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GOP Smash!!!

So this is apparently the GOP’s Brilliant Messaging Strategy:

Outside, the [anti-health care reform] demonstrators… arranged themselves on the lawn to spell the word “NO.”

By the time Minority Leader John Boehner took the floor at about 10 pm, the mood on the floor was barely distinguishable from the mood on the lawn outside. “Shame on each and every one of you,” the Republican leader yelled at the Democrats, as the GOP lawmakers gave him a standing ovation. Boehner said the Democrats were a “disgrace” to Jeffersonian values.

“Hell, no, you can’t!” Boehner shouted at the Democrats.

“No, you can’t! No, you can’t!” echoed the protesters outside.

“No, you can’t!”  Very catchy, very positive and uplifting, much like “I hope he fails.” How can the American people not vote for that kind of exciting vision for the future?  It truly evokes the nihilism at the core of the Republican Party: When they’re the opposition party, they obstruct everything and everyone, and when they’re the ruling party they dedicate themselves to destroying the Constitution and the government’s capacity to do good (i.e., regulation, oversight, infrastructure, social programs, etc.).

The vandals smashing up Democratic offices and the bigoted teabaggers screaming slurs at Democratic representatives are merely a physical manifestation of the Republican approach to government: Destroy, negate, threaten, fearmonger, and destroy some more.

1 comment March 24th, 2010 at 11:40am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Racism,Republicans,Teh Gay,Wankers

Question

Why is it that Republicans and conservadems seem perfectly okay with American jobs going overseas, but completely freak out over the idea of foreigners showing up here to collect them in person?

March 18th, 2010 at 07:33pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Economy,Immigration,Racism,Republicans

Were You Aware Of It?

Apparently all Protestants are rich white guys.

Who knew?

March 11th, 2010 at 09:54pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Judiciary,Media,Racism,Religion,Republicans,Sexism,Wankers

Harry Reid Puts The GOP In A Difficult Position

On the one hand, his newly revealed comments about Obama being able to speak “with no Negro dialect” give them a golden opportunity to score points with their cherished “Democrats are the real racists!” narrative.

On the other hand, Reid is such an ineffectual craven boob of a Majority Leader that if he actually did step down, they might find it a lot harder to run rings around his replacement and force him to make horrible compromises with “moderate” Republicans or conservative Democrats.

Harry Reid as Majority Leader is a bigger asset to the Republicans than Joe Lieberman or Ben Nelson, and here they are calling for his head.

As for me, I have no interest at all in making excuses for Reid; this is just the latest and most appalling entry in an already long list of reasons why I desperately want to see him gone.  And since I doubt that he’ll be man enough to do the right thing and resign from either the Senate or his Majority Leader position, I can only hope that this is enough to completely destroy his re-election chances this year.

2 comments January 10th, 2010 at 02:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Lou Dobbs Deported From CNN

Woohoo!!!

Lou Dobbs, the longtime CNN anchor whose anti-immigration views have made him a TV lightning rod, plans to announce Wednesday that he is leaving the network, two network employees said.

A CNN executive confirmed that Mr. Dobbs will announce his resignation plans on his 7 p.m. program. His resignation is effective immediately; tonight’s program will be his last on CNN. His contract was not set to expire until the end of 2011.

Good riddance.  I’m gonna go with four months as the over/under for when he gets his own show at Fox News.

4 comments November 11th, 2009 at 06:57pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Immigration,Media,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Wait… What?

Okay, so I can understand how Republicans and Blue Dogs might think a House resolution honoring Confucius (or anyone else) is perhaps not the best use of their time these days, what the healthcare reform and the recession and all, but then why show up to vote No in the first place?  Is a Nay somehow less time-consuming than a Yea?

And are votes to welcome the Archbishop of Constantinople and congratulate Northwestern’s women’s lacrosse team less time-consuming or frivolous than the one for Confucius?  Because none of them had any problem with those.  Yes, I’m sure that must have been it – honoring Catholics and Americans is just so much quicker than honoring Asians.

