Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"something everyone knows"

John Cole: And They Are Stupid
A reminder that the Republicans aren’t just jerks, they are also not very bright.
My Cousin Kaylyn:

We had our yearly sink drain issues last weekend. The guy we always call comes to fix it and we chat while the snake thing does its thing. Talk veered to the political and he went off about the tyrrany of the government and the president's total control of the media. And he said a friend of his was at the 9/12 rally... and said the crowd numbered FIVE million!! (It keeps growing!!!). I said, no, it was more like 75,000. He said there were photos! I pointed out that the photo used in all the followup press was actually a photo from 1997 rally and that buildings that have been built since then were not in the photo, nor were all of the tents for the Black Family Conference that filled the lower museum mall. His re-spin of the spin? The liberal media photoshopped the image to make it look like it was an old photo...they took out the american indian museum, the tents, the newseum...and made it look like a spring day all in order what??? Fortunately, the snake was done and he left.

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DougJ: Zombie lies

Al Gore said he invented the internet, the Clinton people trashed the White House before the Dubya moved in, etc. (Krugman via Atrios):

There’s a persistent delusion, on the part of many pundits, to the effect that we’re actually having a rational political discussion in this country. But we aren’t. The proposition that the Community Reinvestment Act caused all the bad stuff, because government forced helpless bankers into lending to Those People, has been refuted up, down, and sideways. The vast bulk of subprime lending came from institutions not subject to the CRA. Commercial real estate lending, which was mainly lending to rich white developers, not you-know-who, is in much worse shape than subprime home lending. Etc., etc.

But in Dick Armey’s world, in fact on the right as a whole, the affirmative-action-made-them-do-it doctrine isn’t even seen as a hypothesis. It’s just a fact, something everyone knows.

It’s often said that journalism is the first draft of history. I hope the final copy has better fact checking.

John Cole: An Object Lesson on Not Being Jerks

The closing bits of this WaPo piece on the NY-23 affair really sums it all up:

Scozzafava, who was stripped of her Republican leadership position in the New York State Assembly on Monday, says she has no regrets and even leaves open the possibility of running for the seat again as a Republican. She sees herself as a champion of local expertise over ideological purity.

“How can Sarah Palin come out and endorse someone who can’t answer some basic questions,” Scozzafava asked. “Do these people even know who they are endorsing?”

Those conservative forces now descend on Florida, where former House speaker Marco Rubio, who on Monday received the endorsement of the Club for Growth, might shove aside centrist Gov. Charlie Crist, who was once on John McCain’s short list for running mate. And Scozzafava has a warning.

“There is a lot of us who consider ourselves Republicans, of the Party of Lincoln,” she said, her face now flush. “If they don’t want us with them, we’re going to work against them.”

The funny thing about all of this is that no matter how bad all their ideas are, no matter how disastrous their governance has been, no matter how many horrible things they have done to the economy and this country, what really is killing the Republican party is that deep down, they are just complete assholes. You see it in the way they treat women, you see it in the way they treat minorities, you see it in the way they treat homosexuals, you see it in the way they treat anyone who is not a white Christian, and you see it in the way they treat anyone who disagrees with them slightly about anything. They just have no respect for anyone, and it shows. People don’t like to be treated like crap, and grown-ups don’t want to be associated with people who yell “You lie” or scream “socialism” or “Hitler” or accuse you of being a terrorist whenever they don’t get their way.

If you read the Corner or the Weekly Standard, or listen to any talk radio or any of the mouth breathers on Fox, or read any right-wing blogs, you will instantly know what I am talking about. You can’t help but notice that they are just loudmouthed jerks, stubborn bully boys, and insensitive and insecure cads. James Wolcott once wrote that Eric Cantor looked like the “pricky proprietor of the Jerk Store,” and that could be applied to the majority of the prominent Republicans out there. I guess that should be suspected from a movement in which the only thoughts are “Fuck you, I got mine.”

Seriously, how much time would it have taken for Hoffman to call Scozzafava after she withdrew from the race? But he didn’t, because he was a petty wingnut outsider thrust onto the scene by teabaggers and national loudmouths, and the people who were nice to her got the endorsement and the win. There is a lesson here.

And this is how the public responds to this kind of behavior. I despair.

Sudbay: Gallup finds Repubs. ahead in 2010 generic ballot

This isn't good:

Republicans have moved ahead of Democrats by 48% to 44% among registered voters in the latest update on Gallup's generic congressional ballot for the 2010 House elections, after trailing by six points in July and two points last month.

The Nov. 5-8 update comes just after Republican victories in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections, which saw Republicans replace Democrats as governors of those states.

As was the case in last Tuesday's gubernatorial elections, independents are helping the Republicans' cause. In the latest poll, independent registered voters favor the Republican candidate by 52% to 30%
It's fixable. But, it requires boldness and leadership. Democrats being Democrats, instead of acting boldly, they will probably become captive to those who want to do less. We already started to see movement in that direction last week when Democrats on the Hill started backing away from key Democratic positions. My sense from the 2008 elections was that American people wanted leadership and wanted Obama and Congress to actually solve problems. Based on the these latest Gallup findings, that's not what they're seeing. And, the professional Democrats, the big dollar consultants types, will start their incessant fretting, which means Democratic leaders could become even more milquetoast. That will just end up annoying Independents and demoralizing the Democratic base.

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Hoekstra unrestrained on intel reveal
Nov. 10: Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-MI, has revealed information about accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan that was not disclosed by the FBI or any other government agency. Rachel Maddow talks about his recklessness with Chris Hayes, Washington editor for The Nation.

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