Archive for May 23rd, 2009

May 23, 2009

Against the Politics of Niceness

At the library Friday, I picked up Naftali Bendavid’s book, The Thumpin’: How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution.

It’s an excellent insider account of the 2006 congressional campaign, with DCCC chairman Rahm F—ing Emanuel as the protagonist. This outburst, from a May 2005 meeting between Emanuel, DSCC chairman Chuck Schumer and DNC chairman Howard Dean, is typical:

“You’re nowhere, Howard. Your field plan is not a field plan. That’s f—ing bulls—. . . . Look, Chuck comes from Brooklyn. I come from Chicago. It’s not Burlington, Vermont. . . . I know your field plan — it doesn’t exist. I’ve gone around the country with these races. I’ve seen your plan. There’s no plan, Howard.”

The old adage that nice guys finish last is quite true in politics. Some people have a 10th-grade civics class concept of “democracy” as something pure and noble, but if you’ve spent much time close to the process, you understand that “democracy” is a brutal, ugly business. It is not for fainthearts and starry-eyed dreamers.

So when Rod Dreher gets sniffy about Mark Levin or people act horrified by an implied slur in an RNC video, I just want to pound those weenies on the head and scream: “Wake the f— up, you clueless dingbats! The Democrats are eating Republican babies for breakfast, bankrupting our grandchildren, and giving major industrial corporations as gift-wrapped presents to their labor goon buddies! If you want to award gold stars for ‘plays well with others,’ go be a kindergarten teacher and leave politics the hell alone!”

Maybe when the grown-ups are through beating the Democrats, then we’ll have time to mind our manners like we were eating watercress-and-endive finger sandwiches at the Ladies Cotillion Society luncheon.

This is fight time, and the neurasthenic wussie-boys need to shut the f— up with their ceaseless whining. Meanwhile, anyone who’s interested in actually fighting the Democrats needs to read this book. We’ve got to find a way to reverse-engineer Emanuel’s take-no-prisoners approach to politics.

UPDATE: Stogie calls our attention to his post about Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, a book I read more than 10 years ago. It’s very insightful in terms of basic principles of political organizing.

I think Stogie would enjoy The Thumpin’ , because it gives excellent detailed accounts of various aspects of practical politics. One of the things I hate about intellectual-type pundits is their habit of “trendmongering,” where they’re always offering a “Big Picture” idea of where the country is going. But if you know anything about actual politics, you know that it doesn’t work that way.

Every “trend” is a function of mulitple distinct events. The objective of the political activist is to make those events happen or, as the case may be, to capitalize on events that happen beyond his control.

The defeatist attitude of Republicans toward MSM bias is an example of how people surrender the initiative because they see a “trend” — something beyond their control — rather than looking for ways they can make something happen to change the trend.

Another example is how Republicans allow themselves to believe that certain groups — minorities, women, gays, academics — are effectively off-limits to them as potential voters. Look, if only 4% of black voters are Republican, that’s still hundreds of thousands of voters. If you could identify those voters, organize and train them as activists, and support them in an effective outreach program, there’s no telling what you might achieve. But you’re never going to accomplish anything if you accept the “trend” and surrender the initiative.

A defeatist mentality guarantees defeat, because that mentality always counsels doing nothing and accepting the status quo. If the enemy is winning, and you do nothing, the enemy will continue to win. But even if you’re winning, if you content yourself with a do-nothing approach of defending the status quo, the enemy will sooner or later seize the initiative — as Rahm Emanuel did in 2006 — and then you’ll be forced to fight with an army grown weak and lazy by years of do-nothingism.

BTW, I also recommend Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms by veteran Republican campaign operative Ed Rollins. It gives you lots of detailed stories about individual campaigns, including the 1994 Senate campaign of Michael Huffington, where Rollins’ efforts were effectively sabotaged by Huffington’s idiot wife, Arianna. She’s typical of a certain type of dilettante who turns to politics as a fasiohable hobby, but can’t be taught anything because she is too arrogant to think she has anything to learn.

May 23, 2009

Isn’t she extraordinarily clever?

Carol at No Sheeples Here, I mean:

In college, I minored in art with an emphasis on commercial design. Carol’s site has such a distinctive look, and she tries to use artwork in every post. I appreciate that in a blog.

May 23, 2009

But ‘Pussy’ is only implied!

The RNC released this video about Nancy Pelosi’s attacks on the CIA, using a James Bond theme and finishing with the tagline, “Lack of Leadership. Democrats Galore.” This is a play on the name Pussy Galore, the evil woman in the 1964 Bond flick, Goldfinger. As Darleen Click at Protein Wisdom says, “all kerfuffle breaks loose.”

