March 09, 2006

Local kid makes good

Speaking of James Taranto's Best of the Web, a 17 year old Delawarean's letter to the News Journal caught James' attention. Bradley Lehman of Hockessin said:

Because I am 17 years old, some people might say that I am not mature enough to understand many issues. However, let me just say that I get more laughs reading the opinion page than I ever have from the comics.

Delawareans seem to be fixated on bashing President Bush and proposing new conspiracy theories whenever they seem convenient.

President Bush did not cause Hurricane Katrina or the complications afterwards. New Orleans was built below sea level so they should have seen it coming and made preparations themselves.

If Dick Cheney shoots someone by accident on his own time, it is none of your business and neither he nor the president has any obligation to tell you about it.

Finally, it seems unreasonable to me that Bush was able to graduate from Yale University, be elected governor of Texas, and earn the respect and confidence of enough of his peers in the Republican Party to be nominated as their presidential candidate if he is indeed as dim-witted as you say.

I am willing to wager that the majority of Delawareans who get their information from this sorry excuse for a newspaper have barely enough brainpower to govern their own lives, let alone governing a nation of almost 300 million.

Maybe another bright teenager knows this Bradley.

Posted by Hube at March 9, 2006 04:59 PM | TrackBack

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Wow, what a smart, clear-thinking kid. Can't possibly be one of Hube's students.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at March 9, 2006 05:04 PM

Gee thanks AJ!

Posted by: Hube at March 9, 2006 05:12 PM

Oy.

I started to tear holes in all of his basic, lame, tired talking points that are not in any way brilliant, but then I hit delete. It just wouldn't be sporting!

Posted by: dan at March 9, 2006 05:27 PM

Yeah! After all, the kid wasn't balanced, right dan?

Posted by: Hube at March 9, 2006 05:29 PM

The kid is a kid. The points are dopey oversimplifications of tricky issues.

And yes, he wasn't "balanced" in the sense that if it were a Dem VP who did precisely what Cheney did, he'd just be parroting his daddy's (or Daddy Rush's) talking points about that -- which you know would be quite different. And I know you like to poke fun at me for wanting balance when I supposedly don't dish it out myself. But I really would expect a Democratic VP to not hide in a hole and duck the press after having "a beer" (or more) and shooting someone, and I would expect the other side to hammer him if he did.

So, you can believe that or don't.

Posted by: dan at March 9, 2006 05:41 PM

Aw, hell, might as well finish the job.

1) "none of our business"? It's only "none of our business" because you're a Republican and so is your pal Cheney. Grow up. So I guess Bill Clinton can cheat on his wife, as long as he doesn't lie about it? And that's nobody's damn business either, right? Mmm hmm.

2) "unreasonable" that Bush is a dimwit and President? Come on. Go to college, kid. Meet the sons of the very rich, very powerful, and very legacied. Particularly the extremely personable ones like W. Come back and tell us that you didn't meet some who were skating by on nothing but their families. Then wait a little longer and tell me how many of these monied, arrogant, drunk, lazy people become rich politicians, lobbyists, lawyers, doctors, whatever.

3) President Bush did not cause Hurricane Katrina or the complications afterwards. New Orleans was built below sea level so they should have seen it coming and made preparations themselves.

Too stupid to even respond to, except to say that, obviously, only people who are not to be taken seriously fail to put some of the blame on the feds -- in addition to plenty to go around at the state and local levels.

But, I guess this kid isn't quite old enough to read the Bush Administration's own analysis of Katrina.

Posted by: dan at March 9, 2006 05:53 PM

Hube:
Just kidding you.

Dan:
You just can't restrain yourself can you? But at least you admit it.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at March 9, 2006 06:06 PM

I kinda figured you were, AJ. But since I wasn't sure, I already bawled my eyes out. ;-)

Posted by: Hube at March 9, 2006 07:02 PM

Hey, when you only comment on one blog in the entire blogosphere, you might as well blurt it all out when someone's goading you. ;)

Anyway, AJ, any actual retorts to my responses, if you feel they are in some way ridiculous?

