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Return of the BOW Award

Today I bring back the BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award, after a hiatus of several weeks. I feel a bit refreshed and I’m ready to go after Buffoons wherever they may hide. Fortunately, Buffoons are no better at hiding than they are at doing much of anything, so this shouldn’t be too hard. And, as it happens, there was enough Buffoonery on display this week to fill up a book, much less a blog entry. 
Where to begin? We could start with our Buffoon in Chief, who was in Beijing, China this week for the Olympics. Mostly he spent his time sitting in the stands, cheering on American athletes. So how could our President get himself in trouble if he was just being s sports fan? Good question. It seems (and yes, there is photographic proof of this) that during one of the swimming competitions he held up an American flag in order to show his solidarity with the U.S. Swim Team. Problem is he held it up backwards. His wife, Laura, had to point this out to him. ‘Nough said.
Then there was Jerome Corsi, well-known wingnut, purveyor of lies, and all-around poor excusxe for a human being. Corsi is best known as the swiftboater who in 2004 released Unfit for Command, his “biography” of John Kerry, which helped spread such vicious lies about Kerry’s service in Vietnam. Well, Corsi has “written” a new “book” called The Obama Nation, which seeks to do the same kind of smear job on Barack Obama. In this new piece of trash, Corsi perpetuates the ridiculous lies already circulating about Obama -- you know the stuff: he’s a Muslim, he’s anti-American, he was educated in a Madrassa -- but it also is filled with misstatements about Obama’s father and the circumstances surrounding the the divorce of Obama’s parents, as well as factual errors about Obama’s life. This guy is a sleazebag and his book is tripe. Yet it’s also the number one non-fiction book on the NY Times bestseller list. Fortunately Media Matters is on top of this, as is the Obama Campaign, which has put out a 41 page document exposing the lies in this book.
John McCain garners multiple nominations this week for a variety of reasons. He has been running ads on energy independence all week during the Olympics, criticizing Obama and touting his own plan. But an op-ed piece by Thomas Friendman points out that McCain has managed to miss every vote on a crucial piece of energy legislation currently making its way through the Senate. Most recently he missed the vote on July 30. In fairness, Obama missed that last vote as well (shame on him for not being there). But McCain is 0 for 8 on this bill.
The McCain campaign is also responding to charges that he is too close to the Bush Administration (the charges are based on the bact that he voted with the Administration 95% of the time in 2007) by claiming that Barack Obama “voted in lockstep with President George W. Bush nearly half the time.” (See www.crooksandliars.com for more about this one.) Hmmm. 95% versus “nearly half”. Hasn’t McCain’s campaign been claiming that Obama is the Senate’s most liberal member? And now they claim that he’s “in lockstep” with Bush? Yeah, that’s bound to work.
But this week’s premier Buffoonery has come as McCain tries to make political hay out of the Russian invasion of Georgia.  McCain has been all over this thing, doing everything he can to make the point that he is better equipped to deal with an international crisis than is Obama. Unfortunately for McCain, he keeps on tripping over himself as he does this.  He has announced that he is sending his Senatorial lackeys, Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to Georgia on a fact-finding mission, drawing criticism from many who see this as presumptuous and dangerous, and who point out that if Obama had announced that he would be sending Senators Carl Levin and Joe Biden to Georgia as his emissaries, pundits on the right would be screaming bloody murder about his presumptuousness and arrogance. But it gets worse. McCain wrote an opinion the other day about the Georgia crisis and actually said, “In the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations.” Yes, you read that correctly. “In the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations.” This from one of the strongest supporters of the Iraq war. He also said that the Georgia situation is the “first…serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War.” Is it possible that McCain has forgotten about Iraq and Afghanistan and 9/11? Is it possible that he doesn’t remember the first Gulf War? Is it possible that anyone (other than CNN’s Jack Cafferty, who was all over this story) will call him on these ridiculous statements?
This week’s BOW Award goes to John McCain for his dangerous and frightening rewriting of recent American foreign policy history. Take a BOW, Senator. You’ve earned it. And then tell us again how important your foreign policy experience is….


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Aug. 16th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
hooray, the BOW is back, lol!
It was an incredible statement, one that reeked of stupefying hypocrisy along with a complete disregard of reality.

Makes you think. When Senator Obama speaks to other world leaders he's being uppity. (Well, we all know what's behind that idea from the GOP.) But when McCain does it, even to the point of sending emissaries to Georgia to try and set policy...well, he's just being responsible and presidential.

Typical GOP action: "Do as we say, not as we do. Suckers."

I, for one, am glad they're being called on this. Long overdue, imo.
Aug. 16th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Re: hooray, the BOW is back, lol!
Agreed on all fronts. Good to hear from you, Mark. Hope all is well.
Aug. 16th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
But.... No mention of John Edwards' affair and his hubris and arrogance in pursuing the presidential nomination despite it? McCain's idiotic statements are only "business as usual" for him; I'd say Edwards is the true buffoon.
Aug. 16th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
I agree that Edwards would have won had I done the award last week. But this is old news now. And besides, a male politician getting caught with his dick in the wrong place? Seems a little cliched to me. McCain's buffoonery is so much more creative....

Thanks for the comment, my friend. Great seeing you in Denver.
Aug. 16th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
McCain is trying to set foreign policy. We're only supposed to have one president at a time. That's what the Constitution says, although we know how the GOP views that "goddamn piece of paper" and the restrictions it places on governmental officials.

Setting foreign policy (while having a paid Georgian lobbyist on your staff) to undermine the current work and position of our State Department is much more "buffoonery" -- and incredibly dangerous -- than a politician tapping a piece of ass and then lying about it.
Aug. 16th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
What? Hypocrisy in politics? I never!!!

I knew about the lackeys, but the way you wrote it - wonder if that comes with being a fantasy author or just my take on it - caused an image to pop into my head of The Wicked Witch of the West sending her his two favorite flying monkeys, Joe and Bubba G, over to Georgia to straighten out the munchkins.

As for the one commentor's point about Edwards. 1) Edwards isn't running for President. 2) Does the GOP really want to stack up the lists of politicians in each party and compare them to see who is more 'moral'? Edwards was toast, politically, the moment that was revealed, but the GOP has plenty in the same boat, more actually, and for even worse reasons. Most of them are on Fox.

Glad to have ya back. :-)
Aug. 17th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
Thanks, glad to be back. The comment on Edwards came from a staunch liberal Democrat (who's also a good friend and a terrific fantasy writer). He just thinks Edwards was an idiot and I have to agree. I just didn't think it was this week's news.
Aug. 17th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
Yes, I know that a lot of Democrats are upset not just with John, but even Elizabeth for continuing the campaign knowing what they knew.

Still, it worked out that he wasn't the nominee and it doesn't make any difference now despite the rantings of the less sane on the other side (e.g. Hannity who spent weeks on Edwards haircut costs and I have no idea how he didn't explode from joy over this).

The point is that the GOP has more than enough skeletons that they might want to move on from this.

Fantasy author? Who is it? :) Always up for some more reading material.
Aug. 17th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
He writes as S.L. Farrell. He's author of the Cloudmage series. His newest novel is A MAGIC OF TWILIGHT. Check out his stuff.
Aug. 17th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
As for Corsi:


Group tied to al-Qaida backs McCain for prez
By Jerome R. Corsi

"Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain has enjoyed strong support from a lobbyist group that backs the Kosovo Liberation Army despite allegations the KLA is a Muslim terrorist group with ties to criminal drug networks and al-Qaida."

Guess we'll get the "John McCain: Unfit for Command II" book as soon as he gets off Hannity's radio and TV show... Although, you have to give the guy points for his footnotes pointing to himself. That's impressive...
Aug. 17th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
And yet this race is still close, which scares me.
Aug. 17th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
Scares the hell out of me, too....
Aug. 17th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Might want to follow this web site to see the current poll data:


Might alleviate some of your concerns. It's not really as close as the media would like us to believe. Of course, the country is still fairly divided, but the GOP brand is in such bad shape that this election, unless something like breaking an oar (to use an Olympic metaphor), is over.
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