DAILY BRIEFING  8:33 am November 17, 2008

Team Of Angry Embittered Scheming Rivals

by Sara K. Smith

  • Barack Obama must relinquish his BlackBerry and swear off email forever, so that in the future it will be harder to prosecute him for War Crimes. [New York Times]
  • This presidency brought to you by Doris Kearns Goodwin. [USA Today]
  • An earthquake off the coast of Indonesia ruined several hundred homes but did not cause a tsunami. [UPI]
  • Vitamin C alone will not save you from cancer. Neither will Vitamin E. [Washington Post]
  • Christmas will be cancelled this year because of the recession, so extra retail jobs have also been eliminated. On Christmas Day there will be no presents, or jobs, only holding hands and singing like the residents of Whoville. [Washington Post]
  • Prominent Republicans offer differing theories for why they are sucking the mop right now, and how they might remedy their situation. [Politico]
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Terry November 17, 2008 at 8:39 am

So, Newt Gingrich thinks that Palin isn’t the future of the GOP? Is this the same Gingrich who is sitting there waiting for his Republican colleagues to realize how much they want and need him and for them to call him? Can he sound any more like a high school girl without a date to the prom?

4tehlulz November 17, 2008 at 8:40 am

>>This presidency brought to you by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Or whoever she’ll be plagiarizing in a few years.

EnBuenOra November 17, 2008 at 8:44 am

It’s fantastic to know that all our President’s Cabinet decisions now must be passed through a vastly overdone metaphor by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who has managed to appear on television citing uncontroversial history points and bland arguments more than any other U.S. political historian.

bitchincamaro November 17, 2008 at 8:46 am

“… many applicants have shown up at [Best Buy] with professional résumés in hand.” Mostly former Bush appointees, one assumes.

Terry November 17, 2008 at 8:52 am


No, the Bush appointees are in Best Buy (as well as Target) fraudulently returning items.

bitchincamaro November 17, 2008 at 8:54 am

44 should supplant the BB with with a PS2, keeping his mind numb and his thumbs occupied.

bitchincamaro November 17, 2008 at 8:55 am

[re=178070]Terry[/re]: Who could forget?

4tehlulz November 17, 2008 at 8:55 am

>>”I’m a little bit more selective now than I would normally have to be,” [the Best Buy tool] said.

You mean they actually may know something about the products now? AND be helpful?

bitchincamaro November 17, 2008 at 8:58 am

[re=178073]4tehlulz[/re]: No, but a salesperson may be able to ignore you in several languages, now.

dotdotdotdotdot November 17, 2008 at 8:58 am

Best parts of the e-mail article:

1. Dubya was an AOL user. This is too perfect! It explains everything about his presidency. Had we only known. . .

2. Supposed ‘expert’ Diana Owen uses the phrase ‘I can’t be on e-mail.’ How 1998! Somebody better tell her not to open ‘those e-mails’ from all the people that love her.

DangerousLiberal November 17, 2008 at 9:00 am

John McCain, overheard today talking to Hillary Clinton at one of his several houses:

“Senator, I knew Sen. William Henry Seward. Seward was a friend of mine (and suggested Sarah Palin–ya now the Alaska thing). Senator, you’re no William Henry Seward.”

mattbolt November 17, 2008 at 9:05 am

SPOILER ALERT: In Whoville, they get presents at the end.

John McCain is our grinch. He’s been a miserable, wrinkly old curmudgeon, but on Christmas when his heart grows four sizes… well, it’ll probably be because of some kind of massive heart attack, and Christmas will be ruined forever.

hedgehog November 17, 2008 at 9:09 am

When SKS writes about “sucking the mop” it makes me feel kinda funny.

Dr. Zoidberg November 17, 2008 at 9:11 am

But who will carve the roast beast?

Sharked November 17, 2008 at 9:12 am

G94B has officially been added to my buddy list – just another reason to count down the days until January 20th.

ManchuCandidate November 17, 2008 at 9:13 am

You’re a mean one, Credit Crunch.
You really are a heel.
You’re as solvent as Lehman,
You’re as slimy as an eel.
Credit Crunch

You’re a mad cow calf
Made into some veal.

You’re a monster, Credit Crunch.
My wallet’s an empty hole.
WaMu’s is full of SubPrime,
You’ve got failure in your soul.
Credit Crunch.

