Am I the Only One…

…who wants to choke the s*** of the people on “our side” of the political spectrum when they keep attacking the non-expert/experienced politicians who have decided to endure hostile, partisan reporters spelunking in their sphincters and uteruses, and the scorn and derision of pundits, who often have done nothing remotely risky in their lives other than ordering iffy fish at swanky restaurants or daring to buy a suit off the rack, rather than visiting their tailor for their latest Armani.

I’d like to know when so many conservatives bought into the idea that our leaders must be drawn from the pool of experts and experienced politicians.  A careful reading of the Federalist Papers and other assorted writings make it clear that the Framers certainly never envisioned a government consisting of career politicians and professional experts rich in “knowledge” largely or completely unsupported by real world experience.  But honestly, as far afield as we have strayed from so many other things that they intended, I find this gradual acquiescence less frustrating than the unrestrained contempt that so many of these so-called conservative “journalists”, talking heads, and their devoted followers have for people like Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, or even Michelle Bachmann.

Whether it’s the vacuous and groundless criticisms leveled at Sarah Palin, (She’s dumb, she’s a hillbilly, Trig isn’t hers, OMG, she didn’t give a polished and pat answer to the hostile reporter’s query, its her fault the nutbar shot Gabby Giffords, or that she’s a quitter because she decided to stop costing the taxpayers of Alaska money fighting boundless and, ultimately frivolous ethics complaints and resigned the governorship), the “he doesn’t have a policy plan for every single contingency” leveled at Herman Cain, someone who I would wager has more ideas that would actually grow the economy and jobs in his little finger than The President and all of Congress have between themselves and their legions of advisors and staff.  Besides, I’m quite sure that the only reason an “electable candidate” like Mitt Romney can cogently answer a specific foreign policy question because at least one or more paid advisor has advised him on a safe, or expected answer to such question.  Be honest, do you think at his first inauguration, George W. Bush was planning to spend the majority of time in office in charge of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, or that he thought that we would suffer a devastating terrorist attack on our soil that would kill thousands of American civilians, or that a cadre of career Democratic appointees going through a revolving door at Freddie and Fannie would feed an unsustainable bubble by guaranteeing bad loans and personally enriching themselves in the process, despite it being brought to his attention once in office, and his numerous warnings to Congress about their dreadful oversight after it was brought to his attention.

The fact that these criticisms come from people who haven’t decided to subject themselves to the inevitable criticism and scrutiny directed at these candidates is irritating.  These people aren’t making the decision to run because they want power.  Despite the claims to the contrary, they don’t do it for “the fame”.  I’m quite certain that Governor Palin hasn’t appreciated “the fame” that has made her daughters the focus of David Letterman’s creepy sexual innuendos, or Andy Sullivan all but petition the courts to make his own gynecological examination of her nethers.  I’m equally certain that Herman Cain didn’t decide to move into the public eye and run for office because he’d like to be President.  Representative Bachmann on the other hand, clearly enjoys driving partisan hacks like Chrissy “Tingles” Matthews insane when she purposely doesn’t play the role that he hamfistedly tries to maneuver her into.  But then, to hear some talking head with a complete lack of understanding of the tax code prattling on and pretending to know more than her would lead me to frustrate the sputtering simpleton at every opportunity as well.  No, these people made the decision to step away from their lives because they could no longer ignore the fact that decades of leadership by the experienced and the experts isn’t working.  And what thanks do they get?  A complete eclipse of consideration by self-appointed deciders obsessed with talking points, elaborate plans which may or may not survive the events of the potential candidate’s administration, ‘electablity’-otherwise known as the careful positioning that ensures that the candidate doesn’t really have a position that would evoke a strong feeling by any potential voter, and policy expertise informed by, well, more experts.  And then they lament months later the fact that the new boss is largely undistinguishable from the old boss.

I have an idea.

How about you journalists, pundits, loyal followers and other deciders who purport to be on our side try a novel strategy this time?

Shut the hell up and let us decide, m’kay?


Charles Johnson Intentionally Leads People Astray With His Bogus Weinergate Coverage

Bloggers make mistakes. We all occasionally do. We’re human, and sometimes we  just get things wrong. When that happens, the responsible thing to do is post a correction.

Some bloggers on the left, however, get things wrong on purpose out of spite for the right, and to promote a left-wing narrative. They know that their left-wing readers will unquestionably accept their bogus story because it agrees with their worldview.

Charles Johnson is one such blogger.

Earlier today, Lee Stranahan exposed the latest LGF whopper: LGF Is Actually Hallucinating On #Weinergate

Here’s what Charles Johnson accused Breitbart of …

In fact, two nights ago, Andrew Breitbart went out drinking with Anthony and several others — and according to Anthony, showed the picture to numerous people, even leaving his laptop computer unattended with the picture on the screen for long periods of time.

One of those people was right wing flamethrower Ann Coulter. Here’s Anthony’s photo of Coulter reacting to the picture; notice that his computer is apparently there, but Breitbart is nowhere to be seen.

Breitbart owns a Mac Air, an iPad and an iPhone Blackberry. Look at the picture – that’s no Apple product.

And it seems Coulter is laughing at something she’s been told. Right? Not a picture on the imaginary Breitbart computer.

Chuck sees what he wants to see – maybe that’s where the little green footballs name comes from.

Johnson wants his readers to believe that Breitbart was callously displaying Weiner’s weiner pic to hundreds of New Yorkers after making it clear that he had no intention of releasing it. In other words, he was telling his readers that  Andrew Breitbart is a liar. But it’s Charles Johnson who is knowingly lying.

Why would  Breitbart’s computer even be set up on the street outside of a restaurant?

