Friday, April 27, 2007


Brief Impressions from the Clown Show in South Carolina

A few brief impressions on the Democrats' debate in South Carolina last night:

Enough talk about Democrats. I don't want to start the weekend on a bad note.

UPDATE: Sharon Cobb (not surprisingly) has a different take on last night than I did. She thinks Clinton did well. I do agree that Hillary acted presidential - and just like her ex-President husband lied like only lying liars can.

Since Sharon ranked her participants, I will do so in kind:

1) Joe Biden
2) John Edwards
3) Barack Obama
4) Chris Dodd
5) Hillary Clinton
6) Bill Richardson
7) Dennis Kucinich
8) Mike Gravel

It should be noted that the only reason that Richardson is not last is due to Kucinich and Gravel being included in the debates, and I believe that it is international law that those two loons have to be last in everything they do. Richardson certainly deserved to be last, but I would hate to violate any instruments of international law...

UPDATE II - Maybe I got it wrong. Wizbang - certainly no friend of Sharon and her liberal buds - gave Hillary the win, too, because she didn't make any mistakes. Wizbang's probably right in that respect, but I was going on this debate only, not the big picture. Maybe we're talking apples and oranges here. Gotta love this zinger, though:

"Gravel is establishing himself as the Al Sharpton of this cycle. He funny, absurd, and doesn't care what anyone thinks. Of course, he's also an idiot, so expect the Democrats to include him in most of the debates."

Good stuff.

LiberalPro was agitated by Hillary's Iraq lie, which shows that even some liberals just want her to tell the truth on the subject and move on.

Funny thing - a lot of the liberal bloggers are disappointed in Obama's performance because he said nothing. Well, that's Obama, folks. He's done nothing, and he's not going to do anything in the rest of this campaign, either. If Hillary screws up (and there's probably a 50% chance of that happening), then Barack is their nominee by default. The only way he wins is by treading water and being the rock star candidate of the Democratic field.

Of course, I'm citing LiberalPro here and he liked Mike Gravel's performance. Heck, he even thought that Gravel was sane. Geesh...

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Conservatism: a clinical definition:

A study funded by the US Government's National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as: a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity".

President George Bush, turns out to be a textbook case. The telltale signs are his preference for moral certainty and frequently expressed dislike of nuance.

"This intolerance of ambiguity can lead people to cling to the familiar, to arrive at premature conclusions, and to impose simplistic cliches and stereotypes," said the authors of the Psychological Bulletin.

One of the psychologists behind the study, Jack Glaser, said the aversion to shades of grey and the need for "closure" could explain the fact that the Bush administration ignored intelligence that contradicted its beliefs about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
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