Our Senator is an Idiot

June 21, 2005 at 3:14pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Chucky is at it again, picking on poor old George, trying to stir up anti-Iraq angst among partisan Republicans and moderates alike. Unfortunately, Chuck doesn’t actually provide any evidence for his statements. Not that that matters when you’re running for president on a “my party sucks, but vote for me anyway” platform.

‘‘Things aren’t getting better; they’re getting worse,” said Hagel, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. ‘‘The White House is completely disconnected from reality. It’s like they’re just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we’re losing in Iraq.”

That’s all well and good, Chucky, but would you care to offer some supporting evidence? What would it take for you to consider the U.S. to be winning (or even maintaining the status quo) in Iraq? I put about as much faith in Chucky’s interpretation of the situation in Iraq as I do Dick Cheney’s. Cheney, incidentally, insists that the insurgency is in its “last throes”—also without any supporting evidence, and contrary to recent events.

But the real Idiot of the Week award goes to John McCain. McCain insists that “what the American people should have been told and should be told [is that] it’s long, it’s hard, it’s tough.” Uhh, Johnny? Open your freaking ears. The Bush administration miscommunicates (or doesn’t communicate at all) about a lot of things, but one thing Bush has done reasonably well is point out that the War on Terrorism™ ain’t gonna be easy.

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Mr. T June 22, 2005 at 1:38am

Wow…tough words from Chucky. I think its fair to say that there is too much going on to make a definitive “we are winning” or “we are losing” statement at this point. To sum it up in an zero-sum either/or is simplifying what is obviously a very complicated picture. I wonder to what extent his criticism is poll-watching/fence-sitting in the lead-up to a potential presidential run vs. genuine concern as a combat vet. I’m guessing a mix of both.

Speaking of Cheney’s statements, one of the things that was revealed in Woodward’s book “Plan of Attack” was the extent to which he operates unilaterally while in his “neo-con” cheerleader role (I still don’t know where the “neo-con” label came from but am using it as the accepted vernacular).

Anyway, I’m a Chucky fan. I have a lot more respect for him than whats his name - that other senator from this state. (blanking on the name…)

Mr. Wilson June 22, 2005 at 5:07am

That would be Senator Ben Nelson, Mr. T.

I can’t really say which of our two senators I prefer. On the one hand, Nelson is a predictable moderate, incredibly skilled at pleasing at least half the people all of the time. On the other hand, Hagel, unlike Nelson, actually has principles. Unfortunately, at present one of his primary principles is “make a lot of noise and generate a lot of press so I can run for president in 2008.”

I’m voting for none of the above.

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