"I hate your damn speech..." (With update)
Then William Kristol got up (he was also invited to speak, to give a counter-point i guess) and took the podium and basically completely mis-represented Meehan's proposal. Kristol pretended Meehan said "Hey, I don't like Iraq so let's just pull all our troops out and let the insurgents take over! Yeah!"
Meehan, of course, said no such thing.
What's interesting, though, is that while Kristol was going up to the podium he stopped to shake hands with Meehan. He assumed that his mic was off, or something, because he delivered a bit of private talk to Meehan. Starting with "I hate your damn speech".
Except the microphone was picking it up so everyone watching CSPAN got to hear.
Once more, just in case you missed it the first dozen times:
"We are trying to change the tones in the state capitals--and turn them toward bitter nastiness and partisanship," --Grover Norquist
Here's some discussion on what's going on here, for those who still haven't caught it. It's a pretty good article in its own right.
In other news (sort of) i'm writing a giant ass post. It's about 13,000 words so far. I'm going to try to break it up, though, as there're a several branches of the primary idea that can be... pruned off, so to speak. I dunno when it'll be finished @.@
One other thing: I'm starting to think there's some sort of vast, right-wing conspiracy to troll every left-leaning weblog/forum/journal/whatever on the face of the internet. Either that or the Republican rank-and-file is really, fantastically good at spouting talking points. Like, newspeak-level good.
Speaking of which, has anyone else noticed that all of Bush's speeches since the elections have been nothing but newspeak? They're full of talk about "expanding freedom", and other euphemisms, but he seems to have gotten the art of talking without saying anything down...