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Fortunate Son

Well, Jay Tea, of course, beat me to the punch regarding Patrick Kennedy's "retirement."

It seems almost impossible, but, the reign and perpetual mystic of the Kennedy Klan in American politics is pretty much over.

Good riddance.

However, it got me thinking of a comparison. One born from a dynasty which has hypnotized generations of starry-eyed Americans, and one born of true self-reliance, where there were no corrupt, pickled coat-tails on which to ride.

Sarah Palin has been skewered by the left and the media (I know, same thing) since she heeded the call of service to the national stage as a Vice-Presidential candidate in 2008. She came up the hard way. Starting in PTA meetings, elected to two terms as mayor of Wasilla, appointed to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, eventually working to become Governor of the State of Alaska. All this while raising a family.

Patrick Kennedy ran on his name. By his own admission, he has claimed "I've never worked a fucking day in my life." He did nothing to work for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has accomplished nothing of significance. He has carried on the tradition of Kennedy embarrassments throughout the years, with episodes of alcohol and Oxycontin addictions, pushing a female guard at an airport, and being involved in several traffic accidents in which witnesses claimed he was noticeably impaired.

Sarah Palin resigned her position as Governor of Alaska because she felt she could no longer preform her duties to Alaskans in an effective way due to the inordinate amount of distractions from people wanting to interfere in the daily responsibilities as Governor, and felt that relinquishing power to her Lt. Governor for the remainder of her term was the best way for Alaskans to be represented.

Almost to the second of her resignation, she has been defined by the left as a "quitter," and remains a lightening rod for liberal hatred whenever their need arises.

With her resignation, she decided she would become more involved in national politics, using her influence and popularity to help affect issues to which she and those who have nationally supported her felt needed to be addressed and represented.

Like her or not, she has been true to this goal.

Patrick Kennedy "retired" from Congress this week. He was up for a tough re-election in Rhode Island, though he says that has nothing to do with his "retirement." One of the reasons he claims not to continue is due to the death of his father: "There's no doubt that I'm carrying a lot of grief and feelings that I think occupy a lot of my emotional energy..."

Welcome to reality.

One, a driven, self-assured person who rose from the icy depths of Alaskan politics to become one of the most influential national political figures of our time.

The other, a spoiled addict, born with a silver spoon in his ass.

And which one gets vilified?

Amazing.


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Lighting rods are invaluabl... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Lighting rods are invaluable when it comes to protection... I think also the concentrated hate spewed out by the left at her is also showing much of the thinking electorate just how far from 'reality' the 'reality-based' groups actually are.

Hell, even some progressives are starting to sign off the Palin crapfest.

I'm a 25-year Alaskan who has been writing an Alaska blog since 2005. I was also the blog chosen for the Democratic National Convention Blog Pool representing Alaska. (Go Obama!)

I'm much more invested in bringing down Sarah Palin than ANY of you.

I have friends in the Valley who have known Sarah Palin and her children for up to 18 years. I ran your article by them and they don't believe your claims of racist epithets at all...they've seen no evidence.

And yes, they are afraid...you've got that right...and they are even more invested in making sure that Palin can't do any damage on a national level than the rest of us. However, like me, they won't use lies to do so. It will just backfire on us in the end.

I wrote an article on my blog refuting your claims because I believe the likelihood of their accuracy is low. If you want the full explanation of why, you'll have to read it. If you want the full explanation of why my information is more credible than yours, you can get that in the article as well.

However, above and beyond that...these claims were WAY too explosive for you to take them public based on a waitress overhearing them at a restaurant. As a journalist, you should know that.
This was from the LA Progressive comments section, btw - last September. And from her blog, the lady's about as 'progressive' as they come in her dislike of Palin.

I'm sure Tina S. will like her a lot.

The more they rant and rave about how horrible Palin is, the more people look at her and judge for themselves.

As far as Kennedy goes? Like you say, good riddance. It seems like there's a natural progression in politics...

