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Today's Note From a Madman

May 28, 2008


I know the big story is former Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan finally telling the truth. However, rather than write exactly what everyone on the TV talkies are saying (as we all stare at our TV's in stunned silence), I'm just going to make this one observation today:

It appears that the Bushies aren't doing their usual, "He knows nothing about us" and "He has an ax to grind" routine. In the case of McClellan, the tact is to make us all believe that someone is putting the words not only in his mouth, but on the pages of his new book "What Happened".

This could be the Bush way of giving the former loyalist insider a chance to help their cause by coming out and saying, "Yes! I was lying! And the publisher made me do it!"

Personally, I can't wait for the inevitable 60 Minutes interview which, no doubt, will come soon.

-Noah Greenberg

Screwing Up a Sure Thing

I am a registered Democrat. Now, that's not to say I have never voted for a Republican in the thirty years I have been voting. There have been people in my town who, even as Republicans, deserved my vote. And they got it. However, the vast majority of my votes have gone to what is now the Blue side.

The two parties which dominate American politics are represented by an elephant (the Republicans) and the jack ass (the Democrats). More fitting symbols could not be used for either of them.

The pachyderm which we see in cartoons wearing red, white and blue hats is a symbol of a bloated party which has taken "us", the US middle class, out of the USA. It is a party, and now product of its fat, wealthy and powerful elitists who make up a small fraction of the population but weave the now torn fabric of our society and culture.

Over the past seven-plus years they have unwoven us with tax breaks for their rich friends; sweetheart deals for their even richer global corporate constituents and have bent backwards to remove any and all controls which were put there by good men and women to protect the other 99 percent of us.

In other words, they did their job for their true constituents.

The Democrats, on the other hand, are also represented in true fashion by the jackass. In 2000, we watched as Al Gore, for the good of the nation, no less, refused to allow one Democrat in the senate to stand up and say, "Hey - there's something wrong with this election here!" We watched as a brilliantly evil Republican army moved down to Florida to make sure that each and every vote wasn't counted and, in unison, we stood still and took it.

In 2004, John Kerry allowed his two bronze stars, one gold star and three purple hearts get trumped by George W, Bush's desertion of his cushy Texas-Alabama Air National Guard duty. We listened for Kerry's words after accusations were made by his successor in the swift boat that he - Kerry - wasn't actually a hero even in spite of the words of his crew and of the man who's life he saved. we waited for John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee for President, to say something - anything - to clear his good name. An old fashioned "How dare he!" would have sufficed.

But we got nothing.

And in that same year of 2004, we watched as gay marriage became an issue. It was an issue better left for after a Kerry victory because it became nothing but an additional distraction and yet another tool for the GOP brains, like Karl Rove, to use against us.

And they did.

And it was a small, but vocal faction of us jack asses who insisted upon making gay marriage an issue before we got the wrong guy out of the job.

And today in 2008 we're doing it again. You may make the argument that Barack Obama, who now appears to be a shoo-in for the nomination, can beat John McCain. But do we really need to bring up gay marriage. as they are doing in California, right before the November election again? Couldn't this distraction have waited until after the November election to make its place known one more time?

One has to ask oneself what jack ass move the Democrats will make this time to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory yet again.

-Noah Greenberg

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