November 07, 2006

I'm Robbo the Llama And I Approve This Post

TWO MINUTE DRILL UPDATE: 11/5/06, 6:00 PM: Okay, folks, it's 48 hours and change until this is all over and I believe the GOP is in the Red Zone. Despite the fact that the polls are all over the place and the MSM is practically accusing the (R) Team of biting the heads off live babies, I believe it is still very, very close. And at least according to my most trustworthy source, the Big Mo is swinging our way.

Here are some things I don't believe: I don't believe in a Donk "wave". I don't believe the vast majority of polls are all that accurate any more. I don't believe that the GOP Base - whether it be evangelicals, fiscal hawks or Fortress America immigration types - is going to sit on its hands this time.

Instead, I believe the GOP is going to hold. A week or two ago, I predicted to Steve-O a loss of 7 to 9 in the House, 3 in the Senate. Well, I'm not backing off of that. Am I crazy? Perhaps, but we don't call these posts "delusional rantings" for nothing. Then again, I won my office pool in 2002 and we ran the boards on the Electoral College in '04. So who knows?

Anyhoo, as I say, we're inside the 20. Let's get out there and convert!

YIPS from Steve-O What he said! Plus a little bit of this as motivation for the type of GOTV we want over the next day and a half:

Victory.png

I'm leaving this stuck to the top until Election Day. The punditistas say it's now a matter of rallying the base, so I feel it's my obligation to do what I can.

Friends, it's simple - A Donk takeover in the House or Senate this year would be disastrous to the GWOT in all its theatres and manifestations because the Donks are more interested in getting Dubya's scalp than they are in actually, you know, fighting the bad guys who've vowed to kill us all. In my simple calculus of working in close proximety to the likely next target of said bad guys, that's a hightened risk I have no interest in taking, either for myself or for my family. Oh, and I don't particularly care to be taxed back to the Stone Age either.

So, message to GOP supporters, whether RINO, Fundamentalist, Big Money, Security Mom or Whoever the Hell Else - let's get out there and win this one!

UPDATE: SOOPER SEKRET MESSAGE TO FELLOW CONSERVATIVE BLOGGERS: Okay, guys, help me out on this!

UPDATE DEUX: SOOPER SEKRET MESSAGE TO WHOEVER PUT TOGETHER THIS POSTER: I can't find the original and forget where I found it, but it is a kick-ass classic. Shoot us a line and I'll update this update to give full credit.

UPDATE DEUX UPDATED: The Colossus I.D.'s Point Five as the fons et origo of this idea.

OCT 13 YIPS from Steve-O: Okay, let's turn this into the all-purpose vote-whoring flogging the base posting.

For you RethuggliKKKHANS out there who have suddenly gone all "Oh Brother Bluto, I'm afraid, we no longer deserve the majority, Rumsfeld, whaaa, I'm going to add my measley vote in my blue state as a protest" I've got something for you:

1. Sweet Dreams with Charlie Rangel

This version has the virtue of not only being Paul McCartney free, it also has Clapton wailing away. In God We Trust, indeed.

I'm going to try my hand over the weekend with Flash Media to do a new video version of this featuring a dancing Charlie Rangel.

YIPS from Steve-O: The Colossus is getting in the spirit! (In the process, getting me exactly in the frame of mind needed to go lecture on Rousseau's Social Contract in 10 minutes.)

Posted by Robert at November 7, 2006 01:00 AM | TrackBack
Comments

Amen.

Posted by: LMC at October 11, 2006 09:50 PM

Point Five is, as far as I can tell, the originator of the pic. I'll do the same on my site shortly.

http://pointfiveblog.com/index.php/2006/05/840

Posted by: The Colossus at October 12, 2006 02:47 PM

Nice poster--W looks like a trussed WEBELO who wandered into a WW II bond ad. Churchill would cough a lung in laughter.

Posted by: dan orlow at October 13, 2006 10:05 PM

No, Danno, I think of those photos of Winston with the tommy-gun and believe he'd probably approve heartily of this sort of thing. Besides that, Churchill loved to sit in the co-pilot's seat when he was being flown to Washington, Moscow and the like, and even took a hand piloting the plane himself, so I think the whole aviation thing would appeal to him as well.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at October 14, 2006 08:38 AM

Given that W's a veteran fighter pilot, I'm willing to bet he knows a hell of a lot more about how a flight suit should be work than you.

