Shorter Dana Milbank

Susan Rice is another mad bitch, and should not be Secretary of State. I’m noticing a trend.

You know, I am a white male, but the hysteria in the beltway power elites regarding the ascension of women and minorities is something to behold. Once again, DougJ was right:

I’m watching Monica Crowley and Pat Buchanan on the McLaughlin group and so help me God, I am praying for a dirty bomb in Georgetown.

These people will destroy us all.

Don’t be fooled by Obama—we are fucked.

It takes a village to destroy America.

72 replies
  1. 1
    cathyx says:

    White men are losing their grip on society and they don’t like it one bit.

  2. 2
    redshirt says:

    I hope Obama gives no fucks. Time for compromise is over. Time for ass kicking/name taking. First up: Johnny Mac and Huckleberry Hound.

  3. 3
    cathyx says:

    As Bill O’Reilly says, America isn’t the ‘leave it to beaver’ family anymore. And that scares him.

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    Maude says:

    I want to see if the rancor against Susan Rice goes down or away after McCain made a fool of himself.
    Villagers don’t like smart people.
    They loved Reagan and Bush II.

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    Mike E says:

    “You people” really didn’t think your betters would go quietly into the night after a mere ass-kicking, did you?

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    srv says:

    I guess it’s sexist to.point out she’s a neo-Wilsonian who loves them drones and getting involved in every civil war under the guise of ” who will think of the children?”

    Like Iraq only made sense if Dick was an Iranian agent, our ME policy doesn’t make much sense unless you’re working for the KSA or their proxies like the Muslim Brotherhood.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    The Village of the Damned.

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    the Conster says:

    I blame Obama. He’s so divisive.

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    jl says:

    It’s the dark underbelly of retro chic.

    But, I been assuming Luke R is retro chic. I might be wrong.

    Edit: sorry, this post is about Dana M.

    I got my doofuses mixed up. Luke R went after Pelosi for not living up to his nincompoop stereotypes, right?

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    hildebrand says:

    Clearly Milbank is back at the Georgetown water-cooler after a brief campaign trail absence – it is the only way one can explain his slight burst of common sense in the last few weeks of the campaign, and of course, perfectly explains his return to the hive mindset he displays here.

    “Dana, Dana – drink this, and you will feel as right as rain.”

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    Full Metal Wingnut says:

    I don’t understand this Republican trend of ending your career in disgrace. Time was when Giuliani was respected as a good Mayor (I mean, not without his problems, but as a New Yorker I thought he did a good job on the whole). And now he’s all but destroyed any good will he might have had under non-Republicans.

    Likewise, grandpa walnuts used to be a master at convincing people he was a bipartisan savant, beholden to no party or group or special interests. Needless to say, his acting skills have atrophied.

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    jl says:

    @Full Metal Wingnut:

    ” grandpa walnuts”

    Like Lindsey, McCain has to get all basehead for the next primary.

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    Full Metal Wingnut says:

    @jl: Luke R. Isn’t he something? It’s one thing to be a product of nepotism, but in Luke’s case, even his father was overrated. Funny every time I think about it. Like how copies (of copies of copies) degrade. The original (Tim) was kinda crappy to begin with. The next Russert journalist will likely choke to death on his own drool if the generation to generation intelligence continues to degrade at the same rate.

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    redshirt says:

    @jl: McCain is safe till 2016, I thought. Didn’t he win re-election in 2010?

    Also, fuck him. POW! Right in the kisser!

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Full Metal Wingnut:

    I don’t understand this Republican trend of ending your career in disgrace.

    It’s like the Peter Principle. They keep pushing for ever higher office until they finally do something so disgraceful that even other Republicans won’t vote for them. It’s the only way short of death to get rid of the guys.

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    Scoobydoo says:

    It takes THE village to destroy America. Had to correct that for you.

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    Redshift says:

    @Full Metal Wingnut: There was such a time, but I seem to recall that that time was well before the end of Giuliani’s tenure as mayor. My recollection is that if 9/11 hadn’t rescued him by making him “America’s Mayor,” he would have ended is career as the “widely despised mayor of NYC.”

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    rikyrah says:

    Rice is a Phi Beta Kappa Rhodes Scholar from Stanford.

    fuck all these mofos who have the nerve to write about her, and barely got out of college.

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    Yutsano says:

    @redshirt: In 2016 Grandpa Walnuts will be lucky if he can still feed himself much less try to do a Senate campaign.

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    Keith G says:

    I think some of you are reading this wrong. Milbank’s column is not about the past. It is about the future…2016 to be exact.

