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March 25, 2008

Righteous Mea Culpa (updated)

Filed under: Jim Henley, John Cole, John McCain, Mea Culpa, Mike Huckabee — t4toby @ 12:21 pm


John Cole over at Balloon Juice is a rare kind of bird. He is funny and intelligent, and was a dyed-in-the wool Republican until about a year ago.
Here is what he has to say about being a full throated supporter of the Iraq invasion and occupation:

I was wrong about EVERY. GOD. DAMNED. THING. It is amazing I could tie my shoes in 2001-2004. If you took all the wrongness I generated, put it together and compacted it and processed it, there would be enough concentrated stupid to fuel three hundred years of Weekly Standard journals.

That’s the way you own up to your own shortcomings. You don’t mince words, you don’t equivocate, you just admit that you are wrong. I don’t know of any other of the rabid supporters of George and Dick’s Excellent Invasion that have the balls to own up to the fact that they were wrong about this war all along.

Cole is nice enough to point us to Jim Henley over at Unqualified Offerings. Apparently, he was right all along.


Mike Huckabee shows more acumen than most over the Obama-Wright controversy:

About delivering a sermon:

Many times those were statements lifted out of the context of a larger sermon. Sermons, after all, are rarely written word for word by pastors like Reverend Wright, who are delivering them extemporaneously, and caught up in the emotion of the moment. There are things that sometimes get said, that if you put them on paper and looked at them in print, you’d say “Well, I didn’t mean to say it quite like that.

About being black and angry:

As easy as it is for those of us who are white, to look back and say “That’s a terrible statement!”…I grew up in a very segregated south. And I think that you have to cut some slack — and I’m gonna be probably the only Conservative in America who’s gonna say something like this, but I’m just tellin’ you — we’ve gotta cut some slack to people who grew up being called names, being told “you have to sit in the balcony when you go to the movie. You have to go to the back door to go into the restaurant. And you can’t sit out there with everyone else. There’s a separate waiting room in the doctor’s office. Here’s where you sit on the bus…” And you know what? Sometimes people do have a chip on their shoulder and resentment. And you have to just say, I probably would too. I probably would too. In fact, I may have had more of a chip on my shoulder had it been me.

Can we trade in one old, worn out McCain model for a slighty bananas Mike Huckabee? I’ll take overly religious over completely clueless almost every time. At least it sounds like Huckabee has a little bit of compassion in him. McCain? Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran…



  1. Did you see Huckabee on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update a few weeks ago? It’s on YouTube if you missed it. Anyway, after watching it, I thought, “Why wasn’t he this funny when he was still in the primary?” It’s like Dole after he lost.

    Comment by Erin — March 25, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

  2. I think what we have here is the ‘Adviser Effect’. They employ these inside-of-the-Beltway hacks as advisers and you hardly can tell they’re human.

    Once they lose, they stop being under the sway of the subhuman idiots.

    That’s just my theory, anyways…

    Comment by t4toby — March 25, 2008 @ 1:46 pm

  3. It amazes me that there are still those, after 5 YEARS, that still INSIST this war is a good idea! As to the media circus surrounding the three stooges of the apocalypse (mccain, clinton, obama). No matter which one next soils the rug in the oval office, we will all be screwed. Our only hope is to vote for third parties!


    BTW, I’m back posting again!

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer


    Comment by ClapSo — March 26, 2008 @ 11:35 am

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