First gen gets money, buys influence.

Second gen uses influence of family name.

Third gen squanders both.

"Sarah Palin resigned he... (Below threshold)
Steve Green:

"Sarah Palin resigned her position as Governor of Alaska because she felt she could no longer preform her duties to Alaskans in an effective way due to the inordinate amount of distractions from people wanting to interfere in the daily responsibilities as Governor, and felt that relinquishing power to her Lt. Governor for the remainder of her term was the best way for Alaskans to be represented."

Aside from being a horrible, run-on sentence, it's just spin. It's obvious from her actions following her quitting that she quit in order to be able to collect $100,000 payments for reading platitudes off her hand and to collect a fat pay check from Fox News.

That's all she's done since she quit, at least - that plus refusing to lead the Tea Party (but gladly accepting their $100K paychecks).

I won't deny P. Kennedy went far riding on his family name, but Sarah Palin is a quitter. People I know say she'll never run for national office but will just milk the money machine for several years instead. I personally will do everything I can to get Sarah Palin on the ticket - hopefully nobody here will object to that.

Sarah Palin's fans claim that the more that liberals diss Palin the more determined they are to get her on the ticket. Count me in! I'll do my part and more.

I'm finally starting to hav... (Below threshold)

I'm finally starting to have second thoughts about Patches.

I am starting to wonder if his announcement of retiring might have had a more direct tie to his father's death. If a lot of his personal issues might have been because he was in a life he really, really didn't want to live, and stayed in office because it was what his father expected of him. And once the old man was gone, he was free to get the hell out.

Maybe, once he's out of the spotlight, he might be able to just live his life how he wants to for the first time.

Or, as Ace said, he could simply be retiring to spend more time with his pharmaceuticals of choice.

Whichever, the nation's better off. And, I hope, he is too.

J.

Obviously a "quitter".... (Below threshold)

Obviously a "quitter".

Green, she quit because ass... (Below threshold)

Green, she quit because assholes like you were abusing Alaska's ethics laws to bankrupt her, her staff, and the state. Which she explained quite clearly at the time.

And have you EVER stayed on topic even once? Here you go off on your Sarah Palin crusade. On the unions, you ignored the topic to get into a pissing match with a commenter.

You just HAVE to make the discussion about what you want it to be, don't you?

Start reconsidering that tactic, chump. It's wearing thin.

J.

Steve,Do you have ... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Steve,

Do you have any semblance of a life?

You post within minutes of an article being published. Without fail.

You make no sense.

You need a hobby. Or a pet. Or a boyfriend.

You're boring.

When I was a volunteer with... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

When I was a volunteer with Crisis Hotline, I learned that there were a lot of regulars who called us over and over. Calling us fulfilled some need for them. Unfortunately, they never solved any of their problems no matter what we told them. So they just kept calling to get their emotional need filled. Sad. Very sad.

Steve Green is like that. I feel sorry for him.

Sounds hyperbolic both on K... (Below threshold)
James H:

Sounds hyperbolic both on Kennedy and Palin.

Maybe, James, but a dead-on... (Below threshold)

Maybe, James, but a dead-on representation of Mr. Green...

J.

Apropo the run-on sentence ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Apropo the run-on sentence cited by Steve G, and Shawn M's framing of political opportunity as a "call of service"; Sarah reneged on a contract with the people of Alaska for reasons that have yet to satisfactorily explained ---Shawn and a cast of thousands have tried--- but have much to do with her *feelings*: the metaphorical "job, the kids, the barking dog".

She is a phenom who thrives in a controlled setting. Sorry Steve, no more partisan races for Sarah. Pony race for RNC chair: OK (but only if the coast is clear).

I am developing a theory ab... (Below threshold)
Andrew X:

I am developing a theory about Sarah Palin. Tell me if any of this rings true to you all...

-- Sarah Palin's conservative prinicples are more important to her than any power position, like say, governor of Alaska.

