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Rush vs. McCain

Rush vs. McCain ::
Personal Asides: My Interview on Black Radio... McCain's "Calm Down" Not Exactly What the Doctor Ordered... Lessons from the Book "Grace and Power."

Posted: 08 Feb 2008 07:52 AM CST

WVON Radio.

My longtime buddy and former sparring partner when we were on Chicagoland public radio, Cliff Kelley, has become, as many of you know, the authentic voice of the black community and has been celebrated as such because as a former alderman he knows the political situation intimately and is extraordinarily well-spoken, witty and perceptive. Yesterday he called me for comment on his WVON radio show on the decision by my candidate, Mitt Romney, to withdraw.

Whether he reached me at a down time or not I cannot say, but it happened just after I had my daily dose of Limbaugh. Hearing that whining and egregious self-justification and puffery... ballooned by an ego that pretends it is kidding but which is truly not and is instead struttingly braggart... it occurred to me that the blindsided right deserves to have a President Obama and a reinforced Democratic majority. The blindsided right of the conservative movement which brooks no compromise or accepts any deviation from the talk show-crafted dialectic... the blindsided right which has been behaving like a spoiled child, dissatisfied with Romney (too opportunistic), with Thompson (too lethargic), with Huckabee (too liberal on spending), with Tancredo (too single issue oriented), with Hunter (not charismatic enough). And certainly with McCain (an untrustworthy scoundrel).

Yes the full-mooners of the blindsided right richly deserve to get Barack Obama. After bitching about all the deviations from orthodoxy, they ought to find out what it is to live under a 97% liberal president (basis "National Journal's" analysis of his voting record) as I did for the first 20 years of my observant political life (FDR's 1933 to the end of Truman 1953) along with a increased Democratic House and Democratic Senate.

This came to me as I was listening to Limbaugh while behaving myself (on my stationery bicycle). Ensconced in New York behind his "golden EIB microphone" the man who never went in for politics as a youth but is nevertheless the oracular know-all, the expert on the intricacies of voting phenomena, with a well-paid staff ("Mr. Snerdly") pulling up commentaries from which he can sample... the man earning $30 million a year with 20 million adherent listeners... hugely enjoying himself ("more than a human being has a right to"). Then a ditzy ditto-head woman called to bend his ear for many minutes telling him why although a lifelong Republican she would never, ever, vote for McCain. Which the great guffawer hugely enjoyed. Listen, said the ditto-head, let me tell you about McCain. You say he's a war hero? Right: listen, Rush, so was Benedict Arnold! .

Get that? Benedict Arnold. Did he challenge her? Of course not. The oleaginous blindsided Mouth kept her on, soothing her, saying uh-huh supportively, savoring every moment, not agreeing with her but guzzling it down with her adulation ("Oh, Rush-Rush, what would we do without you?"). Said he: Oh I don't know m'dear, God would raise up another prophet to earn $20 million just like me. Benedict Arnold. You'd think someone who didn't serve in Vietnam would have the grace to defend one who did and who refused repatriation from his captives because he wanted no favoritism as the son of an admiral. But no, that never occurred to blindsided and blindsighted El Rushbo, swollen as he is with his own narcissism.

Arnold (1741-1801) was indeed a wounded veteran-a hero figuring in the capture of Ticonderoga, the battle of Valcour Island, Danbury and Ridgefield culminating in Saratoga. But character was his flaw; when he felt he was not honored enough, indeed unjustly criticized, he changed sides and obtained command of West Point in order to surrender it to the British, fleeing down the Hudson to avoid capture by Washington, escaping to England where he received a commission as a brigadier general and the equivalent of $500,000 in reward for his treachery. No difference between McCain and Arnold. Those who read my day-to-day recounting of Gene McCarthy who vowed to get even with an LBJ who didn't promote him to the extent that he torpedoed plans to win the war... those who have read this may see a hazy contrast to a talk show host who, dissatisfied with the electorate, vows to spread dissention so the cause he insists he represents will be maimed. No difference. Ego uber alles.

For all the good he has done, blindsided Rush is rapidly destroying it now... refusing to acknowledge that for all his puffed-upedness the Republican electorate repeatedly picked McCain. He cannot accept the will of the voters who disagreed with his estimate... along with the blonde anorexic harpy with knee-length hair who tosses it so beguilingly as a TV talking head, Ann ("I will campaign for Hillary Clinton") Coulter... and the doe-eyed girlfriend of the right with the fingernails on blackboard voice, Laura ("I don't care; I won't vote for him") Ingraham. Only slightly wrose and more improbable are the Ron Paul idolaters ready to canonize their cranky hero who wants the highways to be privatized, the FDA abandoned with people allowed to discover for themselves what poison they are eating, all troops to be brought home tomorrow and a shrug to his adolescent geek followers when they smoke pot and stoke up with pills... the same Ron Paul whose old newsletters spewed out anti-Semitism and anti-black hatred which carries the imprimatur "Ron Paul" and which he declines to own up to. In true "open minded" libertarian style he doesn't disavow his newsletters, doesn't extol them. They're just expressions of points of view. We call it liberty. I call it invincible ignorance.

They are 19th century rear-view visionaries who tout the Death of the West, who wants legal immigration to be halted for ten years and after that a definite quota so we can have white, "Christian" admittees and a return to Hamiltonian out-of-date high tariffs, swift withdrawal from battle spots. All these deserve what all of us may well get-the accession of Barack Obama. It would almost be worth it to hear them whine when it comes. So intellectually dishonest are they that they will never acknowledge their baby highchair antics, furiously shaking their spoons of oatmeal at the adults, caused it to happen. All of these overpaid, spoiled rightist brats and braggarts can take a flying leap and plunge to the bottom of hell so far as I am concerned.

There are many things wrong with John McCain. For me nothing is more suspect than the hint... just a hint... that he may regard my key issue, pro-life, as less than significant, based on his reported statement courtesy Bob Novak that Sam Alito wears too much his colors on his sleeve. Still it is sure that the Pascal Wager must be applied in this case. I mean to pursue him on it. But given the certainty of pro-abortion judges being appointed by Obama and the possibility, maybe probability, of pro-life judges by McCain... who but an un-rational person would harm the chance of winning. But significant vestiges of the extreme conservative wing is ditzy-just like the Benedict Arnold lady. For proof you don't have to go far. They are the ugly spawn of mal-education and a shock jock mentality where views are all black and white, blather-mongers to whom compromise is repugnant and evil.

They truly are bringing down upon themselves-and all of us-the Barack Obama presidency, a presidency where the only joy we will have is to listen to their future clangorous wailing while exempting themselves from blame for the predicament they have brought to us. What a scurvy crew.

And if you say that I am intemperate at their intemperateness this is right: a taste of their own medicine.


It can be said truly that John McCain does not know... has not the faintest conception... of what it takes to heal any rupture. His remark to conservatives the other day that they should "calm down" is case in point. When you seek to make up with your wife whom you have wronged or have been unjust to... just as McCain has been on "McCain-Feingold"... you don't say, "calm down." You say: Jeez, I'm sorry. What can I do to make it up? Does this man have no tact whatever? Did that curt bluntness and snappishness come from the Hanoi-Hilton or was it instilled at birth?


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