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Stapler Malone
03-01-2010, 10:44 PM
http://blogs.laweekly.com/ladaily/city-news/mickey-kaus-for-senate/

bjkeefe
03-01-2010, 10:48 PM
Does this mean we don't have to talk nicely about him anymore?

claymisher
03-01-2010, 11:09 PM
"Anti-Mexican Internet Troll Seeks Democratic Nomination for Senator from California."

Good luck with that!

Wonderment
03-01-2010, 11:13 PM
I have a new mission in life!

I'll do everything possible to ensure that Mickey Kaus does not receive one single vote from the 10 million or so Latinos who live in the state of California.

Ok, I'm done. That was easy.

P.S. I am also offering 1000 to 1 odds to any takers that Mickey Kaus does not win election to the US Senate in any election ever.

P.P.S. I am also investigating tips from highly placed background sources that Mickey has a "Love Child" with John Edwards.

bjkeefe
03-01-2010, 11:57 PM
Related (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/01/ford-decides-not-to-run/?hp)?

Also, O/T, but anyone who is reading this thread is certain to enjoy this brief interlude (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2010/03/cartoon-of-day-updated.html).

Stapler Malone
03-02-2010, 12:00 AM
Shall we turn this into a Swiftboat Dingalink submission thread?

Wonderment
03-02-2010, 12:07 AM
Related?

Related. (http://www.minutemanproject.com/)

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 12:08 AM
They're all (http://search.twitter.com/search?q=kaus) twittering about it!

Ex (http://twitter.com/ObWi/statuses/9858456801):

ObWi Mickey Kaus... Mickey Kaus.... He's a blogger right? It's been so long since I've heard anyone mention him...

Ex (http://twitter.com/robertniles/statuses/9856497143):

robertniles My $.02 for the day: Mickey Kaus is as much a Democrat as he is a journalist.

Ex (http://twitter.com/jamisonfoser/statuses/9856385712):

jamisonfoser Mickey Kaus thinking about running for Senate is like me thinking about playing centerfield for the Yankees.

Many goat-sex jokes, also, too.

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 12:11 AM
[...] Many goat-sex jokes, also, too.

But not to worry. I'm sure the interns will filter them out (http://gawker.com/5392737/is-twitter-conspiring-with-celebrities-to-delete-your-mean-tweets). Because he is a celebrity, right? Right?

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 12:15 AM
B'head Robert Farley has become aware (http://lefarkins.blogspot.com/2010/03/2010-political-entertainment-outlook.html).

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 12:29 AM
Shall we turn this into a Swiftboat Dingalink submission thread?

Swiftgoat, more like.

Wonderment
03-02-2010, 12:58 AM
The requirements for running for Senate in CA seem ridiculously simple.

Basically if you're a citizen and resident over 30 yrs old you can file for the sum of $3480.

Then you get 65 registered voters to sign a petition and you can run in your party's primary.

I think that's all there is to it. You can also get 10,000 signatures in lieu of the $3480.

Perhaps someone can fact check me on this. I'm not certain.

bkjazfan
03-02-2010, 10:11 AM
What strange piece of news to wake up to. Where does he plan to raise the money to run? This seems like a joke but isn't. How about city council first Mick or the school board? No, you have to go for the big enchilada, U.S. Senator from the largest state in the country. I put his chances at .0005% to win.

John

look
03-02-2010, 10:19 AM
Swiftgoat, more like.Heh, nice catch.

look
03-02-2010, 10:21 AM
...can you guess?

look
03-02-2010, 10:54 AM
I have a new mission in life!

I'll do everything possible to ensure that Mickey Kaus does not receive one single vote from the 10 million or so Latinos who live in the state of California.

Ok, I'm done. That was easy.

P.S. I am also offering 1000 to 1 odds to any takers that Mickey Kaus does not win election to the US Senate in any election ever.

P.P.S. I am also investigating tips from highly placed background sources that Mickey has a "Love Child" with John Edwards.I don't think you have a thing to worry about. He'll run with all the enthusiasm and energy of Fred Thompson. I don't think he'll be able to get that worked up about it.

nikkibong
03-02-2010, 11:21 AM
...can you guess?

Mickey Kaus?

nikkibong
03-02-2010, 11:24 AM
http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/kausfiles/archive/2010/03/02/kf-caught-in-the-act.aspx

look
03-02-2010, 11:27 AM
Mickey Kaus?Alright, three.

uncle ebeneezer
03-02-2010, 12:25 PM
I had no idea Rob had written so much (http://lefarkins.blogspot.com/2004/12/our-war-against-mickey-kaus.html) about Mickey. Hopefully, Rob will make it his obsession to publish every unverified rumor about Mickey's personal life that he can (and maybe Slate will give him a job.)

Or better yet, maybe Ezra Klein will re-embrace his SoCal roots and run for the same seat so that Mickey will finally be forced to debate him!!

I can just hear Bob's reaction to Mickey's campaign announcement (in Bob voice) "So Mickey does this mean you're finally admitting that you're a Republican?"

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 12:40 PM
http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/kausfiles/archive/2010/03/02/kf-caught-in-the-act.aspx

Huh. That post, especially the PS, makes it sounds like he is more serious than just pulling a look-at-me stunt.

The question now becomes: When Mickey drops out, will he be as whiny about it as Harold Ford (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/opinion/02ford2.html)?

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 01:07 PM
Mickey has garnered endorsements from Instacracker and Doughbob Pantload. #saysitall

(h/t: Yglesias, via brucds (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=152821#post152821))

PreppyMcPrepperson
03-02-2010, 01:10 PM
...can you guess?

His mom, duh.

claymisher
03-02-2010, 01:19 PM
I dunno, it might be good for America to have a Senator that looks like he's an mentally ill homeless man.

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 01:46 PM
I dunno, it might be good for America to have a Senator that looks like he's an mentally ill homeless man.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/bjkeefe/R-44e5w5PRI/AAAAAAAAAek/oPtyRBa7D_g/s144/mccain-grimace-crop1.jpg Don't we already have one (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2010/02/angry-johnny-follow-up.html)?

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 02:00 PM
I had no idea Rob had written so much (http://lefarkins.blogspot.com/2004/12/our-war-against-mickey-kaus.html) about Mickey. Hopefully, Rob will make it his obsession to publish every unverified rumor about Mickey's personal life that he can (and maybe Slate will give him a job.)

Or better yet, maybe Ezra Klein will re-embrace his SoCal roots and run for the same seat so that Mickey will finally be forced to debate him!!

I can just hear Bob's reaction to Mickey's campaign announcement (in Bob voice) "So Mickey does this mean you're finally admitting that you're a Republican?"

John Cole makes a similar point (http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/03/02/satsq-4/):

The answer to DougJ’s question is simple (http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/03/02/cole-for-congress/)- the people who read Kaus are Republicans who can cite his union bashing, anti-immigrant and other right-wing views and say “even the liberal Mickey Kaus.”

That is his only purpose. He’s a one man New Republic. Expect his candidacy to be used to portray Boxer as an extreme leftist by DeVore.

It really is that simple.

So, to the extent that he has any effect at all, it will be to help the Republican effort to unseat a Democrat.

Jyminee
03-02-2010, 03:55 PM
The "Mickey Kaus blows goats" meme should officially be retired.

It was started to protest Mickey's wild, constant rumor-mongering about John Edwards having an affair with a woman named Rielle Hunter. Crazily enough, John Edwards did have an affair with a woman named Rielle Hunter, an affair that resulted in the birth of an illegitimate child, an affair that, had Edwards won the Democratic primary, would have resulted in John McCain being elected president and Sarah Palin being elected vice president. Mickey was the only prominent voice raising these concerns at the time.

Thus it is indisputable that any effort Mickey put into trying to discredit John Edwards was not only correct, but he was indeed doing God's work. Mickey should be mocked for many things, but not for having oral sex with goats.

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 04:03 PM
The "Mickey Kaus blows goats" meme should officially be retired.

It was started to protest Mickey's wild, constant rumor-mongering about John Edwards having an affair with a woman named Rielle Hunter. [...]

Even a Page-a-Day® Calendar missing 364 sheets is right once a year. (vide (http://lefarkins.blogspot.com/2004/12/our-war-against-mickey-kaus.html))

John M
03-02-2010, 04:22 PM
Don't we already have one?

How dare you, you little &*%&$**&^$mucketymuck, make fun of a POW!!!!

I do NOT look homeless. I have 8 homes, and contrary to Kaus, I'll actually be getting elected to the US Senate in November. Again!

Mickey Kaus is a fellow-maverick, narcissist and mendacious attention addict, and for those reasons I endorse the old draft dodger in his lame attempt to defeat that socialist whore Barbara Boxer.

Have a great day! We are all Los Angelenos and Georgians now (but not Haitians).

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 04:33 PM
How dare you, you little &*%&$**&^$mucketymuck, make fun of a POW!!!!

I do NOT look homeless. I have 8 homes, and contrary to Kaus, I'll actually be getting elected to the US Senate in November. Again!

Mickey Kaus is a fellow-maverick, narcissist and mendacious attention addict, and for those reasons I endorse the old draft dodger in his lame attempt to defeat that socialist whore Barbara Boxer.

Have a great day! We are all Los Angelenos and Georgians now (but not Haitians).

I guess you've answered the question (http://lefarkins.blogspot.com/2010/03/rule-of-three.html).

Jyminee
03-02-2010, 04:37 PM
Weak sauce, bj. The point of the goat sex joke was that Mickey was wrong about Edwards. Well, he actually wasn't wrong--everyone who mocked him was wrong! Continuing to use the goat joke is like mocking someone for a rumor that isn't true. It'd be like conservatives going after Michelle Obama for saying "whitey."