October 29th, 2009 at 08:13pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Great Moments In Headline Writing

With a headline like “Some Football Owners Are on Limbaugh’s Side in Game of Politics,” you’d expect a story about right-wing football owners defending their pal Rush from the terrible anti-conservative witch hunt which got him kicked out of Dave Checketts’ bid for ownership of the St. Louis Rams, right?

You’d be wrong. Aside from a general recap of what happened, the story’s principal revelation is that NFL owners are very very rich, some of them contribute to Democrats, some of them contribute to Republicans, and some of them contribute to both. Big deal, I could’ve told you that.

That’s pretty much it. Any support for Rush is solely implied by the headline, which fudges the distinction between being on the same side of the ideological divide with overt support. The NFL owners may be on the same team as Limbaugh, but that doesn’t mean they’re on Team Limbaugh. Or if they are, they know enough not to admit it.

October 21st, 2009 at 11:43am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Wanker Of The Day

Define “all”.

Who are the best guests on television’s political chat shows?

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[Mika] Brzezinski jumps at the chance to name Pat Buchanan “because he says what we are all thinking.”

Wow, that is one scary quote right there.

October 17th, 2009 at 02:47pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Does This Conservatism Make My Ass Look Racist?

I think it’s hilarious that Rush and his conservative fan club are claiming that A) He’s being politically persecuted because of his politics (despite the fact that the NFL is a largely Republican organization), and B) That conservatives are unfairly stereotyped as racist, sexist, homophobic bigots.

But the reality here is very simple: The NFL did not reject Rush Limbaugh because he’s a conservative, they rejected him because he is a racist, sexist, homophobic bigot who has repeatedly made disparaging racist comments about black NFL players.  Who happen to be roughly two-thirds of all NFL players.

In other words, Rush, it’s not your conservatism that makes your ass look racist, it’s your racist ass that makes your ass look racist.

October 15th, 2009 at 07:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Racism,Republicans,Sports,Wankers

Republican Heroes & Accomplishments

So the new GOP.com website has a section on Republican heroes, and another section on Republican accomplishments.  Which is all well and good, except their choices of heroes and accomplishments are very strange.  Let’s go to the numbers:

Out of the 18 GOP heroes presented, 12 of them are either civil rights icons or “the first” black/hispanic/female something.  And the civil rights achievements of another three are heavily emphasized.  Additionally, 12 out of the 18 are from the 19th century, and only three had careers that extended past 1970.

The story on the accomplishments side is very similar.  Of the 37 achievements listed, 23 are civil rights related (although judging by the photo accompanying the school vouchers item, it kinda looks like they want a civil rights credit for that one too), and and another four are public works projects or other big-government enterprises like the Land-Grant College Act and the establishment of the national parks system.

In fact, their first 31 accomplishments, up through Nixon going to China in 1972 are both undeniably positive and completely out of character for today’s GOP. (Redundant, I know.)

It is very interesting that the Republicans are trying so hard to portray themselves as some kind of progressive, pro-civil-rights party, when over the last 45 years they’ve been the exact opposite.  Yes, the pre-Southern Strategy GOP did a lot of great and important things, especially in the area of civil rights, but today’s GOP would have stubbornly opposed every single one of them.

October 14th, 2009 at 07:28am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Racism,Republicans

Great Moments In American History

Next Constitution

It’s a shame, but these things happen.

(From Married To The Sea)

October 8th, 2009 at 11:16am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics,Constitution,Racism,Sexism,Teh Gay

Quote Of The Day

Mr. Pierce speaks for me:

Now that the national Republican party is solely the province of meathead politicians and radio maniacs, there are “sensible” conservatives who are alarmed by what they see. It should be agreed upon in our politics that these people drift into the wilderness for a while and muse upon where their movement has led them. But the first thing they all should do is apologize to the nation for choosing to take a course 45 years ago in opposition to the transcendant moral issue of America. They prospered through bigotry, and then through a deft ability to package it, and they made the ensuing four decades immeasurably crueler as a result. There’s not enough sackcloth in the world for these clowns.

Perfect.

September 25th, 2009 at 07:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Quotes,Racism,Republicans

Only 64%?

