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That Old Feeling Again (American Spectator article by Freeper)
American Spectator ^ | 8/19/05 | Patrick Hynes (freeper)

Posted on 08/19/2005 5:33:08 AM PDT by crushkerry

This one goes out to all my liberal friends out there.

Soon that old feeling, which by now has almost become a state of being, I suppose, will overcome you and once again you will recognize the absurdity behind the wailing and shrieking of your liberal cohorts. Though you will never admit it publicly, you will silently conclude that Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mom turned President-Bush-stalking-war-protester, is either a crackpot or a sideshow or perhaps both. Many of you have undoubtedly concluded this to yourselves already.

The feeling you are experiencing, or will soon experience, is a familiar one. It shrouded you when you first accepted in your heart that the infamous CBS News memo "proving" President Bush went AWOL during his service with the National Guard was a fraud. You giggled with glee when the story first broke. We've got him now, you said to your friends. When conservatives immediately expressed skepticism about the documents' authenticity, you called them "liars" and "idiots." But deep inside you knew. Ultimately, you settled into a weird "fake but true" numbness.

You felt it again when the London Times revealed the leaked Downing Street Memo. This was it, you said. Now we have Bush by the short hairs! You blogged about the memo so much, you gave it a shorthand moniker, the "DSM." "Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD," the memo read. "But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." An open and shut case, right?

Well, no. Even before liberal magazines like Slate and many liberal talking heads in the media wrote the DSM off as no big deal, you started having doubts. "Fixed around" doesn't really mean "fixed." And the memo was written by Britons who, after all, have different idioms than we Yanks.

So you lowered your sights. When Karl Rove, the president's top political adviser, told the Conservative Party of New York, "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers," you just knew this would be the end of "Bush's Brain." The American people wouldn't stand for a politician -- well, a Republican politician anyway -- politicizing 9/11. Sen. Hillary Clinton called for Rove's resignation. So did Sen. Jon Corzine. You had the Big Mo. Then you thought about it for a moment and you realized it was true. You did want to understand the terrorist attackers. You credited poverty, U.S. foreign policy, Israel and anything else you could think of (except the terrorists' evil hearts) for instigating that terrible act. The swarm dissipated over the weekend.

But you had a second bite at the Rove apple when you found out he leaked to a reporter that Valerie Plame was a covert CIA operative. Yeah! Rove wouldn't merely lose his job for this, he'd lose his head. Only he didn't "name" Valerie Plame. He didn't even know her name, which is actually Valerie Wilson. And she wasn't a "covert" operative. She hadn't been one for six years. She drove to her "secret" CIA office every day -- between Vanity Fair photo shoots apparently -- out in the open where any terrorist spy could tail her.

Again, that old feeling poured over you; a mixture of disappointment, rage, confusion, and whatever the exact opposite of Schadenfreude is.

So now it's the Cindy Sheehan show that's got you wrapped around the axel. The gall of President Bush. Refusing to meet with that grieving mother. No wonder she called him "the biggest terrorist in the world." What kind of country do we live in where the craziest and angriest among us don't have full access to our commander-in-chief twenty-four hours a day?

Oh, wait. What's that you say? She's got a PR agency working for her? And a full time PR assistant? She's sleeping in a nearby house, not that ditch she's always chilling out in when she's on TV?

"This isn't another one of those Moveon.org stunts is it?" you ask yourself. And that old feeling comes washing over you again.

With each passing day Cindy Sheehan looks less and less like a grieving mother and more and more like a leftwing blogger. First she griped about President Bush's "illegal" war in Iraq. Then she turned on the Jews in Palestine. Then it was Bush's "illegal" war in Afghanistan. I sense yet another "Bush is Hitler" rally in the offing. One half expects her to lead off her next morning press briefing with, "I believe it was Michael Moore who once said…"

As the second hand winds down on Cindy Sheehan's fifteen minutes of stupidity and the realization sets in among the Bush Haters that her mug is bound for George Bush's mantelpiece somewhere between Dan Rather and Joe Wilson, you can almost hear the velvet tones of Barry Manilow singing his 1970s hit "I Go Crazy":

"...That old feeling in side
Way deep down inside
Oh baby
You know when I look in your eyes
I still go crazy..."

Patrick Hynes is a freelance writer and the proprietor of AnkleBitingPundits.com.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS:
Pat Hynes is a Freeper (Screen name: Kerry Crusher) who now works for the public relations firm Calypso Communications. He was the Political Director for the New Hampshire Repulican Committee, and was a senior account executive for a GOP Campaign Consulting firm where he helped manage several statewide races for GOP clients and the RNCC. Most recently he has worked at the CATO Institute on their Social Security reform plan.

