There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don’t know

Video at link, McCain Makes the Case: Third Bush Term

According to Congressional Quarterly, John McCain has consistently sided with President Bush, voting his position 89% in 2006, 95% in 2007 and 100% of the time this year.

If it quacks like a duck, can’t tell the difference between Sunni and Shiia and thinks social security should be privatized then its John McBush.

Peggy Noonan must have friends or relatives in high places other wise how does one explain that she is able to get published, SHOT BY BOTH SIDES. I am a citizen of two Americas. No, not John Edwards’ — Peggy Noonan’s

“Old America: Tradition is a guide in human affairs. New America: Tradition is a challenge, a barrier, or a lovely antique.”

Peggy liked that old America where the working class knew its place and didn’t need any of that stink’n social security, or workman’s comp or public universities or much of anything else that made a thriving middle-class possible. Peggy like most conservatives don’t love America they love an ultra-nationalistic wet dream that they think America should be. One commenter found a better way to sum of the differences from Al Franken,

“If you listen to a lot of conservatives, they’ll tell you that the difference between them and us is that conservatives love America and liberals hate America…. They don’t get it. We love America just as much as they do. But in a different Way. You see, they love America the way a 4-year-old loves her Mommy. Liberals love America like grown-ups.

“To a 4-year-old, everything Mommy does is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is
bad. Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad, and helping your loved one grow. Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world.”

Grand Tetons

Maybe Peggy should have a good talk with former NRCC treasurer Christopher J. Ward. Well never mind Ward and Noonan have those same values, Ward may have taken as much as $725K from NRCC

Christopher J. Ward, the former NRCC treasurer, improperly diverted as much as $725,000 from the committee to himself over a six-year period, according to several GOP insiders.

Ward’s alleged improper diversion of NRCC funds began earlier than had previously been reported, with the “unauthorized transfers” starting in 2001, when the NRCC was chaired by Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), the sources said. NRCC officials, including Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.), has stated publicly that Ward began diverting money from the committee sometime in 2003. NRCC officials now believe the transfers started much earlier.

Republicans as a rule usually just steal from tax payers, but you know how they are when it comes to money they’ll eat their own.

The usual cast of boneheads are having another temper tantrum over gas prices and ANWR, ANALYSIS-Bush drilling plan wouldn’t have eased pump prices

But both government and private energy experts say Bush is overly optimistic that ANWR oil would be flowing now if Congress had approved his drilling plan back in 2002, because of the years needed to find the crude and develop the fields.

“I would say under the best of circumstances it would take approximately 10 years” for any ANWR oil to make it into the market, said Philip Budzik, an EIA analyst.

“Even if oil was flowing, it would be too small amount to reduce the price” of crude or gasoline, said Daniel Weiss, energy expert at the Center for American Progress, a think tank in Washington.

“President Bush’s claim ignores the primary causes behind record high oil prices: a cheap dollar, high demand from China and India, and speculators driving the price up. Drilling and sullying the Arctic would not address any of these causes of high oil prices,” said Weiss.

In ten years if everything went perfectly according to plan oil from ANWR would have little to no effect on gas prices. As the market got this new oil OPEC would simply tighten supply thus prices are very unlikely to go down. As a political piece of propaganda ANWR makes a great issue. The Right can simply whine about how those mean tree hugging liberals are keeping America from having two dollar a gallon gas. A crazy argument without any facts to support it, just the kind that wing-nuts love to make.

Pale Sunset

There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don’t know. ~  Ambrose Bierce