Apparently that’s how many Republicans are completely batshit insane:

The survey by Public Policy Polling finds that 42 percent of Republicans believe Barack Obama was born outside of the United States while 22 percent said they were unsure.

But of course, the primary focus of the story has to be the much smaller percentage of wacky Democrats who believe that Dubya intentionally allowed 9/11 to happen.  As opposed to merely believing that he was so  spectacularly, criminally unconcerned about the possibility of a catastrophic attack that he couldn’t be bothered to lift one single finger to try to stop it.  Yeah, those Democrats are cuh-razy.

So, it’s going to be Palin/Bachmann on the Republican ticket in 2012, isn’t it.  If not Palin/Beck.

(h/t Julia)

September 24th, 2009 at 09:39am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Polls,Racism,Republicans

Right-Wing Crazy Of The Day

ORLY Taitz apparently believes that the courts aren’t taking her Obama-has-no-legitimate-authority-because-he-was-born-in-Kenya arguments seriously because they’re under Obama’s control.

Of course, the beauty of it is that after the judiciary tells her to get stuffed and/or imposes sanctions, she can tout that as proof that she was right, and package herself as the latest Heroic Martyr For The Conservative Cause, like Kenny Gladney.

1 comment September 22nd, 2009 at 09:48am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Obama,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Wankers Of The Day

Shorter Teabaggers: Sure, maybe it’s a little racist, but that just shows you how much Obama has provoked us!

Even Shorter Teabaggers: Teabaggers will be Teabaggers.

September 18th, 2009 at 02:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Obama,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

The Totally-Not-Racist-At-All-Nope Party

RNC Chair Michael Steele explains that his party is Totally Not Racist:

Voicing opposition to the president’s policy proposals is not being a racist. It is being an American….

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This summer, Americans had an opportunity to witness the miracle of our political system. All over the country ordinary American men and women, concerned about the Democrats’ policies coming out of Washington, took a stand and expressed their opposition. It was grassroots American political activism at its finest. Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike voiced their opinions in public forums to public officials. It was a shining example of how our Republic was designed to function. This activism has not faded with the summer sun. Last week Americans from all walks of life flooded Washington D.C. and continued their public opposition to President Obama’s government-run experiments.

As an African American, I know what racism is and that is not racism….

True, protesting against the president is absolutely not racist at all, at least not inherently.  But as Mr. Aravosis points out, Mr. Steele may be overlooking some teensy-weensy racial undertones to the anti-Obama sentiments, although he left out a couple of classics. Pam Spaulding also has an excellent and depressing compendium of Republican racism.

If Obama is as horrible as the Republicans say, then surely there should be so much material to attack him with that they have no need to portray him as a monkey or a witch doctor, right?

September 17th, 2009 at 08:35pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Obama,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

I Sort Of Agree With Huckabee…

In general terms, at least, if not the specifics:

Former Arkansas GOP Gov. Mike Huckabee, currently a Fox News talk show host, ripped the media this weekend, claiming that journalism has been reduced to “ink-stained drivel that smeared the pages of paper and the people who attempted to read it.”

“I’m sad to report today a death of a good friend to all of us…..Journalism,” Huckabee wrote in a post on his political action committee’s blog. “The once esteemed 4th estate of our nation and the protector of our freedoms and a watchdog of our rights has passed away after a long struggle with a crippling and debilitating disease of acute dishonesty aggravated by advanced laziness and the loss of brain function.”

“Journalism once proudly patrolled our society and sought to tell us the stories that informed and sometimes inspired us,” the former Republican presidential candidate wrote. “They also presented the news that would irritate us—and the irritation was not over the delivery, but the content as corruption and misdeeds were revealed.”

Okay, so far, so good…

On Van Jones, Huckabee said that when the former Obama adviser was “caught with bright red lips making outrageous statements about Republicans, police officers, and it being discovered of his belonging to numerous radical groups, the media was incapable of so much as a notice of his record and only mentioned him at the time of his resignation.”

Um… “caught with bright red lips”?  Really?

“Journalism had grown increasingly dependent on spin-doctor spoon feeding and the circular and insular quoting of other journalists instead of attempting to locate and quote actual first person sources,” Huckabee added. “No memorial is planned as the practitioners of propaganda seem to be unaware that they have passed away and continue to publish anyway.”