I wouldn’t buy you, with a
eleventy gazaillion check.

You’re a vile one, Credit Crunch.
You have killed Ole Saint Nick.
You have all the sweet tastiness
Of dried out Reindeer dung.
Credit Crunch.

Given the choice between eating the two of you
I’d take the reindeer dung.

Serolf Divad November 17, 2008 at 9:14 am

The War on Christmas® is brought to you this year by The Wall Street Bankers Association, the Grand Old Party, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The National Realtors’ Association and viewers like you.

monty November 17, 2008 at 9:15 am

I’m a little bit older(37) and im not as good at keeping up with the hipsters as i used to be, but what is “sucking the mop ” code for? it sound dirty

mattbolt November 17, 2008 at 9:16 am

Speaking of Christmas, what’s the official Blowvember-style scandal-code for December? All I’ve got is Dickcember. It’s a traditionally slow month anyways, so it might not even come up.

Rush November 17, 2008 at 9:23 am

Can Doris KG just go away? She seems nice but why the MSM seems to think she is some special, annointed high-brow historian is beyond me. Besides, she was born without any lips!

finallyhappy November 17, 2008 at 9:24 am

Haley Barbour says the McCain campaign didn’t try to make Obama unacceptable to the American people?? Say he is a communist, a socialist, palling around with terrorists, a muslim, going to make abortions a requirement(ok, not quite)- was Barbour in the republican grave while the campaign was going on and just woke up as a zombie(he looks like he has eaten plenty). Just shut up, you fat old slob

Mahousu November 17, 2008 at 9:30 am

[re=178082]Serolf Divad[/re]: Hey, it’s the one war they’re actually winning.

eyesfriedopen November 17, 2008 at 9:32 am

[re=178081]ManchuCandidate[/re]: The economy is in the euphemism, and you’re making funny songs. Shame on you, and well played.

kapish November 17, 2008 at 9:34 am

I for one welcome the end of Christmas, and celebrate Alien Overlord Day.

WadISay November 17, 2008 at 9:39 am

[re=178088]Mahousu[/re]: It was cutting into my abortion-performing and flag-burning time anyhoo.

WadISay November 17, 2008 at 9:45 am

Just because BHO is capable of entertaining more than one point of view, suddenly there are going to be throw-downs in cabinet meetings, and we’ve got to start calling him Sybil?

pourmecoffee November 17, 2008 at 9:52 am

The Clinton Adminstration: A Team of Ribalds.

TGY November 17, 2008 at 9:54 am

Ahh, next year is the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. Somewhere, he’s laughing his ass off.

Also, singing and holding hands was good enough for the Whos. But, of course, it wasn’t enough for The Who or even, more grammatically, The Whom.

charlesdegoal November 17, 2008 at 9:55 am

[re=178087]finallyhappy[/re]: He can’t see the republican party’s grave at his feet any better than he can see his own dick.

TGY November 17, 2008 at 9:56 am

Republicans offer differing theories for why they are sucking the mop right now

I suggest they acquire a taste for mop.

bluetom00 November 17, 2008 at 9:56 am

Maybe Obama can plagiarize his cabinet selections too. Zing! Well, I tried.

hedgehog November 17, 2008 at 9:57 am

” … and Dick Cheney’s small heart grew three sizes that day!”

Ted Perino November 17, 2008 at 10:02 am

Ramadan comes in August this year. Maybe we can go to Wal-Mart by then and put some crap on our credit cards. That may signal the power of Allah.

As an historian who wrote about the Civil War and WW II, D. K. Goodwin ought to turn to the camera and say: “America, quit being a bunch of whiny little shits. You don’t know what trouble is.”

dano November 17, 2008 at 10:02 am

[re=178082]Serolf Divad[/re]: The GOP needs to come up with some new and improved wedge issues if they ever want to regain the house, senate, or the presidency. The War on Christmas® ain’t gonna make the nut this year so some fresh ideas are in order:

1. The War on Apple Pie-Accuse the liberals of hating apple pies.
2. The War on Family Farms- We all pretty much know that the family farm is going extinct, but why not blame it on the left?
3. The War on Dogs- Accuse Liberals of being cat people.
4. The War on War- We all know what peace whores the left are, so blame them for hating wars.

shellbomber November 17, 2008 at 10:08 am

[re=178097]TGY[/re]: When does the mop get ditched for the Swifer and send the GOP flowers?

