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Josh Marshall has it right on this. The Republicans INVENTED the phrase the "nuclear option" and now they are trying to weasel out of it by calling it a Democratic phrase. And the SCLM, as usual, goes along with it, the stupid, spineless incompetents:

We also noted one first small success in this new Republican lexical jihad. Today's Times notes that when discussing the abolishing of the filibuster: "Democrats call this the nuclear option, while Republicans call this a constitutional option."

As we went on to explain, this is pure crap. Republicans call it the "nuclear option" all the time. Or at least they did until a couple days ago when some as yet undocumented focus group showed it didn't poll well. Indeed, Republicans have seemed most to relish the term, gleefully relishing its aura of threat and intimidation. Such was the case for instance when the Rev. Jerry Falwell told Ralph Neas on Crossfire on February 16th that if the Democrats persisted in not approving all of President Bush's nominees "he [i.e., Sen. Frist] will in fact impose the nuclear option. And there will be a 51-vote necessity only. When that happens, you guys are dead in the water, and you ought to be."

... In fact, as many of you have now written in, it seems that the guy who came up with this notorious Democratic smear was none other than its prime proponent, Sen. Trent Lott (R) of Mississippi. For more on this we listen in on Jeffrey Toobin's piece from March 7th issue of The New Yorker ...

"Changing the Senate's rules on judicial filibustering was first addressed in 2003, during the successful Democratic filibuster against Miguel Estrada, whom Bush had nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Ted Stevens, a Republican Senate veteran from Alaska, was complaining in the cloakroom that the Democratic tactic should simply be declared out of order, and, soon enough, a group of Republican aides began to talk about changing the rules. It was understood at once that such a change would be explosive; Senator Trent Lott, the former Majority Leader, came up with "nuclear option," and the term stuck.

You might have thought getting gamed on 'privatization' might have led some of these newshounds to a greater skepticism the next time those RNC operatives came calling. But it seems we have not yet plumbed the depths of the 'spank me, spank me' journalistic ethic.

So here's the deal for journalists. If you get bamboozled one more time on this - we will be left with only two possibilities in thinking about you: (1) you are a bought and paid-for GOP whore; or (2) you are a hopeless incompetent.

Update [2005-4-23 17:14:56 by Armando]: CNN, already a recognized GOP Whore, does not disappoint, as pointed out in comments below:

Frist's plan has been dubbed the "nuclear option" because Democrats have promised to retaliate by blocking the rest of Bush's legislative agenda -- excluding spending and highway bills and national security measures.

Yep, CNN is an incompetent GOP Whore. No news there. But the funny thing is how bad the whoredom is. Even Nedra Pickler is 10 times fairer:

[Sen.] Reid said the White House was "shattering the checks and balances in our government in order to put radical judges on the bench." The Nevada senator said Bush was making it clear he no longer wanted to work with Democrats. "Last week, I met with the president and was encouraged when he told me he would not become involved in Republican efforts to break the Senate rules," Reid said. "Now, it appears he was not being honest, and that the White House is encouraging this raw abuse of power."

Reid does not get quoted in the CNN version of the AP article.

Update [2005-4-23 17:32:27 by Armando]: William F. Buckley, who supports the "nuclear option," has this to say about the use and origin of the phrase:

Changing that rule would mean that the two or three contentious candidates would be awarded their judgeships by a simple majority vote. Viewing the process beginning to end, you have the nominee appointed by the president, submitting to examination by a Senate committee, and voted into office by the majority of the senators.

That doesn't smell nuclear, but everyone uses the term because changing the number of votes required to end a filibuster means shredding the sheet anchor to windward. The filibuster is held in high esteem as the last refuge against plebiscitary williwaws that storm the popular will, sweeping away venerable threads of sobriety and caution.

Hell, if Buckley accepts the term as Republican in origin, you would hope the f-ing Media could to.

Update [2005-4-23 19:50:19 by Armando]: Newsweek is at it too:

Now Republicans are considering what Democrats call "the nuclear option"—a parliamentary move that would end the filibusters and force a vote on the Senate floor.

Incompetent or whores?

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 01:48 PM PDT.

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  •  I think it's both, personally. (4.00)
     This administration loves shoveling money at incompetents.

    I tell you there is a fire. They have this day set a blazing torch to the temple of constitutional liberty and, please God, we shall have no more peace forever.

    by Anderson Republican on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 01:41:36 PM PDT

    •  Yup (none)
      "Bought and paid for" and "incompetent" are not opposing values.

      Did Bill Clinton say that?

      •  go nuclear (none)
        why have the democrats shied away from senator byrds great speach on this?

        the comparison to hitler was clear and correct.
        the dems already lets the republicans steal elections. you let them mass jail innocent muslims. will you let them go all the way?

        did y'all discuss miami ftaa protests nov 2003 here? they were firing rubber bullets a plenty and pepper spraying retired afl/cio people.

        love life, ride bikes

        by common terry on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 03:01:44 PM PDT

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        •  i agree but (none)
          i agree that byrd's speech was right on the money, but he was criticized for trivializing the holocaust or whatever.  however, i agree with byrd that the real lesson of national socialism (well one of the lessons) is the importance if defending the rule of law.  the man has his flaws but there is no senator i would rather hear speak on the floor.  even in his old age he is eloquent and forceful.

          "Rick Santorum is Latin for Asshole."

          by tmendoza on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 05:12:48 PM PDT

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        •  Please write about it (none)
          Could you?  

          I don't know why we backed away from it.  I think it's very true, and it  hits a nerve.

          One Republican I've talked to about it said talking like that wouldn't win any elections.

          So, don't tell the truth, because it doesn't "poll well"?  <25 dirty colorful curses>

    •  Yup (none)
      "Bought and paid for" and "incompetent" are not opposing values.

      Did Bill Clinton say that?

    •  Yup (none)
      So here's the deal for journalists. If you get bamboozled one more time on this - we will be left with only two possibilities in thinking about you: (1) you are a bought and paid-for GOP whore; or (2) you are a hopeless incompetent.

      I for one already think they're both of those things. For me, if they aren't bamboozled on it, then I may change my opinion of them.

    •  Spineless bastards! n/t (none)

      Jesus believed in justice and tolerance and I do, too !

      by lawnorder on Mon Apr 25, 2005 at 12:12:07 PM PDT

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  •  Democrats need to get in on the act here! (4.00)
    Josh Marshall advocates calling it the "Crybaby Option."  Make sure Democratic leaders start using this term!
  •  I think there is only one possibility (4.00)
    Most journalists are hopeless incompetents who are a bought and paid-for GOP whores
    •  3 Proofs of Purchase (none)
      Alan Greenspan & Andrea Mitchell, Daryn Kagen & Rush Limbaugh, Wolf Blitzer & Guckert

      "I do belive I have rigor mortis of the wee wee" Stewie Griffen

    •  maybe not paid for by the gop (none)
      i don't think journalists at cnn are paid for by the gop (although i could be naive).  most journalists are just too lazy to find the truth.  when a republican says that the dems came up with the 'nuclear option' moniker, most journalists don't bother to find the truth, which is that senator ted stevens coined the phrase in the senate cloak room.