And I’m back to agreeing again.

It’s still amazing to me that anyone could seriously believe that the problem with the media is that it tilts too far left.  Would that it were so.

September 15th, 2009 at 07:14am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Huckabee,Media,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Not-Extremist Fail

So… if you’re upset that David Sirota is calling your fellow conservatives out as racists, what do you do?

Just received a full-on death threat for my CNN appearance discussing the racial undertones of the tea party protests. Not cool.

Well done.  Nothing like death threats to really show the world that your political movement isn’t full of repugnant, morally bankrupt racist extremists.  Tell me again about your Culture Of Life – it sounds fascinating.

September 14th, 2009 at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Baratunde Speaks For Me

In asking, what the hell is wrong with Obama?  Is he willing to fight for anything or anyone that doesn’t suck?  And how can he not see that caving and cowering every time the right wing starts screaming is only going to embolden them to escalate?

Too often, this White House has sent the signal that it seeks common ground and conciliation with parties interested in its total destruction. From my point of view, negotiating with ignorance, fear, hate and irrationality is insane. For example, when a major Republican figure in the health care negotiations spreads the death panel lie (Grassley), you see him for what he is, realize you’re dealing with a group of psychopaths, and reset the objectives. “Oh, so that’s how it’s gonna be? Cool. Good to know what we’re dealing with. Thanks for your time. We won’t be needing your services anymore. We’re taking our ball and playing somewhere else.” Negotiations require trust and trust assumes that all parties are not completely batshit crazy.

I realize I’m lumping a variety of “opposition” camps together: birthers, deathers, those who accuse the president of racism and those who accuse him of socialism. I’m grouping them because to me they all come from the same place. They’re engaging in a form of terrorism. They are using psychological violence (and occasionally the threat of real violence) to pursue a political objective, and in so doing, inflicting harm upon non-combatants.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the movies, it’s that “The United States of America does not negotiate with terrorists.” Yet this White House is willing to let these psychological terrorists set the terms of the debate and negotiate from their insane positions. One group of people is trying to talk about co-pays. The other thinks the president is a secret Kenyan. One group of people sees the creation of domestic, sustainable jobs as a cornerstone of the 21st century economy. The other thinks the president is going to murder your grandmother. This is not legitimate political discourse and to make decisions acknowledging terms so far apart in their reality is just plain stupid.

(…)

I’m heartbroken over Van’s departure because it’s these little meaningless concessions that undermine people’s faith in the system. You get folks all riled up about change. You empower a man who embodies that change. And they you let him be run out of office by fucking Glenn Beck? So Glenn Beck is running the White House now? Is that how it’s gonna be? Just tell me that I knocked on all those doors for nothing, and I can start the grieving process, but don’t pretend this will solve anything.

(…)

How do you expect folks to continue to go to the mat for your agenda, when you so easily sacrifice our best and brightest at the whim of an illegitimate lynch mob? How do you expect the next generation to invest themselves in the political process when they see that despite their good works, they can be taken out over nonsense, especially when the double standard is so abundantly clear? How can you ask from us what you won’t do for us? And when will you realize that you cannot negotiate with terrorists?

If Obama doesn’t figure this out, and fast, he’s going to spend the last three years of his one-term presidency huddled in a fetal position, afraid to do anything because Glenn Beck will disapprove.  Or else he will simply turn farther and farther to the right, repudiating the people who supported and elected him, in a doomed and desperate attempt to curry the right’s favor.  Either outcome would be a disaster for both the Democratic Party and the country as a whole.

As an aside, Dave Neiwert and Tim Wise both do an excellent job of pointing out the hypocrisy and dishonesty of Glenn Beck and other conservatives accusing Van Jones of precisely the character flaws (uncouthness, extremism, love of outlandish conspiracy theories) that they themselves embody.

September 7th, 2009 at 03:04pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

They Have So Much In Common…

Well, I mean, aside from that minor little disagreement over who the lazy criminals are…

Through five years of study and interviews, [black Republican Marvin] Rogers reached the conclusion that the chasm between the black community and the Republican Party is more emotional than philosophical. And, he says, that chasm is more a media template than reflective of reality.

