Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Jon Tester won Montana, beating the hideous Conrad "Montgomery" Burns. In addition to the running themes I've talked about, this is good in-and-of itself. Burns is a nightmare, as I wrote about here back in early August.

It'll be good to send his ass back to Montana, where hopefully he can put out his own fires.


Blogger Ed in Westchester said...

Rummy's DONE!!!!!!!

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

So I hear, so I hear.

Question is, did they wait til Tester's win was official to make the call? Which could indicate the Lieberman Scenario you & John described in the other thread.

This IS the current Administration afterall.

1:07 PM  
Blogger sheadenizen said...

Rumsfeld steps down....Wow! Wow! Wow! And no Joe L.

1:18 PM  
Anonymous John Royal said...

Thankfully my paranoid fantasy did not come true. Dubya's appointed Robert Gates to take Rummy's place. Gates used to be a CIA guy, and he also used to work for Daddy.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Robert Gates, huh? I don't know anything about him. Well, got something to read up on now.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous John Royal said...

Gates was career CIA who served Daddy Bush as a deputy in the NSA and was later Director of CIA at the end of Daddy's term -- I believe that he replaced Casey.

Since the mid-1990s he's been the President of Texas A&M University. A&M, for those not in the know, is the school that made Phil Gramm possible. In fact, A&M makes Gramm look like a liberal.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Wasn't Phil a Dem back in the day?

John, you're our never-ending source of info & trivia on all things Texan.

How are folks down there taking last night's news?

1:36 PM  
Blogger sheadenizen said...

My guess is that Daddy made the appointment. I think even George the 1st has had it with Dubya. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous John Royal said...

Well, I'm happy. Kind of. My Congressman had been the Hammer, but Tommy's gone and I'm represented by a Dem for the first time in about a decade. But it's only in someplace like Texas that Nick Lampson could be seen as Liberal. He got the endorsement of the NRA, is pretty damn conservative in most areas, but, and this is the key, he will stick with the party on the important parts.

Texas, unfortunately, didn't get hit by the big wave. Thanks to Delay's redistricting tricks, most everybody survived -- except for Tom.

Thanks to Kinky Friedman, the governor of Texas is still a GOPer, Rick "Governor Good Hair" Perry, who was elected with just under 40% of the vote. The Dem, a former law school classmate, just cleared 30%. Kinky got about 12% of the vote -- people who were protesting Gov. Good Hair.

Our Senator's are still GOPers. There's John Cornyn, who makes Rick Santorum sound intelligent, and Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who, even though she votes with Bush about 95% of the time, is seen as a moderate. The statehouse is still entirely in GOPer hands.

I think there's a little shock, but since the GOPers still run the state, I don't think that they're too worried. Though, if I read things right, Dallas and Fort Worth are beginning to trend Blue, which may be bode ill for the GOPers by the end of the decade.

And yes, Phil was a Dem, who after voting for a lot of Reagan's economic wishes, was stripped of all of his House seniority and committee spots. Phil then became a GOPer.

Oh, and more Gates, though they never nailed him with anything, Gates name kept popping up a lot whenever Iran-Contra misdeeds were uncovered.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Applesaucer said...

I put a close versions of this on a previous post by accident:

OK, Mike, I'll make you an offer: would you trade in this Republican defeat for a Mets' win over the Cardinals?

Or maybe trade the House for a win over the Cards and then the Senate for a win over the Tigers?


2:00 PM  
Blogger sheadenizen said...

Boy, sure know how to ruin a good day!

2:06 PM  
Anonymous waitingforthealiens said...

I expect that James Baker might have been the architect of the Gates nomination. It is kind of like when the dads come in on Sunday morning to bail the Theta Chi brothers out of jail—at least some of them.

I really disliked some of the old Reagan crowd, but having six year’s exposure to Dubya’s gang, they look like paragons of statesmanship now. Well, except for Meese; I still wouldn’t piss down his throat if his heart was on fire.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Applesaucer said...

"Boy, sure know how to ruin a good day!"

OK, would it make you feel better if I pointed out that the only time the Mets win the World Series is when crooked Republican Administrations control the White House?

The Mets are looking good for either '07 or '08.


2:12 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

"Good Hair," "Kinky" (that's "bad hair," I presume) & "The Dem."

You see, this is why I can't help liking Texas. Especially if Dallas-Ft. Worth is "tredning blue" as John put it.

As to the Mets-Cards deal, no way. With the WS win over Detroit guaranteed that makes it tough, I'll admit.

But since the Mets are gonna win in '07 & '08, I don't need to be greedy.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...


Nice one. Your metaphors are on fire today. From what little I've read, the Gates nomonation does seem to have the George I/Baker footprint on it.

Baker, the genius before Rove became the genius. Leaving aside policy and statesmanship, Baker & Rove vs. Carville & Clinton would be a good battle in the Macchiavellian politics war.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous John Royal said...

Kinky is Kinky Friedman. I honestly can't remember how Kinky got the Kinky nickname. He's a Jew who's always talking about coming to Jesus, and he does have funny hair.

Maybe his buddy Don Imus should ask Kinky where the name came from. The worst part of Kinky losing is that this means he's free to go back to writing awful mystery novels.

The "Governor Good Hair" nickmane comes from columnist Molly Ivins. The guy's known for his perfectly groomed hair.

The Dem was Chris Bell. And Chris is the one who started the downward spiral for Tom Delay in that Bell filed an ethics complaint against The Hammer after Delay's little redistricting stunt helped cost Bell his Congressional seat. So, while Bell may have lost his race for governor, I think the whole country owes him a big thank you.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I know who Kinky is, John! If I moved to your state, they'd make me an Honorary Texas Jewboy the day I arrived.

Anyhow, I think you should write a casual, colloquial, book about Texas archanalia. John On Texas, or something like that.

I'm serious.

3:47 PM  
Blogger DED said...

Well, with regards to the original post about Conrad Burns: HALLEFUCKINLUJAH!!! Another one of the Congressional Assholes, a big one at that, is gone.

6:27 PM  

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