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February 11, 2010

BOND CAN'T HELP HIMSELF.... Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.), who is inexplicably the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has proven himself to be embarrassingly incoherent while attacking the White House over national security policy. Every time he goes on television, Bond manages to seem slightly dumber than the appearance before.

This morning, he appeared on Fox News and said he didn't know Abdulmutallab had been Mirandized. As the argument goes, Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan notified Bond that the FBI had arrested and begun interrogating the attempted terrorist, but Bond now blames Brennan for the senator's ignorance about what happens when the FBI arrests and interrogates a suspect.

Making matters worse, Bond said he's concerned that the administration "is going back to those pre-9/11 policies which won't keep us safe."

It's hard to overstate how blisteringly stupid this is. In the context of the Abdulmutallab case, the Obama administration is handling the matter the same way Bush/Cheney handled similar cases -- after 9/11. I've seen third-rate right-wing bloggers with a better grasp of the basics than Kit Bond.

The senator was also on Fox News last night, and said he's not concerned with the quality of the FBI interrogations, but rather, the larger policy.

"[M]y quarrel is not with the people who are getting the information. My quarrel is with the policy that comes from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."

But this doesn't make any sense. Bond can't think of any flaws in the president's policy. He's been whining incessantly, but he's yet to name even one specific problem with the policy itself.

Kit Bond has no idea what he's talking about. That this clown is the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee should frighten most reasonable people.

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But... but... Lookit all the airtime he's getting with no one in the MSM taking the time to point out what an idiot he is. Heaven forbid that a dem makes a stupid statement...then we get it on a loop

Posted by: john R on February 11, 2010 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

A whole raft of repiglican positions and proposals are patently stupid and counterproductive. In a sane world, the MSM would be pointing this out ad nauseum, you know, telling the truth and providing some analysis. However, we live in a sea of corporate media which benefits from repiglican big business bias. And most people are so consumed by surviving the crash of 08, that they are not paying much attention to anything else. If they were, the pitchforks would be out for the do nothing repiglicans in the senate...

Posted by: richard wang on February 11, 2010 at 1:34 PM | PERMALINK

There's probably a reason he's retiring at the end of the term. Until then we in Missouri are stuck with our own Jim Bunning.

Posted by: Fred on February 11, 2010 at 1:34 PM | PERMALINK

This lack of specificity seems to be epidemic on the right. But of course, generalized sloganeering like "big government" and "support the troops" seems to be their preferred idiom.

I sent a nasty email to professor Gerard Alexander who had an op-ed In the Post last weekend complaining about condescending liberal know-it-alls who refuse to give conservative ideas the respect they are due. (The column was the only one that did not receive dissenting reader comments, by the way!)

The professor had all sorts of detail-free examples of liberal name-calling. But he failed to provide a single example of a conservative idea that deserved respect but was instead dismissed out of hand so that readers could judge for themselves whether the condescension was warranted.

He did mention the abuse Daniel Patrick Moynihan got for identifying what he said were pathologies in black families that kept them in poverty. But Alexander had to go back 50 years to get that one, and Moynihan was a Democrat whose ideas on welfare ended up being incorporated into Clinton's reforms. So much for being dismissed.

So, the point of Alexanders piece I guess was to try to hide the growing extremism of the right behind a thick gloss of culture resentment politics.

Posted by: Ted Frier on February 11, 2010 at 1:34 PM | PERMALINK

But... he's making a sad face. This can only be Obama's fault.

Posted by: MattF on February 11, 2010 at 1:37 PM | PERMALINK

Bond said he's concerned that the administration "is going back to those pre-9/11 policies which won't keep us safe."

Which policies are those exactly? The Clinton administration's policies of international cooperation that helped quell any millennium terrorist attacks? Or maybe he's referring to the way we treated the 1993 WTC bombers, who were caught, tried, convicted and are now rotting in jail.

Unless of course, he was referring to Bush's pre-9/11 policies, all of which reeked of self-righteous ignorance and incompetence, especially their concentration on a missile shield, and their orders to intelligence agencies to de-emphasize terrorism.

That this basic, lying, irresponsible meme goes unchallenged everywhere except on MSNBC's evening bloc should give every thinking American pause.

Posted by: Gummo on February 11, 2010 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

It's pretty clear the problem with the policy is that it comes from a Democratic President. What's so hard to understand about that? It's clearly a major flaw, as far as Bond is concerned.

Posted by: biggerbox on February 11, 2010 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK

I was wondering, did anybody bother to ask Kit exactly what policies he is talking about?

