Monthly Archives: October 2009

redstate nuttery: the power of humor as critique

Ridicule of hypocrisy and factual analysis in action:

sadly no redstate

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As a counterpoint, even in the process of attempting to dispatch the paranoid fringe of the Republican party, the still very rightwing David Frum treats the nuttery with undue respect and, in so doing, gives them the unwarranted air of serious contributors:

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more rejection of reality

Think Progress has a piece up about the House Republicans continuing the theme:

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This of course fires up the True Believers and, in the past, might have drawn enough others to produce a viable payoff. But, again, it ignores the dual nature of the web as both a distribution and an archival system.

This kind of blatant mendaciousness isn’t going to work for them now.

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virtual reality: the refusal to reject demonstrably untrue ‘facts’

In the last few days there has been a rush of examples of rightwingers proudly rejecting reality and substituting a virtual world more suited to their worldview.

First there was the laughably absurd Great Obama Thesis Unveiling.

And today there was the totally neutral and not skewed poll from, uh, the Club for Growth putting Conservative Party candidate Hoffman first in the NY 23 special election.

Then there was the equally absurd, not to mention post dated, revelation that Pelosi would ban Fox from capitol hill.

The left, and people in general, are also at time prone to refuse to accept unsettling facts or, conversely, to be too willing to accept facts that suit their outlook.

But it seems the rightwingers, who so proudly scorn the ‘reality based community,’ are particularly susceptible to such willfully self imposed ignorance. But perhaps I’m biased given my own perspective. Please note examples of people on the left doing this in the comments.

Some examples I can think of are the faked docs relating to Bush’s time freeing the skies of Texas of viet kong and a few racist but completely undocumented quotes attributed to Limbaugh — alongside many of Limbaugh’s comments that are undeniably racist and undeniably accurate.


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Senator Inouye: don’t be a rapist hater

Absolutely disgusting. I don’t care how venerated he is, this is wrong.

From Sam Stein at Huffington Post:

An amendment that would prevent the government from working with contractors who denied victims of assault the right to bring their case to court is in danger of being watered down or stripped entirely from a larger defense appropriations bill.

Multiple sources have told the Huffington Post that Sen. Dan Inouye, a longtime Democrat from Hawaii, is considering removing or altering the provision, which was offered by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and passed by the Senate several weeks ago.

Firedoglake puts it more succinctly:

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Inouye has a long record of service, but this will forever mar that record if it turns out to be true. I hope he reconsiders.

Crooks and Liars is also weighing in.

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inter racial marriage, penny pinching jews and shooting tree hugging liberals — oh my

The Republican noise machine has been busy the last few days, arguing, among other nuttiness, that:

As of this writing, only the geniuses responsible for the calling Jews penny pinchers have apoligized — if anyone was offended. A fake non apology; but at least they went through the motions.

The justice who refuses to perform inter racial marriages and the shooting liberals is funny Republican representative are defiant and just don’t see how anyone could have a problem with what they’ve said and done.

It’s classic bigotry — they are so deep into prejudice, racism and hatred that they literally cannot imagine how anyone could see the world differently than they do.

It’s just this kind of crack political messaging that will propel the Republicans back into power on a wave of righteous, old, southern, white, conservative protestant indignation and determination to take “their” country back.

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If blue dogs kill reform, they will own their failure

Digby has a great piece up, referencing a piece by Yglesias, in which she concurs with his observation that if the blue dogs kill health care reform because the public option offends their corporate sugar daddies, then they will be forever responsible for their actions.

If the blue dogs and their cheerleaders are right and the public option is in the end a minor facet of reform, then surely they wouldn’t kill the entire package of reform just because the other members of the Democratic caucus listen to the vast majority of Americans who favor the public option and include it in the bill they send to the president.

If they kill the entire package of reform over an aspect they claim is so minor, what is their real motivation? Of course, we all know that it is no coincidence that people like Baucus receive so much dough from the health industry but, for some reason, inconvenient little truths like that get little mention in corporate media, even some — but by no means all — of the more progressive venues.

But killing the entire reform package because of something they claim to be of such minor significance would be a bridge too far. They seem to have no reluctance to lecture the majority of Americans and the majority of their party that the public option is such a minor element of reform that its absence in a final bill should not be enough to kill the package.

By that same logic the reverse is true: if it is indeed such a minor piece of the more important whole puzzle, then its inclusion should not be enough of a bother for the blue dogs to kill the bill, fatally damage their president and in all likelihood snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and doom their party for at least a generation.

Of course, they are always free to publicly and explicitly state any other factors that might be motivating them to be so servile to the health insurance industry.

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Pelosi’s husband buys football team, Limbaugh and rightwingers will not be amused

Obviously, this headline from the Huffington Post is destined to cause some on the right to complain about double standards.

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The story links to a Washington Post report. Here’s a screen grab of some of the thoughtful objections it has inspired.

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This poster spices his faux misplaced outrage with some misogyny and anti latino bigotry, but he’s a ‘patriot’ so it’s okay.

As a commenter on the Huffington Post thread notes, Rush and a whole lot of people on the right are going to be quite irate about this on Monday. But, that’s still a day and a half away. I’m sure we’ll be hearing from them about this well before then.

Their general hatred for Pelosi is of immense proportion. Their collective freak out over this is going to be a spectacle…

Update: In keeping with today’s theme of screen grabs, here’s one from the redstate post and comment thread I linked to in my last post. It’s in reaction to a story claiming that the lyricist from Black Eyed Peas is buying an ownership share of a team.

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Aside from the hilarity and stunning lack of irony of the title, it’s also an indication of the reaction to Pelosi owning a team. I mean, we’re talking about a blond white woman in a rap group with black guys.

Despite the ancient fear and loathing that arrangement brings up, the reaction to Pelosi’s husband owning a football team will still probably be many orders of magnitude greater.

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