Friday, May 26, 2006

Boycott Announced

UPDATE
9:30 a.m., SAT. 5/27

Lynn called me Friday and talked me into reconsidering. So I hereby cancel my decision -- to quit the Republican Party and move back to Georgia -- even though this change of plan will, I am sure, expose me to ridicule and accusations of hypocrisy.

My fury has passed, but not the sense that the 23 Republicans who voted for amnesty have betrayed their country. And I have personal obligations and duties beyond politics.

Lynn pointed out that it is perhaps possible that the House may stand manfully to its duty, and tell the Senate exactly where they can shove their amnesty plan. So there is yet that hope. And, as a wise man once said, it is history that teaches us to hope. The Senate and the president have both done the wrong thing, and the House may yet join them in this cruel treachery. But the people will not forever be deceived, and we have God's promise that "all things work together ...."

So, call me a hypocrite, but I'm going to suck it up and try to stick it out here amongst the Beltway "Republicans" a little longer. Despite my strong feeling that this is a dishonorable concession on my part, I will risk the stain to my reputation for the sake of hoping that I may yet do some service to my country and my people by staying here.

I will continue blogging -- and watch soon for my Memorial Day post, inspired by a soldier's sacrifice -- but will leave in place, as a matter of record, the original post that I wrote on Friday.

-- RSM

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THE ORIGINAL POST
(EARLY A.M., FRIDAY, 5/26)

Until further notice, I'm not blogging anymore.

I fear that continuing to blog for DONKEY CONS might result in the election of more members of The "Y" Party.

The "Y" Party is a criminal conspiracy to defraud American voters of their country. And it is a vast conspiracy indeed, involving the president, the vice president, and 23 members of the United States Senate who -- it was revealed on Thursday, May 25, 2006 -- committed perjury the day they were sworn into office.

At this time, my research on The "Y" Party has not progressed sufficiently to determine whether, as some have suggested, all elected officials calling themselves "Republicans" are, in fact, secretly members of The "Y" Party. At this point, I am unsure of the extent of the conspiracy.

By promoting DONKEY CONS, this blog might -- by helping members of The "Y" Party further their anti-American conspiracy -- be guilty of treason, at least indirectly, by "giving aid and comfort" to our nation's enemies in time of war.

I have been for several years deceived by this fiendish plot. Who ever would have imagined that BOTH senators from Tennessee, BOTH senators from Ohio, BOTH senators from Mississippi and BOTH senators from Utah were, in fact, traitors who were secretly sworn to destroy America?

Because of the danger posed by members of The "Y" Party, -- some of whom may still be members of secret "GOP" cell groups -- I currently believe all patriotic Americans who have in the past voted for so-called "Republicans" instead to stay home on November 7.

For six weeks now, I have been campaigning for my own "Immigration Compromise" measure. The failure of Americans to rally to support this proposal has now resulted in the triumph of The "Y" Party. I can therefore in good conscience feel that I have done all that honor might require in attempting to avert the present crisis.

I am sure the question will be asked, "Didn't you just co-write a book that demonstrates, beyond dispute, that Democrats in Congress are three times as corrupt as their Republican counterparts?" Yes. But at least the Democratic members of The "Y" Party did not pretend to be Republicans, and thus the 38 Democratic senators who voted for the McCain-Kennedy Destroy America Act of 2006 are morally superior to the 23 so-called "Republicans" who voted the same way.


** UPDATES **

Andrew Sullivan has a book suggestion for people who support The "Y" Party. Let's face it, McGreevy got $500,000, and now a $1 million advance for Mary Cheney ... did I ever mention that I'm a Christian fundamentalist home-schooling father of six? And that I took my daughter, who was then 11, to stand in the cold January rain and cheer at inauguration of El Presidente?

Looking for the latest blog links for "sellout Republicans"?

This blog looks like a real patriotic blog, right? But then he links a column by Rick Santorum a so-called "Republican" senator who, in 2004, actually endorsed the re-election of Arlen Specter, one of the most important leaders of The "Y" Party. If Santorum endorsed Specter, doesn't that make Santorum a "Y" Party supporter? So even if Santorum writes a column that sounds American, he may in fact be one of the secret underground "Y" lurkers. I'm just very suspicious now: I see an "R" after somebody's name and it looks more and more like a "Y." And somebody who links a closet "Y" like Santorum ...?

Now we see that even some members of the clergy have been deceived by "Y" Party leaders!

-- McCAIN

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The 'Y' Party

About 6 p.m. Thursday, I called Lynn and suggested that perhaps there might yet be hope for the Republican Party.

Maybe, I suggested, Rove had come up with a clever scheme: Fake support for an amnesty bill (which was paid for in advance by rich liberal Republicans last July*), to lull the Democrats into overconfidence and then, in a surprise move after Labor Day, double-cross the big money boys, kill the bipartisan McCain-Kennedy Destroy America Act of 2006, push through a Tancredo-Sessions enforcement-only bill and ...

"You're crazy," Lynn said.

So I went inside and checked again. The hallucination was still there, in the form of an Associated Press list that showed 23 Republican senators with "Y" beside their names. Yes, I must be delusional: There isn't a "Y" Party ... is there?

