The seers at PredictWise have decreed that John Kasich has a 2% shot at the presidency, so we're putting him in, bringing our field to (I think) ten:
|Query String||Hit Count||Change Since
|"Jeb Bush" phony||836,000||-88,000|
|"Hillary Clinton" phony||395,000||-73,000|
|"Donald Trump" phony||308,000||+49,000|
|"John Kasich" phony||197,000||---|
|"Rand Paul" phony||161,000||+4,000|
|"Joe Biden" phony||138,000||+2,000|
|"Scott Walker" phony||110,000||-2,000|
|"Bernie Sanders" phony||103,000||-2,000|
|"Marco Rubio" phony||95,900||-3,400|
|"Mike Huckabee" phony||77,100||-619,900|
I note that Kasich has been flooding the New Hampshire airwaves with ads over the past few weeks. I've also seen some Chris Christie commercials. Maybe the other candidates have been scheduling their ads during Big Bang Theory reruns or something, but I haven't noticed them.
Anyway, on to the phony news:
We'll welcome Governor Kasich to the party with a
Talking Points Memo headline: "Ohio Gov. John Kasich
Criticizes Obama Tax Plan With Phony Lincoln Quote."
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), a possible contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, invoked a dubious Abraham Lincoln quote while criticizing President Barack Obama's plan to raise taxes on the wealthy during an interview on "Fox News Sunday."
“You cannot build a little guy up by tearing a big guy down,” Kasich said. “Abraham Lincoln said it then, and he’s right.”
TPM attributes this quote to William Boetcker (1873-1962), an American religious leader, it being (more or less) one of his "Ten Cannots", published in 1916. Which are:
- You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
- You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
- You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
- You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
- You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
- You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
- You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
- You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
- You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
- You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
These were published in a leaflet, titled "Lincoln on private property", which did include Lincoln quotes. But number two was from Boetcker's brain, and people shouldn't attribute it, or any of the other nine, to Lincoln.
On the other hand, none of those things is any less true because Lincoln didn't say them. If you know what I mean.
[For a table-turner, see Andrew Ferguson on Al Gore's deployment of an equally bogus Lincoln quote.]
Hillary is always good for an obvious phony op. After giving her
premiere speech on climate change in Des Moines, where she bemoaned
the usage of fossil fuels releasing gigatons of CO2 into the
atmosphere, which will kill us all dead…
She climbed into a private jet to whoosh off to her next gig. It's estimated that the 19-seat Dassault model Falcon 900B burns 347 gallons of fuel per hour.
Prof Bainbridge recalls a historical parallel:
ZiL lanes (also sometimes called "Chaika lanes") are lanes on some principal roads in Moscow dedicated to vehicles carrying senior government officials. Known officially in Russian as rezervniye polosy ("reserved lanes"), they took their nickname from the black limousines produced by ZiL and the luxury Chaika cars that were used by officials of the Soviet Union as their official vehicles. ... The ZiL lanes and restricted routes caused considerable disruption to Moscow's traffic because of the absolute priority given to their users.
You might have heard that, in criticizing
the Iran nuke deal, Mike Huckabee compared Obama to Hitler.
A number of MSMites echoed the meme, giving it credibility.
Only problem is, says Jonah
Goldberg: that interpretation is clearly at odds with
what Huckabee actually said.
Now, I’ve never been a big fan of Huckabee’s style of politics — or policy. But a remotely fair reading of the statement strongly suggests that Huckabee was comparing Obama to Neville Chamberlain or some other member of the “Hitler is a man we can do business with” school. That’s the point of calling Obama “naive” for trusting the Iranians — the Hitler in Huckabee’s analogy.
Clear enough, right?
As a long-time Internet denizen (around on Usenet when Godwin's Law was first uttered), I'm aware that Nazi analogies and other reductio ad Hitlerum arguments is a sign of the shutdown of higher thought processes. I'm far from sure that comparing Obama/Kerry to famous Hitler appeasers is that sort of thing.