-- Palin has pretty much chosen not to run for President in 2012.

-- Palin will never acknowldge that fact until it is put up or shut up time, say, Spring of next year.

-- Any Republican who is seen as threatening to the left will get run through the grinder, Sarah Palin is right now obviously threat #1.

-- So, as long as she is "in the running" (even if she isn't), she will be attacked, viciously and repeatedly, from the left.

-- Palin knows this, and, in the spirit of the first point up there, is willing to take it

-- BECAUSE... she is playing the role of Patton's phantom army in Dover, tying down Hitler's divisions at Calais instead of Normandy. She knows these people cannot resist attacking her in the most base and vile manner possible. She is OK with herself and God, so whatever, man.

Meanwhile, everyone else in the country is treated to our bien pensant elites and intellectual betters conducting themselves like a pack of rabid jackals attacking... a housewife, mother, and grandmother who holds no position of power whatsoever, none.... and whose terrible crimes consist of.... speaking her mind about the current administration.

We all agree that if the left were smart, they would just back away from her, and/or keep their criticism measured and intelligent. What Palin sees so clearly is... they can't. They just can't. They can't help themselves from attacking her from the sewer, any more than a smack addict can hide from the needle.

So she takes it with aplomb, the corrupted media / academia / culture triad focuses on her above all else, the rest of the country recoils in horror, seeing clearly just who these arrogant, power-mad people are at heart, and what they are willing to do to anyone who they see as a threat, even if that person holds no power whatsover other than her personality.... and thus she sets the table for other armies to swing around the flank.

So waddya think? Maybe too clever by half, I don't know but....

I'm reminded of the last words of the Australian game warden in "Jurassic Park", staring into the eyes of the escaped raptor who is about to devour him --

"Clever girl...."

You forgot about Arnold Ken... (Below threshold)
GMax:

You forgot about Arnold Kennedy, who is still Governor of California or at least last time I checked!

BryanD, as I'm sure you've ... (Below threshold)

BryanD, as I'm sure you've been excruciating careful to not notice, Palin spelled out exactly why she resigned as governor. Hell, I even repeated them in #5.

And man, the lengths you chuckleheads will go to to avoid discussing the topic at hand -- namely the utterly worthless outgoing Congressman and his enablers.

J.

BryanD"She is a ph... (Below threshold)
retired military:

BryanD

"She is a phenom who thrives in a controlled setting."

So speaketh the man who adores Obama who uses a teleprompter when speaking to 6th graders.

This country is a whole lot... (Below threshold)
Stan:

This country is a whole lot better off when Patrick Kennedy decided not to run for re-election. He is the last of a long line of sorry losers, starting with his grandfather, Joesph P Kennedy. The best and the brightest of the Kennedy offspring died in that plane crash during WW2. The rest of them were just hangers on getting by on just their name. I also know one thing, the Kennedys will not be missed by anyone that gives a damn.

What Jay Tea said.... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

What Jay Tea said.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but Kennedy's career looks all sparkley compared to the esteemed junior Senator from Illinois, Roland Burris, who withdrew his name from his reelection race months ago when he discovered he couldn't raise busfare from his loyal constituents. I would guess Kennedy had a similar come-to-Jesus moment.

Patrick Kennedy has 'retire... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Patrick Kennedy has 'retired' from the House at age 43.

"BryanD, as I'm sure you've... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"BryanD, as I'm sure you've been excruciating careful to not notice, Palin spelled out exactly why she resigned as governor."--JAYTEA

I watched Palin's Piper display---I mean resignation speech----live as it happened.

It should be reposted for the delectation of amateur cryptologists and linguists everywhere.

As I recall, beneath all the spaghetti sauce, Palin conflated PERSONAL scandals or kerfuffles of which she might be financially liable, with her lawful political administration, upon which she INTIMATED that she might be financially liable. (It was ANYTHING but clear.)

What charges was she personally liable for (criminally or financially) in the carrying out of her duties as governor?

