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Brilliant Post of the Day

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The Bitch shares with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg a love of the looniness created when nutty ideologues are allowed access to pen and ink.  To wit, a story in Sunday’s Washington Times by paranoid Israeli PR flack Eliani Benador (of the Shomron Council in the occupied West Bank) posits that Huma Abedin, Weiner’s Arab wife and cradle Clintonista, has been groomed by the Clinton-Soros Global Conspiracy to, in her words, “advance the cause of Islam in America, including a politically positioned marriage to Congressman Anthony Weiner.”  [Emphasis added.]

Because Anthony Weiner is such an influential Jew in America.  He’s so influential that, according to media outlets too numerous to link to, members of his own party can’t stand him, refuse to defend him, and even line up to call for his resignation.  Now that’s influence!

In fact, the more the Bitch thinks about it, the more she thinks Eliani Benador is really a nom de plume of Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Pam Brady, the people who brought us “Team America World Police.”  Because, really, doesn’t Ms. Benador’s rant sound like the ravings of the puppet Kim Jong Il?



Benjy Sarlin at TPMDC reports that the entire story has been taken down.  Read about it here.  Hee Hee!

Dear Rep. Weiner,

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Parallel Universes, Part I

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The Bitch was going to write today about how this piece, by Dana Milbank, should have been added to yesterday’s “Little Humor” post.  But the more she thinks about it, an unpleasant theme whispers in her ear…stay tuned.

Once upon a time, when he was in the US House, Senator Pat Toomey had a reputation as a conservative, but sane, lawmaker.

Not so any more, it seems.  On Wednesday Senator Toomey spoke to the American Enterprise Institute about the debt ceiling issue, saying:

It is “absolutely false” to claim that failing to raise the debt limit by the deadline would “equate to a default on our debt at all.”

That is, of course, news to Tim Geithner.  And we can meet our current obligations, says Senator Toomey, by paying for them out of expected tax revenue.  No need to borrow — so what’s all the fuss about?  Milbank tells us:

Without borrowing, we’d have to cut Obama’s budget for 2012 by $1.5 trillion. That means even if we shut down the military and stopped writing Social Security checks, the government would still come up about $200 billion short.

Ooopsies!  Looks like we’ll have to raise some taxes!  Replies Toomey, Tea Party stalwart, to Milbank’s direct question, “I’m not interested in raising taxes.”

Well. Senator, the Bitch isn’t interested in paying her taxes either, but she pays them.  Some things you just gotta do.

The Girl Can’t Help Herself…

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Some things just must be commented upon…Rick Santorum tells talk-show host Hugh Hewitt that Senator John McCain, who as a Navy flier spent 5+ years in a Vietnam prison where he was tortured repeatedly, just doesn’t understand “enhanced interrogation,” that calm-sounding phrase that actually means torture.

Here is the fatal exchange:

HH: Now your former colleague, John McCain, said look, there’s no record, there’s no evidence here that these methods actually led to the capture or the killing of bin Laden. Do you disagree with that? Or do you think he’s got an argument?

RS: I don’t, everything I’ve read shows that we would not have gotten this information as to who this man was if it had not been gotten information from people who were subject to enhanced interrogation. And so this idea that we didn’t ask that question while Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being waterboarded, he doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works. I mean, you break somebody, and after they’re broken, they become cooperative. And that’s when we got this information. And one thing led to another, and led to another, and that’s how we ended up with bin Laden. That seems to be clear from all the information I read. Maybe McCain has better information than I do, but from what I’ve seen, it seems pretty clear that but for these cooperative witnesses who were cooperative as a result of enhanced interrogations, we would not have gotten bin Laden.

What We Can Learn from the Ensign Report

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That if you, as an elected official, decide to put the moves on your wife’s best friend while she, her husband and children are living with you and your family temporarily; and if/when you get found out and the husband approaches you for “financial support,” Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is NOT, NOT, NOT the guy to use as an intermediary to negotiate a settlement.  After all, he wanted John Ensign, the recently resigned GOP Senator from Nevada, to buy Doug and Cindy Hampton’s NV house for approx. $1.5 million; and then give the Hamptons an additional $1 million or so “start-over” money so they could relocate far away from the Ensigns and get on with their lives.  The nerve!

