Friday, October 30, 2009

"If This Is Organized, We Suck," She said

The conservative grassroots (sic) drama machine implored the tea party crowd to jam the Capitol to protest the oppression of a California grandmother.
If You Are in Driving Distance of DC Tomorrow
Dear Fellow Tea Party Patriot,
According to Politico, tomorrow, Thursday, October 29 at 10:00 am, the
Democrats in the House plan to unveil the House Health Care Legislation. If you
are within driving distance of DC and are able to attend with signs in
opposition to government takeover of health care, we encourage you to do

No word if those without signs might be welcomed. First mistake.
Remember on the action list sent earlier today, tomorrow's action items are
to call your own Congressman plus the Blue Dogs in the House. Be sure to do this
so it coincides with the bill unveiling tomorrow.

"Tomorrow's Action Items?" That sort of makes grassroots unorganized political free market sound like an unholy alliance of you nagging Mom and the worst punch-list review ever.
Please forgive the extra email in your inboxes today. Since we are doing all
we can to leave no stone unturned, we felt it was necessary to send an extra
email today so those who can protest tomorrow are able to do so.

Only by bulk mailing email boxes was Thomas Jefferson able to yada yada...
You are the heart and soul of the Tea Party Movement. Thank you for
promoting the causes of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited
government, and free markets with us!

If you don't dress like Mel Gibson in that one movie and carry a Gadsden Flag, who will?
Your Tea Party Patriots National Coordinator Team,Debbie Dooley, Mike Gaske,
Kellen Giuda, Ryan Hecker, Jenny Beth Martin, Mark Meckler, Sally Oljar, Diana
Reimer, Billie Tucker, and Dawn Wildman

All actual grassrootsy people. No. Really.

So how many patriots answered the clarion call? 10,000? 60,000? 2.5 Million? About ten?
Joann Abbott, a grandmother from Northern Virginia, made the drive to
the protest this morning after seeing the email sent by Tea Party leaders last
night. When asked if she was part of the "flash mob," she laughed. "I'm here on
my own," she said, looking around at the scattered protesters around her. "If
this is organized, we suck."

Proving The Point

Let's just say for a moment that the fringe right is successful in electing the Palinista in NY23. Current thinking is that Doug Hoffman is singularly unprepared to govern in any way.

And there are some signs that Hoffman may be something of a Potemkin
candidate. He didn't show up at a radio debate last night. He was on the finance
committee of a hospital that
successfully lobbied for a federal earmark before becoming an anti-earmark champion. And he got eaten alive by a local paper editorial board last week after he wasn't prepared to answer questions about any of the issues facing the district.

If the best that the Conservative has to offer is bomb-throwers in the mold of Bachmann how long will it take for the public to get over them?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Court Of Low Expectations

From The Cap Times Editorial Board:
The trio can form a court majority if they have Gableman in their
caucus and so they seem to be willing to neglect not just the complaints about
Gableman but the requirement that they be addressed in a judicious and
responsible manner.

We understand that Ziegler, who has had her own ethics problems, is not
inclined to seek or support a higher standard.

Halcyon Days, Indeed

Does anybody remember when Fred Thompson was going to save the Republican Party all by himself?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Laissez le Schisme Commencer

More splits and splats in the GOP.

If you're the GOP candidate for Governor in one party and endorse the candidate of a different party for governor in another state, what does that say about either your commitment or the party's strength for the future?

Tiahrt says,
"The Republican Party will never again be a majority party until we regain
the confidence of the American people," said Tiahrt. "I believe there is room
for disagreement within the party and we should not have litmus tests.

He then goes on to apply his own litmus test.
However, the Republican nominee appears to have disavowed most conservative
principles that are important to a vast majority of Republican voters."

There are those who claim that 2010 will be a GOP year. Yet we have several prominent Republicans who can't buy into that meme. Why would they expect anyone else to buy into it?

Extra Credit Work: For Ten Points, who is Sean Parnell? No peeking.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Betting On Boxcars

It appears that the GOP's best hope for 2010 is riding on continued high rates of unemployment.

Let's have a slogan contest. How can Republican candidates best capture their fervent desire for more economic misery for America?

Life In Post-Racial America

Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage
to an interracial couple out of concern for any
children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in
Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages
do not last long.
Keep trying, I guess.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Which Is More Fun To Watch?

The silliness around the Nobel came and went pretty quickly. It was mostly just the usual suspects carping.

However, the apoplexy over Capitalism's rejection of the drug-addicted Rush Limbaugh has the potential to grow legs.

Just for the record, I believe that the sex-tourist, bad-satirist has just as much right to own a small slice of a losing NFL team as any other minor vanity investor. I'm just wondering how bad the judgement of the others in the deal was that they couldn't see this coming from a mile away.

Deep Thought

For the Drug Addict Rush Limbaugh to come out against making up quotes is probably against his self interest.

I'm Taking John And Giving The Points

Today's Line...Kate Plus Eight

In other mainstream media news...Why would Rushbo think that the NFL would allow a drug-abusing sex tourist to be a part owner? Don't they have enough troubles?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

You Might Consider Making Lemonade

Not a great year for Conservative thinkers.

We've lost Bill Buckley, Irving Kristol and William Safire and gained What Up? and Going Rogue.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Who Decides Who Gets Treated?

Scott Walker thinks he does.
'You've got this amount of time; here's what we expect you to do; here's the
options you should have by that time.' So that there are clearly defined
expectations of how you're going to ease off assistance from the government,"
said Walker.

He wants to be the Decider of whether your neighbor gets treatment or not. Walker wants to lead the panel deciding who gets treated and who should just get better and stop whining.

Walker has picked a government policy that's sucessful and popular and come out against it. In the midst of the most comprehensive discussion of healthcare reform he's chosen to just say, "No," and stick with a broken platform.

Twice in the last week I've heard people in Rock County say that Scott Walker scares them. Walker thinks his problem is that people don't know what he stands for. I think he'll soon find out that's not his biggest problem.

It's All So Sudden

Congratulations are in order for President Obama. He may have, as the wingnuttery would have it, lost the Olympics single-handedly but he's brought home the Nobel Peace Prize. From the proclamation:
"For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate
precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now
the world's leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama's appeal that 'Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global
response to global challenges.'

My first thought was, "How nice. Now GWB and Barry will have something to talk about at Old-Timer's day reunions in DC." But then, of course, I remembered that George never actually got around to promoting much worldwide peace.

How could Obama not have one this year with the bar set so low for the past eight years? One commenter at TPM shares,
"It sounds like the, 'boy is the world relieved you guys didn't choose
McCain' award."

Monday, October 05, 2009

Ask The Man Who Hired Her

You always knew it would come to this. Didn't you?
Schmidt said:"Most politicians of prominence write a book. My honest
view is that she would not be a winning candidate for president and if she was
the results would be...catastrophic. It's fairly inconceivable she could be

Friday, October 02, 2009

Twenty-Nine Years?

Happy birthday, Gentlemen.


Hear that? It's the sound of Joe Wilson's career sliding back into the ooze.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Something Light

Nothing of portent today. I hope this can get the taste of Accidentally, On Purpose out of all of our mouths.