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October 04, 2007

Odds & Sods #41: “Fred Thompson vs. The Soviet Union” Edition

  • Judge to Sen. Craig: You're stuck with your plea: Are Republicans stuck with Craig? [Answer: Yes.]

  • Kudos to Obama: Blocks odious FEC Republican nominee Spakovsky...for now.

  • Conservative "pro-family" activists would rather vote for a third party candidate than they would vote for Rudy Giuliani. I'll believe it when that candidate hands Florida to the Democrats in 2008. IJS. That said, maybe it's time for Rudy to claim he's pro-life now. After all -- 9/11 changed everything!

  • Now that Pete Domenici has announced his retirement, will Bill Richardson quit his run for the White House and try for the Senate instead? His campaign says, no, they're in it to win it and they are "confident" of their chances. Right.

  • Speaking of losers, do you ever get the impression that Fred Thompson is just going through the motions? What ever could he have been thinking? (Answer below.)

  • Sleep-walking his way through Iowa, Thompson tries to out-Reagan the rest of the Republican field by slamming "the Soviet Union." Yes, you heard me. The Hunt For Red October is on again, baby!

  • Speaking of the USSR, today is the 50th anniversary of the launch into space of Sputnik. Did you know that what the Soviets were really trying to do was draw attention to the ICBM that launched the little-satellite-that-could?

  • Speaking of Sputnik, here's an interview with Arthur C. Clark (now nearing 90) wherein he remembers where he was that fateful day when his prediction finally came true.

  • Props to Sergey Korolyov, the genius behind the Soviet space effort. He was called "The Chief Designer" because his identity was deemed a state secret by the Politburo.

  • A new AP-Ipsos poll has Bush's approval ratings at 31 percent, the "lowest level" ever recorded in that poll's history. Not sure if they mean lowest for any president or just lowest for the Bush family.

  • Surprise! People still really, really like Bill Clinton.

And here it is, your moment of Zen:


August 21, 2007

Grab Some Popcorn

by Mark Adams

We won't have to do too much to thwart the GOP juggernaught as the gloves come off the former fake New York prosecutor and the former real U.S. Attorney and later real Mayor of New York.
Time's Swampland pits Fred Thompson against Rudy.  First up, the Law And Order guy:

"Anybody who knows me knows I’ve always cared deeply about the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. So I’ve always felt sort of relieved when I flew back home to where that particular civil liberty gets as much respect as the rest of the Bill of Rights."

and Giuliani's response:
"Those who live in New York in the real world - not on TV - know that Rudy Giuliani's record of making the city safe for families speaks for itself. No amount of political theater will change that."
Shorter GOP primary ... "Shaadup!"  "No.  You Shaadup!"

Honestly, just how stupid would it be if New York City was reincarnated as Dodge City?  Can you imagine the clusterf#%&k at the subway in Fred's world?  Everybody packing heat.  And everybody strip searched at the turnstiles.  Metal detectors at every taxi stand, but you're free to let a few rounds go into the air instead of whistling to hail a cab.

You really can tell Fred's version of the Big Apple existed exclusively on a studio back lot, and Rudy, as does the entire GOP field, loves to invoke Ronald Reagan's name over and over and over again, takes a pot shot at Thompson for being an actor.

These guys are a joke -- especially since Reagan's 11th Commandment was thou shall't not speak ill of another Republican.

August 18, 2007

Cheney is a Dildo and Other Quyck Hyts

by Mark Adams

From his lust for Kralizec to his desire to privatize Social Security, Rudy unites left and right, by his stupidity.  Seriously, the guy is absofreakinglutely bat-shit crazy.

Obama figures out
he's just not that good at the 30 second sound-byte debate format -- cuts and runs from attending any more debates than those already scheduled.  I assume that means there will be a hard limit of no more than 47 more until we begin voting -- probably right after Thanksgiving.  Hopefully, there will be lots of arugula.

After watching some TPMtv, spotlighting Mitt Romney's profound ignorance of anything east of Boston Harbor, Raising Kaine concludes "Multiple-Choice Mitt" is a "Giant Foreign Policy Goofball."  News Hounds gets the hypocrisy of Romney's schpeel, but you really need to watch Josh Marshall put it all together to understand how profoundly delusional Romney is. 

Meanwhile, Eleanor Clift has a question for Mitt & Co. that might stop some of the GOP hopefuls in their tracks -- since of course, they'd have to think instead of regurgitating their 30 year-old talking points or trying to remember whether they we talking to an audience that preferred the flip to the flop.

Stop asking Romney and the other Republican front runners about abortion and start asking them where they stand on family planning.
Shorter Elly C.:  "Please stop talking about this wedge issue that is destined to lose the election for us.  Our candidates suck eggs on this."

