It's as simple as this Rick:
The majority of eligible voters in 2022 will have no functional memory of the presidency of Ronald Reagan. The GOP has 12 years to come up with an alternative to 80s nostalgia.Comment Posted By Karl On 22.02.2010 @ 21:51
As long as Obama is willing to grovel at the feet of the Iranian government by “apologizing” for all the naughty things we’ve done in Iran without them having to apologize for their support of Hezbullah and Hamas, then I have no doubt that a relationship of respect and “progress” (whatever that means) can be achieved.
You're optimistic. Clinton and Albright both apologized to Iran, to no discernable effect -- aside from encouragement.Comment Posted By Karl On 10.02.2009 @ 13:54
BO crossed McCain on a lobbying reform bill also.Comment Posted By Karl On 9.03.2008 @ 22:04
Connery's other quote from The Untouchables:
Malone: [to Ness] Welcome to Chicago. This town stinks like a whorehouse at low tide.Comment Posted By Karl On 6.03.2008 @ 14:28
It's worse than that.
After FL & MI moved their primaries, NH and SC moved theirs, and IA moved its caucus. Those three states also violated DNC rules -- and lost no delegates at all. And while the DNC rules allow for zeroing the delegates as a sanction, the standard sanction stated in the DNC rules is the loss of half the delegates, just like the RNC rules. So Clinton will have plenty of reason to question whether the rules are being equally and fairly applied.Comment Posted By Karl On 6.03.2008 @ 09:55
Alternatively, he could dump his Reform Institute cronies. Addition by subtraction.Comment Posted By Karl On 7.02.2008 @ 18:48
Rick writes:Comment Posted By Karl On 7.08.2007 @ 18:29
I read Aceâ€™s post with a growing sense of perplexity. Itâ€™s impossible to respond to because he is criticizing what I was thinking while writing. He confidently ascribes motivations to me when he doesnâ€™t know me from Adam and I doubt whether heâ€™s read me in a year â€“ maybe two. Maybe never.
Pot, meet kettle. You know how often (if ever) Ace reads you?
It will not make up for Abu Ghraib â€“ another story whose perceived importance far, far outweighed any relationship to the reality of what actually happened.
Which might just as easily suggest that had bloggers effectively swarmed the MSM on that story, it might have been seen in a more accurate proportion today.
As Rightwingsparkle points out, it does prevent the Beauchamp fables from becoming part of the antiwar narrative for decades to come. It helps prevent the image of our troops from becoming amrginally worse. And it may cause others in the media to be more careful before falling into their Vietnam template, which ultimately requires a Winter Soldier-esque smearing of our military -- something which had awful effects for the US long after Vietnam was over.
I also find it odd that Rick isn't sure what "the next phase" is. He is surely aware of Ms. Malkin's Vents from Iraq, not to mention embeds like Michael Yon, Bill Roggio, Michael J. Totten, BillINDC, etc.
However, even thinking of original content as "the next phase" can be somewhat misleading. That some bloggers will move into original content of one sort or another by no means requires the abandonment the role of other bloggers as media watchdogs, even if Rick is tiring of that role. And apparently tired enough of it that "fake but accurate" seems more palatable to him. Because that is the thrust of his point about this not affecting "victory" in Iraq. If there are only a few conservatives left who believe in "victory" in Iraq, Rick should feel no need to condescend to them. Nor should he need to insult the rest by lumping them in with the Polyannas.
Perhaps blogswarming has its own vice of inflating the importance of episodes of MSM negligence or malice. OTOH, it seems likely that TNR -- or the NYT or ABCNews or Howie Kurtz -- would have simply ignored it absent the blogswarm. If the media took the complaints of its core consumers more seriously, the quality of the MSM and blogs would likely improve.Comment Posted By Karl On 7.08.2007 @ 12:25
BTW, the Gulf War was probably not considered a "success" by the hundreds of thousands of Shia and Kurds slaughtered and displaced by Saddam after the war. It was probably not considered a "success" by the tens of thousands of Iraqi kids who died as Saddam siphoned the oil-for-food money while Kofi Annan looked the other way.
salvage does not seem to care very much about those dead Iraqis, because he cannot try to pin their deaths on the Bush Administration.Comment Posted By Karl On 11.10.2006 @ 14:52
salavge, in high dudgeon, ignores the historical example of "excess deaths" in post-WWII Europe. He really should be telling us what a spectacular failure the invasion of Europe was because of those excess deaths, how it just wasn't worth it.Comment Posted By Karl On 11.10.2006 @ 14:47
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