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Ed Driscoll

As Heads is Tails

April 9th, 2013 - 5:12 pm

While Zhou Enlai apparently never said, “The impact of the French Revolution? Too early to say,” whoever misquoted him was certainly onto something. In February and March, we learned that Bob Woodward was now so bad a person for reporting on the current president, that some of his fellow Washington Post employees were reduced to saying things such as this:

And Bob Redford doesn’t think too highly of Bob Woodward these days, either. (He prefers his current heroes to be a bit more, umm, action-oriented.) And apparently, President Nixon is now so rehabilitated in the left’s eyes that Watergate is now a how-to guide, not a warning:

CNN reports:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign is “working with the FBI” on how Mother Jones, a liberal magazine, obtained a recording of political aides meeting with McConnell and discussing opposition research on Ashley Judd, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton told CNN Tuesday….

“Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell’s campaign office without consent. By whom and how that was accomplished will presumably be the subject of a criminal investigation,” Benton said in a statement.

Either this kind of bugging is acceptable or it’s not. I’m surprised Corn went forward with it when the material isn’t even shocking. It’s actually quite bland… in comparison to what I assume is batted around within all the various campaigns as they decide how to attack opponents. Can we get transcripts of all that crap? I’d love to blog it.

Suddenly, I realize why Corn may believe this material is worth printing: These are attacks on a sweet and pretty lady. Corn’s decision to publish is — ironically — evidence of sexism.

Incidentally, the woman who was debating going up against McConnell to represent the voters of Kentucky in the US Senate has a “Psychological Support Dog.”

Which she sometimes takes on media interviews.

Apparently, this is a thing, Ace writes:

So, within two hours, I went from never having heard of a Psychological Support Dog at all to writing about it on my blog and then listening to Adam Carolla complaining about them for an extended period of time.  From zero times in all my life, to twice within 120 minutes.

And I notice this happens with some frequency.

Anyone else have this happen?

And what’s it called?  I always say the Germans must have a word for it because they have words for everything.

Update:  There is a word for it, and it turns out it is rooted in German. It’s called the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon.

How the phenomenon came to be known as “Baader-Meinhof” is uncertain. It seems likely that some individual learned of the existence of the historic German urban guerrilla group which went by that name, and then heard the name again soon afterwards. This plucky wordsmith may then have named the phenomenon after the very subject which triggered it. But it is certainly a mouthful; a shorter name might have more hope of penetrating the lexicon.

The Germans have always been a comforting people.

Update: Right now, I’ll bet you’re asking, “What on earth could Shug the Psychological Support Dog be thinking as its being lugged from interview to interview?” Jim Treacher posits that it’s something along the lines of, “Somebody please help me. Every night I have to sit with her as she watches Kiss the Girls and eats ice cream and cries.”

But let’s get back to Mother Jones and the scandal at hand. “The whole thing reminds me of the Washington Post‘s ongoing (and rather pathetic) attempts to recreate that one, perfect fix that the WaPo had in 2006 when they destroyed George Allen’s Senate career,” Moe Lane writes. “Yes, David Corn, last year you folks got your hands on a video that harmed a Republican campaign.  Congratulations.  Have a cookie.  But it’s never as good the second time, huh?”

By the way, remember when the left pretended that they thought somebody like Donald Segretti was a bad guy?

Or to put it another way, “Mother Jones either published audio which was illegally recorded or endorsed @JamesOKeefeIII’s style of journalism.” Not to mention, “Hypocrisy: Mother Jones Writer Behind McConnell Bugging Railed Against Bush Wiretapping.”

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The speculation about the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon is correct. It comes from the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, which has a feature called Bulletin Board, wherein people can contribute various observations and stories. One member one day ran across a mention of the Baader-Meinhof gang, which they had never heard of before and then later that same day heard about them again. He said he realized this phenomenon had occurred to him before and so he named it the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. The rules are simple: if it's the first time you've encountered a thing and hear about it from a separate source about it within twenty-four hours, it's official. Anniversaries of big events or such things don't count. Over the years, Bulletin Board has shortened the name to having a B-M. If it's something like two late night comics making essentially the same joke, it's called a Joy of Juxtaposition (their jokes tend to be on news events, and so are generally discussed, and so are considered too commonly known to qualify). Bulletin Board is, of course, on the net.
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If Ms Judd were to run for office, would she be allowed to bring her support dog with her to the debates? Would then Senator McConnell request he be able to bring a support donkey on stage as well?

Watching the lefties tie themselves in knots over the illegal recordings is just so much fun!
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I used to think David Corn was one of the more intelligent and principled lefties. Though he seems a good deal less intelligent and principled these days, I haven't yet decided if he has lost that status. After all, he has very little competition.
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"By the way, remember when the left pretended that they thought somebody like Donald Segretti was a bad guy?"

He was only bad because he did it for the wrong side. Those on the Left that do feel uncomfortable with this in any way will keep quiet or else be excommunicated.
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Big Mother has a helicopter.

And taping equipment.

And the left...has a mothering Jones.
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I had this very experience recently. My Leftie ladyfriend's ultra-Leftie daughter (age 22) placed a 2-qt Tupperware bowl half-full of coffee grounds and celery cuttings on the kitchen counter with a sticky-note saying "COMPOST - because in this household we like to do things in the ways that make the most sense". There were other sticky-notes giving detailed instructions on what is and isn't compost and how to treat certain types of compost ("wash egg shells thoroughly"). I wrote it off with a laugh as the silliness of a young college student (although I was also slightly offended by its sanctimoniousness) until I went to work a couple of days later and found that the waste container in the breakroom formerly labelled "RECYCLABLE" was now labelled "COMPOSTABLES". With detailed instructions...
There must be a branch of the United Nations that sends this stuff out to their cadres to be propagated unto the masses...
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