January 13, 2005

Grasping For Equivalence

I'm going to take a moment to praise the Minnesota Democrat "Farmer" Labor party.

When you, Mr. or Ms. DFL, grasp for myths to support your party's stances, you pick nice, dumb local ones, like "wouldn't it be great if Minnesota Republicans were as nice as they were back in the sixties and seventies, when we all worked together toward a common good", that sort of fairly harmless twaddle. It's almost refreshing, when you read what your national cousins are doing.

This via Mark Steyn, with my emphasis added:

the Rev. Jesse Jackson, described by Agence France-Presse as the ''Democratic former presidential hopeful,'' led 400 other Democrats in a protest outside Congress. Presidential-wise, they may be former but they're still hopeful. So they were wearing orange, the color of the election protesters in Ukraine, who overturned their own stolen election with an ''orange revolution.''
On the one hand, I'm sickened by the notion of a PR whore like Jackson trying to co-opt the efforts of the likes of the Ukrainian protesters.

On the other...

I have to think that at least 51% of Americans are too smart to do anything but heckle this:

Now, on the one hand it's very brave for the Rhymin' Reverend to lead an orange protest. There is no rhyme for the word ''orange.'' Irving Berlin tried and the best he could manage was ''door-hinge,'' which just about works in certain boroughs of New York but would make an unreliable jingle for the Rhymin' Rev to bellow at Bush from outside the White House:

''We're here, we're orange

We're pushing at your door-hinge . . .''

On the other hand, what's he really saying? That Americans are in the same situation as Ukrainians? That their election was stolen? In Ukraine, the one side poisoned the other side's candidate. His face broke out and his hair turned gray. John Kerry's hair is fabulous and for much of the campaign his glowing moisturized skin looked like an orange revolution all by itself.

The far left has shown itself particularly inept at choosing role models. When they're not giving the GOP Christmas presents like Michael Moore's "Springtime in Baghdad" (the Theresienstadt of 21st-century Potemkin media shams), they're doing things like...well, Jackson's moronic charade, performing olympic-caliber logical gymnastics to create moral equivalancies between a people struggling for their first taste of genuine democracy and a bunch of Ohio machine politicians who can't find a way to jigger the vote more than a percent no matter how hard they try.

Which is a gift to the rest of us; I can't imagine the majority of the American people are that dumb.

Posted by Mitch at January 13, 2005 07:32 AM | TrackBack

Oh, I'm afraid they are. ;-)

Posted by: Chuck Olsen at January 13, 2005 12:08 PM

I totally agree with your position that the majority of Americans are not that dumb. Look at Washington, where they've been counting for two months over a margin of a couple thousand votes. Then compare it to Ohio, where the far left just KNOWS Bush stole the election........with an 118,000 vote margin. (Nods head in patronizing fashion.....riiiiiight.)

For the same reason, Michael Moore did a lot more good for Republicans than he did for Democrats in the last election. I saw a poll on celebrity endorsements. His name was the only one that had double digit negatives. (If he endorsed a candidate, over 20% of the population would be more likely to vote against them.)

However, I have to say that the far left cocoon world view, as represented on the D.U. 2004 election forum would be a very interesting study for some psych major. (Though the same could probably be said for those who subscribed to the Clinton "body count" lists when he was reviled by the far right.)

Posted by: DC at January 13, 2005 12:18 PM

Mitch, the name is Democratic-Farmer-Labor. Putting "Farmer" in quotes is fine, given the current red-state cred of the Democrats. But when you call the party the "Democrat" party, you're in the hacktackular realm of the right-wing buffoon, and you're better than that.

That is all.

Posted by: Jeff Fecke at January 13, 2005 09:24 PM

Oh, and one more thing: Jackson is a massive tool, and has been for years.

Mark Russel once told a joke about Jackson's quixotic presidential campaign. He said Jackson had traveled to Cuba to meet with Castro.

"Mr. President," said Jackson, "When I'm president, there will be closer ties between our two countries."

"Rev. Jackson," replied Castro, "When you're president, there'll be a bicycle path between our two countries."

Always makes me laugh. Like when Russell compared Jackson's quilt (with all the colors of the rainbow! Black! White! Red! Blue!) to the Republican quilt (Bone! Ivory! Creme! French Vanilla!)

At any rate, Jackson hasn't spoken for anyone save Jackson since 1988. I don't bring up stupid things that Pete DuPont has done lately because he isn't very relevant. Neither is Jackson.

Posted by: Jeff Fecke at January 13, 2005 09:28 PM
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