    Dana is indicating that sides are being formed: Obama dead-enders like Rice and Hillary’s folks. Re-read his words. The main content is about an insult to HRC and how craftily the score was settled.

    Gonna be an interesting four years.

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    Redshift says:

    Milbank’s column is even more appalling because it leads off with how terrible it is that Obama personally defended Rice but not the great Petraeus. So I guess we have the answer about whether the Village fluffing of Petraeus will survive his resignation.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Obama should nominate her as Secretary of State and dare the Wingnuts to oppose her. There’s not enough of them in the Senate anyways.

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    General Stuck says:

    I read this swill earlier and want to punch Milbank in the junk for such a low down scummy article hit piece on Susan Rice.

    Because she is just the right person for the Sec of State job that takes no guff from anyone. Hell, she even got Putin’s goat to where the Russians are weighing in on who should be our next SOS. I think of her as a compassionate Bolton and a lot better looking. suck on it Dana.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    Sprseaking of Villagers, baby villager, affectionately known as Chunky Bobo has a sad, because gloating liberals are gloating.

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    jl says:

    @Keith G:

    Maybe I don’t know the history well enough, but the Clinton deadender and Obama deadender story line is too convoluted for me to follow.

    BTW, Milbank’s columns brings up an issue I still do not understand. The big flap over the delay in the Obama administration announcing the results of its investigation seems to hang on the question of why the US did not automatically take the Libyan governments word on what happened as completely accurate in the first days after the attacks. I do not see why the US should have done that.

    Edit: Also seems to me that plenty of august gentlemen have elbows as sharp as anything Rice has thrown. For instance, old Saint McCain himself? Mostly I see sexism in that column. (And more suppressed anger and more ability to hold grudges)

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    Carolinus says:

    Just speculation, but I get the feeling the someone in Hillaryland sees Rice as trying to somehow steal Hillary’s “stature” and really, really doesn’t want her to be the next Secretary of State.

    The same source seems to have fed both Milbank’s and Maureen Dowd’s write-ups based on the obsession with profile/stature.


    The White House wanted Rice to make the announcement (part of a campaign to increase her profile that included high-visibility foreign trips and TV appearances), but a Clinton aide got Kerry to ask Clinton about the matter during an unrelated Senate hearing.


    “She saw this as a great opportunity to go out and close the stature gap,” said one administration official. “She was focused on the performance, not the content. People said, ‘It’s sad because it was one of her best performances.’ But it’s not a movie, it’s the news. Everyone in politics thinks, you just get your good talking points and learn them and reiterate them on camera. But what if they’re not good talking points? What if what you’re saying isn’t true, even if you’re saying it well?”

    I’m guessing the two bolded folks are the same person — a Hillary aide who REALLY has it out for Rice, and really should be out of a job.

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    Smiling Mortician says:


    I do not see why the US should have done that.

    Because they didn’t, silly. If the Obama administration had taken the Libyan government’s word on what happened, then we’d be having hearings about how stupid and irresponsible and treasonous it was to believe them.

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    Alison says:

    @rikyrah: Yeah, McCain’s bullshit calling her “not very bright” was the worst for me. EFF YOU, YOU DODDERING OLD FOOL. People like him and Milbank may not be overtly and blatantly racist and sexist, but they still have this fundamental incapability of believing that a woman and/or non-white person could possibly even be their equal let alone their better, intellectually. They’re so easily intimidated, it would be funny if it weren’t so enraging.

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    DH says:

    Just remember, the Dick Whisperer, according to the Post, is “left-leaning.”

    If Marty Baron can get rid of that horrible, horrible Jenny Rubin, and get Milbank to get counseling about his Hillary problem(Mad Bitch Beer, remember?), that would be progress.

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    hilts says:

    Kirsten Powers gives Dana Millbank a serious run for his money in the biggest horse’s ass in the punditocracy contest

    “Wednesday, President Obama bizarrely cast the U.N. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, as some delicate flower the boys should stop picking on for her dissembling claims on five Sunday talk shows following the killing of 4 Americans in Benghazi. But, there is no damsel in distress and Obama’s paternalistic bravado in defense of a top administration official is going to come back to haunt him.”

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    HRA says:

    After reading the article I definitely understand its payback time for McCain, Hilary, and whoever else was “insulted” in the past. It does not make the current dust up valid for Rice did nothing wrong and after the Petraeus hearing yesterday it was recognized as what she said on those morning shows was what she was given and agreed on by the CIA.
    It’s just another foray into finding something for an impeachment. The sorrow and disgust is they will keep on trying.

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    jl says:


    Sorry, suppressed anger and grudges refers to McCain, not the Milbank article.