      "Rick Santorum is Latin for Asshole."

      by tmendoza on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 05:16:04 PM PDT

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  •  RE: (4.00)

    "So here's the deal for journalists. If you get bamboozled one more time on this - we will be left with only two possibilities in thinking about you: (1) you are a bought and paid-for GOP whore; or (2) you are a hopeless incompetent."

     What makes you think they can't be both?

    BenGoshi
    __________________

    . . . religion is not a syllogism, but a poem. H.L. Mencken

    by BenGoshi on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 01:44:06 PM PDT

    •  Don't forget Number 3 (4.00)
      We will take your faux-journalist ass down like a cheap Dollar-Store Jeff Guckert!  

      Journalists need to beware the Age of the Blogger.  Do your job, or we'll do it for you.

      In loving memory: Sophie, June 1, 1993-January 17, 2005. My huckleberry friend.

      by Paul in Berkeley on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 01:56:06 PM PDT

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      •  Yeh, it'd be funny if it weren't . . . (4.00)

         . . . so serious.  That is, MSM journalists [sic] are all in a supercilious lather over those (oh!  the nerve!) bloggers out there who are all peeing in the punch of the MSM's party!  And, of course, the reason they're all so disdainful is NOT because the bloggers and internets are all full of bull and somehow screwing up otherwise correctly reported (by the MSM) stories and facts.  Nosiree, Bob!  The MSM Kool Kids and Heathers have  their briefs in a bunch because those snotty little bloggers keep BUSTING them on their sloppy, lazy, in-the-hip-pocket of the GOP "reporting".  Screw 'em.

         BenGoshi
        _________________
         

        . . . religion is not a syllogism, but a poem. H.L. Mencken

        by BenGoshi on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 02:03:27 PM PDT

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        •  but who really notices (4.00)
          We do. But I think the believers have built an electronic wall to protect themselves from us.

          The M$M ram the lie down your throat when everyone is watching knowing those on the 'fringe' paying attention can be dismissed with ridicule. (If mentioned at all)

          Here's a great example of that ridicule headlined on sludge yesterday....

          Benedict abused as 'nazi pope'
          By Uwe Siemon-Netto
          UPI Religious Affairs Editor
          Published April 21, 2005

          WASHINGTON -- "Nazi pope a clear and present danger to the civilized world," read the headline of a reader's letter in a forum of NYTimes.com, The New York Times' Web site.

              It wasn't the worst abuse leveled at Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, a German. Type the words "Nazi pope" into the Google search line, and you will get nearly 700 mentions.

              "Seig Heil, hail Mary!" read one post, misspelling German word for victory, which is "Sieg."

              "What can you expect from a filthy Nazi?" asked one blogger quoted, with horror, by National Review Online. The blogger went on: "...Nazi bas-- wearing a dress and no doubt with a past in child-molesting."

              The Internet is of course the kooks' playground, where anti-German prejudices are safe to disseminate for a simple reason: unlike organizations representing blacks, Jews, Italians or the Irish, their German-American counterparts hardly ever raise a fuss.

          Funny thing is about 700.  That actually proves he is either over reacting or pandering to people's ignorance about the internet and google.

          700 is a ridiculously small number. It's actually 955 now. This means in the last 48hrs a whopping 250 more instances of the term "nazi pope" were cached in googles archive.

          This post will become 956 when it gets cached.

          This reporter also shamefully quotes anonymous sources without disclosing that he himself could have posted those comments to lift for his story.

          I know this is from UPI but to our enemies UPI is a legit source to start the echo.

          With this latest instance of history rewriting itself believers will be told once, maybe twice, that the nuclear term is a Dem word and move on happy. How do we convince these same people who walk around saying things like "when all the votes were counted Bush really did win Florida in 2000".

          Those people are either willfully lying to you, or they are so programmed to believe that reasoned argument from you is just more Liberal media that he/she has been warned about.

          I think we need to consider distribution methods for our information. We need to deliver the message in a way they will start to take seriously.

          I would like some thoughts on an idea I have to put a flyer in mail boxes called "My community news".

          I figure I could hit 200 houses in my area each week without having to go too far.

          A weekly recap of 5 stories that matter. No editorial content.

          Each week 1 `memory hole' story that somehow relates to the currently important ones.

          2 pages front and back that's 400 pages photocopy each week at the local Kinko's for around $35.

          Any obvious pitfall or suggestions?

          •  Yeah (4.00)
            Go to Staples. It's a lot cheaper, and their Rewards program gives you money back once you spend an accumlated amount of $50 on copying in your current three-month quarter.

            "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."-Benjamin Franklin

            by wolverinethad on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 03:24:42 PM PDT

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          •  My father is a retired postal worker, (4.00)
            and he always told us it was illegal to place anything in someone else's mailbox. You might want to check on this. He did say it was alright to attach it to the mailbox, stick it someplace in the fence, etc.

            Other than that, carry on!

          •  I've been thinking along the same lines (4.00)
            about the info sheets. Before the election I found a really good site called udecide now bushreportcard http://bushreportcard.com/ pretty slick one page flyers all done in PDF available for quick download. Unfortunately they became a sellout and wanted $500,000 in donations to keep going, I guess that money is more important than Democracy to them.
            If you want my opinion, well even you don't I'm writing it anyway. Go to an office supply store and get a low end laserjet printer, you can get them for about $150 with a print drum, after that your print costs will only be 2 or 3 cents per copy and you can just do it all right at home. If you need word processing software there are some freebies out there like OpenOffice that you can download. Maybe some of the folks over here at Kos that are really good at writing can put together some really good fact sheets that the rest of us can access.
          •  Hitler's Pope (none)
            And how many of those hits are for Pius XII.  Ratzinger isn't the first pope with unfortunate ties to Nazism. Frankly I would have expected the number of hits to be way higher.
        •  There's also (none)
          these journalists who think they're doing well because they're being attacked by both sides.  Maybe that's a sign of a poor job?

          What color are your pajamas?

          by Unstable Isotope on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 04:13:45 PM PDT

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  •  This is no accident (4.00)
    caused by incompetence. The journalists know exactly what they are doing. They get their orders from their corporate bosses who are joined at the hip with the Rethugs.
    •  Absolutely. (3.75)
      This is not a collection of "stupid, spineless incompetents"

      A collection of paid-for parrots?

      Yes.

      Calling them "Stupid" or "Incompetent" just gives them something to hide behind.

      They have been bought. Paid for. They are employees. They are present-day, American Journalists. Their paychecks come out of taxpayer dollars, one way or the other.

      Parrots.

      Paid For.

      Bought.

      Owned.

      Pimped.