Because if there’s one thing the black community worries about, it’s whether millionaires and billionaires are paying more than their fair share of taxes.  Or whether the government has sufficient authority to spy on us or lock us up without any kind of due process.  Or whether everyone should be entitled to decent education and healthcare.  Or…

September 2nd, 2009 at 09:25pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Racism,Republicans

All The Right Has Left

Fraud, racist crackpot conspiracy theories, and now outright violence:

Rep. Gerry Connolly (Va.), president of the freshman Democratic class, warned that right-wing groups are taking things to “a dangerous level” by manufacturing anger based on false information. “When you look at the fervor of some of these people who are all being whipped up by the right-wing talking heads on Fox, to me, you’re crossing a line,” Connolly said. “They’re inciting people to riot with just total distortions of facts. They think we’re going to euthanize Grandma and the government is going to take over.”

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Connolly said he spoke to at least one freshman Democrat who was physically assaulted at a local event.

Not exactly a surprising development, given that the anti-healthcare mobs have already hanged Frank Kratovil in effigy, threatened Brad Miller’s life even more explicitly, urged Chris Dodd to kill himself, and menaced Tim Bishop so badly that police had to escort him to his car.

This is not free speech, this is physical intimidation and mob rule, and a tacit admission that they can’t win the healthcare argument on the merits.

2 comments August 5th, 2009 at 06:54pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Healthcare,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Yet Another Reason Not To Take The Birthers Seriously…

Epic Fail:

WorldNetDaily and the right-wing fringe are very excited about their scoop that Orly Taitz has “released a copy of what purports to be a Kenyan certification of birth” for President Obama. According to WND, “Taitz told WND that the document came from an anonymous source who doesn’t want his name known because ‘he’s afraid for his life.’ ” So in order to believe Taitz and WND, one would have to assume that this document was requested 45 years ago, preserved that entire time, withheld through the entire election and transition period, and yet somehow ended up in the hands of someone sympathetic to Orly Taitz.

DailyKos’ David Waldman has identified what appears to be an even more glaring problem with WND’s latest smoking gun. The document posted by WND purports to have been produced by the “Republic of Kenya” on February 17, 1964. But Kenya didn’t even become a republic until December 12, 1964. An article from that day’s Washington Post, for example, reported that “Kenya became the newest republic within the British Commonwealth at midnight.”

Jebus, what a bunch of inept clowns they are.  Too bad for them that they were as credulous about this birth certificate as they were skeptical about the real one.

2 comments August 3rd, 2009 at 11:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Racism,Republicans,Wankers

The Wrong Basket

Digby wonders why the Republicans are going so hard after Sotomayor:

This is what I find inexplicable about Republican strategy. They knew before she was nominated that the person Obama named was 99% likely to be confirmed. They knew she was replacing a liberal on the court, so no harm no foul in terms of the balance on the court. And they know they have a problem with Hispanics, the fastest growing demographic in the country. Allowing a large margin to vote for Sotomayor would be an easy way to ease some of those tensions, buy some good will and provide some cover the next time the Democrats try to block a nominee, without having to actually do anything. It’s just good politics.

And yet they’ve gone out of their way to publicly sully the woman’s reputation and now are pulling every possible string to keep the vote as tight as possible, thereby reinforcing the notion that they hate Hispanics so much that they will do everything in their power, even when they are sure to lose, to keep one from the Supreme Court.

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This is so politically obtuse that makes me wonder what in the hell these people are really worried about. It occurs to me that they are seeing something much more devastating in their numbers than just losing the Hispanic vote of the future. It seems they must be afraid of losing the white working class. Assuming they are behaving rationally (which is assuming a lot) the only logical reason they could have for ginning up all this racial animosity is if they feel the need to secure their base with the old tried and true racial resentment. If they were secure there, they could afford to be magnanimous toward Sotomayor in a situation that makes no substantial change in policy.

Of course, it could also just be that they are a bunch of sexist, racist bastards themselves and just can’t stand the idea of a woman of Puerto Rican extraction being in power. With these people it’s usually a good idea to apply Occam’s Razor and call it a day.