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 04:45 PM
Weak sauce ...

Pretty self-referential answer.

If you're going to try to deny that Mickey has a long history of floating rumors, or, more usually, passing them along and trying to keep them alive, virtually none of which turned out to have any basis in fact, then you simply don't know what you're talking about. Read some of the posts at the link I gave you in my previous response. And if that's not enough to convince you that I'm right about Mickey finally getting lucky, once, with his decade-long shtick, don't worry. I'm sure a few thousand other examples will be presented in the coming weeks.

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 04:48 PM
The take from Roger Ailes here (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/03/teabaggers-have-their-senate-candidate.html) and here (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/03/schmuckmentum-hairless-hack-mickey-kaus.html).

AemJeff
03-02-2010, 04:58 PM
The "Mickey Kaus blows goats" meme should officially be retired.

It was started to protest Mickey's wild, constant rumor-mongering about John Edwards having an affair with a woman named Rielle Hunter. Crazily enough, John Edwards did have an affair with a woman named Rielle Hunter, an affair that resulted in the birth of an illegitimate child, an affair that, had Edwards won the Democratic primary, would have resulted in John McCain being elected president and Sarah Palin being elected vice president. Mickey was the only prominent voice raising these concerns at the time.

Thus it is indisputable that any effort Mickey put into trying to discredit John Edwards was not only correct, but he was indeed doing God's work. Mickey should be mocked for many things, but not for having oral sex with goats.

Wrong. The underlying truth of the matter is irrelevant to whether or not there's enough evidence to repeat a rumor. As long as the source was an investigation by an organization with a history of printing false and misleading stories for sensational effect, Mickey should have either found another source, done the legwork himself until he found something credible to write about, or kept his mouth shut.

nikkibong
03-02-2010, 05:01 PM
Wrong. The underlying truth of the matter is irrelevant to whether or not there's enough evidence to repeat a rumor. As long as the source was an investigation by an organization with a history of printing false and misleading stories for sensational effect, Mickey should have either found another source, done the legwork himself until he found something credible to write about, or kept his mouth shut.

Shorter Jeff:

Accurate, but false!

AemJeff
03-02-2010, 05:10 PM
Shorter Jeff:

Accurate, but false!

I'd expect you to have a more sophisticated understanding of the principles involved, nikkibong. The mere existence of an allegation ought not be a sufficient standard of credibility. Anybody can allege anything at any time. Why should we have granted this particular rumor any special a priori advantage over every other such story?

Jyminee
03-02-2010, 05:24 PM
I agree that, based on the publicly available evidence, there wasn't any reason to believe Mickey on Edwards (I didn't believe it at the time, either). But my point is that since he was proved correct, it doesn't make any sense to keep mocking him for being wrong, because, once again, he was not wrong, the mockers were wrong.

BTW, I remember that at some point after the scandal broke Mickey said that he received vague non-denials (or something) from people close to Edwards--in other words, he wasn't just wildly speculating, but he had some background info pointing towards the fact that Edwards was a sleaze.

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 05:28 PM
Guess who else (http://wonkette.com/413982/former-gov-jerry-brown-running-for-governor-again-vows-to-defeat-demon-sheep) just announced.

Here's a hint:

... and is now the attorney general in California, where he routinely launches these huge prosecutions against scumbag politicians on the take, especially the county supervisors who are basically the mafia out here. And now, maybe right now on his website, _______ is announcing his campaign for governor, again.

Besides keeping the bankrupt state free of Demon Sheep, _____ says he’ll save California from shame and bankruptcy, etc. MORE LIES? Who knows, but in the 1970s he balanced the budget while expanding all kinds of social programs and the parks and education — California was a financial disaster when he took over, because fucking Ronald Reagan had just spent eight years trying to dismantle the nation’s richest, smartest state.

Okay, so it's for Governor of California, not Senator, so we probably won't get to see a debate on C-Span. BUT WE HAPPEN TO HAVE OUR OWN LITTLE TEEVEE THING HERE, AMIRITE? SO, BLOGGINGHEADS BOOKERS, ARE YOU ON THIS POTENTIAL SMACKDOWN OF THE CENTURY???

Jyminee
03-02-2010, 05:29 PM
...virtually none...

Nice euphemism. The number really is virtually zero...unless, of course, you count the rumor that John Edwards had a love child, which was the origin of the goat sex joke, and which strangely enough turned out to be true.

Mickey was right, the mockers were wrong, and he deserves kudos and not mockery for his whatever minor effect his anti-Edwards blogging had on the election for keeping that amoral egomaniac away from the presidency.

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 05:41 PM
... which was the origin of the goat sex joke, and which strangely enough turned out to be true.

As you wish.

AemJeff
03-02-2010, 05:47 PM
I agree that, based on the publicly available evidence, there wasn't any reason to believe Mickey on Edwards (I didn't believe it at the time, either). But my point is that since he was proved correct, it doesn't make any sense to keep mocking him for being wrong, because, once again, he was not wrong, the mockers were wrong.

BTW, I remember that at some point after the scandal broke Mickey said that he received vague non-denials (or something) from people close to Edwards--in other words, he wasn't just wildly speculating, but he had some background info pointing towards the fact that Edwards was a sleaze.

But the reason for mocking him isn't in regard to whether he was factually correct. It's because he exhibited no professional integrity. The salient issue has nothing to do with Edwards at all. Mickey was willing to run with a rumor regardless of whether there was any principled reason to do so. His unsubstantiated claims of vague support don't especially help his case.

nikkibong
03-02-2010, 05:47 PM
I'd expect you to have a more sophisticated understanding of the principles involved, nikkibong. The mere existence of an allegation ought not be a sufficient standard of credibility. Anybody can allege anything at any time. Why should we have granted this particular rumor any special a priori advantage over every other such story?

Right, but obviously this was not an example of a "mere allegation." It's not coincidence that Kaus' contention turned out to be true.

To answer your question: we should have granted this particular rumour special advantage because it was true.

AemJeff
03-02-2010, 05:48 PM
Right, but obviously this was not an example of a "mere allegation." It's not coincidence that Kaus' contention turned out to be true.

To answer your question: we should have granted this particular rumour special advantage because it was true.

And the standard for judging the truth of a rumor (on its face) is therefore the inherent truth of the claim, regardless of evidence or propriety. Got it.

Jyminee
03-02-2010, 05:56 PM
And the standard for judging the truth of a rumor (on its face) is therefore the inherent truth of the claim, regardless of evidence or propriety. Got it.

It was fine to mock him when the rumor seemed outlandish. Once the rumor was proven true, to continue to mock him for it is as stupid as (hypothetical) freepers going after Michelle Obama for hating whitey.

AemJeff
03-02-2010, 06:03 PM
It was fine to mock him when the rumor seemed outlandish. Once the rumor was proven true, to continue to mock him for it is as stupid as (hypothetical) freepers going after Michelle Obama for hating whitey.

That's just not the case. I'm as glad as you are to have seen Edwards outed as a pathetic asshole. But there's no possible fact about Edwards that could make Mickey's complete disregard of ethical and professional standards alright. Dishing rumors in public without substantiation is wrong, even when it turns out (as it will sometimes, inevitably) that a particular rumor is true.

PreppyMcPrepperson
03-02-2010, 06:24 PM
That's just not the case. I'm as glad as you are to have seen Edwards outed as a pathetic asshole. But there's no possible fact about Edwards that could make Mickey's complete disregard of ethical and professional standards alright. Dishing rumors in public without substantiation is wrong, even when it turns out (as it will sometimes, inevitably) that a particular rumor is true.

Jeff, you're missing the point. Even if Mickey acted badly in ways that call for mockery of some kind, the particular term of mockery "goat" needs to be retired and replaced with a new term. Because while at the time he posted them, Mickey's comments re Edwards suffered from three flaws:
-lack of evidence
-impropriety
-suspicions of falsehood

BUT the term "goat" was a joke about the THIRD flaw. Go back at look at the comment threads on old KF posts. The goat joke was ABOUT Mickey telling lies.

Now it turns out it wasn't a lie. It may still have been bad form, but since the "goat" joke was ABOUT the lying part, it's just not the right joke here.

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 06:27 PM
And the standard for judging the truth of a rumor (on its face) is therefore the inherent truth of the claim, regardless of evidence or propriety. Got it.

Coming up next on the next Apollovlog: nikkibong and Jyminee discuss why the United States must embrace trial by duress (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp_l5ntikaU).

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 06:33 PM
The goat joke was ABOUT Mickey telling lies.

No it wasn't. As it was most often told, it was phrased as a question; e.g., "Are the rumors about Mickey Kaus and certain barnyard animals TRUE??? It would be irresponsible NOT to speculate!!!"

It was all about Mickey harping on something for which he had no evidence and how he danced around making any direct accusations, while doing no reportorial or investigative work.

However, it's good to know the joke still makes his supporters so sensitive. We will therefore keep it alive with a vengeance.

claymisher
03-02-2010, 06:34 PM
"It would be irresponsible not to speculate" is so much fun to say.

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 06:54 PM
Coming up next on the next Apollovlog: nikkibong and Jyminee discuss why the United States must embrace trial by duress (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp_l5ntikaU).

