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Kindred Spirits

Way back in 1970, President Richard Nixon nominated a judge named G. Harrold Carswell to the United States Supreme Court. There was a flurry of criticism and protests decrying Carswell as unqualified to serve, and eventually Nixon withdrew the nomination. But the whole incident sponsored one of the greatest quotes I've ever heard from politics.

Senator Roman Hruska (R-Nebraska), a die-hard Nixon backer at the time, was told that Carswell was a "mediocre" nominee. Hruska responded by saying "There are a lot of mediocre Americans. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they?"

David Anderson is someone I've grown to enjoy sparring with. He's honest, fair and decent, which is a rarity among those who discuss politics on the Web. (He's also consistently wrong on the issues, but that's neither here nor there.)

Back on August 6, David announced he was fed up with the whole Swift Boat mess, and would be boycotting the issue from then on. Fair enough; there are plenty of issues I'd just as rather not discuss myself, so I decided to respect Davids decision.

Unfortunately, David himself couldn't respect it. On August 9, he predicted that the whole Swifties mess would "become highly poisonous" and "self-destruct" within two weeks. (Which, by the way, expires today.)

The boycott resumed for another two days, until David simply couldn't resist an article that denounced one of the authors of the Swifties' boat. He had to link to it immediately before going back to his boycott.

But nine hours later, the monkey got on David's back again, and he had to cheap-shot the Swifties again. But that wasn't enough; less than an hour later he was singing the praises of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" for their attacks on the Swifties.

This was a bit too much for David, though, and he climbed back on the wagon later that evening, re-affirming his boycott.

This time it lasted until the 16th, when David reviewed MoveOn.org's response to the Swifties' first ad and found it wanting. He agreed the issue isn't just gonna go away for Kerry if he keeps ignoring it, a prediction that is proving accurate.

David took another hard fall off the wagon on the 19th, when David found out MSNBC and the Washington Post were saying more nasty things about the Swifties. And he took a second shot a bit later in the day when Salon released it's hatchet piece on the Swifties' book.

David must've decided the whole boycott was a bad idea when the anti-Swifty movement started picking up steam, because on the 20th he gleefully pointed out the attacks against their supporters and their credibility. Later, he reviewed the second ad from the Swifties (which had been skilfully prologued by the first one) and acknowledged it was powerful.

Yesterday David went completely head-first into the bottle over the Swifties. I wrote a long, involved piece on Kerry's record AFTER Vietnam, largely because nobody else seemed willing or able to do so. David titled his piece "Quick, The Swift Boat Thing Aint Workin'!," which I interpreted as implying I was attacking Kerry on post-Vietnam matters because the attacks on Kerry in Vietnam were failing. Sorry, David, I was just "moving on" and talking about other matters, ones I thought more germane. Or do you want to keep talking about the 250+ Swifties and their sworn affidavits?

David got in two more pieces about the Swifties, here and here. I think it's safe to assume that the boycott is over and done with at this point, but one can never be sure.

But to tie it back to the quote at the top of this piece. Senator Hruska said that he believed "mediocre people deserve representation, too." I guess David's supporting Kerry because even wafflers deserve to have their voices heard, courageously embracing every possible stance on every issue.


(Author's note: I dunno what the hell went wrong with my brain, but in the above I repeatedly used "Oliver Willis" and "Oliver" when I meant "David" and "David Anderson." Perhaps it's because in preparing the piece I noticed David repeatedly cited and admired Oliver that the two somehow became interchanged in my head. I have edited the above piece to remove all references to Oliver and replace them with references to David. I offer my heartfelt apologies to David, Oliver, and everyone else who saw that. As atonement, I'm going to force myself to go to the gym and work out, even go swimming during the Kiddy Hours. And while in the pool, I will be bashing my head against the side repeatedly for being so stupid.)


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Comments (18)

"He's honest, fair and dece... (Below threshold)

"He's honest, fair and decent...."

You're obviously reading a different Oliver than the rest of us.

(Note from Jay Tea: This was written while the original piece mistakenly named "Oliver Willis" instead of "David Anderson." The posting has been corrected, but this comment left as originally posted. I don't believe in re-writing or deleting others' comments unless absolutely necessary.)

