Saturday, January 19, 2008



The Dukester won't be getting a pardon from his best bud Duncan

Thers has the funniest post of the day week over at FDL about Thompson's imminent departure from the national scene-- Enjoy the SchadenFred.
Over at Red State one of the inmates has written a rather mawkish obituary for the Fred Thompson campaign, which is a bit like shutting the barn door after the horse fell asleep in the hay watching Matlock.

The Thompson campaign has been fascinating to watch, as would be any desperate attempt to slap a saddle on Grandpa. Fascinating, but disturbing, like one of those sadistic Japanese game shows. The constant equestrian metaphors alone were enough to make the sane queasy, and they still haven't stopped with them.

And the craziest segment of far right extremists-- you know, the off the chart ones-- are already dancing on The Huckster's grave. Meanwhile The Huckster partisans are blaming Grandpa Fred for his inability to beat back McCain in South Carolina. Is Frederick of Hollywood in? Out? That tired speech to nowhere seemed to indicate he'd stay in. I guess he's supposed to protect McCain's right flank until the Huckabee shibboleth is slain.

So the only one who has definitively dropped out is the one who never had any chance and never even had any legitimate reason to run: corrupt California wingnut, Duncan Hunter.

Zero percent is pretty tough to swallow and keep swallowing for an ego-mad politician. Duncan Hunter, the most overtly corrupt of the pygmies is dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination after back to back drubbings today in Nevada and South Carolina, where virtually no one took him seriously, just like in Iowa, New Hampshire and Wyoming.

After neo-Nazi Tom Tancredo abandoned his Know Nothing jihad, his viciously anti-immigrant agenda failing to gain him any traction, Hunter grabbed the anti-immigrant mantle. It worked as well for him as it did for Tancredo. He said the failed campaign, which was run by Bay Buchanan, was, he said, "a lot of fun." I bet it wasn't fun for him to have his ass kicked by Ron Paul.

I always felt that the only reason Hunter even got into the race was to avoid being indicted as part of the same scandal that sent one of his closest friends and allies, Duke Cunningham, to prison. Cunningham, Jerry Lewis and Hunter worked together to milk defense contractors. Lewis is under intense federal investigation; Cunningham is in prison, waiting for Bush to pardon him; and Hunter... has been shielding himself from criminal system scrutiny by making believe he was a serious candidate for President of the United States. Hopefully the investigations can get under way now.

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At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The horror...
Who's gonna tell Feral about Grandpa Fred...?

At 7:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hunter had about as much a chance as Dennis Kucinich has in getting the nomination. I.E. none.

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would think Dennis would have much more of a chance, what with Hunter "associated" with the Randy "Duke" Cunningham/Brent Wilkes scandal, and YES that was a pretty good strategy running for President!

As long as Dennis's new wife is not underage, good job, I don't think he will be doin' the frogwalk. And if the UFO Overlords (go get your copies of "Childhood's End by Sir Arthur C Clarke, great book) suddenly appear and it's about time, Dennis will be elected asap, not to mention he has bben right on many issues.'s_End

At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANKS Howie, Redstates obit is very good, short clip from the end.

"So, Fred Dalton Thompson, as you ride slowly and quietly off into the sunset, not a hollow man but -- most unfortunately -- the owner of one of the most hollow campaigns that I can recall, the words of T.S. Eliot come to mind:

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

So long, Fred; we hardly even knew ye.

At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking as a former resident of San Diego, I say that Duncan Hunter should have been in prison many years ago.

At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh...Bil, I recently read "Childhood's End". It was awesome...not as dated as I thought it would be when I picked it up. I don't get why HBO hasn't made it into a fantastic little mini-series...

At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JB, amazing isn't it? I have a 1952 copy. Very easy to pick up in pb if you keep your eyes open in used bookstores and lay on friends, a few hardcopies out there also.

If you go to the Wiki article they talk about lots of CE connections and something about Hillary Swank having some rights to it, no full length movie so far.

Howie, good PLANE BOOK, short, couple hundred pages, needs a soundtrack!

Go JOHN go.

At 5:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps bil, the whole Aliens forcing us to stop being violent thing isn't sexy enough for Hollywood. I'm sure Hillary Swank will eventually turn this wonderful novel into "Boys Do Cry: Childhood's End:", an epic story of Alien-Human-Transsexual love that survives the centuries and evolution. Can't wait!!


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