April 29, 2009

Buckley Stays the Course
— Slublog

Last October, Christopher Buckley famously endorsed Barack Obama for president based on his 'centrist' campaign. Given Obama's lurch to the left since taking office, one would think that Buckley and the other conservative Obama-endorsers would reconsider.

One would be wrong
.

It’s funny: When you endorse (to use a too-fancy term in my case) a presidential candidate, as I did Barack Obama in this space last October, he sort of becomes your responsibility. Back to that in a moment.
Well, 'responsibility' is kind of a strong word. I think the previous endorsement provides those moderates who endorsed him with a great opportunity. These are the people who could say 'Hey, this guy is a pure liberal and not the centrist he campaigned as.'

Needless to say, Buckley is not that person.

Meanwhile, I am delighted, overall, with our president’s first 100 days. I think he has struck a fine tone overseas (trans: the U.S. is less detested than it has been in recent years). He has exhibited the “first-class temperament” that persuaded me he was the man for the job. He is, as I called him last October, “one cool cat.” (The only time he seems to have gotten “furious” was yesterday, over that idiotic Air Force One photo-op-from-hell over Manhattan.)
Every guy knows this line: 'What does she look like? Well...she's got a great personality!" Buckley is clearly desperate to find something to justify his endorsement, and fails.

Unless, of course, he truly believes apologizing to everyone for America's 'sins' constitutes a 'fine tone.' Or perhaps Buckley is thinking of this little embarrassment.

Buckley's praise of Obama's 'first class temperament' (translation: Harvard, baby!) is even more absurd. Obama may be one 'cool cat,' but where some see 'cool,' others might see...oh...a raving narcissist who has little regard for the status of his office when he does things that irritate our oldest ally. Twice. The U.S. may be less detested in some parts of the world, but London doesn't seem all that happy at the moment. Personally, I don't find people who say things like "I won" to settle a political debate or threaten bankers to have a 'first-class temperament.' That's not coolness, Buckley, that's indifference.

Let's be fair, though, Buckley does have his disagreements with The One.

On the minus side, I think his waffling over prosecuting Bush Justice Department officials for approving the enhanced interrogation methods (trans: “torture”) is detrimental and even dangerous. I thought Mr. Obama was initially on the right track with his “let’s move forward” approach (I applaud him, for among other things, retreating on renegotiating NAFTA) and hope that Attorney General Eric Holder, who did exactly the right thing in castigating the Ted Stevens prosecutors, will decide in the end against proceeding against the Bush-era officials.

Mr. Obama’s spending worries me greatly. If every president who comes into office doubles the national debt, then we are finished. We are burying future generations (trans: our children) under crushing debt.

So basically, Buckley disagrees with many of Obama's actual policies, but can't quite bring himself to admit he was wrong about the endorsement so he clings to his misguided praise of the president's personality.

Well, can we really blame the guy? I suppose intellectual honesty is a small price to pay when you're looking for praise from all of the 'right people.'

(h/t: Hot Air)

Posted by: Slublog at 03:54 AM | Comments (117)
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1

C. Buckely comes off like a caricature, right down to the picture next to his column.  One can almost hear the patrician condescension in every stylized rhetorical tic ("trans:").

Cartoonish.

Posted by: Fred at April 29, 2009 04:10 AM (gVdZN)

2

Buckley still going all wobbly?  Not to be unexpected - he's one of the "conservative intellegentsia" that would still laud Messiah even if Messiah sacrificed children on the steps of the White House to the dark gods.  Especially if said sacrifices were broadcast live on TV...

In the end, there will be only... intellectual mushiness. 

Posted by: Kratos (on the back of Gaia, scaling Mt Olympus) at April 29, 2009 04:10 AM (9hSKh)

3 What can you say, Crimson is thicker than water.


Posted by: Techie at April 29, 2009 04:10 AM (QYuCD)

4 Buckley is soon going to release a book slamming his mom and dad, according to people who have seen the manuscript.

Posted by: AmishDude at April 29, 2009 04:10 AM (udVe0)

5

On the plus side, at least we can now get clean power for generations to come from his father's spinning corpse.

Posted by: Hellfire at April 29, 2009 04:11 AM (iV6L6)

6 Buckley is delighted and greatly worried at the same time. Boned, we are boned.

Posted by: eman at April 29, 2009 04:14 AM (yBSws)

7 Its kind of easy to be "one cool cat" when the opposition is only allowed to agree that you are slightly less awesome than your supporters believe you to be.

Mr. Obama has never seen adversity or a hard day's work in his life, so I'm not quite sure what the evidence for his "fist class temperament" might be.

Posted by: Alec Leamas at April 29, 2009 04:19 AM (AlKlj)

8 None of these so called republicans are going to step up and be the first one to call B.S. on Obamas crazy socialism and cowardly foreign policy.
They are in too deep to the social scene populated by left-wingers- most people have an aversion to being left out of the "cool" group they hang with.
Better to mouth the company line and keep the perks flowing.

Posted by: jjshaka at April 29, 2009 04:20 AM (Ryest)

9 What a clangingly stupid article. Buckley's delighted and impressed at all the meaningless shit Obama's done (striking a 'fine tone', being 'cool'), and somehow that appearance outweighs all the extraordinary damage of his actual acts, like planning to double the national debt, which merely 'concerns' Buckley.

