Monday, October 29, 2012

Sunday Morning Comin' Down II: Comin' Downier

While the most talked-about and irritating exchange at the Mouse Circus was Andrew Sullivan's most recent Sudden!Discovery! of something Liberals have been saying all along (link here) the creepiest exchange took place a little earlier on the same craptacular show between Mr. Sullivan and Bush Regime Dead-Ender Nichole Wallace:
SULLIVAN: And, of course, the big elephant in the room is that the Mitt Romney that showed up on October 3rd was like an alien that ripped off his mask and said, "I'm brand new now."

WALLACE: But we liked him. But we liked him.

WALLACE: Isn't that the point? You know, we liked him better.
As every Liberal I know has known since the beginning and as I wrote here back in June, Willard Romney's electoral strategy has always been brutally simple and straightforward:

Always. Be. Lying.


A-always, B-be, L-lying.

Always be lying!

 Always! Be! Lying!

Romney is vulture capitalist enough to know his customers well.

Romney is smart enough to know that the typical GOP base voter from swamps of darkest Jebusland is no longer functionally human in some very important ways:  they have been trained not to notice or care if their leaders cripple the economy, trash the planet or shit directly in their faces every single day as long as they promise to make uppity, smart-ass Libruls suffer and to dispatch the Scary Black Man back to the depths of their most terrifying racial-inferiority nightmares.

Romney is also smart enough to know that the Beltway media -- who tell America's quivering, cowering Centrist minority what to think -- will let him skate on his lies because the Beltway media is a wholly corrupt institution devoted to defending elite establishment privilege and power and, as such, does not dare start calling out men like Romney no matter what they say or do.

Finally, Romney is smart enough to know that if he can pull in a big enough chunk of the willfully ignorant Center and all of the irredeemably depraved Right, he comes awfully close to the number of votes he needs to win the White House.

Which is why Mitt Romney will go on lying -- baldly, every day, about all kinds of shit -- right up until lying loses its marginal electoral utility.

The reason the back-and-forth between Mr. Sullivan and Ms. Wallace chilled me when I saw it (which is not conveyed by the mere words they swapped) was Ms. Wallace's literal giggling delight over the fact that her Party's strategy of just lying all the time was turning out perfectly (this captures the essence of her "Fuck you!" brio pretty well):

She was fucking thrilled that lying lying lying lying lying lying lying lying lying lying lying lying lying lying was working so beautifully. To Ms. Wallace, it simply does not matter what species of soulless vulture capitalist Cylon may be lurking beneath Willard Romney's chassis of lies, because 
WALLACE: ... whatever it is, is better than Obama.
In that sentence, I am once again reminded of the giddy, reptilian soul of Conservatism that Hunter Thompson captured here when he wrote about the 2000 election:
There was one exact moment, in fact, when I knew for sure that Al Gore would never be President of the United States, no matter what the experts were saying — and that was when the whole Bush family suddenly appeared on TV and openly scoffed at the idea of Gore winning Florida. It was Nonsense, said the Candidate, Utter nonsense… Anybody who believed Bush had lost Florida was a Fool. The Media, all of them, were Liars & Dunces or treacherous whores trying to sabotage his victory… Here was the whole bloody Family laughing & hooting & sneering at the dumbness of the whole world on National TV. The old man was the real tip-off. The leer on his face was almost frightening. It was like looking into the eyes of a tall hyena with a living sheep in its mouth...
In 2000, during the recounts, on the Democratic side Warren Christopher spoke of honor, democracy, the world stage and there being "no shame in putting country ahead of Party."

In 2000, during the recounts, on the Republican side, James Baker III took exactly the opposite view, telling his people that this was "a street fight for the Presidency of the United States."

The unforgivable error Mr. Sullivan commits over and over and over again is refusing to believe the evidence of his senses. Refusing the accept that such out-and-proud mendacity cannot be dissuaded by appeals to reason or conscience...because it rejects reason and conscience as impediments to power. That it will not be deterred by facts or history of the certainty of disaster if they are allowed back into power...because facts and history are for pussies and if we just believe hard enough in George W. Bush Willard Romney, everything will turn out great in the end.

Mr. Sullivan simply cannot get it through his head that a stake through their heart (in this case, humiliating them on camera would have been an adequate substitute) is the only thing that will get the job done.

Which is sorta hilarious when you considering that Mr. Sullivan spent most of his adult life helping to building this monster which now baffles and terrifies him so.