(In case you were wondering, the Mark Ensigns — the Senator’s parents — eventually came through with $96K, a payment the Senate Ethics Committee finds dubious under the law, since it’s probably an illegal campaign contribution.  It has referred the matter to the Federal Election Commission; actually, it’s referred the entire Ensign investigation to the Justice Department for their own investigation.  And people say ethics don’t count on Capitol Hill!)

Additionally, Senator Coburn failed in his central duty of keeping John Ensign’s dick in his pants, as Ensign said in his resignation speech:

My caution to all of my colleagues is to surround yourselves with people who will be honest with you about how you really are and what you are becoming, and then make them promise to not hold back no matter how much you may try to prevent them from telling you the truth. I wish I had done this sooner, but this is one of the hardest lessons I have had to learn.

Right.  Are we clear on this?  It’s not up to John Ensign to police his own character, it’s up to his posse, which in Ensign’s case were a bunch of highly aggressive devout Christians living in the infamous C Street townhouse owned by a little-known religious organization called “The Fellowship.”  Turns out they are the same folks who bring you the National Prayer Breakfast.  (Sex and eggs amongst the bacon.  Who knew?)

And, not that Ensign gives his bros any credit for this, they DID tell him “what [he] was and what [he] was becoming,” the randy Senator just didn’t give a damn.

In one passage of the report, Ensign’s “spiritual adviser,” Tim Coe, called Ensign from outside of a hotel room where the senator was with Cindy Hampton and told him: “I know exactly where you are. I know exactly what you are doing. Put your pants on and go home.

You can read the whole ethics report here, if you don’t mind tossing your Cheerios.  The Bitch sincerely hopes the Senator ends up doing hard time.  (But admits he probably won’t.)

Newt Gingrich’s Date with Destiny

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Or something.

In a piece done no favors by the New York Times headline-writing person (“Gingrich Run Reflects His Sense of History”), Matt Bai tells us that this time, Gingrich is serious about running for President.

The thing you have to understand about Newt is that he is, by training and temperament, an avid historian, and he is as true a believer as you will ever find in the concept of destiny.


According to Bai, Gingrich dealt with his adolescent inferiority complex by fantasy:

He imagined himself — and, reasonably or not, still does — as a lead protagonist in the history of his own time, a consequential character in the grand American narrative.

But wait!  There’s more:

In particular, Mr. Gingrich is a devotee of the historian Arnold J. Toynbee, who meditated on the concept of “departure and return” — the idea that great leaders have to leave (or be banished from) their kingdoms before they can better themselves and return as conquering heroes. One of Newt’s heroes, the French general and statesman Charles de Gaulle, embodies just this kind of romantic narrative, having spent 12 years out of power before returning to lead his country. So does Ronald Reagan, who traveled the country after losing his bid for the Republican nomination in 1976, then came roaring back to win it all four years later.

All this, despite having never been elected for anything on a national level (beyond his old US House seat  — GA-06), as well as having three living wives, two of whom he divorced while they were experiencing chronic illness; in the case of his first wife, Jacqui, he served her with divorce papers while she was in hospital recovering from surgery.  He met his third wife, Callista Bisek, when she worked for the House Agriculture Committee, and carried on with her while, as Speaker of the House, he helped lead the Republican investigation of President Bill Clinton for perjury in relation to Clinton’s alleged relationships with Paula Jones and White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Another good-to-know tidbit, Gingrich is the only US Speaker of the House disciplined for ethics violations.  additionally, in the summer of 1997, the House GOP leadership — GOP Conference Leader John Boehner (R-OH), Republican Leadership Chairman Bill Paxon (R-NY), House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) and House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX –many of them former Gingrich disciples and allies, decided he had become too toxic to remain as Speaker, so they tried to depose him.  One of them (that would be YOU, Dick Armey, current Tea Party leader) chickened out and squealed.  Upshot: Gingrich stayed on, only to resign a year later after he was blamed for the GOP’s five-seat loss in the 1998 midterm elections.  Here’s what he said at the time of his tantrum resignation:

 “I’m willing to lead but I’m not willing to preside over people who are cannibals. My only fear would be that if I tried to stay, it would just overshadow whoever my successor is.”

