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Hornswaggle is an alternate spelling of hornswoggle, an archaic word that means to bamboozle or hoodwink. I take my pronunciation from the late Harvey Korman in "Blazing Saddles" --

"I want rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, conmen, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswagglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass kickers, shit kickers and Methodists!"

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

NRO flashback: Further evidence that Jonah Goldberg's skull is filled with mashed potatoes

As Barack Obama's inauguration approaches, I thought it would be amusing to recall this post on The Corner by Jonah Goldberg during the Democratic National Convention.

In an Aug. 27 entry that, to Goldberg's credit, set aside partisan sniping to congratulate Obama on becoming the first African-American presidential nominee, he nevertheless included this deep thought: "I've long thought the first black president would be a Republican."

He doesn't say how that opinion first wormed its way into his brain. I wonder what caused that idea to take hold. Was it the Southern Strategy? Lee Atwater? The opposition of Ronald Reagan, John McCain and Dick Cheney to the creation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Strom Thurmond's filibuster of the Civil Rights Act? The efforts by GOP operatives, every election cycle, to suppress black turnout? The mind reels.

.: posted by hornswaggler 8:51 PM

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