Tuesday, December 07, 2004


Terry McAuliffe Jackassery!

From the Washington Times, h/t Drudge:
Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, in a special Pearl Harbor Day statement, said national unity 63 years ago enabled Americans to go forward and defeat the country's enemies, but the same kind of unity needed now was being undermined by Republican disagreements over provisions of the yet-to-be-voted on intelligence reform bill.

"While we as a nation are united in this fight, there are clearly deep divisions within the Republican Party, divisions that are impeding our fight against terrorism," he said.

"Moving forward, it is my sincere hope that the Republicans running Washington will stop playing their political games and start fighting for the American people, just as our honored veterans did 63 years ago."
A few observations:
-- I think Duncan Hunter has forgotten more about the needs of our military services in the brief time it took him to wipe his bum after his morning movement than Terry McAuliffe has known in his entire life.

If he felt it necessary to hold up this precious piece of legislation in order to address what he-- and many others, including myself-- felt was an issue of extreme importance, well, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt.

This particular legislation has spent years in development. Waiting a few more days to make sure it's right isn't any less responsible than taking years to write and pass the bill in the first place.

-- McAuliffe lamenting that Republican divisions are impeding the fight against terrorism is stark raving lunacy, especially when it's the Democratic Party that exhibits near-terminal schizophrenia when it comes to the War on Terror.

The Democratic Party wants to be tough on terror, but is unwilling to actually be, you know, tough on terror. Whether it's about the Patriot Act, Gitmo, immigration reform, or a host of other issues, the Dems first instinct is to cry foul.

Yet, when the time comes to release the press release, they line up to crow just how good they are in fighting the War on Terror, because they spent more money on purchasing hearses in Schenectady so our vaunted "first responders" can bury the dead from our next terrorist attack.

-- Hasn't this guy been fired yet? I mean, really, how many times do you have to lose elections before you lose your job? Between McAuliffe and Bob Shrum, it's like watching Joe Paterno flail at Penn State. They're living on past glory.

Actually, what am I saying? This is grossly unfair to Coach Paterno: at least he had past glory. All Terry McAuliffe ever had was a window office, and a request for an autograph from a 57-year old Detroit woman who mistook him for actor Tony Goldywn.

All Bob Shrum ever did was make himself a fool gorging on breakfast and second breakfast during Kerry strategy meetings. Bob, pal, you're no longer in the Shire. Shave those feet already.

Hey, I'm the first person to acknowledge differences of opinion. I also recognize the prevalence, if not the sanity, of "spin." However, something this skull-shattering stupid should have really been caught by an intern or something before it went out the door with McAuliffe's signature/scratch/hoof print/whatever it is he uses to sign his press releases.

The fact that you capitalize the term 'war on terror' just goes to show how packaged and sold the concept is transmitted to citizens.
Dear Anonymous--

No, the fact that I capitalize the War on Terror represents that it is, in fact, an *actual war*, the kind with objectives and strategy and explosions and gunfire and dead and wounded on both sides and in between.

Oh, and the fact that I work in the building currently fighting this pre-packaged media event spectacular, which was also conveniently the site of an attack that helped us package and sell this War on Terror "concept" to the American public, just like "Cotton" or "Splenda."

But other than that, Anonymous, you're 100% right!

Thanks for writing in,
Your Blogmaster.
I'm glad you wrote that, Dave, because I doubt I could have responded in anything other than all capital letters, bolded, italicized, underlined, and full of exclamation points.

Yours was much more readable than mine would have been, I'm sure.
I prefer to fight my flame wars with ice, Sobek.
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