According to my hallucination, the "Y" Party had 23 members in the Senate:

Alexander (Y-Tennessee)
Bennett (Y-Utah)
Brownback (Y-Kansas)
Chafee (Y-Rhode Island)
Cochran (Y-Mississippi)
Coleman (Y-Minnesota)
Collins (Y-Maine)
Cornyn (Y-Texas)
Craig (Y-Idaho)
DeWine (Y-Ohio)
Domenici (Y-Mexico)
Frist (Y-Tennessee)
Graham (Y-South Carolina)
Gregg (Y-New Hampshire)
Hagel (Y-Nebraska)
Hatch (Y-Utah)
Hutchison (Y-Texas)
Kyl (Y-Arizona)
Lott (Y-Mississippi)
Lugar (Y-Indiana)
Martinez (Y-Florida)
McCain (Y-Arizona)
McConnell (Y-Kentucky)
Murkowski, (Y-Alaska)
Smith, (Y-Oregon)
Snowe, (Y-Maine)
Specter (Y-Pennsylvania)
Stevens (Y-Alaska)
Thomas (Y-Wyoming)
Voinovich (Y-Ohio)
Warner (Y-Virginia)


Obviously, I've lost my mind, because no Republican would actually ever have a "Y" beside his name. No Republican would vote to betray the voters who elected him, do the bidding of the most notorious leaders of the opposition party, forfeit American sovereignty, and subvert the rule of law.

No, no -- I'm nuts. Stark raving bonkers. This could never happen, not in a million years. The hallucination continued, however, and I had this vision of sending an e-mail to a Republican:
I was at the Bradley Symposium today.

Then I came back to work and learned that 23 Republican Senators voted to approve the McCain-Kennedy Destroy America Act of 2006.

I suppose I am most angry at my own folly, for having ever dared to hope. Why, please tell me, did my daughter and I stand in the cold rain on Constitution Avenue for Inauguration Day 2001?

But here's the ironic thing: Bush was the first Republican presidential candidate I'd ever voted for.

I see now that, if I had wanted to be misgoverned by arrogant bastards who hate America, I should have stuck with the Democrats, who are more or less honest about it.
The hallucinatory state seems to have subsided. But I'm still afraid to look to see if the Senate actually did anything Thursday. I mean, what if It were true?

-- McCAIN

* Peter Wallsten and Nicole Gaouette,
"Immigration Rising on Bush's To-Do List," Los Angeles Times, July 24, 2005. The article described the administration's plan to "marginalize hard-liners," among other things. In an interesting development, on the same day the Senate bill passed, the Wallsten-Gaouette article has been deleted from the L.A. Times Web site, and the only Internet site which quoted extensively from the article, the blog VDare.com, is "experiencing technical difficulties." I suddenly feel like Winston Smith ...

Enron crooks GUILTY!

Tammy Bruce wants to see the Enron guys "do a Jim Bakker and cry like babies as they're taken away."

Goes double for us, especially because Chapter Nine of DONKEY CONS explains how Enron was a Clinton administration scandal (pp. 157-164).

-- McCAIN

Get yer Enron blogging here.

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Bradley Symposium report, Part 1

Now, see there? I went, I asked my question, I shook their hands -- perfectly civil and polite, nothing at all to fear from the panelists. And the audience seemed friendly enough, as well. So despite their fearsome reputation, the Bradley Foundation's symposiasts were quite civil.

They opened the floor to questions and -- after a dreadful rant from a British defender of the "European project," among other "questions" -- my prayers were answered. I caught the eye of Mrs. Kass, the moderator. She and her husband wrote a lovely book about courtship some years before, about which I interviewed them at the time. Mrs. Kass nodded, and soon the microphone was passed to me.

"My question is for Mr. Brooks," I began, and only then realized that I had failed to state my name and affiliation as had been requested. I apologized and said my name, when suddenly I realized that the panelists weren't the only ones with fearsome reputations. Glances were exchanged, and I could have swore that I saw at least one panelist slip a note to his neighbor. But paranoia aside ....

Paraphrasing my question, roughly, from a stressed-out memory: "Mr. Brooks you wrote an excellent book -- your "Bobo" book -- about the American elite, and how it is ... well, how it is that someone finds himself sitting up there at the table. Now, about 10, 12, 15 years ago, we used to hear a lot about the 'liberal elite' that was out of touch with the American people. ... It is possible that we now have a conservative elite that is similarly out of touch? ...."

Then I sat down. Mr. Brooks, who is very intelligent -- he might have missed, at most, three questions on his SAT, two of them on the math part -- began his reply by acknowledging the unspoken subtext.

I've been experiencing a slight hearing problem in my left ear for the past few days -- not oxycontin, just earwax -- but I believe Mr. Brooks began by saying, "You know, I was just discussing this the other day with my Mexican nanny ...."

Mr. Brooks then said that there can be no populist revolt like Buchanan/Perot/Gingrich, because the masses have no leader. About three questions and 10 minutes later, my prayers were answered again when Mrs. Kass recognized ...

Tammy Bruce.

I shall let Ms. Bruce, whose hearing and memory may be better, quote her own comments, which I am pretty sure began, "I'd like to respond to something David just said ...."

But, dear friends, be assured that the Platonic archons have heard from the tribunes of the plebs.

** UPDATES **


Linked at the American Spectator blog.

Pajamas Media has commented on Tammy's excellent adventure.

* * * * *

Glauco a.k.a. Albert has an account of the discussion, and some comment: Part I & Part II.

