When Your Political Opposition is Committing Suicide….

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Yesterday I heard yet another typically brilliant interview with political commentator and nationally syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer. He was asked what he thought of RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s recent comment that the Afghan war is a war of Obama’s choosing.

Please forgive my paraphrasing of the good doctor’s response, as I would never dream even of attempting to channel his insight, but his answer, as usual, cut straight to the core of the matter. You see, he explained, as only he can, the democrats right now are in the process of committing suicide. And unfortunately, Mr. Steele ignored the first rule of politics: If the other side is committing suicide, get out of the room!

In other words, shut up and get out of the way. Don’t give your opposition and, in this case, their media lapdogs, any distractions they can use to re-direct the public’s attention, or, worse yet, slap those who are imploding back to their senses. Just get out and let them get on with their mission.

As if seeking consciously to prove Dr. Krauthammer’s brilliance, grandam Nancy Pelosi urged her minion democrats seeking re-election this November to get out there on the campaign trail and not only sing the praises of Obamacare, but also boast of their voting for it. And I say, here, here, Nancy! Keep offering those minions that sage advice of yours. And please, dems, listen to fearless leader Nancy’s directives and take them to heart. Do exactly what she says. Sing those praises. Boast of those votes. And don’t let up. Not for a minute. Let everyone everywhere know exactly who you are, where you stand, and what you did.

In the meantime, those of us on the right, don’t mind us. We’ll just be here, quietly leaving the room so you can get on with your mission, undistracted and without interruption. We won’t bother you, so carry on.


  1. David R. Graham
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    I’m a little embarrassed commenting again since I don’t want to be taken as angling for anything. I do enjoy your work and consider it seminal.

    On this post, I concur your tactical advice, referenced from Dr. Krauthammer and seconded by yourself. In fact, I commended the same recently in a essay-ette on the extant totalitarian alliance posted on our family’s website.

    Chairman Steele did not follow this tactic in the instance referenced. However, he did tell the truth re operations in AFPAK and, on principle, the truth even if tactically in error strategically never is.

    This is not to say I am a vigorous supporter of Chairman Steele. I am a nobody in a no place who knows nothing about what that man faces and deals with. I have no deservedness for saying I support or oppose the man.

    So, baring my knowledge of an obvious instance of skulduggery on his part (knowledge I neither possess nor have seen reason to dig for), I am obliged to give him, as also every person I do not suspect or know as a knave, a presumption of, if not doing everything right all the time, doing his duty the best he knows how as God gives him light to see that duty moment to moment (paraphrasing MacArthur’s speech to Congress).

    Tactics of politics are important, and in this case I concur that Chairman Steele breached a known and reasonable tactic politics, and one I commend in the present situation. Militarily it is called pivot and roll with the punch, then shoot them in the back as they go by. In martial arts it is the principle of using the attacker’s own energy to undo them.

    I have to assume that Chairman Steele knew what he was doing, just as Stan McChrystal knew what he was doing.

    That assumption, in the absence of evidence of knavery or stupidity (neither of which I see in the man’s actions, or what are more telling, his eyes), compels me to conclude that he felt he had a good reason for breaching a reasonable political tactic, at least good in his calculations and sense of propriety, than which none of us can expect more of him or any person.

    Correlatively, surely you have seen today the ringing endorsement of your blog’s name, motive and totem:




    I am happy for you, and grateful.

  2. Posted July 9, 2010 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Exactly my observation on Mr. Steele’s comments. Why make such a statement about a situation that is only going to draw ire from every media maggot and thus not on the real source of the problem. Great observation and satire!