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    El Cid says:


    Back when she was an assistant secretary of state during the Clinton administration, she appalled colleagues by flipping her middle finger at Richard Holbrooke during a meeting with senior staff at the State Department, according to witnesses. Colleagues talk of shouting matches and insults.

    None of the famous white male old diplomats of the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s so beloved of the press and quoted from reporters looking rapidly in their ‘famous quotes’ books would have ever, ever acted like this.

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    Alison says:

    @hilts: Standing up against sexism is the real sexism!!!


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    Hill Dweller says:

    @Carolinus: I’ve seen some speculation that McGramps and his Dandy were going after Rice at Clinton’s behest. Apparently, Rice took some shots at Clinton during the ’08 election.

    That said, I think McCain and Graham are going after Rice because they want a scalp but are afraid to go after Clinton and/or Patraeus.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @El Cid: I’m pretty sure Holbrooke gave as good as he got.

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    Randy P says:

    @cathyx: Sadly, this is true of a majority of my fellow white males[*]. But only a slight majority.

    I was at dinner a couple of nights ago with a bunch of colleagues who I really like, a dinner I had been looking forward to. Somehow a few of them started making political comments (I think we all avoid political conversation on the job), and those talking all were nodding and agreeing as each recited talking points straight off of Fox News.

    I was getting so angry I found myself almost about to stand up and walk out, before any of us had ordered dinner. I forced myself to remain calm, and also to remain silent. And then I noticed that the comments were coming from 5 out of 9 people at the table. The other 4 including myself were all maintaining a stony silence. Eventually the subject passed.

    Everyone at the table was a white male (a commentary on my work place, but that’s another story). The percentages reflect the country in an interesting way.

    [*] for purposes of such demographic discussions, I classify myself as more or less white, though the truth is better described as “complicated”.

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    eemom says:

    I hope folks will remember this next time Milbank writes a reality-based column.

    It’s been his MO for years — one really good column to 463 sequential dreckerpieces of false equivalance bullshit like this one….and even so, every time a one good column appears, folks marvel anew about Milbank being this wondrous species of born again head pulled out of ass Beltway insider.

    Mark ye well my words.

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    Smiling Mortician says:

    @Randy P: I’m always curious about such stories. Specifically, I wonder why you (and perhaps your other silent colleagues, although you can’t speak for them) would remain silent in such circumstances. I never do. I try not to be terribly confrontational because why ruin my evening by letting them piss me off — but I certainly interject some facts into the discussion and question at least some of the more egregious bits of bullshit. I find that sometimes those who are spouting nonsense don’t actually realize it’s nonsense until they’re asked to explain in the face of actual facts. And if they don’t come to any realizations, well, at least they’re the ones who look like fools by getting all pissy.

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    becca says:

    Is Pat Buchanan still on McLaughlin?
    I thought he was dead.

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    Anya says:

    Didn’t the Republicans and their beltway allies try to do the same thing to Justice Sotomayor? How did that turn out?

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    Bruce S says:

    “I’m watching Monica Crowley and Pat Buchanan on the McLaughlin group…”

    I’m sorry but that qualifies as a self-inflicted wound.

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    becca says:

    Millbank is a smug little twit and Cilllliizzzaa is his sorry sidekick.


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    Bruce S says:


    “As Bill O’Reilly says, America isn’t the ‘leave it to beaver’ family anymore. And that scares him.”

    Yeah, but that’s quite understandable because he’s totally invested in the country anthropomorphizing fake “people” on TeeVee. Such as himself.

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    Poopyman says:

    @becca: You assume the two are mutually exclusive?

    But anyway, that was a DougJ post from January 2009. Nonetheless,Pat B is alive, although I neither know nor care whether he’s still on McLaughlin. Hell, I don’t even know if McLaughlin is still on McLaughlin.

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    Randy P says:

    @Smiling Mortician: I guess it always seems pointless to me. I didn’t want to ruin the mood of the evening, and even if I had the facts I don’t believe they would have any effect. I have tried before and just been me with stubborn denial and a sour taste in my mouth.

    Probably I’m just not very persuasive.

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    Fwiffo says:

    I really don’t know anything about Susan Rice, but based on who is getting pissed off about her, I must assume she’s a remarkable human being and the best and only candidate for the job.

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    Smiling Mortician says:

    @Randy P: Yeah, I hear you. But it sounds like the five Fox guys had already pretty much ruined the mood of the evening . . .

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    Full Metal Wingnut says:

    @Hill Dweller: What leverage does Clinton have over gramps that he would do that for her?