Perhaps you can write a more cogent Palin resignation speech (or palm notes) than the flighty toast that Palin delivered.


So speaketh the man who ado... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

So speaketh the man who adores Obama who uses a teleprompter when speaking to 6th graders.
14. Posted by retired military

Ha. I haven't seen much of the TOTUS meme since the depantsing of the members of the GOP Steam Bath Society of Baltimore.

Whole sections of the rightwing blogoshere went catatonic for 24 hours. The closest thing to off-line I've ever seen.

"...namely the utterly wort... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"...namely the utterly worthless outgoing Congressman and his enablers."
J.
13. Posted by Jay Tea

Oh, on-topic, of course.
The Kennedys are an urban North thing.
Not interested. Especially the K spawn.
Inbreeds.
Although that time Teddy K and Chris Dodd dry-humped some waitress was funny.
The drowned horse in the swimming pool, not funny.

BryanD is a very strange du... (Below threshold)
Michael:

BryanD is a very strange dude. He babbles about nothing.

Its called blog bluggery, M... (Below threshold)
epador:

Its called blog bluggery, Michael.

s green "Aside from b... (Below threshold)
Marc:

s green "Aside from being a horrible, run-on sentence,"

All hail the Grammar Police has arrived. But that's about all you're worth, assuming someone gives a shit about a run-on sentence.

BryanDD214.. Living proof: ... (Below threshold)
Ran:

BryanDD214.. Living proof: People who sniff paint, shouldn't have children. And WHY do you guys even repond to the children!..(DD214 and Stevie)

As to the topic at hand..(P... (Below threshold)
Ran:

As to the topic at hand..(Patches) any truth to his possibly lining up for the Mass. senate?.. Daddy's seat next go around?

BryanD, it probably escaped... (Below threshold)

BryanD, it probably escaped your attention, but Congress as a whole influences the entire nation.

Ted Kennedy was one of the most powerful members of the Senate for a very, very long time.

Patches was his son.

Most people understand this. Others don't.

The proper term for those others who insist on opining on political matters is "idiots."

J.

Andrew X....., spot on.... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Andrew X....., spot on.

Re comment # 5:Mr ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Re comment # 5:

Mr Tea, why are you ragging here about Mr Green being "off-topic"? Mr Mallow spends half his piece talking about Palin, and that's what Mr Green responded to. Not off-topic at all. If it was, why not scold Mr Lawson as well?

I don't get this hatred of Steve Green, political differences or not. Yes, he can be a little abrasive, but no more so than, say, Marc, or iwogisdead. Why the two standards?

I have been pretty well treated here, by the way, even by those with whom I disagree (at least, most of the time). The occasional "lackwit" or "worthless git" just rolls off my back.

Henry,Green has a ... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Henry,

Green has a track record of doing the exact thing which Mr. Tea has accused him of in most every post.

He offers little substance to any thread, being this one or countless others.

Why don't you ask Mr. Green why he feels the need to interject the issue of race into posts which have absolutely nothing to do with the subject being discussed?

Why the two standards?

Know why?

Cause you're a hypocrite, too.

I don't think I've ever see... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

I don't think I've ever seen a liberal troll defend another one. Could Bruce Henry be Steve Green's mother?

Enquiring minds want to know.

klrtz1, as a general rule, ... (Below threshold)

klrtz1, as a general rule, commenters who use more than one identity are publicly identified and mocked, if not banned.

Like all rules, there are exceptions. For example, when I enter the caption contests, I will use another name to avoid the appearance of favoritism (in either direction).

A while ago, a very close friend of mine would post occasional comments, always using a different name, to see if he could "sneak" them past me. I'd usually call him and bust him, but that was a harmless private game.

There is another commenter who has a "straight" identity and a satirical sock-puppet whom I uncovered some time ago, but let that one slide because the commenter is so damned good at making the satirical one so obviously a parody of a liberal troll that I find it tremendously amusing, and actually look forward to those comments.

