In the classic movie of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Harvey (1950) Jimmy Stewart plays a kindly drunk whose best friend is a giant rabbit. One tends to think that, our sympathies aside that Elwood P. Dowd is crazy. It turns out that while Dowd is probably off the deep end he teaches us that there are kinds of crazy. The benevolent kind such as Dowd versus the stereotypically insane. The sociopath. I don’t know if George W. Bush is crazy or a sociopath, one can imagine that speculations along those lines will continue for as long as their are historians around. That said the American public regularly engages in armchair analysis of just about everything from Paris Hilton to what heck was the home team coach thinking when they made that draft pick. In that arena of judgment, Bush put another mark in the Every Man’s Court of the Insane today, President To Reporter: “They Are A Threat To Your Children, David”
President Bush told NBC reporter David Gregory at a Rose Garden news conference today that terrorists are a “threat to your children, David.” The President’s reaction came after Gregory asked him why he should be considered a credible source on terror intelligence.
Here we go again. No prominent Democratic official, blogger or pundit has suggested that we not fight terrorists. On the contrary our main problem with Bush is that he has directed an extraordinary amount of resources into a war against a nation that hated Al-Queda. Bush has put America into the middle of a civil war, he has failed at nation building, he has failed to kill or capture the major players in the Al-Queda organization. Bush’s record is clearly one of failure after failure. He doesn’t know what he’s doing. If Bush knew what he was doing Iraq wouldn’t be a failed state on the edge of collapse with the ensuing chaos spreading to its neighbors. That situation has nothing to do with David Gregory’s children. The greatest threat facing those children is the same that faces most children in America, street crime ands molestation from someone that the family knows. Most sex offenders know their victims well, experts say
Two experts on sex offenders estimate that 80 percent to 90 percent or more of all child molestations are committed by people who know the victim. And sex offenders who abduct children they don’t know make up only about 5 percent of those who have served time in state prison, said Doris Mahlum, a district administrator for the California Department of Corrections Parole Division.
The California attorney general’s office estimates that there are about 85,000 registered sex offenders living in the state. According to the Megan’s Law database, http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov, there are 2,301 registered sex offenders living in Riverside County and 2,870 registered offenders in San Diego County.
Bush’s unhinged remarks weren’t the only thing coughed up by the Conservative River of Weirdness. The screwy Dan Lundgren (R-CA) belongs to the Fred Thompson Rule of Law For Democrats Only School of Thought, Politicizing Crime
Among the least surprising developments arising from Monica Goodling’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee was the reflexive use of the “criminalization of politics” defense. Not by the witness, that is, but by Republican members of the committee themselves. That is to be expected. After all, whether the scandal involves Tom Delay, the outing of Valerie Plame, Jack Abramoff, or the U.S. attorneys purge, we can always count on the GOP to recast its rampant criminality as mere political disagreement.
On PBS Newhour last night, Republican California Congressman Dan Lundgren was only too happy to offer the criminalization of politics ruse for Monica Goodling and Alberto Gonzales alike. Just moments after acknowledging Goodling’s admission of violating civil rules and Hatch Act prohibitions (“she did admit that she made mistakes in that regard”), Lundgren returned the script:
“Let me just say this — and I think it’s an important point — there is too much of a tendency in this environment to try and criminalize political disputes. That’s been the effort here. They have found no basis for criminality, so the suggestion is now a vote of no confidence. Who knows what is next?”
When conservatives commit the egregious crimes its all politics and when a Democratic simply disagrees with policy they should be hanged – Savage: Madeleine Albright is a “traitor” who “should be hung”, Michael Reagan: “Howard Dean should be arrested for treason and either hung or put in a hole until the war’s over”
Little Mikey Reagan was just on the morning news the other day being asked about Ronald Reagan’s’ recently released diaries. I don’t ever remember a liberal pundit saying that the political opposition should be hung and later invited on a news program and treated like an honored guest. It is always the two standards America. Conservatives can get away with saying and engaging in the most abominable behavior and the media for the most part just pretends they didn’t see or hear anything. And The No Longer ‘Missing’ Rove Emails Revealing the Cagey Scheme to Steal 2008…
Goodling testified that Gonzales’ Chief of Staff, Kyle Sampson, perjured himself, lying to the committee in earlier testimony. The lie: Sampson denied Monica had told him about Tim Griffin’s “involvement in ‘caging’ voters” in 2004.
Huh?? Tim Griffin? “Caging”???
Palast could be mistaken that Congress blew its chance , Goodling could be called back to testify and that testimony could be in private.
Andrew Sullivan sees Barack Obama as the Reagan of the left, The Reagan Of The Left? which just makes the idea of voting for John Edwards that much more appealing.
Look at the polls and forget ideology for a moment. What do Americans really want right now? Change. Who best offers them a chance to turn the page cleanly on an era most want to forget? It isn’t Clinton, God help us. Edwards is so 2004. McCain is a throwback. Romney makes plastic look real. Rudy does offer something new for Republicans – the abortion-friendly, cross-dressing Jack Bauer. But no one captures the sheer, pent-up desire for a new start more effectively than Obama.
Edwards is so 2004? I wonder if Sullivan was writing a column about shoes and politics at the same time and ended up mixing them together. Let’s try it with another name and see if the Sulley treatment works – Jefferson and the Bill of Rights are so 1789. Nope doesn’t work.
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“Freedom of religion; freedom of the press; freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected, I deem [among] the essential principles of our government, and consequently [among] those which ought to shape its administration.” –Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural Address, 1801. ME 3:322