Thursday, October 27, 2016

Putin Makes The Trumpkins Dance

Dance, heroes, dance!

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Nearer My Blog to Thee

Now that the mainstream media has once again blown blithely past the ragged line of dirty hippies who have been warning them this was coming for years and arrived precisely where we told them this was all heading, let's take a fast look at the bleak and hilarious landscape of Where We Are Now.

There are freelance lunatics and nutso mobs of hysterical Trumpkins swelling and heaving and reeking like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch:

Joe Walsh: ‘If Trump Loses, I’m Grabbing My Musket’

The former Illinois congressman tweeted that he plans to take up arms if the Republican nominee loses on Election Day...
Beneath Cheers at Donald Trump’s Rallies, Dark Fears Take Hold

COLORADO SPRINGS — Big crowds still mob Donald J. Trump when he comes to town, with fans waiting in long lines to attend his rallies, where they eagerly jeer his Democratic rival and holler happily at his message.

But beneath the cheering, a new emotion is taking hold among some Trump supporters as they grapple with reports predicting that he will lose the election: a dark fear about what will happen if their candidate is denied the White House. Some worry that they will be forgotten, along with their concerns and frustrations. Others believe the nation may be headed for violent conflict.

Jared Halbrook, 25, of Green Bay, Wis., said that if Mr. Trump lost to Hillary Clinton, which he worried would happen through a stolen election, it could lead to “another Revolutionary War.”

“People are going to march on the capitols,” said Mr. Halbrook, who works at a call center. “They’re going to do whatever needs to be done to get her out of office, because she does not belong there.”...
Paid idiots gibbering into hungry teevee cameras that pass their poison along to millions:
From HuffPo:  
Anderson Cooper Smacks Down Newt Gingrich Over Megyn Kelly Sex Claims

“This is a guy who is, what, on his third marriage, cheated on his first two wives, and was having an affair while he was impeaching Bill Clinton.”
Trump campaign boasts of ‘major voter suppression’ effort targeting women and black people

Senior campaign officials say the goal is to depress African American voters...
Ideological looters swaddled in tattered, shit-streaked American flags no longer even pretending to give a damn about keeping up appearances because frankly their followers are too stupid to notice or care:
From CBS News:
Ted Cruz raises possibility of keeping seat vacant on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is raising the possibility that Republicans would decline to fill the Supreme Court’s vacancy if Democrat Hillary Clinton is elected president.

Cruz is the second Republican to suggest that the GOP will simply block any Democratic nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February. Arizona Sen. John McCain made a similar assertion earlier this month.

Speaking to reporters while campaigning for Republicans on Wednesday, Cruz was asked about Supreme Court vacancies...
House Republicans are already preparing for ‘years’ of investigations of Clinton

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — Jason Chaffetz, the Utah congressman wrapping up his first term atop the powerful House Oversight Committee, unendorsed Donald Trump weeks ago. That freed him up to prepare for something else: spending years, come January, probing the record of a President Hillary Clinton.

“It’s a target-rich environment,” the Republican said in an interview in Salt Lake City’s suburbs. “Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years’ worth of material already lined up. She has four years of history at the State Department, and it ain’t good.”

In a tweet Wednesday night, Chaffetz reaffirmed his distaste for Clinton and his refusal to endorse Trump — but reversed his plans not to vote for the Republican nominee...
Idolaters of the Beltway media packed wall-to-wall into the seedy Both Siderist temple on the hill, pleading with their Craven Images to explain how things ever got this bad:
From me. mere days ago!
Today In Both Sides Do It: The Return of the Pope of the Church of Both Siderism
High up in the spindly trees, aging Bush regime dead ender frat-rats go right on flinging their poo in every direction, hoping to maybe hit a Liberal or something.
Tucker Carlson’s joining ‘The Circus’ – Has Hillary survived the Wikileaks tightrope?

Mark McKinnon, host of Showtime’s “The Circus: Inside The Greatest Political Show on Earth,” tipped off “Fox & Friends Weekend” viewers on Saturday that Tucker Carlson will be joining him on Sunday night’s show.
…and the topic of discussion is not likely to make Hillary Clinton very happy.

“We’re going to focus the whole show tomorrow night on the circus of WikiLeaks,” the former GOP strategist announced.