      •  what about the democrats who vote for war? (none)
        what about the democrats who vote for oil subsidies and 400 billion dollar defense budgets?

        when the democrats were in charge, why wasnt the UN convention on the rights of the child ratified? maybe world hunger benefits the democrats rich masters.

        but the dems feel bad...

        love life, ride bikes

        by common terry on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 03:05:24 PM PDT

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      •  Please don't dis parrots... (none)
        By calling bought and paid for journalists parrots.

        Unlike the common perception, parrots only say what they want to, when they want to. And they cannot be bought off.

  •  Those polls must be disastrous. (none)
    The polling on the phrase "nuclear option" must be disastrous.
    •  It's like... (none)
      ...they ran the "daisy ad" against themselves, isn't it?

      I say we start using the term "crybaby option"--let the Corporate Media say "the Democrats call this the 'crybaby option' because as a spokesperson said, they're 'tired of Republicans throwing tantrums'."

      We need to start bitchslapping these beeyotches more.

      Treating people just like pawns in chess, wait til their judgment day comes

      by Alioth on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 11:12:03 PM PDT

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  •  The way I see it (4.00)
    "bought and paid-for GOP whore" and "hopeless incompetent" are not an either-or proposition.  I think they fit quite nicely together.

    We need to call bullshit on the scribes who swallow the GOP-revised lexicon and ridicule them within an inch of their lives.

    They don't understand facts, they don't understand logic and they don't give a flying fig about professional ethics.  However, they do understand ridicule.

    "Pro-life" really means "pro-criminalization"

    by Radiowalla on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 01:46:40 PM PDT

    •  Lyndon LaRouche was/is scum... (none)
      ...but borrowing a riff from an old ad of his (against Mondale I believe):

      If the RNC told these journalists to bend down and lick the floor on live national television, they would bow down and do so.

      Treating people just like pawns in chess, wait til their judgment day comes

      by Alioth on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 10:34:58 PM PDT

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  •  accepting rightwing terminology is SOP (4.00)
    case in point:  'right to life'
  •  judiciary under attack (double posting warning) (4.00)
    It's not much yet, but I'm in the process of pulling together all the articles concerning the Republican attack on the Judiciary in one central location (with links and excerpts). And, as it's set up as a wiki, anyone who likes can contribute, edit, add pages, etc. My hope is that, on this site, we can not only archive all the background information, but also share ideas for action. You can see what I presently have up in the way of articles and ideas for action by following these links... If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so. All you have to do is hit the "edit" button at the bottom of the page and follow the same formatting.

    It's pretty rudimentary at this point, but my hope is that by Monday morning, we'll be able to kick off a grassroots email campaign pointing people toward it.

    If you're interested, you can find the main page, but be forewarned that several of the sub-sections hold nothing now by my notes. (If you'd like to pitch in and help whip them into shape, I'd appreciate it, but don't feel obligated.)

    I'm sure you all know this, but it looks now as though the showdown could come as early as this Wednesday... And we need to do everything in our power to make sure that everyone understands what's at stake, and how they can be heard.

    (I posted this under an open thread, but it seemed fitting here as well. Sorry for the double post, but I'm passionate about this.)

    Cheers,
    -Mark  

    •  Have you heard the Frist-DeLay recording? (4.00)
      See this diary:  Evangelicals Caught on Tape

      You wrote:

      It's pretty rudimentary at this point, but my hope is that by Monday morning, we'll be able to kick off a grassroots email campaign pointing people toward it.

      After listening to tape, the MSM has no option but to do a better job of reporting this showdown on judicial nominees.

      Let's create a deafening drumbeat for the MSM to do its job.

      Greenspan is "one of the biggest political hacks we have in Washington." -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

      by slip kid no more on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 02:25:46 PM PDT

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    •  Newsweek... (none)
      Has an article called "The War on Judges" in it they show their true colors (i.e. they too are GOP whores)

      Democrats have been threatening to block a handful of judges they call "extremist" by using a filibuster to keep debate going.  Now Republicans are considering what Democrats call the "nuclear option"--a parliamentary move that would end the filibusters and ofrce a vote on the Senate Floor

      entire article

      Its not easy being a Floridian. Click Here

      by lawstudent922 on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 04:05:40 PM PDT

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  •  This is too easy... (4.00)
    Just get a tape together, ala Boxer during the Bolton hearings, of all the Republicans (especially Frist and Delay) using the phrase "nuclear option" repeatedly and play it in TV and radio spots. Tagline: If they'll lie about this, what WON'T Republicans lie about...?

                   SpecialEFX

    •  Exactly! (none)
      Like the portion of "Outfoxed" where they show them using the same phrase over and over and over.  

      "One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal" ~ Bill Moyers

      by CJB on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 05:33:07 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  From CNN (4.00)

    'Nuclear option'

    Frist's plan has been dubbed the "nuclear option" because Democrats have promised to retaliate by blocking the rest of Bush's legislative agenda -- excluding spending and highway bills and national security measures.

    Wrong, wrong wrong.

    Here's the Full Story.

    If Republicans were half as good at running the country as they are running for office, we wouldn't mind that they won all the time.

    by tooblue on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 01:57:09 PM PDT

    •  Associated Press 'gannons' fake-fact into MSM (4.00)
      It's not an issue of accidental incompetence when the Associated Press and CNN perform the same service for the WH as Jeff Gannon.

      Suppressing the gag reflex is an integral and hardly passive part of being able to swallow it whole.

      This machine fights fascism - motto on a Woody Guthrie guitar

      by Peanut on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 02:30:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Thanks! You inspired me to write to CNN. (none)
      Just sent this letter:

      I just wanted to inform you that your website got it wrong:  Democrats did not coin the phrase "nuclear option".  Republican Senator Trent Lott came up with the phrase, and Republicans had been using it until a few days ago, when they found out it didn't poll very well.  I see you are happy to act as an accessory in their little cover-up, as evidenced by this quote on CNN.com:

      "Frist's plan has been dubbed the "nuclear option" because Democrats have promised to retaliate by blocking the rest of Bush's legislative agenda -- excluding spending and highway bills and national security measures."

      WRONG.  It has been called the "nuclear option" by everyone because it is such a blatantly extreme measure, and violates 200 years of Senate tradition.  It also silences the voice of the minority that our Founding Fathers so carefully built into the constitution.  CNN, shame on you.  Do you even care that you've lost over half of your audience because you continue to act as Republican shills?

  •  Hannity trial balloon for newspeak (none)
    Looks like Hannity test-marketed "constitutional option" back in March.
  •  There is precendent for this (4.00)
    remember during the Social Security debate, the "controversy" over the use of the term "private" accounts?  I think that at least some of the press got it because one time Bush actualy had to give the lame defense that he called it private once because he must have been tired.  I guess he had forgotten that Uncle Karl warned him that he mustn't use that term any more.

    But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg.

    by calipygian on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 02:00:34 PM PDT

    •  The precedent goes way back (none)
      to at least when mainstream media bought into the fundies' demanding that they be called "pro-life" instead of "anti-abortion."