If doubling down on racism is an actual strategy, then it’s a very desperate and risky one.  They’re putting all their eggs in a basket which is shrinking.  Even if white people aren’t becoming less racist over time (and I’d like to think we are), their proportion of the electorate is getting smaller.  Winning the racist vote is going to be less and less valuable, and alienating the minority and non-racist vote is going to be more and more damaging.

So good luck clinging to that Southern Strategy, Republicans, even now that it’s becoming more anchor than life preserver.

August 3rd, 2009 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Judiciary,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

No-One Could Have Anticipated…

Apparently, branding yourself as “That crazy old guy who doesn’t think Obama was born in the U.S.” is not good for your ratings. Who knew?

Mr. Dobbs’ first began reporting on Obama birth certificate conspiracy theories on the night of Wednesday, July 15. In the roughly two weeks since then, from July 15 through July 28, Mr. Dobbs’ 7 p.m. show on CNN has averaged 653,000 total viewers and 157,000 in the 25-54 demo.

By contrast, during the first two weeks of the month (July 1 to July 14) Mr. Dobbs averaged 771,000 total viewers and 218,000 in the 25-54 demo. In other words, Mr. Dobbs’ audience has decreased 15 percent in total viewers and 27 percent in the demo since the start of the controversy.

Arguably, interest in cable news has slumped across the board since early July when attention over Michael Jackson’s death was still at a fever pitch.

But, that said, Mr. Dobbs’ ratings over the past two weeks, during the height of the “birthers” controversy, are also down significantly compared to his overall numbers during the second quarter of 2009 when he averaged 769,000 total viewers and 222,000 in the 25-54 demo.

In summary, if Mr. Dobbs’ affinity for “birthers” is a ratings ploy, it’s a pretty ineffective one.

All this “Obama needs to produce his birth certificate” stuff would have been a lot more effective if Obama hadn’t, y’know, produced his birth certificate.

1 comment July 30th, 2009 at 10:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Death Of The Birthers?

Eric Boehlert thinks Lou Dobbs may have fatally overplayed his hand and doomed the “birther” movement:

[T]here was some good news last week, and it came from watching Dobbs’ slow motion train wreck unfold on the airwaves. It came from seeing how eagerly — how convincingly — the birther claims were debunked, not only online by progressives, but within the mainstream press as well — the same mainstream press that’s often reluctant to show up high-profile media players such as Dobbs, no matter how badly it has botched the facts. And let’s not forget conservatives, who dismissed and ridiculed the birther claims.

In the case of the birthers, though, Dobbs’ corporate media colleagues were utterly relentless in their fact-checking. I still don’t think Dobbs knows what hit him. And frankly, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a well-deserved media pile-on. It’s hard to see how Dobbs’ career survives the humiliation.

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[T]he birthers, who had spent months lurking on the sidelines, needed to be called out on national TV; they needed to be ridiculed mercilessly and have their cheerleaders thoroughly mocked. They needed to be turned into the butt of a joke, and thanks to Lou Dobbs, last week they were.

(…)

Indeed, the rhetorical media beat down that Dobbs suffered seemed to reach every conceivable media forum, with reporters and pundits, anchors and TV hosts all lining up to smack the birther piñata Dobbs had so proudly hung.

(…)

Have you noticed Limbaugh’s deafening silence about the birthers since July 20th? Have you noticed how the birther movement was in the news virtually every day last week, how the mainstream press was debunking it and calling out the right-wing nonsense, how NBC’s Nightly News referred to Limbaugh in its birther report, yet Limbaugh remained mum? Rather than step forward in his natural role as a birther defender and attacker of all-things Obama, Limbaugh has sat out the birther controversy and watched its members get mowed down in the press.

Limbaugh’s scared to talk about the birthers and won’t defend them because he has seen how Dobbs and the movement got manhandled by the press — including by conservative commentators. In fact, Limbaugh himself took some friendly fire from Philip Klein at the far-right American Spectator who, under the headline, “Shame on Rush,” announced: “To any sane human being, there is no controversy.”