Apart from that, though, we don't tolerate sock-puppetry. I've had great fun roasting those I've caught.

J.

Bruce, I just find it fasci... (Below threshold)

Bruce, I just find it fascinating that the nominal subject of Shawn's piece here gets completely glossed over, and only the subject of the contrast he drew gets any attention. Won't anyone come to poor Patches' defense? The kindest thing said about him thus far came from -- of all people -- ME.

And that hurt...

J.

Bruce and Steve are trying ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Bruce and Steve are trying to devide and conquer. Fortunately it doesn't work. ww

"And have you EVER staye... (Below threshold)

"And have you EVER stayed on topic even once? Here you go off on your Sarah Palin crusade."

I quoted Shawn's long, run-on sentence and addressed it. It's a direct quote from his post, therefore it's on topic.

"You just HAVE to make the discussion about what you want it to be, don't you?"

I didn't decide to talk about Sarah Palin and why she quit, Shawn did. I just disagree with his spin.

And none of us "chooses" what the other commenters talk about so if other people also decide that the run-on sentence Shallow wrote about Palin is more interesting and worthy of discussion than the rest of the post that is their prerogative.

I think it's funny that you get upset about that. It tells me that discussing Palin makes you uncomfortable but it was a point raised by Shallow - he's just wrong, that's all.

Or that's my opinion, at least.

Bruce:"Not off-... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Bruce:

"Not off-topic at all. If it was, why not scold Mr Lawson as well?"

Because I put up commentary about both? (Rechecks...) Yep. Commented on both.

Re BryanD's comments on Palin's resignation -

I understand clearly the reason behind Palin's resignation - nearly a half-million spent defending against crap lawsuits. Now, admittedly, a half-million dollars wouldn't even buy lunch with your favorite Democrat Senator and might get lunch with up to 5 Representatives - but in the REAL world, outside the Beltway, that's a hell of a lot of spare change. A quick search finds that Alaska's governer makes about $125k - nice money, but it'd be a bit of a stretch to make payments on $400k of legal bills - and that was just from the lawsuits that'd been filed. There was no guarantee there wouldn't be more crap lawsuits filed - and the way Alaska's laws had been written she could expect no help from the state. That's 'no help' as in zero, zilch, none at all. Of course, if she asked the state to provide assistance, that'd probably ALSO generate a lawsuit.

Tactically and strategically, resignation was the best move open to her. Staying where she was, fiscally she'd have been totally destroyed before the end of her term. And how effective could she have been in office when her every move and decision could generate new lawsuits?

Re Jay Tea's #3 commment -

You know, I think you might have nailed it there. It could well be he's going "Finally! I can retire and go open that little bookstore I've been wanting to run so damn long!"

It'll be interesting to see if he does anything constructive, or self-destructs in a spectacular fashion.

I think I'd actually bet on him not self-destructing, personally...

Green, there's been one wor... (Below threshold)

Green, there's been one word missing from almost every single one of your and BryanDcomments on this thread:

"Kennedy."

You gave half a sentence to him in your first comment, and ever since then you've been running down Palin. Which I'm taking to mean that you -- with your thoroughly-documented contempt for Palin -- means you implicitly agree with the comparison of Palin to Kennedy, the incredibly useless pimple on the ass of the body politic.

I'd feel better if you two would confirm that, though...

J.

"Ted Kennedy was one of the... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"Ted Kennedy was one of the most powerful members of the Senate for a very, very long time"--jay tea

True enough. But I don't subscribe to the Great Man theory in a positive sense. True great men swim against the tide; the canaries in the coal mine. Example from US history? A great New Englander, Speaker of the House Reed (R-ME), and from today, Ron Paul (R-TX), of course.

Teddy was among kindred souls and was willing (thx to his urban, slightly-inbred and star-struck Catholic constituency) to "risk" being *a* (not *the*---that was bestowed in honorarium, circa 199x) front man.

