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Democratic Centrifuge Begins its Work

The Washington Times reports that the liberal blogosphere is fit to be tied over the party’s "abandonment" of Ned Lamont. Most interesting, is Harry Reid’s reported promise to Lieberman that he can maintain his seniority within the caucus when he returns to the Senate. Also note Larry Kudlow’s assessment of what the Democrats will actually be able to do if they win control of the House. Of course, Kudlow is forgetting to remember that "it’s not just the economy, stupid." And besides, the economy will follow bad policy if that policy is allowed to fester . . . even if it takes the Dems awhile to reveal what they really mean to do. The sad truth is (as Cheney pointed out to Kudlow about Nancy Pelosi) whatever she says that sounds reasonable now: "I don’t think she’s running on that platform in San Francisco."

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It’ll be good for some "liberal bloggers" to learn that there are facts of political life.

Kudlow lost me when he said that we should approach Tehran for help on calming sectarian strife in Iraq. He concurred with the suggestions of the Baker report, whose details weren’t supposed to be made until after the election, but Baker and his ilk just couldn’t stop themselves from leaking their suggestions to various like-minded in the establishment and the media.

The whole purpose of seeking to democratize Iraq was that it would serve to destabilize and overturn the satanic regime in Iran, and exert additional pressures on Saudi Arabia. In fact, we hoped that it would exert influence upon the whole region, and optimally, throughout the length and breadth of islam. That was the idea. The suggestion that Tehran would find something worthwhile in stabilizing a society whose purpose is to destabilize their own regime is the type of brain dead suggestion that could only find its origin in the Ivy League and the State Department.

Tehran is BEHIND the Sunni violence AND the Shiite militias. They are playing both sides against the middle, and in the middle is the elected government of the Iraqi people, which is getting ground down by their inability to cope with the rising violence.

Tehran is the enemy, Tehran has always been the enemy, ever since 1979, they’ve been our enemy, they’ve killed Americans, tortured Americans, held Americans hostage, and are now blowing up Americans in Iraq. They’ve been killing us for decades, they enjoy it, they get off on it. They’re satanic. And they’ve got to go, before they get the opportunity to slaughter entire cities and communities. And it isn’t going to get done by cajoling them into exerting a "moderating influence" upon the violence they are inciting in Iraq.

To all of those devotees of vain discussions and "dialogue," empty and foolish efforts at "engagement," If you don’t have what it takes to engage in serious statecraft, if you don’t have what it takes to go after the prime sponsor of muslim terror, in a war ostensibly upon muslim terror, then just shut the hell up. Just consider yourself estopped from speaking upon the subject, and just let the rest of us get out there and do what desperately needs to be done.

Kudlow knows money. I have never seen evidence that he has any particular shewdness about politics.
His stuff about politics belongs on the (very long) "life’s too short" list.

Matt Stoller, one of his commenters, and a Kos diarist, and that’s it for the sourcing of that news story. Now that’s reporting!

...the liberal blogosphere is fit to be tied over the party’s "abandonment" of Americans of African descent....Well, o.k. they’re not fit to be tied....In fact they’re ignoring their peril.

"The Washington Times reports...."

Oh please!

Why don’t you go look for yourself and see who’s fit to be tied?

With the polls and the Ted Haggard gift, I think they’re doing the happy, happy, joy, joy, dance.

Does anyone care to open a thread for the Ted Haggard story? How it might affect the election?

And what did he mean by "massage"?

It’s interesting, first he denys everything.

Then when a tape appears he says it wasn’t him.

Then when voice prints prove it was him, the only things he admitted to were things that were mentioned on the tape.

What does he mean by "only a massage"?

If I wanted a massage I’d go to a masseuse, probably a female, not a gay prostitute. But I’m not a evangelical so I don’t know. Maybe it’s a religious thing to help the gay, sex-worker/drug pusher.

Why would anyone care to open a thread about a person most Americans (including this one) have never heard of before today? He is not on any ballot and he represents no one but himself and--perhaps, very loosely (no pun intended)--his congregation. He is a private citizen who might be gay and who apparently buys drugs from prostitutes. No one but desperate left-wingers and media whores cares about this story. But maybe you’re right . . . and this really exposes the gay/druggie element at the heart of the Republican party. You’ve got us.

Julie, due to the fact that Haggard was in weekly contact with the White House, appears in dozens of photos as someone close to Bush, is someone who delivered millions of evangelical votes to the Republicans in 2000, 2002, and 2004, he qualifies as a Republican heavy-weight in my book.

I thought having the hypocrisy of his private life-style vs his public stance on gay marriage and druge use exposed might affect the turn out of his flock.

While I wouldn’t expect them to vote a Democratic ticket, they might just stay home in frustration. Aren’t these the people who were considered part of the Republican base?

This isn’t good.

Neo Culpa

As Iraq slips further into chaos, the war’s neoconservative boosters have
turned sharply on the Bush administration, charging that their grand designs have been undermined by White House incompetence. In a series of exclusive interviews, Richard Perle, Kenneth Adelman, David Frum, and
others play the blame game with shocking frankness. Target No. 1: the
president himself.

David Frum: "I always believed as a speechwriter that if you could persuade
the president to commit himself to certain words, he would feel himself
committed to the ideas that underlay those words. And the big shock to me
has been that although the president said the words, he just did not absorb
the ideas. And that is the root of, maybe, everything."

I know Haggard makes this claim, but I don’t think it is true that he had "weekly contact" with the White House. Whatever exaggerations he is telling reflect more on him than anyone at the White House. This guy was, if anything, a minor leaguer. But here we go down the whole "hypocrisy" route again. Liberals love to salivate over the shortcomings of conservatives when conservatives don’t measure up to the high standards they set for themselves. But I’ll say it again . . . it’s better to aim high and fall hard than to aim low and reach your goals.

Haggard can hardly claim to have aimed high and failed.

He lied big and got caught. He was all con man through and through.

First he denied the whole thing. Then he denied the voice on the tape was his. Then when the tape was analyzed he admitted to only the things he said on tape.

This is a man who aimed high (morally) in life?

Last year, Time -- citing Haggard’s White House access -- put him on its list of the nation’s 25 most influential evangelicals. Time Article

Haggard changes his story, yet again...

CNN just reported that Ted Haggard has put out a new statement saying he has deceived and is "guilty of sexual immorality". This is a rather big hit two days before the elections.

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