McKinnon, who advised former President George W. Bush, said the reason the media is not more focused on the hacked Clinton-related emails published by WikiLeaks is because of Donald Trump.

“The media is going to talk about what [Trump] talks about and he doesn’t have enough message discipline… he should be talking about that 24/7,” McKinnon said. “There is so much in there.”

He also said WikiLeaks may be Trump’s last, best chance...
Those willing to dive deepest into the rankest sewers of Conservatism still find gold down there...
Hugh Hewitt Gives Free Advertising To James O'Keefe
From a distant mountaintop, the leader of the Free World at long last can find no language appropriate to the occasion other than the ancient tongue of the vituperative, foul-mouthed bloggers of the Left -- language which, not very long ago, got the ragged line of dirty hippies alarm-raisers run out of polite society on a rail (from The New Republic):
Obama Was Right About Republican Extremism All Along*

They should've listened to his warnings about the dangers of right-wing rhetoric. Now they're going to pay for it.

October 25, 2016

On the stump, Obama now regularly links Trump’s candidacy, and the bind he’s created for down-ballot Republicans, to a greater theory about the way the right has practiced politics throughout his presidency.

“For years,” Obama said in Las Vegas, “Republican politicians and the far-right media outlets have pumped up all kinds of crazy stuff about me, about Hillary, about Harry [Reid]. They said I wasn’t born here. They said climate change is a hoax. They said that I was going to take everybody’s guns away.”

Obama went on:

[T]here are a lot of politicians who knew better. There are a lot of senators who knew better. But they went along with these stories because they figured, you know what, this will help rile up the base, it will give us an excuse to obstruct what we’re trying to do, we won’t be able to appoint judges, we’ll gum up the works, we’ll create gridlock, it will give us a political advantage. So they just stood by and said nothing. And their base began to actually believe this crazy stuff.

So Donald Trump did not start this. Donald Trump didn’t start it. He just did what he always did, which is slap his name on it, take credit for it, and promote it. That’s what he does. And so now when suddenly it’s not working, and people are saying, wow, this guy is kind of out of line, all of a sudden, these Republican politicians who were okay with all this crazy stuff up to a point, suddenly they’re all walking away. “Oh, this is too much.” … Well, what took you so long? What the heck?

It should be alarming to Republican strategists that the outgoing Democratic president has a better handle on what’s happened to their party than GOP politicians and conservative intellectuals—many of whom blame Trump’s rise on the media, or liberal dirty tricks...
While high above the whole hot mess the carrion birds circle, calculating the best way to monetize the madness they created (from Brother Charlie Pierce):
This Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Trump Campaign Is Terrifying
But the story's real news is how the overall Trump operation is built to last, which is the thing that ought to shake Republicans all the way down to the tassels on their loafers. Unless the whole thing is some kind of Potemkin fundraising scam, and I do not dismiss that possibility entirely, any hope that the Republican establishment has of hand-waving Trumpism into ancient history is clearly doomed.

Powered by Project Alamo and data supplied by the RNC and Cambridge Analytica, his team is spending $70 million a month, much of it to cultivate a universe of millions of fervent Trump supporters, many of them reached through Facebook. By Election Day, the campaign expects to have captured 12 million to 14 million e-mail addresses and contact information (including credit card numbers) for 2.5 million small-dollar donors, who together will have ponied up almost $275 million. "I wouldn't have come aboard, even for Trump, if I hadn't known they were building this massive Facebook and data engine," says Bannon. "Facebook is what propelled Breitbart to a massive audience. We know its power." Since Trump paid to build this audience with his own campaign funds, he alone will own it after Nov. 8 and can deploy it to whatever purpose he chooses. He can sell access to other campaigns or use it as the basis for a 2020 presidential run. It could become the audience for a Trump TV network. As Bannon puts it: "Trump is an entrepreneur." Whatever Trump decides, this group will influence Republican politics going forward. These voters, whom Cambridge Analytica has categorized as "disenfranchised new Republicans," are younger, more populist and rural—and also angry, active, and fiercely loyal to Trump. Capturing their loyalty was the campaign's goal all along. It's why, even if Trump loses, his team thinks it's smarter than political professionals. "We knew how valuable this would be from the outset," says Parscale. "We own the future of the Republican Party."

