Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Billy Goat Brain, Mockingbird Mouth

Southerners like Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) would much rather paint a verbal picture than get straight to the point. Such was not the case last Friday while appearing on Fox News.

Ed Henry was interviewing the senator asking how he felt about remarks made by Nancy Pelosi regarding the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  He noted Kennedy had said Congress had hit rock bottom and asked if he, perhaps, was referring to Pelosi when she said, “I guess there’s a similarity that people have with the people that they respect. Crazy about Putin, in love with Kim Jong Un, [Trump] thinks Kavanaugh is an upstanding person. Well, you know what, he doesn’t even know what he’s talking about.”

Kennedy replied, “I probably shouldn’t say this, but I’m going to be frank.  Billy goat brain, mockingbird mouth.”  That’s a much more entertaining and expressive way of saying Pelosi is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

Mark Penn, former top political adviser to Bill Clinton, penned an opinion piece at The Hill declaring the radicalized Left is setting the Democrat Party back and may well, if left unchecked, “cement a Republican majority in Washington for the next 20 years.” (From your lips to God’s ears, Mr. Penn.)

“Trump’s victory gave the left an opportunity to radicalize the Democratic Party. The idea was simple: Oppose everything with all you’ve got. Energize, protest, flip on the switches of identity politics, use the politics of personal destruction, enlist the presidential hopefuls, go to the courts, spur on special prosecutors, flood social media. For a while, this movement gave energy to a beaten lackluster party.”

“But now its flaws are coming home to roost. Screaming at senators in elevators while complaining about judicial temperament doesn’t add up. Opposing every issue for every reason begins to look shrill and fake after a while. Stirring people up leads to unpredictable excesses. Treating half the country as pariahs only increases their anger.”


“The resistance is in full boomerang mode now. But the fired-up movement appears to have no “off” switch.”


“Only 27% of the country is liberal. Less than 10% can be classified as left. This is a moderate country that believes its politicians need to get things done. Polls show that 8-n-10 voters want politicians who will work to find compromises.”


“An upset is now possible if Democrats fail to turn away from the resistance and its extreme tactics. Americans want action on our most pressing problems. They are not going to vote for the party whose message is impeachments and investigations, especially during an economic resurgence.”
For Democrats the Supreme Court is an institution dedicated to the advancement of elite liberal victories in the culture wars. Kavanaugh’s confirmation slammed the courthouse doors on their fever dream.

Last Saturday Susan Collins, a woman whom I’ve criticized frequently, became a heroine when she delivered the most profound line on the floor of the Senate prior voting to confirm Kavanaugh, “We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy.”

Collins closed with, “It is a case of people bearing ill will towards those who disagree with them.  In our intense focus on our differences, we have forgotten the common values that bind us together as Americans.”

Unfortunately, a younger generation of Americans knows little about those values and are slipping away. 
Those who think they are invincible, in the end, always fall. 

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