Thursday, May 11, 2006

Harry Reid's Strippergate

When you write a book with the subtitle "Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Democratic Party," you don't dare dream that the one man who will embody the whole thing will be the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, but thank heaven for Harry Reid:
A tough-talking strip club owner says he tossed bags of cash around to put politicians in his pocket. And when blue velvet Crown Royal bags stuffed with cash weren't enough, Michael Galardi and prosecutors say he traded sex - using strippers, dancers and other club employees to keep elected leaders happy and voting his way. ...

Dario Herrera, a handsome former county commissioner and one-time rising political star who addressed the Democratic National Convention in 2000, admitted he interrupted a golf outing with Galardi to go off and have sex behind the bushes with one of Galardi's workers.

Herrera was 23 when he was elected to the state Assembly in 1996, 25 when he was the youngest person ever elected to the county commission in 1998, and 29 when he lost a bid for Congress in 2002 as a protege of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Heh. Guess they don't call him "Dirty Harry" for nothing.

But wait, before Harry & his Dem spinners try to tell you that the Herrera-Reid connection is "old news," please ask them to explain this:
An aide to US Senator Harry Reid is facing criticism for helping former Clark County commissioner Dario Herrera slip out of the federal courthouse last week. Herrera was convicted on felony bribery and extortion charges.
After the jury returned its verdict, he avoided reporters by leaving through back entrance with the help of Reid's staffer for veteran's affairs, Charvez Foger.
Foger had a special security-access card. ...
Yeah, let's imagine how the MSM would spin that story if an aide to Bill Frist was used a special-access card to help Jack Abramoff sneak out of a federal courtroom. LOL!

The RNC research shop is having a field day with this one. And then there is our new favorite blog, G-Sting!

As we prophesied in Chapter One of DONKEY CONS, if the Democrats try to focus the 2006 campaign on a "culture of corruption," they'll lose -- and we'll sell a lot more books. (Remember our special discount: BUY TWO!)

Thanks, Harry! If this finally gets Lynn booked on O'Reilly, we owe you a beer. In the meantime, take a few Ambiens and ask Patrick Kennedy if there's a vacancy at the Mayo Clinic, because if you think Democrats can win on the corruption issue, you're nuts.

UPDATES:

How is it that Don Surber beat me to this story by, oh, about 10 hours? Doggone that MSM!

I take a few hours to go on a hot date, and next thing you know, everybody's got me beat on the big Strippergate story, including Battle Born, Noisy Room and Reid World. (If it weren't for Vilmar at Right-Wing Howler, I'd never score any scoops involving naked women.)

HOOKERS, CASH & HILLARY
Speaking of sex, naked women and campaign contributions, what about Hillary Clinton? I understand that seeing the words "sex," "naked" and "Hillary" in the same sentence may cause projectile vomiting and long-term impotence -- we feel your pain, Bill -- but that's not the point. No, you see one of Hillary's major supporters has this thing with teenage hookers:
A disbarred New York lawyer with a criminal record for attempted larceny and patronizing a 16-year-old prostitute, [John] Burgess owns International Profit Associates, a management consulting company in Illinois.
Federal authorities are pressing a sexual harassment suit against the company on behalf of 113 former female employees. ...
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has collected more than $150,000 in contributions from IPA executives and spoke at a company event in 2004. As a group, company officials and their spouses are one of the largest sources of contributions to Clinton's re-election campaign.
Heh. Jailbait hooker, sexual harassment, over $150,000 in campaign cash ... Is there any Republican Senator up for re-election in 2006 who wouldn't be forced to give that IPA money back once the press got wind of it? I mean, this would be on "Nightline," "Dateline," "SNL Weekend Update" ...