Teddy was a putz. The qualifier "you'd like to have a beer with him" was probably invented to justify Teddy's self-indulgences to the people in flyover country. It never caught on alas.

Teddy is known for Chappaquidick and for having the Pope relegate Joan to the harlot bin.

Well, Jay Tea,... (Below threshold)
Rick:
Well, Jay Tea, of course, beat me to the punch regarding Patrick Kennedy's "retirement."

Ahem... I beat Jay to the punch by 7 minutes...

Just sayin'...

Lawson, "crap lawsuits"?</p... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Lawson, "crap lawsuits"?

Sarah's next book:

"The Cheap Suit Guide to Crap Lawsuit Losing"

BryanD -Well, I co... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

BryanD -

Well, I could have called them 'harrassing lawsuits', or 'meritless lawsuits', or 'fraudulent lawsuits', or 'quibbling lawsuits designed to be expensive to rebut' - but whatever I might call them, they're still worthless piles of crap.

And they had to be dismissed through legal action. Which, unfortunately, is terribly expensive - and that seemed to be the only point behind their frequent filing. (I wonder - do you get a bulk discount for filing them?)

I do think we've gotten to the point where we've created a state religion - and the lawyers are intercessories, interpreters, and arbiters of the Holy Writ, which is impossible for the layman to understand - which is why they demand sacrifices to bring the sinner's petitions to the Gods of the Courts. Still, they do serve a purpose... after all, I think lawyers are still a group it's politically correct to joke about.

Would you prefer 'junk lawsuits' instead? Or perhaps 'garbage'?

Maybe they're just trying to generate material for one of these?

"You gave half a sentenc... (Below threshold)
Steve Green:

"You gave half a sentence to him in your first comment, and ever since then you've been running down Palin. Which I'm taking to mean that you -- with your thoroughly-documented contempt for Palin -- means you implicitly agree with the comparison of Palin to Kennedy, the incredibly useless pimple on the ass of the body politic."

You're not a deep thinker, are you?

I'd feel better if you two would confirm that, though...

Really? You'd feel better? Well, that's a high priority for me.

Palin quit her job mid-term. Kennedy announced he's not going to seek re-election at the end of his current term.

Kennedy is finishing the job. Palin bailed in favor of a big paycheck.

If Palin completed her term as Alaska governor should couldn't now spend her time traveling the lower 48 giving moronic speeches for fat paychecks.

If Palin completed her team as Alaska governor she couldn't accept a paycheck from Fox News.

Kennedy didn't bail mid-term to cash in on popularity, as Palin did.

And if you go up and read Shawn's post, as painful as that is, I admit, you'll find that he spends around half the time or more talking about Palin and her quitting.

So me giving my opinion on a matter Shallow discussed at length in his post is certainly acceptable... you know, it really is. Even if I don't address everything else Shallow writes about as well.

But if you want to assume that any portion of a post that I don't specifically address and disagree with in writing is an area where I'm in agreement with the writer - and that makes you feel better - you have my permission to do so.

Go ahead, you assume that - but you know what they say about making assumptions.

Steve Green: "People I know... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Steve Green: "People I know say ........."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

Seriously! ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

Steve "I clearly do not wish to be taken seriously" Green: "Kennedy didn't bail mid-term to cash in on popularity, as Palin did."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!

Yes Steve, that's right!! The Trust-fund drug-addict who's never had to work a day in his life didn't quit the congress to "cash in"!! Did I mention he's a trust-fund baby? Did you ever stop to wonder why it was that he didn't ever have to work a day in his life???

Steve thinks Sarah Palin is a moron because she didn't buy into the NON-PEER REVIEWED, FALSIFIED DATA-BASED, made-up claims in the IPCC report!!

But you know which moron did?

Yes.

Steve "only listen to the actual climatologists" Green!

So did Biden!

So did Obama!

"Corpse-man"!!!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

Steve Green: "So me giving ... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Steve Green: "So me giving my opinion on a matter Shallow discussed at length in his post is certainly acceptable..."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!

