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10/4/2010

L.A. Times: Republican Candidates Sure Say Some Goofy Things!

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 7:23 am



Right. And Democrats never make any odd statements at all.

I find it amusing that the paper holds up Sharron Angle as the paradigmatic example of a candidate who says oddball things:

Who is she running against? Ah yes, Harry Reid. The guy who said that you can “literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol” in summertime?

Reid is also the guy who declared Obama could win because he is “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect.”

Reid is the guy who declared Justice Thomas to be “an embarrassment to the Supreme Court,” claiming that one of Thomas’s opinions was similar to “an eighth-grade dissertation.” It was far inferior, Reid said, to the opinion of Justice Scalia in the same case. Except that Scalia hadn’t even written an opinion in the case.

Reid has compared opposition to ObamaCare to support for slavery; has decried a Supreme Court decision upholding a partial birth abortion ban that he had voted for; and has justified his vote against John Roberts by saying: “I’m not too sure if his heart is as big as his head.”

Oh — and if we were going to look at actual issues of honesty, as opposed to goofy statements, we could always remind people of Harry’s dirty land deals (which were actually exposed due to the good work of this newspaper, so they certainly know about them).

Or, we could just pretend that Republicans are the only people who say goofy things and write a big article about it.

Hey, it’s a paper that endorses Moonbeam Brown for Governor and Barbara Boxer for the U.S. Senate. What do you expect?

35 Responses to “L.A. Times: Republican Candidates Sure Say Some Goofy Things!”

  1. In the immortal words of Tricky Dick – “you won’t have the LA Times to kick around anymore!” Soon enough, no doubt.

    Dmac (84da91)

  2. well, here’s a question.

    Does anyone outside of Cali READ the LA Times?

    i mean the NY times is one thing, but the LA Times? maybe to find out what is happening to lindsay or something like that, but beyond that, i suspect not.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  3. I’m not so sure that anyone outside of NYC reads the NYT these days, either. Every time we cancel our Sunday edition subscription, they counteroffer with a price so low that there’s no way it can cover their printing and delivery costs. Not to mention their rapidly – fading subs in NYC as well…they’re going to follow the LAT into the tar pits shortly.

    Dmac (84da91)

  4. I guess those folks don’t remember Governor Moonbeam, because most of us who lived here were happy to see the back of him. Then again, the Times editorial board is composed of children, morons and New Yorkers, so I shouldn’t be surprised.

    Kevin M (298030)

  5. Does anyone outside of Cali READ the LA Times?

    Or anyone in Cali north of the Grapevine Canyon?

    Michael Ejercito (249c90)

  6. Mike

    fair question. i will be honest, all the way over in the east coast, i don’t know much about the local political geography. my understanding is that outside the cities, cali gets pretty conservative, but that is more of a thumbnail sketch than anything.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  7. Fundamentally, the story seems to be about a recent trend in the campaign that warrants coverage:

    “But it’s not merely a case of media nitpicking or YouTube moments. In some cases, the side issues have begun to affect races.

    “The situation is in large part a result of a Democratic strategy aimed at changing the conversation from voters’ frustration with Democratic leaders in Washington to a portrayal of tea party Republicans as extremist. The tactic was one of the few available to Democrats saddled with a national political climate decidedly turned against them and a stubbornly slow economic recovery.”

    Angeleno (196ff8)

  8. Well, in Delaware people kept electing a serial plagiarist that told a man in a wheelchair to stand up. But it’s the candidate that says things about what she did in high school that make her unqualified for the senate. Biden makes Reid sound like Albert Einstein.

    If only she had left a guy she wanted to boink to drown in her car or if she had been a leader of the KKK in high school she would be more qualified than any of the Democrats.

    MU789 (0441a8)

  9. Sharron Angle is the livin’ embodymant of the Tea-Party mewvement, it ain’t no surprize that she be huntered down by the visious liberral media echtablichmant! Go Sharon go! Drill Baby Drill!

    The Anonymous Tea-Partier (0692b1)

  10. ATP: Are you trying to imitate a deranged liberal trying to imitate a media-created representation of a dumb-as-nails tea-party supporter?

    aunursa (69b3db)

  11. aunursa nails it. ATP is an excellent argument that the left is deranged and scared and demonizing of something as common sense as ‘let’s have a more limited government that spends less’.

