1. says

    That image so accurately depicts the political system in the United States that it almost ceases to be funny. Almost. Great post, great image, kudos all around!

    Dave F – Comment Champ @

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    @Dr Leo Strauss
    Yes Daniels was comparatively good on spending even if he was part of the whole off budget war crowd and the tax cuts basically created a monster debt – But he was ok for that crowd and we do believe in forgiveness – Does Joe Klein think want to roll his eyes with worldly wise boredom when an “inner city” gal gets 5-10 and loses her child because someone dangerous stored a far smaller stash in her apartment? We all know the drill. She is much more part of our time than Daniels ever was.
    Wonder if Daniels accomplice Richard Stockton was a descendant of the famous Richard Stockton on NJ rev war history?

  3. Dr Leo Strauss says

    @Comment re Mitch Daniels’ LSD days —

    Perhaps the most pivotal day of Daniels’ four years at Princeton was May 14, 1970 — the day of the drug arrest that Daniels thought would sully his political future. Officers found enough marijuana in his room to fill two size 12 shoe boxes, reports of the incident say. He and the other inhabitants of the room were also charged with possession of LSD and prescription drugs without a prescription. Daniels and his two roommates in 111 Cuyler Hall, Marc Stuart ’71 and Richard Stockton ’71, were arrested and, after plea bargaining, Daniels eventually escaped with a $350 fine for “maintaining a common nuisance.”

    Rules and laws apply only to the little people. One would think Americans know their place by now. Besides, people like Joe Klein think this means Daniels is part of ‘their time’.

    Although, to be fair, when Bush began the spending binge and we were in an around the WH/OVP/OMB, Daniels was almost a lone voice arguing internally for vetoes and restraint. Maybe that LSD and Iron Butterfly’s In-A-Godda-Da-Vida helped after all. Frightening to think what his flashbacks are when talking Pat Boone prayer breakfasts . . .

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    That Dave Koch prank call was funny – But it seems the transcript was altered a bit to make it look like Walker was assenting to Mika B. being a serious “piece of ass.”

    Nothing else was surprising and arguably not news – but this will definitely inspire copycats – There will be more pranking. If we have to guess, pranks will tend to cross the legal line when Breitbart wannabees kick into to gear. That chump who did the acorn videos will seem quaint.

    But there are all sorts of right wing groups vulnerable to pranks – We’re too old for that, thank God. Plus, it’s not something we’d ever do – You gotta be mean. The problem the libs have is that they do not have people who can get inside the decision cycles of many righties – like the way Newt does (he is a lifelong scammer in a way). But they do have plenty of mean folks.

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    Mitch Daniels and others act shocked that people want to talk about his drug past at Princeton – unaware of inequality of his tiny fine compared to the massive carceral state created by similar drug cases.

    This recalls when Clinton’s no inhale moment and the insane levels of hypocrisy we saw from gopers accross the board.

    In truth – we know many Republicans who could pass a lie detector test while explaining why Clinton’s sort of use at Oxford was far worse than Mitch Daniels (he did for the lolz) deal pot and lsd at Princeton. Or why Rudy skipping Nam was better than and Democrat who went.

    Such is the self deception – No need for Information Cell warfare.

  6. Comment says

    Tweety just called Franken a smart dove – Dove standards have fallen – since Franken supported attacking Iraq and invading, occupying, and surging in Afpak. Smarter than Tweety – Yeah, he is.

  7. Dr Leo Strauss says

    re MCain and Lieberman, it is funny innit? One can only imagine the competence they bring to actually fighting a counter-insurgency. Even Westmoreland would shake his head that they left a record.

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    The idea that you would have conduct some sort of OP to influence McCain and Lieberman to support anything that could be considered pro war is funny.

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    Of course this has been going on for some time, but it’s nice to name it. But some people want to be manipulated. The Senators are like the guy at the strip club who says to himself and friends “she smiled at me – she really likes me – I’ll give her a twenty.”

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