“My fellow Ed - if you aren't aware of his previous scolding of divorce, gay rights, race-baiting while at the Dartmouth Review and how other people are living their lives - then you wrote this essay blind.
I too, don't care about the issue at hand - it's between him and his loved ones. And I agree that the forces he joined have a well-documented agenda against him (and others who run afoul of their practices). But it isn't "us", the society-at-large that fired him - he's not being forced-out by liberals, nor by a state university or other taxpayer-supported institution ... it's a school being run by crazies who have the right to do this, distasteful as it is to us. He dined with a bunch of extremists ... and is shocked that they are throwing food at him.
Finally, he has - for his entire pundit life - not been content to make esoteric, high-minded arguments that you (seemingly) suggest is the legitimate area we can confront him on. He has been an agent provocateur all his adult life - issuing cruel, ad hominem commentary about people he doesn't like. He has "lived by the sword" all his life ... and now .... in the words of John Lennon, "Instant Karma's gonna get you ... Gonna knock you off your feet" .”
“This is fine, on one condition. One reason why this didn't happen a long time ago is that there were supposedly major problems with transferring someone to another airline, in an emergency situation at the airport. Are we to assume this has now been taken care of? No words to that effect here.”
“Correct, Prince Hal. Even if Bill Buckner made the play in that case, I am certain that Mookie Wilson gets to the bag faster than Bob Stanley. The game doesn't end right then, of course, but the winning run advances to third, awaiting Howard Johnson to come to the plate.
And even if they did retire Wilson: the game would go on, as it was the bullpen of Schiraldi/Stanley that lost the game, not Bill Buckner. The real goats got off the hook.”
“And don't forget, Cliff: in 2002 here in New Hampshire, Sununu-the-Younger challenged incumbent Bob Smith in a primary, won it and went on to win the general election (assisted by some phone jamming).
But the GOP said it was "an internal matter" and not to worry. And so we didn't.
Now, they don't see the Democratic primary as an internal matter, but as one where they have a personal stake in it. No wonder they're upset.”
“Great story; Harry, just one addendum: "Waste, Fraud & Abuse" - in addition to being "red-meat words for anti-government activists" - is also the "magic wand" that enables candidates to seek public office while:
(a) Promising to lower taxes, and
(b) Promising to increase services.
....as the (animated) Guinness Guys would say.....
“Chris Matthews wasn't always this way; years ago I saw him frequently on C-Span and give very contemplative and wide-ranging talks. Hey, recall that Fightin' Zell Miller wanted to have a duel with him after the Republican convention.
I think that the fact that his brother is running for Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania may have something to do with this change-of-heart; he doesn't want to say anything that can get his brother in hot water with his party.
Otherwise, I think that he senses that the big money on cable TV talk shows comes if you go to the right. Keith Olbermann is the first left-of-center person to have a platform since the ouster of Phil Donahue.”
“Dan, can't agree with you on #6. In order to make inroads with voters (and to have a chance to re-take either the House or Senate) I think the elections *have* to be nationalized. We cannot hope to do this via retail politics alone, I think we need a common theme of "Time for a change - here's what you get if you vote for us - throw the bums out" that all can run on (and our advertising supports ) - and then supplemented by individual election themes, local issues, etc.
True, don't call it a "contract" but we should identify our party first - before "they" do.”