Is it wrong to enjoy this?

The lovely Miss Anonymous Opinion quotes author Orson Scott Card as saying:

Now Hillary is getting a taste of what it’s like to run for President as a Republican, with the media against you every step of the way.

Just wait till McCain starts getting that treatment; he’s in for a surprise, too.

Two Saturdays ago, I was at a party at the house of a very Democratic family. The family is so Democratic that after the funeral of one of the grandsons, the grandmother was trying to convince me to switch parties. The family loves to talk to me about politics, although there is a standing rule about the grandmother and I speaking on that subject with each other. This past visit was no different. One of the family members, long active in Democratic circles and currently holding a prominent appointed position, was bemoaning the media’s treatment of Hillary, saying that they weren’t being fair and actively favoring Obama. I pointed out that he now knew how Republicans have felt for decades. He responded, “But they’re just not being fair and they’re so biased.” I repeated, “Now you know how Republicans have felt for decades.” He got the hint that I wasn’t going to give him any sympathy and moved on to other topics.

There are a few issues this brings up:

1) Is it okay for Republicans to watch Democrats being hoist on their own petard, with media bias bringing down their candidate, instead of supporting their candidate for once? Is it merely schadenfreude to take pleasure in their suffering?
2) Was his reaction merely disappointment over the bias going against his candidate for one? Or was it deeper? Was he finally realizing that the media is indeed biased and not afraid to use their power to promote their own objectives, rather than merely report the news? Had he honestly never seen the clear bias of the media, because it was in his favor?

If enough on the left finally are recognizing the obvious agendas and biases of the media, maybe we’ll finally have enough of a base to do something about the problem about media bias, and get an objective media, rather than one that just lies in order to pretend it is.

Different Phrasing

SURVIVOR HILL MIGHT NOT SURVIVE THIS – New York Post

Charles Hurt writes about Hillary’s primary losses last night:

This very morning, she is picking herself up off the canvas, returning to her corner of the ring where Bill will brush Vaseline across the swollen cuts on her face.

John Derbyshire comments:

Easy on the imagery there, Chuck, please

I think it’s far more likely that Bill would tell her to “get some ice on that.”

Different Phrasing

SURVIVOR HILL MIGHT NOT SURVIVE THIS – New York Post

Charles Hurt writes about Hillary’s primary losses last night:

This very morning, she is picking herself up off the canvas, returning to her corner of the ring where Bill will brush Vaseline across the swollen cuts on her face.

John Derbyshire comments:

Easy on the imagery there, Chuck, please

I think it’s far more likely that Bill would tell her to “get some ice on that.”

Different Phrasing

SURVIVOR HILL MIGHT NOT SURVIVE THIS – New York Post

Charles Hurt writes about Hillary’s primary losses last night:

This very morning, she is picking herself up off the canvas, returning to her corner of the ring where Bill will brush Vaseline across the swollen cuts on her face.

John Derbyshire comments:

Easy on the imagery there, Chuck, please

I think it’s far more likely that Bill would tell her to “get some ice on that.”

Quote-a-palooza

“The name of American, which belongs to you… must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism.” – George Washington

“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.” – Helen Keller

“Talk is cheap- except when Congress does it.” – Cullen Hightower

“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.” – Otto von Bismarck

“It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.” – Eugene McCarthy

“Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate; now what’s going to happen to us with both a Senate and a House?” – Will Rogers

“The Bush administration’s decision to take a shot at a crippled spy satellite Thursday has provoked no shortage of complaints from the disarmament crowd. ‘The politics are terrible,’ grouses Jeffrey G. Lewis of the New America Foundation, in the New York Times. ‘We will be using a missile defense system to shoot down a satellite.’ Yes, we will. And the politics are terrible only for liberals who are ideologically committed enemies of missile defense. A successful effort to protect people from a man-made device falling from space would counter some of the arguments that missile-defense critics have been repeating since Ted Kennedy started throwing around the term ‘Star Wars’ as an insult. The satellite in question failed more than a year ago, soon after its launch. Much of it will burn up as it reenters the atmosphere- but not all of it. The satellite is believed to carry half a ton of hydrazine, a rocket fuel that could prove lethal if it falls on an inhabited region- talk about terrible politics. With its embryonic missile-defense system, limited though it currently is, the U.S. military has the option of trying to do something about that… Military officials insist that the Pentagon merely wants to prevent a potential disaster. At the same time, a successful display of missile-defense prowess can serve a supplementary purpose if it reminds potential adversaries that we’ve developed sophisticated anti-ballistic technologies… By coincidence, the 25th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s speech on the Strategic Defense Initiative is almost upon us. When it arrives, on March 23, we’ll know whether the military has managed to shoot down a falling satellite. Let’s hope that this speech soon receives a fitting memorial on the edge of space, when a missile that exists because Reagan called for its creation demonstrates a capability that we need now as much as we did then.” – National Review

“There is something empowering about a gavel in the hands of a U.S. Congressman. No matter how big a weenie he may have been in high school and no matter how much fun the other kids used to make of him, he now has the authority to make corporate heads, executive department bigwigs or sports stars squirm and perspire.” – Pat Sajak

“All of that soaring rhetoric is supported by policies that are so old they creak. Obama may be shiny, bright, and new, but his ideas are suffering from senility.” – Mona Charen

“[Hillary’s] whole life right now is a reverse Sally Field. She’s looking out at an audience of colleagues and saying, ‘You don’t like me, you really don’t like me!”‘ – Peggy Noonan

“The problems facing America- unsustainable entitlements, broken borders, nuclearizing enemies- require tough solutions, not gaseous Sesame Street platitudes.” – Mark Steyn

“Hillary Clinton stated there will be no personal scandal caused by her husband if she’s elected president. There goes the last of her support. First she lost the black vote, then she lost the youth vote, and now she has lost the comedians.” – Argus Hamilton

“Over the weekend in Ohio, former President Bill Clinton had an angry confrontation with a heckler who claimed at one point Bill Clinton made physical contact. Clinton denied any physical contact, but then again, he always does.” – Conan O’Brien

Jay Leno: Hillary Clinton is on the campaign trail. She’s been speaking about Black History Month. She’s been saying that America has come so far that a black man could one day grow up and possibly be vice president. … This has not been a good week for Hillary. I guess Bill bought her a dozen roses for Valentine’s Day. Turns out seven of the roses have committed to Michelle Obama. … Hillary has lost the last [ten] primaries in a row. So any crying you see from now on is going to be real. … Things aren’t looking good for Hillary. Like a lot of women in Washington, I think she’s just starting to realize she may have slept with Bill Clinton for nothing.

It’s not nice to make people fighting colds laugh

I got home yesterday and saw a small package waiting with my mail. I went to it first and was surprised to see it was a package from a former coworker who now lives in Maryland. I opened the envelope and saw a book: Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The laughing caused a coughing fit.

So, yet another book thrown on the “To Be Read” pile. (And it will give me something to show my cousins this weekend who are also Buffy fans.)

Thanks, Doug!