One of Glauco's commenters notes that some of James Ceaser's argument seems "compatible with a Guardian class seeking to extract effort froom the populace through the creation and manipulation of myths." I believe that this commenter is a leftist, but what he says is very much compatible with a very old paleoconservative critique of what might be called the Claremont School of conservatism, namely the use of history as myth in the sense Plato meant when he used the phrase "noble lies."

This is one of my pet peeves with contemporary conservative rhetoric: Everything in history, we are told, has exactly one meaning, without regard for any context that might suggest impurity of meaning. The classic example of this is Abraham Lincoln, a figure of enormous significance in Claremont School iconography. Both leftists and Southerners have long pointed out that Lincoln, among other things, trampled constitutional rights by imprisoning dissenters, and that Lincoln frequently disclaimed any intention to bring about racial equality.

Even when intellectuals in the Claremont crowd can be prompted to address these non-conforming facts, however, it never seems to deter the Claremonters from their idolatrous "What Would Lincoln Do?" mentality. The faults and failures of another other American leader -- Washington, Adams, Jefferson, etc. -- are fair game. But never can anyone be permitted to harbor a skeptical view toward Honest Abe. Skeptics on the Left are accused of being unpatriotic, while skeptics on the Right are accused of racism, but always the intent is the same: Those who invoke Lincoln must only do so with unmixed admiration; only such admirers can be admitted to the circle of respectable society; and any skeptic who barks too loudly must be destroyed.

Thus the actual man -- the cagey, sarcastic lawyer-politician whom Herndon knew and described -- is buried beneath layers of lachrymose myth and has become, we might well say, the "Third Rail-Splitter of American Politics." (Sorry -- couldn't resist the pun.)

-- McCAIN

The House hears, will the Senate listen?

The backlash against the Senate amnesty bill is so powerful, even liberal House Republicans say they will stand tough:

Liberal House Republicans are taking an increasingly tough stance on immigration reform and are more determined than ever to delete the portions of the Senate bill that grant citizenship rights to more than 10 million illegal aliens.
"I don't want to see a bill come to the floor of the House that gives them a path to citizenship," said Rep. Christopher Shays of Connecticut, one of the most liberal Republicans in Congress.
This is a change from three weeks ago, before Mr. Shays attended 18 community meetings in his district, where the questions invariably turned to immigration. At the first meeting, he told a group of constituents that he supported providing a path to citizenship to illegals. Not anymore.
"There were real questions about that," Mr. Shays said yesterday. "There is not much tolerance for allowing people to become citizens who came here illegally."
It's the same reaction many House Republicans in moderate and liberal districts have had after hearing from angry constituents in recent weeks, said Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, the former chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee who can cite encyclopedic knowledge of congressional districts off the top of his head.
"It is the hottest issue out there," he said, referring to public reaction nationwide, including his own moderate district in Northern Virginia. "Everywhere I go, even the ethnic groups, everybody is talking about this."
Now look at what Crazy Cousin John says about Sen. Jeff Sessions and Sen. Wayne Allard in this story:
The Senate yesterday rejected an effort to block its immigration-reform bill because of concerns by some senators that the proposal to grant citizenship rights to about 10 million illegal aliens would cost federal taxpayers more than $50 billion. ....

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, accused Mr. Allard and Mr. Sessions of using budget concerns as an excuse to kill the legislation.
"We have voted several times over the past week and a half to affirm the intent of this body to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill," Mr. McCain said before voting to waive the rules. "It's clear to me that the senators from Colorado and Alabama are not nearly as interested at saving money in our budget as they are to sink the bill."

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Cagle leads Ralph Reed

It's only an internal poll, but still ...
Casey Cagle's campaign staked a claim Monday to a six-point lead over rival Ralph Reed in the Republican contest for lieutenant governor, with half the voters undecided. The campaign also announced it will launch its first TV ad of the campaign in a week-long, statewide buy beginning Tuesday on cable channels.

Cagle's pollster John McLaughlin said in a telephone conference with reporters his poll shows Cagle leading Reed 27 percent to 21 percent, with 53 percent undecided. The survey was conducted May 9-11 among 400 likely primary voters, 85 percent of whom were very likely to vote, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.
Go read the whole thing.

As we told you last week, the most recent public poll showed a statistical dead heat (Reed 45% over Cagle 39%, which is barely within the +/-3% margin of error). Since the end of the legislative session, Cagle has rapidly closed the fund-raising gap on Reed, and as we exclusively reported, the Reed campaign's big Rudy Giuliani fundraiser was a flop.

Cagle's clearly got the momentum, with less than 2 months until the July 18 GOP primary, so we know what comes next: Reed will go negative. Be on the lookout for the Reed machine to try push-polling smears against Cagle.

** UPDATES **

The new ad (h/t Lucy), running in Fox News broadcasts on cable systems around the state, features Cagle talking to young supporters, saying, "You've got my word on it," and ends with an announcer calling Cagle "The Conservative You Can Trust."

* * * * *
The Cherokee Tribune reports on the Reed-Cagle debate in Canton. Short version:
Reed: "Promise! Pander! Promise! Pander!"
Cagle: Co-sponsored Georgia SB 529, which denies state services to adults living in the state illegally and provides sanctions for companies that knowingly employ illegal immigrants.

* * * * *
Georgia conservative blogger Jace Walden sez: "Reed is in it for Reed. Ralph could care less about the citizens of Georgia. ... Where was Ralph Reed during the eminent domain debate? Where was Ralph Reed during the illegal immigration debate? Definitely not in Georgia. Why would we want a Lt. Governor whose interests are self-serving at worst and, well, self-serving at best?"