He is the co-author of the book How to Write Copy That Gets Votes". He has written for Tech Central Station, the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Concord Monitor and has a monthly column at Townhall.com

He is also the proprietor of AnkleBitingPundits.com.

1 posted on 08/19/2005 5:33:08 AM PDT by crushkerry
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To: Grampa Dave; LincolnLover; jmstein7; backinthefold; .cnI redruM; OXENinFLA; Badeye; K1avg; ...

Ping for a Mark Steyn-esque piece by a freeper.


2 posted on 08/19/2005 5:33:48 AM PDT by crushkerry (Visit www.anklebitingpundits.com for great original conservative commentary)
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To: crushkerry
I liked the article until the last part:

Barry Manilow singing his 1970s hit "I Go Crazy": "...That old feeling in side Way deep down inside Oh baby You know when I look in your eyes I still go crazy..."

That was NOT Manilow. It was Paul Davis. A 30 second google search would've revealed this. Sloppy work capping off a well written article detracts from the entire article.

3 posted on 08/19/2005 5:41:02 AM PDT by SubSailor
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To: crushkerry
With each passing day Cindy Sheehan looks less and less like a grieving mother and more and more like a leftwing blogger. First she griped about President Bush's "illegal" war in Iraq. Then she turned on the Jews in Palestine. Then it was Bush's "illegal" war in Afghanistan. I sense yet another "Bush is Hitler" rally in the offing.

I swear, I can't help having the thought that that's why her mother had a "stroke". It got her to get out of from under the glare of the lefty media spotlight for a while..... where she was making a total, noisy *ss of herself.

4 posted on 08/19/2005 5:42:29 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("I was just the spark the universe chose ....." --- Cindy Sheehan)
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To: crushkerry
She's got a PR agency working for her?
And a full time PR assistant?


just to be clear...
5 posted on 08/19/2005 5:45:15 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: crushkerry
Well said and well done!!

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters

6 posted on 08/19/2005 5:48:51 AM PDT by bray (Pray for the Freedom of the Iraqis from Islam)
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To: SubSailor
I GO CRAZY (Barry Manilow)

Hello girl it's been a while
guess you'll be glad to know
that I've learn how to laugh and smile
getting over you was slow
they say old lovers can be good friends
but I never thought I really see you
I really see you again
I go crazy
when I look in your eyes
I still go crazy
no my heart just can't high
that old feeling in side
way deep down inside
oh baby
you know when I look in your eyes
I go crazy
you say he satisfied your mind
tells you all of his dreams
I know how much that means to you
I realize that I was blind
just when I thought I was over you
I see your face and it just ain't true
you know it just ain't true
I go crazy
when I look in your eyes
that old flame comes alive
it starts burning inside
way deep down inside
oh baby
you know when I look in your eyes
I still go crazy
oh it just ain't true
no it's just ain't true
I go crazy
when I look in your eyes
I still go crazy
that old flame comes alive
it starts burning inside
way deep down inside
oh baby
you know when I look in your eyes
I still go crazy

link

7 posted on 08/19/2005 5:49:41 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Islam is not a religion, but rather a means of world conquest" - ALAN BURKHART.COM)
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To: crushkerry

Excellent article!


8 posted on 08/19/2005 5:51:17 AM PDT by The Phantom FReeper (So? People in Hell want ice water.)
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To: SubSailor
Someone at anklebitingpundits.com brought up the same point, but Pat said the song was written by Barry Manilow. Not being a Barry Manilow fan I can't say one way or another.
9 posted on 08/19/2005 5:53:13 AM PDT by crushkerry (Visit www.anklebitingpundits.com for great original conservative commentary)
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To: beyond the sea

A caller to Rush's show said she was staying in a motel instead of sleeping in a ditch. The caller also said she made reference to the web site bringing in a thousand dollars a day.


10 posted on 08/19/2005 5:53:33 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Islam is not a religion, but rather a means of world conquest" - ALAN BURKHART.COM)
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To: crushkerry

Excellent, CK. Maybe your best.


11 posted on 08/19/2005 5:56:13 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: crushkerry
Great stuff !

Keep it coming !

12 posted on 08/19/2005 5:57:11 AM PDT by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: crushkerry

I googled "I go crazy" lyrics by Barry Manilow and a number of sites give him credit for the song.


13 posted on 08/19/2005 5:57:13 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Islam is not a religion, but rather a means of world conquest" - ALAN BURKHART.COM)
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To: SubSailor
Maybe you should have tried the 60 second google search instead of the 30 second one.

My 60 second search revealed that it was Manilow.

How embarrassing........not you for being wrong......but me for listening to his songs...........after all.....he did write the songs that make the whole world sing.....
14 posted on 08/19/2005 6:01:00 AM PDT by texan75010
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To: SubSailor; crushkerry
Geez...get over it. You're response is like searching for fly fecal matter in pepper.

