Pax on both houses
The best is enemy of the good. The profoundest truths are paradoxical.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Correspondence With Senator Richard Lugar
Esteemed Senator Lugar,
Here is the overnight correspondence I've had with a retired Air Force general who began his career in China during World War II.
In a message dated 5/9/2012 2:10:40 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
The following article on Lugar's defeat references Ornstein/Mann's book, "It's Even Worse Than It Looks."
Do you think Lugar might "turn" on the cannibals? He's in a unique position to pull back the curtain on Oz.
In the process, he would do America the same sort of service performed by Edward R. Murrow when he publicly shamed Joe McCarthy.
Sure, Republican lunatics would holler "sour grapes."
But Lugar has enough cachet with the few, still-sane Republicans to make his voice count.
He could even call on "the sane" to join him.
Think about it.
Papa Bush has more to gain than lose.
Dubyah would have opportunity to do the "right thing" (for the first time in his life).
And Olympia Snowe is retiring so she's not beholden to the barbarians either.
Seems to me these people have nothing to lose but their enforced allegiance to The Madness.
Under these circumstances, remaining silent is like letting yourself be cowed by Mafiosi because they can damage you.
But in Lugar's case, the damage is done.
The cannibals devoured him.
Why would he let these barbarians get away with it?
The SOB's are up to no good; trashing the nation - and their own party in the process.
Attacking them would be every bit as patriotic as going after bin Laden.
For the better part of ten years, bin Laden was under de facto house arrest, apparently impotent, depressed and hen-pecked.
The Tea Party (inspired by Grover Norquist's lonstanding lunacy) has got the nation by the balls and would just as soon clip him.
If Obama gets re-elected, what prevents these muthas from filibustering (or otherwise obstructing) newly-appointed Supremes for the full four years he's in office?
I don't see any impediment.
Pax on both houses
On Wed, May 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM, <AC> wrote:
Of course, anything Lugar says negative about Tea Party or GOP will be fuel for their contention that he is a RINO and that all RINOs should be torched.
I hope he writes a book.
Thanks for your emails.
Strategically, the accelerated torching of RINOs is not a bad thing.
By current standards, Ronald Reagan is the very definition of a RINO. (See Newsweek's 2009 article, "What Would Ronald Reagan Really Do?"
Clearly, partisans have no appreciation for irony, paradox and compromise.
Consequently, it will not be easy to convince Tea Bags that rabid partisanship is self-destructive.
(In this regard, Orstein and Mann's new book, "It's Even Worse Than It Looks," is instructive.
The process has to start somewhere.
And it doesn't start in silence.
Pax on both houses,
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