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Why Joe Wilson is a Hero to the Angry Left

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 10:03 pm - June 19, 2006.
Filed under: Bush-hatred

It seems that the posts where I reference the Senate Intelligence Committee;s discrediting of angry left hero Joe Wilson, a good number of that dishonest Democrat’s defenders rush to accuse me of distorting the record. They write long comments, some with a basis in fact, others filled with invective, most tinged with bitterness and animosity. How dare I take issue with this courageous man who dares speak truth to power!

Perhaps, the main reason Bush-haters so love Wilson and are reluctant to accept the evidence discrediting him is that he has provided (what he claims) is a specific example of the president saying something which he knew at the time to be false as he made the case for the war in Iraq.

While Wilson offered evidence (later discredited), most of the president’s critics merely repeat the mantra, “Bush Lied” as if it were an established fact (or if by repeating 27 times every day they could make it a fact). They fail to provide specific instances where the president (before the war) made a claim about Iraq’s WMDs which he knew (at the time) be false.

For the most part, their claims are like those of John Kerry in his speech to the “Take Back America 2006” conference last week (where he looked presidential but sounded pathetic). “We were misled,” claimed the junior Senator from Massachusetts. “We were given evidence that was not true. It was wrong and I was wrong to vote for that Iraqi war resolution.”

Instead of offering specifics to show exactly how he was “misled” (note his use of the passive), Kerry moves on in his speech to offer more angry bromides.* But, as the Vice President put it, Kerry “wasn’t misled. He saw the same intelligence all the rest of us saw. He knew what an evil actor Saddam Hussein was.” Cheney’s remarks merely confirm what those familiar with the findings of the bipartisan Robb-Silberman Commission already know, that the intelligence the president saw (before the war) was not “markedly different” from that provided to Congress.

Even if we “put aside the questions of weapons of mass destruction,” as Victor Davis Hanson has done, we wonder how the Administration misled us:

. . . was the senator suggesting that Iraq did not violate the 1991 armistice accords?

Or that Saddam Hussein did not really gas and murder his own people?

Perhaps he was “misled” into thinking Iraqi agents did not really plan to murder former President George Bush?

Or postfacto have we learned that Saddam did not really shield terrorists?

No wonder Kerry failed to offer any specifics to back up his claim. Because if he did, he’d have to address the numerous reasons (in this speech, for example) the president offered for liberating Iraq.

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Voting “NO” in 2008? Hillary Wins!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 8:52 pm - June 19, 2006.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics

Interestingly, right after I read Dan’s post I happened onto another poll that suggest Hillary’s dreams of living at 1600 Penna Avenue are a bit premature.

Clinton Gets High “NO” Vote for 2008 – CNN.com (so it must be true!)

Regarding potential Democratic candidates, 47 percent of respondents said they would “definitely vote against” both Clinton, the junior senator from New York who is running for re-election this year, and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the party’s candidate in 2004.

Forty-eight percent said the same of former Vice President Al Gore, who has repeatedly denied he intends to run again for president.

Among the Republicans, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani fared better than the Democrats, and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush fared worse.

Only 30 percent said they would “definitely vote against” Giuliani; 34 percent said that of McCain.

For all of you who think I am out of the American mainstream (a.k.a. – “right wing nut job”), I’ll have you know that I guessed the results of this poll exactly the way they came out before I read the article.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

The Classless Al Gore

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:50 pm - June 19, 2006.
Filed under: Leftist Nutjobs,Liberals,National Politics

Despite his graceful concession speech after the 2000 election was decided, Al Gore has proven himself to be one of the most classless politicians in the United States today. He rants against the man who defeated him and badmouths his policies abroad. He subscribes to some of the looniest theories of the angry left.

In 2003, he joined those on the angry left in endorsing Howard Dean, then surging in pre-primary Democratic polls — and quite possibly helping promote Dean’s subsequent implosion. It was that very endorsement which made clear what a classless man the former Vice President is. Joe Lieberman, his 2000 running mate, whose presence on the ticket helped account for Gore’s strong showing that year, said that he would wait on his former running-mate’s decision before entering the 2004 presidential contest. If Gore ran, he said, he wouldn’t.

Only after Gore decided not to run did Lieberman throw his hat into the ring.

Gore did not even offer Lieberman the courtesy of a phone call to tell him that he was endorsing Dean, leaving the Connecticut Democrat to learn about it from the media. Now, he’s refusing to back Lieberman in his former running mate’s primary contest against Ned Lamont. (Via–The Corner via Instapundit.)

