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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Ben Tribbett Attacks Nancy Reagan

Taking a page from the James Webb offend-as-many-voters-as-is-humanly-possible playbook, Ben Tribbett of Not Larry Sabato goes after the devoted wife of our greatest president:
It was pointed out to me tonight that I was missing a huge part of the Nancy Reagan story.

It's very clear ... that the people writing Nancy's letter never saw the ad.

Someone took advantage of Ms. Reagan and clearly did not tell her the truth of what was actually in this ad. (
link) [italicized emphasis mine]
Ben, Nancy would prefer that you (a) refer to her as Mrs. Reagan and (b) never assume that a letter that she puts her name to was not written by her. Do you really want to accuse the most beloved former First Lady alive today to be feeble or manipulated or stupid?

And do you think you're helping your candidate by doing so?

An Anachronism?

This is sad:
Board Votes to Make Women's College Coed
By Sue Lindsey, Associated Press Writer

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- Amid boos and shouts of "traitors!" Randolph-Macon Woman's College officials announced Saturday that men would be admitted to the 115-year-old institution starting in 2007. (
If this were a matter of Randolph-Macon caving under pressure from the federal government to "diversify" its student body, I'd be passionately opposed to the move. But, sadly, it's not. It comes down to survival:
In the eyes of the board of trustees, going coed could help stabilize the school's finances as interest in all-women schools wanes.
If I were a betting man, I'd put money on the popularity of all-women colleges returning some day. Too late for Randolph-Macon though.

He's An Evangelical Christian?

The Washington Post has found a "progressive" "evangelical" preacher up in Montgomery County, MD. What's a progressive evangelical, you ask? It looks a lot like an Episcopalian (without the trappings):

Evangelical Author Puts Progressive Spin On Traditional Faith
By Caryle Murphy, Washington Post Staff Writer

Brian D. McLaren of Laurel, one of contemporary Christianity's hottest authors and founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in upper Montgomery County ... has emerged as one of the most prominent voices in an increasingly active group of progressive evangelicals who are challenging the theological orthodoxy and political dominance of the religious right. He also is an intellectual guru of "emerging church," a grass-roots movement among young evangelicals exploring new models of living out their Christian faith. (

What exactly does that mean?

McLaren, 50, offers an evangelical vision that emphasizes tolerance and social justice. He contends that people can follow Jesus's way without becoming Christian. In the latest of his eight books, "The Secret Message of Jesus," which has sold 55,000 copies since its April release, he argues that Christians should be more concerned about creating a just "Kingdom of God" on earth than about getting into heaven.
He sounds more like a social worker than a preacher, you say? Exactly. That awards him the progressive cognomen.

But how does that translate into McLaren being an evangelical? His message, "I wanna hold your hand," puts John, Paul, George, and Ringo ahead of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (the four gospels being the centerpiece of the evangelical movement).

Far be it from this sinner to hang a label on McLaren but an evangelical Christian he's not.

A Dangerous Mind

John Kerry, like all Democrats, wants us out of Iraq. Because there are terrorists there. Kerry though, unlike the others, wants us, now that we are drawing down our force in Afghanistan and turning that part of the war effort over to NATO, to increase U.S. troop levels there.

You can't make this stuff up ...

Kerry Seeks More U.S. Troops for Afghanistan
By Dan Balz, Washington Post Staff Writer

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) yesterday urged the deployment of more U.S. troops to combat the growing Taliban threat in Afghanistan while accusing the administration of trying to salvage its congressional majorities by playing on public fears of future terrorist attacks rather than fixing what he said is a disastrous policy in Iraq. (
In what can only make sense to those who have devoted themselves to learning KerrySpeak, the rationale goes something like this:

He said Bush's policies have turned Iraq into a terrorist breeding ground, unleashed dangerous forces elsewhere in the Middle East and diverted resources from the battle against terrorism at home and in Afghanistan.
Let me see if I've got this straight: There is a growing terrorist menace in Iraq. We are taking casualties. Therefore we should cede Iraq to those terrorists and concentrate on the less powerful ones in Afghanistan, unless it too becomes a breeding ground for terrorists and we then adopt John Murtha's strategy of repositioning our troops on the remote island of Okinawa and hope and pray that the terrorists don't find us there.

To think, if it hadn't been for widespread vote fraud in Ohio this guy almost was our president.

For the love of God.

Of All The Things To Worry About

Did you know we have active Indian tribes here in Virginia? I didn't either. But our illustrious senior senator, always in the vanguard when it comes to the pressing issues of the day, wants to grant them - whoever they are, wherever they reside, however many remain - sovereign nation status:
Warner worries bill will allow casinos
Washington Times

RICHMOND (AP) -- Sen. John W. Warner, a strong supporter of legislation to grant sovereign status to Virginia Indian tribes, is expressing new concerns about the law potentially paving the way for Indian-operated casino gambling in the state. (
What next? A second look at a confederacy? A recognition of King George's claims on his provincial land grants?

Hey, John, wake up. 21st century. The train left that station back when you were a teenager.

We're engaged in a global war on terror, John, something important you should try to focus on. We don't need to be wasting our time with this giant step back in time.

For the love of God.

The Campaign Begins?

Senate candidate Jim Webb finally made it to stardom. An article about him appears in this morning's New York Times - even though he probably wishes it didn't:
Nancy Reagan Asks Democrat to Halt Ad Featuring Husband
By The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 9 — James Webb, a Democratic candidate here for the Senate, has a television advertisement ready featuring praise from his former boss, Ronald Reagan. But Nancy Reagan has asked him to cancel it.

Mr. Webb, who was secretary of the Navy during the Reagan Administration before switching to the Democratic Party, wanted to use the former president to appeal to conservatives and moderates also courted by his opponent, Senator George Allen, the Republican incumbent. The advertisement is scheduled to be broadcast next week.

But a three-paragraph letter on Friday from Mrs. Reagan’s office said the use of videotape of Reagan, who died in 2004, was “neither authorized nor appropriate.” (

A number of pundits have been wondering when Jim Webb was going to start campaigning for senator in earnest. Now he finally lines up at the starting blocks and ... is earnestly wishing he'd kept to those mystifying kitchen table one-on-ones he's been doing around the state.

Upsetting Nancy Reagan. Good move, dude.