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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Conservative? Please.

I keep reading here and there that Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker is a conservative. This despite here constantly attacking the McCain campaign in the run-up to election day, and more importantly, despite her petty and misguided attacks on a true conservative, Sarah Palin.

Today brings another question mark about Ms. Parker. While most Republicans agree that they need to expand that "Big Tent" if they are ever going to regain power in Washington and in state capitols across the country, the Washington Post's token "conservative" argues that the GOP needs to start kicking the strongest segment of its base out:
Giving Up On God
By Kathleen Parker

As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.

Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D.

I'm bathing in holy water as I type.

To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh.

Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth -- as long as we're setting ourselves free -- is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that. (link)

"Afflict and marginalize." Churchgoers. The solid, unwavering base of the party.*

In other words, in this "conservative's" view, the GOP should become the Democratic Party and America will be a happier place.

With friends like her ...

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* This gal was probably busy celebrating Obama's win and missed the fact that it was those religious conservatives - particularly of the minority persuasion - who were victorious in the California gay marriage wars. Shun them? Right. And marginalize the Party for decades.

Visions Of Howard Beale

I love this guy. Ted Nugent, the Motor City Madman, champion of American freedoms, responding to a caller on a talk radio show in Bakersfield, California, as transcribed and brought to us by Right Wing News:
Your logic, your truth, your good will, your decency, your work ethic -- it still is the guide post of America. You are "We the people."

It is the lunatic fringe that is celebrated by a media bent on socialism, bent on revitalizing the Mao Zedong agenda -- you are not the minority, you are the majority.

You know rush hour? What a pain in the *ss rush hour is? Do you have rush hour in Bakersfield? I bet you have rush hour. You know what that is? You know what that is? Those are people with alarm clocks. Those are people who get up because they have a burning fire in their soul that says, "You must be productive. In order to be a good, decent human being, you must be an asset. You must work hard before you play hard."

So Gary, you are not along. But, what the real curse is, it's not the lying, left-wing, Mao media, it's those of us who know better, but don't speak up. The people of California have backed down. The people who are productive in California have backed down to the pimps, and the whores, and the welfare brats, and their media, and their politically correct representatives, Boxer, Feinstein, Schwarzenegger, who literally will lie through their teeth to benefit some blood sucking constituency while your paycheck is being raped and pillaged to pay for some bling-bling infested punk.

You've got to start raising Hell -- and I am constantly being gunned down by the media; I'm a curse, I'm a dangerous guy, I'm a madman, I'm scary, I have too many guns, I shoot all the deer -- eat me. I stand up and I take the bullets because my name is Davy Crockett. This is the wall of the Alamo. If you can't shoot Santa Anna's men, shut up and load my gun. So get tough and get tougher.

You don't need tough love in America, you need tougher love. Around the water cooler, at the church, at school. At the work place, at the picnic, and the bowling alley. You should be pounding the desk with your fist, raising hell, and take this beautiful state back from the pimps, and the whores, and the welfare brats, and the gang-bangers who seems to have all the rights in the world while the good people, the productive, law abiding people don't have jack squat -- and I think I am going to throw up.

Say it, man. Shout it from the rooftops.

* For those of you who don't know who Howard Beale is, go here. His most famous quote:

"I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

Gotta Love Those Obama Voters

Well, we now find out why Obama got a majority of the vote in this country. A majority of those who pulled the lever for him, as it turned out, had no clue as to why beyond the color of his skin.

Sigh ...

From a new website entitled, "How Obama Got Elected":

512 Obama Voters 11/13/08-11/15/08 MOE +/- 4.4 points

97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 55% College Graduates

Results to 12 simple Multiple Choice Questions

57.4% could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)

81.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)

82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)

88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)

56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).

And yet.....

Only 13.7% failed to identify Sarah Palin as the person on which their party spent $150,000 in clothes

Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter

And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her "house," even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!

Only 2.4% got at least 11 correct.

Only .5% got all of them correct. (And we "gave" one answer that was technically not Palin, but actually Tina Fey)

Frightening. Especially the responses regarding Sarah Palin.

