Monday, 30 October 2006

The Bush Rove Legacy

Ken Berwitz

I was reading through some political material and came upon this blog from Hugh Hewitt.  It's quite an eye-opener:

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Just The Numbers, Please: The Bush-Rove-Mehlman Political Legacy
Posted by Hugh Hewitt  | 11:35 PM

The Washington Post continues its election eve blitz, but again goes over the cliff with this story: "Midterm Vote May Define Rove's Legacy: Big Losses Could Dim Aura of Bush Advisor."

First, some very basic political history:

In the 1986 election, Ronald Reagan saw the Democrats gained a net eight seats in the Senate and take control from the Republicans with a 55-45 majority. The Dems added 5 House seats to increase their majority to a 258 to 177 margin in the lower chamber. For the math challenged, that is an 81 seat majority for the Dems.

In the 1974 election, the sixth year of eight Republican presidential years, the Watergate/pardon election saw Democrats add four seats in the Senate, for a total of 60 Democrats.  Democrats crushed the GOP in the House, adding picking up 49 seats for a post-election day margin of 291 to 144 --a 147 seat edge!

In the 1958 election, Ike saw the democrats add 14 senators (including two from Hawaii) for a 65-35 Democratic-GOP split.  The Democrats added 48 seats in the House and controlled that body by a margin of 283 to 153.  Again, math fans, that's a 130 seat edge!

Now, with some facts in hand, go back and read the Post's agenda journalism.  President Bush's unique electoral record is matched only by FDR's, and FDR's Democrats lost 76 House in 1938, and six Senate seats.

The Bush-Rove political legacy is already established, and even a narrow loss of both the Senate and the House would not dent it.  If neither body's GOP majority is held, but the margins remain narrow, the Bush-Rove record becomes the most potent political performance in modern times for an eight year presidency, and if either or especially both are held, retire the laurels.

I am used to MSM's almost maniacal determination to diminish the Bush Presidency and especially its political skill.

But facts are stubborn things.  If Bush and his policies in Iraq were as unpopular as the left (including MSM) says they are, the GOP would be facing numbers like those in '86, '74, and '58, or even '38.

That the GOP's candidates and operations are in fact in reach of holding both bodies 10 days out speaks volumes about the president, Karl Rove, and the MSM's ignorance of history.

Election night is going to be much fun.  I'll ne broadcasting until late in the evening.  And remember, the early exit polls will show every Republican losing.  It is just the way MSM works.

Did you know those numbers?  I must admit I didn't.  Sort of puts things in perspective, doesn't it?

I am a Democrat but the machine doe It's the machines stupid! Did you see the Republican who spent 3 months in jail because he and the RNC did illegal jamming of phones in several states in 2000, 2002 and 2004. He went to Jail and the Head of RNC got $3 million in legal support but was found guilty. This poor criminal got NO support and no money from the RNC who ordered him to fix the election. No Diebold and every major electronic machine maker are Republican supporters. One manufacturer is accused of fixing working majic in Mr. Chavez's country. It's the machine stupid... The genius of Rove is inside the machines and inside a small dark room. Democrats can only win if they catch the thieves as they do their magic on election night. (10/31/06)

Reason #56,492 Why We Can Do Without Actors Who Give Us Their Political Views

Ken Berwitz

Brad Pitt is a fabulously good looking guy, and a hell of a fine actor.  I wish I were a fraction of either. 

Then, there are his political opinions:  This is reported by


BRAD PITT discovered how unpopular America is across the globe when a group of drunk Dutchmen threatened to kill him because of his nationality. Pitt ran into the partygoers while he was in Amsterdam shooting OCEAN'S TWELVE, and the incident shocked him. He says, "I get a bike wherever I go and I went for a midnight ride around Amsterdam. There were some guys coming out of a bar having a good time. I said, 'Excuse me,' and swerved out of the way and they started screaming, 'You f**king American. We'll f**king kill you.' "I'd never come face to face with that before - that turn in the way we are perceived in other countries."

Okay, let's review:  Brad Pitt ran into a group of drunk Dutchmen (how big is a group?  Probably in the 5-8 range, but let's think in grand terms and say a dozen). 

So a dozen or so drunks outside a bar in one country call poor Bradley some names, and the website says it shows " how unpopular America is across the globe", based on Brad Pitt's assessment that "I'd never come face to face with that before - that turn in the way we are perceived in other countries."

What an amazing projective model!  Suppose Mr. Pitt ran into a dozen drunken surfer types in Venice, California and they threatened to toss him in the ocean.  Would he then conclude that he'd never come face to face with how violent amphibious people are?  What would he say about a dozen drunken seamstresses threatening to rip his clothes off?  How global do you suppose that would be?

Remember this the next time a "STAR" has an important political message for you.

Michael J. Fox Epilogue

Ken Berwitz

What was that line from The Godfather III?  "Just when I think I'm out they drag me back in"

I did not want to talk about stem cell research again, but Barry forces me to with his last post.