And also, how great it is to be frisky (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/opinion/02herbert.html).

uncle ebeneezer
03-02-2010, 06:58 PM
My interpretation of the many Goat threads (I mainly read them on Yglesias, Ezra Klein and other places away from KF) was that Mickey was operating under the logic that because the Edwards camp wasn't denying an accusation that Mickey had no evidence for, that that made it okay for him to continue to push those rumors because the lack of a denial constituted some evidence of proof of the original rumor. By extension of that logic, ANY ridiculous scenario would be fair game because lack of a denial only reinforces the plausibility of the initial charge. Use a little imagination, add a goat and voilah!! Mickey has shown a tendency to eschew good journalistic principles over the years, in order to push sensationalistic stories and headlines, so in his case I think it's fair to continue to mock him. Perhaps if he just admitted to being a conservative gossip columnist, people would be less interested in goofing on him. I'm not a journalist like you or Nikki, but I have always had a great deal of respect for the ones who try to do it right and responsibly. I only can imagine how hard it is to function and try to make a living in such a restricted way, given the easy chances at gaining fame, $ and notoriety by just being a little lazier and less careful or principled. The jokes are directly tied to the journalistic approach that Mickey chooses to take.

Wonderment
03-02-2010, 07:07 PM
Should be a very interesting race. She has a big jump on Brown's announcement and has been inundating the airwaves with slick ads (and a very hostile campaign against her primary opponent).

A Dem. victory for governor would be huge, since the state assembly and senate are solidly liberal.

Of course, we all remember what happened the last time a Dem. held the office: utterwingnuttery prevailed, Grey Davis was kicked out, and the craziest special election in American history brought the Governator to power. (I grudgingly admit he has actually turned out to be a very moderate Repub.)

AemJeff
03-02-2010, 07:12 PM
Jeff, you're missing the point. Even if Mickey acted badly in ways that call for mockery of some kind, the particular term of mockery "goat" needs to be retired and replaced with a new term. Because while at the time he posted them, Mickey's comments re Edwards suffered from three flaws:
-lack of evidence
-impropriety
-suspicions of falsehood

BUT the term "goat" was a joke about the THIRD flaw. Go back at look at the comment threads on old KF posts. The goat joke was ABOUT Mickey telling lies.

Now it turns out it wasn't a lie. It may still have been bad form, but since the "goat" joke was ABOUT the lying part, it's just not the right joke here.

I like this way of putting it somewhat better, but ultimately I still have the same problem with it. Asserting the truth of a proposition without regard for the facts is the moral equivalent of telling a lie. The happenstance of accidental accuracy doesn't help clean the slate, I think.

I view the "goat" joke entirely in terms of Mickey's willingness to assert something damaging to Edwards, regardless of evidence. I strongly feel that there's no new fact that can change the moral value of having made that assertion.

kezboard
03-02-2010, 11:29 PM
But my point is that since he was proved correct, it doesn't make any sense to keep mocking him for being wrong, because, once again, he was not wrong, the mockers were wrong.

I kind of want to agree with you here, but I think the fact that Edwards actually did turn out to have a love-child makes the goat-blowing joke somehow funnier, so I support its continued use.

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 11:34 PM
[...]

Good points, all.

bjkeefe
03-03-2010, 01:17 AM
"A somewhat popular blogger" says near the end of "This is why you can’t have nice things (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/03/02/this-is-why-you-cant-have-nice-things/):"

Lastly: Who is running for office is Mickey Kaus in California in an attempt to draw us into his vortex, I guess, but I simply refuse to read the KausFiles which is too misfiring-synapse-stream-of-consciousness for my tastes. Mickey has drawn the endorsement (http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZTQ0YzAwZjk1OWZkOWE2NWZjNDg3NmMyMjY4M2I3ZDM=) of overweight disheveled Jonah Goldberg which counts for, lessee…carry the three…oh yes, nothing. On the other hand, mean old elitist bloggers have once again taken to smearing Mickey with The Love That Dare Not Bleat It’s Name and this makes the Armed Liberal very sad (http://www.windsofchange.net/archives/stay_classy_netroots.html):

And so, today – for telling the truth – Mickey gets tagged with a slur that sounds exactly like the kind of thing my 13 year old and his buddies used to say about their schoolmates – until they got to middle school.

Nice work, Netroots!! And that’s why you don’t deserve, and won’t get, and real power.

Oh nice job, you guys. This is why we can’t get the public option, gay marriage, and free abortions for everyone. Because you had to be mean to Mickey Kaus and now America is ruined forever.

Jyminee
03-03-2010, 01:54 AM
There's actually an argument that kinda makes sense in that original post--the sort of mutual high-fiving epitomized by the "blowing goats" joke demonstrates that the Netroots are an insular movement that won't be able to go mainstream. Not sure if that is correct, though--just a thought.

I actually stopped reading kausfiles a few months ago because I just got sick of it, but it's worth pointing out that Mickey was also correct about a key aspect of Obama's health reform push: that what Mickey called "Orzagism"--the effort to bend the cost curve--was a political loser. Obama thought he would be able to lure in a few moderate GOPers with a bill that constrained long-term medical costs, but by cracking open the door to the dread fear of rationing, he let professional liars like Palin scream "death panel" and galvanized opposition to the bill.

bjkeefe
03-03-2010, 02:26 AM
... the Netroots are an insular movement that won't be able to go mainstream.

If so, then praise the FSM, I say. The "mainstream" is what got us GW Bush as president, the invasion of Iraq, and the belief that Jonah Goldberg should be paid to opine in a once-pretty-good newspaper. Among about nine thousand other things you probably don't need me to type out.

I actually stopped reading kausfiles a few months ago because I just got sick of it, but it's worth pointing out that Mickey was also correct about a key aspect of Obama's health reform push: ...

Sorry. I'm not buying any argument that purports to explain why HCR turned into a brutal battle by laying blame at any lefty's feet, including the President's, particularly when it comes to "messaging" or any Kausian wanktastic bloggorrhea like that. Anyone with an ounce of sense and/or a memory that reaches back to the early 1990s knew this was going to be an all-hands-on-deck war to oppose by the Republicans, their paymasters, and their mouth-breathing followers. The lies and FUD would have been spewed by Palin, et al, no matter how the plan was constructed or pitched.

And as to the cost savings (or attempts thereto) I will only say that without that as part of the package, I probably wouldn't support HCR myself.

bjkeefe
03-03-2010, 02:57 PM
Should be a very interesting race. [...] Of course, we all remember what happened the last time ...

For more on this, not to mention a valuable additional history refresher, Roy Edroso has a very fine post up (http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/03/jerry_brown_run.php), which begins as follows.

Gather 'round, youngsters, and we'll explain why Jerry Brown for Governor (http://www.capitolweekly.net/article.php?_c=yo34u1ml8y5s9u&xid=yo31uahe62pzow&done=.yo34u1ml8yqs9u) is more interesting than Harold Ford Jr. for Senate Not Really (http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/03/harold_ford_jr_4.php), Mort Zuckerman for Senate Not Really (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/senate/zuckerman-leaning-against-ny-s.html), and Mickey Kaus for Senate O RLY? (http://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/a-blogger-in-the-senate/)

I am undecided whether that last link is a subtle slap at Ross Douthat, because the contrast between its vacuity and Roy's post could not be more profound.

Bonus! Roy recalls the last time Time magazine made a funny.

bjkeefe
03-04-2010, 01:29 AM
Okay, one more (http://books.google.com/books?id=2htuO07UAUoC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_v2_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q=&f=false), just because Scott Lemieux says it so well (http://lefarkins.blogspot.com/2010/03/random-notes.html):

Marc Danzinger's sputtering defense (http://www.windsofchange.net/archives/stay_classy_netroots.html) of Mickey Kaus fails to understand that it's not a defense of drawing conclusions based on transparently unreliable evidence that a conclusion happened to be true. Obviously, when you assume that every rumor about a Democratic politician you dislike is true sometimes you're going to be right, but that doesn't retroactively make weak evidence reliable, let alone mean that someone owes Kaus an apology. Danzinger tastefully omits further discussion of some other (http://crookedtimber.org/2004/04/29/why-i-dont-like-mickey-kaus/) examples (http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh021304.shtml) of Kaus's methods in action which make this clear. This campaign's promise of comedy gold is already off to a promising start, though -- the yostabee set will be partying like it's 2002.

[Ed. note: prob. should be "yoostabee (http://www.michaelberube.com/index.php/weblog/roger_and_me/)."]

look
03-04-2010, 01:37 PM
His mom, duh.Well, I meant harkin, but was conceding Mickey and his mom when I said 'three', above.

uncle ebeneezer
03-07-2010, 01:00 AM
Sounds like Jon Swift is endorsing Mickey (http://jonswift.blogspot.com/2007/11/journalism-101.html) from the grave:

16. Reporting on people's personal lives should be avoided unless the Drudge Report or the National Enquirer has already written about it, in which case you can report that they reported on it, which is not the same as reporting on it yourself.

...

19. Ruining people's lives is generally frowned upon and should be avoided if at all possible unless the public has a right to know. A journalist must be completely dispassionate and not worry too much about the impact of the story they are writing on the people they are writing about or on the world in general as that would compromise their objectivity. (See Rule No. 1.)

bjkeefe
03-07-2010, 03:20 AM
une affiche de campagne (http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/7608/notmickeykaus.jpg).

http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/7608/notmickeykaus.jpg

bjkeefe
03-08-2010, 07:38 PM
The trend appears to be spreading (http://www.newshoggers.com/blog/2010/03/all-politics-is-local.html).

Political analysis of this bold move by Tim F., who may have set a record for Most Inside Baseball Packed Into One Blog Post (http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/03/08/a-pierogie-in-every-pot-a-folding-chair-in-front-of-every-home/).

osmium
03-12-2010, 06:53 PM
[snip]
"We'll of course comb through the hundreds of thousands (millions?) or words he's written in his career, looking for examples of homophobic or racist statements he's made. And we'll touch base with old pals—like Ann Coulter—colleagues, girlfriends—like Arianna Huffington—classmates, etc., in search of embarrassing or damaging information, which we'll assemble into a handy little dossier and publish here.

