Sunday, May 12, 2013

Both Sides Duet, Part One Million

A Masterpiece of the False Equivalence Genre

Nominees at all levels of Washington’s bureaucracy — 117 of them in all, including cabinet secretaries, judges and members of obscure oversight boards — are facing delays. Just last week, the Senate confirmed David Medine, the president’s choice to lead the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The time between his nomination and confirmation was 510 days. Every Republican voted no.
The shrinking number of senators from both parties who are willing to cross the aisle and the growing appeal of adding a “no” vote on a presidential nominee to a political résumé have contributed to the slowdown.
This doesn't even make sense. Precisely how are Democrats supposed to cross the aisle and vote for a Democratic president's nominees? Are Democrats supposed to vote for Republican ... what, Obamacare repeals, in order to prove to Republicans that they're willing to cross the aisle, so that Republicans can cross the aisle on other things, because common courtesy is binding right now, and doing something nice and generous for others totally means the other person will always and forever do something nice for you, because that's how that always works.
Bending over backwards to make sure nobody gets upset at a story that seems to place blame on anyone produces a story that blames everyone, and therefore the reader gets the impression that this is all just a big impossible mess with no solution because everybody in Washington is such an intractible asshole...
Ever since Bill Clinton's penis retired, this is the only story our media is allowed to tell and they have been slavering for some real, juicy, Impeach-A-Democrat fake scandal to masturbate over since the Bush Regime -- an entire administration built out of failure, scandal, fraud, trason and incompetence which they helped to engineer -- left town.

Which is why Benghazi is starting to show up in their sentences: they can finally get back to begging for the approval of Big Conservative Daddy 
Calling last year's deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya the "most egregious cover-up in American history," Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) predicted Thursday that President Barack Obama will soon face calls of impeachment. 
“Of all the great cover-ups in history — the Pentagon papers, the Iran-Contra, Watergate and all the rest of them — this … is going to go down as the most serious, the most egregious cover-up in American history,” Inhofe said during an appearance on The Rusty Humphries Show...
by punching the righteous fuck out of some damn hippies.

And of course, they're gonna get by with a little help from some friends.
Gonna get high-high-high with a little help from some friends.


Anonymous said...

Talk about "false equivalence"! Geez, you're equating on the one hand the logical absurdity of expecting Dems to vote Rep for the sake of appearances with, on the other, the recognition of the more than slight possibility that Obama's stupid-ass admin fucked up another PR issue! Yeah, those are like totally the same.

Even though you're correct that the tactic -- blame everyone so as to complicate the easy binary decision to allocate blame -- is intentional, it doesn't mean that insightful analysis identifying multiple causes is wrong.

Joe Max said...

Well, sometime in the next six months we won't have Young Turks to kick around anymore.

Somehow I don't think Al Jazeera will be booking Greenwald very much.

Swede said...

Would it not be wonderful if this latest bs episode finally forced dems to shed their battered wife syndrome?

Neo Tuxedo said... I the only one who noticed that when Jungle Jim the Broken Turd (™ Bartcop) listed great scandalous cover-ups of history, all his examples were perpetrated by Republicans?

@Swede: yes it would, but I don't see it happening. They're trying to avoid charges of communism by pandering to people who believe the International Communist Conspiracy is still active and can only be defeated by Jesus on a nine-headed horse, riding down out of a cloud with a sword in his mouth like Roronoa Zolo. It says so right in the Bible, after all, and the Bible is the infallible Word of God; it says so right in the Bible, after all.

This is why we can't have nice things, like civilization or a populace of intelligent, aware people.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Well, sometime in the next six months we won't have Young Turks to kick around anymore.

Will we be able to then refer to it as a "Uygur Unit"?

Because, eww.