The guy's as insipid as the concern trolls who post here.

Posted by: Waterhouse at April 29, 2009 04:20 AM (/sh1v)

10 Yeah, all the hype about Obama's first 100 days -- what has he done besides spend?  What is his signature legislation, thus far?  Let's see, the first $780 billion stimulus bill, the $440 billion 2008 supplemental budget bill, and now his crowning achievement of a $3.5 trillion budget, that would come in, by his own accounting mind you, at just a little over $1.85 trillion over budget.  Oh, yeah, there's the 2nd part of the TARP funding being handled by a tax cheat. 

Seriously, am I missing something? 

Posted by: sears poncho at April 29, 2009 04:20 AM (uj/0b)

11

(trans: the U.S. is less detested than it has been in recent years)

How exactly do we know that? Where can one see the "Detestometer"? Could it be that they like him but still detest the US?

Posted by: drjohn at April 29, 2009 04:20 AM (Rfj7X)

12 Can someone explainn the (trans: ...) style?  Do the Daily Beast readers need things spelled out for them or is Buckley using this method as a joke.  I can never tell with him. 

Posted by: Trish at April 29, 2009 04:21 AM (0U5Kd)

13 Let me see if I understand. He still supports the man based on a series of vague/abstract qualities like "temperament" and "cool" and "strinking tones." On real policy, he appreciates that NAFTA is intact and hopes "O" doesn't set up his legal opinion star chambers. He is scared poopless by the spending. Just another way of claiming to be a principled conservative while still supporting the guy? Seriously, what could Obama do that will lead him to concede that his "endorsement" was a mistake? Is it even possible? I'm thinking not, as pride is a motherf'er. And this guy certainly has quite a surplus of pride.

Posted by: bunny boy at April 29, 2009 04:25 AM (YsSn7)

14 The apple fell rather far from the tree, in this case.

Sad.

Posted by: DocJ at April 29, 2009 04:25 AM (g8ibn)

15 You left out the closing graphs, in which he tries to deflect the criticism by taking an "I don't care if you blame me" attitude:

As to the “your responsibility” bit, above: Whenever I run into a Republican these days, they grab me by the lapels and say, only partially teasingly, “So, are you
happy about your guy?”

“Well,” I say, “this spending does worry me, but—”

At this they snort and say, “You’re going to rue the day.”

So when our economy collapses after the deficit is doubled, it will be—my bad!

Otherwise, I am with you, Mr. President. Keep up the good work.


So basically, Coddington is admitting at least on the spending front that Barack's trying to cross the tracks after the lights started flashing, but takes the attitude of "What do you want me to do about it?" with his critics.

Actions have consequences, especially if you're a public figure, as Christopher Buckley wants to be. William Safire voted for Bill Clinton in 1992 and then famously admitted his error in his New York Times column and eventually was branding the president and his squeeze as congenital liars on the paper's op-ed page. Buckley may not care about getting back into the good graces of conservatives, but he can hardly expect his cool literary circle of friends and the media people in New York to take his concerns about Obama's spending seriously, since they doubted his judgement based on his family heritage to begin with. To them, his vote for Obama was a moment of sanity in six decades of Buckley family ignorance.





Posted by: John at April 29, 2009 04:26 AM (4dZba)

16 I can't blame this asshat on his Daddy, any more than I can blame Benji Madden on his Dad. Obviously, it was the Mother's fault.

Posted by: maddogg at April 29, 2009 04:27 AM (OlN4e)

17 drjohn @ 11

Yes, what has all this "less detestation" gotten us?  Personally, I'm all for the popularity contest approach to foreign policy as long as it serves the interests of the country.  But having a President who when confronted with "your country sucks"  agrees with them, doesn't seem to be the greatest foreign policy strategy in the world. 


I mean, sure there was that masterful foreign policy initiative of producing a youtube video to the people of Iran, but what else?

Posted by: sears poncho at April 29, 2009 04:27 AM (uj/0b)

18 Bitzy and the gang at the club were perfectly scandalized by my rascally insouciance. Yet it does stir the blood to display the occasional hint of derring-do, n'est-ce pas?

Indeed, I've not felt so alive since my weekly buggery sessions with Chet Thackersly and Arthur Horndyke back at Exeter. Ha! I'll never look at a darkened squash court the same way again.

Posted by: C.Buckley at April 29, 2009 04:27 AM (gQLr2)

19 I'm sure it's tough to grow up in the shadow of a famous parent. Buckley fils doesn't seem to have much good to say about Buckley pére in his recent memoir, and I suppose we must view the younger man's political journey with these experiences in mind. I don't find Christopher to be remotely as interesting as his father was, but I can sympathize to a certain extent with his plight: he is a man of limited gifts, uncertain prospects, and small accomplishment; but like many sons he must either surpass his father or repudiate him in order to gain mental freedom.

It's an old story. I hope Christopher can find some peace among his new friends, but I doubt he will. There is no handicap so brutal as simple lack of talent -- Christopher is smart enough to feel it, and suffer from it.