Steve Sebelius is all over Harry & Herrera & Foger:
We're sure it had nothing to do with Herrera wanting to avoid the reporters waiting out in front of the courthouse, and having to explain himself, the way co-defendant Mary Kincaid-Chauncey had to do. No, that had absolutely nothing to do with it.
But why should Foger be any different than his boss Reid? The senior senator was Herrera's mentor, and maneuvered the political stars to get Herrera into the race for the newly minted 3rd Congressional District in 2002 against eventual victor, U.S. Rep. Jon Porter. Reid did it in order to allow his son, Rory Reid, to enter and win the race for Herrera's seat on the Clark County Commission.
Heh. That's the thing with Democrats: It's always safer to be their enemy than to be their friend. Just ask Ngo Dinh Diem, Mary Jo Kopechne, Vince Foster, Kathleen Willey's cat ...

Previously on HARRY REID:

4/27: "Culture of Corruption" Update
2/26: The Emerging Difficulties
2/22: Harry & Jack
2/17: Democratic Wonderland
2/11: Wild About Harry

-- McCAIN

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Anti-Reed Blog Brigade

The question facing Georgia Republicans in 2006 is not whether Ralph Reed will be destroyed, but when. Will Reed go down in the July 18 primary, or will he be defeated in the Nov. 7 general election for lieutenant governor?

Either way, Reed's political career will be permanently ended by Nov. 8. The real question is whether the Republican Party will pay the price for Ralph's sins. If Georgia Republicans unite to destroy Ralph in the primary -- if Reed gets 1% of the vote July 18, that will be 1% too much for my taste -- then the GOP, and Christian conservatives, will be praised for having abided by the counsel of Paul to the Corinthians: "Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person." (I Cor. 5:13)

If not — if Reed gets the GOP nomination — then the Republican Party will be within brimstone range of Reed when the eternal wrath of God comes down in November. Republicans must destroy Reed, or be destroyed along with him. This is what you might call "a time for choosing."

The Official Conservative MovementTM has of necessity taken a stance of neutrality toward the contest between Ralph Reed and Casey Cagle. But since I haven't yet been inducted into the Movement -- I drank the free beer at their pledge party during Rush Week, but haven't gotten a bid yet -- I'm not encumbered by any such obligation. Since the First Three Rules of Journalism are "accuracy, accuracy, accuracy," no code of ethics is violated when I say that Ralph Reed is a dangerously untrustworthy scumbag. That's just a fact -- you can look it up.

So why is the Movement afraid to speak the well-known truth about Ralph Reed? In large measure, the Movement is a series of non-profit organizations and the IRS code frowns on such groups openly advocating the election or defeat of any candidate. Unfortunately for Ralph Reed, the Donkey Cons blog is a shamelessly for-profit site, dedicated to convincing Americans to buy our book -- buy TWO! Our sole objects are to make ourselves fabulously rich and to generate obscene profits for our publisher.

The free market is a beautiful thing, and our for-profit status means that it is a tax-deductible business expense for us to shout the truth from the blogospheric housetops: Ralph Reed is a phony.

But while we bash Ralph Reed for tax-deductible fun and profit, others must be more circumspect. Thus Jeff Emanuel of the Georgia College Republicans writes at Townhall.com:
Cagle harps on Reed’s lack of legislative experience (though Reed generally refrains from personally attacking Cagle), and anti-Reed bloggers have jumped all over his decision to make his first run for office “in the same cycle that he is a figure in the biggest scandal to hit Washington in the past decade,” saying that it “hurts the party.” This is backed by a recent Matt Towery poll, which shows Reed 7 points ahead of Cagle, but also has him as an 8 point drag on the GOP ticket this fall.
The freedom of our for-profit status — we are proud to be the Gordon Gekko of the blogosphere — puts me at liberty to provide this translation of Emanuel's column:
"For the love of all that is
good, holy and Republican,
please ....

VOTE CAGLE!"

If you've got any good dirt on Ralph Reed, or if you're another free-market blogger who's sick of the two-faced antics of the Elmer Gantry of the GOP, please send us an e-mail. We'll be only too happy to link your blog on a reciprocal basis, so that we can all boost each other's Technorati rankings and thus call attention to the Anti-Reed Blog BrigadeTM.

