a Very Stern Letter.
Reluctant as I am to pound the same nail twice in a row, I am nonetheless powerless to resist the bounty of hilariously un-self-aware obliviousness that has been baked into the following from Andrew Sullivan:
The Poison Of Limbaugh, CtdGiving anything remotely resembling credit to this vanguard of Bold Conservative Thought Leaders for daring to say mildly unkind thing about Rush Fucking Limbaugh...in this Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Fucking Eleven...is right up there with loudly touting your friend's financial acumen when he advises you to sink all your dough into Pets.com and Flooz...in 2011...because this whole internet thing is gonna be fucking huge!
15 Feb 2011 05:39 pm
More and more sane conservatives are beginning to see what Mitch Daniels, David Frum, Conor Friedersdorf and Heather Mac Donald are on about. But this time, it's a popular talk show host, Michael Medved in the WSJ. Money quote:
Though they're late in coming, the whispers of complaint against Limbaugh and his ilk are getting louder on the right. Movement writers remain unwilling to condemn him. But the days when his superiors in respectability at places like The Claremont Institute were willing to honor him are far behind.
One can only marvel at the complete moral and intellectual decomposition of a Movement whose only consistent through-line during my entire adult life has been that Liberals are Commie-symp, terrorist-loving enemies of all things good and virtuous who hate American and who ain't never been right about nuthin'...
...now signaling to itself that the new, fashionable height of Advanced Conservative Cutting-Edge Social Criticism is to grudgingly and through clenched fangs start to catch up to where Liberals were 20 years ago.
Without, of course, ever acknowledging that there is a large, loud, well-informed contingent of Americans called "Liberals" who did not spend the last few decades getting every fucking thing completely wrong.
Sullivan knows the terrible secret of his Movement perfectly well: that nuclear pile which has powered Modern Conservatism since its inception has always been that witchbag of racism, paranoia, xenophobia, jaw-dropping stupidity and Fundamentalism that is currently manifesting itself as Limbaughism, and Palinism, and Beckism (From "Reactionary" by me in 2006 here:)
Individually, these samples of Enlightenment’s backwash make a persuasive argument that the good of our common humanity would be better served if the hatecults that fester in the wounds of our Democracy were gathered together for an All Ratfuckers Tribal Council at the Trinity Site and spontaneously Raptured into the stratosphere in a single, thermonuclear flash.
Collectively, they are the Modern GOP, and by putting every last species of botched American citizenship and knuckledragging bigot in harness together under one whip, the Republican Party has clawed its way to power.
Conversely, without their vast, ignorant and carefully-cultivated Base hating who they are told to hate at the tops of their lungs, and voting their rage in the way the right-wing industrialists who bankroll the Movement want them to...the Right would dry up tomorrow and blow away.
And Mr. Sullivan knows it, and has known it for a long, long, long time.
There is nothing new in the story of a Monster built by a short-sighted fool which eventually rises up, snaps its chains, attacks its creator and runs amok across the land: it is as old as the Golem and King Kong and Mary Shelley's "New Prometheus".
What is still a little bit amazing is that these "sane conservatives" -- who are (only now that it is far, far, far too late) slooooowly beginning to take notice of what was obvious to the average Liberal a generation ago -- are still being allowed to handle sharp objects, operate motor vehicles and get paid for sharing their infantile opinions with the world.