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the teabagging of a political party

Greenwald, Hullabaloo, TPM, along with many other sane people, as well as some not so sane people, are trying to figure out the right wing and republican freak out over terror trials.

Of course, the Trike Force, aka the redstate 101s Fighting Keyboarders, are barely keeping it together.

The snake is eating its tail. This will not end well for the rightwingers and Republicans. They have surrendered their party to the most rabid, damaging — and damaged — elements of “the movement.”

At a time when reasoned discourse and sober opposition might buy them some independents disillusioned with Obama’s punch pulling, they are making the strategic decision to embrace the message and people who drive independents and moderates away in droves.

It is spectacle politics at its worst and only serves to make the already enthralled more ecstatic. Everyone else turns away in disgust from the spectacle, as well as from those who try to pull off and manipulate it for their own short term gain.

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Teh crazy, it burns!

You’d think that the folks at Redstate.com, being denizens of the web, would try backing off making up stoopid lies. But, then you would be giving away the fact that you expect them to act with a modicum of respect for the themselves, their readers and the truth. Which, of course, is crazy:

You might think it should be obvious that terrorists should not be given the same rights as the troops who defend us from them. But then again, you might think there’d be no reason to resettle terrorists in the U.S., or to give them welfare benefits. You’d be wrong

dday at Hullabaloo has a nice takedown of teh crazy.

How desperate do Republicans and right wingers have to be to make up such silly lies like the Obama administration wants to “settle” terrorists in your neighborhood and “give them welfare benefits”? That is beyond mere hyperbole and bombastic rhetoric. It’s just plain crazy. I’m talking full blown paranoia here.

Who do they think they’re going to win over with these kind of transparently ridiculous and laughable attempts at smears? Okay, granted. There are people, probably a large contingent of Redstate readers among them, who actually do believe this is exactly what the Democrats are planning to do. They are ready and willing to believe that Barack Obama’s highest personal ambition is to set KSM up with a section 8 mansion right next door to their grandmother’s house.

But this is a very small percentage of the American people because most of us are in fact not clinically insane. And the people who do believe this lunacy are already pretty much on board with the extremist right wing agenda. Others, even those who don’t much like Obama, Democrats, liberals or anyone to the left of William F Buckley, are not going to be swayed by this nonsense. In fact, although I don’t have the figures to say for sure, I’d be willing to bet that more than 90% of Americans either fall out of their chairs laughing at this crapola or just quietly shake their heads in sadness and pity.

The bottom line is that this utterly loco silliness hurts far far more than it could possibly ever help the Republican party and conservatives. I honestly do not understand how the people who peddle foolishness like this think they are helping their cause. At some point I have to think that a majority of Republicans and conservatives will come to their senses enough to realize that this is unhelpful. Clearly, that realization has not set in yet.

Update: The realization most certainly has not set in yet. They’re doubling down on teh crazy with another post. We held German POWs, among them hardcore nazis, in the US during world war 2. But, as dday at Hullabaloo notes in the link above, these geniuses think terrorists are a bigger threat than the third reich.

Update II: Wow. Just freaking wow. Now they’ve put up yet another post. This one with an embedded video ad from the Republican savants in congress, complete with scary music and — I’m not kidding — footage of the 9/11 attacks. Yes, conservative Republicans are showing footage of the planes slamming into the towers in a political commercial. And, as the sages at Redstate note, they actually believe it’s a winning issue for them. They also link to the congressional Republican’s website on the issue. What’s more, the scummy Republican website co opts the Never Again phrase used to remember the Holocaust.

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