Previously on RALPH REED:

5/6: What a drag
4/23: Reed's decline continues
4/21: Reed hits another iceberg
4/7: His lips are moving
3/11: Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin

3/4: Reed "flat-out wrong."

-- ROBERT S. McCAIN, MAJ. GEN., COMMANDING

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Hot date & a hot scoop

I've had a hot date with my wife tonight. We went to go see Tom Wolfe at the Warner Theater. Hey, it's your tax dollars at work: Wolfe gave the annual Jefferson Lecture sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. A big honor for Wolfe, a big night for Mrs. McCain and me.

I needed a break from blogging. I've been blogging like crazy lately, what with MoveOn.org and Ralph Reed and Patrick Kennedy. So, with the taxpayers providing Tom Wolfe as this evening's entertainment for us right-wing Republican fat cats, we'll leave the hard work to the hired help.

The Republican National Committee's crack research team has made a startling discovery -- the Democrats' Agenda for 2006!

Oh, and check out Dan Riehl about the GOP blogger conference call. Man, what I wouldn't give to be on the phone with Mehlman for 30 seconds:
"What part of 'NO AMNESTY' don't you understand? Let's enforce the laws we've got. Once the federal government's got the border under control and vigorous interior enforcement results in a net outflow of illegals maybe then -- and only then -- will the American people be willing to listen to any discussion of status adjustment. As far as the Red States are concerned, there might as well not even be a GOP if you can't stop this illegal invasion. If you can't get the immigration issue right, you're toast in November."
I've been doing a lot of talk radio in the past month of so, and illegal immigration has been the No. 1 topic the whole time. If I'm on for 20 minutes, after about 10 minutes of talking about DONKEY CONS, the host will usually find some way to turn the subject to immigration, because that's all the listeners care about. The people are P-I Double-Essed about this mess, and can't understand why the GOP has betrayed them.

-- McCAIN


UPDATES (5/11):

Teen Cleavage Alert
You know life is good when the wife of a leading conservative attorney gives you an opportunity to blog about teen cleavage. (We get visits every day from people Googling for donkey sex, so why not teen cleavage? Anything to sell the book.) But considering how he used to get late-night phone calls from desperate David Lee Roth groupies — the seamy details of this episode are told in his wife's forthcoming book — it's hardly surprising that, like most right-wing guys, David French married a hottie. Can't you just picture that Senate Judiciary Committee hearing?
SEN. SCHUMER: Mr. French, would you mind telling us how you became involved with the notorious "Catfish Queen" teen porn site?
MR. FRENCH: Senator, I'm afraid Ralph Neas may have misled you about that ...
SEN. SCHUMER: Answer the question! Just answer the question! Are you now, or have you ever been, involved in "teen cleavage" Web sites?!
Speaking of Hotties ...
I'm currently struggling with Site Meter addiction, fervently hoping that prayers will be answered with another 3,000-hit day. One of the interesting things is when you think you've been linked for the first time by a blog you've never heard of before. But then you check and find out that, in fact, it's one of those "next blog" visitors who are just randomly surfing around Blogger.com. Sometimes, as today, this accidently leads you to clicking onto a bikini model site ... uh, Vilmar, I think I've found a candidate for your next "Chick of the Week."

Attn: Chris Daughtry Fans ....
If you want to know why your guy lost on "American Idol," you blame ... HER! That's right, she admits that she jinxed Chris:
"I admit, I was less than thrilled over his performances on Tuesday nite and I did say to several friends that if I was voting someone off after Tues. it would have been Chris..."
I'm sure she'll be happy to get hate mail from all Chris Daughtry fans.

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Corporate Liar: David Sirota

One thing that always irks me is when a writer bites the Invisible Hand that feeds him -- the writer who's only too happy to collect his check from Big Publishing, Inc., but constantly runs down the free-market miracle which puts organic free-range chicken on his table (and gas in his Mercedes).

