November 3, 2005

Little Demo In Slumberland

Hatched by Dafydd

John over at Power Line (easily the second snappiest dresser of those three) mulls the motive behind the Democrats' hysteria -- now -- over pre-war intelligence:

Democratic activists desperately want to block Judge Alito from ascending to the Court, but the reality is that Senate Democrats are powerless to achieve that goal. Alito's qualifications are unassailable, the Democrats are a minority party, and the Republicans are united in the conviction that Alito deserves a vote. A filibuster isn't out of the question, but if the Dems try it, it will fail.

So the Senate Democrats can't come through for their party where it counts. I doubt that the timing of the Month of Valerie is a coincidence; I suspect it is intended mostly to distract the Democratic base from the reality of the Senate Democrats' impotence.

I don't mean to be fip, but I think John has hold of the means, not the motive. He has to grab the bull by the tail and look the facts in the face.

Ever since the catastrophe of 1994, the Democratic Party has lived in a fantasy world of its own devising. Unable to face the reality of losing the House and Senate in 1994, then the presidency in 2000, then the Senate again in 2002 (after Jumpin' Jim Jeffords' defection was discounted), and most recently the 2004 reelection, they have been unable to recover sanity, daily drifting deeper into political schizophrenia... to quote Adam Savage, "I reject your reality and substitute my own."

I don't need a psychiatrist like Charles Krauthammer or Thomas Szasz; the signs are manifest. Most overtly and trivially, there are the two distinct TV shows set in fantasy universes where the Democrats are in charge of everything: the West Wing and Commander In Chief. Arguably, many Democrats demanded a show like CinC because they were unsatisfied with the West Wing -- because they had a few Republican characters who were not totally corrupt raving lunatics.

But the dementia manifests in uglier ways, too: many Democrats still, to this day, refuse to admit that Bush won the election in 2000 or in 2004. A U.S. senator, Barbara Boxer (D-CA), actually tried to prevent the Ohio electoral votes for Bush from being certified in January of this year, presumably on the grounds that John Kerry was the "real" winner there.

Democrats have wallowed in increasingly occult conspiracy theories and nightmarish fantasies, from George W. Bush conspiring with Arabs on the 9/11 attacks to Republicans and the Army Corps of Engineers plotting to blow up the New Orleans levees "to kill the black people." Karl Rove has assumed monstrous significance, as if he were an incarnation of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (for the younger set, Dr. Evil). Creepy cartels of neocons (read "Jew-o-cons") secretly seize control of the world for their nefarious Zionist plans.

Many left-liberals now live in a world that is as thrilling and horrific as the H.P. Lovecraft "Cthulhu" Mythos *, full of dark, eldrich gods, nameless cults, and unspeakable rites. Reliable, old, secret-society paranoia has resurged, of course: the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers, even the Illuminati; but new and bizarre cults have formed around the basic template of "Famous Right-Winger X is secretly in league with Evil Villain Y"... for example, Osama bin Laden is actually a Mossad agent working for Ariel Sharon, Bush-41 started the Gulf War in order to build an oil pipeline for Mullah Omar, and Saddam Hussein is actually a mole who has been under Donald Rumsfeld's thumb since the early 1980s. Other brand new (tired old) cult archetypes include the specter of "globalization," with the World Trade Organization taking the place of the Knights Templar or the Hashishim "Assassins;" and the omnipotent, omnipresent Haliburton standing in for Wolfram & Hart in the Buffy spinoff Angel.

Let's be clear about this. Reality does not come packaged in stories; but our brains are hardwired to comprehend events in dramatic form, with heroes, villains, a climax, and a denouement. So we (all of us) dream up "the story of our lives," in which the dreamer is the protagonist, someone or some group is elected to be antagonist, and life becomes a series of chapters, each ending in a cliffhanger.