Try to read Taylor Marsh’s hissie fit (this term is a derivative of hysteria, whose Greek roots remind us that the patriarchy has been oppressing womyn for 3,000 years) and never forget the accusation: It’s Republicans who don’t have a sense of humor.

Too bad this happened too late for National Offend A Feminist Week. But thanks to the RNC for keeping alive the festive holiday spirit.

(Hat tip: Memeorandum.)

UPDATE: Excuse me, but Allah is just wrong:

I’d love to know who among the Republican brain trust thought this was a good idea. Even if their motives were pure, after seeing what happened to Limbaugh’s “I hope he fails” comment, they simply have to be more attuned to how their message will be received and whether they’re giving their opponents easy opportunities to distort it.

No, this is brilliant. Get your enemy to promote your message, and do it in such a way that everybody who clicks will sit through the whole video in hopes of seeing — “Pussy!” — what the Left tells them they’re going to see.

The joke is on the critics, of course, since the same term is a common substitute for “wimp,” and “Democrats Galore” rather cuts to the heart of what the GOP is really trying to say about Democrats’ approach to national security, eh?

Lighten up, man. Jimmie Bise has more on Pelosi-palooza, and Donald Douglas shows the vastness of Pelosia’s gaping idiocy.

(P.S.: Note that when feminists are promoting The Vagina Monologues, it’s “empowering” to shout this from the rooftops. Only when Republicans try it does the Left suddenly become as prudish as a Victorian schoolmarm.)

Update II: by Smitty
Joe Gandelman at The Moderate Voice delivers unintended comedy:

But it’s indicative of the continued lowering of the bar of American political discourse: even by the increasingly sleazy standard of political ads utilized by both sides, this ad is a particularly smelly one.

I’m not sure what clip you watched, Joe, but the one I saw was roughly as sleazy as, say, a Police Squad episode. Recommend good diet and excercise, Mr. Gandelman.

May 23, 2009

Scrappleface brings the perspective

by Smitty
Scott Ott, in his inimitable style, puts the Mancow waterboarding in perspective with a full 9/11 allusion:

Like the waterboarding experiment, the simulated 9/11 attack will occur under controlled circumstances, with firefighters and paramedics standing by to rescue him once he makes the choice of death by inferno or death by sidewalk impact.
“I just want to find out if being trapped in a burning skyscraper is as bad as that horrible waterboarding was,” said Mancow. “It’s hard to imagine anything worse than waterboarding. I’m pretty confident that I can withstand the searing heat of jet fuel combustion as I cling to a window frame 900 feet above the street.”

Read the whole thing.

May 23, 2009

Will Texas Fight?

(BUMPED AND UPDATED) This question occurred to me as I was writing about the “fight for the soul of the GOP” in Florida:

Which brings us back to Texas, home state of Republican Sen. John Cornyn. Remember the fight over the stimulus bill? Remember the key vote where Cornyn had a “prior committment” with wealthy donors in New York City? That caused Mike Wellman to remark: “I am from Texas. I was already angry at Cornyn’s vote on the Treasury Secretary. I will not vote for him again.”
Now as NRSC chairman, Cornyn supports Charlie Crist in Florida, putting the knife in Marco Rubio’s back. This prompts the question: “Are Texans OK with this?”
Does Texas GOP chairwoman Tina Benkiser (512-477-9821 ) approve? What about Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry (512-478-3276)? Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (214-361-3500)? Texas RNC members Bill Crocker (512-478-5611) and Cathie Adams (972-523-8551)?
One would think that Texas Republicans might want to ascertain, with all the charm and courtesy for which Texans are famous, whether the Lone Star state’s GOP officials support Cornyn’s decision to have the NRSC decide the Florida Senate primary in favor of Charlie Crist.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE: Two Florida newspapers, the Tallahassee Democrat and the Fort Myers News-Press, weigh in with editorials criticizing the NRSC’s intervention. Pat Austin writes:

The danger of the NRSC endorsement is that it removes the Florida voters from their own primary. . . . Let Floridians pick their own candidate.

And Florida law student Tommy Jardon has started a pro-Rubio blog called Run Marco Run.

May 23, 2009

Dr. Sanity: How do you feel about the POTUS?

by Smitty

It’s simply not clear, amidst all the spin and ambiguity:

  Understand that I listen to people for a living. I hear various degrees of honesty, sincerity, and real emotional pain being expressed on a regular basis. I also hear some of the most self-serving, dishonest and completely irresponsible utterings that it is possible to imagine. Yet, in my professional career, I have to freely admit that I have heard nothing like the deceitful and self-aggrandizing utterings of Barack Obama, which seem to get more and more pathological with every speech he gives. His most recent scam, in the National Archives in front of a fake copy of the U.S. Constitution just about takes the cake. This is not irony, so much as it is the grandiosity of tyranny.
  Bill Clinton–who I actually liked for the most part; even his amusing narcissism, which seems so childishly innocent in retrospect–was completely harmless compared to the sociopathic statist that is our current POTUS.

