Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The hits keep on coming...

The USS Jimmy Carter, it's not a submarine in service to the United States, its service is to the "global community". It's also equipped with less-than-lethal torpedoes and an eco-friendly reactor which allows it to "run shallow, run loud" as opposed to those nasty unilateral attach subs that run silent, run deep. Ok enough fun at the expense of an ex-peanut farmer.

Time for some fun at the expense of a moonbat columnist. After taking a month off after the election and then basically limiting his rants to fiscal matters (Bush's budget, private accounts, etc.), Krugman is back and loonier than ever. Here are some particularly daft portions from his last opus on Chairman Dean, titled the The Fighting Moderates.

It doesn't represent a turn to the left: Mr. Dean is squarely in the center of his party on issues like health care and national defense. Instead, Mr. Dean's political rejuvenation reflects the new ascendancy within the party of fighting moderates, the Democrats who believe that they must defend their principles aggressively against the right-wing radicals who have taken over Congress and the White House.

When you are too liberal for your party's congressional leadership, governors and the Clintons, but DailyKos loves you, you're not a the center of your party. Nor are you a 'fighting moderate'.

It was always absurd to call Mr. Dean a left-winger. Just ask the real left-wingers. During his presidential campaign, an article in the muckraking newsletter CounterPunch denounced him as a "Clintonesque Republicrat," someone who, as governor, tried "to balance the budget, even though Vermont is a state in which a balanced budget is not required."

Got that? If an extremist, who thinks that balanced budgets are evil tools of the Republic party, calls you names - you automatically qualify as a moderate. No review of policies or positions necessary!

But in 2005 it takes an act of willful blindness not to see that the Bush plan for Social Security is intended, in essence, to dismantle the most important achievement of the New Deal.

Achievement? He's kidding, right?

In fact, by taking on Social Security, Mr. Bush gave the Democrats a chance to remember what they stand for, and why. Here's my favorite version, from another fighting moderate, Eliot Spitzer: "As President Bush embraces the ownership society and tries to claim that he is the one that is making it possible for the middle class to succeed and save and invest - well, I say to myself, no, that's not right; it is the Democratic Party historically that created the middle class."

Did he just call Eliot Spitzer a moderate? This is were Krugman artfully takes us from op-ed column to pure satire. And the Democratic Party created the middle class? Must have been that Al Gore fella, what with all his other inventions.

Try the following if you would like to read a sober wrap-up of the low-wattage drama of the race for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. It was penned a few weeks ago, but has all the pertinent details on how this gutsy 'fighting moderate' because head of the DNC. I'm going to return to moronically salivating on my pajamas now.

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