April 5, 2006

Say what?

In honor of the momentous withdrawal of the Bugman, please enjoy Campus Progress' top ten favorite quotes from Tom DeLay.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:02 PM

McCain's intervention

For the last few months I've been pretty solid in the camp that John McCain was poised to take the Republican nomination despite all the talk against him, based on a lot of major factors. For one thing, his competition is close to nil, unless another big name like Giuliani or Rice tries engages in a flight of fancy. A simple campaign of much of what he said in 2000, combined with a hammering over and over again of "I'm the best chance against Hillary" would bring enough right-wing "I'd never vote for him!" delegates to his side.

That pretty much got all wiped out in an incalcuable flop-sweat appearance on The Daily Show last night. There aren't any clips up yet, but if you missed it, the moment was just a spectacular embarassment for McCain.

McCain appeared, via satellite, to respond to Jon Stewart's questions about McCain's sudden conversion to right-wing gladhanding. (McCain, who routinely chastized the influence of Jerry Falwell, is now going to deliver the commencement address at Liberty University.) What defined the interview, of which there were maybe ten questions at most, was that Stewart became the legitimate political pundit asking honest questions and expecting an honest answer, and McCain the comedian, attempting to deflect every challenge to his credibility with a joke.

It was an eerie moment, watching two men who clearly like each other in real life doing their best not to blatantly insult the intelligence of the other. In the end, McCain just himiliated himself. It was just a back and forth of Stewart asking some form of "so, no offense, but why exactly are you a complete flip-flopping hypocrite who appears to be doing and saying anything to get elected?" followed by McCain refusing to actually answer the question at all and instead cracking a quip to Stewart like he wasn't serious.

The problem is that Jon Stewart obviously was serious. Serious the way a friend confronts another friend about his drug habit. And McCain's dodges we so open, so obvious, that I doubt a single voter in the country who watched it didn't immediately see McCain as that addict: mumbling, blocking, and pleading in some vain effort to claim he's not doing what everyone already knows he's doing.

This is of course a silly statement for most of the Western World, but it's a significant one for me: John McCain does not have a chance of winning the Republican nomination for president. Last night a fake news show totally revealed just who the fake really was.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:46 AM

April 4, 2006

You can't make this stuff up

Well, technically you can, as this is from Human Events Online, which is quite astute at, well, making things up:

Soon-to-retire Rep. Tom DeLay (R.-Tex.) said today he would file an ethics complaint against Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D.-Ga.) for striking a Capitol Police officer should no other House member do so first.

DeLay�s comments came during a wide-ranging interview at his Capitol Hill office with reporters, including HUMAN EVENTS Editor Terry Jeffrey.

�If nobody in this House files an ethics charge, I am,� DeLay said in response to a question about McKinney. �Her behavior is outrageous. And it�s not the only time.�

Either DeLay wants to push for a facade of strength in his recent mass humiliation, or he's lost all sense of irony.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:02 PM

April 3, 2006

And now, the weakest excuse in history

Tom DeLay, dropping out of the Congressional race, gave the following excuse that made "spending time with the family" seem pathetic in comparison:

DeLay told Time magazine Monday that he and his wife, Christine, had been prepared for an election battle, but that he decided Wednesday to spare his suburban Houston district the mudfest to come.
Oh, heavens yes. Because if there's one thing Tom DeLay can't handle, it's a mudslinging campaign.

Couldn't he just tell us now what he's going to be charged with in three weeks?

Update: Sorry, I had assumed it was implied, but what the hey. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:39 PM

Great literary conventions

I can't believe I forgot about this, but after getting Tom's latest book in the mail this weekend and finishing it today I was pleasantly reminded: those of you who are avid collectors of my work are obligated to purchase Tom's new book because, right there on page 106, is the strip that mentions this website. Your collection, therefore, remains incomplete until you purchase this volume.

Attitude 3, of course, remains happily on pre-order. So move your butts. Also, more details to come, but there will be a book signing in New York later this month that I'll be attending. I'm pretty sure that means the book will be for sale then, but I don't have confirmation just yet.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:34 PM

Latest comic - "The amazing young conservative"

Look at that, being deprived paid off as you now have two weeks worth of comics right in front of you one after the other.

This is one of those subjects that has bothered me for a while, and you can search the archives of the blog to see where I've made some of these points before. I'm not against the idea that young people can have astute political insight about generations past. I'm just pretty confident most of the pundits highlighted for their youth and given, oh let's just say as a completely hypothetical example their own blog at WashingtonPost.com, turn out to not only be wrong, but embarassingly so. Now it would be wrong to blame the homeschooling for that. I'm sure the magazines his parents bought were a factor as well.

When Reagan died, I didn't really pretend I had some personal experience with what I only know through history as policies that we are still feeling the negative effects of today. Conservatives my age will constantly dismiss Ted Kennedy or Robert Byrd for things they did before they (and in Byrd's case possibly their parents) were even born.

Of course, that's essentially the objective of Grover Norquist and his psychotic Reagan Legacy Project, isn't it- to stave off the oncoming revelation in future generations that Reagan's discovery of the country's salvation was about as accurate as Columbus' discovery of America. I think the difference was Columbus killed less brown people.

But I digress: the punditry makes this massive act of denial in suggesting most of these right-wing wunderkinds had no assistance from their parents in dictating what their careers would ultimately be. Some are just less subtle about it and flat-out give their son his own magazine to run. Now, if Jonah Goldberg ended up a left-wing radical... now that would be an accomplishment.

I prefer to end this now before the comic from Saturday scrolls off the damn page. Go buy some crap.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:06 AM