Honest, fair and decent?</p... (Below threshold)

Honest, fair and decent?

The guy doesn't know how to print a rebuttal without resorting to name calling. His main point of rebuttal to anything I write is to call me crazy. Half of his posts are disengenous. He's a smear writer and one man attack machine and I think half of his posts are just bait to get right wingers to attack back at him so he can then call us lunatics.

Zero for three. I didn't even bother with the rest of your post after I read that sentence.

(Note from Jay Tea: This was written while the original piece mistakenly named "Oliver Willis" instead of "David Anderson." The posting has been corrected, but this comment left as originally posted. I don't believe in re-writing or deleting others' comments unless absolutely necessary.)

Winston Churchill (alias th... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

Winston Churchill (alias the walking Bartletts' generator) once said "When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite." My interactions with David have been very cordial, and we each have owned up to mistakes when caught by the other. It seemed only decent to state a few kind words before breaking out the chainsaws and plastic shredders.


Well, he can take a joke...... (Below threshold)

Well, he can take a joke....that's about all I can say positive about him (Willis that is, I could go on and on about what a great guy David Anderson is).

But a reminder to you Jay Tea, that Oliver Willis works for Media Matters...the same organization that is calling for Barnes and Noble, Wal Mart, etc. boycott 'Unfit for Command'. See, it's all about connections, man!

Thanks guys. Rusty, you kno... (Below threshold)

Thanks guys. Rusty, you know the respect is mutual and you and Jay I consider friends. Jay, thanks for all the links. Hell I fell like I have arrived when a full post on Wizbang is about how crazy I am. LOL! Anyway, you are right, I have gotten back into the fray over the Swift Boats, becuase I just dont think it is fair. But as has been so ably (think I spelled that right), pointed out, Kerry did bring this on himself, and all of you guys know that I am a reluctant supporter of his.
On Oliver, yes I consider him a friend, although we sometimes dissagree. But I also want to say I owe him a debt of grattitude for being the first big blogger to link to me and for helping me with my charity http://www.projectapollonia.org when many other bloggers wouldnt even mention it.
I dont claim to be balanced. I try to be fair, and thanks Jay for acknowledging that I do correct my errors when discovered. I also dont delete comments or trackbacks, even when they attack me or my point of view. I tend to adhere to the Richard Pryor philosophy of all is game unless you talk about my "mama." Thanks for your friendship and for some great conversation, and Jay, I have not forgotten Dafur, I am just busy with working on an upcoming seminar I am hosting with IBM and PalmOne, playing with my daughter who is in the hospital right now with a fever and my new Toy, ;-) see my blog for details on the toy. Hehe!

In case you havenít noticed... (Below threshold)

In case you havenít noticed, and as a result of a shamelessly rigged election in Florida, in which thousands of African Americans were arbitrarily disenfranchised, we now present ourselves to the rest of the world as proud, grinning, jut-jawed, pitiless war lovers, with appallingly powerful weaponry and unopposed.

In case you havenít noticed, we are now almost as feared and hated all over the world as the Nazis were.

With good reason.

In case you havenít noticed, our unelected leaders have dehumanized millions and millions of human beings simply because of their religion and race. We wound and kill íem and torture íem and imprison íem all we want.

Piece of cake.

In case you havenít noticed, we also dehumanize our own soldiers, not because of their religion or race, but because of their low social class.

Send íem anywhere. Make íem do anything.

Piece of cake.

The OíReilly Factor.

Our president is a Christian? So was Adolf Hitler

Jay, maybe you should delet... (Below threshold)

Jay, maybe you should delete the comments by Spoons and myself so it doesn't now appear like we're referring to David.

Great bit! I hear Pfizer's ... (Below threshold)

Great bit! I hear Pfizer's coming out with a new antidepressant targeted at VRWC OCD

You should forgive yourself... (Below threshold)

You should forgive yourself the name swap error.

I do it all the time. It's related to the manner in which someone irritates me. If my teenaged son and my husband are both badgering or mocking me in the same way on the same day, I often confuse their names even speaking directly at them.