This Parscale cat seems to be the star of the piece, setting up this massive machine out of a storefront in San Antonio. A longtime and devoted Trump employee, Parscale, who was born in where-the-fck-else? Kansas, has his eye squarely on the prize...

In other words, borrowed from another occasion:
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
And all I know for sure is this: once the smoke has cleared, the Beltway media will lay on second and third shifts to make sure all of this is bulldozed into the memory hole and all that will be left behind is the vague impression it was all somehow the fault of The Extremes On Both Sides. 

*  Actually, no.  Barack Obama was most emphatically not "Right About Republican Extremism All Along".  Liberals like Paul Krugman and me were right about Republican extremism all along, and we spend a considerable about of time and frustrated energy during President Obama's first time begging him to please, please stop trying to play nice with the rabid weasels at the expense of our priorities and values and please, please just speak honestly about the GOP as it really exists.

From me, back in November of 2010, when it was professionally and financially detrimental to say such things out loud: "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Left"

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Today In "We Told You So" News: Joe Walsh

Today we learn that disgraced deadbeat Tea Party hero and former United Stated Congressman from White Flightenburg, Joe Walsh, has an adorable nickname for his Lil' Joe.

You remember Joe, right?

The Left saw these bilious, shoutycracker, man-baby idiots coming for decades.

And yet while the mainstream media will send a team of crack reporters into the caldera of an active volcano on the off chance that they may catch sight of the last "undecided independent" in the continental United States, they never seem to have the time or resources to talk to those who were  flat-out right about the Right all along.

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Begin The Gingrich Rules Countdown Clock

Sure,  watching a publicly disgraced con man and serial adulterer like Newton Leroy "Advocate of civilization, defender of civilization, teacher of the rules of civilization, arouser of those who form civilization, organizer of the pro-civilization activists, and leader (possibly) of the civilizing forces." Gingrich...

...appear on a television network which until recently had been run as the personal brothel of disgraced liar and serial sexual predator Roger Ailes... order get pissy with Megyn Kelly about her "fascination" with sex and her lack of ethics...

...was epic.

From the New York Times:
Newt Gingrich and Megyn Kelly Get Into Bizarre Exchange on Live TV

And the follow-on weirdnesses from inside the various precincts of the Wingnut Death Star as it blows up real good were equally hilarious.

Paula Jones Calls Megyn Kelly A ‘Nasty Heifer’ After Contentious Interview With Gingrich
From The Hill:
Trump praises Gingrich for Megyn Kelly interview: 'We don't play games'
But for us old internet hands, now the real game begins:  counting down to see which Important Teevee Media Person draws the short straw and is stuck with the task of helping to rehabilitate Newt's public image this time.

Because as we have documented in painstaking detail on this blog over the course of many years, those are The Gingrich Rules:
In the game of professional punditry there also clearly exists a special set of rules designed with one person on mind.  Or, rather, one sort of person: Conservatism's parade of bomb-throwing, hate-mongering, race-baiting bottom feeders.  That breed which makes their daily bread from grifting the Pig People by generating an endless flood of books, magazine articles, broadcasts, speeches and videos all telling the GOP base over and over again that their bigotries are noble and their paranoia is patriotic.

Of course, part of the downside of wallowing in the wingnut sewer and trafficking in slander and lies is that, sooner or later, you become a toxic mess.  Your stink becomes unacceptable to the general public, which s where the Sunday morning talk shows -- the Mouse Circus -- comes in.   Because despite having long ago devolved into a sinkhole of Beltway centrist twaddle, it is still viewed by altogether too many people as a bastion of Very Serious people -- it's the strip-mall of political opinion where casual shoppers go to feel smart and validated.

And so a bargain is struck; the bottom feeders deliver a temporary hike in the only thing these show's owners really care about -- audience share -- and, in exchange for being teevee friendly and keeping the worst of their batshit crazy on a leash for a few minutes, their Mouse Circus deburrs the bottom feeders' public image, replates and burnishes their credibility and temporarily transfuses them with Seriousness, which can then be redeemed at ten times its face value back among the Pig People.

