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June 27, 2009

More Crazy Cousin Misadventures!

Naming this blog “The Other McCain” was intended as clarification: I’ve never sponsored an amnesty bill, voted for a bailout, or ran a campaign so disastrously wrongheaded as to result in the election of Barack Obama. And then there’s Crazy Cousin John’s Twitter-happy idiot daughter:

I love people that tell me “I’m doing damage to the GOP”, yeah cause Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, Sen. Ensign, Gov Sanford and the entire Bush administration have nothing to do with the GOP’s problems, no…it’s my 5″1 ass in a pushup bra thats the real problem with the GOP…

Your writing ability is nearly as bad as your judgment, Cuz.

Want to discuss the history of the Republican Party, Megan? Let’s go back to 1997, when your father decided to position himself to run as a centrist for the 2000 presidential campaign.

Maverick moved rightward in 1994-96 (his ACU rating averaging 94 those three years) as he evidently believed that might make him more appealing as a GOP vice-presidential contender. Alas, the Republican Party apparently felt that by nominating the worthless sellout Bob Dole, they had filled their necessary quota of crabby old war heroes.

Like David Brooks, however, McCain seems to have taken away from the Dole’s doomed ’96 campaign was that being a worthless sellout was the ticket to success in the GOP. Thus, Maverick’s ACU rating fell to an average 76.5 for 1997-2000.

It was the transparently unprincipled “centrism” of McCain that made it so easy for Karl Rove to position George W. Bush as the Real Conservative in the 2000 GOP primaries. And McCain’s petulant response to the predictable failure of his own idiotic strategy should have permanently ended his presidential aspirations.

After his campaign went virtually bankrupt in mid-2007, it seemed the Maverick had squandered his last opportunity. His campaign was revived, however, with the assistance of MSM liberals who knew John McCain far better than some of his own clueless supporters knew him. Trust me, Meghan, your father’s habit of “privately” disparaging grassroots GOP voters is no secret in the press corps.

Republican “leaders” whose only principle is their contempt for Republican voters? Yeah, we know the type. We also now why that type of Republican is so beloved by Eleanor Clift, James Fallows, Tina Brown, Graydon Carter and Pinch Sulzberger.

Let’s take a close look at those folks you name-checked, shall we, Cuz? When Donald Rumsfeld was nominated as Secretary of Defense, he enjoyed your father’s enthusiastic (public) support and, if your father ever questioned the rationale of the Iraq invasion, I don’t remember him ever mentioning his doubts in 2002-03. Say what you will about Karl Rove, Meghan, but your liberal friends spend several months last year accusing your father of “Rovian” tactics. Maybe your liberal friends are wrong, but . . . well, when did you ever criticize a liberal?

Ensign and Sanford? Let’s not go there, sugar.

You and Chris Buckley enjoy yourselves the next time Tina Brown throws a party for The Republicans Who Really Matter. Ask the bartender to fix you a special drink called the STFU Cocktail.

You need it. Bad. And be sure to buy one for Gail Gitcho, who worked for your father’s campaign and, sources say, spent Election Night 2008 partying as if she hadn’t a care in the world. The professional architects of defeat get paid to produce these disasters.
June 27, 2009

Feeling Mugged Just Right About Now

by Smitty

Either HR2454 or the heavy food from the bar last night has the tummy a bit out of sorts at the moment. Yet the Full Metal Jacket Reach Around must go on. Pardon the slight tardiness: unlike Congress, I’m willing to admit that dropping ~300 pages at 0300 on top of another ~900 pages is a recipe for disaster. Madame Speaker: if James Madison, or any of the other founding fathers were alive to witness your depredations, I daresay they’d be calling you everything but an American citizen, or worse.
On to the FMJRA therapy.

