Saturday, June 17, 2006

Quiet Spell, McNerney Braces for the Races

Been a bit quiet around here in the 11th D lately, with things sorting out after the climatic June 6th primary. Nothing new on the Pombo side. His modus operandi is to glom on to a few no-brainer enviro bills about now so he can point to them at election time. Look for him to start dressing in green and putting out pictures of him and his family walking around forests and lakes. It is all just a head fake, but voters who don't pay attention will get his flyers or see his expensive ads on TV, where he blathers on about using "sound science" to bring "balance". People who don't know any better believe that crap.

Seems that sells better than the truth of slick oil, coal, timber, and mining execs and lobbyists stuffing millions into his pockets so that they can unleash their machinery on all those forests and lakes that Pombo, Annette, and the kids were walking around in those commercials.

The other inevitablity with Pombo is his effort to paint McNerney as A) a loser; B) an East Bay liberal; and C) tax-friendly. It gets so predictable, it is boring. It seems that Pombo knows what has worked to keep his supporters supporting him for the last 7 elections, and does not plan to change course. Gotta feed them some red meat with the words "liberal" and "taxes" stamped on it to get them growling and snarling.

McNerney on the other hand needs to be getting endorsements and money for the long trek to the South Pole. He needs a ship and crew and equipment to make the long run across the ice fields. Even with the ship and crew and supplies, he stills needs a strategy and plan. He does not want to get locked in the ice pack like Shackleton and have his ship crushed. He has to decide whether to use dogs or horses, whether to dress in native furs or modern synthetics, whether to use sleds or motorized vehicles. He needs good maps and navigation tools. He has to have luck and determination, and lots of money to pull this off.

As they say, "Many are cold, but few are frozen". Well, in the 11th District, the last 7 attempts at the Pole have left the contenders "frozen", with enough debris spread across the Antarctic that penguins still gawk at it. Now we have a rematch, where McNerney will once again try to plant his flag at 90 degrees South. The question is if he will follow the advice of the "experts", like Robert Scott did, or follow the ways of the natives, like Roald Amundsen did. We know how that one turned out.

(Hmmm, must be the heat, that is why I am talking about something cold. So maybe next topic will be about Global Warming. Just saw Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth". What a contrast to Pombo's (and Bush's) approach of "deny and belittle it". I wonder who will win that match -- the "truth" of global warming or the "sound science" of Bush/Pombo? The reality is more like we will all be losers!)


Blogger A Progressive Alamedan said...

Readers, if it's not too late, don't click on the "South Pole" link. You will be scarred for life. you have been warned!

-- Dan

10:34 AM, June 17, 2006  
Anonymous Rocky Balboa said...

Yo Mr VPO.

Rocky here. I think if we melt the friggin ice off duh friggin South Pole, den we can better drill fer more oil there.

Rocky out.

10:41 AM, June 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you want to see some ice melting?


that's the web site for Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth."

it's playing in Dublin now.

anyone seen it?

12:35 AM, June 18, 2006  
Anonymous jbmendel said...

Yah, I enjoyed it. I saw him speak at Cal in 2004, and the movie was basically the same presentation.

In the live version there were "technical difficulties" which forced him to dub the animated portion.

12:46 AM, June 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Rocky...Yer right! There IS oil at the South Pole. And the North Pole. And it must have gotten there becuz all that global warming happened long, long, before Al Gore discovered the internet and before all you secular humanists decided that man is responsible for order to justify your own self-importance. Hell, people like Gore and the rest of you lefties have been trying to figure out some way to boss around everybody else for a long time...climate change is great..."do this or the world as we know it will end." I'm loading up the hummer with bunker fuel and going for a Sunday's my God-given right. (vpo sounded bored...i thought he needed this)

4:11 AM, June 18, 2006  
Blogger VPO said...

Hi Anon, betcha my SUV is bigger than yours! Ha, ha.

Yea, maybe a little bored now that we don't have Filson and McCloskey to hammer on. That sure was entertaining. Now, it is just Pombo vs McNerney, and a long ways until November anyway.

Now, I think you have given me a good idea. I always thought we should get back into space. The last moon landing was 1972, a long time ago. Here's my strategy -- someone tell Pombo that there is oil on Mars. I am sure he will shortly thereafter sponsor a bill to send Exxon to Mars. That's a sure fire way to get the space race going again!

Besides, I am sure Pombo wants to get there and exploit that planet also, before some selfish, Prius-driving, secular humanist tries to declare it "Wilderness".

Wait a minute, Arnold's already been there. Oh well, too late!

8:27 AM, June 18, 2006  
Blogger VPO said...

I swear to god, you can't make this stuff up. No sooner did I finish my post about Global Warming, than I see that some forward-thinking scientists are way ahead of me on the Mars things.

See: Using global warming to create conditions for life on Mars

11:14 AM, June 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


caveat emptor: -- the site you cite -- is a front group for Pombo's pals.

1:26 PM, June 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Money quote from's "Cooler Heads Coalition" (AKA "Heads-in-the-Sand Coalition"):

"Cooler Heads" members’ quotes on global warming policies:

"It’s déjà vu all over again. First it was the bogus health care ‘crisis.’ Now it is the imaginary climate crisis. Then the solution was Hillarycare – a Rube Goldberg bureaucratic monstrosity dressed up in the rhetoric of markets, flexibility, and innovation. Now the solution is Climatecare – an even more audacious power grab decked out in the same deceptive rhetoric. I am confident the American people will see through and reject this latest assault on their freedom and living standards."

-- Marlo Lewis, vice-president of policy of the Competitive Enterprise

sounds like a Luntzian frame job.

2:02 PM, June 18, 2006  

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