Great post, crushkerry.

15 posted on 08/19/2005 6:02:55 AM PDT by harpu
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To: texan75010

I don't pound my chest and give a Tarzan yell when I catch someone making a mistake either. I've made a couple of spectacular errors. It's humbling.


16 posted on 08/19/2005 6:03:04 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Islam is not a religion, but rather a means of world conquest" - ALAN BURKHART.COM)
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To: crushkerry

You all are so mean to me. I have every right to say "Our Country is not worth defending"

17 posted on 08/19/2005 6:03:12 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: crushkerry

It's redundant. Manilow did the single but didn't write it. Only the word 'his' should've been removed.

But that's not the point. It's an excellent article regardless.


18 posted on 08/19/2005 6:06:14 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Ignorance is a condition. Stupidity is a strategy.)
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To: texan75010

Take it easy, you may be fact-checked.


19 posted on 08/19/2005 6:06:53 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Ignorance is a condition. Stupidity is a strategy.)
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To: crushkerry
One half expects her to lead off her next morning press briefing with, "I believe it was Michael Moore who once said…"

LOL

20 posted on 08/19/2005 6:07:13 AM PDT by workerbee (A person's a person no matter how small)
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To: crushkerry

ms.cindy is a tool of the left. Willing, but nevertheless, a tool to be used against the President and truth be told, against America too.


21 posted on 08/19/2005 6:07:34 AM PDT by OldFriend (MERCY TO THE GUILTY IS CRUELTY TO THE INNOCENT ~ Adam Smith)
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To: workerbee

Barry Manilow may have penned "I go crazy", but Paul Davis made it famous in the 1970s, along with his other hit "Sweet Life".


22 posted on 08/19/2005 6:13:50 AM PDT by CWW (Mark Sanford for President on 2008!)
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To: SubSailor
Manilow wrote it (as well as a *lot* of other songs that became popular under different artists), but Paul Davis cut the version that sold the records and was heard by everybody.

Manilow probably did his own version at some time....

(removing former DJ hat)

23 posted on 08/19/2005 6:14:29 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty ( 2005, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: CWW

GMTA...


24 posted on 08/19/2005 6:14:50 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty ( 2005, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: crushkerry

bump


25 posted on 08/19/2005 6:21:29 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: crushkerry
Jews in Palestine

You mean Israel?

26 posted on 08/19/2005 6:23:46 AM PDT by Joe Miner
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To: xzins

Thanks. But I can't take credit for it. Pat Hynes wrote it, and contrary to popular belief by some, I'm not him. (Thank God)


27 posted on 08/19/2005 6:26:14 AM PDT by crushkerry (Visit www.anklebitingpundits.com for great original conservative commentary)
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To: crushkerry
Great article. It amazes me how many disappointments the left goes through and just moves on to the next outrage. The anti war effort will be another defeat. No matter what polls they use none of them show that the American people want to cut and run. They lump in people that want to escalate the war on terror with people that think the war is useless and say polls show Americans have lost faith in the effort.
28 posted on 08/19/2005 6:40:39 AM PDT by BallyBill (Cheney/Rove in 08 ....drive the left to suicide.)
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To: crushkerry

Then, my compliments to your friend. :>)


29 posted on 08/19/2005 7:04:12 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: crushkerry

Cindy Sheehan: Once again, the left's hatred of the right trumps national security.


30 posted on 08/19/2005 7:05:03 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: crushkerry

It's the "Michael Moore effect". They think the whole world is on their side while they succeed in only preaching to the choir.


31 posted on 08/19/2005 7:11:19 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances and it advances relentlessly freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Cyber Liberty; Enterprise; crushkerry; texan75010; AliVeritas; CWW

Take a close look at the picture and note who the artist and composer are:

http://i24.ebayimg.com/02/i/04/3a/b0/09_1_b.JPG

You're internet searches showed Manilow because he did a cover version of Paul Davis' hit song on an album featuring hits from 1978.


32 posted on 08/19/2005 7:14:32 AM PDT by SubSailor
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To: SubSailor

There you go. I got confused because Manilow was one of the most prolific songwriters of the early-mid '70's.


33 posted on 08/19/2005 7:21:30 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty ( 2005, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: harpu
"Geez...get over it. You're response is like searching for fly fecal matter in pepper.

I said it was a good article did I not? I just find it ironic that the author didn't bother to get the facts straight in an article jumping on others about not getting facts straight.

34 posted on 08/19/2005 7:21:39 AM PDT by SubSailor
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To: crushkerry
Again, that old feeling ... whatever the exact opposite of Schadenfreude is.

Outstanding line.

