Fun Reading for Progressives

30 May

From the  delightfully sharp pen of p m carpenter:

Sarah Palin’s Grand Distraction

The political press has finally noticed that Sarah Palin’s “mystery tour” has never been a mystery to those who first recalled her most fundamental personality: raging paranoia and a pathological hypersensitivity to scrutiny and legitimate criticism.

What’s she doing? Where’s she going? Is this the beginning? Is this it? — is it really it? — the grand blast-off to her much rumored, much anticipated presidential campaign? Oh, how exciting. Oh, how unorthodox. Oh, how Sarah!

Such has been the buzz.

Now before I go any farther I wish to remind you that there’s one convention of commentary that I rarely tolerate: that of the “I told you so” variety. And I have this morning plied my mental creativity to think of another way of saying this, but there just isn’t one that still conveys the essence of, quite simply, quite emphatically: I told you so.

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And let’s hope he believes it!

I give you the inestimable Speaker of the House, John Boehner, political strategist extraordinaire:

[T]he small part of the reason we didn’t win [in NY’s 26th] clearly had to do with Medicare.

And the small part of the reason Gen. Custer didn’t win clearly had to do with the Sioux.

I started to go on with other historical analogies framed in utter ineptitude, but why slow such a helpfully delusional mind on such a magnificent roll?

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Diagnosing Paul Ryan

I’m still divided. Either Paul Ryan is merely this nation’s clumsiest ideologue or he’s the most vacuous politician since William Crawford, who in 1824 ran for the presidency while in a state of stroke-induced paralysis. Of course there might inhere a roughly equal mixture of both, however such aforementioned attributes, like left- or right-handedness, are, generally, singularly dominant.

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