And in the key to that bargain we find "The Gingrich Rules":  an agreement that the moderator will never, ever ask the bomb-throwing, hate-mongering, race-baiting goon sitting directly across from them a single question about their bomb-throwing, hate-mongering or race-baiting activities.  Instead they will be represented to the public merely as a Conservative commentator or talk radio host or pundit who, at worst, might be known for some "controversial" opinions, which the moderator will never bother to explicate.
And as we all know perfectly well, The Gingrich Rules can only be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom where they were forged.

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New York Times' Emergency Backup Conservative Public Intellectual

Confesses he really doesn't know anything about public intellectuallizin'.

Today was the day it began to dawn on H. Pecksniff  Rosencrantz "Ross" Douthat III that he and every other card-carrying member of the professional Conservative Brain Caste really really suck at their job:
The first failure was a failure of governance and wisdom, under George W. Bush and in the years that followed. Had there been weapons of mass destruction under Iraqi soil and a successful occupation, or had Bush and his advisers chosen a more prudent post-Sept. 11 course, the trust that right-wing populists placed in their elites might not have frayed so quickly...
What Mr. Douthat is trying gently suggest is that if Dubya hadn't lied American into the wrong war and hadn't fucked that war up something something New American Century!

What Mr. Douthat is desperately trying not to say is "Holy shit, the Left really was right about us smug little assholes all along!"

Mr. Douthat continues:
The second failure was a failure of recognition and self-critique, in which the right’s best minds deceived themselves about (or made excuses for) the toxic tendencies of populism, which were manifest in various hysterias long before Sean Hannity swooned for Donald Trump. What the intellectuals did not see clearly enough was that Fox News and talk radio and the internet had made right-wing populism...

Some conservatives told themselves that Fox and Drudge and Breitbart were just the evolving right-of-center alternative to the liberal mainstream media, when in reality they were more fact-averse and irresponsible. Others (myself included) told ourselves that this irresponsibility could be mitigated by effective statesmanship, when in reality political conservatism’s leaders — including high-minded figures like Paul Ryan — turned out to have no strategy save self-preservation.
For the record, it has taken less than the gestation period of the average porcupine for Donald J. Trump (and that vengeful bitch Karma) to force both of the New York Times' highly-paid professional Conservative Public Intellectuals into clenched-teeth admissions that they never had the slightest fucking clue as to what was really going on inside the Conservative movement, the Republican party or America in general (David Brooks, March 2016)
Moreover, many in the media, especially me, did not understand how they would express their alienation. We expected Trump to fizzle because we were not socially intermingled with his supporters and did not listen carefully enough. For me, it’s a lesson that I have to change the way I do my job if I’m going to report accurately on this country.
The only thing that could make this ideological walk-of-shame more tawdry would be for Mr, Douthat to seek solace by throwing himself into the ideological arms of Bill Kristol's idiot son-in-law.

But what are the odds of...

Wait!  I spoke too soon!
“This is the crisis of the conservative intellectual,” writes Matthew Continetti, the editor of The Washington Free Beacon, in a long essay tracing how the highbrow conservatism of Burnham and William F. Buckley sought to work with and through the anti-establishment impulses of the Middle American right. “After years of aligning with, trying to explain, sympathizing with the causes and occasionally ignoring the worst aspects of populism, he finds that populism has exiled him from his political home.”

And, Continetti adds, “what makes this crisis acute is the knowledge that he and his predecessors may have helped to bring it on themselves.”

The only word amiss in this analysis is “may.” The crisis described in Continetti’s essay was not created by the conservative intelligentsia alone. But three signal failures of that intelligentsia clearly contributed to the right’s disastrous rendezvous with Trumpism.
Less than a week ago we found David Brooks using his priceless New York Times' real-estate to mainstream disgraced ratfucker James O'Keefe.

Today, we find Ross Douthat using his priceless New York Times' real-estate to elevate second-generation wingnut welfare queen, Matthew Continetti.

It's the Wingnut Rapture people!

And also for the record, Ross, There.  Is. No. "Trumpism".

It's Republicans, all the way down.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

And Here Come The Chicken Farmers, Ctd.

