February 18, 2008

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Monday night was a true Talking Head fest on Larry King Live, with guests Stephanie Miller, Peter Beinart, Ron Reagan, Kellyanne Conway and David Frum talking about the upcoming elections, naturally.

Why David Frum, architect of some of the most heinous lies ever told to the American public ("Axis of Evil" anyone?), is invited on these shows for anything other than to be publicly ridiculed and/or scorned is beyond me. And that he could have the audacity to question Barack Obama's experience when he was part of Team Anti-Midas is truly beyond ironic.

It’s a very odd and ironic kind of story. Here’s the rap on this guy. I mean, this is a little bit like discovering Dwight Eisenhower didn’t actually run Dday. What is...why should…why should Barack Obama be President? What is there about him? He’s never achieved anything. He’s never done anything. He’s never run anything. He’s a completely insubstantial person. But he has one great attribute, which is that he’s a spellbinding orator. And so that was the case he was making: “never mind that I haven’t done anything, words matter. But the words I’m using aren’t mine.” And suddenly that makes you think if there was a record of accomplishment, you’re right this would all be as insubstantial as everyone on the panel has been saving. Since there is no record of accomplishment, since he’s running only on his words. The fact that they’re not his words, that’s pretty serious to my mind, because it raises the question who is he? What is he? On what does he stake his claim? Maybe we should be running Deval Patrick for the Democratic nominee, after all, he gives the same speech.

Um, yeah. So the speechwriter to the man who gave us "Is our children learning?" is questioning Obama's authenticity because he used a few key phrases from a friend with whom he shares both a friendship and campaign advisers? And the man Frum championed into the White House, what were his accomplishments? Even the touted two terms as governor of Texas is laughable, as the Texas governorship is hardly an executive position with any power.

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