May 2009


I assume Michael Steele is behind this:

I’m not sure this is a winning message for 2010.

… Well, that didn’t take long.  It was a video of this.  RNC head Steele has issued this endorsement:

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… I our haste, we misidentified the man in the previous video as RNC chairman Michael Steele.   The man in the video is, of course, National Review staff writer John Derbyshire.  We regret the error.

Follow along if you can kids:

As Dick Cheney said, our government-run torture regime doesn’t motivate would-be terrorists or increase attacks on our troops.  Terrorists don’t care about stuff like that.  They hate us for our freedoms! 

But – heavan’s no!! – we can’t release photos of torture because those pictures will increase attacks on our troops and homeland.

Like listening to the sound of one sociopath playing patty-cake.

Except, you know, her name isn’t actually Maria.  But she does have Puerto Rican roots (which, by birthright, gives her a certain common demeanor) so same thing.  

Wonder how that whole GOP Hispanic outreach thingy is going?  Maybe they should hold the next event at Taco Bell, cause isn’t that what those people eat?

Update: Karl Rove is a super evil genius mastermind wizard with an 18 intelligence and 19 wisdom and this Hispanic outreach plan is so going to work:

Not surprisingly, Obama appears to be focusing demographics and not judicial factors. Obama isn’t looking for a liberal Scalia.  He looking for a spic chic. Enter Sonia Sotomayor….

Bonus points for the sexist/racist twofer rhyme.  Loses points for spelling and grammar.

Update II: Blog post title copyright infringement, or evidence that lazy minds think alike.

90-6.  Ugh.  Michael Steele is retarded, all right – retarded like a fox.

Ugh.

Now the Dutch are making fun of us.  That’s real nice.  I really like that.  People who dance through tulips in little wooden shoes think we’re pussies.  Wonderful.  Although, in out defense, terrorists are super scary.  They may not have “tanks” or “command and control” or any modern state apparatus like the Serbs had, and your average cub scout could drink them all under the table, but they have a super weapon we’ve never faced before: really big beards.  And not just beards: they have mustaches, too.  Plus, I hear they believe in magic and that their actions are directed by a magical being who also has a very large beard.  So we’re not just facing beards of hair and beard wax and little bits of old food – we’re facing beards of the soul.  That’s really formidible, like an invincible army of homeless people, only less organized.  We better throw away the Constitution over that and piss our panties in fear if we ever hope to defeat this super enemy which is scarier than everything combined EVAR.

Shorter Greater Wingnuttia:

Obama bin Hitler von Stalin X is going to turn America into a Sharia-dominated liberal fascist dictatorship – crushing dissent, confiscating guns, stealing SUVs, soaking the rich, paying reparations to the coloreds, silencing Rush Limbaugh and sending patriotic Americans to re-education camps. Oh, and, by Reagan’s Ghost, we will fight like hell to stop him give him the unlimited executive power to do it.

The easiest of meats.

Change in a teabag.

Time in a bottle.

Michael Steele, you be like da man of mans.

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Frank Rich is, for lack of a better word, shrill. Exhibit Q:

Both Dick Cheney, hoping to prove that torture “worked,” and Nancy Pelosi, fending off accusations of hypocrisy on torture, have now asked for classified C.I.A. documents to be made public. When a duo this unlikely, however inadvertently, is on the same side of an issue, the wave is rising too fast for any White House to control. Court cases, including appeals by the “bad apples” made scapegoats for Abu Ghraib, will yank more secrets into the daylight and enlist more anxious past and present officials into the Cheney-Pelosi demands for disclosure.

It’s funny that when torture was all the fault of poor, ugly hillbillies of the sort David Brooks writes about in his Adventure Stories for Young Aristocrats, we had to throw the book at the evil-doers.  Now that important figures in Washington have admitted to directly ordering more and worse, however, the question of even investigating whether some sort of crime may perhaps have taken place is fraught with all sort of beard-tugging brain-twisters which no man can untangle, even with the help of modern computer technology.  How can we investigate if we don’t know all the facts?  How dare we enforce laws against things which might possibly be permissible in some highly artificial thought experiment?  What if ’24’ is FOR REALS?!?  These are the sorts of questions which need to be shrugged at for 50 billion news cycles before we can even think about OH MY GOD A SHARK ATE A WHITE LADY AT HER WEDDING!!!!!  We’ve got what amounts to a reverse Nuremberg defense, where Bush administration officials are let off the hook because they were only giving orders.  I’m not sure that’s such a great idea.