“We’ll pull together whatever we come up with—maybe nothing!—and post it here. Kaus is a great writer, a very smart man, and a genuine blogging pioneer, and we wish him nothing but the best in his campaign. We just think it would be a shame if he went to all that trouble without getting taken seriously. And you know they’re taking you seriously in politics when they start trying to destroy you.”

-Gawker (http://gawker.com/5492244/introducing-the-mickey-kaus-oppo-research-project)

bjkeefe
03-12-2010, 07:03 PM
[snip]
"We'll of course comb through the hundreds of thousands (millions?) or words he's written in his career, looking for examples of homophobic or racist statements he's made. And we'll touch base with old pals—like Ann Coulter—colleagues, girlfriends—like Arianna Huffington—classmates, etc., in search of embarrassing or damaging information, which we'll assemble into a handy little dossier and publish here.

“We’ll pull together whatever we come up with—maybe nothing!—and post it here. Kaus is a great writer, a very smart man, and a genuine blogging pioneer, and we wish him nothing but the best in his campaign. We just think it would be a shame if he went to all that trouble without getting taken seriously. And you know they’re taking you seriously in politics when they start trying to destroy you.”

-Gawker (http://gawker.com/5492244/introducing-the-mickey-kaus-oppo-research-project)

Note that the original contains a dingalink!

And we'll touch base with old pals—like Ann Coulter (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/42?in=09:40&out=00:21:47)— ...

Global Media Juggernaut™ FTW!

osmium
03-12-2010, 07:14 PM
Note that the original contains a dingalink!

And not only a dingalink; THE dingalink if you were going to make only one. You know, I think that diavlog was the first time I ever watched a bloggingheads 3 times.

EDIT: Here it is (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/42?in=09:40&out=00:21:47), in case you don't want to step in Gawker to get it.

PreppyMcPrepperson
03-14-2010, 12:42 AM
And not only a dingalink; THE dingalink if you were going to make only one. You know, I think that diavlog was the first time I ever watched a bloggingheads 3 times.

EDIT: Here it is (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/42?in=09:40&out=00:21:47), in case you don't want to step in Gawker to get it.

Yeah, it really IS the dingalink. It's probably the first intra-BHeads meme, referenced in so many Bob/Mickey DV's after that.

Wonderment
03-14-2010, 04:59 PM
Here's the link: (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/14/magazine/14fob-q4-t.html?ref=magazine)

Now that you’re running, can you continue to write for Slate, which is owned by The Washington Post and may not want to be issuing paychecks to political candidates?

I’m certainly going to blog during the campaign. The question is whether it’s for Slate or whether it’s not for Slate.

How much do they pay you?

I had been making in the mid-90s, and then I had to take a pay cut along with everyone else, and I was making in the 80s.

uncle ebeneezer
03-14-2010, 11:04 PM
It's about time the CA Democratic Party got back to the important things like serving the interests of affluent, white bloggers!!

osmium
03-15-2010, 09:22 AM
It's about time the CA Democratic Party got back to the important things like serving the interests of affluent, white bloggers!!

$500,000 ain't diddly (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/17648?in=35:55&out=36:00).

bjkeefe
03-15-2010, 09:30 AM
$500,000 ain't diddly (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/17648?in=35:55&out=36:00).

LOL! Now that's how to rip a quote out of context! Dingalink of the week!

bjkeefe
03-15-2010, 10:54 AM
Guess who just scored an exclusive interview with Rielle Hunter!!!

Not Mickey!!! (http://wonkette.com/414213/rielle-hunter-dishes-on-gross-sex-affair-with-gross-failed-presidential-candidate-john-edwards)

look
03-15-2010, 06:54 PM
Here's the link: (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/14/magazine/14fob-q4-t.html?ref=magazine)

This one's cute:

Q: What about the problem posed by the image of bloggers as people loath to get out of their pajamas?

A: Right. They’d have to cross the clothing barrier.

Now, that I think more about it, if Boxer is 69, this could be her last go-round. This current campaign could be about building name recognition, defining his agenda, etc. California is one sick puppy right now, and wouldn't it be interesting if Mickey took the form of a kinder, gentler Bullworth, and really jazzed people up, a la The One.

:)

bjkeefe
03-15-2010, 07:26 PM
... and wouldn't it be interesting if Mickey took the form of a kinder, gentler Bullworth, and really jazzed people up ...

So, all we need is for Mickey to be introduced to a hot Latina (Hallea Berria?), who falls for him, and who, it later turns out, is either a school teacher or a union official.

;)

PreppyMcPrepperson
03-16-2010, 02:32 AM
Q: What about the problem posed by the image of bloggers as people loath to get out of their pajamas?

A: Right. They’d have to cross the clothing barrie
:)

My mom sent me the article (though I'd already seen it), with that part bolded. I think she has a mental image of me the way I look when I visit home (in my pajamas 24/7, eating cereal out of the box and ice cream out of the carton) and hasn't figured out that I don't look like that all the time.

bjkeefe
03-16-2010, 08:45 AM
Here's the link: (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/14/magazine/14fob-q4-t.html?ref=magazine)

More on this from Brad DeLong, in the "Economics of Weblogging... (http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2010/03/economics-of-weblogging.html)," which reveals, by the Kaus metric, how scandalously underpaid are three other 'Heads: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ezra Klein, and Matt Yglesias (http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2010/03/endgame-189.php).

And don't miss the footnote.

uncle ebeneezer
03-16-2010, 12:39 PM
That DeLong piece was freakin' AWESOME!! At the impotent level that he posts, Mickey is indeed the "welfare queen" of the blogosphere.

look
03-16-2010, 04:12 PM
So, all we need is for Mickey to be introduced to a hot Latina (Hallea Berria?), who falls for him, and who, it later turns out, is either a school teacher or a union official.

;)Jennifer Lopez and a GPS with a Mexican accent.

look
03-16-2010, 04:14 PM
More on this from Brad DeLong, in the "Economics of Weblogging... (http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2010/03/economics-of-weblogging.html)," which reveals, by the Kaus metric, how scandalously underpaid are three other 'Heads: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ezra Klein, and Matt Yglesias (http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2010/03/endgame-189.php).

And don't miss the footnote.
A) Mickey>Ezra

B) In the footnote: Mickey's piece>Ezra's piece

You're welcome.

look
03-16-2010, 04:16 PM
My mom sent me the article (though I'd already seen it), with that part bolded. I think she has a mental image of me the way I look when I visit home (in my pajamas 24/7, eating cereal out of the box and ice cream out of the carton) and hasn't figured out that I don't look like that all the time.Heh. Enjoy it, and them making a fuss over you.

bjkeefe
03-16-2010, 07:23 PM
Shorter look (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=154586#post154586):

TRIBAMALISM!!!1!

look
03-16-2010, 07:53 PM
Shorter look (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=154586#post154586):Tribamalism?

bjkeefe
03-16-2010, 07:55 PM
Tribamalism?

Following Atrios (http://www.google.com/search?q=journamalism).

look
03-16-2010, 08:10 PM
Following Atrios (http://www.google.com/search?q=journamalism).

A) Okay, is that like mal- as in malicious or malfeasance?

B) Re Mickey>Ezra, fact are facts, nothin' I can do about it.

C) Try this on for size: Journomalist.

bjkeefe
03-16-2010, 08:39 PM
B) Re Mickey>Ezra, fact are facts, nothin' I can do about it.

I propose that from now on, look's assertions be referred to as ArmeyFacts (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/15/AR2010031503730.html).

(h/t: Instaputz (http://instaputz.blogspot.com/2010/03/armey-on-history.html))

look
03-16-2010, 09:07 PM
I propose that from now on, look's assertions be referred to as ArmeyFacts (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/15/AR2010031503730.html).

(h/t: Instaputz (http://instaputz.blogspot.com/2010/03/armey-on-history.html))

Heh:

By comparison, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got off relatively easy; she was described [by Armey] as "inept" but "not as mean as people think."

nikkibong
03-18-2010, 09:19 PM
the brilliant and indispensable HitchensWatch weighs in...(note: this is not one of their best posts, but enjoyable nontheless)

http://christopherhitchenswatch.blogspot.com/2010/03/slate-pays-billseven-mickey-kauss.html

AemJeff
03-18-2010, 09:40 PM
the brilliant and indispensable HitchensWatch weighs in...(note: this is not one of their best posts, but enjoyable nontheless)

http://christopherhitchenswatch.blogspot.com/2010/03/slate-pays-billseven-mickey-kauss.html

I have to disagree, nb. I gotta say that I thought that was a pretty awful post. Mickey's salary at Slate is a former issue now, anyway.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/kausfiles/archive/2010/03/18/kausfiles-is-out-there-somewhere.aspx

nikkibong
03-18-2010, 09:42 PM
I have to disagree, nb. I gotta say that I thought that was a pretty awful post. Mickey's salary at Slate is a former issue now, anyway.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/kausfiles/archive/2010/03/18/kausfiles-is-out-there-somewhere.aspx

thanks for the link, jeff -- hadn't seen it. incidentally, i do agree that that was far from the strongest HitchensWatch post I've ever read.

HOWEVER. check out this gem from last week
http://christopherhitchenswatch.blogspot.com/2010/03/contrarian-who-need-never-wine-or-dine.html

AemJeff
03-18-2010, 09:55 PM
thanks for the link, jeff -- hadn't seen it. incidentally, i do agree that that was far from the strongest HitchensWatch post I've ever read.

