August 30, 2006

I Have No Point And I Must Scream

The first resort of intellectual bankruptcy - frothing demonization...

This is what it has come to - when engaged on issues, the first, and last resort of many on the political fringe is to rely on sloganeering and groupthink keyword appeal. During an appearance on Fox News, former Democrat candidate for the Ohio 2nd District Paul Hackett decided his only response to the always erudite Dan Senor's arguments about US policy in Iraq was to, well, panic and call Senor a Nazi...

(Hackett)...I mean to have Herr Senor on your set as a military expert is something of a joke... (Hackett, responding to Kasich asking who he's talking about) I'm talking about your guest, little unterfuhrer of propaganda Mr. Senor there, who's an apologist for the failings of the CPA.

There, now Hackett doesn't have to respond to any of the points Senor made, because he's a Nazi. With his argument plummeting to earth, Hackett pulls the ripcord and deploys his safety chute of ad hominem redirection and heated, splenetic invective. This is increasingly dominant on the out-of-power fringe left - who feel justified in defaming and slandering anyone who occupies another political space. The longer they go without being taken seriously, the more unserious they become, red-faced and spittling still louder, still loonier rhetoric.

This will surely destroy this Republic more thoroughly than any attack from without can. This is pulling on the lynchpin. This is fouling the foundation. This is poisoning the well, the kind of destructive, toxic rhetoric that seems tied directly to an absence of external political validation. Without success at the ballot box, this seething political hysteria has no outlet - it merely festers into a wound that eventually bursts forth in the kind of ugly inhumanity that Hackett displayed.

Let's remember, Hackett lost a closely watched and vastly overhyped special Congressional election in Ohio, and then was unceremoniously pushed under the bus by his fellow Democrats as he geared up to run against Mike Dewine for Senator from Ohio. Yes, that's what we need in the U.S. Senate - an ill-tempered wretch who'se only skill in debate is hyperbolic rhetoric and appeals to the worst invective.

What a touch of class Paul Hackett is - especially nice is equating Senor, who I am nearly certain is Jewish, with Nazism. Tomorrow, Hackett will equate Campbell Brown with Eva Braun, Bill Cosby with the Klan, and the ghost of Elizabeth Montgomery with the Inquisitors of Salem...

Posted by MEC2 at 10:44 PM | Comments (0)

July 22, 2004

Tricky Dick

The two sides of Richard Clarke...

Now that the 9/11 Commission has released their report, the next few days will see the unanimity of the panel devolve into something a little more partisan. Panel member John Lehman has started the ball rolling, detailing what he saw as a bait and switch from Richard Clarke.

We noted that CBS had become a launching pad for various anti-Bush vehicles - and they never revealed that they were owned by Viacom, who it so happened also published all of the books. Turns out that Mr. Clarke had a different tune to sing when his testimony went public.

We noted it at the time - the discrepancy between his glowing remarks about the Clinton administration and the abject failure of the Clinton administration to actually do anything about terror. It made little sense for a anti-terror hawk to proclaim that a near decade of doing little about Al-Qaeda was noteworthy.

It's hard to trust someone who has a financial interest in the story he's telling you...

Posted by MEC2 at 10:42 PM

June 01, 2004

The CBS Book Club

You get monthly anti-Bush releases, with nothing else to buy, ever!

The new book by Bill Clinton will be touted by the former President himself on 60 minutes.

The CBS show has become the launchpad for a monthly avalanche of anti-Bush administration books - first, Paul O''Neill. Second, Richard Clarke. Third, General Zinni. And now, we have the former President.

Let's be honest - a book about by former President is indeed news. But CBS is becoming an echo chamber - between 60 Minutes II's breathless Abu Ghraib expose, to the DNC Book of the Month club tour, to Andy Rooney's increasing mental detachment, 60 Minutes and CBS have a real lack of balance.

Perhaps they consider Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes balance to Chris Wallace at Fox News...

Posted by MEC2 at 08:00 PM

March 26, 2004

Poisoning the Well

Clarke spikes the water for holdover positions...

Somewhat lost in the flurry of discussion over Clarke's testimony is the following - when the White House changes parties in the future, is there a chance that anyone will be kept on? Clarke's shiv job on Bush makes the likelihood of new adminstrations keeping former administration holdovers slim and none. What new administration will be willing to trust their advisors in the new Strike-It-Rich book market, much less with players appointed by juxtaposed prior administrations?

This is the greatest lasting damage done by Clarke. Not to Bush, not to the Iraq war, nor Condoleeza Rice, but to the Executive's ability to trust those who serve him...

Posted by MEC2 at 05:02 PM