      It infuriated many of us then, when we did not have the Internet.  We wrote letters to the editor, etc., but we did not have the means to immediately reach so many.

      Now we do -- and now we know, with the entrenched use of the "pro-life" term, what can happen when the debate is so redefined.

      Let's not let 'em get away with it again.

  •  Miguel Estrada (4.00)
    BTW, did everyone notice this little grouping in Time Magazine's slide show on Ann Coulter?

    D.C. Days
    Coulter with pal Miguel Estrada, right, and an ex, Democrat Christopher Putala, in Washington D.C.

    http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101050425/gallery/7.html

    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by jaysea on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 02:04:31 PM PDT

    •  Disgusting (none)

      Those cigars say it all.  Filth and rot at the heart of our republic.

      "It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us." -- Walter Benjamin

      by quaderni on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 03:58:40 PM PDT

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      •  I worked for a very conservative (4.00)
        Navy officer and he used to joke about "getting together with his asshole friends, wearing bowties and suspenders, drinking scotch and smoking cigars".  I think it is a very right wing thing to do.  Oh bonus - when coming back from Europe, it seems like the first ones to violate the ban on importing Cuban cigars are the ones that vote Republican.  

        But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg.

        by calipygian on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 04:07:51 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  It kills me... (none)

          ...how these people call progressives an 'elitist' crowd.  What rank hypocrisy.  Drinking 30-year scotch and smoking Cuban cigars.  While my health benefits are constantly cut.

          I hope there's a hell in the afterlife.  Can you imagine Coulter's shock when she wakes up there? . . . Oh, who am I kidding?  They all know where they're going.  Like all good Nazis do.

          "It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us." -- Walter Benjamin

          by quaderni on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 05:59:14 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  I worked on Wall Street in the 80s. (4.00)
        You have never seen so many cigars and suspenders. Excuse me... "braces."

        BTW, I was a lowly lotus jockey in those days. My coworkers all considered me a communist. I moved to Maine in 1990 - exact same political views - and all my friends considered me a Republican.

        Interesting object lesson. (I guess.)

        The Alna Erratic - against plebiscitary williwaws since April 2005

        by Alna Dem on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 05:13:03 PM PDT

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    •  what is ann coulter doing? (none)
      i thought she believed in traditional values?  why is she running around with two men?  i hope she doesn't have pre-marital sex with one of them.  or both.  people go to hell for that shit i thought.

      "Rick Santorum is Latin for Asshole."

      by tmendoza on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 05:20:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Adam's Apple (none)
      That "woman" has an Adam's Apple. WTF?

      Where'd she get the operation done? There must be medical records somewhere.

      Anyone found "her" birth certificate? Come on, this isn't difficult journalism.

  •  just reading this at Talking Points Memo... (4.00)
    ... and so glad to see it here.

    I know that journalists check in here and I sincerely hope they resist the Republican's pressure to rewrite this little bit of recent history.

    Lovely, just lovely that when they screw up with their choice of, um, what's the phrase, newsbites? memes? they think they can 1) claim they never said such a thing and 2) pin it on Democrats to boot!

    Stinkin' rats they is!

  •  History of the term nuclear option (4.00)
    for any who missed all of the comments on this:

    (Phrase etymology by William Safire, a noted conservative pundit):

    "...In March 2003, the Mississippi Republican Trent Lott was troubled by the Democrats' use of the threat of a filibuster, or Senate-stopping "extended debate," which prevented a vote on some of President George W. Bush's judicial nominees. Charles Hurt of The Washington Times wrote that Lott told him of a plan that might allow Republicans to confirm a judge with a simple 51-vote majority - rather than the 60 votes needed under the rules to "break" a filibuster. Lott "declined to elaborate, warning that his idea is 'nuclear."' This led Michael Crowley of The New Republic to ask rhetorically: "What might Lott's 'nuclear' option be?"

    The term was introduced in 1962 and has been used in several contexts since then.

    Link to full article.

    P.S. Any reporters too fucking lazy to do their own fact checking should post editorial requests at Kos.  

    •  archived article from 2003 (4.00)
      http://web.archive.org/web/20030407165913/http://www.washtimes.com/national/20030319-585187.htm

           Sen. Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican, criticized his party's leadership for not forcing a vote on Mr. Estrada earlier this year when he said it likely would have sailed through."
           Talking for a month was a mistake," said Mr. Lott, who was quick to add that he thought the nomination could still make it."
           He said he had thought of a strategy that could put Mr. Estrada up for a confirmation vote needing only 51 votes as opposed to the 60 now required to invoke cloture. He declined to elaborate, warning that his idea is "nuclear."

      Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

      by jaysea on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 02:53:11 PM PDT

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    •  In their minds (4.00)
      they're not lying when they say "Democrats call it the 'nuclear option,'" this is true.  What they don't say is that the GOP coined the term and used it first.

      What color are your pajamas?

      by Unstable Isotope on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 04:16:55 PM PDT

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    •  From May 7, 2003 - Owen Nomination (4.00)
      Search Word/Phrase "Nuclear Option"
      to find #5. OWEN NOMINATION -- (Senate - May 07, 2003)

      Mr. CORNYN. Mr. President, I notice the Senator from Alabama is here, and I believe he wants to speak on the Owen nomination. I will turn the floor over to him in a few minutes.

      {snip}

      Senator Specter yesterday alluded to something called the nuclear option. He said he was not going to talk about it. All I wish to say is we are not going to give up, and I will not give up when I see a good person, an honest, a decent person who has worked hard, who has risen to the top of the legal profession, who has become a judge and excelled in her job as a judge, who has been faithful to the oath she has taken to interpret the law and not to be a superlegislator or be a legislator wearing a black robe, I am not going to stop as long as it is possible to do anything within my power to see her confirmed and to see that justice and fairness be provided to this good and decent person.

      Mr. President, I yield the floor.

      My emphasis.

      I've looked everywhere at Thomas to see if I could find what Cornyn refers to as a May 6, 2003 statement by Arlen Specter using the term "nuclear option", but I think my eyes are crossing on me, and Specter may have said it in Committee.

  •  Everything Modern Repunlicans do is propaganda (4.00)

    It's not just the language this Administration uses to manipulate people through the media, it is anything at all that is released to the media.

    Case in point, you will notice the members of this administration are pictures pointing a lot. Psychologically, this is supposed to project something. A strong leader, who is sure of themselves and knows what they are doing.

    Though Bush is pictured smiling a lot lately, there is definitely an effort to soften his image right now, though there are still plenty of Bush pointing pictures and pictures of Bush in uniform.

    Contrast this with the images media outlets like CNN like to use for Democrats. CNNs favorite Dean picture is one of many variations from the infamous Dean scream. It's almost as though CNN is a willing participant in this subliminal framing of politicians.

    I've been wondering lately who actually owns CNN now that Ted Turner does not own it anymore.

    My apologies for including a picture of Dick Cheney, it was necessary for this point. But he is unpleasant to look upon, there is no doubt about that.