Good one Jace, and you probably don't even know the half of what a backstabbing, two-faced gutless weasel Ralph really is. He sold out his Christian supporters, and now he's desperately sucking up to the Big Money country-club crowd. He never really was a conservative, never had any core beliefs, and now that his moral bankruptcy has been exposed, he is more dangerous than ever.

Also blogging the Reed-Cagle race: Georgia Unfiltered ....

* * * * *
Save the GOP recalls some of Reed's long history of shamelessly pimping for bad candidates:
Ralph Reed represents the establishment wing of the GOP that works more for increasing power instead of pushing the conservative agenda. ...
Most noticeably Ralph Reed worked for Mitch Skandalakis over the more conservative Clint Day in the 1998 Lt. Governor’s race in Georgia. Skandalakis lost the general election and dragged the GOP ticket down with him. ... Skandalakis later [pleaded] guilty to corruption charges and spent 6 months in jail.
I see that the guys at Save the GOP got started working for Toomey (vs. Specter) and Cain (vs. Isakson), in each race backing the more conservative "insurgent" candidate over the "establishment" candidate.

Mark & Alex: You're obviously on the right track. My truck-driving brother in Douglas County, Georgia -- who is most definitely not politically correct -- was totally excited about Herman Cain, and was really disappointed at Cain's loss. Isakson has surprised me, but the GOP lost a huge chance when the establishment went against Cain.

For more than 20 years, Reed's organizing abilities have helped the GOP, but as a policy/principle/strategy guy, he has repeatedly led Republicans into silly symbolism and disastrous decisions. I never in a million years would have believed they could make Santorum walk the plank for Specter. (Who made that happen? Hmmm?) So Specter gets re-elected, and the Democrats will take Santorum's seat in November. Brilliant!

Famous "GOP Establishment" advice:
1992: "Don't worry about that 'read my lips' thing -- voters don't really care about taxes."
1996: "Trust us. Bob Dole's the guy who can rally the principled conservative opposition to Clinton."
2002: "Yeah, there's a lot of good reasons to crush Saddam's regime, but this 'weapons of mass destruction' thing is your best argument, Chief."
2006: "Hey, I've got an idea! Let's have an amnesty for illegal aliens. But anybody who calls it an 'amnesty,' we'll call them a liar. That will really help build trust between the party and the voters."

Like a lot of other "smart" Republican advisers, Reed has spent years getting paid handsomely for giving bad advice, taking the money and walking away, leaving behind a trail of broken promises and ruined careers. It isn't a "win at all cost" problem, it's just bad instincts, a preference for style over substance, and a complete absence of any real principles.

** NEW UPDATES COMING SOON **

Previously on RALPH REED:
5/18: Ralph & Rudy FLOP!
5/11: Anti-Reed Blog Brigade

5/9: Devil Going Down in Georgia
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."

-- McCAIN


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Protect your rights!

Matt Haver thinks that U.S. immigration laws should be enforced, and displayed two bumper stickers to express that viewpoint.

Which is why they vandalized his car.

Matt, old buddy, what you need is a ...

First Amendment Protection Kit

Contents include:
  • One or more firearms.
  • Ammunition for the firearm(s).
  • A variety of Second Amendment bumper stickers.
These items are available at most better sporting goods stores, although if you don't like dealing with a lot of paperwork hassles, classified advertisements are a useful source of information on private firearm sales.

And please be sure to follow these guidelines:

Vandalism Prevention Tips
  • At ranges of 50 yards or less, use a shotgun -- pump action is preferred, because the mere sound of a shell being chambered will generally cause the desired "piss and run" reaction.
  • At longer ranges, however, a good deer rifle is the best choice. There are few spectacles more amusing than a "liberal activist" who's just heard a .30-o6 round whistle past within a yard of his ear.
  • If you wish to report the vandalism to your local police, make the 911 call after you've returned your firearm to a safe and secure location. (Safety first!)
  • Police officers responding to your vandalism report may also make reference to noise complaints in your community. Exercise your right to remain silent. Remember that the Fifth Amendment also applies to decent, law-abiding American citizens like yourself.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
In addition to discouraging vandalism, the methods described above can also help prevent such crimes as burglary, robbery, car theft, rape, murder and domestic abuse.

Several factors can put your personal safety at risk:
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Marital status
  • Political affiliations
  • Religious beliefs
  • Occupation
  • Sexual orientation
  • Residency in a "liberal" community
If such conditions put you at heightened risk of crime, your life, health and safety may depend on your willingness and ability to exercise your Second Amendment right to armed self-defense. Remember:
  • Regardless of efforts in some communities to infringe a woman's right to armed self-defense, statistics clearly demonstrate that the pistol in a woman's purse or glove compartment -- those little chrome .32s are so cute! -- is less dangerous than the penis in a rapist's pants.
  • Every year, more women are raped than rapists are shot. This is the one area of sexual inequality that every woman can do something to correct.
  • It is better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

WORDS OF EMPOWERMENTTM
The most "empowering" words you will ever speak are those spoken when you've got a round in the chamber and the safety in the "off" position.

Depending on the situation, these words may be spoken before or after your criminal assailant (a) exhibits the "piss and run" response or (b) begins bleeding to death.

You should speak your Words of EmpowermentTM only when you are certain that the immediate danger of harm has been averted. Remember: (a) round in the chamber; (b) safety off; (c) aim carefully.

