Andrew Malcolm’s piece is about Paul Ryan, I swear. It’s just that there was this fun digression, first:
According to veteran Democratic strategist Bob Shrum, between now and that election day Obama and his skilled team of reputation removers are going to so systematically dismantle Paul Ryan piece by painful piece, such that even his own children will boo him.
And Shrum knows well how this works. After all, he’s led or worked on victorious Democrat White House campaigns for President Dick Gephardt, President Ted Kennedy, President Michael Dukakis, President Bob Kerrey, President Al Gore and, most recently, the winning come-from-ahead campaign of President John Kerry. Oh, wait.
Continue reading #rsrh QotD, Andrew Malcolm Cuts A Shrum edition.
Well, Obama’s not very likeable to me. It’s the way that the man keeps lashing out with all those insults masking a profound insecurity and guilty self-awareness that he was not, in point of fact, really prepared to be President of the United States of America. Or Senator from Illinois. Heck, there are days when the man must wake up and wonder what the hell he did in the Illinois legislature, because Obama can’t remember any of it. They just gave him papers to sign, and my god what if one of those papers had bad stuff on it sure the infanticide one didn’t get any play but McCain didn’t like to fight and they’ll bring that up again and maybe there’s other stuff out there that nobody saw the first time…
I can say all of that because I’m not, of course, totally neurotic myself or anything.
Where was I? Continue reading #rsrh QotD, Not That Obama’s All That Likeable edition.
Andrew Malcolm – who was at the RedState Gathering, by the way* – comes up with a title that makes reading the article itself almost irrelevant:
On Day 938 of his presidency, Obama says he’ll have a jobs plan in a month or so
But read it anyway.
*Good guy. We at RedState like him; he’s about the only reason most of us have for reading what I think Patterico calls the LA Daily Fishwrap.
The first uses an event involving the second to illustrate a point about the third.
Less cryptically: Andrew points out that Rudolf Hess’s body was evicted from its grave after the lease ran out*, cremated, and the ashes scattered at sea – largely because Hess’s grave had become a magnet for neo-Nazis, and nobody wants those guys around. Which is largely why we threw Osama bin Laden’s rapidly cooling corpse into the Indian Ocean**; let jihadi-wannabes try to cover that in flowers.
No, actually, knowing human beings they probably won’t pick one spot and commemorate the SOB there. They’ll probably pick three or four, then fight with each other which is the ‘best’ one (hopefully, with live ammo).
*Apparently you can lease grave space in Europe. Hell, for all I know that’s the worldwide industry standard.
**Not to mention the
Soviets’ Russians’ notoriously tight-lipped non-response to any and all polite inquiries on what happened to Hitler’s body. I struck out ‘Soviets’ because while I no longer cut Commies any slack, I can’t say that I blame the Russians on this one…
…writing this post on the ‘showdown’ between Arizona and Utah over who gets to have the first official state gun. Puns were not so much present in said post as they were cheerfully crammed into every nook and cranny, followed by Andrew jumping up and down on top of the post to close it until he heard the click of the lock engaging.
Well, that’s why I like Andrew. He’s got the right instincts for this entire blogging thing.
I won’t spoil it by showing it: click the link. Trust me, this isn’t a criticism of the Justice: if I had been there I might have been tempted to do the same thing. It’s like the President had reached through time and drained the SotU of all interest in order t0 mystically fuel his Tucson speech…
Via Andrew Malcolm.
If you’re not reading Andrew Malcolm… um, why is that, anyway? From his latest:
Palin should only hope Obama was telling the truth about his inattentiveness to her activities. That would be repeating the same mistake some of Obama’s Democrat competitors made back in 2006-07.
They thought that an inexperienced elected state official who’d quit that job to run for higher office, who could give a real good speech but had zero foreign policy experience and who had only written a couple of best-selling books, could not possibly present a serious political challenge to established Washington veterans.
And we all know now how accurate that thinking was.
Man, there are levels to that. And read the whole thing.
No, really: check out the job description.
Email campaigners are responsible for planning, writing, and executing grassroots campaigns to advance the President’s agenda for change.
Back in December when Ben Smith reported on this the first time, the DNC’s response was “Your in-box isn’t going to fill itself.” Which is a very unintentionally revealing statement, given that it essentially concedes that the DNC assumes that there’s no such thing as a spontaneous popular movement. After all, if they don’t exist on the Left – and if they existed, the DNC wouldn’t be advertising for people to create them – then they don’t exist anywhere. This probably explains their more nonsensical statements about Tea Parties: the idea of a legitimate populist, grassroots-driven movement is as alien to them as a reactionless drive would be to a modern physicist. Continue reading DNC *still* advertising for astroturfers.
Fair warning: this specific bit made my wife laugh in slightly bitter agreement:
Almost exactly one year ago when Obama was attempting to appoint the same old tax-challenged Washington cronies to his change administration, we wrote here about why Washington doesn’t work — and doesn’t get it. It still doesn’t.
One overlooked reason: Despite their growing grumbles, America’s voters kept electing the same partisan pols. When better than 80% of senatorial incumbents and 90+% of House incumbents get reelected from both sides, often using the most partisan, negative advertising, the lesson learned properly by those pros is that the voters are the hypocrites, denouncing partisanship and gridlock and punishing such tactics by repeated reelection.
This is a warning because while she’s a Republican herself, she’s not the partisan hack that I am about it. So her vote this November will be a vote against, rather than for. I’d appreciate it if the GOP’s career politicians kept that in mind, even after next January; I really don’t want to have to go through all of this again in six years…
…they send Joe Biden, according to Andrew Malcolm. Andrew’s being perhaps the slightest bit unkind to the administration this morning – there may have been a legitimate reason for the President not to have attended the Vancouver Olympics himself, although the fact that Biden is combining the trip with a fundraiser for Patty Murray is diagnostic – but I’m more fascinated with the Vancouver logo than I am whether or not the President’s being more petulant than usual. I mean, look at it:
About the only thing that you can say about it is that at least this one doesn’t look like it’s having sex.
PS: And shouldn’t the arms be black?
PPS: I’m just going to give up entirely on the lack of capitalization, mind you.