Sunday, April 17, 2005

Yes, it's that Dan Radmacher.

Our research last week about Dan Radmacher's hiring is confirmed. Mr. Radmacher may be a heck of a guy, but his hiring is sad for what it says about the Roanoke Times editorial staff. I've known people who were uncomfortable being around folks with a different skin color; frankly, I'm not sure they pose as big a threat to democracy as those averse to associating with their political opposites.

In his column today about joining the Roanoke Times, Dan Radmacher says, "Even though I've known editorial page editor Tommy Denton for more than a decade...I didn't realize until I applied for this position just how similar our philosophy, attitudes and approach to the job actually are."

That's nice. Maybe they can buy matching "Religious Left" coffee cups.

FWIW, here are a few items Mr. Radmacher was too modest to mention in his intro today. Item: Right-wing columnist Anne Coulter once cited a study Radmacher conducted as an example of "The sheer joy liberals take in telling lies. They take insolent pleasure in saying absurd things."

Left-wing commentar Al Franken then interviewed Mr. Radmacher for his book "Lies and the Lying Liars who tell them," and got this:

"Al: Do you take sheer joy in telling lies?
Dan: Yes. Yes I do.
Al: Shoot. That proves her point then. Also she mentions insolent pleasure. Do you get insolent pleasure from lying?
Dan: Yeah, I guess so. But it's more the sheer joy."

Likewise, prominent Bush-Derangement-Syndrome victim Bill Moyers has referenced Mr. Radmacher for programs on the coal industry.

Al Franken. Bill Moyers. OK.

We leave you with these Radmacher quotes.

"I'm getting fed up with the relentless and growing demonization of people in this country based on their political beliefs -- beliefs I happen to share.
Yes, I am a liberal."
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Jan. 4, 2004
"CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has put the final nail in Vice President Al Gore's coffin, some people are insisting it's time to put all the divisiveness of the past month or so behind us and rally around the new president.
Well, I say to hell with that."
Amarillo Globe News, Web posted Thursday, December 21, 2000
"There is a growing realization that George W. Bush's War on Terror' is at best a faulty metaphor and at worst an enormous strategic blunder."
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, May 2, 2004.
"During the 2000 presidential campaign, many wondered whether George W. Bush had the gravitas to be president. But lack of gravitas has turned out to be less a problem than an overabundance of another ancient quality: hubris.
Hubris is what the Greeks called an unwarranted pride and arrogance that usually leads the mighty to a fall."
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, April 18, 2004.
"My marriage doesn't need defending from Rosie O'Donnell, thank you very much.
If yours does, you probably have bigger problems than can be solved by a constitutional amendment."
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, March 7, 2004
"It could not have been easy for Christie Todd Whitman in the Bush administration."
Charleston Gazette