May 23, 2009

Finally, My Joy Returns. Ahhhh!

by Smitty

This week’s Full Metal Jacket Reach-Around is once again brought to you by Technorati, which seems to have recovered some of its mojo. No, I did not unleash some sort of virus to cover my flaking off the last couple of weeks. The cover was convenient, however. Back on task, the Porch Manqué brings the linky-love.

  • We’ll start off at the Sundries Shack. He linked us on the Maureen Dowd cut-and-paste triumph. Hey, I just realized: Maureen Dowd and Arianna Huffington are distinct people. You may all envy the quality of my liberal nitwit filter. He didn’t hesitate to join the Not One Red Cent movement.
  • No Runny Eggs printed the full memo to Senator Cornyn: No Endorsy Jackass.
  • Right of Course linked a Green Room post on the Obama conquest of Notre Dame. In a follow-up, RoC breaks out the “C” word

    I just wanted to add one more point about the whole forced diversity idea. One more consequence of this type of policy is a sort of defacto communism.

    . Finally, RoC linked the Cheney Tortures Pelosi post.

  • Perennial favorite Donald Douglas brings the linkage. The Larry Summers reference in Diversity Through Homogenization caught his eye.
  • Dad29 endorsed Rubio of Florida, allowing that “Not One Red Cent” is more polite than he’d have been. He hat tipped the Weaver post, likening bad political strategists to Taking Medical Advice From Musicians. Now, Brian May is a Dr., and Queen certainly rocks that progressive utopianism. So what’s not to like?
  • Obi’s Sister got on the Not One Red Cent Bandwagon. We also made another roundup of hers, which has the nearly sacrilegious line Marco Rubio is the Anti-Crist. But we like it edgy like that.
  • Another blog-buddy, Carol got into the 8 random facts meme. She had a rather sports-centric entry, I thought. And she has a formidable FMJRA post of her own.
  • This blog made a Paco roundup. He also appears to have approved of my entry in his Michael Moor caption contest, though I think I missed a verb in there.
  • Dustbury linked us explicitly to shame us for not having added him to the blog roll. As his post was on the topic of attractive ladies, the Clever S.Logan seemed good company.
  • Jules Crittenden linked in the Cheney Tortures Pelosi post amidst a sizable roundup on the topic.
  • William Teach had a fine Instapundi-ism: “They said if George Bush Barack Obama was elected president, sex ed would be taught at the kindergarten level. And they were right!”, and he linked the Girl Scouts post. Hope, change, and rainbow-defecating unicorns for all my friends!
  • Pamela Geller was right there for the Not One Red Cent moment. I, for one, would pay to see that lady on The View. I’d even TiVo the twisted piles of human wreckage Gellar would leave in her wake.
  • This blog got linked by DavidL in celebration of Stacy’s gas guzzler. Eric Florack at the same blog asked to get on the
    Not One Red Cent list. One of the nice aspects of this is that, contrary to Connecticut, Rubio is not about substituting a rich goon for a Senator.
  • Moe Lane heaped abuse on Stacy’s taste in beer:

    Corona is the beer-flavored beverage of choice for your giggly coworker who hasn’t gotten over the fact yet that the bartender always makes a big deal out of putting a lime wedge in her bottle.

Thanks to the power of YouTube, we can link in the (NSFW, language) Monty Python take on American Beer, which probably applies North or South of the Rio Grande:

  • Oraculations is on the Not One Red Cent bandwagon.
  • Pat in Shreveport also celebrated the viral nature of Not One Red Cent.
  • Sparty at Political Bear seems to have a problem with the new fuel-efficiency standards. Something about ‘we are losing our freedoms’. I don’t remember what they were.
  • We made back to back installments on Canada’s Steynian blog.
  • The Blogstitution links the Green Room/Diversity Through Homogenization pieces. These cultural observations are dead on, but they are built upon a foundation of historical ignorance and disregard for the Constitution. The net effect is that we are headed for feudalism. The brilliance of the collectivist movement is that they have tricked the voters into asking for it, vampire style.
  • Kathy Shaidle appreciated the amazing professional value of a bad reputation. Which begs for a Joan Jett break:

  • The Political Castaway floats the idea of an Obama-Hannan debate:

    I would pay good money to watch Hannen take Obama in a debate. Eloquence vs. Uh….; Extempranous vs. Telepromter.

    I’m sure the sycophants would think it ‘unfair’.

