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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

After Eight Years of Bush/Cheney Attacks…

posted by on October 14 at 8:10 AM

…suddenly Bush speechwriter and major league douchespewer David Frum wants to elevate our political discourse.

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Mysterious resemblance number 511-

Ever seen David Frum and Fran Liebowitz in the same place?

Posted by Ries | October 14, 2008 8:26 AM

As I sat there watching him vomit up his pathetic talking points I kept saying, but didn't that fuckwad write for Chimpy McSlaughter? How dare he be lecturing people about the level of discourse.

He and his ilk basked in the glory of their unhinged supporters whipped into frenzies by the right wing blowhards on talk radio and Fox News. Then when it appears this no longer is politically expedient they start bemoaning what they created. Rich. Really rich.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | October 14, 2008 8:26 AM

It's like he forgot about that time for 6 years where it was unpatriotic and traitorous to be even vaguely or remotely critical of Republicans and the President....


Posted by Non | October 14, 2008 8:28 AM

I saw that. That coward wouldn't have the nerve to launch that attack where it needs to be launched: Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Savage, Hewitt, Maulkin, Coulter, and all those other clowns.

Whatever you think of her politics (and I happen to adore them) Rachel Maddow is one of the most thoughtful, intelligent analysts out there - and she treats all of her guests with respect.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | October 14, 2008 8:38 AM

@4 She even treats Pat Buchanan with respect! I have much love for their interactions on the show...

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 14, 2008 8:54 AM

This has been a standard conservative dodge for a long time: Attack your opponent for what you're doing. As Maddow says, draw a false equivalency with something your opponent has done and derail the discussion. After attacking your opponent unfairly, criticize them for being angry, attack their responses as "brazen and baseless attacks," claim to be taking the high road, then when the dust settles do it again.

Even carries over into voter fraud. The current round of voter-roll purges are being carried out to prevent a wave of misregistered voters from swaying the election, a threat which the government's own studies showed was simply not present. There is no evidence that this program addresses an existing problem, but off the rolls those foreclosed home owners and other likely Democrats go, amid accusations that ACORN is somehow engineering a massive election theft. As if the first place to look when trying to track down election fraud shouldn't be the party that won. You know, the party where the guy who got less votes ended up being President, and then proceeded to stock every government agency with rubber-stamping cronies?

As a rule, the louder a Republican shouts about what his opponent's doing, the closer you should examine him for that same transgression. Hypocrisy isn't just a failing for these people, it's a winning campaign strategy and they employ it again and again.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 14, 2008 9:17 AM

I saw this and thought it was brilliant. Ever since the stories of death threats at McCain rallies surfaced, the right has been working overtime to establish a false equivalence between the campaigns: people yell the same thing at Obama rallies about McCain, yadda yadda. Never mind that it's not true - the important thing is getting the meme into mass circulation. When Frum tried to do that here, Maddow cut him down at the knees. Not only that, but she didn't get pissed off, or turn it into a yelling match. She was articulate, calm & classy. I heart her. Let's buy her a present...

Posted by JasonE | October 14, 2008 9:38 AM

He was ignoring reality, not inquiries. Complete and total weasel, wasn't he writing the speeches where anyone who questioned the war was the equivalent of a traitor, "I'm the decider" etc.? It's too late to turtle and try to stop the discussion, the landslide is on.

The problem remains though that objective journalism has stopped being based on reporting truth based on facts and research. Having two people with divergent opinions on MSNBC (the RNC person lying while smiling like the Chesire Cat) is not reporting. And feeling like they have to balance each report about the RNC lying with some dirt about the DNC is also not objective reporting. If one side is inciting violence and constantly lying to the American people, that's the story. A reporter is not taking a side because they report the truth. The MSM has totally been bullied by the Rove etc into believing the opposite. Complaining to the ref should get you nothing, grow a spine MSM.

Posted by left coast | October 14, 2008 9:46 AM

David's strictly Frum hunger.

Posted by E | October 14, 2008 9:56 AM

If my memory serves me right this is the former speech writer who is up to his ears in the phrase "axis of evil." He was a Canadian then, since then he's become a US citizen. I used to hear him on "Left Right and Center." Where he would insist that Sadam had weapons of mass destruction. Bob Scheer asked him once if he, Frum, would apologize if it turned out that he, was wrong about that after the dogs of war had been unleashed. I used to listen at work so I stayed listening until they moved the show. Never did he breath a word of apology.

Posted by Intro_Verse | October 14, 2008 10:25 AM

Political discourse aside, every time I'm flipping through channels and encounter his creepy mug on some interview show, my very first thought is just, "Faggot! FAGGOT!." Really, he'd better be gay, because he comes off as a raging closet case.

Plus, he looks like he'd smell weird if you got anywhere near him--like, I imagine he'd smell like what elderly people having sex must smell like.

Posted by Hoyt Clagwell | October 14, 2008 11:56 AM

Keep the focus on the the economy. It's the Republican's mess and everyone either knows it or should.

Posted by Vince | October 14, 2008 2:09 PM

Even Frum expects Obama to win: "I hope that my party, as it probably goes into opposition..." @ 5:03.

Does this guy remind anyone else of that guy in the "Honey, I ... the Kids" movies? Also Barney Rubble in The Flintstones and the nervous guy in Ghostbusters. I don't remember his name. The same kind of floppy, puffy lips and slightly autistic, evasive way of tilting his head.

Posted by Rosie | October 14, 2008 11:35 PM

"Apparent disorganization within the Republican party?" Well, so much for the vast right-wing conspiracy. Damn! And it was working too! Oh that maverick McCain! *shakes fist*

Posted by Seajay | October 15, 2008 8:21 AM

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