Tony Blankley

It has long been believed by many politicians that they can engage the voting public in the game of three card Monte and consistently win. (Three card Monte is a con game in which the victim is tricked into betting incorrectly on which of three face-down cards is the money card that was first shown face up to the victim.) John Murtha has come up with the novel idea to try the game of One Card Monte on the public. It is a sign of the awkward times we are in that it is not yet obvious that the Democratic Party public will be able to pick out the one card (out of the one card that is available from which to chose).

To add to the madness, the new argument one sees emerging amongst the more enthusiastic war critics (easily recognizable in public by the tinfoil they wear on their heads), is that anyway, there is not much of a downside to leaving promptly from Iraq because President Bush's warning of dire consequences are just more Bush "lies." It doesn't seem to matter that this rationalization is being made in the face of almost universal concurrence by experts of the high likelihood of dire consequences. Everyone from Democratic Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden to the liberal Brookings Institute to fierce and admired war critic General Anthony Zinni to every Middle East diplomat one talks to (Turkish, Saudi, Jordanian, Israeli, Egyptian, express the most profound concern for the consequences of American forces leaving Iraq naked to the raging passions and fears of the Middle East.

Given the fantastic pace and irresponsibility of the Democratic presidential primary campaign, this emerging "what me, worry?" view of the day after we leave probably will quickly become the de rigeur position of even the recently sensible candidates. There appears to be virtually no foolishly dangerous policy proposal that the Democratic presidential candidates will not cheerfully and enthusiastically endorse, if it will keep alive the slightest chance that they may be able to squeeze their backsides into the purple on Jan. 20, 2009.

To the voters across the aisle, a warning: Power so irresponsibly sought is not likely to be responsibly exercised.

Tony Blankley

Tony Blankley, a conservative author and commentator who served as press secretary to Newt Gingrich during the 1990s, when Republicans took control of Congress, died Sunday January 8, 2012. He was 63.

Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.

In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.

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