Economic Wrecking Ball:

  • Actually, Carolyn Tacket used the phrase ‘economy wrecking bill’ to introduce her Friday night roundup. I guess Congress has to destroy and economy to save it, for certain values of “save” where the letter “l” creeps into the second position.
  • Mike at the Conservative Political Report included us in his roundup. He notes that Representative Boehner was to have read the entire bill on the House floor. Oh, really?
  • Our Ohio U. correspondent Jesse finds some humor in this: “Cap’n Trade isn’t the name of a crappy seafood restaurant, it’s a House bill that’s going to the Senate. Elections have consequences, folks.”
  • Paleo Pat at Political Byline picked us up, as well: “instead of sitting and writing about crap I know zero about, I will quote people that do know about it.” The fact that you admit knowing zero about it, Pat, puts you on the same level as the pack of clowns that voted in favor of it, albeit in the more honest section.
  • The BlogProf seems rather exercised on the topic. From his title, “…The Total Cost Is Still Unknown To Many Americans. Or That It Is A Proven Failure In Europe!” See, now, this is America. Yes we can re-invent the wheel, and indeed make it rounder. It’s all about good engineering, no? The jobs? Outsourced to Zambiniland, of course.
  • The Pirate’s Cove post includes the famous Los Angeles roadmapwiring diagram (emphasis mine)

    The chart highlights the slew of new government programs Democrats will create in order to take and redistribute trillions of dollars from family budgets and workers payrolls in the form of allowances – all overseen by a confusing web of government agencies.

    See? New government Programs? As long as some jobs are created, it’s OK. That more jobs are destroyed in the creation of those zero-economic benefit government jobs is merely a ploy to ferret out the conservative rubes who are not “on board”.

  • The Rhetorican linked the ‘No Transparency’ post.
  • Pat in Shreveport has a great roundup, and points out that we all owe debt of gratitude to Stacy for pounding the pavement on the story. I sit and crank out this post here at Porch Manqué Central and ponder how hard it would be to divert time from my job to do this kind of watch-dogging. So thank you, Stacy. [Tip Jar moment goes here].
  • Drive Time Happy hour summarizes the legislation: “about as transparent as cotton candy“.
  • Knappster: “Smoot-Hawley redux”
  • Dave at Fish Fear Me: “You’re the Sucker“. It’s a logical consequence of having swallowed a line of nonsense hook, link, sinker, and half the pier.
  • Left Coast Rebel has some good thoughts, as well as the Warren Buffet clip lamenting the plight of the poor people. a) Why support the Democrats at all, and b) note that the FTP spirit of the 111th Congress, which shall live in infamy, is not new: [NSFW]
  • Beyond the HR2454 economic Pearl Harbor strike just conducted by the Wicked Witch of the West, Donald Douglas also linked us on the general lack of confidence in the stimulus package. I’m no’ so sure they lack understanding of the unworkability of these ideas. I grow uneasy that they may in fact have a higher level of understanding of the situation, which they are not quite sharing.
  • Punch line: the bill does not exist in any final form.

I’m renaming it POTUS Inspector General-Gate.:
The PIG-gate spigot rhymes with frigate. Probably too weird, but we’ll see if it catches, as it continues to pump effluent into the news plumbing.

  • Blog buddy Dan Riehl links us both at length and briefly.
  • Lead and Gold is also intrigued by the Acheson question. Also: Man on Fire. Unlike the liars, who merely have smoldering britches.
  • Moe Lane at Red State <a href="http://www.redstate.com/blog/2009/06/26/the-report-that-triggered-the-weiderhold-retirement/
    “>summarized one chunk of the CHT: “Fred Weiderhold quit rather than tell Congress he was under Biden’s thumb.”
  • The Daily Danet (ah, Clark Kent sketch, rhymes with ‘planet’) also linked us briefly. Thanks!
  • Perennial ToM favorite Carol offered a concise summary with a graphic of Senator Grassley (R-IA).
  • In a brazen attempt at a metaphoric coup, Obi’s Sister thinks aloud that PIG-gate is like an Onion. Hmmm. I suppose, with the accounting angle, you could bring in [NSFW] Herbert Kornfeld, from back in the edgier days… You really have to know where to look for that content. They had that character die right around the time the last presidential campaign was revving up. Coincidence?
  • Riehl posted concerning the Rick Moran Blog Talk Radio show about PIG-gate. The remarks about the POTUS’s character and managerial style are interesting speculation.
  • When Instapundit asks: “Is there some kind of pattern here?” he means: even Ray Charles, both dead and blind, can see it! OK, I made that up. Insty may not have meant that exactly.
  • Moe Lane linked us here.
  • Also, a link roundup from the Rhetorican.
  • Jimmie Bise served up some PIG-gate at the Sundries Shack.