If you are a member of an oppressed minority group, your Words of EmpowermentTM can be used to reflect your status. For example:

Female
"So sorry to have deprived you of the opportunity to rape me. (Aim at his crotch.) Would you also like me to deprive you of any future opportunities?"

Elderly
"Don't move, Sonny. I'm 87 years old. They can deliver my next Social Security check to Death Row, as far as I care."

Black
"Trigger? Did you just say something about a trigger? It sure sounded like you said 'trigger' ...."

Jewish
"Thanks for dropping the spray paint can. And it's really nice of you to provide this swastika decoration for our synagogue. Memories are so important to our community. So while we wait to see if the paramedics get here before you bleed to death, let me tell you the story about how the Warsaw Ghetto uprising started with just a few Jews and a few guns ...."

Homosexual
"Now ... call me 'faggot' just one more time."

-- McCAIN

UPDATE:

Linked by Dan Riehl at Riehl World View.
Whole Wheat Blogger has
"profiled" the vandalism suspects.

Don't resign, Mr. Jefferson!

Believe it or not, this is from someone at Daily Kos (h/t Stop the ACLU):

I’ve noticed that the Democratic campaign effort for 2006 is attempting to run against a Republican “culture of corruption” this year. I understand where you’re coming from - between the Abramoff and MZM scandals, there is plenty of grist for that mill.

However, a certain Democratic congressman is undermining this effort. Rep. William Jefferson has apparently been up to no good - getting caught on tape (and with $90,000 in his freezer) in a bribery scandal. Despite the rock solid evidence compiled by the FBI, Rep. Jefferson still insists on running for office.

My plea is obvious. Tell Mr. Jefferson to resign immediately.

Don't listen to him, Mr. Jefferson! You must fight on! I think we here at Donkey Cons speak for every patriotic American when we say that you should fight this unjust racist accusation, come what may ... at least until Nov. 8.

There's no reason that an investigation, an indictment or even a conviction should keep you from mounting a strong re-election campaign this fall.

Under no circumstances should you listen to those white liberal hypocrites like Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean or Rahm Emanuel who say that you should resign for "the good of the party." Have they called for the resignation of white Democrats like Al Mollohan or Patrick Kennedy? Of course not. Those two-faced honkies at the DNC are just a phony liberal front for The Man.

So even if you have to campaign for re-election from federal prison while you appeal your case to the Supreme Court, Mr. Jefferson, please don't quit ... ever!

-- McCAIN

P.S.: Still waiting for more backup in our Stop Ralph Reed campaign -- bring your own fork ....

P.P.S: Looks like Peg Kaplan didn't get the memo. Peg, what's the point in having a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Secret Decoder Ring, if you don't ever use it?

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Big symposium in DC Thursday

The Hudson Institute and the Bradley Foundation are sponsoring a big symposium Thursday morning at the DC Ritz-Carlton, featuring a heavy-duty all-star roster:
  • Michael Barone, U.S. News and World Report
  • David Brooks, The New York Times
  • Tammy Bruce, "Tammy Bruce Show"
  • Francis Fukuyama, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Robert George, Princeton University
  • Hugh Hewitt, "Hugh Hewitt Show"
  • Tamar Jacoby, Manhattan Institute
  • William Kristol, Weekly Standard
  • Charles Murray, American Enterprise Institute
  • Shelby Steele, Hoover Institution
The "framing essay" by UVa.'s James Ceaser -- here in PDF format -- is a doozy. My academese is a bit rusty, but I think his basic message is that Republicans need to come out of the neocon closet and get in touch with their inner Straussian. Or something like that. Here's a brief excerpt:
The conservative movement today is constructed from a "coalition of the willing." ... What induces them to join and remain in the same coalition is a single, self-evident truth: Hillary Clinton. Liberalism is the glue that cements the conservative movement, and if liberalism were to disappear tomorrow, the conservative movement as we know it would begin to disintegrate on the next day. ...
Liberalism, too, is a kind of coalition. ... But of the two coalitions, conservatism is the more heterogeneous, consisting of parts that do not even pretend to be guided by the same principles.
I like the irreverence. The No. 1 problem with the DC think-tank crowd is a humor deficit. I've met a lot of really funny conservatives, but very few of them are "senior fellows." Exposing the stupidity of liberalism is a laugh riot -- just ask Stan Evans, Bob Tyrrell, Ann Coulter or Mark Steyn -- but I've noticed a tendency among Beltway wonks to forget the Fun Factor.

Whether it's the dry wit of Bill Buckley or the vicious sarcasm of P.J. O'Rourke, nothing is quite so charming as a conservative who runs rhetorical rings around liberals, with a smile on his face.

-- McCAIN

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Dubya, Laura split on gay marriage

More fallout from the Mary Cheney factor? Has Laura been browsing Andrew Sullivan? Are we to believe the long-simmering rumors that some prominent Republicans have their own "McGreevey problems"? Or is their something else going on?
The issue of gay marriage is causing divisions within the Republican Party, including the highest reaches of the White House. ...
The split has pitted Mr. Bush against his own wife, first lady Laura Bush. Mrs. Bush has warned that promoting the amendment could backfire against the GOP in congressional races in November.
Go read the whole thing. Years of speculation about whether Dick Cheney or Karl Rove is the Bush administration's Rasputin may be pointless. When a man starts catching it from his wife, watch out!

