Sunday, June 01, 2008

Burned by the book

Welcome to the sunburned version of "Idiot Politician of the Week". My famous last words yesterday before taking my son to soccer camp? "Maybe I should get some sun screen."

But as red as I am, Vladimir Putin still has me beat. The ex-KGB member and current Prime Minister of Russia asks the question, "How can one be such a shining example of democracy at home and a frightening monster abroad?" Gee, maybe if you weren't such a frightening monster at home you could be a frightening monster abroad, too. How are Chechnya and Georgia coming along?

There's no fool like an old fool, and former JFK speechwriter Ted Sorensen is older and more foolish than ever. Sorensen believes Barack Obama is the spiritual heir to the assassinated president. Is that before or after Obama promises to pay any price and bear any burden for freedom? Considering that John Kennedy campaigned on "a missile gap", had a war record, and cut taxes after coming into office, it's hard to believe I haven't seen the similarities before. Who knew that Barack Obama was secretly a rich white guy with a string of mistresses and a desire to invade Cuba?

Speaking of the old and the foolish, former Senator George McGovern is showing that wonderful political acumen that helped him lose 49 states. First he claimed he had more foreign policy expertise than Senator McCain. Some day we might actually see it. Then he attacked Senator McCain's war record. Is this really where the Democrats want to go?

But having the idiot book thrown back at him this week is former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. Either he's just sold out and cashing in, ruining his reputation, or he had no courage of his convictions while working in the White House. Either way, even the leftists aren't cutting him a break, demanding he donate the money from his book to charity. Bob Dole was right when he said if you want a friend in Washington DC, buy a dog. Oh yeah, Bob Dole kicked McClellan, too. So this week we're awarding a special Idiot Politician of the Week Piggy Bank prize to Scott McClellan. He now has a place to keep his thirty pieces of silver.