HOWEVER. check out this gem from last week
http://christopherhitchenswatch.blogspot.com/2010/03/contrarian-who-need-never-wine-or-dine.html

Hitchens was awfully disingenuous, post 9/11. It may be good evidence that I'm among the "half-educated," but I've always been a fan of the guy, even when he was pissing me off. I really do love it when he builds up a head a head of steam and rams that rhetorical locomotive of his right through some poor pompous sucker's half-baked public position. It probably helps that I agree with him about a number of things, but he really assuages the pugilist in my temperament.

bjkeefe
03-18-2010, 09:55 PM
thanks for the link, jeff -- hadn't seen it. incidentally, i do agree that that was far from the strongest HitchensWatch post I've ever read.

HOWEVER. check out this gem from last week
http://christopherhitchenswatch.blogspot.com/2010/03/contrarian-who-need-never-wine-or-dine.html

If that's your notion of a "gem," I would like to sell you some jewelry. The only thing worse than those two posts is the "proposed new logo."

nikkibong
03-18-2010, 09:58 PM
If that's your notion of a "gem," I would like to sell you some jewelry. The only thing worse than those two posts is the "proposed new logo."

you guys are no fun! i'm making an honest effort to turn this into a hitchens-bashing thread, and you guys won't play along! lame!

bjkeefe
03-18-2010, 10:09 PM
you guys are no fun! i'm making an honest effort to turn this into a hitchens-bashing thread, and you guys won't play along! lame!

I have no idea why you care about bashing Hitchens, but if you want to see how it's done, start here (http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Adoghouseriley.blogspot.com+hitchen s).

graz
03-18-2010, 10:22 PM
The only thing worse than those two posts is the "proposed new logo."

Well, aren't you the killjoy of the (questing?) for a new logo. :)
Then again, how'd that creative consulting work out for ol' kidneystones?
Rakemyleaves take note.

bjkeefe
03-18-2010, 10:25 PM
Well, aren't you the killjoy of the (questing?) for a new logo. :)
Then again, how'd that creative consulting work out for ol' kidneystones?
Rakemyleaves take note.

I give that a big ol' Oh snap!

bjkeefe
03-19-2010, 09:23 PM
Well, if he did, he's evidently forgiven, because she gave him HuffPo space to make his Big Announcement, such as it is. Roger Ailes reports (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/03/choad-to-white-house-capitol-hairless.html):

Choad To <strike>The White House</strike> Capitol

Hairless Republican Mickey Kaus kicks off his Senate campaign by claiming to be a Democrat (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mickey-kaus/why-i-filed-to-run-for-us_b_497693.html). His announcement fails to identify a single issue on which he agrees with the Democratic Party. Maybe one of the 80 media suck-ups doing a puffer on Kaus's shampaign could ask him about that.

Kaus does repeat his hatred of unions and immigrants, but wisely refrains from republishing his contempt for Erza Klein's youth and ability to grow hair. Kaus also claims to embody "common sense," repeating the phrase like he's Sharia Plain with Tourette's Syndrome.

Of course, Kaus has done nothing to expand his voting base beyond right-wing bloggers, who are scarce in California, and people who so badly want Slate.com not to suck that they'll do anything.

Heh: "shampaign."

Ocean
03-19-2010, 10:01 PM
At first glimpse, your post title scared me. No need to elaborate...

Wonderment
03-20-2010, 02:46 AM
Kaus does repeat his hatred of unions and immigrants..

Not immigrants: Mexicans. His xenophobic rants have been focused on Mexicans, not immigrants in general. Here is Mickey fearing a "reconquista" and fingering Mexicans as particularly dangerous among "illegals":

U.S. citizens of "other backgrounds" do not have any colorable claim that they are living in the land of their "roots," land then taken by the U.S.. There's no danger that Koreans on Vermont Avenue will think they have a special pre-1789 entitlement to Koreatown, or desire to reconnect it to its ancient, original status as part of Korea. The more historically valid the Mexican claim that "vast portions" of the Southwest constitute their "homeland," the more dicey it is to allow such a large chunk of immigration to come from Mexico. True, the fabled "reconquista" is hardly a real threat now. But who can guarantee what future generations will think? Irredentism is the source of conflict and killing around the globe. Why should the U.S. be permanently immune? Simple prudence might tell Americans it's best if there's a mix of immigrants and if the vast majority of them can't possibly think they're coming back to their own former land. ...

listener
03-20-2010, 03:04 AM
Heh: "shampaign."

I guess he's having an early victory celebration.

bjkeefe
03-20-2010, 08:19 AM
I guess he's having an early victory celebration.

That was the one drawback to Roger's bon mot: not that I drink a lot of the stuff anyway, since, following Hawkeye Pierce I usually consider it "just ginger ale that knows somebody," but the next few glasses are going to taste especially ersatz.

Wonderment
03-21-2010, 02:31 AM
In any case, we will defend her. This is a work called "La Raza Cósmica" by Mexican artist Rubén Ortiz Torres. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub%C3%A9n_Ortiz_Torres)

Ocean
03-21-2010, 10:37 AM
In any case, we will defend her. This is a work called "La Raza Cósmica" by Mexican artist Rubén Ortiz Torres. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub%C3%A9n_Ortiz_Torres)

I'm glad she can count with your heroism!

bjkeefe
03-25-2010, 07:29 AM
... the newly-resurrected Kausfiles.com. Namely, Roger Ailes (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/03/krappy-kaus-kampaign-krappy-kaus.html).

bjkeefe
03-29-2010, 09:25 AM
I had the idle thought last night that if Mickey really is determined to pursue this quixotic race for the Senate, and we take him at his word that the reason truly is to raise issues he feels he can't by blogging, then really, the better thing for him to do would be to run as a Republican.

Think about it -- no one, but no one, on the left takes his claim to be a Democrat seriously anymore. On the other hand, since I'm pretty sure he doesn't like the excesses he's seeing due to the GOP's catering to the wingnuts and teabaggers, it would seem as though he could run on the core issues he cares about (immigration reform, busting up unions, other ways the Democrats have ostensibly gone awry), and at the same time, make a small contribution to trying to drag the GOP back from the edge by being a voice of sanity on social issues, and, say, HCR.

But then I realized, nah, that'd mean Mickey might actually have to criticize the right.

Oh, well. Fun thought while it lasted.

bjkeefe
04-09-2010, 11:46 PM
... hits a roadblock (http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/04/09/player-haters/).

Any bets on how long it takes for him to file a lawsuit against the CDP, with co-plaintiff Orly Taitz?

bjkeefe
04-10-2010, 12:30 AM
... hits a roadblock (http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/04/09/player-haters/).

Any bets on how long it takes for him to file a lawsuit against the CDP, with co-plaintiff Orly Taitz?

TBogg (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/04/08/it-does-not-pay-to-beat-up-on-yourself-when-others-will-do-it-for-free/) has some comments on this, as well.

bjkeefe
04-10-2010, 12:47 AM
... hits a roadblock (http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/04/09/player-haters/).

Any bets on how long it takes for him to file a lawsuit against the CDP, with co-plaintiff Orly Taitz?

TBogg (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/04/08/it-does-not-pay-to-beat-up-on-yourself-when-others-will-do-it-for-free/) has some comments on this, as well.

As does Roger Ailes (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/04/ive-got-nothing-to-do-and-all-day-to-do.html).

Wonderment
04-20-2010, 04:32 AM
Just in the nick of time...

bjkeefe
04-23-2010, 02:11 PM
... hits a roadblock (http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/04/09/player-haters/).

Any bets on how long it takes for him to file a lawsuit against the CDP, with co-plaintiff Orly Taitz?

A bit more (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0410/36046.html) on this, from Eric Bauman, vice chairman of the state Democratic Party:

Never mind the fact that he calls himself a Democrat. The positions he holds are more in line with the California Republican Party than the California Democratic Party. The guy has notoriety because he rants, but that doesn’t mean we need to oblige his request to get visibility.

Wonderment
04-23-2010, 04:02 PM
Did anyone else get the Facebook invitation from Frazier (Bob's dog) to become a fan of MK's campaign?

Just wondering if Frazier (a suspected undocumented alien) has now joined the other two humans and a house cat who will vote for Mickey in the Primary and has mass-mailed on MK's behalf, or if the darn dog was just messing with me personally. One word for you, Frazier: Bow-fuckiin-wow. (Or is that three words?)

bjkeefe
04-23-2010, 04:41 PM
Did anyone else get the Facebook invitation from Frazier (Bob's dog) to become a fan of MK's campaign?

Just wondering if Frazier (a suspected undocumented alien) has now joined the other two humans and a house cat who will vote for Mickey in the Primary and has mass-mailed on MK's behalf, or if the darn dog was just messing with me personally. One word for you, Frazier: Bow-fuckiin-wow. (Or is that three words?)

I got one of those. I have chosen not to join. Ordinarily, I'd throw a bone (sorry, Frazier) to someone who cared enough to ask, but as trivial as Facebook-fanning someone is, it really does come down to principle. I don't agree with his prescriptions regarding the Democratic Party, or America, for that matter; I dislike his habit and history of only attacking his own (purported) side; and as far as I can tell about this campaign, he's not even making a good faith effort.

Ocean
04-23-2010, 04:48 PM
I got one of those. I have chosen not to join. Ordinarily, I'd throw a bone (sorry, Frazier) to someone who cared enough to ask, but as trivial as Facebook-fanning someone is, it really does come down to principle. I don't agree with his prescriptions regarding the Democratic Party, or America, for that matter; I dislike his habit and history of only attacking his own (purported) side; and as far as I can tell about this campaign, he's not even making a good faith effort.

