Oh my, I just had a Chrissy Matthews moment. Last Friday, totalitarian Syria’s escalating military atrocities in quelling popular unrest and resistance have (probably not) culminated in a particularly brazen massacre of at least 108 civilians. [this act is not what gave me the Chrissy Matthews moment – this was in fact despicable and tragic, and reason 187,633,092 to hate totalitarian dictatorships and all freedom-stealing regimes everywhere and at all times.]
But in the face of this atrocity, my leg was in full tingle mode and I plumb near swooned as I got news this morning of the American response by Barry Milhouse Choom Brother John Wayne Gutsy Call Obama. Yep, in what will go down in Barry’s third autobiography and the New York Times as Barry playing the parts of all three Earp brothers and Doc Holliday in gunning down Clantons, McLaurys, and Claibornes with exquisite poise and deadly precision……
He expelled a diplomat.
You know the First Rule of Holes, don’t you? Put down the shovel.
For those of you who don’t know the context of that one, think of the term “digging yourself into a hole” by talking more when you should just shut up. Officer, this is why I was speeding……. Honey, that’s not lipstick on my collar….. It depends on what the meaning of “is” is……
Today, we introduce another rule. I call it the First Rule of Pretzels: If you find you are twisting yourself into a pretzel in order to assimilate increasingly contradictory data points into the premise you are ardently defending, perhaps it’s time to re-examine your premise.
It’s going to be big. This November’s Republican blowout is going to be from top to bottom, the presidency, the Senate, the House, governor elections, state legislatures, mayors, city council, dog catchers. Tattoo it on your wife’s butt. I recommend “It’s a Big One!!!!” I believe that would play very well….
Barone, Luntz, and many other scholars are searching diligently for a template from a previous election to apply to this coming November. They crunch numbers endlessly, and pore over state-by-state polling, June-to-October shifts, demographics, voting blocs, and assorted triviata. The very bold ones point to 1980, but do so guardedly, because they fear to commit to what they see. The model is actually right in front of them, staring them in the face.
It is 2010.