"Punching out of your weight class" Edition.
If you were to watch Stephanie Miller level Carly Fiorina (Sunday on "State of the Union", from Raw Story) --
“A lot women including me are sick of the ‘war on women’, and we saw it in spades on Monday after the Hobby Lobby case,” Fiorina told a CNN panel. “Somehow this is the long arm of business and the Republican Party reaching into the body of women. It’s ridiculous.”
“The war on women is shameless, baseless propaganda, there’s no fact to it, and it’s worked because it’s scared women to death,” she insisted. “Enough. Enough.”
“I respect you very much as a woman for your accomplishments,” Miller snarked in response. “I even read that you studied medieval history, which I think will come in handy with trying to defend the Republican war on women.”
Miller noted that every woman she knew was “furious about he Hobby Lobby decision.”
“This is not just a war against women, this is a war against science, Carly,” the radio host explained.
“Oh, for heaven sakes,” Fiorina gasped.
“These religious people believe certain drugs cause abortions, doctors and scientists say they do not,” Miller continued. “They prevent abortion… I have friends who need it for endometriosis. How do you say you’re small government, and get the government involved in those personal decisions between a woman and her doctor?”
-- like Abraham Lincoln axing a vampire to dust --
-- your takeaway might reasonably be, "Fuck Yes!"
Which is a pretty reasonable reaction. After all, pit your average, bright Liberal against your average, dogmatic Conservative bullshit talking-point Pez dispenser, and what you get in a matter of minutes is a Conservative yak-bot running in circles and yawping incoherently.
Which is why you probably were delighted to see Steph take apart the Sunday Morning Mouse Circus' favorite Serial Political Failure and Destroyer of Companies, Carly Fiorina.
It is also why you're probably not an executive producer for the Sunday Morning Mouse Circus. Because if you were, you would know that the product American political teevee exists to sell is a puppet show in which comforting, establishmentarian Beltway truths are relentlessly reinforced. And the centerpiece of the every show is supposed to be that, while Conservatism may sometimes sometimes be misguided, it's not really bad. And that however
seditious or insane or bigoted or bloodthirsty or fuck-stick-stupid overeager Conservatives may be, Liberals are undoubtedly worse, which is why the Wise Murrican should steer a nice, safe David Brooksian course straight down the middle.
Which, of course, isn't really the middle at all; just a slightly less flamboyantly downsloping path to the same corporate/theocratic feudalism where Conservatism has been taking us all along.
But none of the smoke-foofers or mirror-spindles that make the Beltway Magic Machine run will operate correctly without the liquid fear of the Nefarious Schemes of Fake Liberals to lubricate the works. Which is why, none of the professionals who turn the cranks on the Beltway Magic Machine saw what you saw on Sunday.
For them, the takeaway will be a cautionary tale about how you should never, ever let real Liberals inside the happy, clappy perimeter of the Beltway Magic Machine.
For examples of how the Beltway Magic Machine is supposed to work, just flip the remote over to CBS where this happened, or to the absolute freak show which was once, long ago, a marginally-reputable program called "This Week..." and behold :
...air time being happily handed over to discredited felon and slavery's last defender, Dinesh D'Souza, so that he can report on what the voices in his head are telling him about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's Sekrit Compact with Saul Alinsky.
...Newt Gingrich, who is still permitted to exist on the Earth and be treated like something other that one of the worse cases of ambulatory moral syphilis in modern American political history for reasons no one can explain.
...And lookie here! It's Rick Perry sayin' something stoopid!
I don't really have a neat, button-hook ending here.Poor Governor Goodhair. No one on his staff had the guts to tell him that smartifying glasses don't really have the power to unstupid him.During a Sunday interview on ABC News, host Martha Raddatz gave the Republican governor a chance to back away from his conspiracy theory."Governor, do you really believe there’s some sort of conspiracy to get people into the United States by the federal government, by the Obama administration?" Raddatz asked."When I have written a letter that is dated May of 2012, and I have yet to have a response from this administration, I will tell you they either are inept or don’t care, and that is my position," Perry said, doubling down on the theory. "We have been bringing to the attention of President Obama and his administration since 2010, he received a letter from me on the tarmac... I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from."The former Republican presidential candidate added that his theory was proved by the fact that the president had not responded to his letter, and had not deployed drones to the border.
I'm just really, really tired.