  • The Political Bear noted Stacy’s disinterest in fuel efficiency, and even trotted out the F word. *gasp*.
  • Allahpundit did link Stacy on the Newsweek downgrade, even if Stacy hasn’t made top billing on HotAir yet. So at least that’s something.
  • Mr. Kat over at Jumping in Pools noted that Stacy had linked Robert Smith Jr. (no relation) while Stacy was wondering aloud if the general Democratic case of cranial-rectalitis might be starting to abate, at least in Michigan. It’s just too early to tell.
  • Gabriel Malor is less negative on the Newsweek strategy shift. But at least he quoted this blog.
  • The Patriot Room also picked up the When Democrats Start to Doubt in a roundup.
  • Monique appears to have been close to the epicenter of the blog pox.
  • We get some lefty love from Up Yer Noz:

    i just can’t get over how quickly and completely the GOP has fallen. and i can’t get over how what’s left of the party base simply doesn’t tolerate any effort to make them electable again.

    What’s fascinating about the Left is their non-grasp of the fundamental Constitutional issues at stake.

  • The Poliblogger also takes Stacy to task

    And there’s more along these lines, all in post entitled “RINO-ism and the Demographics of Defeat.”
    There are two rather major problems with his “analysis.”

    • First, the party isn’t losing its base, it is losing everything else.
    • Second, the Rove strategy, especially in 2004, was a base mobilization strategy, not a treat the base like doormats strategy. Indeed, the Bush/Rove years were not exactly exemplified by the GOP going out and forming a party based on what McCain would call RINOs–indeed, it was just the opposite.

  • Stop the ACLU picked up on “Future Femi-Nazis of America!”
  • Veloicworld linked a Rubio post, and included a Dennis Hopper clip from Blue Velvet, I think, that is more than a little disturbing.
  • Generation Patriot links the Ah, The Joys Of Guilt By Association post. And is this not true for all conservative bloggers?
  • Lance honors the neo-Confederate white supremacist xenophobic bigoted nativist hatemonger, but his WordPress site is either not properly registered on Technorati, or there is some wardrobe malfunction occurring between the two sites. Technorati may be the more likely culprit. So we’re not always getting the links through the Army of Clonebots. Of course, they could be at fault, too, but admitting this would involve something like objectivity. And the Porch Manqué got his from Andrew Sullivan, so you’re all beat there. Cutting to the chase, if I’ve omitted you, it’s not a sin of commission. Please deliver an SMTP flogging to smitty to amend any oversights.

For example, I’d like to hear more from:

And do hit the tip jar, so that I can get some better table scraps. And have a blessed Memorial Day weekend.

Pundit and Pundette are helping with the technical difficulties. Technorati thinks they are chopped liver, apparently. But chopped liver doesn’t care much for the decay of schools and organizations like Girls Scouts.
They also proudly linked the Mark Rubio clip, never forgetting the Greatness of America. We still have another 42 months to go?

May 23, 2009

A little help for Insty

by Smitty

  The Instapundit is an educated, high-frequency blogger. So when he’s piling on the Wicked Witch of the West, as one does,

you can overlook Insty saying “Until they felt the fierce moral urgency of change!” and completely missing the military-style acronym joke:

    Until they felt the moral, Fierce Urgency of Change Katharsis.

  Insty has done well for himself, but this blog will continue to see it as a duty to help out where necessary.

May 23, 2009

New frontiers in political correctness

As Dave Barry says, I’m not making this up:

Mayor quits job for gay
illegal immigrant he loves
. . . Only two weeks after being elected to serve his fourth term, Mayor J.W. Lown of San Angelo submitted his resignation letter Tuesday from an undisclosed location in Mexico. . . .
What made it stunning wasn’t the status of Lown’s office, which pays $600 a year, but the status of his lover.
Lown fell for an illegal Mexican immigrant.
A man.
Lown told the San Angelo Standard-Times he had fallen for the man in March, after he had already filed for re-election. The man came to the U.S. five years ago to study at Angelo State University.
It was unclear whether he had a student visa, but if he did it apparently had expired.

Go read the whole thing, if only to prove to yourself this isn’t from Iowahawk. A couple of thoughts:

  1. To quote our hero Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, “Only two things come from Texas,” and Mayor Lown is definitely not a steer.
  2. If this doesn’t get Mayor Lown a Profile in Courage award and a “genius” grant from the McArthur Foundation, it will at least get him a six-figure book deal, appearances on “The View” and “Oprah,” and either a HBO movie deal or a reality series on VH-1.

Via Memeorandum.

UPDATE: Linked by Moe Lane at Red State and Jimmie Bise at Sundries Shack, both of whom are trying to beat the low-traffic Memorial Day weekend blues.