It seems Gore’s 2000 concession speech was a rare moment of class from an otherwise petty and ungrateful man.

Hillary’s Public Persona May Doom Her in ‘08

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:51 pm - June 19, 2006.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Liberals

I didn’t fully “get” Bill Clinton’s appeal until 1999 when watching him deliver his State of the Union address. The phone rang soon after that Democrat started speaking, so I put the TV on mute and took the call. As I spoke to my friend, I watched the then-president and was captivated by his performance. I had to admit that the man whom I often mocked looked presidential.

But, when I ended the conversation with my friend and turned the volume back on, I found that Clinton’s speech was little more than well-delivered platitudes, devoid of substance. I turned the volume up when I went into the kitchen (I was thus unable to see the TV) to do the dishes and found his speech increasingly vapid.

I had a similar experience last week while doing cardio at the gym. I saw clips of Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) speaking to the Take Back America Conference. Lacking headphones, I could not hear their remarks. With his chiseled face, Kerry, the erstwhile Democratic presidential nominee, looked presidential. Hillary, a prospective Democratic presidential nominee, looked like an angry divorcée* addressing the PTA. She doesn’t have the presidential presence of her husband. No wonder the latest Iowa poll showed her slipping. That survey may well be harbinger of her performance in the Democratic primaries and caucuses in ’08.

A few days later when I saw clips of the speech with audio, both Kerry and Clinton sounded the same, whiny, bitter, angry. Given the way Kerry looked, it was no wonder he bounced back after the first presidential debate in 2004. Given the way Hillary looked, it’s hard to see how she can convince those skeptical about her leadership qualities that she has the gravitas of a Chief Executive.

Contrast Hillary’s presence with that of a female conservative icon — Lady Margaret Thatcher. While against her husband, Hillary fades into obscurity. (Just as Denis Thatcher seemed to disappear when in the presence of his wife.) Next to Ronald Reagan, Mrs. Thatcher held her own, two great leaders standing strong and confident.

Or contrast Hillary with her more accomplished California colleague, Dianne Feinstein. One day in the 1990s when was working on Capitol Hill, I walked over to the Senate side just as a vote was being called. As I passed through an elevator lobby, I saw a number of Senators (whose faces I recognized from the news). Mrs. Feinstein was the only one who stood out.

After watching those images from the conference, I became increasingly certain that Hillary is going to have a much tougher time than people think winning the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. To be sure, her husband may pull out all the stops to help her win the nomination — and the election. But, standing next to him at the Democratic convention in ’08, her lack of gravitas will be made increasingly manifest. People will become less confident of her ability to lead.

It’s no wonder Hillary’s gradually losing her status as the Democratic frontrunner for 2008. She seems to be as Peggy (AKA My Athena) described her 2004 speech to the Democratic National Convention, “full of certitude and lacking in sincerity.” She appears to stand only for whatever is politically expedient, and lacks the presence of a leader, the sense that she could take charge the moment she takes the Oath of Office. Lacking particularly the wherewithal to stand strong in a crisis.

-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com

*My Athena once wrote that when Hillary “speaks to a sympathetic audience eager for red meat her voice becomes high, harsh, grating–the first wife that your nice husband fled.

Where’s the Love?

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 3:55 pm - June 19, 2006.
Filed under: Bush-hatred,Civil Discourse,Movies/Film & TV

You remember Jesus Jones? They were a one-hit wonder back when I was in college who hit with a song called “Right Here, Right Now”. It was written in the wake of Ronald Reagan’s greatest successes, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and with it, the prominence of what it symbolized, Soviet Communism.

The lyrics of that song go something like:

Bob Dylan didn’t have this to sing about
You know it feels good to be alive

and

I saw the decade end, when it seemed
The world could change at the blink of an eye
And if anything
Then there’s your sign of the times

Similarly, The Scorpions‘ Klaus Meine penned “Winds of Change“, reflecting on a walk he had taken through freshly-liberated Moscow.

One striking stanza:

The wind of change
Blows straight into the face of time
Like a stormwind that will ring the freedom bell
For peace of mind
Let your balalaika sing
What my guitar wants to say

By contrast, the other night, walking through Capitol Hill here in Denver, I passed by a car with a bumper sticker which read simply, “FUCK BUSH”.
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