They embarass him

John Cole laments the pathetic state of today’s Republican’t party:

In short, it really sucks looking around at the wreckage that is my party and realizing that the only decent thing to do is to pull the plug on them (or help). I am not really having any fun attacking my old friends- but I don’t know how else to respond when people call decent men like Jim Webb a pervert for no other reason than to win an election. I don’t know how to deal with people who think savaging a man with Parkinson’s for electoral gain is appropriate election-year discourse. I don’t know how to react to people who think that calling anyone who disagrees with them on Iraq a “terrorist-enabler” than to swing back. I don’t know how to react to people who think that media reports of party hacks in the administration overruling scientists on issues like global warming, endangered species, intelligent design, prescription drugs, etc., are signs of… liberal media bias.

And it makes me mad. I still think of myself as a Republican- but I think the whole party has been hijacked by frauds and religionists and crooks and liars and corporate shills, and it frustrates me to no end to see my former friends enabling them, and I wonder ‘Why can’t they see what I see?” I don’t think I am crazy, I don’t think my beliefs have changed radically, and I don’t think I have been (as suggested by others) brainwashed by my commentariat.

I hate getting up in the morning, surfing the news, and finding more and more evidence that my party is nothing but a bunch of frauds. I feel like I am betraying my friends in the party and the blogosphere when I attack them, even though I believe it is they who have betrayed what ‘we’ allegedly believe in. Bush has been a terrible President. The past Congresses have been horrible- spending excessively, engaging in widespread corruption, butting in to things they should have no say in (like end of life decisions), refusing to hold this administration accountable for ANYTHING, and using wedge issues to keep themselves in power at the expense of gays, etc. And I don’t know why my friends on the right still keep fighting for these guys to stay in power. Why do they keep attacking decent people like Jim Webb- to keep this corrupt lot of fools in office? Why can’t they just admit they were sold a bill of goods and start over? Why do they want to remain in power, but without any principles? Are tax cuts that important? What is gained by keeping troops in harms way with no clear plan for victory? With no desire to change course? With our guys dying every day in what looks to be for no real good reason? Why?

I sympathize with John. I’m not a Republican, but I have often supported GOP candidates, including Dubya in 2000, which is why the betrayal of conservatism and the absolute disastrous policies have been such a disappointment.

I feel John’s pain, and I long for the day when the GOP will have something real to offer again. Only one sane party isn’t good for anyone, least of all, for good government.

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Fighting old battles

The wingnut caucus seems to have jumped the shark with their latest, most desperate attempt yet to distract the American voters from the Republican’t’s tripartite legacy of failure.

Rather than focus on the quagmire in Iraq, rather than focus on out of control spending and deficits, rather than focus on the latest dance at the GOP ball – “the perp walk”, rather than focus on their supposedly safe candidates like Barbara “bitch slap” Cubin and George “have you stopped beating your wife yet” Allen, the political machine has decided to rely on the short attention span of some Americans by partying like it’s 2004.

That’s right. They want to pick a fight with John Kerry over Iraq, aided of course by the lapdog media and sycophants in the blogosphere.

But people are a little better informed now than a couple years back. And people who, like myself, were willing to give the chimperor the benefit of the doubt have come to realize the truth of the old adage, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

The uncomfortable facts are what they are. Iraq is falling into civil war. The military has lowered its standards in order to meet recruiting targets. We have no coherent policy, plan or strategy to bring about a favorable end in the Middle East. That it is lamented by the “French looking” John F. Kerry doesn’t make it less true. And only the truly flailing and desperate are going to misinterperate Kerry’s remarks as somehow a negative reflection on our men and women serving overseas. This is indeed a case where the rot starts at the top – at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Not that reality is going to stop the presidunce from lashing out impotently at Kerry’s “shameful” remarks. You can’t blame them for trying. But smart people recognize the true shameful activities are the suspension of habeas corpus, the illegal wiretapping, the deceit and manipulation of intelligence to justify the Iraqi occupation, the failure to secure American ports, the cronyism, the profligate spending, the deferral of science to superstition, the influence peddling, the corruption, the pedophile coddling, and the list could continue ad nauseam.

Smart people will ignore them. It’s just more distraction from a party apparatus that’s growing increasingly desperate and morally bankrupt.

Fairness in Registries

Interesting piece by Paul at Shakespeare’s Sister:

I’m all for keeping children safe. I’m all for working to eliminate possibilities of children being exposed to the risk of sexual assault. However, I also feel that the nature of sexual crimes have to be defined a little more accurately when people are listed as registered sex offenders. I don’t think it’s really fair to label someone a pedophile, when they’re really just a “pervert.”

Don’t forget to read the comments too.

Buying judges

But nobody’s in jail.  Alas:

At least two dozen federal judges appointed by President Bush since 2001 made political contributions to key Republicans or to the president himself while under consideration for their judgeships, government records show. A four-month investigation of Bush-appointed judges by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals that six appellate court judges and 18 district court judges contributed a total of more than $44,000 to politicians who were influential in their appointments. Some gave money directly to Bush after he officially nominated them. Other judges contributed to Republican campaign committees while they were under consideration for a judgeship.

Bad Jonah

Kevin Drum slaps down Jonah Goldberg silliness. 

I don’t have the patience to listen to an entire bloggingheads.tv conversation, but this claim struck me as so peculiar that I listened to a couple of minutes of it to see if maybe Jonah had just misrepresented himself in a hastily written post. Nope. He says it directly: “The idea that liberalism in America hasn’t been about shoving things down people’s throats is just factually untrue.”

Well, it’s certainly true that liberals, almost by definition, push for social change more than conservatives. And most social change doesn’t gain majority support overnight. Still, Jonah’s caricature is absurd as a definition specifically of liberalism, as opposed to a definition of anyone fighting for social change, whether progressive or reactionary. Every political movement worth the name starts out trying to convince the public about one thing or another, and sometimes they succeed and sometimes they fail. When liberals succeed (civil rights, gay rights), the country eventually comes around. When liberals fail (busing, gun control), the country doesn’t. 

Worth a read in full.

Goldberg.  Sigh.  National Review in general has gone so downhill of late.  It appears their little choo-choo has not only gone round the bed, it’s being towed by the Wingnut Express and is reflexively incapable of examining life beyond Bush’s sphincter.  So my subscription is being allowed to expire.