First, a little context (from me, from a couple of years ago):
Of course, once you gave up on actual governing and turned your Zombie Army of Wingnut Purity loose to wreck the country in the name of Rush Limbaugh's idea of ideological conformity, it was only a matter of time before they would begin picnicking on each other. Or, as one low-born, bootless blabbermouth once said about another Purity Cult:
...once purity itself becomes all you care about -- once  it becomes a distillery race to see who can get to 100% -- the chicken farmers are never far behind:
The main Islamist group in Algeria, the GIA, ended up being led by a Mr. Zouabri, a chicken farmer, who killed everyone who disagreed with him. He issued a final communiqué, declaring that the whole of Algerian society should be killed, with the exception of his tiny remaining band of Islamists. They were the only ones who understood the truth.
And now, a ringside seat for the crackup, as the clown car slams into the wall at 120 mph:

Everyone is in on it, man!


You know, on their worst day, the junkies in "A Scanner Darkly" were less fucked-in-the-head and conspiracy-happy than these heroes of the Party of Personal Responsibility.

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Operation Memory Hole: America's Elite Media Fires Up The Bagger 293

If you have followed the long, sickening collapse of American political media over the last 30 years, you know that after every Republican catastrophe there comes the most solemn and sacred ritual in the business:  the excavation of a memory hole big enough to bury the whole fucking fiasco, root and branch as fast as possible.  Dig the pit, dump the body, quicklime it, pour enough Chernobyl-grade bullshit over the site to sarcophagize the whole thing and then post signs warning future generations of the Dire Consequences of poking around anywhere near the truth:

With that accomplished, the American political media is then free to get back to the important business of mooning over Paul Ryan's abs and wondering why the Democrats refuse to deploy their magic Green Lantern powers to compel Republicans to stop wrecking the place and wallowing in deranged conspiracies and actually, y'know, grow the fuck up and govern.

And so here we find ourselves once again, at the very first stages of the next great act of national Strategic Forgettery, when the stink of desperation and failure blend with the odor of greasepaint and hair-spray.  The split second after the Big Bang when everything is hot and dangerous and the exact shape of the Next Big Lie has not emerged  yet.  It is a scary, frantic time during which members of our Elite Media will be seen across this Land of the Free flinging every bit of poo in their magic bag against every wall they can reach in order to achieve the most vital imperative of all:

Of course there will be a few, notable contrarians along the way (most of whom will not be anywhere near contrary enough to admit that the Left has been right about the Right all along) and they should be noted,  For example, this by Dana Milbank in the WaPo -- 
The lap dogs of democracy who didn’t bark at Trump 
is, among other things, one of the more unsparing beat-downs of Mark Halperin that I have seen outside of the Liberal blogosphere:
Consider Trump’s refusal at last week’s debate to say that he would respect the results of the election, a violation of the indispensable notion of the peaceful transfer of power.

But on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” the next morning, the process journalists had a different view. “It’s the revenge of the elites,” Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics said. “Elites do not accept that that was an appropriate answer.”

Host Joe Scarborough agreed that the issue was only of concern to “people in newsrooms . . . with their soy lattes.”

Halperin (Harvard ’87) went on to say that “normal people won’t care about that answer.”

“Morning Joe” has come in for a large share of criticism for cheering on the rise of Trump. And contributor Halperin’s praise for Trump’s tactical genius has been particularly soulless...

But the real story that is even now starting to unfold is the story of the largest and most cynical media excavating machine ever built by the hand of man shaking itself fitfully awake to dig the largest memory hole you have ever seen.

Here are some of the early results.

It's not the "Republican Party" that's to blame; it's "Trumpism" (from Crooks & Liars):
Morning Joe Down The Memory Hole: We're Calling It 'Trumpism'

"Box Turtle" Ben Domenech at "The Federalist" can find no fault with Conservativism:
The Failure Of American Institutions, Not Of Conservatism, Made Donald Trump Possible
While Warren Henry (also from "The Federalist" and retweeted approvingly by noted Conservative lunatic and New York Times contributor,  Erick Erickson) gets in on the ground floor of what I am sure will be a very profitable and entertaining "Blame the Dirty Hippies" campaign:
Liberals Adored Trump When He Was Winning The GOP Primary

Donald Trump’s rise was fueled in part by progressives who cried wolf about Republicans for years. During the so-called “invisible primary” and early contests in 2016, several liberal pundits entertained the idea that Donald Trump was not the worst possible GOP nominee, even if some ultimately changed their minds...
And speaking of noted Conservative lunatic and New York  Times contributor,  Erick Erickson, and the beginning of a what I am sure will be a very widespread and entertaining "Blame the Dirty Hippies" campaign, from his article in The Indulgent -- 
Breitbart and a Liberal Acitivist Coordinated to Advance the Clinton Agenda