For Republicans and conservatives, who are in the ascendency and generally happy with life, the tale is a modern-day adventure-romance, typically with a happy ending. But for Democrats and liberals, who have seen nothing but dark chapters for years now, the tome is a Clive Barker bloodfest, a King Lear tale of madness and woe, a science-fiction black comedy like the Matrix, or a Walter-Mitty fantasy of easy triumph and cheap, childish victory, depending how much angst the tale-singer can take before breaking from reality entirely. Read the New York Times quickly, then ask yourself whether it wouldn't have even more verisimilitude with a wicked stepmother and a dragon.

The Democrats have no "plan" for how to use pre-war intelligence against Bush... no more than John Nash (Russell Crowe) had any well thought out purpose for hallucinating "Agent Parcher" (Ed Harris) and his machinations in a Beautiful Mind. They are demon-driven to expose the evil, just as D.A. Jim Garrison was driven to expose the massive conspiracy behind the assassination of JFK (a plot that required the connivance of Lyndon Johnson, the FBI, the Soviets, and the 82nd Airborne). And it doesn't matter that nobody will listen anymore, that Democrats have "no one left to lie to," in Christopher Hitchens' memorable phrase. Like Dr. Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) in Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, they are condemned to stagger forever along the street, flagging down cars and screaming the warning: "They're already here! You're next!"

* Spellchecker attempted to correct this to the "Chihuahua Mythos."

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, November 3, 2005, at the time of 11:22 PM

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The following hissed in response by: TBinSTL

Hooray for HPL reference! Oh yeah, I liked the rest of the article as well....
The Great Old Ones still lurk at the edge of perception, drawing those who would dance with madness to the sound of the insane piper. The DNC is their home....

The above hissed in response by: TBinSTL [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2005 3:09 AM

The following hissed in response by: beebop

I would recommend to anyone trying to understand the Dem/lib mindset to read "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" by Richard Hofstadler. Written in the early 1960's about right-wing Bircher's who saw fluoride in drinking water as a commie conspiracy, it's applicability to everyone from the grumbling DemocraticUnderground and KosKidz to Babs Boxer and Harry Reid is striking.

David Brooks had an excellent column 10/30 on this phenomena, but it's behind TimeSelect now.

The above hissed in response by: beebop [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2005 3:25 AM

The following hissed in response by: mrp

Just a minor quibble - the phrase "no one left to lie to" was coined by majority leader David Schippers during the Clinton impeachment hearings.

From the December 21, 1998 Special Report by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy:


But no Republican, not even Ken Starr, cut through the President's mortar as efficiently as David Schippers, a Democrat hired by Hyde as majority counsel. In an angry, sarcastic and merciless presentation delivered in a penetrating Chicago twang, Schippers drilled holes in Clinton's words, deeds and character, arguing that the President had lied repeatedly under oath, obstructed justice by helping Lewinsky get a job and encouraged everyone around him to do the same. "He lied to the people, he lied to his Cabinet, he lied to his top aides, and now he's lied under oath to the Congress of the U.S. There's no one left to lie to."

The above hissed in response by: mrp [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2005 6:26 AM

The following hissed in response by: mrp

(sigh) Make that majority counsel David Schippers. Mr. Schippers was a Democrat at the time (and perhaps still is).

The above hissed in response by: mrp [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2005 6:28 AM

The following hissed in response by: SDN

One of the funniest "Far Side" cartoons showed a man standing on a street corner screaming: "The vampires! They'll get us all! Vampires!!!!"

Meanwhile, across the street, two workers are carrying a huge mirror.... and he's the only one reflected in it......8-)

The above hissed in response by: SDN [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2005 7:48 AM

The following hissed in response by: RBMN

I heard some comments (on a radio program) from a "national security expert." I got the impression from him--reading between the lines, so I may be wrong here--that the reason that the terrorists in Iraq are not as successful--as successful as they could be, given the numbers of volunteer martyrs they have--is that the United States made some agreements (might even say “unholy alliances”) with the surrounding Muslim Arab countries before the war. I'm only guessing here, but it may be the promise not to expand the war into their country, no matter what, in exchange for their sharing good intelligence about who’s on their way to Iraq.

