[Rereading the above, it occurs to me that I grew up before there were Star Trek nerds, or D&D clubs, so, depending on outlook, it may've been that you had Some Nerd, or Know-it-All, damning himself with Questions for Teacher that Involve Azimov Quotes every five fucking minutes from second grade on. It was a rare thing for me. The one I recall is when that smug little Know-it-All Philip, who insisted on being called Philip, not Phil, raised his hand, rose (he was the only motherfucker ever did that), and informed our second grade teacher that all the Harlem Globetrotters were from Holland.
[Little fucker wasn't even smart. Just a Know-it-All.]
So if The Beast wants to know, then we all know what the answer is.
I'm sure you're already aware that Bush is out there simultaneously plugging and distancing himself from his new book. And if nothing else, it's time to salute the only Republican who may've foreseen the results of the 2012 Presidential elections. I mean correctly. Either that, or he's the first slimy bastid who had a book ready to go just in case, which makes him an Entrepreneurial hero to his party. Sharp move either way. For a Bush.
Is there someone out there who won't admit that Jebbie did, in deed, lose the 2008 and 2012 Republican primaries, not by not running but by being so bad a bet he couldn't raise money? He "didn't run" like Mitch Daniels and Haley Barbour didn't run. Well, in 2008 Jeb was a Bush, which made him technically ineligible. But otherwise.
And now, suddenly "Jeb can speak Spanish", "Jeb's wife is Mexican-American" and "He has several children currently in South American prisons" is a selling point. Salve those wounds, Governor! The Nation That Rejected Your Ass Every Time It Was Offered needs you!
• Here's the only thing I feel like saying where "Rand Paul" can be inserted, as opposed to something being inserted in "Rand Paul". I enjoy Folly. I enjoy participating in it, occasionally even by design. I'm in favor of Folly qua Folly, and Folly with some serious point behind it. It makes a fine pennant, but it's a piss-poor battle flag. And it's even worse in a sham attempt to get more Xanax.
There is absolutely no reason, none, why any half-literate citizen of the United States should imagine that a declarative statement from the Attorney General, the President, or anyone with a microphone would mean diddly about future actions. I know Republicans want to forget George W. Bush, but fed cryin' out loud. The Bush administration announced in the spring of 2002, if not before, that it had the right to send US troops into Iraq, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, and San Francisco based on how it chose to read forty-year-old UN resolutions. Which, of course, are the gold standard of World Government Pronouncements so far as the Republican party is concerned. And it could do so regardless of what the Congress did. Dick Fucking Cheney simply announced that he was no longer Vice President, he was Vice President Plus.
Sure, sure, we have one-third of a million men and women locked up for drug offenses, a fair number of 'em put there without the use of drones, and not an insubstantial subgroup of whom got there because we've been violating the Posse Comitatus Act since the early 80s. But, sure, it's the best use of Official Libertarianism's bully pulpit to defend against the possibility of the EPA catching some rancher dumping diesel into a river somewhere.
• Who said What on the Where now?
It is the stated opinion of No Less An Expert Than Dee Dee Myers that if the Republican House has "8% approval" it is unseemly to try to press a political advantage which might make it alter its War of Obstruction.
Just the kind of thinking we could use in the U.S. Senate, doncha think?