Posted by: Monty at April 29, 2009 04:29 AM (/0a60)

20 There is no "Christopher Buckley".  Can't be.  Has to be a joke.

Like something from the glory days of National Lampoon.

Posted by: tsj017 at April 29, 2009 04:29 AM (TBwnU)

21 Could someone explain to me why I should give a flying fuck if America is hated overseas? Or liked, for that matter?

Posted by: N. O'Brain at April 29, 2009 04:30 AM (ibOVz)

22 AND, he does have cute kids, and that new dog - well...those actual presidenty - policy thingies, how can they really mater?

Posted by: Robin at April 29, 2009 04:30 AM (VY112)

23 The excerpts that I've read from Christopher Buckley's book lead me to believe he harbors a lot of resentment towards his parents.  A lot of people let personal resentments and hurt feelings cloud their judgment over abstract ideas.  In the extreme, it's kind of like Aldrich Ames being upset at his superiors at CIA for being passed over, so he flips to the KGB out of spite.  Being a liberal is the ultimate rebellion for him against his parents.  Buckley's a decent writer, but at this point he is a poor man's Ron Reagan Jr.- useful to the left as novelty act, but not worth taking seriously for his political opinions.

Posted by: Matt at April 29, 2009 04:31 AM (ecpMe)

24

To sum Buchley up:

Obama's positives: he's cool.

Obama's negatives: his policies

Yet Buckley still supports him. I thought coolness over policy topped out at high scholl President.

Posted by: Girdyourloins! at April 29, 2009 04:31 AM (3PqHz)

25

He's pretty much scum sucking vermin, lower than catfish. He trashes his dead parents. he had a panic attack over Sarah, in part because it reminded him of the wife he cheated on, the daughter of CIA agent Don Gregg, an aide to his boss, then Vice President G.W, Bush. The man he vouched for DNI chief Dennis Blair, should have resigned when Obama went on the warpath against those officials who authorized the interrogation protocols.

Posted by: ian cormac at April 29, 2009 04:33 AM (GkYyh)

26

#14

Heh.  Reminds me of this little part of Tommy Boy:

"Are you kidding? We're all screwed! That kid's one apple that
fell way off the tree!"

Posted by: Kratos (on the back of Gaia, scaling Mt Olympus) at April 29, 2009 04:34 AM (9hSKh)

27 Could someone explain to me why I should give a flying fuck if America is hated overseas?

It's hard on American tourists, who have to worry if the French mademoiselle they're paying good money to bring them their consomme and coq au vin secretly despises them or not.

Posted by: Waterhouse at April 29, 2009 04:34 AM (/sh1v)

28 Could someone explain to me why I should give a flying fuck if America is hated overseas? Or liked, for that matter?

Posted by: N. O'Brain at April 29, 2009

Sure. Because it is in our best economic interest. I assume you are not aware of it but many U.S. companies do billions of dollars in overseas trade.

And just like the stupid assholes here who refuse to buy French goods because they don't like the French the same happens to U.S. companies when we are despised.

Clear?

Posted by: honest cloud at April 29, 2009 04:34 AM (hOPQH)

29

It is said that Stalin, and Saddaam, and others, would force their immediate subordinates and supporters to do something awful, like shooting a colleague.

After that, the supporters could never acknowledge, to themselves or others, that they were on the wrong side.  No matter how bad it got.

O's supporters didn't do that. Instead, they voted for the guy in the absence of a good reason, and in the face of plenty of reasons not to, sneered at those who tried to argue, and went ahead.

It will be difficult for them to admit they made a mistake--since it wasn't a mistake but a way of feeling superior when, as a general rule, they had little else to feel superior about--and so their smiles remain. But the smiles look increasingly as if they're pasted on with novocain.

Fun to watch them squirming.

 

Posted by: Richard Aubrey at April 29, 2009 04:35 AM (d0ih6)

30 An Ivy League education must be fucking worthless judging by the shit they turn out.  Buckley's argument is thus;  Our children are being buried by a pile of debt before they are even born but everyone likes us now.  Teenage girls or more rational in their appraisal of would be suitors than this guy is of our president.

Even his premise is flawed since our Allies most certainly do not like us better as Columbia, Eastern Europe and Britain can tell you.  And our enemies only like us better in that they see an opportunity to roll us like the Russians did on missile defense without having to give up one damn thing in return.

Posted by: Ben Franklin at April 29, 2009 04:35 AM (qpkkH)

31

To sum Buchley up:

Obama's positives: he's cool.

Obama's negatives: his policies

Yet Buckley still supports him. I thought coolness over policy topped out at high scholl President.

We're getting this in poll results, too.

"Obama's policies are unpopular, but his likeability is off the charts!"

WTF.

They pulled this same stunt with Clinton, only in reverse:  "Clinton's job performance gets high marks, but most Americans disapprove of him personally."

Republicans don't seem to get the benefits of these splits.



Posted by: tsj017 at April 29, 2009 04:36 AM (TBwnU)

32 Oh, and I almost forgot.  What do you call the only animal who lives solely off the corpse of its dead father?   Well the answer is actually a Bindi but in this case aq Buckley will do as well.

Posted by: Ben Franklin at April 29, 2009 04:37 AM (qpkkH)

33 And just like the stupid assholes here who refuse to buy French goods because they don't like the French the same happens to U.S. companies when we are despised.

