“If you can’t take some joy, some modicum of relief and mirth, in the unprecedentedly spectacular beclowning of the president, his administration, its enablers, and, to no small degree, liberalism itself, then you need to ask yourself why you’re following politics in the first place. Because, frankly, this has been one of the most enjoyable political moments of my lifetime. I wake up in the morning and rush to find my just-delivered newspaper with a joyful expectation of worsening news so intense, I feel like Morgan Freeman should be narrating my trek to the front lawn,” – Jonah Goldberg.
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“People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)” – Richard Cohen, Washington Post.
The argument that the GOP is fueled by cultural bewilderment at a multi-racial, multi-cultural, gay married, multi-faith America is a vital one if you want to understand our irrational politics right now. So I wasn’t going to pile on. But when I thought about it, two words really leaped out at me: “conventional” and “gag-reflex.” No one who holds conventional views gags at an inter-racial couple; only someone with reactionary views does that. Yes, some older folks may still feel discomfort at the sight of an inter-racial couple, but, Gallup shows they only count for a third of even the over 65s. The total approval of a marriage like De Blasio’s hit a record of 86 percent in 2011. So 14 percent is now conventional? Or is Cohen once again telling us something about his issues with African-Americans?
And seriously: “must repress a gag reflex”? Makes you want to vomit? It’s not even a Buchanan “recoil”!
“Like a light switch flipping on, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are casting light on the scurrying of Republican roaches in and out of the Capitol,” – Erick Erickson, bemoaning any attempt to fix Obamacare rather than repealing it (which cannot happen).
The ad doesn’t have a lot of hits yet and I’m reluctant to give it more attention. But it comes from Generation Opportunity, which appears to be a well-funded conservative group staffed by young people and based in Virginia. According to Chris Moody, of Yahoo News, the group is about to launch a 20-college tour in which they will try to persuade young people to “opt out” of Obamacare—i.e., to pay the financial penalty for uninsurance rather than take up coverage.
These ads could not be better designed to do one thing: to get condemned by liberals. Thus impressing easily scammed conservative marks, who tend to really believe that if liberals hate something, it must be terrific and effective.
When the Tea Party mask slips:
“Here’s the question no one asks: Was Trayvon Martin acting as a racial vigilante that night? Was he administering his own form of Street Justice in response to Zimmerman’s alleged racial profiling?” – Ace of Spades.
“I see those six ladies in the jury putting themselves on that rainy night, in that housing complex that has just been burglarized by three or four different groups of black youngsters from the adjacent community. So it’s a dark night, a 6-foot-2-inch hoodie-wearing stranger is in the immediate housing complex. How would the ladies of that jury have reacted? I submit that if they were armed, they would have shot and killed Trayvon Martin a lot sooner than George Zimmerman did. This is self-defense,” – Geraldo Rivera, Fox News.
That’s a staggering statement, effectively giving white people the right to kill anyone above 6′ 2″ in a hoodie. I haven’t been able to watch the cable coverage of this, but readers tell me that Fox is race-baiting in hysterical, reckless fashion. If Rivera’s understanding of “self-defense” is correct, then it’s open, hunting season on African-American men.
“It feels to me like we’re either in Iran or Communist China,” – Fox News’ Eric Bolling to a former half-term delusional fantasist.
It’s worth noting that the key difference between the Bush-Cheney program, accountable only to the Supreme Leader, and the Obama program, is that Obama has included Congressional and judicial checks on data-gathering. The idea of genuine checks by an independent Congress or judiciary in China or Iran is absurd.
“The American Spectator is under the watchful eye of the Obama Administration! Since January 1, 2013, federal government has been on the spectator.org website 81,164 times, with the IRS, Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security leading the way. It’s true The American Spectator has seen the likes of Barack Obama before. Arrogant, unfailingly sure of his own righteousness, and willing to do anything to hold on to the reins of power — even going so far as to encourage and oversee the harassment of his administration’s critics, as we’ve seen in the recent revelations about the IRS targeting conservative groups,” – a pitch to contribute by the American Spectator.
Notice how the ugly and utterly unsubstantiated smear of Obama-As-Nixon is now repeated as fact.
“Racial groups like African Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime,” – 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Jones, as reported in a complaint against alleged judicial misconduct in a speech she gave on Feb. 20, 2013, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
Jones was on a shortlist for the US Supreme Court under the last two Republican administrations. Here’s what the complaint against her alleges she stated that day:
That claims of “mental retardation” by capital defendants disgust her, and the fact such persons were convicted of a capital crime is itself sufficient to prove they are not in fact “mentally retarded”;
That Defendants’ claims of racism, innocence, arbitrariness, and violations of international law and treaties are really nothing more than “red herrings” used by opponents of capital punishment;