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    the white house press corps is unlikable..., 2007-04-26 15:09:39 | Main | why they hate us, answer # 4,336..., 2007-04-28 23:39:22

    a well potted plant:

    I like this Mike Gravel fellow more every time I see him.

    What is Tucker Carlson's obsession with hedge funds all about? Earlier he called them "parasitic capitalism at its worst", now he's on about it again.

    And, uh, yeah folks, "all options" does mean that option, that's the whole point of the threat. Though coming from this crowd it did sound pretty pablum. Maybe it only sounds serious when Bush says it. (Can we get a reel of all these jackasses saying it? Have a contest for who sounds the most threatening. E.g. while John Edwards may be dangerously insane he sure doesn't sound dangerous. If you're going to go around making unmistakably nuclear threats the least you could do is not make it sound like you're selling vacuum cleaners to lonely pensioners).

    Anyway, so here we are - a whole field of Democratic candidates lifting their policy prescriptions from the lips of the Shrubbery. When it was originally prescribed the threat was rather more explicit.

    Also, while you're stopping by: there is no evidence that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons, or really any reason to believe they're doing anything other than what we advised them to do. Our national security does not depend on every Democratic candidate perpetuating this particularly dangerous national myth, rather it depends on their figuring out that - as with social security (and it took them long enough) - there is no crisis.

:: posted by buermann @ 2007-04-26 21:43:21 CST | link

      Tucker Carlson said that? I thought he was a bowtie wingnut. All the neoliberal rags and pundits are singing their praises. Opaque transfers of capital, hidden ownership structures and massive leverage creates efficiencies and jobs. It's all good, sort of, unless you lose your money or go to prison. As a bowtie wingnut, he should he defending them against hippies, Situationists, evildoers with blogs and Wobblies, who hate freedom and prosperity, as we all know, and want everyone to subsist on boiled leeks, slug paste and hay.

    posted by Scruggs @ 2007-04-27 05:27:38 | link

      There is no crisis, indeed. Has a ring to it! ;>

      I can't do video from this machine; I assume you're responding to the Dem debate of last night? I'll have to search out transcripts, if such exist.

    posted by Nell @ 2007-04-27 13:00:31 | link

      Yeah, Gravel kept calling them out on the 'all options' threat and they got bug eyed like they didn't know what he was talking about, presumably because they want us to think they're really that stupid. Stupid or crazy, they scare the shit out of Gravel, making him the one sane man in the room.

      Here: South Carolina Democratic debate transcript. A search for "they frighten me" will bring up the good bit.

    posted by buermann @ 2007-04-27 13:25:41 | link

      And Tucker really did say that. My best guess: he's Folk, and don't like People.

    posted by buermann @ 2007-04-27 13:36:38 | link

      hi buermann,
      maybe Carlson lost a lot of money on a hedge fund-- maybe he borrowed money from some rough guys and when he lost it they took away his bow-ties too.

      Incidentally, CNN is trying to bump Gravel from an upcoming dem debate in NH in June. The problem with the dems trying to sound tough is they're giving GWB undeserved legitimacy, and we all know what he's prone to do with that.(Go see Gravel's myspace site if you haven't already.)

    posted by JonathanVersen @ 2007-04-29 10:24:54 | link

      You're right! His bowtie was mysteriously absent.

      I'll have to get on top of this CNN thing, it'd be cowardly of them to drop the first guy to officially enter the race just because he gave the first debate a few unexpectedly entertaining moments.

    posted by buermann @ 2007-04-29 15:02:48 | link

      So the Carlson mystery is solved then. I can't say I feel sorry for him. He's always been so pissy and petty.

      Gravel on the issues comes across as a small "d" democratic, socially responsible libertarian, with a good sense of the limits of the state and corporate welfare queens alike. He is by far the most interesting of the candidates, for whatever that's worth.

    posted by Scruggs @ 2007-04-29 16:14:43 | link

    go ahead, express that vague notion

    your turing test:

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