-- McCAIN

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New Orleans: The Inside Story

Louisiana political activist/media personality/columnist Jeff Crouere delivers the inside scoop on the New Orleans mayoral election, explaining how "vanilla Republican" voters defeated Mitch Landrieu and re-elected Ray "Chocolate City" Nagin:
For the last week of the campaign, Nagin surged while Landrieu faltered. Nagin received key endorsements from former candidates Virginia Boulet and Rob Couhig and used them effectively in his advertising campaign. Election results show that Nagin held his base of black voters, receiving 80%, while expanding his support among white voters to over 20%. .... Nagin’s victory, with the help of GOP voters, will probably accelerate “white flight” from New Orleans, as the chocolate city will become an even darker flavor. Many people say they are leaving because they have no trust in Nagin or his ability to revive New Orleans ....
Only in New Orleans could this type of scenario occur. Let’s hope that the Republicans who took a chance on Nagin do not live to regret their controversial decision.
By all means, go read the whole thing -- the amazing inside story the MSM will never report!

New Orleans is (a) a major Democratic Party stronghold, and (b) one of the most shamelessly corrupt cities in the United States -- not unrelated phenomena, one might suspect.

Political journalists have long strained their vocabularies attempting to describe the "endemic" and "notorious" corruption of New Orleans, which so staunchly Democratic that the city's vote has been able to prevent Louisiania from mirroring the Republican re-alignment trend that has swept the South in the past 15 years. This is why Democratic Party leaders:
Sought, even before Katrina hit, to falsely blame the disaster on the Bush administration.
Repeatedly tried to frame the flood and the subsequent botched relief efforts in racial terms.
Raised such an unholy fuss about making sure that New Orleans evacuees must be allowed to continue voting.

On pages 139-141 of DONKEY CONS, we cite New Orleans as a classic example of the historic connection between Democratic Party corruption and the chronic misery of the inner-city poor. This pattern (Chapter 8) which can be traced all the way back to the party's origins with Aaron Burr, founder of the infamous Tammany Hall machine in New York (Prologue & Chapter 3).

The Katrina disaster in New Orleans -- like disastrous 50-year death-spiral of Detroit -- shows how the corruption, racial demagoguery, and wrong-headed liberalism of urban Democrats have betrayed the poor people who are the Democratic Party's most loyal constituents.

Katrina, then, presented a double danger to Democrats:
  • If thousands of the city's loyal Democratic voters should be permanently dispersed to surrounding states, Democrats might lose Sen. Mary Landrieu's Senate seat in 2008, and forever abandon hope of recapturing the seat won in 2004 by Republican Sen. David Vitter.
  • If those who watched the Katrina chaos unfold live on their TV screens ever understood how deeply the liberalism and corruption of New Orleans Democrats were implicated in that disaster, it might do serious damage to the carefully cultivated myth of Democrats as noble guardians of the poor and oppressed.
From the moment the levees gave way, smart Democrats -- including such Louisiana natives as Cokie Roberts, James Carville and Donna Brazile-- understood the seriousness of the threat the New Orleans situation posed to the Democratic Party's hopes of regaining national power.

Some conservative pundits have foolishly tried to make a joke of the post-Katrina mess, joking about "School Bus" Nagin and his unfathomable (to outsiders) "Chocolate City” rhetoric. Understand that Nagin was first elected as a moderate reformer. Nagin was supported by white businessmen weary of the crude corruption, lax law enforcement and left-wing race-baiting that were the bitter legacy of the Morial dynasty -- a real liability to the city's tourism-based economy.

The Katrina mess was no joke to Democrats. That's why Howard Dean and every other national bigwig in the Democratic solar system was fretting over this mayoral election. Jeff Crouere's observation that "vanilla Republican" voters provided the margin that re-elected Nagin is thus very significant, with potential ramifications that may not become fully apparent until 2008 or later.

Previously on NEW ORLEANS:

5/21: Caught on tape!
5/3: Illegal to give, illegal to receive?
4/4: A tale of two congressmen
4/1: New Orleans judge investigated
3/20: Sanity in New Orleans
3/18: Police looting OK in New Orleans
3/18: Paging Dr. Howard Dean
2/17: You know it's bad when ...
2/15: Morial spews a flood of lies
2/4: New vote fraud opportunities
1/17: Knee-deep in the Big Muddy

-- McCAIN

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We have a winner!

As we told you Sunday, Nancy Jayne French -- author of a hilarious book that will be published this fall -- held a drawing Monday to win a free copy of DONKEY CONS.

The competition was fierce, but the winner is ... David Underwood!

When I learned that Mr. Underwood is from Searcy, Ark., I immediately thought of a little college there. This was a mental association from my years as a small-town sportswriter in North Georgia, where some high-school coaches liked to send their athletes to this college in Searcy, which replicated in some way the close-knit small-town atmosphere of a mill town like Calhoun, Ga.

I'd forgotten the name of that college, but some quick Googling disclosed that Mr. Underwood is an official of Harding University. Students of the conservative movement will recall that Searcy was an important base of anti-Communism in the 1950s and '60s, due to the powerful influence of Harding's James D. Bales. It is perhaps a tribute to Dr. Bales that, even when I was growing up as a Democrat, I was always opposed to godless Communism.

Mr. Underwood, then, is doing the Lord's work, and we are proud to add him to our blog roll.

For those of you who didn't win Nancy's contest, here are two great offers:
Remember, folks, DONKEY CONS makes a great gift for graduation or Father's Day.