In the June issue of Reason magazine, I accuse Rod "Crunch Cons" Dreher of succumbing to this temptation to make money by bashing capitalism -- just some gentle, friendly sarcasm, and nothing like the 3,700-word jeremiad Dreher got from his National Review colleague Jonah Goldberg. But Dreher, while evidently having flunked his final exam on "I, Pencil" at the Right-Wing Institute of Free Market Idolatry, is still not a Marxist, whatever Jonah says.

David Sirota is another matter altogether. Sirota has a new book out that's all about hanging a big "culture of corruption" sign around the GOP's neck:
Sirota expertly details how government today deliberately refuses to protect citizens from a soulless, greedy corporate oligarchy.
Good for you, David: Getting paid to denounce "a soulless, greedy corporate oligarchy" while working for Random House, part of a $20 billion multinational media conglomerate that just announced a 55% increase in its profits, on a quarterly revenue of $5.6 billion. Amazing how a guy can get rich running down capitalism, y'know?

I can understand, though. I've got six kids to feed, and the oldest is going off to college next fall. So, sure, Dave, whatever a guy's got to do to make a living: work for the House Democrats, flack for Democratic candidates, work for socialist Bernie Sanders, hang out with Al Franken, help shove even more obscene profits into the coffers of a $20 billion multinational conglomerate ....

But ... do you have to LIE, David?

This is from a press release announcing Sirota's DC rollout:
On May 8th and 9th, author, political strategist and former Capitol Hill operative David Sirota will be headlining two major events in Washington, D.C. to launch his controversial new book, “HOSTILE TAKEOVER: How Big Money & Corruption Conquered Our Government – And How We Take It Back” (Crown Publishers, pub date: 5/9/06). It is the first and only book in the aftermath of recent major scandals that aggressively tackles corruption — and both parties’ complicity in it. As former Vice President Al Gore said of “Hostile Takeover”: “Every politically engaged citizen should read this book.”
Perhaps I will find time to examine Sirota's "controversial" new book — a career Democratic Party operative's book — and see what he says about "both parties' complicity," but as far as it being "the first and only book in the aftermath of recent major scandals that aggressively tackles corruption": That's a lie, David, a big, fat, honking lie.

Chapter 12 of DONKEY CONS focuses on Tom DeLay and the Abramoff scandal, and the footnotes are as recent as Jan. 12, 2006, after DeLay announced he would not seek to regain his leadership position and Republicans began campaigning to reorganize their House leadership. Chapter 12 even mentions this Bloomberg article (Jan. 11, 2006) about how the Abramoff scandal was wrecking Ralph Reed's ambitions (hey, we all gotta do what we can).

Who wrote the first post-Abramoff scandal book "that aggressively tackles corruption" in both parties? Excuse us, David Sirota, but Chapter 2 (pp. 17-43) of DONKEY CONS features a detailed listing of every member of Congress who, in the past 30 years, has been either (a) convicted of a serious crime, or (b) disciplined for ethics violations.

After telling the stories of 5 currently serving House Democrats -- Reps. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) -- Chapter 2 of DONKEY CONS provides (pages 24-30) brief sketches of the crimes and ethics violations of 24 more Democrats fron Wayne Hays to Robert Torricelli, before turning its attention to the 13 Republican members of Congress busted for crime/corruption/ethics since 1975.

At that point (p. 33), the corruption tally stands at 29 Dems/13 GOP. Then DONKEY CONS counts the big congressional scandals of the past 30 years: the House Bank Scandal, House Post Office Scandal, Abscam, Keating Five, Koreagate, and the House Page Scandal. After naming EVERY member of Congress convicted of serious crime or corruption, or disciplined for ethics violation since 1975, on p. 36 we give our final tally:
DEMS 46, GOP 15
If somebody else wants to do their own count, they're welcome to do so. (Bruce Bartlett got similar results.) You can start here, and then check here, and then do a lot of Nexis and Google searches. Oh, and the 15 Republicans? Our count includes BOTH Tom DeLay AND Duke Cunningham -- that's how up-to-date we made it.