35 posted on 08/19/2005 7:27:34 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: crushkerry
So now it's the Cindy Sheehan show that's got you wrapped around the axel

Axel?

ax·el ( P ) Pronunciation Key (ksl) n. A jump in figure skating that is initiated from the outer forward edge of one skate, followed by one and one-half midair turns and a return to the outer backward edge of the other skate.

36 posted on 08/19/2005 7:32:11 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: crushkerry

thanks for posting this, keep up the good work... read later bump


37 posted on 08/19/2005 8:10:03 AM PDT by Kevin OMalley (No, not Freeper#95235, Freeper #1165: Charter member, What Was My Login Club.)
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To: SubSailor
" You're internet searches showed Manilow because he did a cover version of Paul Davis' hit song on an album featuring hits from 1978."

Then I rest my case. Manilow sang the song, and the author properly referenced the lyrics as sung by Manilow. And really, who GAF who wrote it? Any number of singers get public recognition and credit for songs they didn't write. People remember the artist, not the writer.

38 posted on 08/19/2005 10:43:57 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Islam is not a religion, but rather a means of world conquest" - ALAN BURKHART.COM)
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To: Enterprise
Manilow sang the song, and the author properly referenced the lyrics as sung by Manilow. And really, who GAF who wrote it?

Manilow never had a hit as suggested by the author. Paul Davis is the one who had the hit. Manilow did an obscure cover of the song that was probably never played on a radio station anywhere. I bet Paul Davis GAF who wrote it. Apparently you don't GAF about getting facts correct. So, are you like the democrats in the article and just believe any little thing you read as long it fits your distorted view of events?

39 posted on 08/19/2005 11:31:43 AM PDT by SubSailor
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To: sr4402; crushkerry; All
RE:You all are so mean to me. I have every right to say "Our Country is not worth defending" and the accompanying picture...

There is a famous picture of Anita Hill with a "terribly pained" expression that was everywhere during the Clarence Thomas hearings. If anyone has it that would be an interesting juxtaposition - we could call it the "Politics of Pathos".

40 posted on 08/19/2005 11:35:27 AM PDT by tarheelswamprat (This tagline space for rent - cheap!)
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To: SubSailor

The facts were correct as written by the author. Your point is petty and amounts to something on the level of "great taste, less filling."


41 posted on 08/19/2005 1:12:04 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Islam is not a religion, but rather a means of world conquest" - ALAN BURKHART.COM)
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To: crushkerry

I did not have cordial relations with that woman, Ms. Sheehan.


42 posted on 08/19/2005 1:16:12 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Hey, Cindy Sheehan, grow up!)
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To: Enterprise
I'm sorry, but you are wrong. This is a direct quote from the article:

Barry Manilow singing his 1970s hit "I Go Crazy":

The quote would be correct if it said "the" 1970's hit, but it doesn't say that. It says "his" 1970's hit and that is incorrect. Barry Manilow did not have a hit with that song. You have taken a position that is wrong and now you are being just as idiotic in defending your wrong position as the democrats who believe and perpetuate stupid unproven facts about the President just because it's on CBS.

43 posted on 08/19/2005 1:21:21 PM PDT by SubSailor
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To: SubSailor
"That was NOT Manilow. It was Paul Davis. A 30 second google search would've revealed this."

This was your first statement. A 30 second google search revealed very quickly that Manilow did sing the song. It was later that you focused on the word "hit." You have to live with your first statement - which was absurd. You owe the author an apology.

44 posted on 08/19/2005 2:05:09 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Islam is not a religion, but rather a means of world conquest" - ALAN BURKHART.COM)
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To: SubSailor
Duhhhh...the author DID get the "facts straight"
45 posted on 08/19/2005 6:04:40 PM PDT by harpu
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To: crushkerry; Kerry Crusher

Yay! Mr. Hynes!!! Excellent article!! I enjoyed reading it!


46 posted on 08/19/2005 6:08:59 PM PDT by Alkhin (http://awanderingconfluence.com/blog)
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To: Enterprise

I give up. You apparently are pigheaded and lacking the grace to admit that you were mistaken. I have made my point, presented facts, and you still deny them. This is pointless and I will make no further comment because arguing with fools is pointless.


47 posted on 08/19/2005 8:19:43 PM PDT by SubSailor
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To: SubSailor

I deny nothing. You screwed up big time.


48 posted on 08/19/2005 8:23:01 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Islam is not a religion, but rather a means of world conquest" - ALAN BURKHART.COM)
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To: SubSailor; Enterprise
"I give up. You apparently are pigheaded and lacking the grace to admit that you were mistaken. I have made my point, presented facts, and you still deny them. This is pointless and I will make no further comment because arguing with fools is pointless."

Get over it...loser. You ARE wrong and if anyone is pigheaded, it's you that doesn't know how to admit a mistake!

49 posted on 08/21/2005 2:49:16 PM PDT by harpu
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