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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…

October 10, 2007

I’ve been had.

Filed under: Mea Culpa, Michael Lewis, Not Funny, Outrage Fatigue, Politics — t4toby @ 3:08 pm


Concerning yesterday’s post

Yesterday I wrote to Michael Lewis to ask if he was joking. Here’s what I said:

Is this article sarcasm? I can find nothing in your writing that indicate whether you are a heartless bastard, or a writer of terribly obvious sarcasm.

I am writing an article in which I will quote you.

You’re a journalist, so I’d appreciate honesty.

Yes, the typos were there in the original. I’m not renowned for my editing skills.

His response:

If it’s so obvious how come you can’t tell? Oh–that’s right-you’re a fool.

Fair enough. My response to his response:

I read articles very similar to this every day where the people are not kidding. There are people who regularly espouse similar beliefs. This article would be right at home on the Free Republic, Pajamas Media, Mark Steyn, Dan Riehl, etc.

You seem have a history of stock trading, and nowhere can I find (via Google) any previous attempts at humor.

The fact that you live in Berkley makes me think you must be kind of liberal, so you must find these kinds of POVs repulsive.

In this day and age, with the corporations and the ultra rich completely subjugating the masses, we don’t need any voices lending themselves to the shrieking chorus of compassionless Neanderthals.

If you don’t know what I mean, try a search for ‘Graeme Frost’.

Blasé humor was funny in the ’80s. What does it say about the world that I was ready to believe that you were serious?

In conclusion, I will note that you copped to it being a joke, and that I may have over-reacted. I guess I have read so much bile and hate that I’m losing my sense of humor. I apologize for painting you with the tar that belongs on the likes of Malkin, Limbaugh, Lowry, et al.

As far as the ‘fool’ thing goes, I guess I will never amount to the intellectual giant that you seem to think you are. C’est la vie…

So I over-reacted to this humorous column, because, as has been noted before, 9/11 signaled the death of irony. I attacked when I should have waited for the response. I was overly sensitive to the message of hate and total contempt for anyone who isn’t rich.

If you know me personally, you probably know I sometimes go off half cocked. But I gotta be me, because the alternative is oblivion.