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Krauthammer Befuddled

[ 18 ] August 30, 2008 |

Chuckie:

The Palin selection completely undercuts the argument about Obama’s inexperience and readiness to lead — on the theory that because Palin is a maverick and a corruption fighter, she bolsters McCain’s claim to be the reformer in this campaign. In her rollout today, Palin spoke a lot about change. McCain is now trying to steal “change” from Obama, a contest McCain will lose in an overwhelmingly Democratic year with an overwhelmingly unpopular incumbent Republican administration. At the same time, he’s weakening his strong suit — readiness vs. unreadiness.

The McCain campaign is reveling in the fact that Palin is a game changer. But why a game changer when you’ve been gaining? To gratuitously undercut the remarkably successful “Is he ready to lead” line of attack seems near suicidal.

It’s just a tactical complaint now, but I, for one, can’t wait until Chuckie comes to the full realization that John McCain is planning to put a disciple of Pat Buchanan in the vice-president’s chair. Sorry, Chuck; there’s no puzzle here. This was the danger of tying neoconservative fantasies to evangelical movement Protestantism; at some point in any alliance tough choices have to be made. The very best that neocons can hope for is that Palin is a George W. Bush-esque non-entity who, if she happens to ascend to the Presidency, could be shaped in a sufficiently imperial direction. That may be the case, but it may not…

…and regarding the bridge to nowhere, it seems to me there ought to be a presumption that when one can illustrate a point with Ozzy, one should do so:

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  1. howard says:

    if they’ve lost krauthammer….

  2. CJR says:

    Wow, these idiots are actually pretending to be surprised by McCain’s actions.

  3. CJR says:

    By the way, Chuckie will come around to realizing how great Palin is, probably by the end of the long weekend.

  4. celticdragon says:

    “This was the danger of tying neoconservative fantasies to evangelical movement Protestantism…”
    Yep.
    I have said it before (along with many, many others) and I will say it again.
    The Republican Party today is utterly unrecognizable from what I joined twenty years ago. I am sad and ashamed at what I see now.

  5. Davis X Machina says:

    It’s now a deeply unserious party, whatever its ideological flaws.
    The GOP has long since abandoned the notion of ‘governing’.
    The question they now ask when they come to a fork in the road is not ‘What’s the right thing to do?’. It’s not ‘What course do conservative principles suggest?’ By this point, it’s not even ‘What do we do to win?’
    It’s down to ‘What will piss the liberals off?’ and/or ‘What will amuse the press?’
    This is how a booker for a talk-show approaches his task, not a presidential candidate, or god help us, a president.
    A party whose Ausgangsposition is the provision of bright shiny things and middle fingers.
    Deeply unserious.
    Deeply insulting.

  6. DrDick says:

    Krauthammer was born befuddled and as only gotten worse with age. It is rather pleasant, however, to witness his current bewilderment.

  7. Jello says:

    Remember that scene in Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte when wheelchair-bound Joan Crawford slowly lifted the cover of her dinner plate (that had been served her by Betty Davis) and screamed upon seeing the baked rat?
    That’s how I’d like to envision Krauthammer at the moment he got word about Palin- that mean spirited little prick screaming and spinning panicked circles in his chair.
    That’s damned uncharitable, I know. Nevertheless, I believe Krauthammer would have been well served in his youth, had someone he intentionally insulted ignored his condition, and knocked the little SOB out of his chair.

  8. Rob says:

    For the record, the Blizzard machine reference refers strictly to Krauthammer’s intellectual capabilities…

  9. Anne says:

    Krauthammer is dead-on. McCain’s choice raises serious doubts about his decision-making ability and his readiness to be president. His choice of Palin is appalling. I think when I vote I’m going to write in Mitt Romney’s name.

  10. Jon H says:

    The amazing thing is that it wasn’t that long ago that there were rumors that McCain would pledge to only serve one term.
    Can you imagine the response to that now?

  11. snarkout says:

    Remember that scene in Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte when wheelchair-bound Joan Crawford slowly lifted the cover of her dinner plate (that had been served her by Betty Davis) and screamed upon seeing the baked rat?
    I think you mean Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, which had the rat scene. Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte ended up starring Davis and… uhh… Vivianne Leigh? after Crawford dropped out of the production. (Nope, Olivia de Havilland, sez IMDB.)

  12. blowback says:

    Suckers – Palin will not be the next vice-president of the USA even if McCain wins the election in November She will resign if McCain is elected because of the scandals in Alaska and Dick Cheney will be appointed in her place. Karl Rove is just so transparent.

  13. McKingford says:

    This continues the GOP trend of turning the American dream on its head. It used to be that anyone who was smart and worked hard *could* grow up to be president. Now, it seems, the GOP simply believes anyone *should* be president.

  14. rea says:

    Somehow, the “Bridge to Nowhere” makes me think of the Grateful Dead having a bad day . . .

  15. Simple Mind says:

    krauthammer is so ugleeeee!

  16. christine says:

    blowback: The most brilliant, biting and perceptive analysis on the subject I have read. Thankyou so very much.

  17. Indy says:

    that Sabbath song may be called “Road to Nowhere” but it sure opens with one heck of a noodly-assed “intro to nowhere”

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