Friday, September 19, 2003
We now go to Bob Herbert, whose efforts at being even-handed and open-minded seems to have led to his brain falling out. First he outlines the roles of each Democratic candidate written in stone into the press corps screenplay. Especially egregious is his section where he compares campaign promises with reality. To steal a phrase from The Daily Howler, try to believe he said this:
The problem, of course, is that presidencies are not won on paper. It takes awhile — sometimes too long — to determine what's real about a politician, any politician. Lyndon Johnson ran as a peace candidate in 1964. Richard Nixon said he had a secret plan to end the war in Vietnam. George Herbert Walker Bush told the voters to read his lips. Bill Clinton said, "I did not have sex. . . ." And George W. Bush assured us he was uniter, not a divider.One of these things is not like the other... Herbert's been so mesmerized by the Clenis that he seems to have forgotten which campaign promises Clinton might have broken, instead going to a statement one full year into his second term.
Thanks, Atrios. It's a bit embarrassing to admit, but about 15% of my hit counter total came from that link he gave me yesterday. Also thanks to the Tracker of the Blog Queen.
One day after Thomas Friedman's excrement on the NYTimes Op-Ed page, German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder commits Germany's help to rebuilding Iraq despite the previous insults from Rumsfeld. Good news indeed, but will the usual suspects use this as another reason to bash France?
To quote Schröder:
We Germans will not forget how the United States helped and supported us in rebuilding and reuniting our country. That Germany is living today in a peaceful, prosperous and secure Europe is thanks in no small measure to America's friendship, farsightedness and political determination.France doesn't forget what we did either. It's just that the (koff koff) leadership really shouldn't be surprised at the consequences of treating the French like douchebags.
Thursday, September 18, 2003
Shorter Thomas Friedman: (Or - beating B*3 to the punch)
France is now our enemy because they had the temerity to be insulted by the insults of Bush and Rumsfeld over the Iraq invasion.