Wednesday, October 19

This Is It for the Political Content Today, Folks. The Rest Is Beer and Circuses.

Re: Cheney Steps Down, Condimelda Steps Up rumors. Capsule comment: Bulls' pizzles. I wish everyone who posted this more than half credulously would offer odds.

1) Cheney resigns if indicted. Why? His inherent sense of fairness? His abiding respect for the rule of law? To unburden himself of cumbersome advantages and defense-fundraising opportunities not available to the private citizen?

2) Condimelda named new Veep. Get out more. This GOP partisan wank fantasy dates to 2003. Cheney was going to step down as candidate and be replaced by the Instep Queen (alternately by McCain or Rudy, whose wank quotients I'm not going to consider). It was, then as now, based solely on the idea that her candidacy would create a huge rent in the Democratic base as African-Americans and women deserted the party and their self-interests to vote for "one of their own". This, in turn, is based on the standard basement-dwelling right-wing commenter having no notion of women or African-Americans, never having had a close relationship with either, and so assuming they're as stupid as everyone else who disagrees with his tiniest cephalic event.

Apparently some of this was inspired by U.S. News and World Report, in my day the preferred resource for high school debating squads, and one which I thought had gone the way of Collier's. Here's a excerpt of the sort of insight their Beltway insider status can provide:
"It's certainly an interesting but I still think highly doubtful scenario," said a Bush insider. "And if that should happen," added the official, "there will undoubtedly be those who believe the whole thing was orchestrated – another brilliant Machiavellian move by the VP."

Precisely my thought when I first heard the rumors: "Curse you, Dick Cheney, you brilliant Machiavellian!"


Anonymous said...

Doghouse, you make being sober and sane a pleasure.
If you *do* find someone giving odds, I want to know.

Anonymous said...

Oh, please consider those wank quotients!

James Briggs Stratton "Doghouse" Riley said...

please consider those wank quotients!

Well, okay, just this once, unless either of them actually runs. McCain: Phooey. He's not a maverick, he plays one on teevee. There wasn't exactly a noticeable change in wind direction from all the Republicans rushing to defend him in South Carolina, was there? Rudy: Pah. He's got ten times the problem McCain does with the radicals, and he's been hurt more than anyone this side of Jebbie by the collapse of the Bush administration. Sure, it's the political instinct, especially among the GOP, to keep your powder dry and your mouth shut, but now if he decides to run as a moderate reformer it just looks like a Republican CYA. If he raises a ton of money he might get the nomination, but I still think the religious nuts will name the candidate.

isabelita said...

Heh...your throw away about US News and World Report brought back memories of speech tournaments, where in a panic to prepare for an extemporaneos speech we'd be pawing through piles of those rags...that was way before power point shit, but it amounted to teh same thing.

Anonymous said...

It's all about the juries my dear.

And it doesn't matter that pandering doesn't work; they don't know that.