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You just touched the tip of the Barnes stupidity iceberg.
Here are 12 more examples of Fred Barnes being Barnes.
Whether talking about the war, the economy, or even Tom
DeLay, Fred Barnes has amazing capacity to say truly
1. VOTING = VIOLENCE
Barnes: Recent violence in the Middle East is the result
of the voters' "repudiat[ion]" of President Bush in the
Later, in a discussion about whether "good taste is making
a comeback" in the media, Barnes stated he was
"encouraged... by the spontaneous national outrage" over
the promotion and subsequent cancellations of O.J.
Simpson's book "If I Did It" (set to be published by
Fox). Barnes added: "I'll know good taste is returning
when we don't see these dead bodies all over the front
page of newspapers whether it's an accident or explosion
or Iraq or something. ... [F]ive, 10 years ago, you didn't
The U.S. led the invasion of Iraq just over 3 1/2 years
FNC, The Beltway Boys, Nov. 23
2. FISCAL SANITY OR VINDICTIVENESS?
Barnes: It's "a theological issue" for Democrats "to raise
taxes even though there's no reason except vindictiveness
against the well-to-do for doing it." Barnes also claimed
that the issue of taxes helps Republicans politically.
However, the most recent Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll,
which was cited during the program's "Political Grapevine"
segment and during its newscast, indicates that a
plurality of voters believes that Democrats "would do a
better job" than Republicans on the issue of taxes.
November 18, Beltway Boys
3. BARNES HEARTS LOTT
After having defended Trent Lott and referring to his
removal as majority leader as "a lot of noise from the
Left", Barnes gushed over Lott's comeback, noting "[i]t's
not good news for the White House, because they know Trent
Lott basically hates Bush and -- and Karl Rove, because he
blames them for his ouster as majority leader in 2002."
November 19, Beltway Boys
4. BARNES HEARTS BOLTON
On the November 11 edition of Fox News' The Beltway Boys,
co-host and Weekly Standard executive editor Fred Barnes
said that Democrats' efforts "to dump John Bolton [are]
purely vindictive," and that "[a]ny reasonable person,
Republican or Democrat, who looks at the job he has done
there [at the United Nations], would have to say he's done
a fantastic job in promoting
America's interests there."
5. BARNES WITH HIS FINGER ON AMERICA'S POLITICAL PULSE
In his Oct 23 column, Fred Barnes wrote that Nancy Pelosi
"is the most unpopular national politician in America,"
ignoring recent opinion polls showing that President Bush,
his vice president, his defense secretary, and the
Republican leaders of both houses of Congress are far less
popular than Pelosi.
6. BARNES - FRIEND OF THE WORKING MAN
On the August 12 edition of The Beltway Boys, Fred Barnes
baselessly asserted that congressional Democrats opposed a
bill that would have increased the minimum wage because
"Democrats have decided, 'We're not going to help
Republicans on anything. ... We're going to object to it
... even when they're offering us things like hiking the
minimum wage that we like.' " Barnes did not mention that
House Republicans tied the wage increase to a bill that
would cut the estate tax, a proposal Democrats vehemently
opposed for providing a disproportionate benefit to the
7. BARNES: WRONG NOW, WRONG THEN
The hard part was putting together a coalition, getting
300,000 troops over there and all their equipment and
winning. And it gets easier. I mean, setting up a
democracy is hard, but it is not as hard as winning a war.
The U.S. now has leverage that it didn't have before
winning this triumph in Iraq. Look, it is clear what
victory in the war is. When you see those statues topple
and you know that's victory." [Fox News' Special Report
with Brit Hume, 4/10/03]
It is a last-ditch -- I think it is a desperate effort by
these terrorists. It's not representative of a significant
guerrilla force that's fighting the United States there."
[Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume 10/27/03]
"I think he [Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)] is just plain
wrong in some of the things he said. And I certainly
disagree with some of the others. But here is what he is
wrong about, Brit. You raised one of them. And that is, he
says the war is intensifying. It's not intensifying." [Fox
Report with Brit Hume, 11/17/05]
Barnes: War in Iraq is "not intensifying"; U.S. troops
"aren't the targets."November 17 edition of Fox News'
Special Report with Brit Hume
8. BARNES, LION OF JOURNALISM
On the July 24 edition of Fox News' Special Report with
Brit Hume, Barnes declared that international press, human
rights organizations are "abetting the terrorists" by
reporting civilian casualties.
9. BARNES ON OIL POLICY
Barnes to Americans who don't like high gas prices:
"Demand that oil be drilled offshore, in ANWR," or "shut
On the April 21 edition of Fox News' Special Report with
Brit Hume, Weekly Standard executive editor Fred Barnes
said he was "tired of hearing" the complaints of people
who are "so upset about gas costing too much." Barnes
said: "[I]f it costs a lot to fill up the tanks and they
don't like that, well, demand that the supply increase.
Demand that oil be drilled offshore, in ANWR [the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge], and so on." He added:
"Otherwise, look, shut up."
10. BARNES ON DELAY
On the April 8 edition of Fox News' The Beltway Boys, Fred
Barnes claimed that "only the press" refers to former Rep.
Tom DeLay as "the Hammer." But The New York Times reported
that a tribute dinner held by DeLay supporters in
Washington, D.C., in May 2005 included numerous references
to DeLay's nickname: "Mr. DeLay was served a
red-white-and-blue cake festooned with sparklers and
plastic hammers -- a reference to his nickname, the Hammer
-- while the band played 'If I Had a Hammer.' "
BARNES: Can I say one more thing about Tom DeLay? You
know, it was only the press that called him "the Hammer."
You won't believe this, but the fact is, he was a very
gentle persuader of members of the -- of the House
Republicans to get them to vote with him, probably the
11. BARNES ON THE DELAY-LAMPSON RACE
Just go read it:
"Ignoring facts, Barnes smeared DeLay challenger as "a
carpetbagger" in a "working-class" Republican district" -
12. BARNES THE ISLAMOPHOBIC RACIST
HUME: What about this controversy? Where is it going? What
does it tell us? Fred?
BARNES: It tells us a lot. It tells us that our enemy or
-- is not just Al Qaeda...We see Muslims' contempt for
On the February 6 edition of Fox News' Special Report with
Welcome to the website formerly known as The World's Most
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My name is
Susan Bankston. I live in Richmond, Texas, in heart of Tom
DeLay's old congressional district. It's crazy here.
No, seriously, it's triple z crazzzy.
I used to be an independent voter, but that all changed when
I got to know a few local Republicans. They are meaner
than 10 acres of snakes and have the ethical compass of a
decided that they could just Kiss My Big Blue Butt.
A lot of
what I post here has to do with local politics, but you
probably have the same folks in your local government.
a blog. Blogs are way too trendy for me. I've
been doing this since 1992, so I'm used to it even if you
and I'll find a place to put it if I like it.