Here is a verbatim excerpt from the interview between Michael J. Fox and George Stephanopoulos. I have put the key area in bold print:

Stephanopoulos: In the ad now running in Missouri, Jim Caviezel speaks in Aramaic. It means, "You betray me with a kiss." And his position, his point, is that actually even though down in Missouri they say the initiative is against cloning, it's actually going to allow human cloning.

Fox: Well, I don't think that's true. You know, I campaigned for Claire McCaskill. And so I have to qualify it by saying I'm not qualified to speak on the page-to-page content of the initiative. Although, I am quite sure that I'll agree with it in spirit, I don't know, I On full disclosure, I haven't read it, and that's why I didn't put myself up for it distinctly.

Got that?  He HAS NOT read the initiative and DOES NOT know what's in it.  This is not Ken's opinion, this is Michael J. Fox's admission.

In other words, the ad Mr. Fox made on behalf of Claire McKaskill  is 100% partisan politics and 0% reality.  Fox doesn't even know what he's telling you to support. 

But he is a Democrat, and he does want Democrats to win.  So he shoots an ad which intentionally makes the extent of his condition as  sympathy-getting as possible to convince you to support McKaskill.  On what basis?  On the basis of a bill he has not read and doesn't even know the content of.

I'll say it again (and again and again and again). I am rooting very hard for science to cure this condition and I support stem cell research.   What I do not support is political hacks exploiting people's sincere sympathy, to snag a few votes.  This, sad to say, is exactly what Michael J. Fox is and what he has done.  It diminishes his cause, it diminishes him personally and he damn well ought to be ashamed of himself.

I wonder if Mr. Fox has thought for even one moment about what his support level for this bill would be if it DOES do what Republicans claim it does.  Now there's an ad I'd want to see.

rickdog You non-partisan? That's funny. Haven't you been following this at all? Who better than a Parkinson's suffer to speak for the cause, and for you to relate that to "sympathy getting" clearly exposes your political leanings. C'mon, the man is right in the middle of the issue, he's in there supporting someone who's pro stem-cell. What diff does it make, really, if he's read a certain initiative in relation to his support for a candidate? Have you thought that, maybe, because he's dying that he's going to go out and do what he can, trying to hang on to hope in an almost hopeless situation. He's very intimate with the issues and your characterization of the spot being 100% partisan is so off the mark that it's inexcusable. Your view on this is not far from that taken by Limbaugh, shame on you! (10/30/06)

Ken Berwitz If Fox had stuck TO the issues I would agree with you. But he regurgitated a DNC line of baloney and - by his own admission - didn't know what he was talking about. I suggest you read my comments about this several blogs earlier. Because Fox has Parkinson's doesn't make anything he says about it unassailable or unchallengable. (10/30/06)

Porn Porn Porn........Republican style

Barry Sinrod
Lynn Cheney writes porn.  Very serious disgusting porn.  Lesbian porn. Torrid lesbian sex
complete with the use of toys.  How about it Virginia. See if it is in your library. Call Amazon.
Gordon Liddy writes porn.  Bill O Reilly writes porn.  Nixon aides Halderman wrote porn.
The infamous William Buckley writes porn.  Susan Combs current Texas Agriculture commissioner writes porn.   Mark Foley is porn. David Drier is hidden porn.
Scooter Libby porn with kids in cages! .  George Allen is a "brutal bully" says his sister in a book she has written
House leader for 3 minutes Bob Livingston had several adulterous affairs.
Family morales leader Bob Barr, married 4 times, once licked whipped cream off the breasts of two women ( not his wife) at a party
Dan Burton who publicly called Clinton a "scumbag" has had several adulterous affairs, sexually assaulted several women but paid them off and he has fathered a child out of wedlock.
  • Joe Scarborough, former Republican Congressman, currently a conservative talk show host. Resigned his congressional seat abruptly to spend more time with his family, amidst allegations of an affair. His intern, Lori Klausutis, was soon after found dead in his office. The medical examiner, who had his license revoked in for falsifying information in an autopsy report, and suspended in for six years, ruled the case an accident, after giving conflicting information about her injuries. He said he lied about them because "The last thing we wanted was 40 questions about a head injury."    
  • Ken Berwitz I assume this tirade is based on the fact that Jim Webb wrote a number of explicit, often perverted and disgusting sexual passages in his books, and that this is going to blow him away in the Virginia senate race. Lynn Cheney says she wrote no such thing. I wait for Barry to show us the passages in question so we can see for ourselves. Importantly, other than Burton, neither Cheney nor any of the others are running for office at this time. In Burton's case, while it is true he fathered an out of wedlock child, I don't know anything about a succession of mistresses and payoffs - again Barry says it without any reference point we can check. As for the others, in several cases, sexual escapades ended their political careers. Maybe the same should be true of Webb. Maybe the voters will see to it next week. One other thing; I am intentionally leaving out a laundry list of Democrats who have been in the same boat. BOTH parties have their embarrassments. Posting the names from just one of the parties doesn't mean the others magically disappear. (10/30/06)

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