Thursday, November 04, 2010

All Right. A Little Gloating.

Sarah's a pistol. Scratch that. She's a bear.

JOY IS ITS OWN REWARD EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE. Okay. We're human, too. The job ahead of us is daunting, but we did have a big victory. For example, Jon Stewart felt compelled to treat Chris Wallace of Fox News like a human being.

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He even plugged Fox News Sunday. (For the wrong reason, of course, but still...)

And there's this gem from the Glenn Beck Show. Take the link. It's worth enduring their clunky software. You'll be laughing out loud. It's really reminiscent of Mad Magazine back when it was just zany and, uh, funny.

There's this, too. Kanye West apologizing to George W. Bush.

The former commander-in-chief revealed in an interview that he recalls the hip hopper's 2005 charge that Bush "doesn't care about black people" as a low point in his tenure as president.

"It was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency," Bush said in an interview with Matt Lauer of the moment he heard about West's comments during a benefit telethon for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Bush explained that he interpreted the comment as a clear accusation of racism.

Bush reportedly blasts West in his new memoir, Decision Points. "I didn't appreciate it then. I don't appreciate it now...I resent it, it's not true," he told Lauer of West's accusation.

But after hearing Bush's recent reaction to his comments, West says he can relate to the former president.

"I definitely can understand the way he feels, you know, to be accused of being a racist in any way, because the same thing he happened to me," West said Wednesday in an interview with 97.9 "The Box," referring back to the aftermath of his outburst against country princess Taylor Swift.

West was vilified as -- at best, a bully -- and at worst, a racist, after he stormed the stage at the 2009 Video Music Awards to declare that Beyonce should have gotten the best female video ward instead of Swift.

The public outcry prompted the newly "more sensitive" West a year later to write a song for Swift and to express his regret over the incident in a long Twitter soliloquy a year later. It's the Swift saga, an experience that he told New York radio station Hot 97 was "bigger to me than the Bush moment," that gave him empathy, West said.

"I think we're all quick to pull the race card in America," the hip hop mogul observed of his run-in with Bush. "And now I'm more open, and the poetic justice that I feel, to have went through the same thing that he went [through] - and now I really more connect with him on just a humanitarian level."

Which is more appropriate than he knows, given the slam-dunk rebuttal by outcome of Dem accusations of racism against Tea Partiers and Republicans this cycle.

After the 2006 midterm elections, many in the chattering class declared the GOP had been reduced to a “regional party” – white, male, and Southern. Since President Obama’s election in 2008, the Leftist mainstream media has worked diligently to paint much of the opposition to his policies as the bigoted and deranged spasms of a marginalized, racist conservative base. The tea party movement represented “racism, straight up” according to political philosopher Janeane Garofalo. Maureen Dowd, Frank Rich, Eugene Robinson, and Bob Herbert practically took turns writing weekly columns slandering conservatives using flagrant race baiting, including an embarrassing election-day screed from Robinson. Chris Matthews complained that the political Right was “monochromatic” for his taste. And the Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wondered aloud how anyone of Hispanic descent could possibly be a Republican. Then came the 2010 elections.

The midterm election not only busted the myth that the GOP is a regional party – seeing Republican gains in the Northeast, Midwest and West – it also puts to rest the notion that Republicans are a lily white party whose base won’t embrace a diverse slate of candidates. In eight prominent contests, Republicans nominated and elected excellent candidates and fine conservatives who also happen to be people of color

Definitely and absolutely read the whole thing. It spells out the diversity of the conservative electorate, and the only thing it's light on is the extraordinary number of women who competed, withstood horrifying slanders, and won nevertheless. To hell with all the damn hypocritical, soul-sick liberals, who are tolerant until some minority pawn tries to step out of his or her assigned box.

Watch the whole thing. But the part I was looking for was the scene, only
alluded to at the end, where referees try to fix the outcome. "Not another
yard" is the central idea. Bearing in mind that the conservative team now
consists of men, women, African-Americans, Indian-Americans, Mexican-
Americans, Puerto-Rican Americans, Cuban-Americans, and, well, Titans.

Sometimes, a little gloating is a confrontation with truth. And there's also something about the "little people," who just might be "stronger" than the elites, no matter how big or small or male or female or white or black or brown or red or yellow they are. Otherwise, we wouldn't do it. Unless we would anyway. Because it feels so good.

P.S. Speaking of George W. Bush, I still can't get over this scene. He and his dad at the Texas Rangers Game 4 of the World Series. Such a casually great strike thrown across the heart of the plate. (Can't find the Fox Sports footage that proves this, so the following will have to do.)

It was a good pitch. Unless you saw it for yourselves, you'll have to take my word for it. Something about how life is.

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