Johnny hit-and-run Palin

Everybody’s talking about McCain’s back-handed swipe at Palin in Vanity Fair today:

We have, I’m happy to say, a lot of choices out there: Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty, Huntsman, Romney, Charlie Crist—there’s a lot of governors out there who are young and dynamic.” McCain went on, “There’s a lot of good people out there, and I’ve left out somebody’s name and I’m going to hear about it.”

I’m sure Sully will have fun with this part of the Vanity Fair piece (EDIT: I see he already has):

More than once in my travels in Alaska, people brought up, without prompting, the question of Palin’s extravagant self-regard. Several told me, independently of one another, that they had consulted the definition of “narcissistic personality disorder” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—“a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy”—and thought it fit her perfectly. When Trig was born, Palin wrote an e-mail letter to friends and relatives, describing the belated news of her pregnancy and detailing Trig’s condition; she wrote the e-mail not in her own name but in God’s, and signed it “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.”

I almost find the back-and-forth between Steve Schmidt and Bill Kristol even more interesting. The vitriol and back-biting between the Schmidt/Wallace faction of the campaign and the Kristol/Scheunemann faction is quite intense.

It seems worth asking: what kind of idiot would let Bill Kristol or his associates have any power over a campaign? Other than Dan Quayle, of course.








Open Thread

I’m tired. Lily and I went 5-6 miles this morning, then I worked all day, came home, had a quick dinner, and just walked another 6-7 miles. I didn’t mean to, but I kinda forgot what I was doing while walking and was thinking and lost track of where we were, and when I realized how far we had gone, I knew the walk back was going to be fun. Was out there from about 5:15 until just a minute or two ago, and on the way back, I have to admit all I could do was pull a Nooners and just keep a walkin’.

At any rate, here is an open thread for you with some surrogate pets. Not Tunch:

I can’t describe what it is about this picture, but it is my favorite one in a long time. The expression on their faces is priceless. I’m getting a Matthau/Lemmon vibe or something:

And this picture came in recently, but I bumped it ahead because this dog has the must ridiculously long tongue I have ever seen.

It’s really almost obscene.

At any rate, here be yer thread. Behave.



The Whistle Done Broke From Overuse

They aren’t even bothering with dog whistles anymore:

The “evil eye” has very specific connotations in the Muslim world. Hell, it was one of the very few things I was actually taught in the Army before Operation Positive Force.

(via the comments)








Rush Wins

First, a definition:

Hoekstroika

hohk⋅stroi⋅ka

–noun

Wingnut. A ridiculous statement that greatly minimizes the suffering of one group of people while wildly escalating the suffering of another group of people, when no such comparison exists. Usually for partisan political point scoring.

Origin: a “twitter” from Rep. Peter Hoekstra comparing the violent repression of peaceful demonstrators in Iran with Republicans in congress:

    Iranian twitter activity similar to what we did in House last year when Republicans were shut down in the House. 8:56 AM Jun 17th from TwitterBerry

Our first verifiable Hoekstroika:

“Look at this from Iran’s press run television, state run media in Iran. Ahmadinejad gains votes in recount, just like in our country. It happened just like in our country. Norm Coleman wins in Minnesota in a recount, so they keep having recounts, and Al Franken wins, so they have the recount in Iran and shazam Ahmadinejad gained votes.” – Rush Limbaugh, 30 June 2009

That is a keeper.








Pretty Much

What BTD said.

It’s really pretty sad, actually.

Also, that would be Mr. Dumbass to you, Blue Texan.








It’s All Over But the Crying

I came home, turned on the idiot box, and Norm Coleman is conceding. Apparently you only have to win 5-6 times in Minnesota, but good on Norm for doing the right thing after pursuing all his legal rights in the election.

That would be Senator Al Franken to you, btw. How long before Ben Nelson becomes a Republican?

*** Update ***

The DOW was down 80 points today. Who will be the first wingnut to blame today and any future drops on “market fears about ‘Democrat’ control of the Senate?”

I’m gonna go with someone from the American Thinker.








Shailagh, Shailagh, don’t dream it’s over

It looks like there won’t be a revote in Minnesota — the Minnesota Supreme Court just ruled in favor of Franken according to CNN and WaPo.

Updates as they come in….

Update. Here’s a full report on the decision from TPM. Pawlenty is a on record saying he won’t delay if the court rules in favor of Franken. We’ll see if he sticks to that.

Update update
. Just to be clear:

Justices said Franken is entitled to the election certificate he needs to assume office.