Posted by: Boy Named Sous at October 14, 2006 01:52 PM

"Work" should be "worn"

Posted by: Boy Named Sous at October 14, 2006 01:52 PM

Whammer--Man of the Century was my reading primer--lets just say that I disagree. We can leave out the frissons. W can barely get out a sentence--Churchill "marshalled the language and sent it into war". The quote at the bottom is at best a tautology--and doesn't exactly scream Save the Republic. The imagery critique stands. Just admit it--this poster is a metaphor for why the GWOT is not progressing (and it must)--diaphanous folds are not evocative of victory exultant--it suggests Lear not Achilles. As for Boy Named Sous--the idea that W is a "veteran fighter pilot"--that's just sad. The personal invective--hell I'll throw down on you Boy--as sad as the idea that W is a Top Gun its almost topped by the affected whimsy of your pen name--what's that supposed to mean--Julia Childs meets Shel Silverstein?. Head back to your hutch--I'll send over some lettuce.

Posted by: Dan Orlow at October 15, 2006 12:35 PM

Granted, when's Danno's done with the bunnies, they'll be walking a bit funny, but the delivery shouldn't be an issue...

Posted by: Steve the LLamabutcher at October 15, 2006 03:51 PM

Moving away from my tawdry history and back to the real world:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1033390368216486622&q=marine+precision&hl=en

not sure this was ever posted to this site--if this doesn't make your inner eagle salute--time to move to Canada.

Posted by: dan orlow at October 15, 2006 04:14 PM

Danno - I think you're going about looking at this the wrong way. First, that's not a Dubya quote - it was coined by the blogger who put together the image. Second, this isn't a war poster, it's an election campaign poster. It's purpose isn't to explain the Administration's GWOT combat philosophy but to rally the GOP base for the upcoming elections with some rah-rah blended with a little tongue-in-cheek humor. At least, that's why I like it.

I'll throw the floor open to debate whether Dubya should be called a "veteran fighter pilot" or not. My own take - without ever having served myself - is that flying a fighter jet is insanely dangerous in and of itself, whether one gets shot at or no, and that anybody who has done so ought to be honored for it.

Oh, and message to everybody: Don't be mean. There's no need to be mean.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at October 16, 2006 08:04 AM

That is silly. No one thinks Bush is an effective leader anymore. How can you expect to prosecute a war without the support of the people ?

Posted by: jOHN RYAN at October 16, 2006 11:36 AM

"John" Ryan---Man, that was so awesome when you were able to figure out that Latvian dude with the Scottish accent was gonna steal that submarine and defect to America. You are so right---I need to listen to you!

Posted by: Steve the LLamabutcher at October 16, 2006 11:53 AM

"I know this book. Your conclusions were all wrong, Ryan. Halsey acted stupidly."

Posted by: The Colossus at October 17, 2006 09:06 AM

Ha, ha! Know what I love? The fact that this is perfectly correct: Halsey fell for the Japanese carrier bait hook, line and sinker and it's only through a combination of miracles that the rest of the Japanese fleet didn't wipe the American beachhead at Leyte right off the map.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at October 17, 2006 09:10 AM

The only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. The Democrats may not quite be "evil", but by doing nothing instead of voting we are in effect electing the Democrats who WILL do nothing, giving Jihadists the chance to attack us again.

http://southpark-conservative.blogspot.com

Posted by: Greg at October 19, 2006 10:19 AM

Well I'm glad I "may not quite be evil" for not signing on to this war.

Posted by: LB Buddy at October 19, 2006 10:46 AM

A Donk takeover in the House or Senate this year would be disastrous to the GWOT in all its theatres and manifestations because the Donks are more interested in getting Dubya's scalp than they are in actually, you know, fighting the bad guys who've vowed to kill us all.

I am so sorry to hear you believe this of nearly half your fellow Americans. That must be very upsetting for you.

The reason so many Democrats are unhappy (to put it mildly) with George W. Bush isnít because theyíre hoping a team of jihadists sweeps in and destroys our great nation. Itís because we believe GWB has done nothing to make us safer and much to make us less safe, that the only thing his handling of the war on terror has done is to make things considerably worse. Itís because we take the threat seriously.