-- McCAIN

Monday, May 22, 2006

The irrelevance of evidence

The title of this post comes from Thomas Sowell's excellent book, The Vision of the Anointed. I know we're supposed to be selling DONKEY CONS here (buy TWO!), but I sincerely wish every American would read Dr. Sowell's book, which in my opinion (and I believe Lynn agrees) is the most devastating analysis of liberalism ever written.

Witness the liberal in debate. Reason? Logic? Why bother, when you can tell cute little anecdotes:
"Life is beautiful, the world is marvelous, and I love everyone!!!"
My 7-year-old niece -- 7 1/2, she insists -- e-mailed me that message a few weeks back, a reflection of the boundless enthusiasm only a small child is able to muster. ...

You see, my niece, Maria Irene Vazquez, is a multi-ethnic child, a "black-xican," as I call her. My sister is married to a man who was born in Mexico.
In case you haven't guessed, the subject is illegal immigration. It seems that little Maria's paternal grandfather came to the United States illegally in 1983. And can you guess -- can you? huh? -- what this proves, at least to the satisfaction of a liberal?

It proves, according to Cynthia Tucker, that anyone who wants to enforce America's immigration laws is guilty of "an unwholesome nativism, if not outright racism." And if you disagree with such a conclusion, well ... you're probably an evil bigot like D.A. King.

Ms. Tucker says Mr. King is guilty of "exclusionary rhetoric," just like those "right-wing Republicans in the U.S. House, who would make illegal border crossings a felony."

Anecdotes can prove anything, of course. For instance, how about Ingmar Guandique? Charming fellow, loved to visit scenic Rock Creek Park here in Washington, D.C., where his love of his new homeland was expressed by his repeated efforts to rape American women. Alas, these women -- perhaps motivated by "unwholesome nativism" -- were not flatttered by the ardent advances of this illegal alien. When last heard from, Ingmar was in prison, although he seems to have beaten the rap for murdering Chandra Levy.

Who was it that made us aware that Chandra's suspected killer was an illegal alien? Oh, that was Michelle Malkin, but I suppose she's also notorious for her "unwholesome nativism, if not outright racism." After all, Malkin has cited D.A King on the subject of illegal immigration, and D.A. King blogs at VDare.com, which also runs Malkin's column -- what more proof does Cynthia Tucker need?

But of course, when Ms. Tucker hunts around for examples of "nativism" and "racism," she doesn't single out Malkin, whose parents came here (legally) from the Philippines. No, no -- that won't do. Ms. Tucker instead singles out D.A. King, a middle-aged white guy from Georgia -- as perfect a "target" as 7-year-old Maria is a "mascot." ("Targets" and "mascots" being categories of the liberal vision that Dr. Sowell analyzes in his excellent book.)

And once she gets a white guy from Georgia in her sights, Ms. Tucker inevitably resorts to a favorite mode of liberal discourse, a venerated species of argument by bad analogy, the "It's Just Like Selma" trick:
One of my e-mail correspondents includes the word "wetback" every time he writes me on immigration. Others sprinkle enough uses of "they" and "them" and "those people" in their missives to remind me of the rhetoric used by white Southerners who resisted desegregation in the 1960s.
Hmmmm. Let's see, Ms. Tucker apparently wishes us to believe that:

Black people, whose ancestors were brought here against their will 300 or 400 years ago, legally classified as chattel property, whose status as citizens was attained only as a consequence of the bloodiest war in American history, and who in the 1960s peacefully protested for equality under the law as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution ...

... are analogous to ..

Citizens of foreign nations, who came here of their own free will, quite recently, knowingly and willfully in violation of American law, avoiding the well-established procedures by which they might have immigrated here legally, unlawfully obtaining employment under false pretenses, at wages far in excess of what they might have earned in their own nations, and who now angrily protest that they have a "right" to permanent legal residency, a "right" which is expressly denied by law, a "right" denied by the practice of every nation on earth, including Mexico.

Excuse me for thinking that this perhaps is not an apt analogy. Being a "white Southerner," I suppose the liberal mode of discourse automatically invalidates my opinions, even if I was only in kindergarten in Austell, Ga., in 1964. But I digress ....

The whole point of Ms. Tucker's '60s nostalgia trip is that she can detect "nativism" and "racism" by the language employed by opponents of illegal immigration, to wit:
My e-mail box had been crammed with messages describing illegal workers from south of the border as "criminals" who bring down property values in respectable neighborhoods, grifters who exploit social services that rightfully belong to taxpaying citizens, and gate-crashers who refuse to learn our language or customs.
A-ha! The secret nativist/racist code word, "gate-crashers"! This is the key to identifying the xenophobic bigots, according to Ms. Tucker. With her assistance, and through the miracle of Google, I have found just such a dangerous fellow. He writes:
The Bush administration is pushing a program to legalize "guest workers." But what is a guest? Someone you have invited. People who force their way into your home without your permission are called gate crashers.
Not only does this hateful person use the term "gate crashers," he also compares illegal aliens to violent criminals:
Since existing immigration laws are not being enforced, how can anyone say that it would not do any good to try? People who get caught illegally crossing the border into the United States pay no penalty whatever. They are sent back home and can try again. What if bank robbers who were caught were simply told to give the money back and not do it again? What if murderers who were caught were turned loose and warned not to kill again?
By now some readers may be wondering who this evil hatemonger is, and I'm sure that Ms. Tucker would like me to identify him, so that she may denounce him for his "unwholesome nativism, if not outright racism" toward her Hispanic relatives.