Cannibals!  If he couldn’t handle the US House, how will he handle North Korea?

More Bai:

When we talked briefly about the presidency in 2009, Mr. Gingrich said that he had been thinking a lot about Mr. Reagan’s journey and his own. Mr. Reagan, he said, found his way to the presidency after emerging principally as the leader of a re-energized conservative movement. Mr. Gingrich considers his own following on Twitter and Facebook to be an emergent movement, too — although it’s not clear exactly what strand of Republicanism he represents.

Indeed.  So.  What we have here, me hearties, is a delusional former politician who wants to be taken seriously by his party and his country.  He is what passes for a “substantial thinker” in the GOP today.  Chew on that one.

Pray for Implosion!

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Howard Kurtz notices the GOP’s over-reliance on nutters (and worries it will cause the party to implode in November 2012):

The regular Tuesday meeting of the House Republican caucus grew heated last month when some of the more seasoned lawmakers said it was time to “shut up,” as one put it, about the birther issue.

The caucus has 85 new members, more than 30 of whom are new to elective office—“the kamikazes,” they are privately called—and some took strong exception to being urged not to talk about President Obama’s birth certificate. “Well, I don’t think he was born in this country,” one freshman snapped.

More Kurtz:

Former Newt Gingrich aide Tony Blankley says “both parties have their extremes, and their leadership can’t embrace them. But you never want to disperse the energy of your supporters. It has to be managed.” Maybe, but Democrats have never enabled the Bush-caused-9/11 nuts this way.  [Emphasis added.]

Nor do they.  Dem lawmakers may privately agree with the Code Pinkers, the 9/11 conspiracy theorists and the “Indict-Bush/Cheney-for-war-crimes” types, but they know these causes are electoral losers, and so far, they have managed to keep the lid on.  Not so the GOP, who found the whole “Obama as Scary Other” meme spectacularly successful as a base (and bank account) energizer.

Well, the Bitch sez, let the crazies roar!  As long as the GOP doubles down on manipulating Americans’ fears of the Other — immigrants, Muslim Americans, the poor, the President, anyone who doesn’t look like Me — they deserve to be the minority party.  So let ‘em spend their crazy dollars where they will and sit back and watch the implosion.

Spooking the Masses today…

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Leading off from yesterday’s excellent quote — “Never spook the masses because if you do, they are likely to do crazy” — we have, in short order:

  1. The Fed says inflation is going up (FT; register to read for free) but that’s not exactly news to anyone who’s bought gas or food lately; plus,
  2. The dollar continued to slide, for all who pay attention to such things; plus,
  3. Illinois is on track to end fiscal year with $8.3 BILLION “unpaid obligations;” plus,
  4. Moody’s downgraded New Jersey (which the aesthetically-inclined have been doing for years); plus,
  5. President Obama, the guy who was born in Hawaii two years and 25 days before the Bitch (who was born in a foreign country and is still a US-citizen-by-birth, for God’s sake) released his birth certificate, but “true birthers” aren’t satisfied; plus,
  6. First quarter gun sales in the U.S. are up 12.5%, the largest year-by-year jump in the last three years; plus,
  7. The Bitch would like to point out that people who feel safe and secure don’t buy guns at a record clip; she does not suggest armed insurrection is in the works, but see lede, above; EQUALS
  8. Lots of crazy dollars floating around, looking for a suitable home, peeps.

Why Barbour Got Out…

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Nate Silver wins the best headline contest with this honest entry: “On the Largely Irrelevant News about Barbour Not Running for President.”  It’s brilliant — funny, factual and withering.  Barbour’s out, and it doesn’t matter, except for what it tells us about one very smart pol’s reading of the race.

