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The BOW Award Returns

Well, I just spent an hour or so writing up my BOW Award entry for this week.  I've been on vacation and I missed last week's BOW Award, and I didn't get to write this week's yesterday, when I usually would have because we were driving home from the beach. (Topsail Island in North Carolina.  Great place.)  Anyway I had a good entry going and was nearing the end of the post -- it was a long one, too.  But my browser closed unexpectedly and the autosave restore thing didn't work, so I lost the whole entry.  I just don't have the energy to write the whole thing over again.

Suffice it so say that I mentioned the McCain campaign worker, whoever it might have been, who allowed McCain to go on television Tuesday night without makeup and then had him stand before that horribly garish green backdrop.  McCain's delivery is bad enough -- wooden, boring, and that fake smile of his gives me the creeps -- but add in the venue and the lack of makeup and he looked awful.  When Fox News comments on how bad the Republican Presidential nominee's appearance went you know you've got problems.

I mentioned Fox News' E.D. Hill, who referred to a little fist pump Barack and Michelle Obama shared at Obama's speech that same night, as "a terrorist fist jab."  A terrorist fist jab?  Are you kidding me?

Right wing radio host Mike Gallagher interviewed disgraced former Republican House Majority Leader Tom Delay, the other day, and the two of them agreed that Barack Obama is a Marxist.  Yep.  I blogged about this sort of thing the other day and there's a long discussion of it on my Wordpress blog for June 3 (http://davidbcoe.wordpress.com) so I won't go into it in much depth here, except to say that if this is the best the Right can do in their campaign against Obama, they don't have a prayer come November. 

Then of course, we have the McCain campaign advisor who, apparently tired of hearing a possible McCain Presidency referred to as "a third term for George Bush" suggested that actually Barack Obama's fiscal policies were much closer to George Bush's than are McCain's.  A couple of thoughts on this one:  Apparently this advisor is ignoring McCain's willingness to expand and make permanent the disastrous Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, as well as Obama's promise to end those tax cuts, which we can't afford.  This person is also ignoring the fact that while McCain wants to keep on spending hundreds of billions of dollars on the Iraq War, Obama has promised to end the war.  Also, I wonder how Delay, Gallagher, and others who are calling Obama a Marxist feel about this....

There were a couple of other nominees, too.  I've forgotten them.  I'm giving the award for this week to Republican Senator Pat Roberts (Kansas) who had been chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee until the Democratic takeover of the Senate in 2006.  As chair of the committee, Roberts managed to exert influence over the committee's report on the Bush Adminstration's misuse of pre-war intelligence in the buildup to the Iraq War.  He never counted on the GOP losing control of the Senate though.  The second round of reports on pre-war intelligence has now come out, and it not only shows that the Bush Administration misused intelligence leading up to the war, and that the Administration embarked on a carefully orchestrated campaign to deceive the American public about Iraq (just as former WHite House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said in his recently published memoir), but it also shows how much Roberts did to keep these facts from coming to light.  So this week's BOW Award goes to Senator Pat Roberts, Republican from Kansas, for his role in deceiving the nation about the Administration's Iraq policy.  Take a BOW there, Senator.  You've earned it.  And good luck with that reelection campaign.....

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jer_bear711
Jun. 9th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
It's amazing (well, not really) how badly they behaved, never imagining they'd lose control of the Senate. Makes me want to kiss the person who YouTubed George Allen's 'macaca moment.' Again.

I bought the McClellan book last week. First thing I'm reading after the deadline!
davidbcoe
Jun. 9th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can't tell you how many times I've thought about how lucky we are that Ole George (Allen, not Bush) was such an idiot. As bad as the past two years have been, they would have been far worse if the wingnuts still controlled the Senate. It's bad enough that the Democratic majority is so dependent on Joe Lieberman. [Shudders]
kmarkhoover
Jun. 9th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Yay, the BOW is back!
"And good luck with that reelection campaign....."

Lol, no kidding.
davidbcoe
Jun. 9th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay, the BOW is back!
He's yet another wingnut in a supposedly safe seat that no longer looks so safe. (Along with Mitch McConnell and a few others.) Could be an interesting fall.

Thanks for the comment, Mark!
hedwig_snowy
Jun. 10th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Fist jab: Wasn't about being a terrorist it was about being black folk, different, scary.

See DeLay saying yesterday that he is trying to stop his wife from voting for Bob Barr?

Bush is an economic Marxist? Who knew?

What do these people have in common? Rangle, Leahy, Spector, Roberts (and probably a lot more): They all said they were working to find the truth about what happened to the intelligence and why we were misled about Iraq. They got plenty of face time on the TV doing just that. The only thing is: They never meant it. Roberts is certainly the worst, but the list is long of people in Congress that don't want us to find out what happens there. And they're not all Republicans.

But hey, it is ....Kansas

6/2-4/08
Roberts (R) 50
Slattery (D) 38

5/13/08
Roberts (R) 52
Slattery (D) 40
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