Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Woman James Carville Hired*

To breed him up a passel of snake-headed swamp babies has a thing or two to say about why Barack Obama won:
Mendacity and Malice Won
By Mary Matalin

November 7, 2012 2:23 P.M.

What happened? A political narcissistic sociopath leveraged fear and ignorance with a campaign marked by mendacity and malice rather than a mandate for resurgence and reform. Instead of using his high office to articulate a vision for our future, Obama used it as a vehicle for character assassination, replete with unrelenting and destructive distortion, derision, and division.

Unfortunately and unfortuitously, forces of nature bookended the general election: Our convention was compromised by one weather disaster and our momentum stalled by another. Two human hurricanes also radically altered the political atmosphere: Bill Clinton’s unique windbaggery constituted a campaign updraft, while Chris Christie’s deplorable and gratuitous gas-baggery infused the campaign with a toxic political pollution.
So why is this bile-gargling human dumpster fire still drawing an audience anywhere outside of a crowd of uncomfortable public transit customers trying not catch the attention of the screamyshoutycrazy lady?

C'mon people: we've been over this before --

Matalin understood early on that the hate racket is like any other racket, and that our media is so constructed as to let Conservatives get away with all kinds of murder.   Armed with these two facts and streamlined by a complete lack of conscience, she has exploited her meager talents and lengthy confidential contact list into a formidable media conglomerate which includes such diverse subsidiaries as flogging HVAC products and medium-priced hooch, sharing a radio microphone with fellow media mogul Arianna Huffington on Air-America-killer Mark Green's horrible, horrible show, and,most importantly getting her own Conservative imprint at Simon & Schuster:
Mary Matalin’s official title at Threshold Editions is editor-in-chief, but the Republican strategist prefers several others: conservative, book-lover, fixer.

It’s that last role where Matalin’s extensive network comes into play for Simon & Schuster’s 4-year-old conservative imprint, now slated to publish memoirs by both former Vice President Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. Matalin’s connections also played a part in a publishing-industry coup earlier this month, as Threshold simultaneously held the top spots on The New York Times best-seller list for hardcover and paperback nonfiction — Mark Levin’s “Liberty and Tyranny” and Glenn Beck’s “Common Sense,” respectively. 
which puts her in the powerful position of being able to distribute wingnut welfare largess instead of just receiving it.
The Cheneys, for Matalin, are like family. Lynne Cheney and her daughter Mary are both Threshold authors. So it’s natural that Dick knocked around book ideas with Matalin in his McLean, Va., home before settling on a publisher. There, Matalin said the vice president offered up some “jaw-dropping” anecdotes for the book that she had never heard in the years she worked for him. Bob Barnett, the D.C. uber-lawyer who represents Rove, Matalin and countless media figures, said that while he can’t speak for the vice president in making a final decision, Matalin’s presence at Threshold “is very reassuring.”

And Rove, who’s turning in his manuscript to Simon & Schuster editor Priscilla Painton in the next few weeks, told POLITICO that Matalin has been helpful along the way by reading sections and offering comments. “Mary understands the audience and understands what goes into making a good book,” he said.

Threshold publisher Louise Burke, who runs the imprint from New York while Matalin pitches in from her New Orleans home, said the distinction between their imprint and others is that Threshold best understands the conservative book-buying audience — a key factor needed to keep the hits coming.

“This is an area where it really helps to be a believer,” said Burke, perhaps one of the few outspoken conservatives in Manhattan’s publishing scene. “I don’t feel you can be successful in this particular genre if you are opposed to the message.” 
And, in the end, a drowning man will grasp even the point of a sword:
Respectable publishing houses, the Upper West Side literati complained a few years back, were now turning their presses over to the Ann Coulters of the world, all in pursuit of profits. But these days, after layoffs and drops in sales, such criticism is less frequent.

Remember this the next time you can't figure out why George Stephanopoulos keeps deciding that there is no one else in America more fit to sit at his Sunday table than Bloody Mary Matalin.

* (Thanks Pinkamena Panic.  I iz very tired.)


Pinkamena Panic said...

I think you mean "Carville".

Sorry, I know it's pedantic.

D. said...

Why does that first quote read like the political obituary for Mr. Romney, with Mr. Obama's name substituted to throw off the unwary?

Also, remind me to keep rowing if I spot Ms. Matalin on her roof during a flood, lest I be called out for having "deplorable and gratuitous gas-baggery," not to mention the gall to admit that the President did not let New Jersey drown.

Empty clothes should not resort to that kind of airbaggery.

Hamfast Ruddyneck said...

