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April 18, 2005

Billmon: 04/17-04/18

III. Eva Braun - Woman of the Year


II.  Playing for Keeps

Frist and DeLay and the rest of the Rove gang may not have any kind of grand design for a GOP Thousand Year Reich, but rather may be acting like the Easter Islander I talked about in an earlier post -- the one who cut down the last remaining tree on the island.


I.  See the thread below on the Billmon piece: Fuel Shortage

Posted by b on April 18, 2005 at 17:31 UTC | Permalink


The acquisition and exercise of power is the north star to these folks, the purpose of their existence. They have demonstrated no interest in governance except as it furthers their immediate personal ambitions.

In other news, some say water is wet.

Posted by: CK Dexter Haven | Apr 18 2005 17:52 utc | 1

Unlike Billmon, I do think they believe they'll change the world and rule forever. If not they themselves but their clones.

I also think they're gossly incompetent, goerings not goebbels, and will cause everything to come crashing down.

The failure of the Right and the Fall of America will be the resounding story of the early 21st century -- sort of like the end of the British Empire after WWI.

Posted by: Lupin | Apr 18 2005 18:20 utc | 2

Or maybe they believe in the rapture, and think it's going to happen soon.

Posted by: janeboatler | Apr 18 2005 19:06 utc | 3

Or they may be preparing for the GOP Reich, which shall last as long as electronic voting can be forced. Bet that last bit of oil powers voting machines for a looooong time.

Posted by: Scorpio | Apr 18 2005 19:12 utc | 4

Norquist has been stuffing their heads with visions of ruling for at least forty years. They buy it, as well as believing they are smart enough that they will turn that forty into four hundred and four hundred into four thousand after which they quit counting.

Posted by: Marie | Apr 18 2005 19:17 utc | 5

Billmon's post brought to mind a plot point from Lord of the Rings: Sauron could not imagine that his opponents would try to destroy the one Ring. It was crucial to his downfall, and his silent "Oops" was surely a biggie.


Posted by: MJS | Apr 18 2005 19:24 utc | 6

How about selfish and immature? Grabbing what they can. If they ever thought about it, the GOP radicals think they will always be in power. God and free markets are on their side.

Posted by: Jim S | Apr 18 2005 19:27 utc | 7

My fear is that with electronic balloting, combined with control of voting machine manufacturers by the repubs and redistricting, there may no longer be fair elections. If that is the case, the repubs may feel confident that they won't ever lose another critical election.

Posted by: Rob | Apr 18 2005 19:37 utc | 8

Legal elections are valid and will be supported by the citizenry. Other kinds will quickly become ornamental, about as functional as ankle bracelets are for staying warm.

What are you wearing?

Posted by: citizen | Apr 18 2005 19:54 utc | 9

I think Billmon's latest photoshop is an insult to Ms. Eva Braun. The bitch on the cover of Time is equivalent to a psyco concentration camp guard.

Posted by: Friendly Fire | Apr 18 2005 20:23 utc | 10

The Limbic system moderates fight or flight. Perhaps the conspiracy theories of Lizards taking over the reigns of power have neurological significance.

Posted by: Juannie | Apr 18 2005 20:27 utc | 11

I think Billmon's latest photoshop is an insult to Ms. Eva Braun. The bitch on the cover of Time is equivalent to a psyco concentration camp guard.

I was gonna go with Ilse Koch, but I couldn't find a good photo of her.

Posted by: Billmon | Apr 18 2005 21:21 utc | 12

I happen to think Eva, I mean Ann looks pretty darn good in that photo. It kind of reminds me of Lilly Tomlin on Laugh In sitting in that big chair acting like a little baby rocking back and forth. It makes her look like the little kid she is.

Posted by: jdp | Apr 18 2005 21:31 utc | 13

Sitting sultry in a chair; innocent!

Posted by: Friendly Fire | Apr 18 2005 21:38 utc | 14

I have been watching Kudlow on CNBC. he had some woman and that wack job Hugh Hewitt arguing over the nuke option. Man is that Hewitt a fricking ass. He would not argue over long standing senate tradition, he just name called and belittled anyone not thinking like him.

Posted by: jdp | Apr 18 2005 21:52 utc | 15

I think back to w's interview with russert. Russert asked what would Bush do if he lost the 2004 election and Bush, without hesitation said, I'm not gonna lose. I think it was the only question he answered without waiting for the voice in his ear.

(And back to 9/11-Bush sitting in the classroom after being told by Andy Card about the second plane-so many have said he had a 'deer in the headlights' look. I never thought so, although I watched a number of times. I pondered about 'his look' and I think he looked like a 10 year old trying to pretend he did not know the secret already.)

Oh well, in other words, they do not ever plan to lose again is my vote.

Posted by: Mary Moore | Apr 18 2005 22:28 utc | 16


hilarious; Billmon should send it to her.


Posted by: han shan | Apr 18 2005 22:29 utc | 17

Great post, Billmon. Only made even darker, and funnier, by Coulter's characterization of Katy Couric.

Posted by: Winston Smith | Apr 18 2005 22:56 utc | 18

Frankly, Eva Braun was more a mindless idiotic clone of another famous leader's wife who met an infamous end, namely Marie-Antoinette. For Ann Coulter, you'd have to dig up an old 17th century picture of Erzbet Batory. But the intent surely was right.

As for there not getting any legitimate elections anymore, when did this stop the French, American and Russian peoples to riot and rebel?

Posted by: CluelessJoe | Apr 19 2005 0:04 utc | 19

I think Eva is better looking than Ann :)

Posted by: dave from Chicago | Apr 19 2005 0:22 utc | 20

Heres's an interesting revelation
re: Anne Coulter:

Link to straponvets

Posted by: han shan | Apr 19 2005 0:25 utc | 21

LOL. Strap-on Veterans for Truth!!

