Peace with Kevin McCullough

Longtime Daily Dose readers are likely familiar with my flame war with Townhall columnist Kevin McCullough from last year’s CPAC. I’m happy to report that we buried the hatchet at this year’s convention.

To his credit, it was McCullough who approached me at Harry’s Tavern in the Marriott Wardman, where I was eating lunch with about 8 friends. That takes some guts.We both agreed we could have handled that whole thing better.

Coincidentally, Big Hollywood linked to those old posts today just as I was updating them.It’s all part of their intrepid mission to prove I’m a liberal. Stop the presses!

I added updates, but I didn’t delete them because they’re my words, I wrote them, I own them. As I said in my updates, I hereby retract the name-calling. As I’m sure is true of Kevin, I stand by any substantive criticisms I’ve made since then. In short, we now disagree without being disagreeable.

Here’s a photo to commemorate the detente, taken by Caleb Howe’s brother, Ben, who surprisingly does wear shoes.


Townhall Columnist Compares Obama to Hitler

Townhall Columnist Compares Obama to HitlerI’m sure this has happened before, but after a great couple of days at CPAC, I thought this kind of thing was relegated to the fringes. I mean, our own Matt Lewis writes at Townhall. What is this, by Kevin McCullough, doing there?

This week President Obama exercised for the first time a policy decision that shares a trait held in common with Adolf Hitler.

Before he gets to this, he accuses Obama of being a socialist (guess he never read Adam Smith), and shows off a pretty strong homophobic streak:

Case and point (sic)… Rachel Maddow.

She is MSNBC’s less funny and perhaps more butch version of Keith Olbermann.

So, to what policy is he referring? Is it the wingnut civilian army conspiracy theory? No, this guy is comparing Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler because…he wants doctors and pharmacists to do their jobs. He wants them to act, medically, in the best interests of their patients. From our own Mark Impomeni:

President Barack Obama will rescind a Bush Administration rule that granted protection to doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care workers who refuse to perform or assist in abortions, sterilizations, and other contraceptive procedures on moral grounds.

Look,I get that there are reasonable objections to abortion, and even to contraception. That’s fine, then you need to get a job that won’t conflict with those beliefs. I don’t want my sister dying on some operating table because Jesus told her doctor to let her die.

I don’t want a raped child to be forced to carry her rapist’s spawn because the ER doc thinks she should. I don’t want any young woman to have to face judgment from some med school dropout who doesn’t want to sell her the pill. If you can’t handle counting pills, try flipping burgers or something.

This wouldn’t fly in any other situation. Notice how there’s no objection to Viagra in there. No, it’s OK to disregard women’s rights, though.

Would you partner with a cop who reserved the right not to shoot anyone? How about a fireman who only wanted to put out certain fires? I didn’t think so.

Like it or not, doctors and other medical professionals have a duty to their patients that must outweigh their personal beliefs.

As for comparisons to Hitler, he’s in good company, which means the GOP is in great shape to continue alienating moderates and independents.

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Stephen Baldwin’s Nobody ******* Pal Kevin McCullough is a Liar, Too

Update: At CPAC 2010, McCullough and I buried the hatchet (to his credit, he approached me), so I hereby retract “dickbag.” I’m leaving the post up because, well, I wrote it, and it serves as a reminder of when to take a deep breath.

Wow, what a dickbag this guy is, I hate to even give him a link. Well, maybe the extra traffic will help him pay for those Viagra he has on layaway.

Remember this from yesterday?  Yeah, the one where I stuck up for Kevin’s buddy.  Well, this dickbag is such a dickbag that he can’t stand it that Baldwin talked to me.  Sick jealousy.  Dude, I wasn’t trying to horn in on your action.

Here are the facts: I talked to the event staff at the book signing, and followed their instructions to the letter.  There was nobody waiting there for them.  Stephen Baldwin was cautious, but polite.  He hadn’t heard the quote, and observed that it was weird that nobody else had.  Exactly my thoughts.  His dickbag buddy made him all nervous, so he understandably didn’t want to say more.

And his claim about how people get quotes is a joke.  First of all, he’s bitching because they’re in an all-fired hurry, but he wants me to play Stephen a clip and let him ruminate for awhile.  Funny, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Joe the Plumber didn’t have any such objection.  In fact, this dickbag was the only person in all of CPAC to give me any static at all.

His post about me is hilariously scummy, as he homophobically asserts that I’m “homosexual,” which means, I suppose, that Captain Ed Morrissey is too, since he agrees with me about civil unions.  Or maybe McCullough was just fantasizing out loud, wishing he could get into my disheveled pants.  Nothing wrong with that, I’m a handsome guy with a lot of good qualities.

He also asserts that I “occasionally cross-post at AOL.”  Done laughing yet?  Yeah, I did 133 posts for them last month.  Idiot.  I actually posted the video at AOL, without the dickbag’s static, in a story about Steele.  Maybe he’s pissed that he didn’t make the cut.

He’s on my radar now, though, and good for him.  He’ll get to see what it’s like to actually get traffic to his blog.  Better start checking your facts, asshole.

Here’s that video again, in case you missed it.

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