"The Snake-headed Swamp Babies" would be a GREAT name for a rock band, particularly of the "Southern Rock" genre. ^_^

If the name is too cumbersome, it could be shortened to "The Snakeheads" or "The Swamp Babies".

Bukko Canukko said...

A political narcissistic sociopath leveraged fear and ignorance with a campaign marked by mendacity and malice rather than a mandate for resurgence and reform.

Perfect description of Shmitt Rmoney.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking the same thing about the first quote, D.

Anonymous said...

she MUST be right, because.....ALLITERATION!

blackdaug said...

Matlin has long adopted projection as a writing style. It allows her to plagerize from her betters (including her snake headed companion) without having to work very hard.
Also...James may have the snake head..but his nasty wife has the beats about once an hour.

RockDots said...

Late warning to the kids: don't go trick-or-treating at Mary Matalin's house. She's a WITCH!

Rehctaw said...

Spanning generations now, the denizens of Opposite World have provided their own brand of transparency in their rhetoric war. Seemingly wrong about absolutely everything until you flip it 180°.
They deliberately have it sdrawkcab.

Yes, it seems a silly strategy, until you consider the source. It gets even less silly when you realize how well it worked for them for decades!

So yes, when Medusa Matalin et al,
set out to explain something they are speaking their sdrawkcab truth and revealing their own deepest fears, flaws, errors and omissions.

It is a talent worthy of sideshow geek world, but a talent nonetheless. Listen. Translate. Apply backwards. Ta-Daaaaaaaaaaah!

DeistPaladin said...

Psychological projection on that first paragraph of hers.

Grayson Mendenhall said...

These are the people who are going to retain control over the GOP, we all know it.

Until these racist buffoons are laughed off the airwaves and the intertubes, they will hold the reins of power in that party.

Boss Limbaugh will never allow a retreat from the wacko brand of conservatism he and Hannity/Malkin/Levin/et al. peddle every damn day in this country.

BUT, I do like how the post-election news media conventional wisdom is that the Republican Party is not only fucked in a big way, but also dying a pretty quick death.

Hopefully it will last until we pound the final nail in the coffin.

Uncle Buckeye said...

Dulce et decorum est
pro Grover mori.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who is gay, non-Christian, or has played Dungeons & Dragons (~trollll~) will tell you that religious and political conservatives base their *entire* world view on Projection. They are like Cylons, but less articulate. They yell and scream about how Teh Gay wants to get into schools to get access to children as young as possible to appear normal and recruit for their numbers and indoctrinate children into their social and political agenda. Meanwhile, they are trying to get prayer in schools and science out for kids as young as possible to appear normal and recruit for their numbers and indoctrinate children into their social and political agenda. (Look up the "Wedge Document".)

On a deep level, they know this crap is going on. They cannot take *any* accountability of their own, so they have to shriek and wail about how all the bad stuff that surrounds them is entirely caused by Democrats and liberals and scientists and gays and witches. They never take a moment to see that the crap that always surrounds them always surrounds *them*.

It's worth listening to, though. People always fight their own demons, even if in other people.


Pinkybum said...

What planet is Mary Matlin on?

Planet Republican!

The underlying racist coding in her speech is so obvious and barely concealed. Romney is a "gentleman", a calm rational white man whereas Obama is destructive, derisive and divisive essentially an angry black man. The truth could hardly be more opposite.

casimir said...

As a leftist I regret to say this, but I am experiencing a distinct limit to my capacity for empathy. A cognitive organism that can observe the world and utter those words as her perception of it does not have any of the qualities of an organism with which I could share an empathetic response. Her sorrow, misery or pain would not register with me. And I am someone who will gently carry a millipede out of the house or tear up at the sight of a dead squirrel on the road.

P J said...

The grumpy old lady is just mad that the Obama campaign beat them to the punch. The nastiness she decries is part of their playbook. And they got played big time. Win, win for us..

casimir said...

Regarding my note above, it's even worse than I thought. I was looking at this site, and every photo filled me with distilled, crystalline joy.

I think it's time for me to seek professional help.

Anonymous said...

Mary Matalin; Just another delusional wingnut shrieking with rage and fear when ugly reality busts into her comfy little bubble...

Anonymous said...

"A political narcissistic sociopath leveraged fear and ignorance with a campaign marked by mendacity and malice rather than a mandate for resurgence and reform."

And she is saying this about the 2012 Democratic campaign against Ryan/Romney ?!?!

Pure projection.

Good thing those people are unable to sense irony and have in this way made themselves entirely immune, any mere mortal would drop dead from irony poisoning.