I wish she were a transvestite because all I'm sure the freepers need to know a thing or two about the crying game...imagine their confusion about all those restless night thinking of Ann with her semi-automatic locked and loaded.

...and I tend to think that the Republicans believe they are going to control the federal govt (what remains of it) the gerrymandering and, yeah, a little voter fraud as needed. Just ask LBJ or Mayor Daley how well that can work...doesn't matter if they're dead...Texas has long tradition of zombie voters.

I can't decide if the religious right getting some big chunks of what they want would make the implosion of the Republican Party happen sooner, or if not getting what they want would be faster.

Posted by: fauxreal | Apr 19 2005 1:06 utc | 22

The more I read about the American right the more I think all their thinking is shaped by a misinterpratian of FDR and the new deal. They believe that the New Deal and all the liberal changes to American society were achieved through the judiciary. This then made society more liberal which entrenched Democrats in power for so long.

Obviously this interpretation is wrong, but it has the advantage of allowing conservatives to believe that their ideologies were never rejected by the majority of Americans.

For conservatives, the way to correct this is to roll back the New Deal by means fair or foul including changing the judiciary. This is ok as, in their eyes, the New Deal and the entire liberal period following it was the result of cheating by FDR in the first place. Once this is done society will be forever changed back to the conservative pre-FDR values and most importantly a new conservative utopia will result where true free markets produce super economic growth and everyone is wealthy etc. This will eventually entrench Republicans in power.

I don't think this plan involves the Republican party not losing upcoming elections. They may even be willing to get absolutely trashed in the next few elections once they have made the necessary changes as they beleive that the conservative utopia will be unstoppable.

Posted by: still working it out | Apr 19 2005 3:03 utc | 23

Eva's got a shape to her. Leaning a hatchet in a barber chair would have been somewhat more accurate...

As for the GOP, Frist is in the "Rapture-or-...uh..." camp and the rest are bulking up personal fortunes for their castles.

*crunch crunch*

Soylent Green cracker, anyone?

Posted by: Thursday | Apr 19 2005 3:13 utc | 24

If you take the peak-oil, approaching rapture, and growing influence of personalities who will condone torture, killing, and even genocide then stretch these three line out into the future. I'd say we've got 15 maybe 25 years before we see the big elephant fall, which will crush a whole lot of grass and other life with it. Rapture, yeah, it is fast approaching!


Posted by: Max Andersen | Apr 19 2005 4:09 utc | 25

I do not know how my comment disappeared and at the same time it's listed on the right side of the main. Let's try here...

Posted by: vbo | Apr 19 2005 4:27 utc | 26

Read Steve Clemon’s blog where he discusses Chris Nelson's brave essay on the stakes for democracy in the John Bolton and Tom DeLay battles.

If the fight over John Bolton's UN nomination were just about John Bolton, he'd be history already. But this isn't about Bolton, it's about the exercise of power. Same thing with House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

If this was even 5 years ago, hed be toast.

We are at the point now where the Republican Leadership refuses to allow the possibility of a loss on anything, regardless of the merits. This renders "debate" meaningless, since nothing said actually matters, so truth is irrelevant.

"Science" depends on faith; everything is a test of power. Oppose something the President wants, and you aren't just wrong, you are betraying the Party. The underlying message is that you are also offending a very particular definition of God.

The sad, sorry Bolton/DeLay spectacles are about total war, the kill-the-prisoners exercise of power that national US politics has become since the 2000 election. If it were merely about power, it wouldn't be so terrifying. Washington is used to that. . .it's what we exist for. But the fear, the self-loathing, the pathetic, cowardly, sniveling, excuse-making drivel from such "leaders" as Lugar, Hagel, Chafee, the entire House Republican Leadership under DeLay. . .and the ever-so-very carefully expressed angst of the Democrats. . .is about something far more dangerous to the Republic than mere political power.

What we are seeing is a fight for the political soul of the nation. We've had these before, in the existential sense. . .in my political lifetime, the civil rights movement, the anti-Vietnam war movement, the women’s rights versus, to a certain extent, the right to life movement. But this time it's totally and completely a fight about God. . .specifically, whether God is going to rule in the United States.

The Constitution says that would be illegal, and any serious expert can tell you that not only were the Founders liberal in their interpretation of the Deity, but they intentionally enshrined a purely secular civic government, including the courts. They didn't think that Jesus had an official plan for us, much less did they think that politicians who defined their duties in secular terms were defying the word of God.

Tom Delay manifestly believes this, and it sounds like any number of Senate Republicans either agree, or lack the imagination or moral courage to disagree. . .why else would some endorse threats against Republican-appointed judges who dare to interpret the law in secular terms? This is what the Bolton fight is really about: you can't dump him, because that lets the Democrats win on both the facts and principle. . .fatal notions to a desire to pack the courts with religious and secular policy extremists.

Why else would there be the constant drumbeat of attacks on the "liberal media", except to undermine public trust in the Constitutionally provided mediator between the politicians and the people?

The Founders knew how to protect what they intended; this crowd has figured out how to undermine the very rule of law in the United States. Listen to what DeLay is arguing...that his excesses have nothing to do with his "persecution", interesting choice of word, by the Democrats and their "liberal press allies". If a majority of Congressional Republicans don't, in their hearts, see the hypocrisy of all this, the Republic is doomed.

The real story behind Bolton and DeLay is obvious, to anyone not already seduced by the dark side.

Connect the dots. There's still time.

Posted by: Cloned Poster | Apr 19 2005 8:36 utc | 27

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