    The Tea Party would have died out months ago if Democrats had agreed the deficit and intrusions had gone too far, seen the political winds, and cut the deficit way down (with a real budget, even!). But no, instead, we got ‘they are racist tea bagger morons’. And that’s why the democrats are going to be slaughtered in November.

    Anderson Cooper is a bigger friend to the GOP than he’ll ever realize.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  12. In travels for various vintage-car events this summer to the Mid-West and New England, I always searched for a place to buy the WSJ.
    Invariably, I would find that where it was available, they also offered the NYT – but no one offered the LAT.
    I would be surprised if it is available anywhere out-of-state other than DC and LV.

    AD-RtR/OS! (878407)

  13. Angle is probably not the best GOP candidate out there, but she really is a better choice than Reid. I am beginning to think he is going to win this thing and that just pisses me off.

    Terrye (368a41)

  14. Angle won’t win if we’re complacent. Ace noted this wave isn’t going to happen to us. It’s got to be us. Hopefully good folks are more motivated to volunteer, drive to polls, watch polls, phone banks, and more, than they were in 2008. There is a tough election near just about everybody.

    The GOP should take a long hard sober look at why lefties like Reid are viable. If they systematically make it much harder to send earmarks and pork, they will piss off a lot of powerful Republicans, but they will also emerge as the majority party for decades. Many democrats have very little to offer local economies, other than quasi bribery.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  15. AD – You were in the midwest and did not look me up?

    JD (65e1db)

  16. Remember when Hairy Reed talked about his pet Coons?

    JD (65e1db)

  17. What’s funny is that Reid thought he was helping Coons.

    Voters like the idea of a nice pet with no negro dialects.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  18. Dingy Harry or stupid Harry, you decide.

    How do people elect these turds.

    tarpon (0d210f)

  19. JD, sorry, but my travel was quite restricted. I did post here IIRC that I would be at Road America for the Brian Redman Intl Challenge (BRIC) – you should have driven up, we had some great racing…and rain (2nd year in a row).

    Then for Labor Day, we went to Lime Rock (CT), and more great racing…and rain; following week, Watkins Glen…same result.

    In three weekends I saw more rain that I have in thirty years in L.A. – Damn you, AlGore!

    AD-RtR/OS! (878407)

  20. How do people elect these turds.

    ACORN/SEIU/AFL-CIO/etc!

    AD-RtR/OS! (878407)

  21. #2

    John Lindsay moved to LA? I thought he was dead.

    Joe Miller (160e2d)

  22. ATP: Are you trying to imitate a deranged liberal trying to imitate a media-created representation of a dumb-as-nails tea-party supporter?

    I am not imitate no one, I am a first-hawr, died-in-the-hool militant, I am faid-up at Obama’s baundless spanding and marksist policyes! The upity guy and his pales musts go!

    The Anonymous Tea-Partier (0692b1)

  23. LOL, he said uppity. Because a complaint about boundless spending is akin to being a white supremacist, according to the average idiot democrat shill these days.

    I know it’s hard for democrats to accept that a black man is clean, articulate, lacking in ‘negro dialects’, etc. But the Tea Party doesn’t really notice Obama’s skin color. We didn’t like Hillarycare and we don’t like Romneycare very much.

    Maybe focus less on insulting people, and try to help the GOP get this country back on course. The dems took over in 2007 and ruined everything.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  24. Dustin, you’re be right that we Tea-Partiers aren’t not concernated with the colour of the skein, we likes it more better when it’s whites, but pipoles like Clarence Thomas that who know his places are being welcome too as well.

    The Anonymous Tea-Partier (0692b1)

  25. Invariably, I would find that where it was available, they also offered the NYT – but no one offered the LAT.
    I would be surprised if it is available anywhere out-of-state other than DC and LV.

    The LAT ended its national edition in 2005.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (a18ddc)

  26. Brother B – the LATimes ended its national edition sometime in the 1980s (at least if you go by journalistic integrity and credibility) … as a then-relatively-recent legal immigrant into California, I was amazed to see a newspaper at least as politically-biased as most UK newspapers, yet getting away on a regular basis with pretending to have journalistic integrity …

    In many ways, the LAT embodies the characteristics of the current occupants of the White House – especially integrity and accuracy …

    Alasdair (e7cb73)

  27. Clarence Thomas?

    Attacking him because of the color of his skin is crossing the line, ATP. Democrats like you just can’t stand a truly free black man. I might add, Clarance Thomas was a bona fide civil rights leader before his ascendancy to the Court.

