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It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

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Res Ipsa Loquitur: "It's Over"

Someone break the news to 'em, for god's sake

Thanks to Res Ipsa Loquitur for this insightful cross-post from Rising Hegemon - THANKS RES!

There's a great scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid where Butch and Sundance break into Sheriff Ray Bledsoe's house to to ask him to help them evade the "super posse" by enlisting in the army. Furious that he may be seen in the company of "known outlaws," Bledsoe takes the opportunity to explain the reality of their situation to them.

Bledsoe: You are crazy. Both of you: crazy! They'd throw you in jail for a thousand years each! They forget all about the years of thieving and robbing and they take you into the Army - which is what you want in the first place. There's something out there that scares you; but it's too late. No, you should have let yourself get killed a long time ago when you had the chance. You may be the biggest thing that ever hit this area, but you're still two-bit outlaws. I never met a soul more affable than you, Butch, or faster than the Kid. But you're still nothing but two-bit outlaws on the dodge. It's over! Don't you get that? Your times is over and you're gonna die bloody! And all you can do is choose where.

Watching the clips of Victoria Toensing lying testifying in front of congress today, reading the transcript of Tony Snow spinning at today's gaggle, and thinking about why the administration chose Wednesday to announce that the guy who confessed to planning 9/11 five years ago had confessed all over again, I couldn't help but think of Butch and Sundance. They thought all they needed to do was to escape the posse. But Bledsoe understood the deeper truth: that the world had changed and that E.H. Harriman and the rest of the people in it weren't going to put up with Butch and Sundance robbing them anymore.

The Republicans have a Butch and Sundance problem. They've either failed -- or are petulantly refusing -- to realize that 11/7 changed everything. Americans are onto their bullshit and no amount of Kate O'Bierne yipping, "She wasn't covert!" or Matt Drudge screaming "Clinton fired U.S. Attorneys (and got a blow job)!" or Anne Coulter screeching, "He's a faggot!" or Madingaling howling, "The mosque wasn't 'destroyed'!" is going to change that. Americans have had enough. It's over.

Remember how it ended for Butch and Sundance? I wonder how it will end for the Republican party?

- posted by Res Ipsa Loquitur