    Good work on pointing out the about face in rhetoric from the GOP, it is just one of the many tactics they are using right now when it comes to media manipulation.

  •  Sick of 'balance' meaning half the blame ... (4.00)
    ... for all right wing outrages gets automatically dumped on the left when the wingnuts hissy up some new fake grievance into media consciousness.

    THEIR wording isn't working now so it's OUR fault? OH BOO FUCKING HOO.

    C'mon, NYTimes, call it the Apple Cinnamon Option and smack those bad Dems for making the poor little democracy-destroying scorched earth juggernaut cry again.

    Fucking wankers.

    This machine fights fascism - motto on a Woody Guthrie guitar

    by Peanut on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 02:13:07 PM PDT

  •  Again, I say, who cares.... (none)
    So the press says dems call it the Nuclear Option, but the GOP called it that first. The fact is, if "nuclear option" is less pleasant to this "yet unconfirmed focus group," then I hope Dems go out and use it over and over and over. The Republicans want to call it the constitutional option, fine. I think people don't, in general, want to futz around with the constitution, either (unless it has an affect on what we do in the bedroom).

    Seriously, So what. Who cares. There are bigger ills to address than whether Trent Lott coined the phrase or if the Press call it a "democratic term." In the mean time, there's still a war, the deficit continues to grow, and I go another month hoping I don't get sick before I get health care.

    •  furthermore (none)
      Let's worry more about how to stop the nuclear option from exploding, and less about what Nedra Pickler thinks about semantics.
      •  Well sir/madam (4.00)
        You are of my political team.

        The GOP is trying to eliminate the phrase from news reports.

        The phrase works for us.

        That's why it matters. And I am sorry to say, that if you do not get this, you will never get politics in this country.  

        "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

        by Armando on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 02:25:31 PM PDT

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        •  I think it might be too late for this type of (4.00)
          re-branding. Constitutional Option may very well go the route of Freedom Fries.

          However, this is definttely worthy of a barrage of complaints, LTEs, etc. I wonder if MMFA has picked this story up yet...

          In the midst of life we are in debt, etc.

          by ablington on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 02:57:33 PM PDT

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          •  The "Democracy" option (4.00)
            Maybe they should call it the "Healthy Constitutions Act" (I like "The My Way Or The Highway" option.)
            •  Haha (none)
              "The Independent Judiciary Option"

              What color are your pajamas?

              by Unstable Isotope on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 04:19:37 PM PDT

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              •  the "crybaby option" (none)
                As someone quoted Josh Marshall above, we should start calling it the "crybaby option". Because, well, if the GOP only gets their way 95% of the time, they throw hissy fits and wanna change rules because they're unFAAAIIIRRRR....

                I guarantee if we can get that one to stick, the GOP will be reembracing the term "nuclear option" soon enough, to try to sound tough like any cornered bully would.

                Treating people just like pawns in chess, wait til their judgment day comes

                by Alioth on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 11:22:13 PM PDT

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          •  I agree with you (4.00)
            I think the term "Constitutional option" will be confusing to most people, it doesn't really describe what it is.  When it's explained what it is, people still won't support it.

            This is typical GOP.  When you can't win the argument, change the language.

            What color are your pajamas?

            by Unstable Isotope on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 04:18:53 PM PDT

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        •  I get that... (none)
          The term does work for us. That's exactly my point. So why do we care who gets the attribution? Trent Lott came up with it? Fine! The AP says it's a Dem term? That's fine too! And like you said, THAT's why  it matters. So as long as WE keep using it, which would, in a funny kind of way, make it a dem term, I say carry on the fight, and don't worry about the small stuff.
          •  It is a big thing (none)
            If it is acknowledged that the GOP sees it as a "nuclear option" it becomes more difficult for the Media to accept the GOP lie that the move is a return to Senate tradition - if it was, why would they call it nuclear?

            Critical to branding the exercise extreme.

            "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

            by Armando on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 04:33:03 PM PDT

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    •  Beyond the issue of the megamedia's ... (4.00)
      ...prostitution or laziness, the point is that language matters. It always matters, but it especially matters in propaganda. Winston Smith's fictional bosses at the Ministry of Truth (and their real-world descendants) understand this, and we better, too.
    •  This isn't about semantics but about weaseling (4.00)
      I totally understand your point about focus, but the issue of the Bu'ushists phrasing isn't simple semantics but walloping weaseling.

      Time and again this administration relies on the slimy media tactic of making sleaze vanish or diminish simply by changing the wording -- and relying on compliant court scribes to follow along.

      Or they claim that critics are being nitpicky about itty bitty words.

      That reduction to semantics enables jaw-dropping wrongdoing like the "16 little words" defense of the WMDs whopper in the State of the Union Address. I happen to think it's a big deal for the President to knowingly lie to the world in any situation, and doing so in the State of the Union Address is appalling beyond description.

      I don't care how many words it took to lie about non-existent weapons of mass destruction and 'justify' this illegal war of choice. I don't think my complaint is about nitpicking the 'inartful' (as Tom DeLay would call it) phrasing of the weaseling.

      The war in Iraq is three itty bitty words costing us $300 billion but -- poof! -- the issue itself has vanished from view because Bu'ushists won't utter it. The tab still has to be paid, alas.

      This machine fights fascism - motto on a Woody Guthrie guitar

      by Peanut on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 03:40:43 PM PDT

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      •  Right... (4.00)
        I'm totally with you on the importance of Semantics. It's just that we need to keep our eye on the ball. If "nuclear option" were disappearing, that would be one thing. What I go out of this is that we didn't come up with nuclear option, the GOP did, and we should be pissed about that. I want to be pissed about the fact that a) they're considering ENACTING the nucear option and b) that peope are going to VOTE for it.
        •  Absolutely, and exposing their actions (none)
          ... means simultaneously stripping away the cover of their words. In this case, it's removing in advance the cover they're hoping to set up in time for the brawl.

          There's a practical reason for renaming what they're doing: it's the GOP's announcement that cover will be there for skittish potential supporters.

          Josh Marshall and KOSsacks are showing that the cover's not going to hold. Blowing that away isn't a diversion of focus. It will more likely ENABLE focus during the upcoming fillibuster brawl by removing semantics from the debate.

          Speaking only for myself, a zero-tolerance policy on weaseling is the only acceptable way to counteract "friendly" revisions of the Bu'ushist's latest appalling abuses.

          This machine fights fascism - motto on a Woody Guthrie guitar

          by Peanut on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 05:04:39 PM PDT

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    •  The issue IMO (none)
      is larger than this one issue.  What is staggering to me is the proof that theoretically independent news organizations are indeed taking their orders from the RNC.  This can't be a coincidence.
  •  Frist: Dems Used Nuclear Option Against Me (none)
    Washington Times interview, Feb 14.

    Times: If you have to resort to the nuclear option --
    Frist: Constitutional option. The nuclear option is what they did to me last year when they changed the precedent.

