the approach to health care to which Palin was referring was none other than that espoused by key Obama health care adviser Dr. Ezekial Emanuel (brother of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel).

The article in which Dr. Emanuel puts forth his approach is “Principles for Allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions,” published on January 31, 2009. A full copy is embedded below. Read it, particularly the section beginning at page 6 of the embed (page 428 in the original) at which Dr. Emanuel sets forth the principles of “The Complete Lives System.”

One of the things that bothers me about Rick Moran’s blog is the title “Right Wing Nuthouse”. What a misnomer. He seems to have overdosed on the Progressive, centrist kool-aid so long ago, that perhaps “Right Wing Morgue” would be a more accurate title.

It remains to be seen, but it may just be possible that Sarah Palin has as good an platform as anyone. I can, and do, see the wisdom in playing a cautious hand. Some of the Palin blogs, for example, seem as blatantly worshipful as the crappiest Obama pap.

Nevertheless, a strongly Federalist platform is exactly what’s needed. Should she deliver such, with the kind of thoughtful analysis shown here, which you seem intent on deeming dishonest, then we’ll just mentally group you with the Brooks/Noonan Axis of Useless.

Update:
Ann Althouse comes out in defense of Palin. So that’s two lawyers not agreeing with Moran’s take. My guess is that Mrs. Palin probably has anything public screened to make sure that she’s not giving the opposition substantial ammunition.

August 8, 2009

Tom Knapp is a friend . . .

. . . and therefore I will accept his criticism as sincere, even if I think his analysis of the 2008 Libertarian Party campaign is flawed:

And what, pray tell, did we get out of the [Bob] Barr nomination? . . . [T]he fourth-best results (as a percentage of the vote total) of the Libertarian Party’s ten presidential outings. Our reward for taking a flier and running a conservative instead of a libertarian was middle-of-the-pack performance at the polls and incalculable damage to our reputation as a party with principles we weren’t willing to sell for a mess of . . . well, let’s just note that it was a mess and leave it at that.

One might attack Tom’s argument from several directions, but I think the most important point is one which Tom ignores altogether. One of the reasons that the Barr campaign got so much national media attention in Spring 2008 was the widespread belief that, given the strength of the Ron Paul GOP campaign — especially in terms of online fundraising — and furthermore considering an established personal friendship between Barr and Paul, if the LP nominated Barr, he would bring much of Paul’s financial and grassroots support with him.

While this envisioned scenario did not actually develop after the “Dogfight in Denver” (in which Barr fought for six ballots to gain the LP nomination) this does not mean the original hope of Team Barr was misguided.

There has been a good deal of behind-the-scenes finger-pointing among Libertarians as to what went wrong after the LP convention in May, but a falling-out between Paul and Barr (which seems to have happened in June) could not have been anticipated when Team Barr organized its nomination campaign.

Tom and I met as part of the vanload of “smelly libertarians” who made the road trip to the Denver LP convention. Tom represents a sizeable faction in the Libertarian Party who hate and despise anything “conservative” or Republican. And, of course, there are any number of Republican conservatives who use “libertarian” as an epithet.

This is unfortunate, especially since most Republicans I know are, to some degree, libertarians (with a small “l”). And most Libertarians I know have been involved in primary campaigns for libertarian-leaning Republicans like Ron Paul.

Eric Dondero attempts to bridge this chasm by styling himself a Libertarian Republican. My friend Stephen Gordon has been an operative in both the GOP and LP. Personally, I have attempted to describe “Libertarian Populism” as a potential locus for opposition to both Democratic Party progressive statism and the Progressive Lite go-along-to-get-along approach of GOP “moderates,” by offering freedom as the basic answer to populist grievances.

What is at stake in all this is something much more important than divergent estimates of individual candidates or disagreements about campaign strategy. What is at stake is nothing less than liberty itself.

If our nation’s future is to be entrusted to Nancy Pelosi and her ilk, then the disagreements between Tom Knapp and myself are moot, no more relevant to contemporary politics than an historical discussion of how the Whigs self-destructed after 1844.

In the present crisis, friends of liberty must prioritize their efforts and focus on practical activism to stop ObamaCare, Waxman-Markey and EFCA — the Big Three legislative initiatives being pushed through Congress with every resource that can be mustered by the special interests who control the Democratic Party.

The passage of any one of these Big Three initiatives would inflict a damaging blow, perhaps even a fatal wound, to the cause of American liberty. I assume that Tom Knapp fully supports the “angry mob” effort to prevent passage of those initiatives, and therefore do not wish to waste time debating the past.

Let us act now to secure the future of freedom, Tom. We’ll leave the historical debates for some occasion when we can sit down together with cold beverages and each tell the other to his face how completely full of crap he is.

August 8, 2009

3d Loser Award: Lawrence O’Donnell

by Smitty (h/t Hot Air)

This blog hasn’t given out a 3-D Loser Award in a while.Then again, Lawrence O’Donnells don’t just grow on trees–the whole forest would die.

Possibly, the Argument Clinic is the only boondoggle that didn’t make the Longevity Abatement Legislation. Yet.

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