Sunday, December 26, 2010
Ron Radosh has written an excellent piece at Pajamas Media about a blatant, but drearily familiar, smear of Victor Davis Hanson by Jeffrey Sachs -- and Joe Scarborough's underwhelming response to same. Anyone still planning to run out and get his No Labels membership card (75% off all David Frum books -- act now) should watch the clip below then reconsider the wisdom of having Fifi the poodle guard the house.
Sachs I'm assured is "internationally known" – presumably by virtue of teaching at Columbia and being head of an organization with the name "Earth" in it. Hopefully he doesn't teach ethics or logic, because his remarks on the recent Morning Joe episode provided no evidence of even a tenuous grasp of either. In response to a question about President Obama’s recent policy about-faces -- in which an article of Hanson’s was quoted -- Sachs’ immediate and visceral reaction was, in effect, "never mind the facts, Hanson is a wild eyed extremist responsible for getting us into Iraq and Afghanistan."
This seems to have been enough to dazzle Joe Scarborough, who responded to Sachs’ repeated and baseless slanders with a few feeble attempts to change the subject, one lame joke, and that final redoubt of intellectual and moral courage, agreement with the slanderer to "put Victor Davis Hanson to the side."
Evidently the more sensible option of putting Jeffrey Sachs to the side didn't occur to him.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
WaPo's Richard Cohen Calls For Sacking of Marine Commandant Over DADT -- Now Seriously, Which Of These Two Guys Can We Most Easily Live Without?
One of the drearier tasks in any Conservative blogger’s life is perusing the Left’s house organs (and that last term is pregnant with meaning) in search of grist for articles and posts. The musings of these strange, sad and palpably small people reliably evokes certain reactions – trending towards amused contempt and incredulity – but only rarely does one actually feel the urge to deliver a Moe Howard upside someone’s head.
With his execrable article in today’s Washington Post -- Marine Corps commandant has to go -- Richard Cohen has achieved this rarified status.
Cohen, whose knowledge of the military appears limited to being “a fan of the old World War II movies,” has decided that Gen. James Amos, the Marine Corps Commandant, “must go” for having had the temerity to express misgivings over the repeal of DADT.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Anyone who thinks the recent re-enactment of the Little Big Horn – more popularly known as the mid-term elections – was a clarion call to the Republicans to lower their voices, surrender hard-won territory in the name of civility, and generally return to fighting the Left with Nerf guns and balled-up Kleenex, will find no greater friend and exponent than David Frum. In the wake of one of the most dramatic political victories in US history, won through the sweat-equity of people he openly contemns, and in which he himself played no discernible role, Frum has decided that the front-and-center issue now is finding some other way to surrender to Obama, and he for one is going to do something about it.
For those of you unfamiliar with Frum's Steward of Gondor "abandon-your-posts-we're-all-going-to-die" shtick, here's a quick refresher from his negative attention seeking tour after HCR:
Friday, December 3, 2010
Whenever people catalog the perceived shortcomings of Sarah Palin one of the most commonly used words is "divisive", which is just another way of saying some people like her and some people don't. It never seems to occur to those who apply such labels that not only is this a perfectly normal state of affairs but the absence of it usually means the person in question is either a cult-leader or has nothing to say.
Indeed, in order to figure out who a person really is, it is often instructive to examine the enemies he or she has cultivated – and Sarah has cultivated some of the best. Anyone beaming down from the planet Twilo, knowing nothing about Palin or her politics, could reasonably survey the Mos Eisley Cantina collection of characters who stand in opposition to her and conclude she was worth a second look.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Joe Scarborough, former Congressman, current TV personality and more or less perpetual blowhard, has a slight piece in yesterday’s Politico in which he exhorts the GOP to man up and confront Sarah Palin.
Lord knows if anyone can show these pantywaists how to grow a pair it's Morning Joe. This is a man after all flying in the face of danger, defying the well-documented love fest between Palin and the media, and giving her "what-fer" in a snotty, condescending hit piece. Those of us with wives and families can only shake our heads at such courage and count our manhood cheap.
Republicans have a problem. The most-talked-about figure in the GOP is a reality show star who cannot be elected. And yet the same leaders who fret that Sarah Palin could devastate their party in 2012 are too scared to say in public what they all complain about in private.This is bold new territory for Politico, who haven’t explored the "Palin Bacillus Infects GOP " theme for ... days now and never before from someone who, like Palin, knows what it's like to resign from public office, albeit for different reasons and a with slightly different body count.
Enough. It’s time for the GOP to man up.