It goes like this. "Dammit, (insert stock irritant's name here).

And then they both look at me gleeful in my error and mock me further. It's a vicious circle, but an honest mistake. And I never forget or fail to remind them that it's all their fault for being similar in their method and manner of irritation.

In my case its men who love me and love to pick on me so as to hear me squawk.

In your case its liberals who support and squawk about Kerry. No doubt the frustration of refuting them so frequently puts them together in your mind. So, "Dammit, (insert stock liberal irritant here) is completely understandable.

No need to drown yourself in the kiddie pool.


It was an easy mistake to m... (Below threshold)

It was an easy mistake to make Jay, David want to Oliver Jr.-- It fact you should just call him Oliver Jr.

They're both crazy, can't argue without lies and misdirection, neither makes any sense.

At least Oliver gets paid to be a jackass and has a lunatic following. David is just a wannbe who attacks people bigger than him to be noticed. Sad really.

"Davis wantS to BE Oliver J... (Below threshold)

"Davis wantS to BE Oliver Jr"

sorry for typo.

Bigger... LOL! By what stan... (Below threshold)

Bigger... LOL! By what standard?

Oh and Rupaul... Ooops forg... (Below threshold)

Oh and Rupaul... Ooops forgive the typos. You would have a lot more credibility if you didnt hide behind anonomous post when you attack people. I have never wanted to be anyone but me. But then I have a blog, where is yours? LOL! Anyway. Thanks for the kind words those who offered them. As for the rest of it. If anyone has anything negative they want to say, the comments on my blog are open and never deleted.

Just realized something. th... (Below threshold)

Just realized something. the Rupaul comment was not directed at Paul of Wizbang, but to imply that "Rupert" is a Girly Man, LOL! For hiding behind anon email.

Kerry brought this on himse... (Below threshold)

Kerry brought this on himself and he has no one to blame but himself. He should apologize to all the vietnam vets, not just the swifties, but all the vets themselves for his actions after 4 months of service. Cripes while he's parading around the country protesting that war, he was pulling a navy reservists pay!!! And he's putting down thousands upon thousands of men, an entire 10 year generation mind you lost, men, who should be revered for their sacrifices to this country. And he should stand there and apologize to all the vets since he's the one who started it all to begin with. What nerve he had to go up to the podium at the DNC, salute and say Im John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty!" It's like kicking all those dead and alive vietnam vets in the heart!! I'm willing to drop the subject, if Kerry drops the subject, and apologizes to the masses for the messes he made!! If he hadn't pulled his war hero shit out of the closet, the swift boat vets, the vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry and the nokerry vets would not have made such a splash and not enough people are taking them seriously. John Kerry started it, he should finish it. Nicely. Not through injunctions, not through lawsuits, not by blaming bush, not by appealing to bush to say NO MORE ADS. He should stand up and be a MAN and say he is sorry to the people he hurt the most. His record stands for itself and his SENATOR'S record also stands for itself and on that issue alone, he is unfit to command this nation. Personally, he should just sleeze his skinny, butt-ass ugly body the hell out and let the chips fall where they may so we can get onto more important issues. And as Kevin noted in another post, if Kerry waited for the UN to do anything, like the other countries who actually need the UN to do something NOW, we'd be in shit up to our hips. Subject over and out.

David, it's impossible to p... (Below threshold)

David, it's impossible to post a comment on your site. I was agreeing with you up to #3. But I agree to be disagreeable. Anyway, I hope your daughter is doing okay; it's no fun when kids are sick.

Your comment showed up okay... (Below threshold)

Your comment showed up okay. I have a problem with MT where it is giving a funky error, but the comments come through fine. I just approved it. And thank you for the well wishes. And what... You dont think the swifties are mostly lying? ;-)

No I do not, David. <... (Below threshold)

No I do not, David.

Look for another post I made somewhere here regarding Kerry ie written by Jay where I explain who I am.

But you know what we could all do instead? Respect our vets, past and present, by donating to the walkofhonor.com - it's a good cause and a way to say thanks to our troops.






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