Saturday, March 03, 2007

Post hoc ergo propter hoc, post hoc ergo...

The readership of this blog is very small. So when I say "X should happen" and then X happens, I have to resist the temptation to allow myself to think that I had anything to do with it.


Yesterday I talked about what the Dems should do in response to the childish but deeply offensive name-calling from Little Offend Annie -- force big name Repugs to embrace or disavow her. Today there's this:

At a statement by former Vermont Governor Howard Dean calls on GOP presidential candidates to "denounce her hateful remarks."

Dean's statement read, "There is no place in political discourse for this kind of hate-filled and bigoted comments. While Democrats and Republicans may disagree on the issues, we should all be able to agree that this kind of vile rhetoric is out of bounds. The American people want a serious, thoughtful debate of the issues. Republicans -- including the Republican presidential candidates who shared the podium with Ann Coulter today -- should denounce her hateful remarks."

At Edwards' campaign website, a plea for "Coulter Cash" has been front-paged.

"Friday afternoon, Republican mouthpiece Ann Coulter brought hate-speech politics to a new low," the Edwards website states, alongside a video clip of Coulter's speech. "We must show that inflaming prejudice to attack progressive leaders will only backfire."

"Can you help us raise $100,000 in 'Coulter Cash' this week to keep this campaign charging ahead and fight back against the politics of bigotry?" Edwards' campaign websites asks.

In addition, a fund-raising email was sent out by the Edwards campaign which was attributed to the former North Carolina senator's campaign manager, David Bonior, who notes that former Republican Governor Mitt Romney "introduced her."

Think Progress reported that before Coulter's speech Romney (R-MA) said, "I am happy to hear that after you hear from me, you will hear from Ann Coulter. That is a good thing. Oh yeah!"

"John was singled out for a personal attack because the Republican establishment knows he poses the greatest threat to their power," the Edwards fund-raising email reads. "Since they have nothing real to use against him, Coulter's resorting to the classic right-wing strategy of riling up hate to smear a progressive champion. And the Republican attack dogs will keep playing this despicable trick as long as they think it works."
Via Think Progress, there's also this:

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese issues the following statement:

“We demand that every single Presidential candidate in attendance at this conference, along with Vice President Cheney stand up and publicly condemn this type of gutter-style politics,” continued Solmonese. “If not, then their silence will be deafening to the vast majority of Americans who believe this type of language belongs no where near the discussions about the future of our country.”


And earlier in the week I speculated that the channeling of American money to radical Sunnis revealed by Sy Hersh might be tied to the lost billions of cash shipped in palletloads to Iraq.

Last night Sy appeared on Bill Maher's show and suggested exactly the same thing.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc, post hoc ergo propter hoc....

Update: OK, not so post, actually. Here is Hersh on CNN on 2/25 voicing his suspicions. Ace reporter that he is, he left it out of the story because he couldn't nail it down.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see you're back in the saddle again. Now...

Ann Coulter is like the lead kid in a group that goes into a candy store with the intent of mass shoplifting. She is their canary (definitely not the ring leader). Will she get seriously busted for her actions? Everybody watches her to find out. The only thing is, she was sent in there by some bigger kids who never go near the candy store themselves, though they do eat a lot of candy.

Ann is only worth noting in passing as a wind vane of the real currents that control the flow of everything. It's no use going after her, or even all the other kids in the pack that do go into the candy store. It's the bigger, "older" kids you never see that you gotta go after. There are ways to get to them, but as long as people keep being mesmerized by Ann C, just like they are by Anna Nicole S, nothing will really change.

Pour on the cynicism -- damn the naval flotillas "fishing" in foreign waters – get those boilers near to exploding -- full speed ahead until somebody big is derailed or sunk.


3:25 PM  
Blogger bluememe said...

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4:54 PM  
Blogger bluememe said...

Take 2:

TA, If you think I was targeting Coulter, either my writing is slipping or you missed the point.What I was trying to accomplish just started happening -- Romney, Giuliani and McCain just disavowed her. The gambit worked. The mouth-breathers will have a harder time pretending the Republican Party, as disgisting aas it is, is a welcoming home for their extra-toxic hatred. And so come November 2008, many of them will stay home, just as the religious Right seems to be backing away. The big tent is going to look rather empty soon.

Gimme credit for thinking a few moves ahead....

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but...

The last two Presidential elections, and the mid-terms too for that matter, were not decided by the votes cast. Do you really think they will let the next one be?

Let's name and then line up those big kids who repeatedly send the other ones to the candy store. What'll we do after they're lined up? Hmmm, I dunno ....


7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very interesting!

7:34 AM  

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