BackstabWatch

Feel the Schadenfreude. Taste the Schadenfreude.…

Come on in, the mud's fine.“Former Ohio Republican congressman and Republican Main Street Partnership head Steve LaTourette on Wednesday blasted a new effort by the conservative organization Club for Growth to field primary challengers for moderate Republican congressmen, calling the organization a ‘Cancer’ on the Republican Party. Club for Growth quickly shot back, calling LaTourette a ‘liberal RINO.’” [Daily Caller]

How Do You Say “Chutzpah” in Mormon?…

“This is the first time in the history that a presidential nominee for secretary of defense has been filibustered. What a shame.” —Harry Reid, mourning the use of nonconstitutional parliamentary tactics that he did nothing to prevent. [Politico]

Firing Whine

Our guest columnists are pissed that a Karl Rove minion critcized a William Buckley nepotite.

We, the free men and women of this great nation, affirm everyone’s natural right to speak their mind, but we cannot and will not abide the unjust, personal broadside your aide Jonathan Collegio leveled against a man whose family has dedicated itself to advancing the cause of liberty for over half a century.

This morning Mr. Collegio attacked [conservative Media Research Center founder] L. Brent Bozell, III and labeled him as a “hater” twice in an interview. His attack was not grounded in reason or principle; its justification was nothing more than disagreement with your newly formed organization.

Mr. Bozell is what we call in our movement a “legacy.” He has devoted his life to the cause of American conservatism as did his father, Brent Bozell II, who wrote “Conscience of a Conservative” for Barry Goldwater.

Maybe you’ve heard of Brent’s uncle, Bill Buckley, whose words you misquote and twist as the basis for your organization enough to falsely suggest you know something about him.

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Fox Gives Dick the Foot…

“Fox News has decided not to renew its contract with political commentator and pollster Dick Morris, an industry official tells POLITICO’s Mike Allen.”

Harry Reid, Wimp

And there goes filibuster reform, shot down by the man who talked a big game last summer, but whom we always suspected would cave when the moment arrived. The Founders never envisioned the filibuster — the Senate was (and is) sufficiently undemocratic as designed, so why overegg the recipe?

Senate Leaders Finalize Scaled-Back Filibuster Deal [TPM]

We Would Have Bet on Fox Hiring His Wife…

“Former Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has signed on as a regular contributor to Fox News Channel… Kucinich, who was elected mayor of Cleveland at age 31, said Fox has always provided him with a chance to offer his perspective.” [AP, via Political Wire]

Be Careful Which Executive Producer You Wish For…

“Executive Producer Erik Jendresen of National Geographic Channel’s upcoming television movie ‘Killing Lincoln,’ said John Wilkes Booth ‘could be the poster child for the Tea Party.’” The show is adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s book. [CNS]