First of all, it tells us he doesn’t think he can win.  Duh, but bear with the Bitch: win what?  Win the nomination?  Or win the Presidency?  Apparently Haley thinks his party is too nutty for him to get their attention.

WaPo’s Dan Balz tells us

…friends of Barbour, speaking on the condition of anonymity to share insight about his decision, said he had come to the conclusion that Republicans can win only if they are totally focused on serious issues and not distracted by some of the side issues, such as Obama’s birthplace, that have arisen in the early going.

(So let’s just ignore Barbour’s ties to industry and those silly comments on civil rights…After all, he thinks a Civil Rights Museum is such a good idea!  Because “civil rights” is something From the Past!)

Howard Meyerson connects the dots and tells us the crazy base drove Haley from the field.  He’s got a point.  Meyerson reminds us that 45% of the GOP believe President Obama was born outside the US, and that this correlates with the 45% of the” Tea Potniks” who believe the same…leading one to conclude, perhaps erroneously, that 45% of today’s GOP are Birthers and by definition, nutty.

This jumpin’ off the crazy pier explains The Donald and the “Birther Bills” introduced in more than a dozen state legislatures (also the Palin, the Angle, et. al).  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer just vetoed her state’s bill, famously calling it “a bridge too far.”   The Bitch would like to point out that when Arizona sets the standard for sanity, we’re all in deep doo-doo.

A wise woman who studies US politics reminded the Bitch of a smart saying today: “Never spook the masses, because if you do, they are likely to do crazy.”

Doin’ some crazy indeed, boy howdy.

The Next Great Threat to the Republic

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No, it’s not Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann or even Franklin Graham, although it’s part and parcel of the same phenomena: the triumph of idiocy over reason in American conservative “truthiness.”  It’s not the debt ceiling fight (which should not be a fight at all, and isn’t really a dispute over should we default or shouldn’t we default, as if defaulting on the national debt is in the same league as not paying AmEx this month).  No, the next great threat to the Republic is the question of who will replace a backbencher GOP Freshman if he’s tapped to replace the contemptible Senator John Ensign of Nevada when Ensign resigns his seat (sex scandal, natch) early next week.

The freshman mostly likely to replace the contemptible Ensign is GOP Representative Dean Heller, of Nevada’s 2rd congressional district.  At issue: two competing state laws that outline two distinctly separate ways to replace him, and no legal precedent to point the way for GOP Governor Brian Sandoval.

(You’d think something like this would have happened before in Nevada, but apparently not.)

See, the thing is, if Heller goes up to the Senate — for which he’s already running, since Ensign had already announced his plans to retire at the end of this current Congress — someone will have to replace him, and that problem, that conumdrum, is giving Brian Sandoval fits.

Because the next person “in line,” as it were, is Sharron Angle.

You may recall Angle.  She was the GOP nominee who ran against that sure loser Harry Reid in 2010, who took Reid’s state-wide unpopularity (across his own party, even) and converted it into Fear of Sharron, enabling Reid (who ran a disciplined, on-message campaign) to beat her like a gong.

At the outset of the 2010 campaign season, there was no incumbent more in danger of losing his seat than Harry Reid, nothwithstanding his position as Senator Majority Leader, an unparalleled  post-position for re-election fundraising.  And he was supposed to lose because the Nevada polity were fed-up with “business as usual” from “Dirty” Harry Reid and the Nevada GOP was enraged and engaged; they were going to take Reid down!

Except that, after a contentious nomination process, they picked Angle, an ultra-conservative from Reno, a former member of the state assembly well-known for her, um, unique positions on a range of issues and her rabid grassroots network of conservative Christians across Nevada and beyond.  She is, and was, a Tea Party favorite who once fought the state of Nevada’s attempts to override its constitutional requirement of 2/3s approval to raise taxes — and won (Guinn v. Legislature); her devotion to the letter of the US Constitution has won her many TP hearts and dollars.