Not to mention that trying to exploit Frazier's irresistible cuteness is despicable!

bjkeefe
04-23-2010, 07:26 PM
Mickey had better get on the stick, because it looks like yet another politician (Republican, of course) is stealing "his" (Sarah Palin's) slogan. Meet Tim James, who would like to be your governor, if you live in Alabama. He doesn't like foreigns who speak foreign, in America, when they try to get the driver's license and such, and he doesn't like those pesky frivliss lawsuits that "lahyers" are always filing, also, too. Because he is a bidnessman! And you can tell, from his dramatic "thoughtful" pauses!

Two of his ads may be viewed on Wonkette, here (http://wonkette.com/415012/alabama-candidate-will-save-so-much-money-by-not-taking-in-as-much-money-in-drivers-license-fees) and here (http://wonkette.com/415017/well-at-least-tim-james-has-an-aesthetic). But for real down-home entertainment, you are encouraged to visit Wonkette's source, this post (http://kingcockfight.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/awkward-pause/) on the Alabama-based blog King Cockfight. (Three words: "Reconquistador Apocalypse novels.")

Wonderment
04-23-2010, 07:35 PM
Arf, arf (I love you, Frazier, but I'm voting for the Boxer).

Tikal is an anchor baby. His mother is from Chihuahua, but he snuck across the border to be born in the USA with the hope of someday voting against Mickey and leading his own pack of alien puppies in the Reconquista.

Ocean
04-23-2010, 07:49 PM
Arf, arf (I love you, Frazier, but I'm voting for the Boxer).

Tikal is an anchor baby. His mother is from Chihuahua, but he snuck across the border to be born in the USA with the hope of someday voting against Mickey and leading his own pack of alien puppies in the Reconquista.

Viva Tikal!

Arriba esos cachorros!

Wonderment
04-24-2010, 02:18 AM
¡A otro perro con ese hueso, Mickey Kaus!


Boxer for Senate!

uncle ebeneezer
04-24-2010, 01:49 PM
PAUSE....look...down....pause..."Does it to YOU??" Wow, that's some funny shit. Thanks for sharing that.

bjkeefe
04-24-2010, 02:01 PM
PAUSE....look...down....pause..."Does it to YOU??" Wow, that's some funny shit. Thanks for sharing that.

Sad he didn't make the cut in Gail Collins's column (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/opinion/24collins.html) today, which rounded up many of the comically bad candidates out there, but I can't resist passing along this great line about the Republican Senate primary in Kentucky:

It is very hard to pick a favorite. Would you prefer the man endorsed by Mitch McConnell and Dick Cheney, or the one backed by Sarah Palin and Jim Bunning?

Ocean
04-24-2010, 02:03 PM
It is very hard to pick a favorite. Would you prefer the man endorsed by Mitch McConnell and Dick Cheney, or the one backed by Sarah Palin and Jim Bunning?

Is there a cliff as an alternative?

bjkeefe
04-24-2010, 02:07 PM
Is there a cliff as an alternative?

That's a hell of a thing to say about voting Democratic.

BAN HER.

bjkeefe
04-27-2010, 06:38 PM
Roger Ailes (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/04/kausfails-in-which-we-learn-that-well.html) has details.

BTW, I checked up on one of RA's claims, and sure enough, this is where (http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/4673/targetedadvertising.png) Mickey has been spending your money:

http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/4673/targetedadvertising.png

Further comment would be superfluous (= I can't think of anything sufficiently snarky to add, but please, if you would like to comment on these two "liberals" ...).

bjkeefe
04-27-2010, 07:17 PM
Roger Ailes (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/04/kausfails-in-which-we-learn-that-well.html) has details.

BTW, I checked up on one of RA's claims, and sure enough, this is where (http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/4673/targetedadvertising.png) Mickey has been spending your money: [...]

Roger has some other (earlier) news, too: (1) an important endorsement (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/04/kaus-gets-v.html) from lifelong Democrat (?) VD Hanson, (2) and the opening line (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/04/still-worst-campaign-ever-scene-deleted.html) of the not-big not-permitted-to-speak non-kerfuffle is a must-read. Picture's pretty good, too.

[Added] Drat. I took another look, and I don't think it's Pam Geller after all. Looks more like Rachel Sklar.

Ocean
04-27-2010, 07:37 PM
Looks more like Rachel Sklar.

It does.

listener
04-27-2010, 07:52 PM
Roger Ailes (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/04/kausfails-in-which-we-learn-that-well.html) has details.

BTW, I checked up on one of RA's claims, and sure enough, this is where (http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/4673/targetedadvertising.png) Mickey has been spending your money:

Further comment would be superfluous (= I can't think of anything sufficiently snarky to add, but please, if you would like to comment on these two "liberals" ...).

..."nomiate"?

(see headline on Althouse web page)

bjkeefe
04-27-2010, 07:59 PM
..."nomiate"?

(see headline on Althouse web page)

Good thing she's a lib or the spelling/grammar police would use this to marginalize her post. (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=160462&highlight=spelling/grammar+police#post160462)

Whatfur
05-07-2010, 05:30 PM
"...doesn't display enough intellectual firepower." (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/07/la-times-declines-endorse-boxer-senate-primary/)

MICK E! MICK E! MICK E!


[added]Obama likes it that way.

"President Obama campaigned for Boxer at two fundraisers last month"

bjkeefe
05-28-2010, 01:31 PM
Showing HIS intellectual firepower -- "Genius, I Tell You (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010_05_23_archive.html#5123168630095205658)" -- Mickey Kaus "wins" a "debate" with ... a cardboard box, impressing an audience of ... one?

Good to see that ...

MICK E! MICK E! MICK E!

... Mickey remains every wingnut's favorite Democrat, though. Move over, Zell Miller!

bjkeefe
05-31-2010, 06:12 AM
You're a real liberal, Mickey (http://kaus.sitebuilder.completecampaigns.com/news/newsitem.php?section=ACM&id=8509&showcat=3&seq=4):

Abortion

Abortion: I support a woman's ability to choose to have an abortion in the first trimester. I have grave doubts about the morality of some late second-term elective abortions, including so-called "partial birth abortion."

Not that facts ever troubled our Mickster, but before posting his views on the issues, he might want to check Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partial-Birth_Abortion_Ban_Act).

So, either he does not know a law has already been passed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Signing_the_Partial-Birth_Abortion_ban.jpg) to alleviate his "grave doubts" ...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Signing_the_Partial-Birth_Abortion_ban.jpg

... or more likely, he picked the most resonant, purely political (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intact_dilation_and_extraction#Partial-birth_abortion) term he could think of, to appeal to wingnuts. (Adding the somewhat misleading "second term" part only makes me more sure of this.)

Common Sense Democrat™, indeed!

(h/t: Roger Ailes (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/05/that-oughta-hold-little.html))

bjkeefe
05-31-2010, 06:43 AM
You're a real liberal, Mickey (http://kaus.sitebuilder.completecampaigns.com/news/newsitem.php?section=ACM&id=8509&showcat=3&seq=4):

[...]

Common Sense Democrat™, indeed!

In further news of Mickey's "Democrat" cred, his latest blog (http://kaus.sitebuilder.completecampaigns.com/sbcc/blog.php) entry (no permalinks -- that would be too modern, apparently), time-stamped "May 29, 2010 11:55 PM," whines:

Chase 'em all away: Maybe Bill Clinton doesn't belong in the Democratic Party either (http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/publius-forum/2010/05/bubba-playing-the-anti-union-card.html).

The link points to a post by Warner Todd Huston (http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Asadlyno.com+Warner+Todd+Huston) (aka The Walrus (http://www.sadlyno.com/archives/6796.html)), best known for his contributions to the wingnut sites RenewAmerica and NewsBusters.

graz
06-02-2010, 12:46 AM
For those who miss his wit and wisdom. (http://www.samefacts.com/2010/06/uncategorized/in-defense-of-mickey-kaus/)

look
06-02-2010, 12:49 AM
For those who miss his wit and wisdom. (http://www.samefacts.com/2010/06/uncategorized/in-defense-of-mickey-kaus/)Very thoughtful of you, graz.

bjkeefe
06-02-2010, 01:35 AM
For those who miss his wit and wisdom. (http://www.samefacts.com/2010/06/uncategorized/in-defense-of-mickey-kaus/)

Plagiarism!!!1!

bjkeefe
06-03-2010, 06:12 AM
Plagiarism!!!1!

I stand corrected. It was meant as ... a tribute (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/06/kaus-hires-ruth-shalit-as-ad-director.html)?

bjkeefe
06-06-2010, 04:07 AM
... reminds you (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/06/blog-whoring-los-angelenos-are-more.html):

Polls (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_ppl.htm) open Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. and stay open until 8:00 p.m. Cast your vote. You may never enjoy an election more than this one.

Also via Roger, Mickey makes the NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/fashion/06kaus.html?pagewanted=all)! Wherein he gets fluffery from the Pantload. (Which is not to say that the entire article couldn't be so characterized).

A bit of rope was fed to the candidate himself, though:

“We need a government that works, an economy that’s hot, and people have to make enough money to live a life of dignity,” he argues. “That’s what the unions and the Latino lobby are getting in the way of.”

Uh ... maybe just read Roger's post. And perhaps Mickey should spend a little more time reading the Bh.tv threads. For example (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=164233#post164233).

==========

[Added] I will say this, though: If the Mickster has learned nothing else, he has learned to play the expectations game:

“To win I just need to get more votes than I’m expected to get. And since I’m expected to get zero, the threshold for success is low.”

