October 12, 2010, - 4:15 pm

Partisan Hacks: When You Assume, It Only Makes an Ass Out of You (Not Me)

By Debbie Schlussel

Just as I do not assume I know what is going on in your life or behind the scenes at your workplace, don’t assume you know what is going on behind the scenes here at DebbieSchlussel.com.  You don’t.

On Friday Morning, when I learned that Republican Dr. Rob Steele was leading John Dingell (D-Hezbollahstan) in the polls, I planned to write a piece about it.  But I do my homework and did not want to recommend readers donate to Dr. Steele, unless I knew for sure what his positions were on the Middle East, positions that are markedly absent from his campaign website.  Sadly, I could not write and post my piece on Friday because of Steele and his campaign.  After a scheduled interview with Steele that didn’t happen and then repeated obfuscation, lies, and good cop/bad cop routines from his staff, including incompetently dishonest campaign manager Mike Marzano and some sock puppet “female doctor” they had repeatedly e-mailing me, I finally talked to Dr. Steele, yesterday morning, after I confronted him by dialing *67 (private/anonymous caller) to his cell phone.  Dr. Steele gave the right answers to my four brief questions (questions I’d e-mailed to the campaign on Friday), and I’ll be writing about it later today, as I had planned.  But people, including a Facebook reader–whose exchange with me is posted, below–assume.  They think they know what I’m doing and what I’m not doing.  And they don’t.  And–contrary to the saying–when you assume, it makes an ass only out of you, not me.

So, here’s the Facebook friend exchange I had–a person I don’t know who is apparently irked that I dare expose Toby Keith for the illegal alien-enabling fraud that he is, because Toby Keith is a “conservative Republican.”

Longtime readers know that I am not a partisan.  I owe nothing to the Republican Party (which, incidentally, worked tirelessly against me in support of liberals, both times I ran for office).  I call out all people of all stripes when they are phonies.  Those who do not are the problem.  And here’s another thing:  the line that this is “the most important election in our lifetime” is kinda like the host of “The Bachelor” constantly saying, “The most dramatic rose ceremony ever.”  PUH-LEEZE.  Sorry, but if you think a ton will change simply because the Republicans are in power, think again.  I’ll be voting Republican, but not in the throes and blinding hazes of any fantasy that GOP candidates for the House and Senate are some great moral paragons different than they were for the last several decades.

If that were truly the case, Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan would have the testicles to say, we don’t want Hezbollah/Syria/Arafat/Saudi Arabia-friend Jihad Darrell Issa (who said 9/11 was “simply a plane crash”) as our face–the face of the anti-Obama Republicans.  But they don’t.  They are ball-less.  Sorry.   When the Republicans take over the house, the scariest thing will be that Issa will become the very powerful Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. . . unless Republicans who’ve embraced this career criminal Issa (arson, car theft, falsifying military record, insurance fraud, unlicensed weapons, firing employees at gunpoint, patent theft and infringement) finally have some cojones to say “no” to him.  And they won’t.  They just don’t have it in them because they aren’t the principled people you may think they are.  Really, they are just a tiny hair better than liberal Democrats.  A tiny hair.

And, no, contrary to the Facebook friend’s e-mail, Detroit is NOT run by John Conyers  or John Dingell.  It’s run by an inept City Council (which once included Conyers’ now-imprisoned beard/wife, Monica) and a pretty decent Mayor who is hamstrung by them and unions.  I wrote about that, yet again, on Friday, but this reader is too busy having sex with (or rather, getting screwed by) the Republican Party to let facts get in his way.  I’ve written about–and against–Conyers and Dingell more than any other writer, columnist, and blogger anywhere.  I guess this Facebook friend is so smart, he doesn’t need to use my search engine.  He knows my work better than me . . . in his mind.

Sorry, but I didn’t tell Toby Keith when to drop his new album or when his illegal alien chick should have been arrested (and then freed for no good reason), or when my tipsters should have told me about it.  I write things if I want, WHEN I want–on my own timetable.  This is, after all, DebbieSchlussel.com.  Not RepublicanPartisanHackstersRUs.com.  If you were expecting that, try the anti-Semitic ignoramus Erick Erickson at RedState and his intellectually challenged colleagues at other boring, amen-crowd partisan sites.

