Monday, October 15, 2007

Yeah that's about right

All you need to know about modern politics in two areas:

Saturday evening and Sunday morning somehow began with right-wing gloating about how the surge was working (again?). Cap'n Ed let out a might Nelson=like "Ha Ha", which is sort of a strange utterance from anyone over Operation Clusterfuck -- but there you are.

Naturally, this could only mean one thing...reality would assert itself:

BAGHDAD - A car bomb killed four people in Baghdad's Kadhimiya district, police said. The district is home to the shrine of a revered Shi'ite imam.

NEAR RAMADI - Police major Waheed Dulaimi and four members of his family were killed in a suicide car bomb attack on his house in the town of Baghdadi northwest of Ramadi in western Anbar province, police said. Eight other people were wounded.

BAQUBA - The Iraqi army found 10 bodies in a village northwest of Baquba. Dr Ahmed Faoud at Baquba hospital said the bodies all appeared to have been shot and were decomposed.

BAGHDAD - Police found the bodies of three people across Baghdad on Saturday, a police source said.

And just after the chest-thumping:

A wave of violence across Iraq, including the bombing of a minibus filled with Shiite worshippers and a suicide truck bomb attack on a police station, has killed 32 people, officials said Sunday.

Couple this with what Krugman accurately points out today over the right-wings screaming about Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize:

The worst thing about Mr. Gore, from the conservative point of view, is that he keeps being right. In 1992, George H. W. Bush mocked him as the “ozone man,” but three years later the scientists who discovered the threat to the ozone layer won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In 2002 he warned that if we invaded Iraq, “the resulting chaos could easily pose a far greater danger to the United States than we presently face from Saddam.” And so it has proved...

So dealing with climate change not only requires new taxes or their equivalent; it also requires international negotiations in which the United States will have to give as well as get.

Everything I’ve just said should be uncontroversial — but imagine the reception a Republican candidate for president would receive if he acknowledged these truths at the next debate. Today, being a good Republican means believing that taxes should always be cut, never raised. It also means believing that we should bomb and bully foreigners, not negotiate with them.

So if science says that we have a big problem that can’t be solved with tax cuts or bombs — well, the science must be rejected, and the scientists must be slimed. For example, Investor’s Business Daily recently declared that the prominence of James Hansen, the NASA researcher who first made climate change a national issue two decades ago, is actually due to the nefarious schemes of — who else? — George Soros.

Which brings us to the biggest reason the right hates Mr. Gore: in his case the smear campaign has failed. He’s taken everything they could throw at him, and emerged more respected, and more credible, than ever. And it drives them crazy.

And the biggest claim against Gore continues to be this...for the sin of being consistently right ... even conservatives that occasionally have an ounce of introspection live Andrew Sullivan still say this...

But he's also insufferable. And can you imagine how more pompous he's going to be now?

The right-wing has been in power and free to unleash one fucking disaster and half-baked idea after another. Their opponents have been called traitors, weasels, immoral, moonbats, cowards, defeatests, and crazy.

So everything has pretty much been "projection".

And they haven't learned one goddamned thing...fortunately, most Americans have.

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