Hey, This Guy Served Honorably, TOO!

Since honorable military service is all you need to qualify for the White House, and gives you the only experience that matters, we may have a VP for McCain. Randall “Duke” Cunningham:

During his service, Cunningham and his Radar Intercept Officer “Irish” Driscoll became the only Navy aces in the Vietnam War, flying an F-4 Phantom from aboard aircraft carriers, and recording five confirmed kills. He was one of the early graduates of the Navy’s TOPGUN school that taught dogfighting techniques to F-4 Phantom pilots and Radar Intercept Officers (RIOs).

The upsides are tremendous- military service for the milblogger wing of the Republican party, he has a divorce under his belt so the social con/family values wing will embrace him like the other hypocrites they uncritically follow, multiple offensive gaffes so the right-wing wankosphere will get all dreamy about him, and the real upside, he doesn’t even hide the fact that he is a crook, so the business wing of the party will love him. He is the ultimate Republican uniter!

Plus, since he has military service, the media can fall all over him and any criticism of his past can be perceived as a grievous slight against God and man alike. I think this is a total win, plus, he has the right kind of military service, the kind that is unassailable. He has an (R) after his name.

As a side note, I really can not believe the crap Clark is going through for merely pointing out that military service does not make one fit for President (someone alert Admiral Stockdale), and I can not tell you how much it pisses me off to have to defend someone I don’t really like. I think I am going to be bitter and clinging to a drink soon.

Another Open Thread

I not only rode in and fired an M1A1 Abrams in the Army, but I drove the bitch, too.

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*** Update ***

The McCain mancrush on MSNBC never stops. Just put Clark and Rev. Wright on infinite loop and go to Martha’s Vineyard, you hacks. If I were John Kerry, I would be breaking shit right now.

Wesley Clark is Getting Screwed

I don’t care much for Wes Clark, and I am not going to bother trying to explain why, because every time I do it just pisses off those people who like Wes Clark more, but he is getting boned right now by the media. I am watching MSNBC right now and Andrea Mitchell is crapping all over him, and the Obama campaign denounced his remark (for a campaign that promised to fight back, they sure are turning into a bunch ofwimps. Pretty pathetic.), but all the guy did was respond to a question from Bob Schieffer:

SCHIEFFER: Can I just interrupt you? I have to say, Barack Obama hasn’t had any of these experiences either, nor has he ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down.

CLARK: I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president.

That is some weak bullshit, acting like Clark was out there spearheading an attack. I watched that yesterday and didn’t think anything of it. Hell, I even blogged about Lieberman’s appearance and didn’t even mention Clark, it was so inconsequential. It wasn’t even really directed at McCain, but more of an attempt at correcting Schieffer.

Ahh, the McCain mancrush. Get used to it though- liberal media and all that. And man, did Dday nail that when he said to “Get Ready For The Mother Of All Hissy Fits.”

So much for not talking about this crap, although in my defense, this was hardly an attack and not what I was talking about. Oh, and new category for this mancrush.

*** Update ***

WTF? Did Sully watch the same god damned show I did? And I hate Wes Clark.

My Day Is Complete

Words can not express the joy I am experiencing right now

Some far-right sites that subscribe to the Associated Press feed, for example, will use auto-correct to change “Democratic Party” to “Democrat Party.” This, of course, is because they have the temperament of children.

But the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow website takes the phenomenon one step further with its AP articles. The far-right fundamentalist group replaces the word “gay” in the articles with the word “homosexual.” I’m not entirely sure why, but it seems to make the AFA happy. The group is, after all, pretty far out there.

The problem, of course, is that “gay” does not always mean what the AFA wants it to mean. My friend Kyle reported this morning that sprinter Tyson Gay won the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials over the weekend. The AFA ran the story, but only after the auto-correct had “fixed” the article.


Please, Flying Spaghetti Monster, Let This Happen

Pretty please:

Surprising many Republican insiders, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is at the top of the vice presidential prospect list for John McCain. But lack of personal chemistry could derail the pick.

“Romney as favorite” is the hot buzz in Republican circles, and top party advisers said the case is compelling.

Campaign insiders say McCain plans to name his running mate very shortly after Barack Obama does, as part of what one campaign planner called a “bounce-mitigation strategy.”

I can’t think of anyone who will better fit in the “Straight Talk Express” than the transparently phony Mittens. Plus, we will get to read unlimited numbers of syrupy paeans to his greatness from Hugh Hewitt and K-Lo. Please let this phony hack be McCain’s choice. Please.

Open Thread

I don’t feel like blogging. Nothing I want to talk about.

You are on your own.

*** Update ***

And no, I don’t care about people attacking McCain’s service. It doesn’t surprise me in the least that people on one side of the aisle can be just as bad as folks on the other side of the aisle were in 2004 to Kerry. In fairness, what I have seen to date doesn’t even compare to 2004, to include the shit I peddled while trying to “seriously” evaluate the Swiftboat charges- and sometimes buying into them. I should have just dismissed them.

But I really don’t care. I am not going to spread the nonsense (not even going to bother linking it), but I am not going to howl in outrage over what people are doing to poor John McCain. The GOP, right-wing bloggers, and the media with their McCain mancrush have no one to blame but themselves that this line of attack is so prevalent. I will do what I should have done in 2004- just dismiss the shit outright and pretend it isn’t happening. Just assume that I consider questioning people’s service is wrong, whether it is George Bush, Bob Dole, or, well, anyone. Although I think no one got hosed more than John Kerry, and I personally blame the media for the bulk of that. It was an issue because they played ball with it.

And I will note that I haven’t seen anything linking the Obama campaign to this line of attack, and I hope it stays that way.

*** Update #2 ***

On the other hand, anything that gets Uncle Jimbo and the wankosphere (who, by the way, have spent the last 4 years questioning the service of anyone who disagreed with them) this bent out of shape can’t be all that bad

Tired Of This

I am not sure how much of this is just Bill Clinton being a jackass, or how much of this is an entire media creation, but I am officially tired of the alleged Bill Clinton/Obama rift the media has been pimping the last couple of weeks. If I had to guess, I would place it at about 35% Bill to 65% media creation. Over the weekend it was “Obama can kiss my ass,” today we are breathlessly told they will meet within 48 hours.