Those of you who–like the hypocritical, partisan hack who wrote the Facebook e-mail to me–think that the Meg Whitmans and the Toby Keiths of this world are okay employing illegal aliens, but the Barack Obamas and liberals enabling illegal aliens, opposing Arizona’s immigration law, and refusing to enforce America’s immigration laws are not okay–YOU are the problem.  You are why we never got a Republican candidate better than George W. Bush and John McCain (and Sarah Palin) and why won’t get anyone better the next time around, either.  You are the reason we have Barack Obama in the White House.  You are the reason 20 million illegal aliens are living and breeding within our borders and laughing at you and me.  You are the reason we have Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal’s FOX News–only a tad better than MSNBC and CNN, but not really–and why we don’t have better.  You accept whatever crumbs they give you, and even then you have double standards you apply to crumbs from the left.

For everyone else–for those with even a modicum of intellectual honesty–if you want to read interesting news and insight without double standards and partisanship, this is the place.  And I will continue to expose the Toby Keiths and John Conyerses and John Dingells of the world here . . . when I decide the time is right.

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17 Responses

I don’t care who are exposed as hypocrites.

I just want the truth,no matter who it involves.

ebayer on October 12, 2010 at 4:40 pm

You tell em Deb! I’ve always just shook my heads at people who blindly think and vote by the (R) next to someone’s name. I vote Republican too, but only because the alternatives are worse. We need to expect and demand *more* from the Republican party and call them out when they need to be called out.

KayserSozay on October 12, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Kayser – just have your people mention your name to the usual suspects in the Republican party, and they’ll be quaking in their boats[sic].
    “He came in and cleaned up the corruption in the American body politic, and then….pfffff….like that….he was gone!”

    Sorry – couldn’t resist!


    Nigel on October 12, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Agreed. I want Debbie to write and speak as she sees fit regardless of whom it helps or whom it hurts. The only way conservatives can stop being hypocrites is when they become honest. Most won’t. I don’t see great change happening IF the GOP takes over Congress in November.

NormanF on October 12, 2010 at 4:54 pm

It’s your gig, Debbie! I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Partisan hacks are a dime a dozen.

There is NO Santa Claus on October 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I haven’t heard anything about a Toby Keith/illegal alien debacle, but I have read that Toby Keith has never been a republican. He was a lifelong democrat but registered as an independent in 2008.

By the way, I’ve never tried to second-guess Debbie. She’s on top of way more than I ever could be. Go Debbie!

KerryB on October 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I guess I should have read down further on the main page for the TK thing. Sad, but not surprising.

KerryB on October 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Wow. I love this site. It is the only one out there that really makes you stick to your guns or take a walk. It’s so challenging.

At the end of the day, I want the truth. I appreciate the truth and independance of this site.

(Jeez…that Darrell Issa gets worse everytime I hear something about him.)

Skunky on October 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm

An amateur psychologist with a DSM IV can make the following diagnosis:

Subject has a “Grandiose sense of self-importance.”-Check (Show me five national blogs of any stripe that will pick-up this story).

Subject “Cannot handle criticism.”-Check (The rudeness of Debbie’s above response, and others in the past, indicates an individual who internalizes any differing viewpoint as a personal affront. Dude, your mailer was more than civil. Not every comment contrary to your opinion is an ad hominem attack on Lil’ Debbie.

Subject “Requires excessive admiration”-Check (See above)

Subject is “Often obvious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.”-Check (As the writer said, “Toby Keith?” WTF?)

Subject “Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.”-Check

(I cannot believe that political wouldn’t deign to come to the assistance of Lil’ Debbie, who’s so gosh-darn charismatic.)

Welcome to Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Couch Trip on October 12, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I strongly agree with what she says in this post. How many of the Republicans running are truly worthy? Some are just a shade different from their Dem opponents, especially on matters like national security, which should be THE MAIN ISSUE. Even if the economy recovers fully (which it wont), what good is it in the face of a decline of that civilization which supports it?…Voters need to remember that they are not servants of any party. ……As for Issa as a major force- very worrying.

Not Ovenready on October 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm

You know, when it happens on the other side we lose respect if missteps are concealed. How many times have we expressed disdain when some black politician does something crooked and their black constituency ignores it and supports them by a 99% margin in the next election?

