August 29, 2003

The New Ace of Spades?

My wife bought me a deck of Baath Party playing cards. You know, the ones with Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti as the Ace of Spades. The deck sits on our coffee table in the living room, and I like to flip through it every now and then. It's a satisfying experience, rather like seeing Slobodan Milosovic in chains in the Hague, or seeing Manuel Noriega's Florida prison mug shot.

So perhaps you'll understand why I think this is pathetic.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at August 29, 2003 04:38 PM
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Just as bad as the ones with the Bush administration.

Posted by: Court at August 29, 2003 04:56 PM

But I thought liberals were objectively pro-Saddam...

Posted by: sym at August 29, 2003 06:13 PM

Yes the ones with the Bush administration are just as disgraceful, but no mainstream liberal would think otherwise. I hope mainstream conservatives can say the same about the "Rights" insane hard-on for Clinton bashing.

Posted by: EBG at August 29, 2003 06:37 PM

The Hillary Deck is a pure example of why I think conventional party politics in our culture is for morons.

Posted by: Roger L. Simon at August 29, 2003 07:00 PM

I am not a Hillary fan. My opinion is she is what I fear most in the Democratic Party; earnest socialism. But this is way over the top.

Posted by: Jamie at August 29, 2003 07:13 PM

Roger,

I couldn't agree more. Conventional party politics turns otherwise smart people into idiots.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at August 29, 2003 07:18 PM

Put me down on the "the Hillary deck is crass and undeservedly insulting" list...

Posted by: Moe Lane at August 30, 2003 04:33 AM

I am a non-main stream conservative. But, I think the Bush deck and the "Liberal" deck are a sign as Mr. Simon notes of conventional party politics. But, this moronic attitude has a long history in our commercial republic and "bad taste" has a high chance of success then and now.

It might be well to state ones disgust at such vulgarities as such occasions that turn up; but I haven't much hope of success in a return to manners anytime soon, anywhere soon.

Posted by: Virgil K. Saari at August 30, 2003 06:40 AM

Count me in the camp that thinks the conservative/liberal rip offs of the Iraqi playing cards are silly, non productive and indictive of the level to which politics have descended in this country - thanks directly to both sides.

Posted by: Roark at August 30, 2003 08:49 AM

The Left hatred toward Bush is no worse than the Right's hatred of the Clintons was. In other words, both are ridiculous and extreme rhetoric that just makes their perpetrators look really stupid.

Posted by: Yehudit at August 30, 2003 08:30 PM

As a joke, this is mildly amusing, but beyond a joke, it is scary. I remember Andrew Sullivan boasted about how he made a vast rightwing conspiracy deck of cards.

I wonder if some Indyedia type made a deck of cards on people he deemed turn-coats. I'd love to see who the Indymorlocks see as liberals who have btrayed the cause. I bet Christopher Hitchens would get an ace :)

Posted by: Green Baron at August 30, 2003 09:37 PM

pathetic but funny.

This is an example of people doing what they want... freedom.

It's not like they're falsely accusing the liberals they voted for of saying things which weren't actually said...

I think it's great people have the chance to vote their thoughts and get goofy, meaningless cards printed up to sell.

More power too capitalism!

Posted by: Gaijin at September 2, 2003 02:51 AM



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