Some Republican just claimed that the health care bill would be the most “massively pro-abortion bill since Roe v. Wade.” I suspect here that the “stupid or lying” question is, as usual, answered by saying that it’s a little from column A…
Over on The Corner, Andy McCarthy unwittingly claims that Democrats are morally superior to Republicans:
I know we tire of the hypocrisy, but I really think this is remarkable. We spent the eight years through January 19, 2009, listening to Democrats complain that President Bush had purportedly caused a constitutional crisis by issuing signing statements when he signed bills into law. Democrats and Arlen Specter (now a Democrat) complained that these unenforceable, non-binding expressions of the executive’s interpretation of the laws Bush was signing were a usurpation Congress’s power to enact legislation. But now Democrats are going to abide not a mere signing statement but an executive order that purports to have the effect of legislation—in fact, has the effect of nullifying legislation that Congress is simultaneously enacting?
Democrats, he argues, were correct when they complained that signing statements were “unenforceable, non-binding expressions of the executive’s interpretation of the laws [and] a usurpation Congress’s power to enact legislation.” They were right to complain when the Bush administration appended them to legislation, but now they must defend the very principles conservatives have never had and stop President Obama from appending anything to H.R. 3590 when he signs it into law or be branded rank hypocrites. Consider this in baseball terms:
I knew about some of the issues of unaccompanied children in Haiti (like other disaster areas) but I did not know about Haiti’s hidden slave population and the way the earthquake may have exacerbated the problem.
In light of Rep. Paul Broun’s nutty invocation of the “Great War of Yankee Aggression” the other day, it’s good to see that actual Confederate wannabees aren’t completely losing their shit over the prospect that 95 percent of Americans might be covered by health insurance.
Never mind. I forgots t’ check with the gomers at the gun counter.
I ran out on some errands this morning, and noticed several things.
The gun store downtown was doing what I suspect was unusually brisk business for an early Saturday morning outside of hunting season. This same gun store’s parking lot was overflowing mid-afternoon yesterday shortly after 3:30 PM, with traffic filling the lot, the nearby on-street parking filled, and overflow parking spilling into the gravel lot next door.
I’ve also seen a minivan with a warning/threat against Obamacare written in red paint on the windows (I didn’t get a great look at it as it was moving in the opposite direction, but I got the gist of it).
This is hardly the equivalent of militiamen forming on the village green, but there seems to be a distinct undercurrent of frustration and rage building against the federal government in general, the tricks of Democratic Party in specific, and tomorrow’s Obamacare may be the catalyst.
Of course, when the “distinct undercurrent” happens to come from your own blog — in which you’d just one day earlier ruled that HCR is a “capital crime” and predicted, a la Orval Faubus, that blood will soon enough drench the streets — I suppose you’d have to be a complete numbskull to overlook the trend.
As for the wider relevance of the War of Northern Aggression to all this, I can only encourage opponents of reform like Rep. Broun to continue insinuating some sort of comparison between the non-existent Obama-Reid-Pelosi conspiracy to seize the health care system and the non-existent Lincoln-Seward-Sumner conspiracy to seize the South’s human chattel. It’s a winner for sure.
But former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich said Obama and the Democrats will regret their decision to push for comprehensive reform. Calling the bill “the most radical social experiment . . . in modern times,” Gingrich said: “They will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years” with the enactment of civil rights legislation in the 1960s.
Glenn Reynolds: “here are some photos from that antiwar rally today in DC. Note the Soviet-nostalgia T-shirt. But guess which one the press will cast as “extremist?””
Glenn Reynolds, quoting and heh-indeeding La Althouse later in the same goddamned post: “Still, the Washington Post uses the term “angry protesters.” That’s a journalistic device to delegitimitize the demonstration by merging everyone into the few persons who said something racist/homophobic.”
That’s hacktacular! I don’t think the “some guy with a sign somewhere” game is useful no matter who’s using it, but Reynolds is certainly not in a position to complain about it.
And even funnier is that it’s probably not even the most egregious hackery in that post. As Thers notes, he also links to a very short video of the protest and claims that it “debunks” reports that racist slurs were directed at John Lewis at that…or, apparently, any other time. And then we have the assertion-without-evidence that the media “ignored the anti-ObamaCare protests,” which to the extent that such obscure outlets as the New York Times and Washington Post count as media is transparentlyfalse (and note also the Althouse quote.) I think we have a coveted Mickey Kaus triple crown of hackery to award here.
When the issue of my blog post on BSG and the UN came up during the diavlog the other day, Mark told me he’d never even seen Battlestar Galactica. I tried to explain the show’s premise in a few sentences before getting on with the discussion, but without spoilers, I think this video does it much better:
1) A small puppy, if walked real hard first, will sit quietly outside long enough for a decent taping with no unseemly background noise. (I had worried about that.)
2) It’s important to spell out your acronyms on the first use in speech just like in writing.
3) I say “um” a lot more than I ever thought.
Anyway, check it out. UN Dispatch’s Mark Leon Goldberg and I talk about pirate economics, the Somalia aid scandal, gender politics, and the coming Cylon takeover how popular culture figures in UN public relations strategies.