Not really. Is that why McDonald's in France produced record profits during the hated Bush years, you fucking lying sack of shit?

Posted by: Waterhouse at April 29, 2009 04:38 AM (/sh1v)

34

This is how most of the O-Bots are defending him:

No accomplishemnets, buty dammit, he is awesome, so thats enough!

 

*ugh*

Posted by: eddiebear at April 29, 2009 04:40 AM (wnU1W)

35

What an asshole. "The world likes us better and gooder now". "We are closer to them being to likes us"

Buckley has never heard the phrase keep your friends close, and your enemies closer?

Dialogue? It was an apology, and let our Allies hang, tour. You Jagoff!

Posted by: hutch1200 at April 29, 2009 04:40 AM (DtMyF)

36

"First-class temperament" is usually a phrase used only by dog breeders.

Does he speak this oddly all the time?

Posted by: Who Knows at April 29, 2009 04:40 AM (7FgWm)

37 Ben Franklin@ 30

Sure an Ivy League education has lost its cachet over the years, but it sure beats an accounting degree from a Big Ten school.  Please witness honest clouds comments for proof.

Posted by: sears poncho at April 29, 2009 04:42 AM (uj/0b)

38

Sure. Because it is in our best economic interest. I assume you are not aware of it but many U.S. companies do billions of dollars in overseas trade.

Super.  Another day of lecturing on economics from a high functioning retard.

clod, shouldn't you be out tending the rabbits or eating paste?

Posted by: JackStraw at April 29, 2009 04:42 AM (VW9/y)

39 Not really. Is that why McDonald's in France produced record profits during the hated Bush years, you fucking lying sack of shit?

Posted by: Waterhouse at April 29, 2009

I didn't know the French hated us. I thought they were an ally. You know with them fighting alongside us in Afghanistan and all.

You idiotic sack of shit.


Posted by: honest cloud at April 29, 2009 04:42 AM (hOPQH)

40

And just like the stupid assholes here who refuse to buy French goods...

 

True, I was going to buy a 1986 Peugeot from some old Hippy, but decided not to.  Then I felt bad and looked for something French to buy, but couldn't find anything that they produce.

Posted by: yinzer at April 29, 2009 04:42 AM (/Mla1)

41

Vote here

http://tinyurl.com/cjeuqm

Do it NOW

Posted by: hutch1200 at April 29, 2009 04:43 AM (DtMyF)

42 Honest Cloud is back.  Oh joy.

More like White Cloud.  What we use to wipe our asses.

These tools are really becoming unbearable in their smugness.

Posted by: tsj017 at April 29, 2009 04:43 AM (TBwnU)

43

Our first post-racial president seems to depend on his race to deflect any criticism of his thus far lackluster tenure.

When will the nervous Nellys on the right get over Obambi’s skin color and start slamming this clown for his socialist policies. A fool like Buckley wants to believe so badly he’ll overlook even the most obvious signs of incompetence and ignorance and focus on one or two marginally positive traits.

100 days into the reign of stupid and Obambi is next to last in public approval since the Nixon years. Only William Jefferson Clinton, Monica’s significant other, was more disliked.

Yet, toads like Buckley keep hope alive – incredible.

Posted by: Murph at April 29, 2009 04:45 AM (wdutd)

44 I didn't know the French hated us. I thought they were an ally. You know with them fighting alongside us in Afghanistan and all.

It's your pinhead hero President who thinks America's reputation with Europe has to be repaired, you fucking imbecile.

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, you ignorant pile of shit.

Posted by: Waterhouse at April 29, 2009 04:47 AM (/sh1v)

45 I bought a French condom once and then used it on your mother.

Posted by: Mr. Pink at April 29, 2009 04:47 AM (NM1Nu)

46

Buckley says, "If every president who comes into office doubles the national debt, then we are finished."

Errr, so he thinks we'll survive the first President who doubles down on the debt? This guy is as conservative as Arlen "two-timein" Specter.

 

Posted by: bullwhacker at April 29, 2009 04:51 AM (A5uIV)

47 (trans: the U.S. is less detested than it has been in recent years)

Everyone loves doormats.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at April 29, 2009 04:52 AM (kLZ8u)

48 I thought I might make an exception to not buying from the Fwench. I thought I might except French whores, but then I thought: All the French are whores. So I suppose there can be no exceptions.

Posted by: maddogg at April 29, 2009 04:53 AM (OlN4e)

49 The French also have a brisk business in white flags. I hear Obama brought a bunch with him when he went on his awesome 2009 world tour.

Posted by: Mr. Pink at April 29, 2009 04:55 AM (NM1Nu)

50   RE: billions of dollars in overseas sales. So I'm wondering about that trade war started by Obama (as part of the super awesome, gonna see a marked improvement any day now, nevermind that actual unemployment data charts with projections based on the fed spending nothing, stimulus bill) over 97 mexican trucks that will cost the american consumer billions of dollars.  That seems kind of stupid to me.  Also, sure Obama said he would get a free trade agreement with Colombia back on track, but that seems a bit disingenuous given how his State Dept has now re-classified FARC as a guerilla organization.  How about Cap and Trade putting a huge tax on oil sands coming out of Alberta, Canada (our biggest trading partner?)  Yes, I'm sure all these policies, ananthema to free trade amongst nations, will be OK, because other countries love the Won. 

