Wise People Suck

16 August 2008- John McCain at the Saddleback Forum, responding to the question “Who were the three wisest people you know that you would rely on heavily in an administration?”:

I think John Lewis. John Lewis was at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Had his skull fractured. Continues to serve. Continues to have the most optimistic outlook about America. He can teach us all a lot about the meanings of courage and commitment to causes greater than ourself.

11 October 2008- John Lewis offers some advice:

“As one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign. What I am seeing today reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse.

“During another period, in the not too distant past, there was a governor of the state of Alabama named George Wallace who also became a presidential candidate. George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who only desired to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed one Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama.

“As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Governor Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all. They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better.”

11 October 2008- John McCain heeds the advice. Or not:

“I am saddened that John Lewis, a man I’ve always admired, would make such a brazen and baseless attack on my character and the character of the thousands of hardworking Americans who come to our events to cheer for the kind of reform that will put America on the right track.”

That worked out well.

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Two years into the Obamanation reign of terror, brave conservative patriots gather weekly for Radio Free K-Lo and mayonnaise sandwiches.


Mark Steyn, writing at the NRO, is now in full-on black helicopter conspiracy mode, and we have not even had the election yet:

That’s Obama: highbrow enough for Christopher Buckley, Euro-bespoke (not sure where he gets his smokes these days – he’s a bit coy on that), but an old-fashioned Chicago bruiser who’ll order in anyone from Missouri sheriffs to the federal Justice Department if you run a TV ad he finds unhelpful.

An Obama-Pelosi Washington with 60 Senate seats would reintroduce the (Un)Fairness Doctrine, regulate the Internet, and wouldn’t be above oomphing up Canadian-style “human rights” commissions to police speech – especially if he gets to appoint three Supreme Court justices in short order.

The latest mania seems to have been caused by this piece by Michael Barone, entitled The Coming Obama Thugocracy. And what has Mr. Barone in such a snit? This:

That’s what Obama supporters, alerted by campaign emails, did when conservative Stanley Kurtz appeared on Milt Rosenberg’s WGN radio program in Chicago. Kurtz had been researching Obama’s relationship with unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers in Chicago Annenberg Challenge papers in the Richard J. Daley Library in Chicago — papers that were closed off to him for some days, apparently at the behest of Obama supporters.

Obama fans jammed WGN’s phone lines and sent in hundreds of protest emails. The message was clear to anyone who would follow Rosenberg’s example. We will make trouble for you if you let anyone make the case against The One.

That is correct. Michael Barone and Mark Steyn, brave patriots each, winded from the past eight years of nobly fighting the Islamofascists as Generals in the 101st Chairborne, are terrified of… a firmly written note.

This is going to be the longest eight years ever. And some of the most fun.

The Descent Continues

Crazed by the thought of President Barack “the Islamic Shock” Hussein Super-Allah Obama, Andrew McCarthy’s hilarious descent into sheer madness continues, as he is now openly wondering whether Bill Ayers wrote Obama’s autobiographies.

I give it another week before he writes his NRO GBCW, and moves on to Larry Johnson’s No Quarter, where he can feel freer to speak truth to power.

*** Update ***

BTW, for those of you a little longer in the tooth- is this what it was like in 1992-1996? I was just getting off active duty and was busy as an undergrad, playing sports, raising hell,doing the National Guard thing, working two jobs, etc., and while I paid attention, I did not play close attention to the crazies. Did it start in the fever swamps and then just get crazier and crazier like this?

Innumerate, Illiterate, and Amnesia Prone

The McCain team response to the determination that Sarah Palin abused her office in TrooperGate is one for the ages:

Today’s report shows that the Governor acted within her proper and lawful authority in the reassignment of Walt Monegan. The report also illustrates what we’ve known all along: this was a partisan led inquiry run by Obama supporters and the Palins were completely justified in their concern regarding Trooper Wooten given his violent and rogue behavior. Lacking evidence to support the original Monegan allegation, the Legislative Council seriously overreached, making a tortured argument to find fault without basis in law or fact. The Governor is looking forward to cooperating with the Personnel Board and continuing her conversation with the American people regarding the important issues facing the country.

The other finding, again:

For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides

The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.

That was released by a unanimous vote of 12-0, with the group composed of eight Republicans and four Democrats. Two Republicans were absent, or it would have been 14-0 with ten Republicans.

In other words, they can’t read, because the report actually finds she abused her office. They can not count, because eight Republicans and four Democrats is most assuredly not a “partisan” inquiry. And finally, those important issues she wants to get back to, the ones she spent the entire week on up until now? That would be Bill Ayers, and McCain just put the kaibosh on that earlier today because the pitchforks were starting to scare him.

The original mavericks.

I Feel Like Rich Lowry

The first half hour of Countdown tonight was the most fun I have had with my clothes on in years. Watching Shuster, Alter, and O’Donnell chronicle McCain’s attempted walkback of the mob, knowing full well that he once again undercut his campaign, as they just upped the ante on the crowd’s behavior by defending them, and while knowing the RNC has an ad out pushing the Ayers nonsense, was just glorious. These incompetent boobs have themselves twisted up into a knot and backed into a corner, with nowhere to go and the election two weeks out and Independents and moderates looking at the McCain campaign like they are junior brownshirts.

Then, when it was flashed across the screen that the Troopergate report has been released and it was determined Palin abused her authority, it was like David Shuster winked at me and it sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around my living room.

I need a shower and a cigarette.

*** Update ***


“Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: To get Trooper Michael Wooten fired,” said the report, which was issued in Anchorage.

A break from the same old politics:

Finding Number One

For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides

The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.


And might I add, BUSH IN A SKIRT.