    Reid calls him stupid, because he’s black. Not because of his skilled opinion writing or the accuracy of his legal analysis (second to none).\

    “knows his place”. Indeed. He’s free, and will get nothing from democrats, being a free black man.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  28. Would this also be the same Harry Reid who publicly embarrassed Kristin Gillibrand with his sexist comment? Why yes, I believe it is.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had an unusual form of praise for New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, this morning at the fundraiser Mayor Bloomberg hosted for him at his townhouse – referring to her as “the hottest member” as she sat just a few feet away, according to three sources.

    The comment prompted Gillibrand to turn red, according to the sources, and created a bit of stir among the small crowd there.

    “It was pretty shocking when he said it,” said one source familiar with the remark and the reaction.

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  29. If one has read Clarence Thomas’ and The One’s respective biographies (the first one for The One) you will see a remarkable contrast in how each person was raised. I always thought the most remarkable part of Thomas’ book was that his grandfather, the father figure in his life, didn’t go to his graduation from Yale Law. A remarkable achievement for the grandson that was only possible due to the way he was raised by the grandfather. But the strength the grandfather gave the grandson backfired when Thomas’ aspirations went well beyond what the grandfather wanted: a local, successful lawyer.

    At a similar point, Obama had no idea what he wanted. This whole period reads like ‘first I was here and then this opened up and I wasn’t sure what I wanted’. A remarkable contrast I thought. Now it’s true people can excel after a bad start. Look at W (even if you aren’t a fan he clearly remade himself). But Obama hasn’t remade himself. He’s the same guy.

    I don’t blame the guy though. He never had to change. If the Dems had been smart, they would have given him leadership positions in the Senate. They would have said: let’s see you develop some big idea and sell it. They let down the country when they let him slide on the day job while he ‘applied’ for the next job. Big time. And ripping off Bob The Builder’s toddler slogan to fire up the kiddies for kindergarten? Signs, MSM, signs. Everywhere a sign.

    East Bay Jay (708d30)

  30. And ripping off Bob The Builder’s toddler slogan to fire up the kiddies for kindergarten?

    ZING!

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  31. Some signs the MSM would never know about even if they flew sideways up their backsides.

    AD-RtR/OS! (878407)

  32. fair question. i will be honest, all the way over in the east coast, i don’t know much about the local political geography. my understanding is that outside the cities, cali gets pretty conservative, but that is more of a thumbnail sketch than anything.

    More accurately, outside Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    And even within Los Angeles itself, certain neighborhoods get pretty conservative. For example, in Los Angeles, the heaviest opposition to Prop. 8 roughly followed Wilshire Boulevard from the Santa Monica city limits to downtown.

    Michael Ejercito (249c90)

  33. The Tea Party would have died out months ago if Democrats had agreed the deficit and intrusions had gone too far, seen the political winds, and cut the deficit way down (with a real budget, even!). But no, instead, we got ‘they are racist tea bagger morons’. And that’s why the democrats are going to be slaughtered in November.

    The only way that could have happened is if the ’60’s hippies did not have leadership positions in the party.

    Michael Ejercito (249c90)

  34. Dustin, you’re be right that we Tea-Partiers aren’t not concernated with the colour of the skein, we likes it more better when it’s whites, but pipoles like Clarence Thomas that who know his places are being welcome too as well.

    May I just say that this is the most incredibly stupid attempt at trolling on this site that I have ever seen.

    So much so, I must conclude it is some sort of meta-joke that only makes sense to the people who created the 10:10 commercial.

    Ag80 (93f9d9)

  35. The LAT is and always will be an establishment paper – the newsprint version of Kevin Bacon at the end of Animal House – “remain calm! All is well!” When the “establishment” shifted to the entertainment business – then so too did the paper. It has never been a legitimate voice for Los Angeles – the Excelsior? HA HA HA. Jan Hooks as a tour guide at the Alamo in PeeWee’s Big Adventure was more convincing. “Do we have any Mexican-Americans here today? Well BUENOS DIAS!” (of course pronounced “BOOOWAYNOS DIAAZZ”)

    Californio (719eef)


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