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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-07-05 05:32
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Maple Seed Drones Will Swarm The Future

Fukushima was 'man-made disaster'

From wraith to smoking duck — Scientists and the language of the Higgs boson. I didn't realize that George W. Bush wrote PR copy for CERN these days.

This .gif Kills Freedom — Tbogg on the right wing reaction to Google's July 4th doodle. Because, you know, the crazy.

Ghoul’s Glossary — Juan Cole is funny about Mitt Romney.

Ann Romney: Obama's whole campaign strategy is "let's kill this guy" — Which is despicable, of course, unlike the GOP's explicitly stated top legislative priority of making Obama a one-term president. That's the high road, that is, your Republican party working in the national interest in a time of crisis. Confidential to Ann Romney: Do you have any idea what comes out of your mouth?

?otD: Pork butt or ribs?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (holiday)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 (interrupted)
Weight: 240.2
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2012-07-05 17:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just in case you think Ann Romney's just making stuff up, she's referring to this:

“Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney,” said a prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House. (From http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/60921.html#ixzz1zlj25ByR)

Now, because I understand the concept of metaphor and its use in political rhetoric, I'm going to give the strategist the benefit of the doubt and assume that he is not suggesting Obama will have Romney executed via Predator drone (despite the fact that Obama has been known to personally choose people, including at least one American citizen, for extrajudicial killing.)

And I really don't get what the big deal is with McConnell's quote. At worst, this is a Kinsley gaffe, in which a politician accidentally tells the truth. Do you seriously believe that after the 2000 election (and the 1988, 1980, 1968, etc.) Democratic leaders were thinking, "Hey, this new Republican President might be good enough that maybe we won't even run anyone against him in four years"?
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User: jaylake
Date: 2012-07-05 19:59 (UTC)
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I'm a little confused. Are you challenging my mockery of Ann Romney's comments because of the metaphorical language issue? Which I think you and I covered reasonably well recently, so it's not clear to me why that's an issue now.

Or are you challenging my mockery because of the proposed scorched earth tactics she is objecting to? If so, that strikes me as a bit disingenous, as the GOP has proudly and openly been using scorched earth tactics since at least the era of the GOPAC memo. My reference to the legislative priorities statement was a hat tip in that direction.

Which was, of course, the point of my mockery. That the primary surrogate for the nominal leader of a party that has built its political fortunes of the past two decades in significant part on scorched earth political tactics should object to someone suggesting the same tactics be used in the other direction is either profound ignorance of modern political history or knowing hypocrisy.

(FWIW, my vote is for knowing hypocrisy. When Mrs. Romney says things like that, she's not talking to politically aware non-conservatives like me who are keenly conscious of modern political history. She's talking to committed conservatives whom she needs to stir up and energize on her husband's behalf, who will hear her words with their confirmation bias firmly engaged; and she's talking to low-information swing voters who've never heard of the GOPAC memo, don't know anything about the political mechanics of the Clinton impeachment, etc, while trying to engage their sympathies. It's a play straight out of the classic GOP playbook from the chapter entitled "The Politics of Resentment", complaining about how the other guys are being so abusive to an honorable conservative, designed to deflect attention from all the recent press about Romney's embarrassingly well-documented history of literal and figurative bullying.)

Either way, your objection does not strike me as a credible statement. Unless your point is the GOP doesn't operate with scorched earth tactics. Which would be a risible assertion on the face of things.
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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2012-07-05 21:00 (UTC)
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Jay, I read your "Do you have any idea what comes out of your mouth?" comment as implying Anne Romney was making it all up. That's my fault for not clicking through to the article you linked to, which referred to the quote from the Democratic strategist. Based on my faulty assumption as to what you were implying, I linked to an article to show she wasn't making it up, and threw in a (gratuitous) tweak of your extreme sensitivity to eliminationist rhetoric as long as it's coming from Republicans, not Democrats.

So, my bad on that.
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2012-07-05 20:33 (UTC)
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I find it astonishingly hypocritical, considering that appears to have been Mitt's campaigning strategy from the Primaries onwards.

McConnell...well, there is much morer to it than that. Coinsider it a Mission Statement. Moreover, it doesn't speak well if a senior Congressional leader says something like that and then he and his party go out of their way to harm the country in the interests of pursuing that stated goal.
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