Archive for September 27th, 2009

Flashing conscience?

Sep 27, 2009 in Clueless Conservatives

First Glenn Beck melts down into a babbling schizophrenic when asked what white culture is:

Now Michelle Bachman doesn’t want to comment on the grisly killing of the Census worker.

By all means, I would give her any chance she wants to answer the question fully.

Still, is it me, or is there this creeping sense growing among these extreme rightwingers that they might have opened up their mouths a little too widely? Like astronauts landing after six months in space, they return to the everyday world weak, unable to make their legs work like they did in space. The atrophication of thought that has been going on in the right-o-sphere for the past decades, most prominently in the Limbaugh era, has resulted in an increasing inability to function among people outside the cult.

The Census murder mystery will continue to play out, but it is a potentially very frightening and powerful symbol of the tipping point of rage reached on the right. Demonization has produced demons. And demons must be fought. Preferably killed. You would let one live?

Do we need to wait to find another body? Ten more? Or is it time to start dialing it down a little over there in the right-o-sphere?

Here is a closer look at their bubble. These are the least favorite Republicans:

19) Bill O’Reily (6)
19) Peggy Noonan (6)
16) Mark Sanford (7)
16) Mike Huckabee (7)
16) Charlie Crist (7)
14) Colin Powell (11)
14) Arnold Schwarzenegger (11)
12) Kathleen Parker (12)
12) Andrew Sullivan (12)
10) Meghan McCain (14)
10) Ron Paul (14)
9) Michael Savage (15)
6) Pat Buchanan (16)
6) Charles Johnson (16)
6) Susan Collins (16)
5) David Brooks (17)
3) Lindsey Graham (19)
3) David Frum (19)
2) John McCain (22)
1) Olympia Snowe (26)

Almost each and every one is somebody who doesn’t toe the line, somebody who has dared to question the wisdom of these people:

23) John Stossel 4
23) Mitt Romney 4
23) Daniel Hannan 4
23) John Bolton 4
16) Fred Thompson 5
16) Antonin Scalia 5
16) Glenn Reynolds 5
16) Bobby Jindal 5
16) George W. Bush 5
16) Sean Hannity 5
16) Tom Coburn 5
14) Victor Davis Hanson 6
14) Dick Cheney 6
12) Ed Morrissey 7
12) Ann Coulter 7
10) Jonah Goldberg 8
10) Newt Gingrich 8
9) Jim DeMint 9
7) Mark Levin 10
7) Glenn Beck 10
6) Charles Krauthammer 11
5) Mark Steyn 14
4) Michelle Malkin 15
3) Thomas Sowell 17
2) Sarah Palin 20
1) Rush Limbaugh 24

Ah, there he is: King Limbaugh, still on top, requiring everybody who calls themselves a Republican to pay fealty.

Not much overlap between the two lists, is there? And not much sunshine between the names on the favorites list either. Uniformly pro-war, pro-Bush, pro-GOP, authoritarian. The only variety is in the degree of learning required to be a hero of the right, and the list sends a clear message, with Limbaugh and Palin holding the top two spots: belligerent idiocy is the most widely prized trait.

Those in the rightwing bubble will manage to, among each other, maintain that the murderous rage being incited has nothing to do with them, but that’s beside the point. Outside the bubble, it will be immediately preposterous, and if an overwhelming majority of Americans rejects the views of the GOP base, the people hurt or killed will be their only legacy.

Any Democrat shaking his ankles over 2010 needs a slap in the face. How could you possibly lose to these loons? Obama and the Dems own the middle. The Republicans are purging the middle, and will use their primaries to recruit the craziest of the crazy.

When will they break the cycle of fail?

-jb

Yes, Mike, it is too much to ask for some consistency.

Sep 27, 2009 in Politics

Amid the haste to condemn and defund ACORN it looks as if lawmakers didn’t realize the possibility that they were also condemning some large defense contractors.

The congressional legislation intended to defund ACORN, passed with broad bipartisan support, is written so broadly that it applies to “any organization” that has been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws or filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency. It also applies to any of the employees, contractors or other folks affiliated with a group charged with any of those things.

In other words, the bill could plausibly defund the entire military-industrial complex. Whoops.

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Gumman both popped up quickly, with 20 fraud cases between them, and the longer list is a Who’s Who of weapons manufacturers and defense contractors.

It’s one thing for there to be a law in place but it’s quite another thing entirely to actually enforce it.

If the outrage over ACORN was about the money then you’re stuck with having to explain why the billions Lockheed Martin gets while breaking the law is somehow different. If it’s not about the money then I wonder what it is about ACORN that makes them different…

-mg

A Fox exclusive: Hannity/Limbaugh do the 69!

Sep 27, 2009 in Racism

If only everybody could think like them. Hannity interviewed Limbaugh back in June. Limbaugh:

He’s too big to fail. He’s historic. He’s the first African-American president. They — most of these media people came of age in the civil rights era. This, to them, is Nirvana.

He can’t make a mistake. He can’t say anything wrong.

And from his perspective, they think he’s right, America was mean. It was mean to African-Americans. It was mean to minorities. It was mean. That’s what they think too.

And Rush doesn’t?

It’s one thing that this man is considered a hero for being monumentally vile and stupid three hours a day (although he looks like a Harvard professor next to Hannity), but the continuous barely-veiled racism, a mash-up of resentment against black culture and historical revisionism, seems to be his biggest selling point. And if anybody gets a pass from the media, it’s Limbaugh and the party he leads, Republicans. Unfortunately, they can drop bombs like that and turn on a snap to complain as soon as you point out it’s racist. It’s a transparent one-two punch that has certainly fooled very few black people, but it has our mainstream outlets bound and gagged.

-jb