This is not really too much different. We also need to think about the people we want to win over to our side. Apart from the morality of exposing wrongdoing, which is justification in itself, the odds are high that sooner or later the liberals will find out about conservative misdeeds as they did about Whitman (and I know she isn’t conservative). If we ignore these things and try to come up with phony justifications, we will never win other people over. They will rightly have contempt for us for passing over misdeeds if it is “our” people committing them.

And of course none of us has mind control machines. We do not order Toby Keith and others to do these things. They have to take full responsibility for their actions and the consequences for their actions.

Little Al on October 12, 2010 at 10:37 pm

No Debbie, you’re not partisan. You’re all about Debbie, with plenty of readers to pat you on the back. Not a gracious bone in your body. That’s the thing about narcissists, everyone wants to be their good side and their “friend”, only to realize too late they will get steamrolled like everyone else. There are good people out there, sadly you just can’t see it.

Elizabeth on October 13, 2010 at 7:50 am

Elizabeth (AKA Couch Trip) this is really getting old. Your ignorant misuse of psychiatric lingo to distract from the content of the article is amateur strategy and psychology.

Why not go back to your own sites where you and your friends can giggle together at anti-Semitic mischaracterizations of Ms. Schlussel.
We know who you are and what you have compromised.

Cat K on October 13, 2010 at 10:47 am

    @Cat K.

    First, Elizabeth and I are two distinct individuals. A cursory glance at our writing styles should indicate that.

    Second, Lil’ Debbie’s reputation has been compromised BY HER OWN WORDS among so many different media outlets that a ten-year-old can see that there’s something “wrong” with her.

    Third, how would the employment of Psychology, a field developed in large part by Jews (Freud, Adler, et al.) to reveal some of Lil’ Debbie’s “idiosyncracies” even remotely be “anti-Semitic?” You (sir/ma’am) have just generated the weakest comeback in the history of debate.

    Couch trip on October 13, 2010 at 11:30 am

Psychiatry has been infested by political characterizations since its inception. Freud’s forays into politics were among the weakest components of his work.

Unfortunately, many of the psychoanalytic pioneers were Marxist; Otto Fenichel is one, although not the only example.

The attempt by some psychiatrists to “psychoanalyze” Nixon during the 60s represented a real lapse in professional ethics by those politically consumed psychiatrists who ventured into this area. Similar disasters occurred when psychiatrists attempted to discredit proponents of nuclear development, and SDI by using pop psychology to ‘show’ they were disturbed.

Leaving aside these lapses, there are cascading errors in Couch Trip’s reasoning (sic). Leaving aside the fact that non-Jews played a crucial role in the development of psychoanalysis, does the fact that it was developed in part by Jews mean that it cannot be misused by some hack? If Jews played a major part in the development of sociology does that mean that a hack Nazi ‘sociologist’ cannot misuse this discipline to spew genocidal theories?

Jung, of course, was anti-semitic, something not mentioned by Couch Trip, perhaps because Couch Trip sees Jung as a mentor. Jung supported and promoted Hitler’s genocidal policies.

More likely, judging from the tone and venom of CT’s comments, this person is actually a psychiatric patient who, along the way has picked up a few psychiatric terms, probably in an attempt to promote his/her own self-understanding.

Little Al on October 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Politics and life in general is very disappointing but thank G-d for Debbie Schlussel’s commitment to the truth. I can only wonder, in an alternate universe, what Detroit may have achieved (and American too) had they listened to & believed in Debbie. In the microcosm of facebook, where I plenty of danger lurks, Debbie stands tall in the face of hypocrisy & filth. Continue on Debbie… while all the others accept breadcrumbs & frauds.

Naomi Litvin on October 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Yes, Debbie and others on the right who criticize Republicans & conservatives, when those critiques are warranted, are indeed providing a valuable service.

    But Debbie has, in recent years, been so-often engaging in ad hominem, uncivil, hurtful, and unsubstaniated attacks, against many people – both insofar as prominent commentators and bloggers, as well as common, little-known users of the web.

    Name-calling, labeling, and caustic, insulting attacks (against those we don’t even know!) fail to get us anywhere.

    Pacificus on November 5, 2010 at 4:53 am

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