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THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2007
THE QUIET BOOING THAT OTHERS DONT HEAR: We were quite struck by this news report in todays Washington Post. Rightly or wrongly, Perry Bacon describes Hillary Clintons reception when she spoke to Take Back America:
BACON (6/21/07): Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) drew only modest boos at a gathering of liberal activists yesterday, a sign of how well her changing position on Iraq is playing in the antiwar wing of her party.Obviously, Code Pink (and others) have every right to their views. If they want to boo, thats fine by us. But we were struck by Bacons statement that Clinton drew only modest boos during yesterdays speech. We were struck by that statement because we had spent a fair amount of time on Wednesday trying—and largely failing—to hear the boos during Clintons speech, alleged boos which were being touted in several media outlets. On Hardball, for example, Brother Matthews seemed to think—or seemed prepared to pretend—that Clinton has been booed rather lustily. But when he played the tape of the dramatic moment, it was hard to hear any booing at all, let along the raucous booing that would justify a segment on a brilliant news program like Hardball.
But so what? All the hardballers pretended to hear; even Ron Reagan failed to challenge his hosts tortured premise. No, you couldnt really hear any boos on the tape. This morning, Bacons report seems to say that the alleged boos pretty much just werent there.
How loud was the booing? There will be no pure measure. But yesterday, we watched a panel discuss boos on a tape—boos on a tape we could barely hear. Are boos now in the mind of the beholder? More and more now, the answer is: Yes.
ANASTASIA SPEAKS: In the comical part of Maureen Dowds column, the brilliant grand duchess angrily typed about Hillary Clintons disturbing new song. Our analysts shared a good solid laugh when they got the chance to see how grandly Dowd views herself:
DOWD (6/20/07): The satire was a video on Hillary's Web site to whip up attention for the winner of her online contest to choose a campaign song.Poor Dowd! Soul-mate to JFKs brilliant Casals, shed been forced to live in a cultural wasteland during the vile Clinton years! Dowd, of course, is dumb as a rock—a simpering complex of upscale inanities. But this fact havent made its way deep inside Versailles, to the place where Dowd does her twice-a-week typing. In her own apartments, Dowd is Anastasia, dreaming of restoration.
Hillary picked a song by Celine Dion, Dowd sniffed—choosing to reinvent the facts. (As she had said one paragraph earlier, the song was picked in an online contest.) But then, when youre the ignored imperial highness—the heir to JFKs cultural greatness—youre plainly allowed to bend the facts as you hunt down those Arkansas hicks. Indeed, Dowd has been rearranging key facts for the past fifteen years—first about both Clintons, then about Gore. In the process, she gave us George Bush. And she gave us the war in Iraq.
But that was the comical part of Dowds column; the un-American parts were more prominent. You see, when you know youre the secret Grand Duchess, youre willing to cut a corner or two as you work for restoration. Horrible! Once, our great Irish prince gave us brilliant Casals; these later pretenders made us hear Kenny G! The anger wells when you think of such things. And you calmly type monsters like this:
DOWD: The Clintons' ''don't ask, don't tell'' policy seems so similar to that of the Sopranos, that it could be a bit risky to play the mob couple, even for a gag.Wow! Clinton is so power-hungry that she can justify any thuggish means to get the prize! In that way, shes like Tony Soprano—Tony Soprano, a mobster! No doubt, Dowds editors made her give examples of this sort of thuggish conduct; surely, you arent allowed to make statements like that without backing up what youre saying. But no, Anastasia gave no examples this day; she only offered her latest insult. Hillary Clintons a gangster, she said. Or rather, she said it again.
Because yes, this is the latest narrative from the circle which gave you George Bush. A few weeks back, Dowds friend, Chris Matthews, chaired a discussion in which Clinton was compared to Luca Brasi—and directly called the godfather. (These remarkable insults stemmed from a ginned-up reading of an innocuous passage in Carl Bernsteins new book.) And then, this past Sunday, Dowd offered a column in which she said that Clinton employs a staff of hit men and moves like a shark; as she closed, she wittily linked Clinton to Al Capone. In that column, Dowd hadnt failed to offer examples; instead, her examples were built on cracked logic. Clinton had been compared to a mobster because she had been attacked by someone else. Yes, we know—that doesnt make sense. But darlings, remember the writer! And remember how much is at stake!
Dowd and Matthews are disturbed, strange, unwell; today, we laughingly see that Dowds such a nut that she thinks of herself as an aesthete. Thats right! Dowd, the dumbest rock in the box, still recalls the time when her Irish prince brought the brilliant Casals to our world. And now, when she thinks of Celine Dion, the outrage of the Kenny G era floods back. Why not misstate the facts of the case when such an outrage is being furthered? And why not compare these people to mobsters? Darlings! They enjoyed Kenny G!
That column by Dowd was a living disgrace—a blast from a ruling cliques infernal regions. And make no mistake—these are the people who gave you George Bush in a vicious, two-year campaign against Gore. Indeed, this group will rule all our lives until we decide to unseat them.
PRETENDERS: This morning, at the bagel joint, they were playing an 80s tape. We started awake at some favorite old lyrics, delivered from the past—and the future:
The powers that beYesterday morning, the powers that be were driving their favorite new tale, via Dowd. For two years, they told the world that Gore was a liar. Now, theyre telling the world that Clintons a hoodlum. And their editors let this go on.
But then, many liberals are letting this go on—because its currently aimed at Clinton. In our view, its hard to find words for how foolish this is—or, for that matter, how craven.
SICKOS: We Irish! We hate Bill Clinton for his philandering—and we long for the days of Dearest Jack. We know, we know—that doesnt make sense. But please understand: Its the sheer inanity of the Dowds and the Matthewses that makes them such perfect tools for the powers who silently rule you.
In this tape, you can see the look on Matthews face at Tuesdays AFSCME event, when he was jeered by his sweaty inferiors. (Their misconduct starts about 8:40 in.) And just so youll know, the following sentence from Dowds column explains her groups concern about obscene Hillary Clinton:
DOWD: Hillary, too, found a way to profit from her husband's failings and flaws.Vile outrage! That was Dowd, on Wednesday morning. But Matthews had expressed the same deep concern on Joe Scarboroughs morning show one day earlier. Poor Christopher! He was about to be jeered by a lesser order. (Darlings, lets all thank God for Nantucket!) But before he had to mix with this breed, he took the chance to unburden himself about the thing Clinton has done:
MATTHEWS (6/19/07): She benefitted in the sickest way from Clintons messing up with Monica—she gets to be a senator!In the sickest way! And dont worry! This is what these sickos discuss at their cohorts brilliant soirees—after they finish railing against Kenny G and Dion, of course.
You have to search the annals of literature for a case in which so daft an elite has been enlisted by the powers that be. But this goony group has been very useful; theyre worth every penny their masters have paid them. Theyve reordered our minds for the past fifteen years. We went along when they savaged Gore. And uh-oh! Unless we misjudge, were keeping our mouths shut RE Clinton.
Special report: The assault on...Al Gore!
TOMORROW—PART 3: Yesterday, we were called away on a mission of national import. Tomorrow, our report will continue.