Of course, that doesnít mean ripping up the Bill of Rights either.

Posted by: scott at October 24, 2006 11:29 AM

"The reason so many Democrats are unhappy (to put it mildly) with George W. Bush isnít because theyíre hoping a team of jihadists sweeps in and destroys our great nation."

I'm not suggesting that anybody is hoping for any such thing. In fact, I believe just the opposite is true. At least from what I've seen, the Donks believe this is unlikely enough a) that it can be dealt with through heightened law enforcement efforts and "port security" means, and b) that it can be relegated to secondary status behind "getting" Dubya. It's not that they hope we lose the war, it's that they don't appear to grasp we're actually in one.

"Itís because we believe GWB has done nothing to make us safer and much to make us less safe, that the only thing his handling of the war on terror has done is to make things considerably worse."

By that logic, Churchill should not have interfered in Hitler's Central European policies because he wound up getting London blitzed as a result. It depends on whether you're talking short or long term. Sure, stirring up the hornet's nest is dangerous (although, touch wood, we haven't been hit again yet), but it's far more dangerous to let that nest sit and grow until the swarn becomes too big and powerful to fight off.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at October 24, 2006 12:55 PM

a) that it can be dealt with through heightened law enforcement efforts and "port security" means

Those would certainly be enormous improvements, yes.

and b) that it can be relegated to secondary status behind "getting" Dubya.

Again, not mutually exclusive. The steps GWís taken so far have either been the wrong onesÖor he hasnít taken any. So, yes, admittedly faith in his leadership is in short supply.

It's not that they hope we lose the war, it's that they don't appear to grasp we're actually in one.

Iíd go for Door Number Three, I think: we may be in a war, but if so, itís not the one GW likes to talk about so much (yet do so little about).

If we were truly in a war equal to WWII, as is sometimes claimed, then thereíd a national draft. Until there is, this doesnít come close to equaling WWII. To state what seems to me the obvious.

"Itís because we believe GWB has done nothing to make us safer and much to make us less safe, that the only thing his handling of the war on terror has done is to make things considerably worse."

By that logic, Churchill should not have interfered in Hitler's Central European policies because he wound up getting London blitzed as a result. It depends on whether you're talking short or long term. Sure, stirring up the hornet's nest is dangerous (although, touch wood, we haven't been hit again yet), but it's far more dangerous to let that nest sit and grow until the swarn becomes too big and powerful to fight off.

Well, no. Iím sure youíve heard this analogy before, but itíd be like Churchill attacking Japan in 1939 rather than interfering in Hitlerís Central European policies.

Posted by: scott at October 24, 2006 04:00 PM

Or something really lame like FDR invading Morocco before the 42 midterms to avenge Pearl Harbor.

Oh wait.....

Posted by: Steve the LLamabutcher at October 24, 2006 04:19 PM

Well, of course it was a physical impossibility for Churchill attacking Japan in 1939. But hypothetically, had he been able to launch a preemptive strike that kept Japan out of the war and allowed the United States to focus its full efforts on aiding Britain in the Atlantic and European theatres? I'd be willing to bet the old boy'd have jumped at the opportunity.


As it was, I don't recall reading in the history books about how Britain's abstention from aggressive behavior in the South Pacific prevented the Japanese from attacking Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Burma and the east coast of India.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at October 24, 2006 04:27 PM

Of course, Chamberlain was still PM until May of 1940 . . . Churchill tried to get Britain to intervene in Central Europe, but as a backbencher, there wasn't much he could have done.

As PM, he did everything he could to avoid war with Japan because he knew the Pacific had been stripped in order to support the war in Africa.

But you've read Churchill, Robbo, so I know you already know this. Preaching to the choir.

Posted by: The Colossus at October 25, 2006 07:03 PM

anal balls anal thumbs

Posted by: Ejoudoyviuv at October 27, 2006 04:54 AM

"the bad guys who've vowed to kill us all".

You mean the "freedom fighters"? Nah, they're just mad because we invaded Iraq for oil.

What? What? What do you mean we weren't in Iraq on 9/11???? You mean the Islamo-facists killed almost 3000 Americans just because they f-ing hate us??? No way!!!!