Baby come back, you can blame it all on me….

jagorev November 17, 2008 at 10:08 am

Look, Hopey has clearly committed himself to ending Gitmo and torture:


Now can the netroots please stop freaking the f*ck out? Maybe lay off the Glenn Greenwald for a day or two?

Neon Trotsky November 17, 2008 at 10:08 am

[re=178082]Serolf Divad[/re]: And we know now what happens when the war is lost, like how the government of Croatia canceled Christmas this year:
“For that goal we forbid buying of Christmas and New Year’s gifts as well as organising of Christmas and New Year’s receptions…” -Prime Minister Ivo Sanader

If it can happen in Croatia, it can happen here! Stay strong, defenders of Christmas!

queeraselvis v 2.0 November 17, 2008 at 10:12 am

Those retail hiring manager fucks are not unlike pre-nightmare Ebenezer Scrooge telling Bob Marley to commit himself body and soul to the company while cutting his hourly wage and ordering him to serve Tiny Tim as the Christmas dinner entree.

sarahconnor November 17, 2008 at 10:23 am

I’m looking forward to spending Christmas in the drunk tank. Most economical Christmas ever!

queeraselvis v 2.0 November 17, 2008 at 10:25 am

[re=178111]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: Jesus, it’s Monday, and I’m still an English major. Bob Cratchit, you moran.

Miller November 17, 2008 at 10:25 am

I think some media people need to get that Team of Rivals book slapped out of their hands before they spew off one more hackneyed pronouncement about who Obama should pick. “This person ran against him and this one hates him, of course Obama should pick them for the cabinet regardless of qualifications. They’re rivals! I read in a book that the five dollar bill guy did that!”


tootsieroll November 17, 2008 at 10:27 am

[re=178081]ManchuCandidate[/re]: FTW!

Ted Perino November 17, 2008 at 10:27 am

[re=178126]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: Quit arguing with yourself. They are both right, in a post-modern sort of way.

FMA November 17, 2008 at 10:31 am

[re=178099]hedgehog[/re]: And oozed through Whoville devouring everything in its path.

qwerty42 November 17, 2008 at 10:32 am

[re=178068]EnBuenOra[/re]: well, she was also a long time Brooklyn Dodgers fan until they moved west.

DangerousLiberal November 17, 2008 at 10:39 am

[re=178127]Miller[/re]: Hey, not so fast–Maybe the book will inspire BHO to appoint Salmon Chase as SecTreas. Or Trout Tenkay. Or some other fish ‘n’ running-oriented name.

Servo November 17, 2008 at 10:45 am

Santa laid off the elves and is gradually slipping into alcoholism. “Maybe Santa and the Easter Bunny will take a fuckin’ cruise to Jamaica next year.”

That seems proper, since it’s the day when most homes resemble UFOs anyway.

sati demise November 17, 2008 at 11:04 am

Did the Republicans lose the war on Christmas?
So sad, they fought so hard to win and all they got was a recession/depression.

finallyhappy November 17, 2008 at 11:17 am

[re=178126]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: I liked Bob Marley better- the music, you know. And um, it is morOn- not moran- unless you were taking about Jim- who is sort of a moron too.

WIDTAP November 17, 2008 at 11:25 am

D. K. Goodwin is the Stephen Hawking of history. Sure there are better, more original and more erudite experts out there, but the popularizers of the art will still get all of the public credit. Just ask Shelby Foote – he’s a-laughin’ in his grave.

WIDTAP November 17, 2008 at 11:28 am

[re=178099]hedgehog[/re]: This statement assumes facts not in evidence, i.e. existence of Cheney heart.

plastic_jesus November 17, 2008 at 11:35 am

can we get a blingee with the “Notorious DKG”?

fukaduk November 17, 2008 at 11:38 am

[re=178107]Neon Trotsky[/re]: My gifts this year will consist entirely of things I found by the side of the road. For my son, a flat raccoon, and for my daughter, a styrofoam cooler with a crack down the side and no lid. I’m saving the three dead hobos for my wife.

sanantonerose November 17, 2008 at 11:43 am

Welcome, Welcome
Fah who rah-moose
Welcome, Welcome
Dah who dah-moose
Christmas day is in our grasp
So long as we have hands to clasp

Mustang November 17, 2008 at 11:45 am

My mind is officially blown. These guys still don’t get that people are sick of getting manipulated into voting for tools. Barbour’s saying the way to beat Obama would have been to smear his name from here to outer space. How about offering a candidate who’s a leader and who has proposals to get us out of the mess we’re in? The party is fundamentally evil, so they think they just need to ramp up the evil to get back in power.

