Friday, May 28, 2010

Captain Renault: I'm shocked!

Now it seems we have some Republicans and conservative talk show guys who say they are outraged, or perhaps disgusted by the news that former President Bill Clinton tried to talk Rep. Joe Sestak out of running against Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic senatorial primary in Pennsylvania. Which certainly makes it look like the White House had made some promises to Specter, when he changed parties a year ago.

Who would have ever thought that?

Apparently, the outraged conservatives had no idea modern politics could involve such backroom deals. They would have us believe the GOP would never have similar behind-the-scenes negotiations, when more than one politician wants the same job. The idea that an incentive might be offered in order to convince one of them to step aside makes their little heads throb so badly that only thinking about impeachment soothes them.

All of which is too silly to be presented as anything but comedy. Perhaps Saturday Night Live could work up a nice parody using the famous scene in “Casablanca,” when Capt. Renault expresses his astonishment that “gambling” is going on in Rick’s American CafĂ©.

Rick (Humphrey Bogart): How can you close me up? On what grounds?

Captain Renault (Claude Rains): I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

[A croupier hands Renault a big wad of money]

Croupier: Your winnings, sir.


Anonymous said...

of course, when you bill yourself as the candidate of "change" and not business as usual in Washington, you are bound to get egg on your face when everyone finds out you are no different than the rest of the scumbag politicians in DC.

Throw them all out!

F.T. Rea said...

Anonymous, throw them all out and replace them with what? Who?

Yes, politicians are politicians. But some are better than others. Some are smarter than others. Some are greedier, etc.

Anonymous said...

That's a cop out.....and a convenient one at that. It allows one to justify the hypocrisy of "their guy" simply by telling themselves their guy is better, smarter, or less greedy than the other. In the meantime, the rest of us who don't believe in either 'your guy' or 'their guy' will continue to be the ultimate losers.

Anonymous said...

It would not have been a big deal if the O Admin had not totally screwed up its response to it - all they did was provide grist to the repubs by dragging it out then lying about what it was. Plus Sestak is not even eligible for the "unpaid" advisory position offered. Amateur hour at the Apollo.