Madness is a rare thing in individuals—but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages it is the rule.Friedrich Nietzsche – (1844–1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 100, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, “Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes,” section 156 (1886).
Well, Freddy would be harumphing today. With the economy reeling (seemingly out of control, stock market volatility these days is just NUTS), the post-Nine-Eleven pageant of madness somehow hasn’t managed to die down a bit.
Let’s recap a little.
Let’s see: The Usurper made a “surprise” trip to Iraq, to shake with a Sheik, who was then killed on Saturday. The sheik was a Sunni who was touted as the poster child of how well the “Surge” was working, although his “effectiveness” had nothing whatsoever to do with the “Surge” (i.e. ESCALATION) that was The Usurper’s response to the election in which the American people told him to DE-ESCALATE. You know, the war that we’re spreading “freedom and democracy” in.
Hey! Crook! If you got any democracy left, you think you could spread some over here?
OK. Didn’t think so. Just thought I’d check.
Let me see. Oh, General David Petraeus, the Robert Bork of THIS version of Watergate, testified ON 9-11 (amaZING coincidence!!? Wow!) contradicting the doctrine laid out in the “book” on counterinsurgency.
Which is ODD, considering that HE wrote the damned book. You can BUY a copy from the University of Chicago Press, by the by, or you can just DOWNLOAD it HERE as a free .pdf (THAT YOUR TAXES PAID FOR!). (And don’t forget to download the “companion” volume, but watch out! It’s twice as big as the C-I Field Manual.)
Anyway, Petraeus (whose PR officer was busily emailing bloggers while on leave prior to his testimony) somehow managed to “prove” the “surge” was working, with “metrics” that reflected yet another means of changing the rules by which data is gathered. In the most virulently anti-science, anti-rational Admionistration this nation has ever seen, should that surprise us? And yet it does.
Or, like I said, you can buy a copy. (How’s that for outsourcing?)
Hmmm. Having anticipated the slithery testimony of Petraeus (who is willing to tell Bush exactly what Bush wants to hear, as his prior generals would not, and were subsequently fired, as Robert Bork was willing to illegally fire Archibald Cox, the Special Counsel during Watergate, after others in the Attorney General’s office had RESIGNED, rather than carry out such an order, including the AG himself), the progressive netroots group MoveOn.org (the name refers to the insane, naked power-grab impeachment, which was WHY the group was formed) took out an ad in the New York Times. It asked the rhetorical question “General Petraeus or General Betray Us?“
The rightie blogosmear went batshit bugfuck crazy, and the banshee howling finally reached the sexagenarians of the United States Senate. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Just before the weekend, the Rightie Blogosmear, jumped on a story plagiarized from the Rightie Blogosmear by New York Post staffer Charles Hurt – The Confederate Yankee, Butt Plug Bob, had jumped to yet another conclusion that the New York Times had given MoveOn an AMAZING, probably ILLEGAL discount. The Righties even filed CHARGES with the FEC against the Times. Except, it turned out not to be true, as Butt Plug Bob admitted, (albeit left-handedly, calling it a “non-scandal.” Wonder what he’d say if his daughter came home from a junior-high dance and said that she was a “nonvirgin”? Oh. Wait: the old Nixonian, “that statement is inoperative.” I get it: “non-scandal” = “inoperative.”)
And, over the weekend, the charge went away, without so much as an Emily Litella “Never Mind.”
The self-proclaimed “intellectuals” of the Leftie blogosphere completely failed to notice. The myth was successfully propagated that the “Surge” was a big “success” and a series of votes took place in the Senate to wind down the war. All were successfully filibustered by the GOP. Not a single senator switched sides from six months ago. And then, the GOP Senators pulled their counterpunch:
They put up an amendment to condemn MoveOn for “smearing” Petraeus. (Never mind the smearing of John Kerry, of Al Gore, of Max Cleland, all of whom served and were smeared by the GOP and the Bushies. We might as well just retire the concept of “hypocrites” right here and now, and replace it with the longer, but more precise “lying satanic weasels.” What the description loses in elegance, it gains in precision and clarity.)
And don’t tell me this crap isn’t coordinated. The Usurper himself puffed with false indignation this morning about the MoveOn ad (and can’t figure out how to pronounce “Democratic Party).
Because the Lefties have managed to fall all over themselves over the “Kerry” incident (the taser brouhaha at the University of Florida. And the MoveOn flap. And all the other red herrings thrown in their path. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me three hundred times, get your goddamned heads examined, Democrats!“
And did the majority Democratic Senators return fire with a filibuster?
No. They let the weasel GOP amendment (meaningless, just to create divisions and fodder for campaign ads) be VOTED ON!
And it PASSED, with twenty-two Democrats voting to condemn MoveOn, as well. Whatever you do, if you’re sitting on a branch up a tree with these idiots, DON’T hand them a saw, for gawdsakes! Don’t let them paint any floors. And, don’t let them vote on idiotic political ploy amendments like this one.
What kind of brain-dead crap is that? WHAT KIND OF BRAIN-DEAD CRAP IS THAT?!?!?
Well, let’s let the slimeballs over at the National Review conclude the tale:
NRO — The Corner
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Senate Condemns MoveOn Ad, Still More [Byron York]
No Republican voted against condemning the MoveOn ad. All 25 votes against the amendment were Democrats. Democrats who voted with Republicans to condemn the MoveOn ad were:
One interesting note: Some of the senators who won the greatest support from the netroots in the last election, like McCaskill, Tester, Klobuchar, and Webb, voted to condemn the ad.
Minor correction: Lieberman isn’t a Democrat. Allegedly, “Holy Joe” used to be one, but trust me, Joe Lieberman is NO Democrat now. (Not since making out with George Bush on the floor of the House.)
Yup. There’s the attempt to create divisions between the Democratic senators and their base. The pointless grandstanding, and a Hall of Shame list for spineless Democrats.
But GOOD GHOD! Has the United States Senate REALLY sunk this low? Did Harry Reid REALLY allow this shameful and censorious nonsense to sully the dignity of the august body of Daniel Webster, of Thomas Hart Benton, of John F. Kennedy, Barry Goldwater, Fulbright, Clay, Taft, Stevenson …
Oh dear ghod. The Senate of the United States of America has decided that it must condemn Americans for exercising their free speech rights? For criticizing a general who’s allowed himself to be used as a political tool?
As a way of deflecting attention from a failed and illegal war, a failed and illegal administration, and a failed and vicious “Party of Lincoln” now in the hands of racists, of know-nothings and religious fundamentalist fanatics?
Wow. The GOP have shot themselves in the collective foot and STILL manage to confound, confuse and addle the smarty-pants Democratic senate leadership. You know, the ones always lecturing us about the “practical” reasons for not impeaching the Usurper for criminal malfeasanse, misfeasance, war crimes, incompetence, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism and treasonable smirking.
Some smart monkeys these idiots are.
(Obama and Biden wisely stayed away from this political clusterf**k.)
Might I just suggest one forgotten concept to the Democratic Party and the Progressive Community?
(Don’t blither mindless nonsense like Wesley Clark did.)
There’s an old saying: if you can’t dazzle ‘em with brilliance, then baffle ‘em with bullshit.
Color the Senate Democrats baffled.
One of these days, they’ll start asking people like me how media manipulation works. You’d swear that every damned one of them just fell off the turnip truck. The ONLY thing the GOP has is media manipulation, and all the fancy books on “framing” in the world aren’t going to help until and unless the Dems understand:
- How Media Works, and
- The Value of Good Rhetoric
Don’t hold your breath. But at least Freddy Nietzsche said something else to take heart from:
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.