Posted by: sears poncho at April 29, 2009 04:56 AM (uj/0b)

51 The people of civilized/first world nations who claim to loathe the US would be the first ones to poop their pants if the US reduced its role to that of a bit player.  Our projection of power subsidizes a lot of what the nations of Western Europe and others can do in terms of social policy. That many of them resent it doesn't make it untrue.


Posted by: bunny boy at April 29, 2009 04:56 AM (YsSn7)

52

I could just eat that man, Buckley, up.

Posted by: meeeeeghan mccain at April 29, 2009 04:57 AM (MGu62)

53 "He is, as I called him last October, 'one cool cat.'"

Oh, isn't that delicious? P.Whitworth Snobbington is "getting down" with the commoners and engaging in some ribald "street dialect".

Why, that saucy n'er do well- such scandalous language is positively enervating, I swear it verily upon my be-jewelled watchfob!

Who, outside of thin blooded inbred google eyed snobs, uses idiotic phrases like "one cool cat"?

Buckley v. 2 is a horrible, horrible version of a once outstanding product.

And speaking of inbred idiots, honest clod burps up:

"I thought they were an ally. You know with them fighting alongside us in Afghanistan and all."

Right, and they never said a cross word about Iraq, did they? And Chirac- it was like he was a member of the Bush family he loved the US so much.

Do you actually get some sort of enjoyment saying all this stupid shit and getting smacked down for it?


Posted by: buster mcDissenter at April 29, 2009 04:57 AM (PkxIz)

54

Literally.

Posted by: meeeeeghan mccain at April 29, 2009 04:57 AM (MGu62)

55 Less detested around the world? Everyone Barry has bent over backwards to has told him to shove it and he's gotten on the bad side of our allies.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 29, 2009 04:57 AM (1Jaio)

56

Honest Cloud is back.  Oh joy.

On the positive side, he has now stated his support for American corporations and free trade.

Posted by: Matt at April 29, 2009 04:59 AM (ecpMe)

57 36% of Americans are registered Democrats
23% of Americans are registered Republicans
41% are registered with other parties or independents

With a 55 favorable and 45 unfavorable rating, the President's approval is netting 19 points from the 41 and the unfavorable is netting 21 points.

If the public can understand how the government has dictated the breakup of GM so private bondholders holding 27 billion will get 10% of what is left of GM.  Uncle Sam and the UAW will split the rest.

Political economy is here.  Where the American public stand for it?  I do think most of the recent college graduates between the ages of 23 and 32 will largely favor a growth in the political economy.  The whole green movement has been devoted to ensuring that.

Posted by: WTF Capital Investments at April 29, 2009 05:00 AM (GtYrq)

58 Sure. Because it is in our best economic interest. I assume you are not aware of it but many U.S. companies do billions of dollars in overseas trade.

And just like the stupid assholes here who refuse to buy French goods because they don't like the French the same happens to U.S. companies when we are despised.

Clear?

HC, I'm disappointed. You forgot your disclaimer, like the one from the overnight thread where you just HAD to specify that you were 100% heterosexual. That was disheartening to see. Be proud of your true self. Don't deny the truth.


Posted by: IllTemperedCur at April 29, 2009 05:01 AM (kLZ8u)

59 Buckley Doubles Down! 

That's fine with me, the fall will be that much more painful.  Of course he will use his mentor's own favorite tactic; "he's who I thought he was".


Posted by: Alamo at April 29, 2009 05:02 AM (Mqupr)

60 "I thought they were an ally. You know with them fighting alongside us in Afghanistan and all."

Right, and they never said a cross word about Iraq, did they?

Posted by: buster mcDissenter at April 29, 2009

And they were right. A real damn shame to the 4,500 dead Americans that we didn't listen.

Posted by: honest cloud at April 29, 2009 05:02 AM (hOPQH)

61 The world can't afford to allow their hate to prevent them from doing business with us.  We are the creators, inventors and risk takers that results in the majority of product in the world.  Our society attitude and government framework has allowed for this unlike any other society and government in the history of the world.  Thus our exceptionalism.  Obama and honest clould would like to see that eliminated.  That is why they are my enemy. 

Posted by: polynikes at April 29, 2009 05:02 AM (m2CN7)

62 Our projection of power subsidizes a lot of what the nations of Western Europe and others can do in terms of social policy.

We're the quarterback and the middle linebacker on Team Western Civilization.  I doubt many people understand this.  Of all those I hope understand this are the elites.  I'm afraid they're more interested in depleting the reserves of the United States to foster trips to the third world casino to make these places less destructive of human life.

Posted by: WTF Capital Investments at April 29, 2009 05:03 AM (GtYrq)

63 I wouldn't eat Honest Cloud, though. Indian food makes me toot.

Posted by: meeeeeghan mccain at April 29, 2009 05:05 AM (MGu62)

64

And they were right. A real damn shame to the 4,500 dead Americans that we didn't listen.

We would have had fewer casualties if we had had more troops there- like soldiers from the French Army, for example.

