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The Weak In Review

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Well, let's see...

Cheney-wise, it was a good week. Nobody on any major news outlet interviewed him. So for a blissful few days his fear mongering and arrogance was not publicly validated by anyone. Oh, he'll be back, but let's bow our heads in thanks for his brief absence.

And since Dick wasn't out there assaulting us, we got a week's reprieve from his sycophantic daughter defending her old man. Do you think she actually believes all the crap he spews? Or are her performances somehow tied to her participation in the Cheney estate? I'd understand that more. Those Halliburton stock options must be worth a fortune these days.

Here's a news flash -- Karl Rove didn't think that Obama's speech on health care was very good. Who'd have guessed? Karl pointed this out on almost every single Fox News show and in his opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal. Wait a minute. What do those two venues have in common? Oh, right, they're both owned by Rupert Murdoch. I'm sure the association with Rove is just a coincidence.

John McCain's been grumpy even though he was complimented by the President during his health care speech. Grandpa McCain seemed pleased enough that he gave us another glimpse of his famous thumbs-up endorsement. But that didn't last long. Within the week he was back in the news excoriating Obama and ginning up support for ... who knows what. Himself? Nah, can't be. Sarah Palin? No, he's already bailed on her. Guess now he's being a prickly thorn just out of habit.

And, of course, if John McCain's upset, so is his adoring shadow, Lindsay Graham. Did you happen to catch the lovely moment during Obama's speech when Sen. Graham started to applaud something the President said, then quickly noticed that none of the other Republicans were going to clap? Of course, then he stopped. Good to have it confirmed that he's got absolutely no opinions of his own.

Chuck Grassley finally came out of the bipartisan closet and admitted that whatever the President's for, he's against. And he still thinks that death panels are being called for. Not sure what the percentage is in agreeing with Sarah Palin, but Chuck's firmly aboard that train. But it's not like he doesn't have a plan of his own. He said that end of life counseling is appropriate, but that it's something that needs to be done twenty years before you die. So if anyone wants to know how to plan, apparently Sen. Grassley can predict the future.

Newt Gingrich is running for President so hard it's just silly. You know that he is because he denies that he is. And I'm going to go the extra mile and say that it was a mistake when his Business Defense and Advisory Council gave their Entrepreneur of the Year award to a porn producer. Though with the tit for tat culture in Washington... Nah, that's just too easy.

Then there was Rep. Joe Wilson who forgot to read the handout on Parliamentary procedure and mistook a joint session of Congress for an episode of The Jerry Springer Show. He said he didn't know better. He should have. And yes, he apologized. And no, I don't think he's really sorry.

I know for sure that Obama's speech on health care was good because Rush Limbaugh thought it was "disgusting, reprehensible, embarrassing, petulant, divisive and crude." And if there's anyone who knows about those qualities, it would be Limbaugh.

Sean Hannity celebrated eight years in radio syndication last week and gave his audience his heartfelt thanks. He said that he couldn't have done it without "his mobsters, his political terrorists and his Timothy McVeigh wannabes." He'd tell you he was trying to be funny by quoting snarky remarks made about his audience by their detractors. But, gee, he didn't qualify those statements in any way, so ... who knows?

Glenn Beck seems upset, too. I'm guessing it's because someone pointed out that he stole the character he plays on television from Andy Griffith's wonderful portrayal of 'Lonesome Rhodes' in Budd Schulberg's and Elia Kazan's "A Face In The Crowd." Check it out. You'll see that Glenn didn't invent that shallow self-important cartoon character. He merely brought it back to life.

The San Francisco radio station that carries Michael Savage's daily dirt-fest dropped his show. That's another reason to believe that San Francisco is one of the greatest cities in the country.

The Florida Republican Party's Chairman Jim Greer got idiots all over the country to keep their children from listening to the President of the United States speak. Yeah, like that was going to ruin their little minds more than being the spawn of their easily swayed parents. These people had no problem with Reagan talking to their kids. They had no problem with either Bush talking to their kids. Wonder if it had anything to do with those presidents not being black. Nah. That can't be it. This is America! And it's 2009!

And lastly, Obama looks like he's thinking of caving in to a few more of the wacky right wing's sour talking points. I wish he'd stop that. He's got enough support to go it alone. Then again, he is a lot smarter than I am, so he probably has a plan. But it does kind of feel like he's not trusting the millions who support him. He should. They're all still out there. But they need to know that all that they voted for is still on the agenda.

Yes they do.