This is what we knew about Sharron Angle before her nomination for U.S. Senate:

  • She was first inspired to get into politics because a dream a friend had about Angle and Deborah, the Old Testament Prophetess and first female Judge of Israel;
  • She so often voted against issues of broad consensus in the 42-member NV Assembly that such votes were often called “41-to-Angle.”
  • She successfully led the Nevada legislature to sue the Governor (above);
  • She advocated a prison recidivism program (tried and abandoned in New Mexico) for drug offenders that used materials developed by, among others, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and recommended saunas and massages for offenders, claiming that the program had a 10% recidivism rate.  Critics of the program claimed that the program didn’t track ex-offenders after they had completed the program.  Nevadan politicians were invited to study the program, free of charge, by an Arizonan businessman with ties to the Church of Scientology.

This is what we knew about Sharron Angle after her nomination:

  • She denied calling for the “transition” of Social Security to privately-held accounts, even though that goal was stated on her website (Set-up starts at 1:01; Angle’s conversation with a local reporter starts about minute 1:50);
  • At a time when NV unemployment topped 14%, she suggested that Nevadians who took unemployment were “spoiled,” because “overly-high” benefits were more attractive to people trying to replace their lost salaries than taking “honest” work for less pay, even though in Nevada as in much of the country at the time, there WERE NO JOBS TO BE HAD.
  • She ran ad after ad blaming Harry Reid for Nevada’s jobs problem – unemployment and foreclosures were then either the highest or among the highest in the nation — then stated that as a US Senator, her job was not to try to “bring jobs to Nevada.”
  • Her campaign, realizing that their greatest threat was the candidate herself, tried to limit her exposure to non-partisan media, choosing instead to give interviews to Fox News and  its outlets.
  • Her campaign’s fear was well-founded.  After running a series of increasingly shrill campaign ads about Harry Reid’s opposition to the draconian 2010 Arizona immigration law, Angle was confronted by a teen at an appearance before the Hispanic Student Union at  Rancho High School in Las Vegas.  Here’s one of Angle’s best-known and most often-criticized quotes:
  • Additonally, she managed to piss off the Canadians by suggesting, incorrectly, that the 9/11 bombers came through our porous “northern borders,” which they did not; the Canadian Ambassador demanded a retraction (which as far as the Bitch can tell, he never received).
  • Then there was the whole issue of “Shari’a law” taking over Dearborn, MI and Frankford, TX (audio here at minute 43:10, Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly’s furious response here) and by the way, Frankford, TX doesn’t exist any more.  Absorbed by Dallas in 1975, all that remains of Frankford is a church and a cemetery (the Bitch apologizes; she doesn’t know what’s up with the audio);
  • And oh yes, rape victims who conceive as a result of their rape should embrace their pregnancies as “part of God’s plan;”  Angle had counseled some young girls, she said, who did reconsider their situations and found that they could make “what was a lemon situation into lemonade.”
  • That BP clean-up money?  It’s a slush fund.  Oops!  No, it isn’t.
  • Those “Second Amendment remedies?”  Just metaphorical hyperbole, says her campaign.
  • And by the way, she didn’t say the things she clearly said.
Her positions are bad enough; but her self-judgment, like Sarah Palin’s, her “common sense,” her ability to think critically, appears to be completely absent.  As one commenter says, “she doesn’t have positions, she has beliefs which act as filters for her positions.”  And those beliefs don’t ever appear to be critically examined by Angle, she never subjects them to rigorous evaluation against reality, she just embraces them.  This is the problem, and it’s Trump’s problem, it’s Palin’s problem, it’s Bachmann’s problem, it’s Paul Ryan’s problem (at least vis-a-vis his “budget”), it’s the GOP PROBLEM.  Apparently critical thinking died with Bill Buckley.

This is the woman who wants to be the next U.S. Senator from Nevada.  And she could win the nomination, given the right legal pathway.  She has the grassroots support to win a jungle primary, where everyone runs, irrespective of party and the two highest vote-getters either move on to a run-off; or the single candidate that gets a simple majority gets the nod.  Her core believers are that strong, and criticism of their darling only makes them double-down on her.  But — supposedly — she doesn’t have the juice to win a nominating convention run by the Nevada GOP establishment.

Pray that’s true.  Pray Governor Sandoval chooses the nominating convention.

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