2. ????????
3. Profit!

bjkeefe
06-06-2010, 04:28 AM
[...]

Also via Roger, Mickey makes the NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/fashion/06kaus.html?pagewanted=all)! [...]

Missed something (http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/2329/locationlocationlocatio.png) earlier:

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/2329/locationlocationlocatio.png

That's gotta sting, at least a little.

bjkeefe
06-07-2010, 04:43 AM
[...]

Follow-up on the Mickey in the NYT story: Ezra Klein demands a correction (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/06/the_new_york_times_owes_me_a_c.html)(via (http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/06/06/oh-mickey-what-a-pity/)).

bjkeefe
06-07-2010, 09:25 PM
... reminds you (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/06/blog-whoring-los-angelenos-are-more.html):

Polls (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_ppl.htm) open Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. and stay open until 8:00 p.m. Cast your vote. You may never enjoy an election more than this one.

And now I remind you (Carlyfornians) that there is someone else (http://gawker.com/5557632/could-americas-top-birther-win-her-california-primary-tomorrow) on the ballot who gives you even more incentive to get out and vote!

"It'd be a disaster for the Republican party," says James Lacy, a conservative GOP operative in the state.

(Yes, that is the same Jim Newell, at his new gig (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2010/06/newell-posts.html).)

bjkeefe
06-09-2010, 01:05 AM
... from @DaveWeigel (http://twitter.com/daveweigel):

So far, Kaus is running third after, uh, this guy. http://bit.ly/bNLm13 #casen
44 minutes ago


Kaus: 19,853 votes. Taitz: 83,451 votes. Developing...
23 minutes ago

[Added] The latter tweet proves the Republicans are more than 4x as crazy as the Democrats. This is Mathematics. There is no arguing.

[Added2] For more Important Election Night Coverage, also see @Wonkette (http://twitter.com/Wonkette).

bjkeefe
06-09-2010, 01:33 AM
... from @DaveWeigel (http://twitter.com/daveweigel):






[Added] The latter tweet proves the Republicans are more than 4x as crazy as the Democrats. This is Mathematics. There is no arguing.

[Added2] For more Important Election Night Coverage, also see @Wonkette (http://twitter.com/Wonkette).

Also: harshest off-year primary election twitter hashtag EVAR (http://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/15758180910).

Wonderment
06-09-2010, 02:19 AM
20% of precincts reporting..... The Mexican guy from Boyle Heights (http://www.bqforsenate.com/bio.html)is getting three times the votes as xenophobe Mickey.

This is going to be soooo much fun.

Boxer , Barbara (i) Dem 692,741 80%

Quintana , Brian Dem 133,381 15%

Kaus , Robert Dem 45,249 5%

bjkeefe
06-09-2010, 03:30 AM
20% of precincts reporting..... The Mexican guy from Boyle Heights (http://www.bqforsenate.com/bio.html)is getting three times the votes as xenophobe Mickey.

This is going to be soooo much fun.

Boxer , Barbara (i) Dem 692,741 80%

Quintana , Brian Dem 133,381 15%

Kaus , Robert Dem 45,249 5%

Holding at that, almost exactly, now with 36.9% [now 41.2%] of precincts reporting, according to the California Secretary of State (http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/ussen/59.htm):

Barbara Boxer 874,362 79.8%
Robert M. "Mickey" Kaus 57,127 5.2%
Brian Quintana 164,807 15.0%

And by "California Secretary of State," I don't think (http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/sec/59.htm) I mean "Queen Birther:"

Damon Dunn 674,464 74.7%
Orly Taitz 228,981 25.3%

... with 38.4% [now 42.5%] reporting.

Looks like my earlier (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=164665#post164665) estimate was low. Republicans are in fact 5x crazier than Democrats, measured as a fraction of the vote within their respective parties.

But seriously, conservative members of this board, double you tee eff? What does it say about your party that one out of four of your votes went for the most delusional (or, if you like, most attention-seeking, in either case not counting Palin) public figure in this country?

Wonderment
06-09-2010, 03:46 AM
Mickey = 58,175 5.2% . Should get about laughable 125,000 votes if his current numbers hold.

Mickey's base: People who never heard of him but who hate Boxer for whatever reason and would never vote for the Mexican (= 1 in 20 Dems.)

However.... prediction: He declares victory tomorrow.

bjkeefe
06-09-2010, 04:07 AM
Mickey = 58,175 5.2% . Should get about laughable 125,000 votes if his current numbers hold.

Mickey's base: People who never heard of him but who hate Boxer for whatever reason and would never vote for the Mexican (= 1 in 20 Dems.)

However.... prediction: He declares victory tomorrow.

Well, of course. I mean, duh-uh, expectations game (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=164235&highlight=expectations+game#post164235), hello?

Also, we have this possible explanation for his "surprisingly" low vote total, from Wonkette's Election LiveBlogging, Part Tres (http://wonkette.com/415878/liveblogging-the-west-coast-ladies-night-good-bye-to-jim-gibbons) (which is RealAmerican for "that many triple cheeseybeef tacos, yeah, and hurry it up"):

8:35 PM — We are switching to Pacific Time Zone timestamps, because we can and we should. Then it doesn’t feel so terribly late, too. We feel awake and alive, like Mickey Kaus! How is Mickey Kaus doing? We almost missed his name on the ballot today because he has some other secret name, “Mortimer,” we think. And that’s why we forgot to vote for Mortimer Kaus.

Actually, worse. His "real" name is "Robert," according to not-Orly Taitz (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=164680#post164680). And who would ever vote for a guy to be supreme leader with a first name like "Robert," I ask you?

So, anyway, people (DemoncRats) I'm sure came to the polls, in droves, ready to vote for "that guy Mickey, who talked to that cardboard box last week, or something?" and then saw "Robert Kaus" on the ballot, and thought, "Meh, that must be his liberal brother, fuck that, let's go to In-N-Out," the end.

bjkeefe
06-09-2010, 04:29 AM
Remember, your "expert of the right wings, in America" David Weigel predicted Orly Taitz would win (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/06/can_orly_taitz_win_in_californ.html) (via (http://wonkette.com/415869/join-us-for-liveblogging-tonight-coast-to-coast)).

Matt Lewis would say that therefore he should be fired, and replaced by anyone from his List of Ten (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=164539#post164539).

bjkeefe
06-09-2010, 05:50 AM
Reports the Boston Globe (http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/06/09/primaries_test_power_of_the_broom/?page=full):

... Tea Party movement candidate Sharron Angle scored a stunning victory in Nevada’s GOP Senate primary ...

[...]

Her win concerns some GOP leaders and delights Democrats in Nevada, analysts said.

The "stunning victory" was over some other teabagger, Sue "Too Loud" Lowden, whose plan for conservative health care reform amounted to "a chicken in every pot, to give to your doctor," with, because anything else would be socialism, and you know who ELSE believed in socialism? H-I-T-L-... All right then.

Or something like that.

Newell (http://gawker.com/5558636/nevada-gop-primary-could-save-harry-reids-career) noted early Tuesday evening:

Nevada GOP Primary Could Save Harry Reid's Career

[...]

Sharron Angle wants to eliminate the Department of Education, which isn't the most radical suggestion, but is still a somewhat radical suggestion. She also has suggested that Americans should vote Democrats out of Congress to prevent a national armed insurrection, from... her supporters? She considers the United Nations a threat to the United States and wants us out of it immediately, before its leftists force us to do such-and-such. She thinks highly radioactive nuclear waste should allowed to be stored in Yucca Mountain, which is kind of a third-rail in all of Nevada politics. Are you getting the picture of a strict libertarian here? Well, she has no problems legislating aspects of the religion Christianity into American laws, many of them.

Taitz/Angle 2012!

[Added] More on Angle's vulnerabilities (craziness) here (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/06/five-ways-harry-reid-might-att.html).

bjkeefe
06-09-2010, 03:47 PM
Mickey = 58,175 5.2% . Should get about laughable 125,000 votes if his current numbers hold.

Extrapolation fail! ;)

With 100% of the precincts reporting (http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/ussen/59.htm):

Barbara Boxer 1,426,923 80.5%
Robert M. "Mickey" Kaus 94,298 5.3%
Brian Quintana 253,243 14.2%

And, also (http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/sec/59.htm), for the record:

Damon Dunn 1,075,337 74.3%
Orly Taitz 372,490 25.7%

Wonderment
06-09-2010, 04:42 PM
Extrapolation fail!

