The Navajo Code Talkers beg to differ. Via USA Today: A letter castigating the team name of the Washington pro football club and signed by 61 religious leaders mostly from the Washington region is scheduled to be sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and team owner Daniel Snyder on Thursday, according to the minister who […]
They’re calling Terry McAuliffe’s victory “unexpectedly slim.” Which can only mean Chris Christie’s win was unsurprisingly fat. Even so, it went to Gov. Soprano’s head. “The party’s got to focus on winning again,” he said between moderate bites. Chewingly, he added: “Sometimes I feel like our party cares more about winning the argument than they care about winning elections.” Which explains why he declined to appear on behalf of Ken Cuccinelli during the Virginian’s late surge. That way he could make clear he cared more about winning the argument than he cares about another Republican winning an election. What was the argument? Its latest incarnation seems to be that Cuccinelli was too easily identified as a Tea Party loser along the lines of neophytes Sharron Angle or Christine O’Donnell and thus undeserving of establishment Republican political and financial support. Besides, it’s always better when a super-sleazy Clinton moneybags carries the day. That way there’s always hope for what in Bill’s heyday were called “residuals.” With the straitlaced Tea Partiers, there’d be no fooling around. We used to regard the august Mitt Romney as straitlaced as well, but without appreciating that the bodice he might be wearing is inside his head. He went on Meet the Press last Sunday to defend RomneyCare as superior to ObamaCare and rather shockingly to announce that his real plan all along was never to defund or repeal the latter but rather to tweak it in the direction of his own Care, the very same program the Obamaites now invoke to defend their CareCare. As he put it, But my own plan was to say to each state, “You’ve got a requirement to move to a point where all your people are insured, and where you cover preexisting conditions. We’re going to give you flexibility from the federal government level to help you be able to do so.” So big of the feds to throw bones to the states. That’s what the originalist said on what we should call “Mitt the Press.” The Tea Party has its work cut out for it. As for the rest of us, we can finally have closure on Romney’s bitter defeat last year. And don’t forget to throw away the key. Even better, at the rate Mitt’s going he’ll soon be entering McCain territory, if he hasn’t already, singing the praises of Chris Christie as the great Republican savior so soon after it was revealed that last year he regarded him as suspiciously dirty and physically gross. Christie meanwhile has done the predictable thing and committed to campaigning for Lindsey Graham. Are you ready, South Carolina? Republicans are in a good place, in good hands. So long as Florida Sen. Bill Nelson doesn’t blame them for screwing up the ObamaCare launch. Said the new Abu Ghraib warden to Secretary Sebelius apropos the glitchers, “I want you to hold them to account. I want you to burn their fingers and make ’em pay…” Who taught the Democrats to speak this way? Bull Connor? Simon Legree? Barack Obama? Richie Incognito? Is there no end to their bullying? In a nation of wimps, everyone’s a bully. Or maybe it’s the other way around. In any case, the proposition is being tested by the amazing Dolphins of Miami, where two beefy linemen have now seen their careers disabled for reasons no one in the blocking and tackling business can comprehend. What could be behind this increasingly suicidal urge to disarm football as we know it? There are clues everywhere. The effort to scalp the Redskins’ name. The endlessly repetitive stories about former players who can’t remember anything by writers who apparently can’t remember they’ve written the same story many times. And a final hint from an offensive lineman who really has traveled incognito. He played in two games this year for the Denver Broncos, and now has decided he’d rather retire from football than spend the rest of his playing days not playing. John Moffitt is his name, and here’s his story . He says he’s not happy, and boy we’d be miserable too if we had to share a roster spot on a winning team with the likes of Peyton Manning and St. Wes Welker. So who put him up to it? Read the story carefully. Midway down you’ll notice a little paragraph that reports Moffitt majored in sociology at Wisconsin (would that be the Lenin School?) and that “his world view was really shaped over the last couple of years when he began studying the writings of the Dalai Lama and Noam Chomsky.” Noam Chomsky!? The same “antiwar activist” (and experimenter in Holocaust denial) who turns Saul Alinsky and Bill de Blasio and every progressive ever spawned into small fry? What a mentor of mentors! Will the NFL survive Noam Chomsky? His share of this week’s EOW prize may be the only thing that saves the league from canceled Super Bowls and goal posts torn down for good. But be warned. Progressives specialize in late hits against the defenseless. In Noam Chomsky they have found their god. In today’s climate, it’s just a matter of time before he makes his universal presence felt. Of course, it’ll all be worth it if this week’s co-winner John Moffitt finally finds happiness. Photo: UPI
Letting Their Guard Down
Rep. Jon Runyan has announced that he will not seek a third term in Congress representing New Jersey’s third district. Runyan was a Pro Bowl offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles for many years and it was that popularity that carried him to Congress in South Jersey. As an Eagles fan and a Jersey guy, I was thrilled that Runyan got involved in politics. I fondly remember seeing him walking to work between New Jersey Ave and Second Street SE, and marveling at how much larger he was than any other congressman or staffer. The overly optimistic part of me hoped he could push around some of those D.C. insiders like he did defensive linemen. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Sources have gone on the record and said that Runyan thinks “these people are crazy.” No, not the Tea Party or his constituents. It was the inside-the-Beltway crowd that he found intolerable: He was at an event recently, it might have been a chicken dinner or a ribbon cutting, and a party member went up to him and asked Runyan how it was going. There was a pause before the congressman opened up, according to the source. “These people are crazy,” Runyan said. PolitickerNJ.com asked the source if he thought Runyan meant the Tea Party, and he said he didn’t think so – not the Tea Party alone, but the entire cloak and dagger culture of Washington, D.C. … “He’s a football player,” the source said. “He enjoyed working on veterans’ issues and issues around the base (Fort Dix/McGuire), but after that, I just don’t think Jon enjoyed the culture of Washington, D.C.” Runyan played football at Michigan and then in multiple places in the NFL. He excelled at an elite level. He had a reputation for being one of the nastiest and most physical offensive tackles in the game. This is not a man who is easily intimidated or discouraged. Yet the complete dysfunction of Washington was enough for him to throw up his hands and walk away. Unlike so many others, Runyan’s inclination after his football career was the become a public servant and try to contribute to the common good. But D.C. beat that out of him. This city did what Michael Strahan never could: Get Jon Runyan to quit. There is something inherently troubling about a culture that works at such cross-purposes that it repels a man of such achievement and character. Perhaps Runyan was not smart enough or he simply got burnt out. Perhaps he didn’t have the stomach for the fight. But after cheering for him for a decade, I believe it is Washington that has the problem, not Jon Runyan.
D.C. Repels a Good Man