Posted by: Matt at April 29, 2009 05:07 AM (ecpMe)

65 "And they were right. A real damn shame to the 4,500 dead Americans that we didn't listen."

Damn Iraq Liberation Act (Public Law 105-33 .

I think it's one of the few things the Clinton Administration got right, though you might disagree.

Posted by: buster mcDissenter at April 29, 2009 05:07 AM (PkxIz)

66

To sum Buchley up:

Obama's positives: he's cool.

Obama's negatives: his policies

Yet Buckley still supports him. I thought coolness over policy topped out at high scholl President.

 

Just like 62% of the country.

This reminds me of Stuart Smalley- "By gosh, people LIKE me"

Posted by: drjohn at April 29, 2009 05:07 AM (Rfj7X)

67 Ack- post 65 is NOT supposed to have a cheesedick emoticon, it's supposed to have a right parentheses.

Posted by: buster mcDissenter at April 29, 2009 05:09 AM (PkxIz)

68 The world was so detested with the US that France and Germany tacked right with their elections.

Posted by: DavidM at April 29, 2009 05:10 AM (R/e5b)

69

IllTemperedCur @ 58

HC, I'm disappointed. You forgot your disclaimer, like the one from the overnight thread where you just HAD to specify that you were 100% heterosexual. That was disheartening to see. Be proud of your true self. Don't deny the truth.

Isn't that the same thread he declared himself a pedophile?

Posted by: maddogg at April 29, 2009 05:10 AM (OlN4e)

70 Our resident concern-troll is still concerned, I see. Shoo the pesky fellow out of the house and expend no more energy on him.

Posted by: Monty at April 29, 2009 05:10 AM (/0a60)

71

It's great that he's got such a cool temperament and can't be panicked.  I'm sure that even, judicious temperament will come in handy when he's living in the bunker as swine flu ravages the nation, and his Administration does nothing about it.   

We'd hate for Barry to get upset or break a sweat, for it would mar his godlike, Olympian detachment. 

Heckuva job, there, Barry. 

Posted by: PalinFan at April 29, 2009 05:11 AM (kOVZm)

72

Ooh. [giggle, giggle] Honest Cloud isn't that type of Indian but a Ward Churchill Indian instead. Sorry, kemosabe.

And isn't it great that America's laws all end in little happy faces! I love you, daddy.

Posted by: meeeeeghan mccain at April 29, 2009 05:11 AM (MGu62)

73

post 65 is NOT supposed to have a cheesedick emoticon

That's not very nice, buster.

Does anyone else feel like having some cheese in a can right now?

Posted by: meeeeeghan mccain at April 29, 2009 05:13 AM (MGu62)

74

I mean, he's cool as a cucumber.  He didn't even raise his voice when Seattle got nuked by the North Koreans.  He just asked the White House steward to bring him a fresh cup of coffee.  He didn't even really ask -- just raised his mug and gave a little nod.  That's how cool he is.

It'a awesome, his coolness.   

Posted by: PalinFan at April 29, 2009 05:16 AM (kOVZm)

75 Isn't that the same thread he declared himself a pedophile?

I think that was a different thread.

Last night he decided to harsh everyone's mellow, accusing us of being scared of gays recruiting us to the dark side or something. Then in the next paragraph, he puts in a disclaimer that he's "100% heterosexual, and 100% supports gay rights", like he was deathly afraid of being mistaken for gay himself. 

Laughs all around.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at April 29, 2009 05:17 AM (kLZ8u)

76 Christopher Buckley. Professional goof.

That is all.

Well, almost all. He's now jumped up a few spots on the "Un-Serious People to Ignore" list.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at April 29, 2009 05:18 AM (swuwV)

77 Meghan, shweetie?  We're never going to find you a hushband if you don't lay off the preshurized cheeshe.

Have you met my friend Chrishtopher Buckley?  He's conshervative like ush, you know.

Posted by: John McCain at April 29, 2009 05:21 AM (QMhqv)

78 I think I prefer the USA being detested over being a laughingstock, weak horse.  We all know what osama says about weak horses.

Posted by: Judith at April 29, 2009 05:22 AM (D1n2x)

79 So these "Right Wing" guys are all just giving Obama some rope (so to speak) that they can come back later and hang him with ?  Is that the strategy? 

Too paraphrase some parents, "We gave you every opportunity to make the right decision and supported you, and you still disappoint us ..."  Is this the crap we can expect in 2010.  It doesn't work on pre-teens; why do think it will work on the American electorate.

Why don't they look to the success of Huffington Post?  They posted outrageous shit for eight years, undermine a President thru lies and distortions on Iraq, torture, surveillance, etc. and now they are on Air Force One as part of the press corps.  I bet they have better revenue and profit outlooks then most of the daily papers.

Who on the right is going to step up, sling mud and get to fly around the world with President Palin?

Posted by: Jean at April 29, 2009 05:24 AM (L64A6)

80 Not now, daddy. I'm twittering about new ice cream recipes.

Posted by: meeeeeghan mccain at April 29, 2009 05:28 AM (MGu62)

81

Anyway, daddy, that nice Allahpundit likes me. I'm just waiting for him to pop the big question--what would you like for dinner?

