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Eby: Dictionary refudiated for giving Palin a pass for making things up

Published 9:16am Monday, November 22, 2010

Dittohead Dave scolded me the Monday after the election for bypassing “the most historic election of our lifetime, of the past 60-plus years” to write about “walking cadaver” Keith Richards.

My sense at that point was people had overdosed on politics and attack ads and wanted to be let up. They’d had enough.

“That was REAL disappointing,” let-down Dave wrote.

I wonder if Dave sees any irony in a groundbreaking Nov. 16 for the George W. Bush library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

That other author, Mr. Richards, loved going to the library as a kid because it gave him “a hint that there was a thing called civilization.”

Reviews like Joe Klein’s in Time magazine aren’t going to fly copies of Bush’s “Decision Points” from shelves: “Bush’s presidency will … be remembered more for its waste — of time, lives, money, moral standing and economic strength — than for anything else … far too much testosterone was spent kicking irrelevant butts and landing, breathless with self-regard, on carrier decks … We struggle to recover from the thoughtless carnage of his tenure.”

Guess what Bush writes was the “worst moment” of his presidency, his “all-time low?”
Not 9/11, but when Kanye West said he “doesn’t care about black people” during a Hurricane Katrina celebrity telethon.

Says the rapper: “I like to bring up the fact that I can’t sing, dance or play an instrument, but somehow I made it to the mountaintop of music.”

Dave wasn’t quite done zinging, however. He ripped my editorial about the right spinning its own fact-free reality that President Obama blew through $200 million a day visiting Asia.

“The paper gets giddy ’cause they caught the right screwing up a story? That’s the best you guys can do?” Guess so, Dave. It’s Fox that grows mighty oaks from ACORN, not me.

Frankly, I felt refudiated. I find Sarah Palin refreshing and avidly watch her Alaskan travelogue, even if I would have said reality TV was not a path to credibility as a presidential candidate, although it makes a good infomercial for her second book. What do I know? (a rhetorical question, Dave, no need to reply.)

I was as brimming with umbrage as Lawrence O’Donnell’s “Last Word” rant on MSNBC about New Oxford American Dictionary’s decision to select the former governor’s Frankenword, stitching together “refute” and “repudiate,” as its word of the year.

“While reality shows eventually fade away, Sarah Palin made a much more lasting and damaging contribution to society this week. She is being allowed to rewrite the English language,” fumed O’Donnell, who also displayed an admirable disdain for the media going all Lady Gaga about the royal engagement.

“Next (Palintologists — you betcha, no more a real word than Stephen Colbert’s truthiness) will be demanding that cartographers actually move Russia even closer” to her house.

At least she jokes about that on her show, knows the difference between a Mama Grizzly and a brown bear and is plucky enough to pursue mountain climbing despite fear of heights.

Joe McGinniss must feel refudiated by being an element in Palin’s show, plus the size of fence she feels he warrants versus the toddler gate meant to keep lusty teen boys downstairs and out of Willow’s bedroom.

At least she isn’t visibly promoting the conspiracy theory that the Tea Party vaulted Bristol into the finals on “Dancing with the Stars.” Which star is her partner, by the way?

First Dick Cheney said deficits don’t matter, now facts don’t, either. Kind of hard to have a political debate on such a slippery slope.

Inexplicably, refudiating porky “earmarks” is suddenly in vogue.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did an about-face from his 26-year record of inserting more than $900 million for pet projects bringing home the bacon for Kentucky to symbolically heed the message voters sent in midterm elections.

Dave, to me a 60-year sea change would at least spare us more “leadership” from Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, whose legislative agenda has been refudiated.

Maybe we can agree on that.

Since earmarks are such an infinitesimal fingernail clipping of federal spending, this spurt of interest is probably meant to pacify tea baggers.

Rep. Michele Bachmann wants to refudiate the word earmark and call it something elsewhen it comes to road projects for Minnesota.

As further proof nothing changes in Washington, Congress decided to merely refudiate Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., when expulsion is merited.

If you’re found guilty of 11 House ethics rules when you’ve chaired the House Ways and Means Committee during 20 terms, what constitutes a pattern of behavior in failing to declare rental income from a Dominican villa, improperly soliciting donations on congressional letterhead and misusing a rent-controlled apartment as a campaign office.

“I was not even in the room,” said Rangel, who walked out.

“My actions may have been sloppy, or even stupid, but never corrupt.” Failing to pay taxes for 17 years is sloppy? A new Nixon!

Where’s President Obama’s apology for the harsh socialistic refudiation hurled about Government Motors? Nov. 18 began with the rev of a Chevy Camaro engine on Wall Street and the electric Chevrolet Volt named Green Car of the Year as GM shares closed at $34.19, up from the initial public offering (IPO) price, $33.

Seventeen months ago GM was booted off the New York Exchange with stock worth 75 cents after a 40-day 2009 bankruptcy made shares worthless.

“Does anyone really believe politicians and bureaucrats in Washington can successfully steer a multinational corporation to economic vitality?” then-House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said June 1, 2009. “No comment” now, he told the Detroit Free Press.

The U.S. government bailout of General Motors, Chrysler and other automotive firms saved more than 1.4 million jobs, according to the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor.

The Detroit News reported that most of the jobs were saved in 2009 during the worst of the industry’s severe downturn.

“The government intervention prevented additional personal income losses totaling $71.9 billion for 2009 and $24.6 billion for 2010.”

The government will recoup some of the $82 billion spent on the bailout with the IPO.

The government took a 61-percent stake in GM in exchange for financial aid. A failure of one or two of Detroit’s Big Three might have driven suppliers out of business, putting at risk healthier companies like Ford and foreign transplants.

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