Frightening in more than one way. The results, if you think about them, are exactly that which the mainstream press wanted the American people to take away from the election campaign. Don't think for a minute that the media don't still wield massive clout.

This Is Change?

The Obama administration is shaping up to be identical to the Clinton administration before it. If I were Monica Lewinsky, I think I'd stay by the phone.

The latest baggage being dredged up from the 90's:
Obama's Attorney General
by Michael Isikoff, Newsweek

President-elect Obama has decided to tap Eric Holder as his attorney general, putting the veteran Washington lawyer in place to become the first African-American to head the Justice Department, according to two legal sources close to the presidential transition.

Holder, who served as deputy attorney general during the Clinton administration, still has to undergo a formal “vetting” review by the Obama transition team before the selection is final and is publicly announced, said one of the sources, who asked not to be identified talking about the transition process. But in the discussions over the past few days, Obama offered Holder the job and he accepted, the source said. (link)

If the name sounds familiar, it's because Holder gained headlines when he was up to his eyeballs in the Marc Rich pardon scandal of 2001. Now he's going to be the leading law enforcement officer of the land. A bad joke if there ever was one.

This is becoming more and more like déjà vu all over again.

America Loses

But then we lost when Alaska Senator Ted Stevens decided to go Democrat on us long ago:
Stevens loses Alaska Senate race
By Michael R. Blood, Associated Press Writer

Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has lost his bid for a seventh term.

The longest-serving Republican in the history of the Senate trailed Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich by 3,724 votes after Tuesday's count.

That's an insurmountable lead with only about 2,500 overseas ballots left to be counted.

Stevens, who turned 85 Tuesday, also revealed that he will not ask President George W. Bush to give him a pardon for his seven felony convictions. (link)
Expect Bush to pardon him anyway.

As for Stevens' departure, good. It's just too bad the Republican Party couldn't rein this guy in before he was convicted and defeated, and the party lost another "safe" seat in the Senate. One it couldn't afford to lose.

Hagel Would Fit Right In

Senator Chuck Hagel, Washington's resident loon, whose only claim to fame is his service in the military decades ago (his accomplishments in the U.S. Senate over the last twelve years could be written on a postage stamp), is rumored to be on the short list of candidates to fill a post in the Barack Obama cabinet. Secretary of Defense? Why not? If Obama's scant qualifications were enough to get him elected as commander-in-chief by the American people, why not pick a guy who carried a rifle in Vietnam 40 years ago to be the head of America's military?

What he won't be though, is a recipient of a Christmas card from Rush Limbaugh. Alas:
Hagel takes aim at Limbaugh, Senate colleagues

(CNN) — As his Senate career nears its end, Republican Chuck Hagel isn't holding back when it comes to criticizing members of his own party — including conservative talk radio hosts.

"We are educated by the great entertainers like Rush Limbaugh," Hagel said Tuesday during a speech in Washington, according to the Huffington Post.

"You know, I wish Rush Limbaugh and others like that would run for office," a sarcastic Hagel continued. "They have so much to contribute and so much leadership and they have an answer for everything. And they would be elected overwhelmingly. [The truth is] they try to rip everyone down and make fools of everybody but they don't have any answers." (link)
I think if truth be known, Hagel's real problem with Rush has to do with the fact that he doesn't like Rush's answers - not that Rush has none.

Limbaugh has, over the last few years, beaten up on Hagel unmercifully for the Senator's siding with the Washington liberals on issues like "comprehensive immigration reform" and for being one of those slimy politicians who supported (and voted for) the war when it was popular, but turned against it when the poll ratings went down. And the fact that Hagel is a media darling for saying all the right things about those nasty conservatives when called upon to do so is part of it too. It's no wonder Hagel has it in for Rush. And vice versa.

As for the possibility that he might join the Obama cabinet? Why not? Being a maverick Republican puts Hagel in the good graces of the mainstream press, as did his routine badmouthing of the Bush administration, and his life experiences will allow him to relate well to his boss. Neither of them will know what they're doing.