Yet Sirota, who actually worked as a Capitol Hill staffer and thus should know this stuff, lies and claims to have written "the first and only book in the aftermath of recent major scandals that aggressively tackles corruption." Both Lynn and I work day jobs as editors, so maybe she'll agree that we should edit your press release to say:

"The first and only book written by a well-known Democratic Party hack in the aftermath of recent major scandals that aggressively attacks capitalism as if making a profit were synonymous with corruption."

Oh, just to make sure nobody is misled, David's not from Montana, any more than Paul "New Jersey" Begala is from Texas. And despite what Sirota tells the people in this lying press release, he is not a "Philadelphia-area native," either. He was born in New Haven, Conn., and his family later moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Ann Coulter:
"Liberals simply can't grasp
the problem Lexis-Nexis poses
to their incessant lying."


As enthusiastically as David Sirota shills for Democrats, don't get him confused with the co-author of "The Enthusiastic Employee." That author's name is also Sirota, but he is much older, a management consultant who has taught at Yale and Wharton, among other places, but also worked for those soulless, greedy corporate oligarchies like IBM.

Back to the David Sirota who's got this new "corruption" book .... I must admit, I'm probably just jealous of you, David: You're only, what, 31? 32? Graduated from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. (Man, a private college -- $32,000 tuition a year! That is so awesome dude! I went to Jacksonville State: $4,000 a year.)

It's also great, Dave, how you started pimping for Democrats while you were still in college. I worked summers in fast-food for minimum wage. So I think it's super-cool how you can relate to the working men and women of America, Dave, while you fight! fight! fight! to stop those big greedy corporations from ripping us off. Where would the humble working folks be, without Medill University grads to fight for them? What courage, to write those "controversial" books about those "greedy, soulless" Republicans!

And now you're working for a $20 billion multinational conglomerate that paid for a 15-city publicity tour, with respectful press from the New York Times, the Philadelphia Daily News, etc., and this story from the Helena, Mont., Independent Review:
He said he did his own research for “Hostile Takeover,” spending a year on the research and writing. The style features plenty of bare-knuckled, aggressive criticism, as Sirota often refers to his targets as “shills,” “liars” or even “corporate whores.”

“I’m not worried about (the tone), because the facts speak for themselves,” he said. “I think the people that this book goes after need a good punch in the nose.”
I'm with you, Dave, I don't mind calling a career partisan operative a "shill" or a "liar." Especially when he's hanging out with a liar like Tom Matzzie.

What I'm wondering is this, David: If, in the middle of an election year, a German-based $20 million conglomerate can pay a Democratic party hack to go out on a 15-city tour telling America that Republicans constitute "a soulless, greedy corporate oligarchy," why can't they throw some of that kind of action at a soulless, greedy guy like me? Is there a little-known IRS provision that requires these corporate oligarchs to publish a certain annual quota of books by professional Democratic Party operatives ?

And you know something else, David? I hated your particular kind of lying, even when I was a Democrat.

- McCAIN

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Ralph Reed: Devil Going Down in Georgia

The duplicity of Ralph Reed is now becoming obvious to Georgians, as Reed tries to slime his way into the lieutenant governorship of that state.

Josh Goodman at Governing.com has named this the No. 1 "downballot" election to watch for 2006:
Ralph Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition who until recently was a rising political star, is drawing fire for his connections to lobbyist/felon Jack Abramoff. The problems for Reed are compounded because, as a conservative Christian, he looks like a hypocrite for allegedly working on behalf of gambling interests. The result is that he may not survive the Republican primary against state senator Casey Cagle. ...
I long ago saw the writing on the wall for Reed. Here's an example of the man's shameless mendacity: After realizing last year that his ties to gambling money were going to hurt him with Christian conservatives, Ralph decided to switch over and become a "Chamber of Commerce" Republican, gobbling up big bucks from the usual suspects in the Atlanta GOP country club crowd.