By Erick Erickson  |  October 24, 2016, 09:58pm...
-- and from his Facebook page:
All along it seems more and more obvious that Donald Trump was working hand in glove with the Clinton machine. He called Bill Clinton before running. He drummed up Democrat turn out while building hype about Republican turn out. Turns out that Trump is not expanding the GOP and is not bringing in a wave of new voters. In fact, turn out this year is not a record high.
And of course, no matter what, Mr. David Brooks of the New York Times will always be there in his reserved shy-box seat in, dispensing his brand of "Both Siderism"/"A Republican Renaissance is just around the corner" crank to grateful collaborators and co-conspirators.  

Sooner that you will believe possible, some or all of these (or some combination of them, or some entirely different Big Lie) will be mainstreamed into the American political bloodstream,  The Next Big Lie will be coming out of the mouths of Very Serious People on every cable teevee new show and every Sunday Morning Gasbag roundup.  Barrels of ink will be spilled by all the best newspapers to give the Next Big Lie as many column inches as possible.  It will spread quickly to NPR and PBS. And then, probably sometime in the Spring of next year, you will begin to see echos of the Next Big Lie intermingled with all the usual, rambling ALL CAP nonsense you get on Facebook or via email from your Crazy Uncle Liberty, when it will finally serve it's long-term purpose.  

Next Big Lie will be your Crazy Uncle Liberty's next alibi.  His next ouchless absolution.  His next, all-purpose, no-credit-limit "Get Out Of Personal Responsibility Free" card.

And the disease of Conservatism will go merrily along.  

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Today In Both Sides Do It: The Return of the Pope of the Church of Both Siderism

In which Mr. David Brooks of the New York Times returns once again to his factory default setting.

Once again Mr. Brooks finds New and Exciting Ways to indict Both Sides:
We’ve had a tutorial on worry this year. The election campaign isn’t really about policy proposals, issue solutions or even hope. It’s led by two candidates who arouse gargantuan anxieties, fear and hatred in their opponents.

Educated-class anxiety can often be characterized as a feeling overabundant of options without a core of convicting purpose...

This election has also presented members of the educated class with an awful possibility: that their pleasant social strata may rest on unstable molten layers of anger, bigotry and instability. How could this guy Trump get even 40 percent of the votes? America may be not quite the country we thought it was...

Among the less educated, anxiety flows from and inflames a growing sense that the structures of society are built for the exploitation of people like themselves. Everything is rigged; the rulers are malevolent and corrupt...

It is a well-established fact that people who experience social exclusion have a tendency to slide toward superstitious and conspiratorial thinking...
Once again Mr. Brooks memory-holes the shit out recent American political history to eradicate any mention of how Conservatives have treated the Left for years:
We’ve seen a level of thuggery this election cycle that is without precedent in recent American history. Some of the anti-Trump demonstrators seem more interested in violence than politics. Some of the Trumpians are savage.
Once again Mr. Brooks is overflowing with pious alarm and botheration over the Shocking Discovery that his Republican Party is full of beasts... that those beasts have finally shown up at the door of people like David Brooks:
David French wrote a shocking essay for National Review describing the appalling online abuse he suffered because of his anti-Trump stance.
And once again Mr. Brooks sings his plutocrat benefactors to sleep with a bedtime story about how, any day now, his Republican party will spontaneously grow opposable thumbs and climb down out of the Stupid Tree:
If you’re worrying, you’re spiraling into your own narcissistic pool. But concrete plans and actions thrust us into the daily fact of other people’s lives. This campaign will soon be over, and governing, thank God, will soon return.
Once again, our elite media is gearing up to drive this latest Republican atrocity out to the swamps and bury it in the same Memory Hole down which it has shoved every other Republican atrocity.

And once again, the same ragged line of dirty hippies will be the only ones standing athwart the roaring river of Strategic Forgettery coming our way, shouting "Stop!"

Just you wait and see.
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Monday, October 24, 2016

America's Offender-In-Chief Shoots Off His Lie-Hole Again

I have to admit, at this point I'm kinda looking forward to our national Dunning-Kruger census on November 8th.