S.Luggo November 17, 2008 at 11:54 am

Puppies. A team of puppies.

Lascauxcaveman November 17, 2008 at 12:01 pm

[re=178181]finallyhappy[/re]: Get with the memes, buddy. It’s an oldie but a goodie:http://24ahead.com/images/get-a-brain-morans.jpg

I like the Marley slip too, but put the reggae man in the Muppet version of A Christmans Carol. That would be a great addition to an already awesome movie.

Fivetree November 17, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Enough of the hating on Doris Kearns Goodwin! We loves her! She came to Seattle in 1999, right before the WTO kerfuffle to promote her FDR book and during the Q&A someone asked her to say a few words about the upcoming WTO meeting, which people were already starting to organize against. She had the good sense to refrain from commenting on something she didn’t know enough about…and really, who KNEW that it would end up being such a colossal shitstorm? “Team of Rivals” was a good book, and yes, I am just as sick and tired as everyone else of hearing it constantly invoked these days but that’s no reason to hate on Doris. If Barry had decided to go “The Best and The Brightest” route you’d all be trashing David Halberstam – who is too dead to defend himself. It could be worse, at least he’s not reading “All The President’s Men”.

stribs November 17, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Yeah, down with the DK Goodwin hating.

I’ll take a Doris Goodwin influencing POTUS over a Bill Kristol any day.

psychedelicSludge November 17, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Not well understood yet in mainsteam medicine, it is nevertheless clear to alternative medicine practitioners that Vitamin C can prevent recession.

stribs November 17, 2008 at 12:19 pm
psychedelicSludge November 17, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Doris Kearns Goodwin was very influential in the Reagan White House. She alerted Nancy to the upcoming Uranus/Saturn square.

RabidHamster November 17, 2008 at 12:20 pm

[re=178097]TGY[/re]: Hopefully this isn’t the mop: http://whywomenhatemen.blogspot.com/2008/11/ill-be-back.html

Min November 17, 2008 at 12:26 pm

“He puzzled and puzzed, til his puzzler was sore, then Bernanke thought of something he hadn’t before…”

WIDTAP November 17, 2008 at 12:45 pm

[re=178292]stribs[/re]: Sure, but didn’t she get the idea to plagiarize from Deval Patrick?

gurukalehuru November 17, 2008 at 12:50 pm

[re=178181]finallyhappy[/re]: Welcome to the party – moran.

gurukalehuru November 17, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Oh frabjuous day! Reading this, and realizing how delusional Haley Barbour is, is to also realize that the Republican party is dead. Deceased, expired, bought the farm, kicked the bucket, defunct, extinct, over.
Unfortunately, they will just reappear under the name “The Stupid Party” and be stronger than ever.

DangerousLiberal November 17, 2008 at 12:55 pm

[re=178292]stribs[/re]: Consider the source. She explained her sloppy note taking practices. Not the same thing as assembly-line history….oh, hello Steven Ambrose, ya old hack! Didn’t see ya standing there….

Fivetree November 17, 2008 at 1:03 pm

Hey, Joe Biden plagiarized and he’s now the new Dick Cheney. Chopin plagiarized the entire 2nd Movement of his 2nd Piano concerto from some schmuck whose name escapes me. George Harrison took “He’s So Fine” and turned it into “My Sweet Lord”. Then there’s the case of the “Findlemayer Proposition” at the end of “What’s Up, Doc”. Joe the Biden, Chopin, the quiet Beatle and Kenneth Mars; Doris is in good company.

heathenish November 17, 2008 at 10:39 pm

“The mood of the country is what was bad in this campaign,” Duncan said in an interview at the governors meeting. “It was 90-10 wrong track, you had the war, we had the economy going south on us, we had the third-term curse, all those things.”
yeah and of course the republicans had absolutely NOTHING to do with any of THOSE things!omg they are so far removed from reality, i hope they sink into the muck of their own making, never to emerge, or something like that, i wish i could think of something clever to say about it

and i nominate bernake for new grinch to replace cheney

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