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    Anya says:

    @Full Metal Wingnut: I don’t think he’s doing Clinton’s bidding. Grandpa Walnuts is just a bitter loser who saw this Benghazi issue as his ticket to slam the administration while pretending to be a terrorism and security expert. Walnuts and his BFF Lindsay Graham are despised by republicans and democrats alike, so they throw occasional hissy fits to stay relevant.

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    Bruuuuce says:

    @cathyx: ‘Strue, even the Huxtables scared the crap out of him, and they were about as LItB as it gets on recent or semirecent TV.

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    Citizen Alan says:

    From Milbank’s column: ” But the nation’s top diplomat needs to show more sensitivity and independence — traits Clinton has demonstrated in abundance. ”

    Huh. I guess Hillary has come a long way since her “Mad Bitch beer” days, hasn’t she, you pompous ass.


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    Waynski says:

    It takes a village to destroy America

    Take two hits of acid and call me in the morning. We’ll live. Just gotta keep fighting.

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    Cacti says:

    Sonya Sotomayor was too dumb to be on the SCOTUS.

    Susan Rice isn’t smart enough to be SoS.

    You’d almost think these guys had a problem with uppity, edjumacated minority wimmins.

  55. 55

    Sadly, in this case, the wankers are right: Susan Rice is an incompetent careerist, cordially despised by foreign service professionals (as opposed to political appointees) in the State Department.

    And what the hell was she doing talking about Benghazi? She’s head of the UN Mission, which has nothing to do with that particular cluster-f.

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    karen marie says:

    Other than Kerry and Rice, who else could be a plausible nominee?

    I’d hate to see Kerry nominated because I don’t want him to leave the senate.

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    After reading the article I definitely understand its payback time for McCain, Hilary, and whoever else was “insulted” in the past.

    I believe you mean “slapped in the face.”

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    @karen marie:

    Kerry leaving the senate doesn’t bother me. Scott Brown getting back in the senate does.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @karen marie: Richardson. Yeah he’s had a scandal, but if Obama can’t do rice, I’d let the republicans chew on him for a bit. Besides, the North Koreans love him. That’s got to count for something.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Suffern ACE: ooh. How bout Biden to state and then Pelosi to VP as kind of insurance that the republicans won’t pull an impeachment gambit if the midterms go really really poorly for the dems.

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    karen marie says:

    @James E. Powell: Scott Brown or some other douchenozzle, exactly. Kerry is reasonable, has seniority and institutional knowledge.

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    redshirt says:

    I hate the idea of pulling a D Senator into the cabinet. Senate seats are valuable! Don’t risk them unnecessarily, and surely there are others who could do SoS or DoD as well as Kerry who are not sitting Senators.

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    Corner Store Operator says:

    @redshirt: This.

    Taking Napolitano out of AZ got us Brewer. Taking Sebilius out of KS ensured that she could never get elected senator there (she was a popular gov at the time), etc. You’re telling me there were no other qualified people for HHS and Homeland Security? Don’t shoot yourself in the foot politically again Obama.

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    fuckwit says:

    Someone please tell MetroSexual Black AbeJ that his choice of handles is always hilarious, but PLEASE STOP CALLING FOR OR SUGGESTING VIOLENCE AND KILLING OF PUNDITS, no matter how egregious.

    Doug, THIS IS NOT OK. You just wished for an act of terrorism in the capitol. You keep this shit up, and you will get a call from the FBI.

    Or, worse, you will be no better than Glenn Beck, on the same level as those kind of scum.

    We don’t tolerate calls for violence from the right. We shouldn’t tolerate this shit on the left either.

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    It never was. That these dufii think America was ever Leave It To Beaver is the problem. They’re chasing a fantasy world, and might as well be complaining that our economy is in trouble because of the lack of elvish craftsmanship.

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    seaboogie says:

    @redshirt: And by POW you mean Prisoner of War…heh….and sweet….

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    Matt McIrvin says:


    Sonya Sotomayor was too dumb to be on the SCOTUS.

    In the midst of that, I actually remember anonymous people spreading unnamed-supposed-insider-friend-of-a-friend tales to this effect in the Talking Points Memo comments. It was really weird and creepy.

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    Lojasmo says:


    The new SteveinDC or something. What a wanker.

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    Unsympathetic says:

    Dearest Dana:

    GWB’s administration at its best day was more idiotic and divisive than Rice at her worst. She’s a Rhodes scholar, and you need to get over yourself.

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    @Dave Trowbridge: It occurs to me that your head would look great mounted on a pike.

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    xian says:

    @Dave Trowbridge: got evidence for these assertions?

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