Guess who is the GOP star attraction Reed has scheduled for his big fund-raiser next week (May 18) in Atlanta? Rudy Giuliani -- the same kind of pro-gay-rights, pro-choice Republican that Reed spent his entire career trying to drive out of the "Big Tent."

As might be expected, many Democrats are eager to see Ralph Reed get what he's got coming. But most people have no idea what paroxysms of glee will be inspired among certain hard-core conservatives on July 18, when state Sen. Casey Cagle stomps Reed into smithereens.

The lefties hate Reed because he's supposedly a hero of the Religious Right. But there is abundant evidence — about $4.5 million worth — that the only thing religious about Reed is his worship of pieces of paper imprinted with the phrase "In God We Trust." He's made himself a mighty rich man that way, but however much money Reed collects from his fat-cat country-club supporters, it won't be enough to rescue him.

Even if Reed could win the GOP primary -- which I don't believe he can -- he would lose in November. The Democratic Party is in such disarray down home, there's talk of putting yellow dogs on the endangered species list. But there is no shortage of Georgia Republicans who'd vote for Jane Fonda before they'd vote for Ralph Reed. So if Cagle can't beat Reed in July, then many of the Cagle supporters will cross over to vote for Reed's Democratic opponent in November.

Either way, Reed's destruction will be a cause for bipartisan celebration.

Previously on RALPH REED:

5/6: What a drag
4/23: Reed's decline continues
4/21: Reed hits another iceberg
3/11: Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin
3/4: Reed "flat-out wrong."

-- McCAIN

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MoveOn.org & the Politics of Deceit

**1 p.m. 5/10: UPDATES BELOW! **
On page 217 of DONKEY CONS, in the epigraph to the concluding chapter we quote an aphorism by Ann Coulter:
"Liberals simply can't grasp the problem Lexis-Nexis poses to their incessant lying."
The politics of deceit will ultimately destroy anyone who practices it, and Coulter is exactly right that deceit has become "incessant" among liberals. Witness this message from Tom Matzzie of MoveOn.org:
The influence of big money and corporations in politics is out of control. From Jack Abramoff to Tom DeLay, it's clear that lobbyists and big corporations have way too much power in American politics. But we can fight back and win.

Author and political strategist David Sirota has a new book out entitled, "Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption have Conquered our Government and How We Can Take it Back."

Tonight, Tuesday, May 9, our friends at The American Prospect magazine and the AFL-CIO are hosting a book launch party and panel discussion entitled, "Fighting the Hostile Takeover in America's Red States" Speakers include Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (D), author Thomas Frank, columnist Harold Meyerson, David Sirota and, ah...well me. I'll be joining the panel to talk about how MoveOn members make a difference across the country.
This little MoveOn.org e-mail contains multiple lies:
  • It promotes a book whose fundamental premise is false. Having recently co-authored a book on this subject, I can with complete confidence assure anyone who would care to investigate that "big money and corruption" are no more in control of the American government than at any time in the past 50 years -- and certainly no more so than during the heydays of Jim Wright, Dan Rostenkowski and Bill Clinton.
  • It is false that "big corporations" are the most notable source of corruption in Washington. Abramoff's scams and swindles were not perpetrated on behalf of Microsoft or Exxon. Rather, he lobbied chiefly on behalf of Indian tribal casinos.
  • Who is "we" and how can "we fight back and win"? Sirota's book's proposed solution is (surprise, surprise!) to elect more Democrats and impose more liberal policies. Right.
  • The event is sponsored by the American Prospect magazine and the AFL-CIO. Don't the wealthy liberals who bankroll the American Prospect qualify as "big money"? And since when is the AFL-CIO a force battling against "corruption" ... hello?
  • Tom Matzzie couldn't elect a dogcatcher in the Red States. He was one of the masterminds of the blunder-prone Kerry campaign, and an activist for the AFL-CIO, where he did nothing to halt or reverse Big Labor's disastrous membership declines. Matzzie's incompetence is notorious. Taking political advice from Matzzie is like taking driving lessons from Patrick Kennedy.
  • And finally, how do MoveOn.org members "make a difference" -- other than gullibly sending money to the fools like Tom Matzzie who are misleading them?
The reason the politics of deceit inevitably fails is that people are not stupid. Especially in an age when information flows freely via the Internet, you can't pass off Microsoft Word documents as 1970s-era National Guard records. You can't pretend Sirota — a native of New Haven, Conn., who grew up in Philadelphia — cares more about the people of the "red states" than do, inter alia, Tom Coburn or John Cornyn. You cannot forever make the working man believe that greedy corrupt union officials are his friends, nor that his enemies are the investors and entrepreneurs who make possible a growing economy.