It's been a long time since we've had a really accurate, precinct-by-precinct count of how many of our fellow citizens are irredeemably bent bigots and dumbfucks.

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Sunday Morning Comin' Down

"First They Came For The Dirty Hippies" Edition.

We on the Left are blessed and cursed with a long and functional memory.

For example, we actually remember what it has been like to be a Liberal in American over the last few decades.

We remember the Right dropping whole houses on anyone who spoke out against the Bush Administration during the run-up to the Iraq Debacle:

And we remember having to bury our most outspoken comrades in secret because of credible threats from Real Murricans.  From the "In Memoriam" column for Mr. Steven Gilliard, in the New York Times, December, 2007 (emphasis added):
It was a life both short and loud. What began with a bad cough just after Valentine’s Day became a spiraling infection that ravaged Gilliard’s vulnerable heart and kidneys, and he spent most of his last four months hospitalized. The identities he kept separate for most of his 42 years collided in the days after he died; the few dozen mostly white bloggers who came to Harlem for the funeral saw for the first time the stark urban setting of Gilliard’s childhood, while his parents and relatives groped to understand what kind of work he had been doing at that computer and why scores of people had come so far to see him off. They must have been confused when Gilly’s online pals, sickened by the way some right-wing bloggers were gloating over his death, advised them not to disclose where he was buried, out of fear that someone might deface the site. The grave, like Gilliard himself, is known only to a few.
We remember it all because stalking us, demonizing us, dehumanizing us has been the Conservative stock-in-trade for as long as many of us can remember.

We remember it all, in vivid detail because for decades, slandering the Left us has been the Comstock Lode -- the Banana Stand -- for the laziest, stupidest, most deeply dishonest and talent-free idiots and con men in America:

The Right -- carefully and deliberately -- turned the act of feeding, accelerating and amplifying the madness of the mob into a highly profitable, multi-platform media empire.  

They turned hate into a business and for a long time business was good.

But then the beast they invented to lead a mob they had created started speaking in the uncoded language of the mob, and that was not supposed to happen.  Trump began regurgitating their own bestial, unhinged, racist drivel out loud at 1000 decibels; so loud that even the Right's most craven media collaborators (Looking at you, Halperin) could no longer pretend that everything was OK.  

And as they started to slooowly sidle away from the monster they had made, the meathead mob they had created started to detect unauthorized movement at the periphery of the Glorious Cause!  Suddenly some of the Right's most successful slanderers and demonizers were tossing around words like "principle", but not to blast some dirty, commie pinko terrorist-loving Libtard, but to distance themselves from the Great and Powerful Trump.  

And then, just as one dirty, commie pinko terrorist-loving Libtard predicted would happen long ago, the Little Red State Fundy mob did exactly what they had been trained to:  Attack!Attack!Attack! anything that smelled like heresy.

This is where Nicole Belle from Crooks & Liars (Welcome back, Nicole.  We missed you! And thanks for the video, Heather!) picks up the action with just the sort of story I woulda written had I not been [Insert Your Own Damn Walking Dead Spoiler Here] last night with middle child.  

Conservative Figures Out Libs Were Right All Along: The Alt-Right Is Scary 
By Nicole Belle

Back in June of this year, alleged Republican "kingmaker" Bill Kristol (the man responsible for inflicting Sarah Palin on the national dialog) was horrified at Donald Trump's march to the Republican nomination and toyed with launching an independent run to challenge Trump as the head of the party he's been manipulating behind the scenes for decades. His candidate of choice? David French, a senior fellow with the National Review and an Iraq War vet. The Trump campaign took very little time to try to intimidate him out of such a run and within a few days, French bowed out.
But Trump's alt-right minions weren't satisfied with just eliminating the potential rival candidacy. French needed to be punished for daring to consider the possibility at all and continuing to be a vocal #NeverTrump proponent. The harassment he received is not at all unfamiliar to those of us on the left who have come across these alt-righters on social media...
That is legitimately fricking terrifying and I don't want to sound callous about it at all. NO ONE should be subjected to that kind of treatment, full stop.
But I do want to point out that the left HAS been warning people of this kind of treatment. Women have routinely spoken to how unsafe social media is to them. Ask People of Color how the right has responded to "Black Lives Matter". Ask Muslims and Hispanics how they've been treated during this primary season. Even Jewish journalists feel assaulted by Trump supporters...
The monster the Right made can never be destroyed until the necromancers, poisoners and other dark conjurers are brought to book for the crime of bringing it to life in the first place.

