There are two essays on the Political Animal blog of the Washington Monthly that you need to read back-to-back and in this order:
- Why shouldn’t the Left have its own “tea party?”
- Hyperpartiseanship is a symptom of distrust in government, not its cause
The first essay: I’ve gotten into this argument with well-meaning, but squishy liberals before: the tea party is vile and we should not mimic them; usually they say things along the lines of, “we’re better than that.” And then we get walloped by them. Atkins proposes that the policies that the Teabaggers want is what is vile, but their technique for getting what they want is pretty impressive politics. He is calling for the Left to get in the game, fight back and stand for something. I’m inclined to agree with him.
The second essay reminds me of how our pal Driftglass has long said that the real story of the post-Reagan era is how the Republicans have lost their minds (and how the media is not covering it), and I think that this second essay might be an initial foray from a pretty mainstream publisher that actually makes the point: the Conservatives are the problem, and they are nuts.
Rolex Bob McDonnell gets what he deserves
The last time we checked in with smooth criminal and former Virginia Gov. Rolex Bob McDonnell, both he and his wife were found guilty of Public Corruption charges, and of course being polite grifters, each was pointing to the other, because the best defense is to be so strongly offensive? Yes, we’ll go with that. They are to be sentenced soon (January 6 for him, Feb. 20th for her)
So the news today is that the US Probation Office who set guidelines for sentencing federal offenders has returned with the suggestion that Ol’ Sticky Fingers be sentenced to no less than 10 years and one month to no more than 12 years and 7 months. The report is sealed and so no one is sure how that range of years was determined, but there are some clues:
- McDonnell is a high-ranking politician
- McDonnell took multiple bribes
- The total value of the bribes was so high
So be of good cheer: “U.S. District Judge James Spencer is not required to follow [the guidelines]. But experts said Spencer typically heeds the probation office’s advice, and judges in his district have imposed sentences within the recommended range more than 70 percent of the time in recent years.”
Sometimes the crooks get what they have coming. We’ll keep an eye on this one.
Ship’em-all-back-to-where’ere-they-came advocate (ALIPAC) William Gheen has a simple 3-step plan to peacefully overthrow the Kenyan Usurper Barack HUSSEIN Obama and restore the United States:
It’s so simple! Why didn’t we think of it?
Hey guys, remember that Minn. Wingnut who declared a Holy Crusade against Mooselims last week? I mean other than One-L (this time). Haha, trick question!
Anyway, Jack Whitley, who famously said:
“They are muslims, they are terrorist (sic), we know where they are from, we know where their buddies are, we know where thier mosque’s (sic) are, we know millions of these parasites travel to Mecca every year and when…FRAG ‘EM!” he wrote in a Facebook post.
He refused to apologize and said that Muslims in the U.S. “either need to repent except (sic) Jesus Chist or leave the country.”
…has resigned as the Big Stone County Republican party chairman. Methinks it was under duress.
National Review editor Rich Lowry has suggested an innovative new way for Republicans to express their displeasure: ban President Obama from delivering the State of the Union Address:
“If I were John Boehner,” he said, referring to the House speaker, “I’d say to the president: ‘Send us your State of the Union in writing. You’re not welcome in our chamber.’ ”
Uh-huh. The Party of Lincoln telling the First Black President that he isn’t welcome in Congress will really go over well.
GIULIANI: “White police officers wouldn’t be there, if you weren’t killing each other.”
Black Studies Scholar Rudy Giuliani discussing Ferguson with Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson, who happens to be, you know, blah on The Chuck Todd Variety Hour.
In which I (virtually) visit Mississippi… over at Liberland.
Meet Nevada Assembly Speaker-elect Ira Hansen as he tells us one more thing he knows about the negro:
In an attack on public education and teacher unions, Hansen wrote, “The Democratic coalition would split asunder if the NAACP & co. actually promoted what black Americans truly desire—educational choice. The shrewd and calculating [black] ’leaders’ are willing to sacrifice the children of their own race to gratify their lust for power and position. The relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, with the benevolent master knowing what’s best for his simple minded darkies. For American blacks, being denied choice and forced to attend the failing and inferior government school system is a form of involuntary servitude. Let’s call it what it truly is—educational slavery.”
He seems nice.
(Reno News and Review via LiveWire)
You can watch the speech at 8PM eastern at the White House website.
And I’m sure you can watch the reaction to it on the networks, 100% of whom refused to carry it. Here’s a preview of the reaction: