Okay, so after (apparently, the recount is underway, but his situation looks good) making the runoff in the gubernatorial primary, in a huge surprise, and being in good shape to win it… after that, Robert Bentley fired a bunch of his campaign staff. He brought in non-Alabamians, led by Mike Huckabee’s son-in-law, to fill their roles. I am increasingly of the opinion that he will blow this, and Bradley Byrne will get the nomination.
Yes, St. Roy himself addressed the local teabaggers. A real meeting of the minds, there. Whoever the speaker is, the teabag brigade gets to hear rhetoric that is almost, but not quite, calling for the violent overthrow of the elected government of the United States of America, and Roy did not disappoint, breaking out the Thomas Paine and the Patrick Henry and comparing the present environment to the American Revolution. Because, well, he’s an idiot and so are the teabaggers.
Gary Farber on the latest Nixon tape dump and manipulating the Vietnam conflict. Republicans have been running around for over thirty years now claiming that Democrats, or “liberals”, had betrayed South Vietnam. As I’ve written before, the problem is that these people seem to think that just because we could have achieved a tactical victory in Vietnam that we should have, that the tactical victory (which would have held the United States up to worldwide opprobrium — Westmoreland wanted to use nuclear weapons! — and cost far more than it would have gained) would have nonetheless have been worth it. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
At any rate, McNamara and Johnson were fully aware in 1968 that the war was unwinnable by any realistic means; Nixon, of course, was well aware as well when his turn came. He was just trying to put off the inevitable in order to protect himself. And, as it turned out, he was lying even more than was usual for him. Tricky Dick was getting Congress to threaten to cut off funding for the South Vietnamese regime in order to pressure them into a peace deal — while keeping his own hands clean. And then former Nixonites like Cheney and Rumsfeld could go out and claim that the Democrats stabbed South Vietnam and the US Army in the back. Neat trick. See Der Dolchstoßlegende.
“Hiking the Appalachian Trail” is the new euphemism for politicians having extramarital affairs. As in, “John Edwards was hiking the Appalachian Trail while his wife was dying of cancer.” Or, “Newt Gingrich was hiking the Appalachian Trail while his wife was being treated for cancer, then served her with divorce papers in the hospital.” Or, “Self-hating closeted gay Alabama Attorney General Troy King has been hiking the Appalachian Trail with one of his male staffers for years, and everybody knows it.” Or, “Nobody’s hiked the Appalachian Trail like Bill Clinton.” Though “Flying to Argentina” is good too. Like “John Ensign was flying to Argentina with one of his married staffers, until her husband found out and tried to get hush money.”