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If the Republicans (and, increasingly, the media) get to keep calling us the “Democrat Party” instead of the “Democratic Party,” because they think it subliminally emphasizes the word “rat,” can we start calling them “Republicanists”? As in “What my Republicanist colleague forgets to mention is…”
It would make people think “pianist” every time they thought about the GOP. Ha ha ha! That would be funny! If people thought all Republicanists played piano! “Hey Ahnold, why don’t you go play piano or something?”
Seriously. We should do this.

Bush insider: Bush administration used and mocked Christian right

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MSNBC reports that a new book called Tempting Faith, by former administration official David Kuo, gives an inside look at the Bush administration that’s bound to give some of the Christian Right pause on election day.

He says some of the nation’s most prominent evangelical leaders were known in the office of presidential political strategist Karl Rove as “the nuts.”
“National Christian leaders received hugs and smiles in person and then were dismissed behind their backs and described as ‘ridiculous,’ ‘out of control,’ and just plain ‘goofy,’: Kuo writes.
More seriously, Kuo alleges that then-White House political affairs director Ken Mehlman knowingly participated in a scheme to use the office, and taxpayer funds, to mount ostensibly “nonpartisan” events that were, in reality, designed with the intent of mobilizing religious voters in 20 targeted races.

Tempting Faith will be out October 16th. It’s going for $16.50 on Amazon, where’s it’s currently ranked #35 among all books. Olbermann ran a piece on it Thursday night and word on DailyKos is that 60 Minutes will be covering it this Sunday.

John Murtha’s not mincing words

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Here’s an amazing snippet a friend just emailed me. This is from a new exhortation written by Congressman John Murtha:

A year ago when I presented my plan for Iraq, I did it to provide leadership and
protect our troops. The Republicans have spent their time name-calling while the
situation for our troops in Iraq gets worse.
They’ve tried to smear me, other veterans, Democrats, you and anybody who stands up
to them. Well, let me say one thing right now: screw them. Those gravestones at
Arlington cemetery don’t say Democrat or Republican on them.
We are all patriots.

At long last, have you no decency?

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I don’t think Cheney’s getting traction anymore. Average Americans think he’s some kind of vampire/monster. Hillary Clinton and Hairplug Biden have both dissed him openly on the talking head shows.
Zach at Hanlon’s Razor has the right idea (Dick Cheney’s heart pumps bile):

Saying that Iraq is the War on Terror ad nauseum and that pulling out would be helping the terrorists is nothing new, but here we find Dick taking it a step further.

“Some in our own country claim retreat from Iraq would satisfy the appetite of the terrorists and get them to leave us alone,” Cheney told a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nevada. “A precipitous withdrawal from Iraq would be … a ruinous blow to the future security of the United States.”

Pause, reflect, read for a second time. The Penguin is saying that there are people who want to pull out to make the terrorists happy. I will offer $1,000 right now if anyone can provide me any kind of evidence that he’s actually heard someone suggest that.
Of course, it wouldn’t be adequately Cheney if he didn’t add something even more retarded.

“They overlook a fundamental fact. We were not in Iraq on September 11, 2001, but the terrorists hit us anyway,” he said, in a reference to the hijacked plane attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.

And the terrorists had no connection to Iraq. Hell even Bush said that. You could replace “Iraq” with any nation in the world and that statement would be equally valid. “We were not in New Zealand on September 11, 2001, but the terrorists hit us anyway.” Iraq != War on Terror. Get it through your head, asshole.

what would Mr. Rogers do?

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can you say “habeas corpus“?
What if King Friday got taken away to a secret jail in the middle of the ocean by the Central Intelligence Agency? And the government said King Friday could not file a writ of habeas corpus because he had no rights. Because Congress just happened to sort of incidentally take them all away….
Justices Hint That They’ll Rule on Challenge Filed by Detainee – New York Times