August 3rd, 2007

When good news is bad news: Rep. Nancy Boyda

Kansas Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) got some really bad news the other day.

Actually, it was good news—good news about Iraq. But good news about Iraq was bad news to Boyda, who listened just about as long as she could stand it to retired General Jack Keane’s testimony on surge-generated improvements in Baghdad during the last three months:

There is only so much you can take until we in fact had to leave the room for a while…after so much frustration of having to listen to what we listened to.

Why? The positive statements of Keane and his ilk—he had been to Iraq before the surge and then again recently, and was reporting that conditions for the people of that country have much improved—challenge the “reality” on which Rep. Boyda has come to rely. She says:

[Keane’s] kinds of comments will in fact show up in the media and further divide this country instead of saying, here’s the reality of the problem,” Rep. Boyda said. “And people, we have to come together and deal with the reality of this issue.”

Let me translate: Since Keane’s descriptions of what’s actually happening on the ground in Iraq challenge the prevailing MSM and Democratic narrative about that country, they cannot be uttered or disseminated. The antiwar narrative has, in Ms. Boyda’s eyes, become a “reality” that cannot be countered by anything as mundane as observation. It’s a variant of the old saying, “who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”

And why does Ms. Boyda see no good, hear no good, speak no good about Iraq? It seems that she previously perceived that as a nation we were getting close to “coming together” and voting to end the war by precipitously withdrawing, and this might spoil it all. Drat.

14 Responses to “When good news is bad news: Rep. Nancy Boyda”

  1. Thomas Says:

    another blow to ‘the reality based community’… reality came a knocking… 😉

  2. neo-neocon Says:

    One woman’s reality is another woman’s….

  3. gcotharn Says:

    First: hilarious story, and hilarious final paragraph.

    Second: Off topic: I couldn’t help thinking that your words also describe some Global Warming fantasists. To wit:

    Since … descriptions of what’s actually happening … challenge the prevailing MSM and Democratic narrative …, [the descriptions] cannot be uttered or disseminated. The … narrative has … become a “reality” that cannot be countered by anything as mundane as observation.

  4. Brad Says:

    I’m not sure what you are reffering to in regards to global warming. We have had several destructive hurricanes here in the midwest. Chicago is gone, and only the brickyard remains in Indy.

  5. gcotharn Says:

    yeah, I already feel bad about going off-topic, so I deserve your scorn.

    “several destructive hurricanes here in the Midwest”

    The Iowa Caucuses always up CFCs and wreak havoc with the Midwestern Ozone Layer. My heart goes out…

  6. harry Says:

    I live in a bubble where I continue to find the weather pretty much just the way I imagine it should be for this season.

    Im sure there’s a cure for my delusion, but honestly, I still only see 4 fingers.

  7. Mark H. Says:

    I’ve spent many an hour on the border this summer, it’s been a bit cooler than usual as a whole, though a bit hotter the past few days.

    I suppose this recent increase in temperature is indicative of global warming, but the good news is I’ve not seen a single coyote leading illegal aliens into our country so I think this border problem is way overstated…

    Hmm, well on the other hand, the Jersey Shore does get hotter in August, as a rule, and the coyotes haven’t managed to employ submarines yet; so I guess the temp and lack of illegal aliens swimming ashore are actually business as usual. Yes, no?

  8. Alan Furman Says:

    Let me try and get this straight: Supporting the troops’ mission during a war is “divisive.” Dissenting from the Buschimptler official narrative is courageous and praiseworthy, but disagreeing with Nancy Boyda’s views is “divisive.”

    Does it get any more pathetic?

  9. Cappy Says:

    Neo, I think this is what you and many of us have seen in our families ans workplaces writ large. Any information that contradicts the 60’s mindset of the peace-at-every-cost people send’s ’em scattering from the room. They simply won’t listen to it! Have seen it with family and friends. Now acting out in Congress, too.

  10. Ymarsakar Says:


    They aren’t happy unless other people are suffering, Neo.

    challenge the “reality” on which Rep. Boyda has come to rely.

    They are reality based after all.

    further divide this country instead of saying

    Instead of saying everyone will obey and believe us because we are the Ones.

    Division to the left is treason to the Revolution. While loyalty and unity is the same as ideological purity.

    The mendacity of the Left is ever so unsurprising, Neo. Things were apparent to those hidden in the fold for long times, even back in 2002 over Saddam. Things have progressed a little bit further in 2007.

    The power of the Left is not sourced from helping people or solving problems, rather it is sourced from exploiting the powerless and crafting illusionary works to justify their tactics.

    Does it get any more pathetic?

    Nobody said that toeing the ideological line wouldn’t require sacrifices and a few broken eggs.

  11. Ymarsakar Says:

    THe Left started out by accusing Bush of calling people that didn’t disagree with him, un-American. Obviously the Left was quite disgusted with Bush’s unprofessional handling of loyalty to the Ideology. Since obviously the Left knew that they could do a much better and more subtle job of labeling people that disagree with them.

    Another example of the Left accusing others of what they themselves seek to do.

  12. the real failure of iraq « empty rhetoric Says:

    […] mistakes were inevitable. But with the death toll in Iraq beginning to slow its torrential pace and the change in attitude that will inevitably follow, sorting out what is simply endemic to war and what represents a […]

  13. Kevin from Kansas Says:

    Boyda is a freshman Congresswoman from the Kansas 2nd District, beating the Republican Ryun who had the previous 5 terms, by a 51% to 49% margin I believe. She’s strongly anti-war and attended several anti-war rallies from what I’ve read. Walking out isn’t might not have been the best strategy for her, coming from a largely Republican district. Ryun or the more moderate Republican Jenkins should be able to unseat her next cycle, especially if she continues with stunts like this.

    If the war is turning, then many Democrats who have banked on us losing the war will find themselves in precarious positions come re-election time.

  14. Jason D Says:

    Mr. Schweitzer:

    I hope you don’t mind. I couldn’t resist posting this quote from a reply on your blog. The final word is absolutely hilarious!
    (I hope it posts correctly, this is my first attempt at xhtml tags here)

    …but your suggestion that the anti American attitudes in Iraq would ,result in encouraging other Middle Eastern terroristic action against us leaves much to be desired in credulity…

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