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The right shade of orange is very important

(Hey everyone…I thought it might be entertaining to read this old post from February of 2011 again, as we watch the Republican Party imploding right before our eyes. Enjoy!)

I often refer to the conservative takeover of the Republican Party as activism we lefty types would do well to emulate. However, there may be a limit to just how far the conservatives can go within that Party.  A genuine backlash is coming: a giant grunge match “to the pain” between the corporatists at the top of the Party and the anti-government/fundiegelical base at the bottom.

There are many indicators of the this growing rift between the elite GOP and the revolting base. One big one is that CPAC 2011 was not exactly a success with conservative activists, according to Fox News (and they would know!). This is remarkable because the convention is supposed to be given by, and for, conservatives.

WASHINGTON — If the mood at the Conservative Political Action Conference is any gauge, Republican presidential hopefuls have a lot of convincing to do in order to sway the base to their side.


Some complained that the candidates with a sound policy vision had no “charisma.” Those with plenty of personality offered less in the way of substance, they said. Some were too far right, others weren’t conservative enough. Many said they’d prefer to “wait and see” before warming up to anyone in particular.


Every prospective candidate who spoke over the past two days seemed to be trying very hard to tap into the Tea Party message, demonstrating the sustained influence of the movement which is relatively new to the CPAC scene. They all talked about fiscal conservatism rooted in constitutional principles and of limited government, about the founding fathers and much about Reagan.

“I think the Tea Party is going to have a very large impact,” said Watnick, who is a county Republican chair in Fresno, Calif., and a member of the Tea Party.

Allen suggested the Tea Party voters are also realists who are likely to be very discerning, and will want a candidate who “has that energy and creativity (of the Tea Party), but still has the best chance of being nominated, and elected.”

I’m just pausing here to let the description of Tea Party voters as “realists” who are “very discerning” sink in. These are the people who thought Christine O’Donnell, she who didn’t know about the separation of church and state being in the First Amendment, was a “realistic” nomination; same with Sharron Angle, who favored the reinstatment of Prohibition…IN LAS VEGAS.

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As you are aware, the United States military had one of those little oopsie moments in Afghanistan when they burned what they said were some older copies of the Quran (insert your own favorite spelling of the book).

It was not intentional.

The reason behind the burning according to the Associate Press was because:

Military sources told the Associated Press that books were removed from the library of a nearby detention center because they contained extremist messages. Prisoners had been writing in the books as way of communicating.

Okay, I can see that.  The prisoners were sending cryptic messages to each other via their Holy Book.  The military authorities decide to remove the books and replace them.  The older ones needed to be disposed of.  How do you do that?  Well, when we have an old flag that is in disrepair and is no longer presentable to be flown, we take the flag and burn it in a dignified manner.  I’ll assume that is what the authorities at Bagram Air Base thought they were doing.  Well, we know how that turned out, don’t we? Did we commit a grave and serious offense?  Beats me.  For example, here are some suggestions on how to dispose of an old, torn or worn out Bible.

Now, until point I had no idea of how to dispose of a worn or torn Quran, but a search did lead me to this, and even here there seems to be some *wiggle-room* shall we say.

There are numerous schools of Islamic thinking and differences of opinion, but broadly speaking there are two preferable options.

Muslims are advised to wrap a worn and unusable copy of the Koran in cloth and to bury it in such a way that people do not walk over the place where the Koran is buried. That would be considered disrespectful.

The other option is to wrap the Koran and place it in a moving body of water, with some jurists advising that the Koran be tied to an object so that it sinks.

Where these two options are not available, some scholars do argue that Muslims can burn a Koran.

All of this that I’ve written leads up to the fact that because we did an *oopsie* President Obama issued an apology to Afghan Prez Karzai and said “sorry, we won’t do that again”.  And then all hell broke loose.

upset afghans

No, I don’t mean the Afghanis who were upset over this.  Nooooo….I mean the Republican presidential candidates are upset over the apology.  Lil Ricky in particular was *very* upset about this.  Said Lil Rick:

“There was nothing deliberately done wrong here,” Santorum said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week”. “This was something that happened as a mistake. Killing Americans in uniform is not a mistake. It was something that deliberate.”

Lil Ricky

True enough Lil Rick, but generally when we do something inadvertently that’s a mistake, we tend to apologize.  If I come over to visit your house and I spill some wine on your carpet, I am going to profusely apologize and try to clean it up.  Likewise if I were to accidentally hit a golf ball through your window I would do the same and offer to pay for the window.

Presidential apologies for bad or unintentional things we have done are not something unusual.  For example:

  • Bill Clinton had to issue a mea culpa when we sort of accidentally bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.  Now of course it did not help that we were using out of date information.  Oops.
  • Dubya apologized for the way we treated some folk at Abu Ghraib prison.  Again, an oopsie moment.
  • Hell, even the Gipper signed legislation that issued an apology for the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW II.  Ditto on the oopsie.
  • George H.W. Bush, ever the proper New Englander, issued another apology to Japanese-Americans in 1988, just to keep things tidy.

Really, I’m not overly concerned about the apology Obama made.  Now, I think it was overkill to send someone from DoD out to a mosque in Washington to issue another apology and the same goes for any other apologies that may have been made.  We made a mistake, oops, will not happen again.  Moreover, I absolutely promise that if we do something like this again, I will be totally upset about it and will gnash my teeth in public.

But only if Karzai stops wearing that bathrobe in public.



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