Over at his large site 'neath the sheltering bower of "Esquire" magazineMr. Charles P. Pierce covers some of the remaining denizens of this shitty waterfront, from the Leader (possibly) of the Civilizing Forces-- 
Almost nothing Gingrich said there is remotely true — "Virtually every Catholic" agrees with Mourdock about rape and abortion? That isn't true even for virtually every Virtual Catholic, like Gingrich — and, of course, the little shot at Cutter comes from long practice as a sick-wife-dumping misogynist. The Clinton Guy failed to point out any of this. I swear, there are moments when I think that, in terms of obvious cognitive abilities, the difference between The Clinton Guy and the Butter Cow is not vast.
-- to the obsessively asymmetriphobic David Brooks:
Brooksie is very disappointed in both men because they took him out once and failed to call.
Well, you know, I think — well, I first think it has been the worst campaign I've ever covered. And I think they're both ending on the same note they started. Obama's doing a negative campaign. He's got an ad out which is called "Rember," which is about Obama — which is about Romney, the plutocrat. It's about the flip-flop what we've just heard on the stump. So it's almost pure negativity. Romney is finishing, trying to appeal to moderates, trying to appeal to — to women, which is a bipartisan ad which is saying, you know, I don't care if it's a republican idea or democratic idea, I'm going to be for that. And, you know, so he has shape shift. That's not who he is. That's not who his policies are. So I regard this is an ad — as a campaign that has answered none of our fundamental issues about both these guys, how they would govern for next four years. And they are finishing as badly as they started.
One party is insane and has forced its candidate to act like the lead act in a $50 donkey contortionist show in a Tijuana brothel. The other candidate is forced to point this out. So it's everybody's fault. I feel for David Brooks, and for the gentle fairy-folk of the land in which he lives.


harmfulguy said...

I still don't think Sully gets that all you get when Romney pulls off his mask is another mask. He has to practice in order to simulate the appearance of an artificial, phony, counterfeit fake. The Corporation That Walks Like a Man is nothing but masks all the way down. If you ever managed to rip off the last mask, you'd find nothing underneath but the essence of a corporation: A legal fiction, an empty void, a moral vacuum sucking in money and lives to try and fill itself in with anything of substance.

By the way, there was a joke floating about Tumblr about what if Romney got elected, and as soon as he was sworn in, he tore off his mask to reveal himself as the Red Skull. Well, at least it isn't Romney.

marindenver said...

One party is insane and has forced its candidate to act like the lead act in a $50 donkey contortionist show in a Tijuana brothel. The other candidate is forced to point this out. So it's everybody's fault.

This is the sheer, complete, essence of the *centrist* theme. "You do it, I point it out, so both sides do it." "Do what?" "Why, what you said"

Heaven help us all. Maybe Sandy will just wash the entire group out to sea. And good riddance.

blackdaug said...

That last paragraph from Pierce...."so its everyone s fault...."
God we are so screwed, its hard to even laugh at anymore...

Hamfast Ruddyneck said...

Off topic: The Red Cross is seeking donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Sean Riley said...

Anonymous said...

Two comments on your writing, Good Sir Driftglass:

"The unforgivable error Mr. Sullivan commits [snip] because it rejects reason and conscience as impediments to power."

Then it's not an error, is it? By what you yourself have said, he's acting by design.


"... this monster which now baffles and terrifies him so."

To this, I would add a line from Wikipedia:

"On 27 August 2007, Sullivan married his husband Aaron Tone in Provincetown, Massachusetts."

Andrew now has something very real to loose. If the Republicans take over, the bigoted Christopaths he desperately wants to pretend are not there will try to nullify his marriage.

As a tangent...

Be careful reading Wikipedia. I just skimmed through Andrew Sullivan's article, "I am bear, hear me roar!", where I got to peruse his musings on what he thinks is sexy. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go scrub my brain with bleach while I weep.


North said...

Offtopic: Happy Birthday Driftglass!

Anonymous said...

Please do not even cite a term like, “obsessively asymmetriphobic.” I don’t care what it means. “Fuck David Brooks” will suffice at this point. But sadly, the first time I indulge in profanity, the arrogant authoritarians and their MSM co-opted hypno-tuers will dismiss me and I’ll be shunted to the sidelines, and my voice will not be heard. Hint, hint.

daver said...

I had that quote pinned up over my work desk during the boosh years:

"Corruption keeps us safe and warm."

doodahman said...

So all of you aren't taken in by Romney's lies but you feel that Obama is truthful and presents a picture of reality that comports with...uh...reality? Do tell. Har dee har har har. Obama pretends this is still a Republic under a Constitution while he signs death warrants on the basis of secret evidence. You folks are so cute in your trusting! Really. But as citizens, I'd say you are only getting half of the picture, and a far less important half at that.

Anonymous said...

Actually, not true about Obama's latest's a very positive one, looking straight into the camera and calmly talking about what he wants to do in his second term, and even though I know he's lying to me, it's very effective (I already voted for him!)

Pinkamena Panic said...

Keep fucking that chicken, "doodahman". Tell me, did you get your info from the tinfoil-hat Infowars crowd, or the Firebagger backstabbers? I can't see any light between the two groups, mind you, but there's still a line to be drawn.