But what would be gained by that? If she won't listen to D.A. King or Michelle Malkin, why would Cynthia Tucker listen to an "outright racist" named Thomas Sowell?

-- McCAIN

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Gov. McGreevy (D-Truck Stop)

News first (jokes to follow):
Jim McGreevey shockingly admits that before he became governor of New Jersey, he'd have anonymous gay sex at Garden State highway rest stops.

"All I knew was that my behavior was getting crazier and crazier," McGreevey says of his torrid truck-stop trysts in an upcoming book that details his tortured life of lies and sexual repression. ...

OK, can't resist:

  • Gives a whole new meaning to "contituent services."
  • Now we know why McGreevey took a tough stance against "profiling" by NJ State Police.
  • Gee, and you thought your governor sucked!
  • An inspiration to Tom Malin?

We now return you to the news:

[H]is fruitless attempts to conquer or hide his homosexuality by ogling Playboy centerfolds, frequenting strip clubs and becoming "as avid a womanizer as anybody else on the New Jersey political scene."

"The more the rumors circulated, the more public and brazen I became about my heterosexual conquests," the twice-married father-of-two writes.

Once again, can't resist:
  • Don't try this excuse at home, guys. Unless you're a Democratic politician, it will never work.
  • I bet McGreevey's ex-girlfriends used to brag to their friends about how they were shagging this Democratic Party bigshot. And I bet they're not bragging now about having been his "heterosexual conquests" ...
  • My kids are really proud of me: "Daddy wrote a book!" I wonder if Jim McGreevey's kids will be bragging to their friends about his book.
And now, back to the news:
His turgidly written tale ... is due to be published next fall by Regan Books.

Excerpts from the tome -- for which McGreevey reportedly will be paid up to $500,000 - were printed yesterday by The Star-Ledger of Newark ...

McGreevey ... currently lives with his boyfriend, financial adviser Mark O'Donnell.

This story is just a punchline or two away from being a Leno routine:

  • Hmmm, $500,000 advance. You know, for that kind of money, I might be tempted to become ... a New Jersey Democrat.
  • Who am I kidding? For $500,000 I'd be willing to meet Barbara Mikulski at a truck stop!
  • Finally, an answer to the question: "How do I get Judith Regan to answer my e-mails?"
  • "Turgidly written." Heh.
  • We can imagine the kind of "financial advice" Mr. O'Donnell gave the governor: "Write a book about it! Truck stop sex! The horrible pressures of the closet! They'll pay you $500,000. And, sweetheart, I've had my eyes on the cutest little BMW coupe ..."
I'm sure the news of "Truck Stop Jimmy" McGreevey's $500,000 book deal has got to be on the mind of a lot of politicians in Washington who are trying to figure out a way to escape their scandals.

Remember the original McGreevey scandal was that the governor hired a hunky young foreigner as his homeland security adviser. It was only after the scandal started making headlines that McGreevey played the gay card, held a three-hanky press conference -- "I am a gay American" -- and, presto, he's off the hook, with a half-million-dollar book deal and a new boyfriend.

Guess it beats checking into the Mayo Clinic ...

Never mind how much embarassment McGreevey has brought to Democrats, how do gay people feel about this guy? I mean, a middle-aged closet case turning tricks at truck stops, then using his orientation as a "Get Out of Jail Free" card -- is this guy really the ideal poster boy for "liberation"?

But never mind, I suppose McGreevey's already scheduled for a full hour on Oprah and Larry King and all the other shows that aren't interested in a book about Democratic Party corruption.

UPDATES:

Coalition of the Swilling notices the confession that explains why McGreevey was the perfect Democratic politician: "I knew I would have to lie for the rest of my life - and I knew I was capable of it."

Catholic blogger Gerald sez: "Yes, nothing like detailing what a 'manwhore' you are. ... We live in a completely shameless age."

Here's one gay blogger's take on Truck Stop Jimmy: "Of course I'm sure McGreevey will be applauded as courageous for detailing his painful struggle with homosexuality. ... I might be more interested if McGreevey didn't use his sexual orientation as an excuse for his misconduct while in office, like choosing cronyism over New Jersey's security."

Another gay blogger, David Hauslib says McGreevey is "about to become what so many hope and dream of: a published author. (And with a huge advance, he'll also become a reported $500,000 richer.)"

Honestly, David, if Judith Regan would just give me the $500,000, I wouldn't care about actually publishing anything. I am a shameless capitalist. Being "published" is cool, but not nearly as cool as $500,000. For $500,00o, I could hire a professional journalist to write a book for me, and have at least $450,000 to spare. (Which has been done, you know, but I ain't naming names. Of course, for $500,000, I might.)

- - - -

Right Thinking Girl says, "Why are the sex lives of our politicians consumed like intelligence data, analysed, documented, published? Why is he admitting this? Who is he helping?"

Also blogging, Uncorrelated:
Its rather pathetic to have one's entire identity, political or otherwise, defined by something so unremarkable as one's sexuality.
Yeah, but what's really pathetic is how McGreevey's brought suspicion on all of us happily married guys who now, every time we're late coming home from work, will have to prove we weren't gettin' (anonymously) jiggy at some interstate truck stop. Of course, I'm not a New Jersey Democrat, but then again, I don't have a $500,000 book deal either.

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