The politics of deceit, alas, has practicioners in both parties. But ultimately the American people cannot be deceived forever, and no amount of hype, no amount of money, no amount of propaganda churned out by the likes of Tom Matzzie will prevent the truth from conquering the lie. Even if this campaign of deceit results in a November victory for Democrats, the resulting regime will be a political deck of cards, a parliament of fools, a crooked coalition that will fly apart in confusion at the first solid blow.

Previously on MoveOn.org:

3/9: LoseOn.org
3/25: Deep Pockets, Sticky Fingers
4/15: Hard Hats vs. Moonbats

5/3: MoveOn.org & MSNBC

-- McCAIN

UPDATES:


Linked at WorldMag blog.
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Thunder Run.

Another false prophet of liberalism, Ruy Teixeira, quibbles with Sirota's false prophecy.

Brendan Nyhan is onto David Sirota and the "spin vanguard."

BILLIONAIRE vs. BILLIONAIRE

David Sirota is so clueless: One day after a MoveOn.org-backed event to promote his book -- which, by the way, is published by a $20-billion multinational conglomerate -- Sirota starts attacking Hillary Clinton for "selling out" to Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch: "Thank you, Sen. Clinton -- in bragging about the fundraiser you are holding with the right-wing billionaire who has worked to destroy your party and your husband, at least you are ... acknowledging how far-reaching the hostile takeover of our government really is."

Which billionaire is destroying the Democratic Party, Dave -- Murdoch or Soros? George Soros supports liberal liars like you and Tom Matzzie of MoveOn.org, who are far, far more damaging to Democrats than Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity. And don't go bashing billionaires, when you're collecting a paycheck from Bertelsmann, a $20-billion foreign corporation with quarterly revenues of $5 billion (profits up 55%).

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Linked at Riehl Worldview, where Dan Riehl notes Captain's Quarters excellent post on Richard Cohen's "Digital Lynch Mob" encounter with the MoveOn Moonbats.

Speaking of Richard Cohen, let me tell you about my first day on the job at The Washington Times in November 1997: I took the bus to the Shady Grove Metro station, and bought a copy of The Other Paper from the rack on my way into the station. On the train, I read Cohen's column, and by the time I got to work, I was fuming with rage. I forget what the column was about, but Cohen was so clueless, and so blindly fell into liberal thought-traps, that he just infuriated me. So I walk into the office, grumbling through clinched teeth at Cohen's idiocy, and my boss says, "Oh, yeah. I forgot to warn you. Don't ever read that idiot. He's a waste of time, and you'll only get p****d off." In the years since, I've found that about two or three times a year, Cohen will write a column I agree with -- and that always worries me.

As I mentioned during my April 11 Capitol Hill presentation, 2006 is shaping up to be one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. Both parties have serious problems, and defeat in this crucial year will devastate the losing party. Mark A. Rose notes that the potentially disastrous consequences of a Democratic defeat have not been lost on Rush Limbaugh:
I cannot wait for the day after this election in November. When they lose this one, when they don't get the House back, when they don't get the Senate back, it's going to be fun to watch these people.
If this turns out to be one of those "See I told you so" moments for the Maha Rushie, the MoveOn Moonbats will richly deserve to be the chief scapegoats of Democrats' wrath.

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