Fred Thompson, who turns 65 today (thus eligible for all the entitlements he vows to abolish), is the only candidate who needed to have his fat, lazy ass trucked around the Iowa State Fair in a golf cart. 

Actually he looked kinda gaunt.  He'll need to scarf down a few more elephant ears to be the right's answer to Michael Moore. 

She really ought to take it easy on the old guy.  How many little blue pills can one man take?

I noted before that Mike Huckabee was kind spoken towards the Clintons, to the point where he would sound almost gushing if he weren't a Republican.  Rights Field's David Dayen thinks these remarks point to where Huckabee first got the idea that cars and buses were lame, that his super-coolness would be enshrined forever once his Harley cleared the shark tank.

This kid came from a dysfunctional family — alcoholic abusive father. And yet he didn't just aspire, he was elected president of the United States not once, but twice. That is an affirmation of the system. And it's a wonderful testament to give to every kid in America that no matter where you've come from, you've got an opportunity to do something extraordinary.
John Edwards gets ahead of the "gotcha" game and David Sirota approves, he rejects right wing framing of the "war on terra" in the same way that former Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Meyers approved, connects with ordinary folks and David Brooks approves, talks the talk and walks the walk in a way RFK and MLK would approve, calls Coultergeist a "She-Devil," and I approve.  Atrios insults Instalinker and FU by comparing them to Annie Sunshine -- Digby approves.

Wingnuttystan still says, "Gotcha," cuz that's all they got.  I mean, what are they gonna do?  Buy into McCain trying to be the anti-war candidate?  Puh-Leeze.

More Wingnut News...

Vice President Cheney
is a dildo, what else to you call a dick substitute? (Do not Click if you are under age ... 40.)  Doctor BooMan advises us to use a condom anyway.

Speaking of nuts and other guilty pleasures of the alternate universe ... you know you just gotta click on a link that says Ron Paul teams up with Dennis Kucinich.

July 26, 2007

Fred Thompson: Over Before He Begins? (Updated)

Random thoughts:

  • Thompson "shakes up" his staff? A bad sign, especially considering he isn't really even in the race yet. Worse yet: he appoints Michigan's Hack-tacular ex-Senator Spencer Abraham as his campaign manager. Clearly, Thompson is trying to send a message that he is a true conservative. But Abraham is yesterday's news. He represents the failed policies of the Newt Gingrich wing of the party.

  • Speaking of which, is Newt about to endorse Thompson?

  • Is it possible that Thompson has hesitated so long that the excitement is leaking away? Is it possible that all we're left with are the uncomfortable realities of his background? (Link includes video):
    A woman screaming “you’re not a real conservative, sir” was removed by police from a welcoming reception for likely GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson Wednesday morning. A second protester was also taken from the room...

    She asked him why he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and noted that the organization supported the North American Union with Canada and Mexico...

    [T]he likely candidate [responded, saying] “Don’t fuss at me. You asked me a question. Let me answer it.” He told the woman, “I try to learn as much as I can from all viewpoints.”

    "Don't fuss at me." I love it! Hey Fred -- that shtick might have charmed the ladies you used to date, but that was then. This is now.

  • And speaking of his background...would you believe he was a "sleazy trial lawyer"?:
    Before he was elected as a tough-on-crime US Senator from Tennessee or played a New York prosecutor on TV's Law And Order, Fred Dalton Thompson worked as a lawyer who argued against the government's authority to regulate drug paraphernalia or to search a boat packed with 14 tons of marijuana.
    Personally, that don't make me no never mind. After all, trial lawyers do important and valuable work. But will Republican base voters see it that way? My hunch is they'll rationalize this part of Thompson's past -- for now. But later? It depends on what else they discover about him and how his campaign progresses.

    P.S. I have to assume that the Romney campaign sees this as good for their man.

  • UPDATE: Thompson's fundraising operation sucks.

  • UPDATE: Wheels coming off the bus?
    J.T. Mastranadi was hired just a week and a half ago to be the campaign's director of research. He resigned this morning, a friend of his said. The friend said that Mastranadi was "fed up" with the "lack of structure" and was unclear about his role in the coming campaign.

  • UPDATE:Is Thompson running or not?
    "As you know, I've got some plans. I'm going to make a final decision in the not-too-distant future."
    To be, or not to be...that is the question.

Paging dick Cheney!

July 03, 2007

Scooter And Fred

Here's something I pounded out last night and this morning...

Scooter Libby lied to the grand jury and got caught and got convicted. Scooter Libby was convicted of obstructing an investigation of a crime, a crime that may have involved his bosses Vice President Dick Cheney and President George Bush.

Then his boss, George Bush, stepped in and set him free.

And Fred Thompson? He raised the money that made it possible.

Fred Thompson. We don't need another one like him in the White House.

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