Steve, are you really really really really sure it's "your opinion" that you're offering?

Should we deduce anything from the fact that your "opinions" exactly mirror the minute-by-minute changes of the Soros-funded talking points at Media Matters and other like institutions?

Your "opinion"!!

Hilarious!

Good for Patche's!! Now he'... (Below threshold)
914:

Good for Patche's!! Now he'll have more time to devote to the familie's favorite pastime.

Driving drunk!

"BryanD -Well, I cou... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"BryanD -
Well, I could have called them 'harrassing lawsuits', or 'meritless lawsuits', or 'fraudulent lawsuits', or 'quibbling lawsuits designed to be..."-lawson

It's not the adjective, but the noun that needs exposition;

But don't worry about it; when Lew Rockwell hung Ron Paul out to dry last cycle (regarding L.W.'s "contributing" editorship of R.P,'s newsletter from way back regarding race issues), I was rather perturbed myself.

Not confused, though. But S.P. is no R.P...
R.P. has cred and a sweet record, unlike...
nevermind! :-)

"But don't worry about it; ... (Below threshold)

"But don't worry about it; when Lew Rockwell hung Ron Paul out to dry last cycle (regarding L.W.'s "contributing" editorship of R.P,'s newsletter from way back regarding race issues), I was rather perturbed myself."

Oh, I vaguely remember reading about that, BryanD. Was that the time when folks looked back at several YEARS of Paul's newsletter when he published numerous highly racist screeds under his name, then -- when caught -- said that he'd let Rockwell put Paul's name on Rockwell's racist pieces and hadn't bothered to read them at the time? And Rockwell didn't back up that story? That Paul wanted us to believe that for a couple of YEARS HIS newsletter, which supported him and his family, had ghost-written editorials that he not only didn't approve of, but didn't even read and didn't know what they were saying?

Yeah, that's real plausible...

Oh, and BryanD, you forgot one in your little diatribe on Palin...

If Palin had completed her term in Alaska, she'd have bankrupted her family and cost her staff and the state millions in defending against bullshit "ethics" charges from her opponents who exploited the weaknesses in Alaska's ethics laws and had already cost her twice her annual income and 40% of their entire net worth, and were getting worse and worse, and were crippling her ability to govern.

This never would have happened to Patches, by the way. For one, he'd never have to worry about things like money; his trust fund would cover it all. For another, he'd never be entrusted with such a responsible position as governor. For another, he'd never worry about getting anything done as governor. For another, he'd just drown his sorrows in booze and pills, then go to rehab, instead of trying to handle his problems. For another, the scumbags who were pulling this on Palin would be on his side. For another, he's such a pathetic loser that he'd self-destruct before you could start such a plot.

J.

Well, I guess Gov Palin sho... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Well, I guess Gov Palin showed them!

So, from now on, every Alaskan governor will quit. Because all their opponents have to do is file a bunch of bogus lawsuits and run 'em out of office! What's a principled politician to do? Those eevil lawyers'll win every time!

I guess we can look forward, from now on, to the early resignation of EVERY Alaskan governor. After all, if it worked on the oh-so-principled Palin, it'll work on the next one too. And the one after that, and the one after that, ad infinitum.

Hell, maybe it will work in other states, too!

Yes, poor-put-upon-Palin set a hell of a precedent. If she ever becomes President, she's sure to face a united electorate and an undivided Congress, as well as a friendly press, so thank God, she won't have to worry about the consequences of the decision she made! I'd hate to see any more frown lines form on that pretty face!

Bruce: Half a mill... (Below threshold)

Bruce:

Half a million dollars in legal bills for a job that pays a quarter of that.

If you think that it's only a minor matter, why didn't you contribute to her legal defense fund?

Oh, that's right -- that was the subject of another of those complaints. She was going to have to come up with her own legal defense money on her own, already at half a million dollars and showing no signs of slowing down.