  • Robert Belvedere at The Camp of the Saints appears to be maintaining the definitive index of all things PIG-gate at the WWU-AM page at TCOS. Scroll down a bit and look at the middle column below “Unwelcome Distractions”. This is an excellent resource. We thank you, sir.
  • There was also linkage by Michelle Malkin, who has been working this story as hard as Stacy.
  • We further caught the attention of the suave Mr. Paco.
  • Fisherville Mike is also glued to the browser, awaiting updates.

Attack of the two-inch tall governor:
Without delving into a full autobiographical sketch, one thing dad taught me was: “One ‘Oh, s**t’ wipes out 1,000 atta-boys”. Restated, a single failure obliterates a thousand good deeds.

But consider that there are still one or things that can still be with your record, Mr. Sanford:

Even an entire Rose Garden can’t cover the stench of rotten policy:

  • Obi’s Sister delivered a thorough drubbing about the presidential response to Iran.
  • Donald Douglas demonstrates determined diplomatic decolletage. A stunning display of Rule 5 intensity sure to leave the mullah’s staggered.
  • Jules Crittenden: “The Other McCain gushblogs it.”
  • Thanks also to Hyscience for the linkage.
  • Bits of Brain had a thoughtful Domino Theory essay, and linked to the “Once Upon a Time…” post with the Gipper.
  • Little Miss Attila refers to the POTUS as a “One Trick Pony“. Now, would that trick have been campaigning? Why does LMA hate ponies?

Moving on from personal to policy failures:
Just because it got all the rave reviews of a George W. Bush speech doesn’t render BHO’s single payer scamplan harmless.

  • The verbose William Teach: Fail. This looming disaster has been called more dangerous than HR2454.

Don’t let the irritated pit-bull demeanor towards David Letterman distract you:
Cynthia Yockey is really a lovely lady.

  • Chad at KURU lounge does his part:

    One reason that so many conservative political figures are destroyed is that they set standards for themselves and others. Unfortunately it isn’t always possible to live up to the standards you set. Liberals understand this and so they pick and pick until they can find a defect then attack full force. Apologies or pledges to change behavior elicit no mercy and eventually the conservative is forced to remove himself from public life.

  • Chris in New Jersy (not the sad little HR2454 sellout, neither of whom is me) pointed to a tangential benefit of supporting the Fire Letterman campaign:

    The Letterman boycott movement is still some mighty fine Google bait for me. And it really helps that the Big Kahuna himself, Promulgator of The Rules and Sensei of Blog-Fu, Robert Stacy McCain, inducted me into the “Don’t F*** With Us” Coalition.

Special Rule 5 Note:
The winner of last week’s “Find a Date for Conor” Rule 5 Challenge, namely, Deuce at The Skepticrats has weighed in. Tommorow’s roundup will not include Maria Belen Chapur links. I’ll add Jenny Sanford to the exclusion list. Not that we object to gratuitous overkill in the slightest, mind you. However, our cheerful appreciation of beauty as such is about positive admiration, and not to be confused with temptation to stray.

Miscellaneous Shout Outs (Shouts Out?):

Pardon the tardy FMJRA. We’ll post about last night’s DC gathering elsewhere. Please send updates and corrections to Smitty. Please contact your Congresscritter and offer the most polite variation on a primal scream that you can muster. And hit the tip jar.

June 27, 2009

Letter to NRCC Chairman:NOT ONE RED CENT!