Posted by: dan at March 9, 2006 07:11 PM

Another Richard Brookhiser in the making, who wrote a brillant piece which appeared in National review (2/24/70) " The Story of the Posting of the Theses" . Check it out at the library. You da man Bradley.

Posted by: Phred at March 10, 2006 12:18 AM

Dan:
If you insist...

Re Cheney, an accicdent pure and simple. The MSM showed it has lost its mind by going nuts over the 18 hour delay. Clinton - first he used his authority as an employer to take advantage of a fat, ugly intern who was young enough to be his daughter. Sorta shows he is insecure so he had to target the dumb and vulnerable. And he did it in the Oval Office. Then he lied under oath about it. So there is little or no comparison to Chaney's accident. But it sure tells you a lot about Clinton's judgment- don't you think there were plenty of attractive women he could have doiscreetly had an affair with?

I'll agree with your assessment of Bush only if you agree to paint Kerry and Gore with the same broad brush. And maybe you could throw in someone like Peter Jennings (father started Canadian News Network and Jennings did not even go to college). And Katrina Van Den Huevel, editor of The Nation, who is enormously wealthy heiress and imousine lib from Manhattan. Or maybe Matt Cooper, the Time Magazine reporter who outed Scooter Libby. His wife is the daughter of the founder of Time. So, your weany complaint is not just a republican issue, it's a fact of life. I suggest you get over it, there is opportunity for everyone who will work hard.

Re Katrina, shit happens, Yes, it was a fiasco but I don't blame any level of government more than another. They all sucked but so did the media (re Superdome murders, etc- hell Brian Williams was supposedly there for 4 days and they got it wrong).

Lastly, can I presume you were young and dumb once?

Posted by: AJ Lynch at March 10, 2006 08:12 AM

It's a good letter, one that I definately agree with. But, I don't know Bradley. And, no, I'm not Bradley.

Posted by: PolitaKid at March 10, 2006 08:23 AM

As long as people are denying being other people, I'm not the P.J. Smith who writes for the Conservative Caucus, even though everyone thinks I am. I'm not even a member of that group. Too much like Birchers for my taste.

Posted by: Paul Smith at March 10, 2006 08:50 AM

Re Cheney, an accicdent pure and simple.

It surely was. That's the not the point. Point is, it's still news. And it's our business. The kid said it's not. That's all.

Clinton: not responsive to what I wrote. I wrote: "So I guess Bill Clinton can cheat on his wife, as long as he doesn't lie about it? And that's nobody's damn business either, right?" Clearly he did lie about it, but the uproar wouldn't have been all that different from the right had it been simply a "discreet affair," as you put it.

only if you agree to paint Kerry and Gore with the same broad brush.

What, they they could all be dumb? Sure! Again... I was answering the kid's claim that GWB's pedigree precludes the possibility that he's dumb. Not that everyone in that situation is dumb. Sheesh. In your private moments, you clearly must see the painfully obvious...that GWB is inarticulate, hardly a scholar or a workaholic, and not engaged like a Clinton or a George Bush Sr., or really many, many other GOP or Dem politicians on these issues. Bush has many strengths, but intellect and worldliness simply aren't among them, and plenty of honest Republicans realize that and laugh about it. I don't sit here claiming Clinton has great moral authority on family matters! It's that kind of ridiculous.

Re Katrina, shit happens, Yes, it was a fiasco but I don't blame any level of government more than another.

Um, ok. Agreed. But again, the kid was saying that GWB is free of blame. And that's just stupid.

Lastly, can I presume you were young and dumb once?

Absolutely. And you can also presume that no one should've gotten all excited and proud because I could write "George Bush is out of touch because he doesn't know what a grocery scanner is." ;)

Posted by: dan at March 10, 2006 09:26 AM

I'm not delatacit either. . .

Posted by: Sebastian at March 10, 2006 03:29 PM

Kid, FYI: I didn't mean to imply you were the letter writer. :-)

Posted by: Hube at March 11, 2006 08:03 AM

Ah, the folly of youth!! I pity this kid when he wises up he will regret to have had such a shallow perspective of government responsibility/personal responsibility

Posted by: Agony at March 11, 2006 04:01 PM