Meanwhile, in "Hillary will not have a mandate because [Fill In The Blank]" news, professional Centrist bromide extruder, Matthew Dowd, is so desperate to straddle the hell out of every fence in Christendom that he manages to argue himself to a draw on network teevee.

First, Hillary will not have a mandate because so many people don't like her (emphasis strewn about to amuse myself):
DOWD: Well, I -- you know, this is the thing. This, as I mentioned earlier she's going to be re-elected on Election Day where half of her voters aren't voting for her. They're voting against Donald Trump that she's disliked and distrusted by the country. There's not a mandate on a series of issues because this hasn't been argued over issues in this...
And then some incomprehensible, Both Siderist shit about "the moon", because hey, why not show up to work drunk?
DOWD: I think Donald Trump, for all the things that we've said about Donald Trump and the buffoonery nature of it, he is like the guy that's pointing at the moon, and you look at the guy until you see the moon, right? Donald Trump is pointing at the moon which is a very frustrated working class part of the country, the same thing that Bernie Sanders pointed at in the Democratic primary...
Like, have you ever looked at your hand, man.  I mean, really looked at it!?

OK, cowboy, time for you to have a lie-down.

In fact, the only way Hillary Clinton will ever be able to claim anything like a mandate is if she personally unites the entire country:
DOWD:  Hillary Clinton has to figure out in a very divided country in a very demographic diverse country and a country that doesn't like her. What -- is she a transformational leader and does she do that? The final two weeks in this, she has an opportunity to become her as well just like Donald Trump didn't do to become something that people perceive as not, which is a transformational leader that can speak to the whole country. 
But -- at this is where it all breaks orbit and becomes high comedy -- because Mr. Dowd is desperate not to get sucked out of his teevee gig and onto the unemployment line by disagreeing today's iteration of Beltway Received Wisdom, just moments later Mr. Dowd is forced to admit that the Trumpkins are unhinged goons who Hillary Clinton should not even bother to talk to:

DOWD: I think the issue is -- I think the issue is, is Paul Ryan is going to have to make a decision, Republican leaders is going to have to make a decision on election night. And that's what I think the moment they -- they should have and could have been principled much more principle to try to grasp a hold of where the country is. But I think one of them has to stand up on election night and be the designated driver and take the car key as way from Donald Trump and concede and on his behalf and say enough is enough. It's time that we --

DOWD: I don't think she should go and talk to Republicans actually.

VANDEN HEUVEL: I agree with Matt.

DOWD: Because I think they're -- I think they're all tainted with this. Donald Trump is not the cause of this. Donald Trump is a symptom of this.

VANDEN HEUVEL: Absolutely.
So, to recap, Hillary Clinton cannot have a mandate unless she unites the country, but she cannot unite the country because the Republican Party to which Mr. Dowd devoted most of his adult life is fucking de-ranged.

So how in the world can Hillary Clinton ever hope to accomplish a task which Mr. Dowd himself has said is impossible?

DOWD: Donald Trump arrived -- and she has to address the symptom. I think she needs to talk to independents, talk to independent leaders around the country and build something new.
Yeah, screw those Republicans.

If Hillary Clinton wants to fix a broken country and get her mandate on, her only hope is to take the wise counsel of "independents".

Like, say, Matt "Why won't anyone believe I'm an Independent?" Dowd.

The mighty Athenae (wise and good) at First Draft succinctly sums up my own feelings:
All due respect Madam President, but no, you don’t have to heal shit.

You and your party were not the ones out there screaming about locking up political opponents.

You and your party were not the ones tongue-kissing Putin and talking about the upsides of Saddam Hussein.

You and your party were not calling for the murder of journalists, using Nazi terminology or the word “cunt” as a comma.

You don’t have to heal nothin’.

Once and for all time, the onus of political healing is on THE PEOPLE WHO FUCKED UP. This country did not “become” divided because of “both sides” doing it. This country did not naturally develop a culture of political obstruction like a cold front rolling in, with nothing to be done but bundle up, and no one to blame but the gods.