Posted by: meeeeeghan mccain at April 29, 2009 05:30 AM (MGu62)

82 Buckley is just covering his ass.  Or should I say, covering his own ego.

Posted by: GarandFan at April 29, 2009 05:32 AM (C3okI)

83 HC, I'm disappointed. You forgot your disclaimer, like the one from the overnight thread where you just HAD to specify that you were 100% heterosexual.

Well, it's hard to post with this dick in my mouth.

Posted by: honest cloud at April 29, 2009 05:33 AM (TBwnU)

84

Vote here

http://tinyurl.com/cjeuqm

Do it NOW


The vote is tied at A and F, with hardly anyone in the middle.  Obama: Force for Unity.

Posted by: oLD gUY at April 29, 2009 05:37 AM (n1yDn)

85

Christo's old-man porkpie hat covering the nearly bald head certainly clashes with his adolescent rebellion against "Mum" and "Pup."

This is a case of arrested development which may turn senile before it even flowers into mature manhood.

 

 

Posted by: Ariel at April 29, 2009 05:37 AM (Zar3D)

86

U.S. companies do billions of dollars in overseas trade.

And just like the stupid assholes here who refuse to buy French goods because they don't like the French the same happens to U.S. companies when we are despised.

Tell it to McDonald's , idiot. No company could be more universally derided and yet so universally successful.

 

Posted by: kidney at April 29, 2009 05:48 AM (FgUFX)

87 Honest Cloud, Apple and McDonald's have always done just fine. They don't need a US President bowing to a tinpot dictator just to pad their profit margin. You suck.

Posted by: Tattoo De Plane at April 29, 2009 05:53 AM (Yjh3D)

88 Looks like it's time for another classic iowahawk piece.

Posted by: Bald Ninja at April 29, 2009 05:56 AM (4pdbX)

89 And just like the stupid assholes here who refuse to buy French goods because they don't like the French the same happens to U.S. companies when we are despised.

I own several surplus French military rifles.  Only dropped once!

Posted by: Herr Morgenholz at April 29, 2009 06:01 AM (pVhz7)

90 "and the other conservative Obama-endorsers would reconsider."

Conservatives can be Obama endorsers now?  And retain their label as conservatives?  Cool.

Hey, I'm a fascist - not liberal fascist, but actual saluting fascist - who supports Obama, am I still a fascist?  Yes?  OK, let's keep going:  Hello, I am KKK guy David Duke, and I endorsed Obama, I see no conflict between the two.  Hell, let's go whole hog:  Yoyoyo, Jena 6 in da house, we be fron'en McCain, we be conservative, mofos.

Protip: a conservative, by definition, doesn't support Obama.  Please stop with this nonsense people.


Posted by: Absurdist at April 29, 2009 06:03 AM (y+fiP)

91

Re:  The cool factor

What are we to ascertain from this?  That if he had run, Steve McQueen could have been the greatest President since Lincoln?

 

Posted by: Reggie1971 at April 29, 2009 06:19 AM (b68Df)

92 Please, please, let's not make this all about, ahem, money. How tawdry. I've never understood the rabble's fascination with money and taxes. Its as if they had to labor for money rather than simply ring up the trust.

Posted by: Chris Buckley at April 29, 2009 06:21 AM (+bIa4)

93

Quoting Christopher Buckley enables him.

If his last name were anything but "Buckley," no one care what he writes.

Posted by: Michael Rittenhouse at April 29, 2009 06:21 AM (2QFX4)

94 Why is honest troll's presence here even tolerated?  This cockknocker makes erg look nuanced.

Posted by: Edward Van Cullen at April 29, 2009 06:23 AM (Do9Q1)

95 "Bitzy and the gang at the club were perfectly scandalized by my rascally insouciance. Yet it does stir the blood to display the occasional hint of derring-do, n'est-ce pas?

Indeed, I've not felt so alive since my weekly buggery sessions with Chet Thackersly and Arthur Horndyke back at Exeter. Ha! I'll never look at a darkened squash court the same way again."


THIS cracked me up!  Bravo!

Posted by: John McCain at April 29, 2009 06:28 AM (QMhqv)

96

I own several surplus French military rifles.  Only dropped once!

They're on sale now.  Never been fired and only dropped once plus they come with a new device for attaching white flags to them. 

Posted by: Jim King at April 29, 2009 06:34 AM (NW0iD)

97 Stupid stupid sock puppet!

Posted by: Kensington at April 29, 2009 06:42 AM (QMhqv)

98 When I heard idiots like this, I am simply reminded of this quote The more one has paid for a forgery, the more one defends it in the face of all the evidence to the contrary. - George Smiley

Posted by: ThatOneGuyTHere at April 29, 2009 06:54 AM (o3/mB)

99 So the younger Buckley is still looking for ways to be noticed outside of daddy's shadow while still spending daddy's money?

Posted by: Jim King at April 29, 2009 06:56 AM (NW0iD)

100 But we must be loved!!! Otherwise I'll never again be asked to be Lucky Pierre in a 3-way assfuck in the bushes behind the Louvre!!!

Posted by: heinous clod at April 29, 2009 07:12 AM (IoUF1)

101 Why is honest troll's presence here even tolerated?  This cockknocker makes erg look nuanced.

Have you ever watched a cat play with a mouse for an hour or so before disemboweling the rodent and leaving the carcass on your doorstep?