When your crazy racist conspiracy theory is too discredited even for Rush Limbaugh, it’s probably over.  Oh, and looky here – the House bill to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood and oh-by-the-way declare that “the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii” passed unanimously.

The fat man ain’t singin’, and the fat lady is.

1 comment July 27th, 2009 at 07:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Racism,Republicans

It’s All Just A Big Misunderstanding

Republicans like David McKalip and Diane Black and Dean Grose aren’t really racists, they’re just ordinary Americans who think racist images are hilariously funny and should be shared with all their equally non-racist friends.

Some people are just so sensitive.

July 24th, 2009 at 02:33pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Obama,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

The Right Wing Is Genuinely Crazy

Seriously, what the hell is WRONG with these people?

Here’s Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), a moderate Republican who hasn’t announced whether he’s running for re-election or for the U.S. Senate next year, at a town hall meeting earlier this month.

A woman gets up, holding a baggie containing her birth certificate, and unleashes a rambling, minute-long tirade tirade about how the president is a “citizen of Kenya.” The crowd hoots and cheers when she’s done. Castle responds, diplomatically: “Well I don’t know what comment that invites. If you’re referring to the president, then he is a citizen of the United States.” That elicits roars and boos from the crowd, so Castle presses on. “You can boo, but he is a citizen of the United States.”

And they have at least three and a half years to get even crazier.

1 comment July 20th, 2009 at 02:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Obama,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Wanker Of The Day

Howie Kurtz:

In his column today, Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz devotes his column today to the question of: “Does Race Play a Role in Coverage?” He readily admits that “no one raises questions when an Irish American male reporter covers a pol named Murphy,” but that doesn’t stop him from writing a 1,600-word article raising questions about black women:

Rachel Swarns of the New York Times and The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan were among those herded behind the rope Monday. They and the other main beat reporters — Newsweek’s Allison Samuels, Darlene Superville of the Associated Press and Politico’s Nia-Malika Henderson — have something in common: They are all African American women. […]

Whether racial and gender identification produces a gauzier, more favorable portrayal of Obama is perhaps too early to judge.

“There is no evidence that this is actually happening, but it would be irresponsible not to speculate.”

July 3rd, 2009 at 07:01am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Racism,Wankers

Literacy Fail

conferenece

Note to racist wingnuts: If you want to push English as the official language of the United States and ridicule Sonia Sotomayor’s literacy, then you might want to make sure your banner is spelled correctly.

The GOP is the English Literacy Party in much the same way that it is the Family Values Party and the Law & Order Party and the Fiscal Responsibility Party.

June 23rd, 2009 at 07:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Republican Racist Racial Outreach Continues

I think maybe they’re missing the point…

Wonkette notes that a racist e-mail was sent out by a legislative staffer for Tennessee GOP state senator Diane Black. The staffer, Sherri Goforth, e-mailed this composite picture of the country’s 44 presidents, which represents President Obama with only a set of eyes:

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Nashville Is Talking asked Goforth about the e-mail:

When I asked her if she understood the controversial nature of the photo, Goforth would only say she felt very bad about accidentally sending it to the wrong list. When I gave her a second chance to address the controversial nature of the email, she again repeated that she only felt bad about sending it to the wrong list of people.

“I went on the wrong email and I inadvertently hit the wrong button,” Goforth told NIT. “I’m very sick about it, and it’s one of those things I can’t change or take back.”

She didn’t feel bad about sending it, she only felt bad about sending it to the wrong list.

Still, I suppose this shouldn’t be a surprise.  After all, every Republican apology include an “if anyone was offended” clause (as if there were some kind of reasonable expectation that most decent people wouldn’t take offense comparing Michelle Obama to a gorilla), and if Goforth had only sent it to her list of racist friends, none of them would have been offended, ergo there would have been nothing to apologize for.  No harm, no foul.

You know, considering that most Republican apologies usually also contain an “I was just kidding!” clause in addition to the “if anyone was offended” clause, it’s only a matter of time before they shorten their standard apology to simply, “I’m sorry you don’t have a sense of humor.”

June 15th, 2009 at 07:34pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Racism,Republicans,Wankers

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