Friday, January 11, 2008

Some snarky news of the day

First, WTF is it Now, has this onMcCain's campaign...although it could have just as well been Rudy's campaign......

And they add:

Cadaveresque maverick, straight talking John McStain is going to clean up the nation's political discourse because....well you know, he has been quite a model of civility in the past.
– In a “heated dispute over immigration-law overhaul” last year, McCain screamed at Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), “F— you!” He added, “This is chickens- - - stuff. … You’ve always been against this bill, and you’re just trying to derail it.” [5/19/07]

-In a discussion over the “fate of Vietnam MIAs,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asked McCain, “Are you calling me stupid?” “No,” replied McCain, “I’m calling you a f—ing jerk!” [Newsweek, 2/21/00]

-At a GOP meeting in fall 1999, McCain “erupted” at Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) and shouted, “Only an asshole would put together a budget like this.” When Domenici expressed his outrage, McCain responded, “I wouldn’t call you an asshole unless you really were an asshole.” [Newsweek, 2/21/00]

Obviously the Alzheimer's is getting worse

and under the heading of : YOU JUST KNEW THIS WAS COMING!

And a well-deserved dirge for UNITY 08!

Dear Duncan

,One of our principles at the outset of this audacious project was transparency and openness. Too often in our recent political history, what you see has not been what you get. For this reason, we are writing you today to lay out the current status of Unity08 and its possible paths

And so reluctantly, especially given the volatility of the present situation, we're forced to scale back, but not cease our operations, and suspend our ballot access project. Our website will become less interactive (it takes staff to answer hundreds of e-mails a day) and we can't in good faith make the $5 million commitment necessary to make a serious start on ballot access.

But we're not closing our doors. We believe it is important to see our case against the FEC through (both for Unity08 and any similar movement in the future) and be ready to gear up if (when) we win our case and political circumstances warrant later this spring. Unity is in the air right now, and Mayor Bloomberg seems poised to run on his own campaign (and the fact is that two independent candidacies wouldn't work) if the parties leave the sensible center open. But all this could change in a matter of weeks.

We still believe strongly that we have the right idea, but it just might (emphasize "might" because who knows what can happen in the next month) not be the right time. In the meantime, a sincere, profound thanks for your help, involvement and support so far and please keep pushing for the simple, but very powerful, idea that solutions to our nation's problems are going to take ideas and hard work from all Americans, and that a political system whose stock-in-trade is division may well be the biggest problem of all.Please know that you have already made a difference and are at the forefront of a movement that may yet save the country.Robert BinghamAngus KingPeter AckermanZach ClaytonLindsay Ullman

But as Whiskey Fire Buzzard says:

Anyway, There are two main problems with sponsoring a political movement premised on the idea that Partisanship is Bad.
1. It's stupid. There is not much of a constituency for the idea that you should get interested in politics because you're... disinterested. That is in fact crazy. No, we can't all just get along. That's why we have a political system in the first place. If everyone were freaking St Francis, we'd all have doves on our arms and squirrels on our heads, and that would be cool, if you're into squirrel poop in your eyes, but in reality, politics is about disagreement. Cheez.
2. It's dangerous. Politics should be personal. Personally, I want a stupid war to end, and I want better health care for my family. Duh. I want these ends achieved. That means I want a political fight, and I want to win it.


I love this stuff!

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