Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Quote of the Day

From James "Sleeps With The Enemy" Carville on Charlie Rose last night, I paraphrase:

"Arlen Specter has gone from being the most unreliable Republican to being the most unreliable Democrat."



Since love makes no sense most of the time, it's unfair of me to climb Carville's frame over his main squeeze. I do it anyway.

On the flip side, he's a good ol' boy and a Marine and I like him, even more since his new book is out:

40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation

Now that I like! Excerpt:

When historians or scientists look back over huge cataclysmic events, they generally find some harbinger that went unnoticed at the time.

There's always a warning. If you're a chaos theorist, it's the flapping of the proverbial butterfly's wings in New York that caused a tsunami in Hong Kong. A meteorologist might think of it in terms of a category five hurricane that began as a low-pressure area off the Cape Verde Islands on the African coast. Historians remember the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand as the spark for World War I.

When future historians begin to examine the absolutely disastrous events during the term of President Bush, from massive incompetence to blatant falsehoods and the trampling of the Constitution to the savaging of the good name of the United States around the world, they will look for one of these events.

The stealing of the election of 2000 in Florida is going to be a leading qualifier. But it isn't the one to focus on, for several reasons. (After all, there's really nothing that unusual in people resorting to the courts to try to win an election that they didn't win in the first place.)

Well, not everybody's Daddy owns 'em a Supreme Court Justice or two...

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