I know. Normally, I would feel humilliated for that C in math back in high school, or blame it on the election data that claimed Mickey had around 60k with 50% reporting (even I can do THAT math), but on election night I can only echo Mickey's own humble and forthright concession speech:

"I want to thank my many supporters: Bob Wright and that one chick who interviewed me for the Beverly Hills Gazette. No one worked harder than they did or sacrificed more to make our dreams of a California without Mexicans and unions come true. Sniff, sniff. I also want to congratulate my opponent, Ms. Boxer. This was an incredibly close race, and although she completely ignored me and claimed on the day before the election that she had forgotten I was running, Barbie ran an honorable campaign. We may disagree on whether Mexicans are trying to Reconquistar us through an insidious covert plot to pick our strawberries and clean our pools until we surrender, or whether Commie unions and Welfare Queens will be the downfall of America, but at the end of the day Barb and I are both Demcrats, and I will be supporting her in November. Sure, we made some mistakes in this campaign, but we did it for the silent majority of Dems. who share our values. Thanks again, Bob and One Chick, even though I know Bob was just being sarcastic in his support and One Chick told her friends I was creepy and voted for Boxer, it's the attention that matters to me. For that, I'll always be grateful. Goodnight."

bjkeefe
06-09-2010, 05:20 PM
I know. Normally, I would feel humilliated for that C in math back in high school, or blame it on the election data that claimed Mickey had around 60k with 50% reporting (even I can do THAT math), but on election night I can only echo Mickey's own humble and forthright concession speech:

"I want to thank my many supporters: Bob Wright and that one chick who interviewed me for the Beverly Hills Gazette. No one worked harder than they did or sacrificed more to make our dreams of a California without Mexicans and unions come true. Sniff, sniff. I also want to congratulate my opponent, Ms. Boxer. This was an incredibly close race, and although she completely ignored me and claimed on the day before the election that she had forgotten I was running, Barbie ran an honorable campaign. We may disagree on whether Mexicans are trying to Reconquistar us through an insidious covert plot to pick our strawberries and clean our pools until we surrender, or whether Commie unions and Welfare Queens will be the downfall of America, but at the end of the day Barb and I are both Demcrats, and I will be supporting her in November. Sure, we made some mistakes in this campaign, but we did it for the silent majority of Dems. who share our values. Thanks again, Bob and One Chick, even though I know Bob was just being sarcastic in his support and One Chick told her friends I was creepy and voted for Boxer, it's the attention that matters to me. For that, I'll always be grateful. Goodnight."

LOL!

I will be happy to do your arithmetic if you will be my concession speech writer.

Also, I am beginning to wonder whether Mickey's next step, for which he might already have laid the groundwork, will be to change his name and move to South Carolina (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/06/jim_demint_gets_the_kind_of_op.html).

Little-known fact: "Greene" is Messikin for "Kaus." And also, who before a day or two ago knew what his supposed "real" first name (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=164682#post164682) was? It's a slam dunk, as far as I'm concerned, and I believe I am due the Congressional Medal of Honor for being the first to make this important connection.

(h/t: pourmecoffee (http://twitter.com/pourmecoffee/status/15752356950))

Ocean
06-09-2010, 05:21 PM
... but on election night I can only echo Mickey's own humble and forthright concession speech:

"I want to thank my many supporters: Bob Wright and that one chick who interviewed me for the Beverly Hills Gazette. No one worked harder than they did or sacrificed more to make our dreams of a California without Mexicans and unions come true. Sniff, sniff. I also want to congratulate my opponent, Ms. Boxer. This was an incredibly close race, and although she completely ignored me and claimed on the day before the election that she had forgotten I was running, Barbie ran an honorable campaign. We may disagree on whether Mexicans are trying to Reconquistar us through an insidious covert plot to pick our strawberries and clean our pools until we surrender, or whether Commie unions and Welfare Queens will be the downfall of America, but at the end of the day Barb and I are both Demcrats, and I will be supporting her in November. Sure, we made some mistakes in this campaign, but we did it for the silent majority of Dems. who share our values. Thanks again, Bob and One Chick, even though I know Bob was just being sarcastic in his support and One Chick told her friends I was creepy and voted for Boxer, it's the attention that matters to me. For that, I'll always be grateful. Goodnight."

LOL!

bjkeefe
06-09-2010, 05:30 PM
Extrapolation fail!

I know. Normally, I would feel humilliated for that C in math back in high school, or blame it on the election data that claimed Mickey had ...

Another reason not to feel bad: Even after all the votes were counted, Mickey claimed (http://instaputz.blogspot.com/2010/06/by-numbers.html) he had gotten more than 100K.

This was pointed out to me by Roger Ailes (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010_06_06_archive.html#4344890210704438990#434489 0210704438990), who has taken a look at the major contributors to Mickey's campaign, and discovered some interesting nuggets.

Wonderment
06-09-2010, 05:38 PM
Also, I am beginning to wonder whether Mickey's next step, for which he might already have laid the groundwork, will be to change his name and move to South Carolina.

Ouch. That's actually a depressing story. I live in a similarly gerrymandered district, where the Dems. run Joan Q. Nobodyeverheardofme every time against infamous right-wing extremist moron Elton Gallegly. Zero Dem. $$ is invested, and Gallegly wins every time by a landslide.

Meanwhile, in the district carved out of the cities of Ventura, Oxnard and Santa Barbara on the coastline 10 miles from me, Lois Capps, who inherited the seat when her husband, a UCSB professor died, does the same thing. (Lois is a good party-line lib. who the Pres. drags out for his healthcare photo opps because in her previous lifetime she was a nurse.)

Last night, two candidates I know personally -- both very solid progressives -- beat each other up in a nasty primary for the same gerrymandered State Assembly seat (Das Williams v. Susan Jordan). The mudslinging on both sides was over the oil spill. Not pretty. Many fences to mend this morning.


Little-known fact: "Greene" is Messikin for "Kaus." And also, who before a day or two ago knew what his supposed "real" first name was?

He appeared on the ballot as Robert "Mickey" Kaus, so name confusion as an excuse will not fly.

Ydiot
06-09-2010, 10:25 PM
My God, you folks are better at busting on Kaus than I am at busting on Yglesias (who called this campaign a joke, the bastard).

Well done, folks.

I remain,

The Ydiot

www.ydiot.net

bjkeefe
06-09-2010, 11:11 PM
My God, you folks are better at busting on Kaus than I am at busting on Yglesias ...

Eh, thanks, but I have to admit, we have a much easier target.

bjkeefe
06-09-2010, 11:14 PM
[...]

Following up on the news of the great victory for teabaggery in Nevada, here's the headline for the latest on Sharrrrrrron Angle:

Michael Steele Says Wacko AZ Repub Senate Candidate, Sharron Angle, is NV GOP “Standard Bearer”

Rumproast ("The New Kausfiles") (http://www.rumproast.com/index.php/site/comments/michael_steele_says_wacko_az_repub_senate_candidat e_sharron_angle_is_nv_gop/) has the story.

uncle ebeneezer
06-10-2010, 01:32 PM
As a long-time bhtv fan, it was somewhat surreal to see Mickey on a ballot. That said, I was not one of his 92K voters. And I'm a bit surprised that Kinsley donated to the campaign.

nikkibong
06-10-2010, 02:08 PM
My God, you folks are better at busting on Kaus than I am at busting on Yglesias (who called this campaign a joke, the bastard).

Well done, folks.

I remain,

The Ydiot

www.ydiot.net

this is your best work ever:

http://www.ydiot.net/2010/06/template.html

AemJeff
06-10-2010, 02:39 PM
As a long-time bhtv fan, it was somewhat surreal to see Mickey on a ballot. That said, I was not one of his 92K voters. And I'm a bit surprised that Kinsley donated to the campaign.

They're old friends. People like Kinsley and Wright have a completely different way of seeing Mickey than we do from the bleachers.

uncle ebeneezer
06-10-2010, 03:26 PM
Agreed. But I doubt Bob contributed to his campaign.

Wonderment
06-10-2010, 03:32 PM
Agreed. But I doubt Bob contributed to his campaign.

Depends on how Comrade Aryeh is behaving.

bjkeefe
06-11-2010, 06:08 AM
Looks like his one (alleged) loyal constituency (http://gawker.com/5560306/evil-goat-attacks-anthony-weiner) is still ready to butt Democrats' heads.

Or lower, as the case may be.

Why did no one ask during the campaign about Mickey's position on the mohair subsidy, anyway?

listener
06-13-2010, 01:43 AM
Looks like his one (alleged) loyal constituency (http://gawker.com/5560306/evil-goat-attacks-anthony-weiner) is still ready to butt Democrats' heads.

Or lower, as the case may be.

Why did no one ask during the campaign about Mickey's position on the mohair subsidy, anyway?

As far as politicians are concerned, I do like Anthony Weiner, but still, it is always somewhat satisfying to see a capra aegagrus hircus exacting its revenge upon a politician attempting to infringe on its hard-won rights.

And as far as mohair is concerned, there is really only one final word on the issue, and that is the word of Charlie Rich (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB9k9UT1xY0).

bjkeefe
06-13-2010, 03:47 AM
Roger Ailes (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/06/which-way-m.html) proposes six scenarios.

bjkeefe
06-21-2010, 03:35 AM
http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/935/citizenkaus.jpg

(By FMK (http://firemickeykaus.blogspot.com/2010/03/there-is-man-certain-man.html), who has a bigger version, via LGM (http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2010/06/an-epochal-event); see also (http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2010/06/kausmentum-fail))

bjkeefe
06-28-2010, 02:50 AM
"Experiments in Three-Dimensional Goat-Blowers (http://houseofsubstance.blogspot.com/2010/06/experiments-in-three-dimensional-goat.html)"

http://i47.tinypic.com/22nq0.gifhttp://i50.tinypic.com/v7hb9w.gif

If you concentrate on the lips for a while, the title starts to make disturbing sense, doesn't it?

nikkibong
07-05-2010, 08:19 PM
Kaus is now apparently too lazy to even blog. His most recent post (http://kaus.sitebuilder.completecampaigns.com/sbcc/blog_permalink.php?seq=1&id=727), dated June 28th:

"Some twitters about recent events here. ... What I think about "Journolist" here and here. "

The comments are real winners, too. A few of my favorites:

You going to slate again?

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Mickey, Patty and I haven't seen your mom around, is she ok. Larry

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bjkeefe
07-05-2010, 08:34 PM
Kaus is now apparently too lazy to even blog. His most recent post (http://kaus.sitebuilder.completecampaigns.com/sbcc/blog_permalink.php?seq=1&id=727), dated June 28th:

"Some twitters about recent events here. ... What I think about "Journolist" here and here. "

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and

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