Posted by: Jenn at October 27, 2006 01:06 PM

What? What? What do you mean we weren't in Iraq on 9/11???? You mean the Islamo-facists killed almost 3000 Americans just because they f-ing hate us??? No way!!!!

No we were not in Iraq at the time. We were however, bombing the crap out of the north and south from our military bases in Saudi Arabia and Turkey. You know, Saudi Arabia, the one where 15 of the 17 hijackers came from. You know, Saudi Arabia, where talking point #1 of Osama Bin Laden was for removal of US troops from the country. You know, Saudi Arabia whose crown prince and ruthless opressor of the poor is BFF of George Bush. You know, Saudi Arabia, the largest oil producing country in the world.
But they hate us for our freedom.

Posted by: LB Buddy at October 29, 2006 06:33 PM

Yes, we were bombing Iraq -- basically to prevent him from ethnically cleansing the Kurdish north and the Shiites in the south. Look what he did to the marsh Arabs.
And we were in SA basically to keep Saddam from trying to take over an entire country (Kuwait) again. For Saddam, it was all about the oil.

Posted by: rbj at October 30, 2006 11:18 AM

We were however, bombing the crap out of the north and south from our military bases in Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Just, y'know, for the hell of it. And only during the Bush reig.... er... Presidency.

You know, Saudi Arabia, where talking point #1 of Osama Bin Laden was for removal of US troops from the country.

That should have been enough to convince us to leave. Because, you see, whenever murderous psychopathic terrorists make demands, we should acquiesce immediately, because that will make them be nice to us.

Posted by: Boy Named Sous at October 31, 2006 11:47 PM

My point was not that those actions were unjustified (reasonable arguments can be made for both sides), but that the idea that extremists are attacking America because they hate the fact that we can listen to Madonna and our women don't wear burkas is complete BS. The overall negative opinion of the US in the Middle East and the rallying cry for extremeists is the direct result of our continued presence in the region and the broad belief that we are only there to exploit the region's natural resources. An argument that has a strong ring of truth to it.

Posted by: LB Buddy at November 1, 2006 12:58 PM

but that the idea that extremists are attacking America because they hate the fact that we can listen to Madonna and our women don't wear burkas is complete BS.

Come down out of the ivory tower every once in a while and notice what's going on outside it. If Muslim extremists were attacking only America, you might have a point. But if you're going to argue that foreign policy is the only motivation behind such violence, I'd invite you to tell that to Theo Van Gogh. Oh, wait. And that's just one exmple.

Posted by: Boy Named Sous at November 1, 2006 03:31 PM

Excellent use of the Hanson brothers, I must say.

I'm in the fight -- I've just put up my "Democratic Victory Parade" post at my place.

Unlike some conservative bloggers I could name, I haven't given up hope yet. If we go down, it better be fighting.

Posted by: The Colossus at November 6, 2006 01:58 PM

I'll tell you what you better hope for--that the Sherman/MacArthur/Goldwater/Nixon wing of the GOP stays home tomorrow, because if the best the GOP can do is fight a half-assed, nation-building, don't hurt any poor "innocent" civilians war, then why not let the Democrats run it, since they invented that peculiar brand of sitzkrieg way back in Vietnam.

Maybe, by 2008, someone in the GOP will manage to grow some plutonium balls, and fight this war with the Shermanesque savagery necessary to win it. Until then, I will be quite satisfied to go to the polls tomorrow, and send the current crop of Republicans to the Lazy George McClellan Retirement Home for Lily-Livered Losers.

Posted by: Pep at November 6, 2006 02:04 PM

Since I can't put up a trackback for some reason, I'll post it here:

VOTE

I just finished listening to "Tax Man" over at the Llamas, from their floating sticky GET OUT THE VOTE post. Since I'm one of the many moderately frustrated conservatives, I felt it was important to speak to the issue directly, now.

Posted by: tee bee at November 6, 2006 02:55 PM

I heart that Victory graphic!!!

Posted by: phelony jones at November 7, 2006 06:37 AM

Ah.. that's George Harrison there...

Great video. I am dragging half the neighborhood to the poles. The other half, out to the country and kicking em out of my car! LOL

Posted by: Chris at November 7, 2006 08:46 AM