As previously announced here, Not One Red Cent will boycott the House Republican campaign committee until the Waxman-Markey Eight are repudiated. I’ve just posted my message to NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions:

It has become increasingly obvious of late that some Republicans have been in Washington too long. None of the eight GOP House members who voted for Waxman-Markey will be re-elected. They will either retire from the House, be defeated in next year’s Republican primaries, or suffer well-deserved defeat on November 2, 2001. Therefore, every penny that the NRCC spends to support the re-election of the Waxman-Markey Eight is wasted money that could be used more effectively to support Republican challengers.
The NRCC must announce a policy of non-support for the Waxman-Markey Eight, or else NRCC fund-raising letters will go directly into the garbage cans of every previous grassroots GOP donor who is tired of seeing his contributions wasted to support nominal “Republicans” that repeatedly betray party principles. . . .

Please read the whole thing, and hit the tip jar to help support the Not One Red Cent blog. Of course, pixels are cheap, but determined persistence ought to be worth something.

UPDATE: Welcome Ed Driscoll readers. For the benefit of the uninitiated, perhaps I should explain the theory of organizational dynamics that informs my attitude toward Republican “leadership.”

I am an ex-Democrat, so I have extensive experience in getting screwed over and backstabbed by clueless losers. And I’ve been a conservative journalist in Washington since 1997 so . . . ditto.

As I’ve said eleventy-zillion times, if you volunteer to be a doormat, don’t complain about the footprints on your back. If you desire to retain your self-respect and dignity, you must retain sufficent independence to be willing to say, “That’s it. No more. I quit. You’ve f***ed me over once too often.”

This is not merely a principle of political life, but is of universal application in human affairs. For example, if you allow your spouse to abuse and betray you without fear of repercussions, you are as responsible for the consequences as the person who abuses and betrays you. My wife has my respect and loyalty, which she reciprocates insofar as I am deserving of her respect and loyalty. Which is to say, she trusts me about as far as she can throw me. Mrs. Other McCain’s beauty is exceeded only by her wisdom.

After Friday night’s Smittypalooza, several of us went out for hamburgers at a tavern near Dupont Circle. Our table was next to a group of three young people, two guys and a girl. Overhearing some remark one of them made — he was from Alabama — I struck up a jocular conversation. This conversation eventually disclosed that the three were “just friends,” and that in fact the Alabamian among them was an intern of the supervision of the lady who (as someone else at our table subsequently remarked) as nearly as amused by my jokes as I was.

Sensing that my intentions might be misinterpreted, I found an opportunity to mention Mrs. Other McCain, to praise her virtues, and to add that we have six children. And if the point needed further emphasis I found an appropriate occasion to repeat one of my favorite sayings: “She’s got a kitchen drawer full of knives, and I’ve got to sleep sometime.”

There is truth in humor, and the same principle applies to any situation where your self-chosen loyalty is involved. I’ve been a University of Alabama Crimson Tide fan since I was a gamete swimming in a desperate effort to become a zygote. I can hardly conceive being anything but a ‘Bama fan. Yet if the folks in Tuscaloosa should ever betray that loyalty, they would find me an implacable foe.

My loyalty to the Democratic Party was similarly hereditary. My parents would have been horrified if, in 1959, they had imagined one of their offspring might eventually vote Republican. Yet the Democrats, knowing this, took shameless advantage of that loyalty. These repeated betrayals were for years excused by me in the same way that a battered wife excuses her husband’s brutality. Hell’s bells, I voted for Mondale!

Then came the day that my Democratic congressman, George “Buddy” Darden, voted for the fateful legislative travesty that I recall as “The Great Gun Grab of 1994.” On that day, the Democratic Party forever forfeited any further claim to my loyalty. On the first Tuesday in November of that year, I cast my first vote ever for a Republican congressional candidate — some obscure Marietta lawyer named Barr — thus joining the majority consensus that it was time that Mr. Darden returned to the private sector.