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at April 29, 2009 07:21 AM (kLZ8u)

102 dark gods

Racist!

Posted by: toby928 at April 29, 2009 07:24 AM (PD1tk)

103 Clearly, there were Cylons in the ranks pre Nov 4th.


Posted by: Adama at April 29, 2009 07:33 AM (+sBB4)

104

trans: the U.S. is less detested than it has been in recent years

I don't think that's true.  It may be true that the current POTUS is less detested than the previous one was, but I think the world still detests America just as much as it ever did.

 

The only difference is that we have a President of the United States that seems to agree with them.

Posted by: Dave at April 29, 2009 07:36 AM (Z7pKR)

105

the U.S. is less detested than it has been in recent years

Riiigght.

That male enhancement stuff works.

I also lost 40 pounds on the eight Big Macs A Day diet.

And Rosie O'Donnell is TEH HAWT.

File Buckley under "I have decided the best course of action is to make up shit out of whole cloth or whatever cloth may happen to be sitting there."

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at April 29, 2009 07:55 AM (B+qrE)

106 Sounds to me like he has had a lifetime's practice in squaring some circles.


When Mum was in full prevarication, Pup would assume an expression somewhere between a Jack Benny stare and the stoic grimace of a 13th-century saint being burned at the stake. He knew very well that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth did not routinely decamp at Shannon. The funny thing was that he rarely challenged her when she was in the midst of one of her glorious confections. For that matter, no one did. They wouldn’t have dared. Mum had a regal way about her that did not brook contradiction. The only time she ever threatened to spank me was when I told her, in front of others, following one of her more absurd claims, “Oh, come off it!” Her fluent mendacity, combined with adamantine confidence, made her really indomitable. As awful as it often was, thinking back on it now, I’m filled with a sort of perverse pride in her. She was really, really good at it. She would have made a fantastic spy. Really, she would have made a fantastic anything. She was beautiful, theatrical, bright as a diamond, the wittiest woman I have ever known. (Whatever talent I possess as a “humorist” — dreadful word — I owe to her.) She could have done anything; instead, she devoted herself, heart, soul and body, to being Mrs. William F. Buckley Jr. (A full-time job.)

Posted by: Deety at April 29, 2009 09:10 AM (aVzyR)

107 You know "Dad" is spinning in his grave; about 6K RPMs, I'd say.  Chris is a tool, a rationalizing, contorting tool, but still a tool.

Posted by: iowavette at April 29, 2009 09:44 AM (0JTac)

108 When the chosen one was in Iowa(Ottawa) he was greeted warmly by the homeless and unemployed.After the hero worship,the natives went to the bar.

Posted by: chicocano at April 29, 2009 10:02 AM (P2bg4)

109 Sounds like he's trying to convince himself that he still made the right choice..


Posted by: Dave C at April 29, 2009 12:24 PM (cD0Id)

110

Yes, Obama is bankrupting the country and enslaving our children with his recklessly wasteful spending ...

but I'm happy because he's "one cool cat".

 

 

Posted by: Warden at April 29, 2009 01:11 PM (QoR4a)

111

Obama’s spending worries me greatly. If every president who comes into office doubles the national debt, then we are finished. We are burying future generations (trans: our children) under crushing debt.

Gee, is that all that worries Christopher about Obama's socialist regime? Those of us on the Right raised all kinds of hell about what "cool cat" would do once in office.  Like Friedman, it looks like a big fucking light bulb just turned on in his head.

Posted by: SFC MAC at April 29, 2009 01:53 PM (kNmyI)

112 What the hell is it with the kids of arch-conservatives, anyway? First Ron Reagan, then this asshole... I csn just imagine Bristol badmouthing Sarah Palin one day. Are they just desperate to get out from under rhe shadow of a famous parent?

Posted by: CoolCzech at April 29, 2009 02:50 PM (iafWn)

113 Chris buckley is too stereotypical to be believed. Like many children of the brilliant and important, they have no idea what it took the achieve what their parents' achieved and take everything for granted. his father must be turning in his grave. it's truly sad.


Posted by: annak at April 29, 2009 04:33 PM (M4IOE)

114 Chris Buckley reminds me of Hank Williams, Jr. I loved his daddy.

Posted by: richard mcenroe at April 29, 2009 05:50 PM (CqxjU)

115

"Given Obama's lurch to the left since taking office"

WTF. Seriously?

Posted by: Archivald at April 29, 2009 06:59 PM (U2kfn)

116 Being a traitor is generally not a good career move: Benedict Arnold, James Jeffords, Scott McCullough, etc.  People on both sides know you for what you are: untrustworthy.
Arlen Specter is about to find this out too.

Ratting on your parents, who did what they could to bring you up, is not much different.  In any case there essentially are never perfectly good parents; and sometimes there are genuinely bad parents, but unless they really abused you – not counting being spanked for misbehaving – the person who bad-mouths his parents stands to be more remember for his bad-mouthing than the parents for the troubles that existed between them and their bad-mouthing children.

Posted by: ExtremeCentrist at April 30, 2009 01:14 PM (W3z4r)

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