  •  Perhaps it's time... (4.00)
    ...for a good old-fashioned Kossack email storm to various media outlets, explaining that not only is this phrase Republican in origin and a phrase Republicans use all the time, but that it's called the "nuclear option" because it involves unprecedented, extreme and rule-busting actions to destroy time-honored powers the minority have of supplying a check on the majority.  Simply amazing how many "journalists" buy this sort of phrasing-dictation as appropriate.
  •  Maybe it time to steal a play (none)
    When conservatives want to force their will on the MSM they start a boycott of sponsors.  The only way CNN will ever try to get it right is when they start to feel the pain.

    Given Bill Ford's environmentalist sympathies Ford Motor Company might be a good sponsor to target first.

    http://ccindems.blogspot.com/

    by MRM46947 on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 02:39:58 PM PDT

  •  Media Cowardice & Inaccuracy (4.00)
    It's simply a lie to make it seem like the Democrats are the only ones calling it the nuclear option.

    The media has an obligation to be accurate.  

    Even the Pope says so:

    In order to do their work responsibly, the media's mandate was "to discover the truth, to use it and to make it known," said Benedict, wearing the traditional white papal cassock and looking professorial with gold-colored wire-rimmed glasses.
  •  "plebiscitary williwaws" (4.00)
    is the term for me.
  •  Josh Marshall (none)
    i love how Josh is calling SS Privatization (or as repug rebranded them - Personal Accounts) Social Security Phase Out Plan

    Reid Dean and all democrats should adopt  the term
    Social Security Phase Out Plan
    when talking aobut Privatization.

  •  I can't help but be nauseated (4.00)
    when I think of all of our own homegrown "gutless wonders" in the MSM, and how they fail to measure up against all those courageous journalists in places like Columbia and Peru and Chile and Argentina and El Salvador and Mexico and in the former Baltic states; writers who actually stood up for what they believed in rather than caving in to the threats and pressures of the regimes trying to suppress them; people who risked their lives, who gave their lives, rather than be compromised in their principles and their desire to serve their nations' best interests.

    Shame on every one of these cowardly flacks from Blitzer to Matthews, from Hume to Snow, from Brooks to Tierney. they are a disgrace to their profession, and an insult to those brave souls who've gone before them, who've given their lives rather than capitulated to the forces of destruction trying to overthrow their democracies.

    Calling them whores is too kind a description. They are beneath contempt.

    Defeat the sound-bite.

    by sbj on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 02:46:27 PM PDT

    •  please, I don't mean to carp, (4.00)
      but I regret your use of the term "MSM." It's been cropping up here lately with increasing frequency, I've noticed. It's problematic because "mainstream" is where most people live. It's where they want to live. So people like us, opposing a "mainstream press," must be... not like them. Against them.

      I feel like an obnoxious schoolteacher and I hate to bring it up, but somehow in this diary in which we're discussing both the power of words and the evils of the media, the timing seemed right.

      Unfortunately, there isn't another term as streamlined and easy to use. RWCM, corporate media, top-down media...  All inferior stylistically but better for our message.

      My apologies for interrupting, and btw I agreed with your main point.

      The Alna Erratic - against plebiscitary williwaws since April 2005

      by Alna Dem on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 03:05:01 PM PDT

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      •  I take your point. (none)
        Unfortunately, none of the shortcut terms are really accurate. Right Wing corporate Media (RWCM) leaves out all those non-right-wing oriented media outlets that are just too lazy to report responsibly. Corporate Media, (CM), leaves out all those smaller wingnut publications.

        Over the last year or so I've actually tried several times to introduce the concept of "Mercenary Media", (MM) into the lexicon, but it never seemed to catch on.

        Defeat the sound-bite.

        by sbj on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 05:00:14 PM PDT

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  •  i'm surprised that, (none)
    at his age, wmfbuckley's tongue can still wrap itself around a phrase like "plebiscitary williwaws that storm the popular will, sweeping away venerable threads of sobriety and caution..." in less genteel terms, i would suggest that he take his impressive vocabulary and sailing metaphors and shove them up a considerable ways up his gentlemanly posterior...

    The first lesson of democracy is not to hold the public in contempt. - Ronnie Earle, Travis County DA, Texas

    by profmarcus on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 02:51:55 PM PDT

  •  I (don't) miss William F. (4.00)
    So...erudite, so ebullient, such perspicacity.

    What a shit-filled sack o' saggy flesh.

    I had a little fun applying the basic MSWord style checker to this bloviation:

    "...changing the number of votes required to end a filibuster means shredding the sheet anchor to windward. The filibuster is held in high esteem as the last refuge against plebiscitary williwaws that storm the popular will, sweeping away venerable threads of sobriety and caution."

    The result?

    Nice to see that he can still craft a paragraph above the eigth grade level and keep overall reading ease low. (Microsoft's annoying little paper clip says "For most standard documents, aim for a (reading ease) score of approximately 60 to 70.")

    I'd advise him to use more active language, though.

    And for you non-sailors out there, a sheet anchor is "The largest spare anchor used in a ship, carried in the waist, as far forward as convenient, and kept ready for use in an emergency--the mariner's last refuge," (thanks to these folks) while windward means "upwind, or towards the wind."

    That last renders F.Buckley's metaphor a bit confusing, since the term "shredding" is more commonly applied to a sail, or maybe a sheet (rope), and not to a metal object like an anchor (though maybe he wants us to (not) understand just how serious this all is - shredding metal conveys that much more power than shredding canvas or hemp).

    I might have said something along the lines of "shredding the jib sheet to leeward," or I might not have.

    And I'm not sure if his use of the term "sobriety" means the kind that comes from completely abstaining from alcohol, or the sense of heightened judgement that follows your typical 3-martini lunch.

    He's a pompous jackass, but he's one of a kind of pompous jackass to be sure. They just don't make 'em like that anymore, thank goodness. Dennis Miller, George Will, and all the others out there are just lameass imitations.

    Oh, and F William F. Buckley.

    "...psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of...politics, law enforcement, (and) government." Dr. Robert Hare

    by RubDMC on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 03:03:50 PM PDT

  •  Damn you, Armando! (none)
    You beat me to it because I've been busy NFL draft and NBA playoff watching. grrrr....

    LOL

    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."-Benjamin Franklin

    by wolverinethad on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 03:12:06 PM PDT

  •  You're making me seasick! :o} (none)
    n/t

    The Alna Erratic - against plebiscitary williwaws since April 2005

    by Alna Dem on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 03:13:36 PM PDT

  •  Evaluate and Reframe (none)
    The Dems should not use the framing of the GOP on any issue.  The Dems need to come up with their own framing (ALWAYS FOR ALL ISSUES) and use that framing.

    Downside - You'll get hammered by the GOP for your framing (so, what else is new).

    Upside - The GOP owns its own framing and can't pass it on to the Dems.