F*** you, Buddy Darden. And f*** you, Democrats. What part of “From My Cold Dead Hands” is so hard to understand?

Once burned, twice shy, and I could never be as blindly loyal to the Republicans as I once was to the Democrats. That kind of loyalty is for chumps. Being a partisan chump is an invitation to political rape. (Ask gay Democrats how that feels. Or ask some of the Christian conservatives who made the mistake of trusting Ralph Reed. If I ever own an outhouse, I’ll name it in Reed’s honor.)

Politicians will respect their constituents only if they fear their constituents. George “Buddy” Darden once thought he could screw me over without consequence, and learned otherwise in short order. Ralph Reed holds no elective office, nor will he ever. Mene mene tekel upharsin.

When the perfidious Catiline conspired to subvert the Roman republic, Cicero exposed the traitor:

Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? quam diu etiam furor iste tuus nos eludet? quem ad finem sese effrenata iactabit audacia? . . . Patere tua consilia non sentis, constrictam iam horum omnium scientia teneri coniurationem tuam non vides? . . .
O tempora, o mores! Senatus haec intellegit. Consul videt; hic tamen vivit.

Hic tamen vivit. But not for long, eh? The Waxman-Markey Eight have signed the death warrants of their political careers, and friends of the republic must be vigilant to expose anyone who aids this act of treachery.

June 27, 2009

FedEx vs. UPS: What’s Up?

Chuck Muth has a post about a proposed policy change that is opposed by FedEx (and Rush Limbaugh). You should read the whole thing, because (a) it was sent to me by someone who said my name was recommended by Orit Sklar; and (b) it contains this paragraph:

Unions suck. Big Labor generally stands for paying every employee the same amount of money even if one worker does a great job and another one sleeps all day. I believe labor unions are a doorway to socialism in the United States and if I had my way, I’d outlaw all of them – especially government workers unions, and super-especially teachers unions.

Union-hating and Orit-Sklar-name-checking? Yeah. Read the whole thing.

June 27, 2009

Blame the NRCC

The Waxman-Markey Monstrosity From Hell That Will Destroy the American Economy passed the House by a vote of 219-212 last night while I was attending the inaugural Smittypalooza.

If only four votes had gone the other way, the monstrosity would have been defeated by a 216-215 vote. Therefore, it is entirely appropriate that Michelle Malkin has named the eight Republicans who voted for it. And I’ve got four words for the National Republican Congressional Committee:

Not One Red Cent.

We’ve already said Not One Red Cent for the National Republican Senatorial Committee because Sen. John Cornyn and the NRSC betrayed the GOP grassroots in Florida. Now, add the NRCC to the list.

What’s the point of giving money to the national party if, on key votes, Republican members of the House are indistinguishable from Nancy Pelosi?

Why give money to the campaign committee whose job is to re-elect these RINO sellouts?

  • Mary Bono Mack, California
  • Mike Castle, Delaware
  • Mark Kirk, Illinois
  • John McHugh, New York
  • Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey
  • Leonard Lance, New Jersey
  • Dave Reichert, Washington
  • Chris Smith, New Jersey

Unless and until all eight of these swine announce their retirements — or are defeated in next year’s primaries — I say the grassroots answer to the NRCC should be NOT ONE RED CENT!

Who’s with me?

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin links. In the comments, my moderate Republican friend Joe Marier argues:

NJ Republicans in danger of getting redistricted out don’t vote against the AFL-CIO, and neither do aspiring Senators in Delaware and Illinois.
Final challenge: name the 8 seats you will take back in exchange for those.
Let these eight get beat by Club For Growth-backed primary challengers, and figure the GOP would still win at least half of the subsequent general elections.

The belief that there is some sort of political security for blue-state Republicans in parroting Sierra Club propaganda and trying to buddy up to the AFL-CIO is akin to the college boy’s belief that he can score with a Women’s Studies major by espousing feminist cant. In all likelihood, she’s a lesbian, but even if she weren’t, why on earth would she be interested in the kind of guy who blabbers on about feminism?