Miggity Miggity Michael Steele Y’all:

RNC Chairman Michael Steele addressed the National Rifle Association’s “Celebration of American Values” in Phoenix today, leveling some harsh rhetoric against President Obama: That Obama could end up appointing left-wing ideological Justices to the Supreme Court — and Dems want to away Americans’ guns while moving Al Qaeda terrorists to our neighborhoods!

“It is ironic, to say the least, that at the same time Democrats in Congress are threatening to deny Americans their second amendment right to own a firearm and defend their families and homes,” Steele said, “they are considering bringing terrorists like 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other Al Qaeda detainees to our communities once the President follows through on his campaign promise to close Guantanamo Bay.”

Meh.  Needs more stuff about Jews.  Work on it.

So this is it, then, is it?  They’re going to move Osama in next door to you.  Every last one of you, everywhere.  It’s very complicated, involving things like timeshares and wormholes and stem cells, but it’s happening, believe me.  And when it doesn’t happen, we’ll have thought up something even dumber to tell you rubes, believe me.  Maybe next time the Democrats will be grafting al Qaeda heads onto spider bodies and putting them in your baby’s crib.  A winning message for 2012.

As I’m sure more than a few of you are aware, Jeffrey Rosen recently penned a flagrantly sexist hatchet piece on potential Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor (not even the nominee yet!).  Rosen’s hit job was riddled with factual error, written by an author who admitted – up front – as to his ignorance of Sotomayor’s work, written by an author with a gross conflict of interest (his brother in law stands to gain by Sotomayor’s failure) and based on the whisperings of anonymous sources only – no on the record statements criticizing her.

Oh, and it was published in that bastion of Useful Idiocy known as The New Republic: where the right shops for “even liberal [insert idiot] thinks [right wing talking point]…” 

Which means that, in this fucked up discourse we as a nation are disserved by, Rosen’s half-baked innuendo and vile rumor are treated as bi-partisan, sensible, moderate conventional wisdom.  Instantly

Amongst the particularly noxious smears launched by Rosen’s piece is the notion that Sotomayor is an intellectual lightweight – or as one of his protected sources put it, “not that smart” (which, on the contrary, she obviously is).  But truth be damned.   The Glenn noted a few days back:

In the last 24 hours alone, Rosen’s article has been used by three different National Review writers — who, I’d be willing to bet lots of money, know virtually nothing about Sotomayor — to declare her to be “dumb and obnoxious.”  That’s a phrase they’ve revelled in repeating three times now (and counting), culminating with this:  “I’m sure Mark H. is right about Sotomayor’s being dumb and obnoxious, just as Derb is right about her being female and Hispanic is all the [sic] matters.”  The amazing speed with which so many people who know absolutely nothing about her are willing, indeed eager, to assume that she’s stupid and doesn’t deserve her achievements — based on the fact that she’s Puerto Rican and female and Rosen published some trashy, unaccountable gossip feeding that perception — is really remarkable. [emphasis in original]

In today’s Rupert Murdoch Daily, that same conventional wisdom du jour is on full display – neatly wrapped in its bi-partisan trappings, with a racist cherry on top:

The Bronx native looks great on paper and would make perfect politics as the first Hispanic on the high court.

But there’s growing consensus among insiders that President Obama will likely pick someone else.

The first, and possibly most important, reason is the prevailing question among liberal advocates about whether Sotomayor has the judicial guts, smarts and toughness to go up against Antonin Scalia, the famously sharp conservative who anchors the right wing of today’s court.

Sotomayor, 54 and with Puerto Rican roots, certainly has that common touch and real-world experience that tops Obama’s list of qualifications.

But so much early discussion about her nomination has revealed reservations on the left and the right about her judicial and intellectual heft, as well as her courtroom decorum. [emphasis added]

Ah yes, if there’s one thing we can say about the Puerto Ricans, it’s that they have a common touch.  A ghetto sensibility if you will.  Makes sense that a low-birthed President would choose one then.  Amiright?

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