    "I could be cold. I could be ruthless. You know I could be just like you." -Three Days Grace

    by prophet on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 03:18:44 PM PDT

  •  William I'mSmarterThanEveryone Buckley (3.00)
    Hell, if Buckley accepts the term as Republican in origin, you would hope the f-ing Media could to.

    Yes, but then, who wants to listen to some old windbag who uses words like, plebiscitary williwaws anyway?

    <retch>

    And you would think someone supposedly that smart would at least take care of his teeth.  /snark

    George Bush vacations in Texas; he LIVES in Denial.

    by Joon on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 03:39:29 PM PDT

  •  Its about Travel !! Parties !! Junkets !! (4.00)
    How are you going to get to go Rome, ANWR, London, D.C., Boston, NYC, ... unless you say what they want you to say?  You want a job where you gotta sit in traffic everyday like the rest of us schmoes who are keeping the buses running, the kids in school, the hospitals open ... ??

    You ONLY need 2 different sets of requiements:

    FIRST SET

    1. you have to be stupid enough to believe you are a journalist / reporter / public servant, or,
    2. you have to be smart enough to know the big lie and therefore master doublethink.

    SECOND SET
    1. you need incredibly sharp elbows to make sure it is your pearly whites or ink stained fingers presenting the lie-du-jour, and / or,
    2. you need the right prep / ivy / vacation home connections so you can belong to the class of high living for the common man public "servants".

    I am more dismayed by how many kossacks can't get their minds around bambi's mom died, the MSM and the SCLM are scum, and the only way to "negotiate" with thugs is to corner, cower, and crush them.  (see United States Congress, last 5 or 10 years, Republican Leadership Tactics 101).

    rmm.

    p.s. btw, many here are doing great work of being the only free (albiet ad hoc) press we have.

  •  Frank Luntz Playbook on the Filibuster? (none)
    If any of you Frank Luntz interns are reading this, please pass Frank's latest to Kos so we can all read it.

    Independent Illinois Grassroots: IllinoisDemNet.com

    by patachon on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 03:57:51 PM PDT

  •  THE TSM, Terminally Stupid Media... (none)
    strikes again! The Corporate News network (CNN) once again pushes "balance" (propoganda) down the throats of Americans.

    Do all media personal who partake in the fleecing of America receive smiling Orwell T-Shirts? Oh, how they please the Bushco fantasm, fantasm being the Bush fantasy policy machine. There's what Bushco says and what Bushco does. The TSM makes a point to only report what they say because they are "balanced." When enough journalists in the TSM begin dieing or losing their jobs as a result of the fantasm, do you think anything will change before it's too late? Me neither, just look at Rathergate.

    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. -Tom Paine

    by Alumbrados on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 03:59:35 PM PDT

  •  Justice Sunday: Getting Medieval on Your Ass (none)
    Join your "Justice Sunday" hosts Tony Perkins, James Dobson and their American Taliban friends as they battle the out-of-control courts' attack against people of faith.
  •  Journalists and media (none)
    are two words that should not be used to describe those that report the news to our nation, Helen Thomas and a few others are the exceptions, sadly.
    PEACE!
  •  Buckley (4.00)
    The man masturbates to his thesaurus. "plebiscitary williwaws"!??!  It's beyond parody.
  •  Orwell's Pride (none)
    Fellow Kossians, you're way behind in your lexicon. No, it's not the "nuclear option." We are now to refer to termination of Senate filibuster rules as the homicide option.

    Got it, people?

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,114157,00.html

  •  The Truth About BO DIETL and His Love for Gannon (none)
  •  Corporate Media Whores (none)
    I'll say it again. They are Corporate Media Whores who have been bought by the Right Wing.  They are not Mainstream Media - they don't even pretend to be.

    "It does not require a majority to prevail but rather an irate tireless minority keen to set brushfires in people's minds."~ Samuel Adams

    by Pandora on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 04:54:43 PM PDT

  •  The "Court Packing" Option (none)
    I vote for Incompetent on the most part.

    Oh yes, there will always be Courtesans like Fineman and Tweety.  But for the most part, these people are no better then your average High School journalism class.  There just isn't that much cream anymore, people like Robin Wright.

    But what has happen, the goopers have recently feed the incompetent press a new phrase the "Constitution" option.  Frankly it made no marketing sense.  The phrase has no appeal.  Even the press doesn't want to use it - they like the sexier phrase "nukular."  But since the goopers stopped using it, in recent memory, the press attribute it to Dems.  Now they should know better, after all the goopers where using it all last year and the year before, but like I said these people have a High School mindset, and they don't pay attention.  

    Now the Dems don't mind using it, because - hey it's a gooper phrase.

    But I recommend that the Dems invoke their own phrase and characterize the matter their own way.  I suggest using the phrase the "Court Packing option."  You could even be more accurate and call it the "Court Packing Scheme."

    On this week's McLaughlin Group, Eleanor calls it that (and that's what it is), and you should have seen the reaction of Pat and Fat Tony.  It was like an episode of "The Night Stalker," when Kolchak repels Vampires and Monsters with a Cross and vile of Holy Water.

    The polling leaked Thursday nite shows that, that's what the public already thinks of it now, that it's an abusue of power by the majority.  Let's reinforce that -- repeat, rinse, repeat -- and call it "The Court Packing Option."

  •  I think they're slipping (none)
    You know, I've been wondering since the beginning why the GOP was using the term "nuclear option."  Anything nuclear has a strongly negative connotation.  They're usually so careful with words.  Pro-life, healthy forests, tax relief, clear skies, social security reform.  Why on earth would they use the word "nuclear" (or even allow the Dems to use it, if the Dems invented the term - which they didn't)?

    Did they not realize this was going to fought in the court of public opinion, as well in the trenches of DC?  Were they just so arrogant that they weren't worried about it?  Were the spinmeisters all on a prolonged vacation after the election?  I can't figure it out.  

    Protons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.

    by randym77 on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 05:15:37 PM PDT

    •  Because they wanted to sound like tough guys. (none)
      But they ended up doing the equivalent of running "the daisy ad" against themselves. Cool, huh?

      Treating people just like pawns in chess, wait til their judgment day comes

      by Alioth on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 11:35:42 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  A third option is, (none)
    Scared Shitless.

    When one of the richest men in the world caves to the Radical Right Christians, you know there's terror in the land.

       

    "The Microsoft Corporation, at the forefront of corporate gay rights for decades, is coming under fire from gay rights groups, politicians and its own employees for withdrawing its support for a state bill that would have barred discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

        Many of the critics accused the company of bowing to pressure from a prominent evangelical church in Redmond, Wash., located a few blocks from Microsoft's sprawling headquarters.

        The bill, or similar versions of it, has been introduced repeatedly over three decades; it failed by one vote Thursday in the State Senate. Gay rights advocates denounced Microsoft, which had supported the bill for the last two years, for abandoning their cause. Blogs and online chat rooms were buzzing on Thursday with accusations that the company, which has offered benefits to same-sex partners for years, had given in to the Christian right."