It turned out to be a sign – here’s Google Street View. And I think Charles Johnson, who knows his way around computers, knew better. Even after being contacted by Stranahan, he refused to issue a correction.

Stranahan updated with another post which details the sickening influence Johnson’s bogus post had in the left-wing fever swamps: The Breitbart Laptop Lie; How Liberals Spread It

This lie is part of a story that liberals are trying to spin, desperate to find SOME way to prove Andrew Breitbart is wrong on the #Weinergate story. The idea is to prove that Breitbart was totally careless with the Weiner XXX picture – so lax that he left it out on a laptop screen in public!

Johnson drives this point home with TWO mentions in his short, embarrassingly wrong article. And with over 2,000 retweets and 400+ comments, not one liberal reader of Little Green Footballseven NOTICED that the ‘laptop’ is a frickin’ MENU BOARD. Not one.They can’t all be stupid – but they are all that biased.

So full of hate for Breitbart that their eyes don’t work. So misguided by someone like Charles Johnson pandering to their worst instincts that they don’t even question someone leaving an open laptop out on the streets of New York City with a photo of the Most Famous Woody in America sitting on the screen.

Nobody grabbed a photo of that? No New Yorkers stopped and grab a snapshot? The story doesn’t even make sense, even if you missed the laptop / menu board thing.

Why no correction or retraction? Charles Johnson WANTS the lie to spread. That’s clear. He knows it isn’t try and goes with it not in spite of the fact it’s a wrong. He spreads it BECAUSE it’s wrong.

Left-wing blogs who linked to the story:

Balloon Juice

Taylor Marsh

Hinterland Gazette

Like me, Stranahan has 0 sympathy for Weiner, a guy who sat back and allowed supporters to embarrass themselves defending him, while smearing Breitbart.

His exit question:

What do you think Charles Johnson or Gawker would do if they had a nude photo of Andrew Breitbart or Ann Coulter? It wouldn’t just be on a cell phone, that’s for damn sure.


You know what this reminds me of?

The time Eric Boehlert posted this bogus picture at Media Matters in his zeal to zing Michelle Malkin, and convince his brain dead readers that the historic 2009 9/12 tea party in DC (which reportedly attracted a million+ patriots) was a sparsely attended failure compared to Obama’s inauguration.

He took the picture down after I blogged about it…(without a correction or explanation.) But continued zinging conservatives who were reporting estimates of the impressive attendance numbers.

Here is a panoramic view of the crowd, taken from another angle, by Freedomworks photographer, Michael A. Beck.

Now, we all know that Media Matters’ entire raison d’etre is to provide cover for the left by spreading lies and misinformation about the right. But never had I seen anything so blatantly, and obviously dishonest.

How rattled by the  9/12 tea party’s extraordinary showing was the Senior Fellow at Media Matters, to have posted, even temporarily, such a blatant, and obviously bogus comparison pic?

How rattled must Charles Johnson be to see a liberal hero going down in flames after he, and other netroot gunslingers made such utter fools of themselves, defending his guilty-as-sin ass while smearing various players on the right for exposing it?

How does that egg feel, Charles? How does that crow taste?

Linked by Doug Ross in Larwyn’s Links, and American Power, and Melissa Clouthier, thanks!

Video: In Sidewalk Interview “Defiant” Weiner Again Says He’s Not Resigning, Declines To Comment On Wife’s Pregnancy

A reporter from The New York Post caught up with Weiner, today and asked two questions on everyone’s minds:

A defiant Rep. Anthony Weiner said today that he’s not resigning.

In an exclusive interview with The Post, Weiner, 46, said the sexting scandal that has plagued him for the past week is not reason enough to give up his House seat.

“I’m not,” Weiner said when asked by a Post reporter whether he planned to resign.

Asked if his wife was having a boy or girl, Weiner said, “I have no comment on that. See you soon.”

Often, couples don’t want to comment on a pregnancy when it’s still in the early weeks because the risk of miscarriage is higher. But now that the cat is essentially out of the bag, why the continued reticence?

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, today wondered how long Weiner can stay “dug in” with so many top Democrats pressuring him to step down.

How do we know that the heat is rising on Anthony Weiner?  The New York Times reports that Democrats are not going to take no for an answer to their demands for Weiner’s resignation.  Weiner’s hometown paper notes that the demands for an end to Weiner’s presence in Congress began yesterday with a key ally of Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, and that sent a signal to the rank and file to follow suit.

Patterico has been investigating  an aspect of Weinergate the MSM has stayed clear of – Weiner’s underage Twitter fans who went silent shortly after the scandal broke, and is reportng his findings in a series of posts:

Evidence That Weiner Was Talking Dirty to Underage Girls? Part 1

Evidence That Weiner Was Talking Dirty to Underage Girls? Part 2

In a clue that the coup de grace is imminent, he quips: “In an ideal world, I would prefer not to publish Part 3 of this series.”

In the face of all this, Huma is standing by her man:

Out of all the critics and supporters, one may be more influential. According to ABC’s Democratic source, Weiner is telling colleagues that his pregnant wife Huma Abedin “wants him to stay and fight.”

But then again, so are most New York voters:

One survey from Tuesday showed 46 percent of of the city’s residents want the congressman to step down. These numbers differ from those that Weiner cites as justification for him to stay in office. A New York 1 survey of 500 New Yorkers, also out Tuesday, found that 51 percent of New Yorkers want Weiner to stay. “It’s worth keeping in mind that New York is overwhelmingly Democratic. Partisanship can run high in this town. Moral outrage, maybe less so,” said ABC New pollster Gary Langer.