If the Democrats can ferret-out those promises, and make them public, then the Arab countries are embarrassed and the intelligence drys up, and then terrorism in Iraq, that we think is bad now, could escalate unchecked and end in full-blown civil war--fullfilling all the doom and gloom predictions of people like Howard Dean and Michael Moore. Of course, greater numbers of American soldiers would die in that case, but Howard Dean would look like a genius, and President Bush would be totally disgraced, but isn’t that the important thing ... to the Democrats?

The above hissed in response by: RBMN [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2005 8:16 AM

The following hissed in response by: Anthony (Los Angeles)

Hey, chihuahua's can be pretty sanity-blasting, too! :)

(A Lovecraft and Call of Cthulhu fan)

The above hissed in response by: Anthony (Los Angeles) [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2005 2:08 PM

The following hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist

John at Power Line has been on a Karmic Roll recently, and humble me thinks that his "What's the Point?" post provides both means and motive. Grabbing a bull by the tail is fine (i guess?!?), but John seems to be speaking about 'Tailless' Donkeys here whilst he attempts to pin a tail on the buttocks of a 'Tailless' to speak.

So the Senate Democrats can't come through for their party where it counts. I doubt that the timing of the Month of Valerie is a coincidence; I suspect it is intended mostly to distract the Democratic base from the reality of the Senate Democrats' impotence.

MSM has been dropping across several boards in their ratings, subscriptions, ads, etc...drops in their 'Print' area and TV news area. That along with losing the Congress (as you mention) in 1994, losing Elections in 2000, 2002, and 2004 has Liberals foaming at the mouth whilst they run around braying, apparently not even noticing that their buttocks are bare/'Tailless'. i can't imagine the snail-mail and email that the MSM and Democrat leaders must be getting from the Leftists and Far-Leftists these days, but suspect that it must be sickening.

Such madness has now reached or about to reach a Karmic Reaction of such proportions that Merriam-Webster will have to re-define their definition of Karma in order to explain madness attracting 'attracting madness' in a cycle that ends up having no beginning nor to speak of a pandemonium that not only feeds upon itself, but a pandemonium pursuing itself to feed upon. i have never seen or heard of such a Karmic Reaction, so lack the Dualistic words and knowledge to explain what such will be like.

Howard Dean was put on the spot the other day by one of the MSM shows...the Chris Matthews Show even put a major Liberal on the spot last night (seems it was last night), and yet this same MSM attempts to protray Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a hero today whilst they bash W today. Heck, the Valerie Plame CIA groupies at the CIA have now leaked that the CIA has inhumane secret jails for Terrorists, and Andy Rooney thinks that African Americans should be called negroes...not to mention that the Journal Sentinel thinks that Justice Clarence Thomas "deserves an asterisk" or what is going on in France.

W will probably have a 3rd Supreme Court Justice to appoint after Judge Alito is confirmed , and the Republicans will probably gain Congress seats in 2006. American Socialists were so close, huh, and in fact had thought that they had it all. i would not want their *KARMA*!!!

Elvis said it best, in his "Heartbreak Hotel". Basically, America's Left has spent five years in "Heartbreak Hotel", and didn't know where they were...didn't want to know, because they thought that they had it made. They have ignored what *KARMA* is about, what Mother Nature is about...enough said.


The above hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2005 3:11 PM

The following hissed in response by: matoko kusanagi

Many left-liberals now live in a world that is as thrilling and horrific as the H.P. Lovecraft "Cthulhu" Mythos *, full of dark, eldrich gods, nameless cults, and unspeakable rites.
Why, yes, they do!

The above hissed in response by: matoko kusanagi [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 6, 2005 6:43 AM

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