    To Whatever It Takes ... towit ... to get rid of BushCo.

    by towit on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 05:18:56 PM PDT

  •  Whores (none)
    Bought and paid for.

    Big business will always control big media.

    Let's smoke out the Republican Jihadists

    by Joe B on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 05:53:19 PM PDT

  •  Time/Warner (none)
    Turns out Time/Warner bought CNN from Ted Turner. Same people who did the Ann Coulter friendly article recently. And yet CNN is still derided by the right as being liberal, interesting tactics. The supposed liberal media outlet is still conservative leaning. Clever though, the conservatives want to make people think that Faux is the standard, while media outlets like CNN that only strongly favor conservative views are liberal. Basically limiting the media choices to completely conservative or mostly conservative. Either way, their point of view is getting the most amount of exposure, if not all. The illusion the public holds is that they have a choice.
  •  GOP Diabolical Strategy---Olson on the SCOTUS (none)
    There's a GOP mini-tradition of Supreme Court nominees who have lied to Congress.  Both Rehnquist and Thomas come to mind.  Ted Olson
    also lied, when nominated for Solicitor General,
    about his involvement with the "Arkansas Project".

    Ken Starr is too controversial, but look for
    Olson to be the first nominee.   His opposition
    to the "nuclear option" in a Wall Street Journal
    op-ed piece was clearly orchestrated to make him
    look like a moderate.

    And just think of the pathos when he tells Congress--again--about his wife's death on 9-11.

  •  This one is easy (4.00)
    Let's stop whining about how much better the Repugs are at working the press. Instead, let's work the fucking press, goddammit.

    So Repugs want to rewrite history?

    This one is easy. I used to work with PR firms and manage product launches. It ain't rocket science.

    Some liberal organisation needs to print up a fun, quick, one-page "history sheet" on this thing. Just put all the historical quotes of Republicans calling it "Nuclear Option", chronologically. One or two sentences of conclusion at the end: "This is not bias, this is fact. Trent Lott coined the term 'Nuclear Option' and Republicans have propogated it".

    The kind of thing that's so short, by the time they've scanned it to decide to throw it away, it's too late, they've gotten the point and they can't un-read it now. Sucker. Your conscience is ours now!

    Mail or FAX the thing to every editorial desk in the country. Spam the fuckers. Tons of organisations (MoveOn? others?) have databases of them already.

    Then, of course, back it up with pressure. Fire up a Sinclair-style shitstorm. Media Matters, maybe, someohe like that can keep track of all the times the press uses Repug talking points instead of reporting the facts. The only thing news organisations respond to is pressure. And in this case, it's so easy. To neglect to put on pressure here would be irresponsible and unconscionable.

    •  One small contribution (none)
      My LTE to Newsweek.com:

      To the Editors:

      In the article "the War on Judges" by Debra Rosenberg, she states "Republicans are considering what Democrats call "the nuclear option". This phrase was invented by Trent Lott, who, last time I looked, was a Republican. In fact, it is Republicans, not Democrats, who have used this phrase hundreds of times, and with considerable relish, at that. But it seems they've realized in the last few days that it doesn't poll well (remember "private" Social Security accounts?), so they're trying to paste it on the Democrats, and you're helping them do it..

      This is an error that, given its political content, amounts to propaganda for the Republican party, and I believe a correction and apology is in order.

      As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? - William Marcy Tweed

      by sidnora on Sun Apr 24, 2005 at 08:10:39 AM PDT

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  •  whores? (none)
    it's a fixation... why is everything whoring?

    anyone focus grouped that frame?

  •  Whateva.... (none)
    If the RNC told these "journalists" to bend down and lick the floor on live national television, they would surely bow down and do just that.

    Treating people just like pawns in chess, wait til their judgment day comes

    by Alioth on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 10:15:34 PM PDT

  •  Justice Sunday = (none)
    pre-Kristallnacht?
  •  Time to remember...Hiroshima (none)
    I happened to be channel surfing yesterday and ended up watching a movie about Hiroshima. I remember reading the book Hiroshima back in the 60s, when I was an impressionable teen. The lesson learned was one of peace, of the ultimate futility of war, and the dangers of not being able to work out differences.

    Today, I wonder about the hubris of a country that would resort to the use of such a weapon. Do most Americans think twice about it? Some days I'm glad I'm not an American. Being American must be a funny state of mind...all the "holier-than thou" of religion without any guilt. It's all about being better then everybody else, being the "good guys"...champions of democracy. "'Cause he's better than the rest, and his own sweat smells the best..." To the average American, Hiroshima taught "them" a lesson. http://mothra.rerf.or.jp/ENG/A-bomb/photo-1/p11.jpg

    Those are the crazy thoughts conjured by the phrase "the nuclear option".

    P.S. Don't mind me...I'm recovering from eye surgery and feeling somewhat pessimistic.

  •  Bunch of morons (none)
    The SCLM can't imagine the Republicans being so cynical as to call something they  support the "Nuclear option," so it must be the Democrats.

    How many times have these people written that phrase of the past 4 months?  Are they that stupid?  I guess the answer is yes.

    What's so funny about Peace, Love and Understanding? - Elvis Costello

    by mungley on Sun Apr 24, 2005 at 03:57:51 PM PDT

  •  GOP lexical jihad spreads to NPR (none)
    not just the corporate whores, it seems. I sent this off to NPR this morning after hearing one of their reporters invent the history the term "nuclear option"

         This is to correct what I hope is simply lazy journalism on the part of David Wellknapp(sp?) regarding his characterization of the term "nuclear option" as originating with the Democrats. This is factually wrong. According to Dailykos.com article from 4/23 by Armando, Trent Lott was the first to use it, and members of both parties freely used it until about two weeks ago, when polls showed a lack of support for such a move. Republicans then renamed it, and started pinning the unsavory name on Democrats. Your reporter not only echoed this falsehood, but expanded it to say why the Democrats have (supposedly) dubbed the destruction of another set of Congressional rules the"nuclear option.  This error, and I fervently hope that's all it is, is important for two reasons. First, the Republican party and the Bush Admin. have confused and demeaned debate in this country by cynical uses of language and labels consistently, and it is the duty of a free press to hold politicians accountable. Second, I have made NPR my chief source of news for over twenty years precisely because it does not follow the pandering of corporate controlled media, and this shakes my faith in your institution deeply. Was this reporter given this bogus information by a "volunteer", or other Republican operative? If so, an explanation and retraction are in order.

    If we lose NPR, you guys are about all we got left. I knew it was coming, but I had no idea it would come so soon.

  •  NPR owes US, not THEM (none)
    Thing is, with NPR, we're their bosses, not the corporations. So they are more sensitive to listener feedback. Let 'em have some here:  http://www.npr.org/contact/confirm.html
     and enjoy the site.
  •  Lott said 'blow the place up' (none)
    Lott didn't just say 'nuclear,' he said 'blow the place up.' For more on this, may I humbly recommend this diary.

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