The Political Animal

The Stink Bomb


There is so much messy farting going on, the political arena smells like an outhouse. Of course, why should it not? It is an outhouse.

Between the craven opportunists and the reflexive ideologues, even a dash past the entrance with cotton plugs in your nose will not spare you the stench.

The Muslim world has a problem. Clearly. Is it all Muslims? No. Is it most Muslims? Check with Gallup. Is it a lot of Muslims. Yes. What’s a lot? I don’t know. I didn’t take statistics. But something is going on in the Muslim world, has been for a long time, that is not quite going on in any other religious culture. It’s a problem. You do not see a problem?  I’ll be seeking insight and advice elsewhere.

American conservative – that’s GOP – foreign policy talk is simpleminded. Talk tough – solve the Muslim problem. No one thought of that before. President Obama does not talk tough enough. (He just kills the enemy.) He does not posture tough enough. (He just kills the enemy.) The Israelis talk tough. They posture tough. Hell – they are tough. They kill the enemy too. And I’m not saying they should not be or do any of those things. But. Solve the problem? No.

Tina Brown’s Newsweek thinks Muslims have a problem. The magazine called it Muslim Rage. Newsweek these days, along with co-0wned and published online sibling  The Daily Beast, cannot separate itself from sensational, opportunistic journalism and covers, the way a boy grown too old cannot unsink his teeth from his mother’s tit. Tina Brown is angling for a Pulitzer. No, not that Pulitzer. The first one. The yellow one.

Culturally sensitive leftists think Muslim Rage headlines and generalizing are more of a problem than, well, Muslim Rage. I guess you have to be there.

The culturally sensitive created a Twitter hashtag to represent their scorn and ironic superiority to any conception of, well, you know, Muslim Rage. They called it #MuslimRage. (Why didn’t you think of that?) At least they have identified the true problem.

Maureen Dowd (how’d she become part of this) inked, penned, tapped out digitized a column decrying quite angrily the influence of neocon advisers and that simpleminded policy talk on the Romney-Ryan campaign. Maureen (we called her “Mo” back in the hood) (I made that up) thinks this is not a good thing. I don’t agree with all of her particulars, but in support of her general message, I offer you the two thousand oughts. Some people thought they caught, in Dowd’s column, a whiff of something. That is probably because when you live in an outhouse, your nose is going to be full of it.

Wrote Dylan Byers in what I can only, unfortunately, call the most dishonest blog post of the day,

Dowd … asserted [Romney and Ryan’s] strategy was orchestrated by a “neocon puppet master” who was leading the neocon effort to “slither back” into power.

“Puppet master” and slither” are supposed to be, according to some, including Byers, references to Jews. Except the only reference to “slither” in Dowd’s column is by Paul Wolfowitz in regard to the first Jewish president, Barack Obama. But that’s okay, because Byers also wrote, characteristic of the entire post,

Dowd’s assertion that Jewish neoconservatives — chiefly Paul Wolfowitz — dictated the Bush administration’s handling of Iraq also ignored the influences of the other individuals most often credited with that responsibility, namely Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Condoleezza Rice — none of whom are Jewish.

You would be forgiven for concluding – in truth, you would be expected to believe – from the above that Down made an “assertion [about] Jewish neoconservatives.” Says it right there – move your eyes up – “Dowd’s assertion that Jewish neoconservatives….” You would not know that neither the words Jewish nor Hebrew nor Brothers-in-the-bagel appear anywhere in Dowd’s column. Byers certainly leaves the impression they do, does he not? From here on, if ever before, you trust not what Dylan Byers writes to characterize the words of others. If you do, it’s on you Bubbies and Babes.

Whence cometh this concerted attack on Dowd after her attack on neocons, Jewish or not? We have it from none other than The Times of Israel that

Republicans have launched unprecedented efforts to attract the Jewish vote this year, including funding television, print and billboard ads criticizing Obama’s policies on Israel and the economy. Last week, the Republican Jewish Coalition conducted a large grassroots canvassing campaign in Jewish communities in the battleground areas of South Florida, Philadelphia and Cleveland.

The nature of these “unprecedented” efforts we see in the smear of Dowd, the now daily GOP smear of Obama – counter to the whole historical record –  as having “thrown Israel under the bus” and as having apologized for the United States, which, actually could stand to apologize for some things, but not for defending without flinching the right of anyone to express any idea no matter how offensive to anyone else.

Anyone who has a problem with that has – a problem. Like Muslim Rage, and misguided cultural sensitivity, and simpleminded jingoism, and dishonest reporting, and all of it stinks. It stinks – how would my mother have put it? To high heaven. It stinks to high heaven. And if I’ve offended anyone, I apologize.



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