Why hasn't it continued since her resignation? Two words, you git -- "mission accomplished."

Those unscrupulous idiots. If they'd just left her alone, she'd have been tied down to her state off in the corner of the nation. Instead, she was then freed to do whatever she wanted -- including roaming the nation at will and saying and doing whatever she wished.

Smooth move, morons. Your driving her out of office achieved two things -- liberated Palin from her home state, and exposed your scumbaggery for all to see.

"Mission accomplished," indeed.

One wonders how many minutes Patches Kennedy would have held up under the kind of pressure piled on Palin before he wrecked yet another car while under the influence of various and sundry pharmaceuticals -- and had his family's legion of rumpswabs clean up after him yet again.

J.

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Bruce Henry:

Good job NOT addressing the issue of precedent, Mr Tea.

But I get your point. I don't know how I would have dealt with the situation Gov Palin found herself in. Then again, I'm not supposed to be the Principled Politician that Sarah Palin was supposed to be. I'm pretty sure Bill Clinton would have found a way to continue in office and not let his constituents down, but that's Bill, not Sarah.

Now for a few questions for you, sir. One, where can I get a copy of your Insult Thesaurus? "Rumpswab?" That's pretty good!

And, what, exactly, is a "git?" And how can you tell a regular "git" from a "worthless git?" Do some "gits" have worth while other "gits" are worthless?

The "precedent" issue -- it... (Below threshold)

The "precedent" issue -- it's settled. Under Alaska's flawed ethics laws, any people sufficiently motivated can cripple any elected official and/or administration with a string of spurious ethic complaints, as the law requires they be treated as absolutely serious and there is absolutely no penalty for filing false complaints and violating the secrecy requirements.

Why hasn't it continued? Because, as I said, "mission accomplished." The motives of the complaintants' cabal was not to take down the Alaskan government, but Palin -- and it succeeded. Her successor simply doesn't pose any kind of a threat on the national stage. Palin did, so she had to be destroyed.

Idiots. The only thing they achieved was to give certain gibbering dolts a fresh talking point that is, ultimately meaningless. In exchange, they got Palin freed from any kinds of constraints based on her duties to her office and her home state.

There's a term for that kind of a victory. General Pyrrhus, can you help me out here?

J.

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Greg:

"Bill Clinton would have found a way to continue in office and not let his constituents down, but that's Bill, not Sarah."


bruce henry actually said "Principled Politician " in the same paragraph.

Real good thinking son.

Bruce Henry raises a couple... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Bruce Henry raises a couple reasonable questions, I'm here with answers.

"And, what, exactly, is a "git?" And how can you tell a regular "git" from a "worthless git?" Do some "gits" have worth while other "gits" are worthless?"

1. (http://www.peevish.co.uk/slang/g.htm), Noun. An idiot or contemptible person. Derived from 'get'.

2. If you have to pay for it. it's not worthless.

3.

Aw crap! Don't know how tha... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Aw crap! Don't know how that happened.

3. See 2. above. Yes, worthless gits are easy to come by, for free. The few you have to pay for have value (worth), but not necessarily to you.

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Bruce Henry:

Hey Greg:

Don't you recognize irony when you see it?

When Patrick Kennedy walks ... (Below threshold)

When Patrick Kennedy walks out of the U.S. Capital for the last time as a legislator, it will be the end of an era that began in 1947 when my father was a senior in high school. Dad would have turned eighty this October 27.

Tonight I'll be drinking a toast. I am Irish. That's our job. We drink toasts. So sue me! My toast tonight will be for all the members of that remarkable clan - living and dead. From old Ambassador Joe all the way down to the his youngest descendant.

A toast: That they all have found peace - in this world and the the one beyond. That the survivors are able to look back on their family's vital contribution to the last century and be proud of a unique and valuable legacy.

Someone once said:

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....It's about learning to dance in the rain."

Here's to the the Kennedy family! May they always be found dancing in the rain!

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Goshen, NY




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