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jumping the shark meets fuoridation paranoia

Disparaging democracy is no longer enough.

Shouting down and calling for an end to the socialistic mollycoddling of people in wheelchairs is no longer enough.

All of the other right wing hysteria and paranoia no longer gives the rightwingers and Republicans that rush they got the first time they yelled that Obama is a Muslim and is not a citizen.

Like the addict going down a bad road, the rightwingers and Republicans need to start using the harder stuff. Now they’re spiking themselves with a much purer, unadulterated variety of craziness:

Obama is gonna grab your kids.

These nutcases are, in all seriousness (or at least such as they can muster), are tearing out their hair and planning to pull their kids from the “government schools” because Obama is planning an address to the kids telling them to study hard, stay in school and work to give back to society.

It’s just exactly what Hitler did. And Mao. And King Richard.

I’m just waiting for the new round of nuttery concerning fluoridation sapping our precious bodily fluids.

They think they have already won the health care fight. They truly believe, notwithstanding recent elections, that most Americans support their extremism. They think they have come out of the wilderness and are poised to “take back their country.”

They are wrong. I believe they will be seen to have lost the health care debate when all is said and done. People do not support their reactionary extremism. They are not about to skate back into electoral success.

But they don’t believe that and refuse to consider it as even a remote possibility. Which, from my perspective, is a Very Good Thing.

Laboring under the delusion that they are the vanguard of a popular uprising, they will grossly overreach. First they will do so on minor tactical issues like this. But, soon enough, they will do so on a much larger scale.

The coming immigration reform debate comes to mind as a possibility.

They are setting themselves up to fail both miserably and publicly. While that will be amusing to watch, it will also be somewhat concerning. Such an eventuality will only serve to drive them deeper into delusion, paranoia and, potentially, violent actions.

p.s. At least one rightwinger isn’t chasing his own tail.

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dangerously tapping into deepseated fear and loathing

Healthcare by itself is an important and emotional issue, there is more to the deep rage people are unleashing at townhall meetings and elsewhere.

Maybe not all, but a lot — in fact, what I would guess to be the vast majority — of the rage is fueled by reaction to the last election.

Quite simply, a lot of white racists cannot handle the fact that the era of exclusively white presidents is over. Gone forever.

And these people often — usually — are not exactly reaping the vast rewards the economy lavishes on those who encourage them. They might not have progressed as far as others up the social economic ladder.

But one thing they could always tell themselves used to be that at least, just by the grace of god and the hue of their skin, they were better than whole groups of others. Others who were just as marked with inferiority by the hue of their skin as these “hard working real Americans” were marked with clear, uncontestable superiority by the lighter hue of theirs.

But then came “The One.”

They have been trying to mock and delegitimize him since before the election. As their efforts at mocking and challenging the validity of his very presidency have brought on defeat and derision, not to mention laughter and ridicule, they have grown angrier.

For the most extreme of them, it is simply impossible for President Barack Hussein Obama to exist in their world. One of them must be destroyed.

Either their world view and sense of self — their very psyche — goes or Obama does. The two cannot coexist. Thankfully, most will adjust, if only the least amount necessary. But I’m afraid that some will not be able to cope.

Those who encourage the lunatics to turn to violence must bear their share of the responsibility for what happens. And there will be some in the corporate media who ask the tough questions, as a few already have been.

But most will be shocked — shocked!! — that violence could have ever resulted from their words or those of their colleagues…

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Franken explodes rightwingers’ heads

Media Matters, Talking Points Memo, Huffington Post, Think Progress, and Crooks and Liars all have pieces up documenting how crazymaking for rightwingers the Minnesota Supreme Court’s decision that has finally led to Norm Coleman’s concession and Franken’s ascension to the Senate is.

The Redstaters are, again, not doing the happy dance.

I think Eric Kleefeld’s observation in the TPM piece is spot on — he writes that a large part of the meltdown of the Murdoch media and their ideological compadres is probably due to Fox’s star crossed lawsuit against Franken over their apocryphal copyright of the term “fair and balanced.” Kleefeld posits that Franken might not have garnered the champion of the left status he did if it weren’t for the lawsuit and the ensuing free publicity.

I think that’s a very plausible view. But regardless of its accuracy, if the Foxsters believe this even just a little but, it’s gotta drive them absolutely bonkers. Even more so than usual.

In any event, Franken seems to drive most of the rightwing fringe gaga. It will be both entertaining and instructive to watch him continue to do so in the coming years.

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Faux outrage and conservative Republican victimhood

While it is of course a universal human train, many conservatives and Republicans seem to be especially prone to persecution complexes and righteous displays of feigned anger. When their sense of victimhood is not acknowledged or when their faux rage is not catered to, they generally just up the ante (or try to).

It has worked for them in the past. So, it is not surprising that they are dusting off the old play book after 8 year long sustained power grab during the last administration.

But the time for that ploy seems to have passed. Americans just aren’t going for it these days. It was successful, up to a point, during the Clinton administration and in 2000, 2002 and 2004. But the scorched earth tactics of obstruction and rejection now just look haggard and shop worn.

Americans in general are inclined to give the Obama administration a chance. That does not mean we do not have problems with his stances and policies. Many, like myself, criticize him from the left. Others from the middle and still others from the non fringe right. But, still, most are willing to give the administration and chance and hope that it will succeed in dealing with the various challenges the last administration created.

But then there are those on the far right, carping and hoping for failure. They actually believe they will benefit if this administration fails, with their help, to resolve the problems we face. They think we are not watching and noticing.

Where are the sane conservatives and Republicans who truly will put country before party? Where are the rational voices who will reject the birth certificate conspiracy theorists and those who call Obama a socialist and, simultaneously, a fascist? Where are the Republicans and conservatives who will reject and denounce Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Hannity and Cheney?

What future is there for a Party of No and movement that only hopes for failure?

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