Posted by: Ron Byers on February 11, 2010 at 1:49 PM | PERMALINK

too much alcohol can kill off the memory cells. i'm just sayin'....

Posted by: dopeyo on February 11, 2010 at 1:50 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sure he doesn't know what he's talking about, but it's not embarrassing if you don't get embarrassed. You think that knowledge matters or that this is some kind of failing of Kit Bond.

Fuck that, it's a wild success. The GOP spews. Our idiot media laps it up. And the electorate comes away with the notion -- "hey this Obama has a bad approach to terrorism".

It doesn't have to make sense. It doesn't have to be rational. It works. And that's why Kit Bond keeps digging. Why not?

Stop writing that the GOP is stupid or irrational or insane, even if they are. They are lying with impunity and it's working.

Ask yourself Steve, why this is.

Posted by: Jay B. on February 11, 2010 at 1:55 PM | PERMALINK

As a general rule, people who are named 'Kit' are disqualified from serious consideration from the start.

Posted by: terraformer on February 11, 2010 at 1:58 PM | PERMALINK

well the good thing is Bond is retiring.

Posted by: Jamie on February 11, 2010 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

...except for Kit Carson, of course. Check and see if Bond got the address right - he's wrong about everything else.

Posted by: Mark on February 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans got nothing, except fear mongering.

Posted by: Doug on February 11, 2010 at 2:01 PM | PERMALINK

Sad. So many of these clowns needed to be sent packing long ago. Talk about government welfare, this ass has been on the dole for years.

Posted by: sandy on February 11, 2010 at 2:05 PM | PERMALINK

We need to pull a Glenn Beck here, and declare a national "Hit Kit Day."

Get a nice picture of Kit Bond (R-LobotomyLand). Hang it up on the wall somewhere---and slap it silly every time you walk past.

Anyone with flowers, candles, and stuffed toys trying to turn the picture into a Republican-ish shrine must be immediately institutionalized, of course....

Posted by: S. Waybright on February 11, 2010 at 2:30 PM | PERMALINK

Jay B. is right, Bond did what was necessary, place another mindless sound bite (the administration "is going back to those pre-9/11 policies which won't keep us safe") out there in the GOP's public noise machine. Our "liberal" media will pass it around with great joy.

Posted by: -syzygy- on February 11, 2010 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK
Making matters worse, Bond said he's concerned that the administration "is going back to those pre-9/11 policies which won't keep us safe."
Which "pre-9/11 policies" are those, Senator? Would the one where the president is handed a piece of paper that says "BIN LADEN DETERMINED TO STRIKE INSIDE THE U.S." and blows it off qualify?

Posted by: navamske on February 11, 2010 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, Miranda is wrong anyway in this context. As Justice Warren noted in the Miranda decision, the FBI and military courts' martial have always advised the people they arrested, at the time of their arrest, that they have the right to remain silent and that they are entitled to a lawyer.

Miranda simply extended longstanding federal practice to the states.

Posted by: Edward Furey on February 11, 2010 at 2:44 PM | PERMALINK

Bond (Kit, not James) runs interference for al Qaeda as they plan an attack on America.

The more traitorous Republican filth gum up the works of the U.S. Government's anti-terrorism effort, the easier it is for the al Qaeda/Republican Party axis to kill Americans.

Enemies within and without understand only violence.

Posted by: John Thullen on February 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

"I've seen third-rate right-wing bloggers with a better grasp of the basics than Kit Bond"

Another classic oxymoron.

Posted by: joekool on February 11, 2010 at 3:24 PM | PERMALINK

"I've seen third-rate right-wing bloggers with a better grasp of the basics than Kit Bond" . . . another classic oxymoron.

That's not an oxymoron, it's just redundant.

Posted by: Midland on February 11, 2010 at 3:27 PM | PERMALINK

The enduring contribution of post-Bush Republicans is that they have turned the phrase "blisteringly stupid" into a cliche.

Posted by: dp on February 11, 2010 at 3:31 PM | PERMALINK

Republican leadership believes in the "government that governs least" or, in this case, not at all. If you're not in the driver's seat, your only job is to sit on the brake. So, nobody in any position of "seniority" in the GOP requires any actual skills or expertise or, heaven forbid, desire to do the job they were elected to. They're all just doorstops for the time being. What we should be worried about is what happens if the GOP regains a majority and then fails to replace many of these legislative paperweights.

Posted by: GP on February 12, 2010 at 8:20 AM | PERMALINK
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