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I have a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester (English and American Literature). I taught for 10 years at various educational institutions (Univ. of Rochester, my alma mater, College of William and Mary, and University of Georgia, where I was also Asst. Ed. of the Georgia Review. Later, I worked as a speechwriter and "thinker" at various large companies, including Phillips Petroleum, Gulf Oil, Aetna, Merck (consultant), and Eli Lilly (consultant), among many others. I'm a full-time writer and political commentator/analyst. Favorite company: AudioTech Business Books. Favorite female: my wife, Patricia Ann Maloney. Favorite politcal candidate: Diana Lynn Irey (PA's 12th congressional district)

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Joe Biden, Meet Dr. House: The Iraq War as the Dems' Best Friend

Last night on "House," the show's main character was examining a fussy young man who was critical of the doctor's normal "homeless" look. House paused and asked the fellow if he chopped off his nose hairs with a toenail clipper. The young man observed that, well, yes he did and how did the doctor know?

House replied, "Well, your nose has a case of Athlete's Foot."

He should see Joe Biden's mouth. Today, the Delaware Senator was attempting to criticize Barack Obama. Unfortunately, it came out as if he were praising the Illinois Senator for not being Stepin Fetchitt.

I sent the following to various people at the Post-Gazette, including the editor. I send such letters not because they generally get answers or change minds, but rather because the newspaper so obviously deserves an occasional good beating.

To Whom it May Concern:

After 9/11, my wife and I saw Joe Biden, the Delware senator who travels regularly through Philadelphia on his way to Washington, on TV.

Then, the anthrax scare came up and there was Biden on MSNBC. He was being critical of the Bush Administration's handling of something (perhaps the presence of poison substances in the world). Finally, he put on his furrowed brow look and said, "In a few days I'll find a venue, and I plan to give a MAJOR SPEECH on anthrax." He may also have said -- although I don't think he did -- that he would first find someone who knew something about anthrax to fill him in.

When my wife, a nice Catholic woman who bears no ill to any living being (exception, bin Laden types) and is very quiet, heard the words "deliver a major speech," she began to laugh, and I joined in. She laughed because she knows Joe Biden is a windbag, who looks the part but has no business being a U.S. Senator. She also knew that he would not be delivering a "major speech on anthrax" in our lifetime, which so far has been true.

I ask you to "Google" Biden + Alito to see what Brainless Joe had to see in the hearings for one of the country's most highly regarded judges. He was incoherent, almost in need of treatment for unintentional glossolalia. Biden questioning Alito was quite an event, the dumb questioning the brilliant.

As for Biden's comment that Obama differs from other African-American candidates in being "clean" and "articulate," I ask you to consider what the Post-Gazette's response would have been if, say, Rick Santorum had said something similar last autumn.

If it had been Santorum, I can imagine African-American Assistant Editor Tony Norman (simulating) self-immolation on the Boulevard of the Allies. I can imagtine (heck, I know) Tony will give Joe Biden a free pass on this one, probably restraining himself to a headshake.

In the last campaign, Virginia's George Allen, a fine man, said an unfortunate, but basically harmless, word: macaca. He was beaten over the head for that one word, said in jest, for three months. He probably lost the election because of the Washington Post's frenzied effort to portray him as a racist.

Months after the election, Chris Matthews is still using "macaca" on MSNBC.

My point is not the usual conservative whine. It's rather this: is the media a profession that attracts and retains decent people, individuals who don't wear their political views on their sleeves at every opportunity? I fear I know the answer to that question.

Should I look on page A-9 for the Biden story? Or should I not even bother?

The Iraq War: The Democrats's Best Friend?

Let me add a few points: Do I believe Joe Biden is a racist. Yes, I do believe it -- in that, like Tony Norman -- he sees reality largely through the prism of race. However, as Nathaniel Hawthorne told us, no one can really plumb the depths of the human heart. Yet I think that Biden, like many Democrats, regards Blacks as lesser breeds who need large, continuing streams of assistance from governments in the hands of liberals. In short, Biden helps when he can to redistribute income in the direction of Blacks, and they reward him with their votes.

My problem with many Democrats holding federal office is that they scare me. In "supporting the troops but opposing the War," they're making what the (Democratic) governor of Wyoming called "a distinction without a difference." In fact, I think most American soldiers are frightening figures to many Democrats. The soldiers have a strong commitment to their mission and demonstrate a great degree of personal courage.

Such "personal courage" is NOT something you're going to hear highlighted in a major speech (or a minor speech) by Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, or John Murtha, and let's not leave out Barack Obama or John Edwards.

Last night on CNN, Anderson Cooper, the newsman as wimp, was speaking to Hillary Clinton at the Fisher House Center, a privately-funded ($50 million) rehabilitation facility for severely wounded soldiers. Anderson cited the remarks of Chuck Schumer, Hillary's fellow Senator from New York, that the government should have paid for the facility.

Hillary summoned up her usual angry look and indicated that it was "disgraceful" that the government didn't pay for it.

What tough questions did Anderson ask her at that point? Guess.

Later, Cooper did talk to one of the executives of the Fisher Foundation, and he noted that the center was clearly a gift of love from the American people. He added that it took only two years to raise the money and build the facility -- not adding that it would take the government about that long to finance and build a latrine.
The executive also added that the federal government had some great facilities for the wounded at Walter Reed and Brooke Army Medical Center.

I imagine if the feds had paid for the Fisher Center, all the wounded veterans could then be eternally grateful to St. Hillary. It's quite sickening.

The reason so many soldiers vote for people like George Bush is that they don't trust people like John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. The soldiers know -- as so many of us know -- that the War in Iraq is the Democrats' friend. THAT is the lesson of the last election. As long as the war goes badly -- and as long as Bush remains a total whipping boy -- the Democrats continue to win elections.

As Walter Cronkite used to say, "And that's the way it is."


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