Monday, October 13, 2008

More Liddy Spittle

David Brock's The Republican Noise Machine quotes a study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of 150 hours of political talk from fifty programs. Needless to say, they caught Liddy's rabid act:

According to the study, G. Gordon Liddy said that 1996 GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole was going to "run for president against a yellow coward who turned and ran, someone who's got a thumb up his ass instead of a bullet in his heart."

There's also a few Liddy quotes to be found in that great slab of collected wingnut spewings, Take Them At Their Words: Shocking, Amusing, and Baffling Quotations from the G.O.P. and Their Friends, 1994-2004, by Bruce J. Miller with Diana Maio:

When I was a kid and this was a free country, we were free to debate our country's history. Because of the frantic efforts of the notorious rat John Dean, we almost lost that right.
-G. Gordon Liddy, When I Was a Kid This Was a Free Country, Washington D.C.: Regnery, 2002, p.167.

I'm not sure if Liddy means this to say that because Dean squealed to Congress about Richard Nixon's crimes and thus led to Nixon's downfall, that freedom was almost lost, or if Liddy is talking about his utterly insane theory that Dean himself was behind the Watergate break-in, setting up poor Richard Nixon as the patsy to take the fall (yes, Liddy really has pushed such a theory); either way, it's totally bugfuck insane.

Then there's yet another quotation of Liddy's "head shots" spiel, but this one provides a context with regard to time period:

If the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms comes to disarm you and they are bearing arms, resist them with arms. Go for a head shot; they're gonna be wearing bulletproof vests... Head shots, head shots.
-G. Gordon Liddy, 8-94. Boston Globe, 4-29-95. After the Oklahoma City bombing, Liddy corrected this statement, saying that experts had told him heads were a difficult target: "So you shoot twice to the body, center of mass, and if that does not work, then shoot to the groin area." Associated Press, 7-31-96.

Then there's Liddy's infamously drooling remarks about Dear Leader's package on the never more appropriately-titled Hardball:

Chris Matthews: What do you make of this broadside against the USS Abraham Lincoln and its chief visitor last week?

Gordon Liddy: Well, I -- in the first place, I think it's envy. I mean, after all, Al Gore had to go get some woman [Naomi Wolf] to tell him how to be a man. And here comes George Bush. You know, he's in his flight suit, he's striding across the deck, and he's wearing his parachute harness, you know -- and I've worn those because I parachute -- and it makes the best of his manly characteristic. You go run those, run that stuff again of him walking across there with the parachute. He has just won every woman's vote in the United States of America. You know, all those women who say size doesn't count -- they're all liars. Check that out. I hope the Democrats keep ratting on him and all of this stuff so that they keep showing that tape.
-"Hardball," 5-8-03.