Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Morning Comin' Down

Man's Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the 20th Century  Today in Pigfuckery
The point, I think, was that in both the Ohio and Nebraska primaries, back to back, McGovern was confronted for the first time with the politics of the rabbit-punch and the groin shot, and in both states he found himself dangerously vulnerable to this kind of thing.  Dirty politics confused him.  He was not ready for it….

This is one of the oldest and most effective tricks in politics.  Every hack in the business has used it in times of trouble, and it has even been elevated to the level of political mythology in a story about one of Lyndon Johnson’s early campaigns in Texas.  The race was close and Johnson was getting worried.  Finally he told his campaign manager to start a massive rumor campaign about his opponent’s life-long habit of enjoying carnal knowledge of his own barnyard sows.

“Christ, we can’t get a way calling him a pig-fucker,” the campaign manager protested.  “Nobody’s going to believe a thing like that.”

“I know,” Johnson replied.  “But let’s make the sonofabitch deny it.” 
-- Hunter Thompson, writer, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 

If we lived in anything like the Better Universe, our highly paid media persons would breeze on past the latest verbal bowel movements of Rudy Ghouhliana and and take up the grave matter of the spiritual, intellectual and ideological bankruptcy of a political party whose only, tangible product is an unlimited supply of  lying demagogues.

"Was this latest steaming pile of racists shit an attempt to distract the country from your parry's abject failure at the basic job of governance?" our imaginary highly paid media persons might ask.  "Or is your party actually this fucked-in-the-head?"

As usual and entirely without irony, Chuck Todd accidentally got right to the heart of what killed American media, reprising a David Gregory segment certain pundits have taken to calling "Reading Aloud From Some Beltway Centrist Parasite Desperately Trying To Shift Blame Away From Some Conservative Monster" --
Dancin' Dave did change things up a little bit:  instead of his usual practice of reading aloud from David Brooks' latest awful "New York Times" column 


and asking David Brooks and the rest of the panel what they think of it, he read aloud from Tom Friedman's latest awful "New York Times" column 

and asked David Brooks and the rest of the panel what they thought of it.
-- and asking for his brood of talking heads to respond:

You know, Ron Fournier wrote something yesterday that I thought was interesting. He said this, "Ask any parent. Our culture is coarsening. Civility is eroding." This goes to your point, Michael: "The internet easily reinforces and amplifies hateful language. Nobody wants to live in a country where the singular measure of patriotism is that you agree with me. Giuliani isn't a deplorable man. His words were."...
No, the internet has nothing to do with this.

No, Rudy Ghouliana is indeed a deplorable man.

And, no, nothing Ron Fournier writes is of interest to any sane human being. In fact, in a Better Universe, the only thing Ron Fournier could possibly write of interest to anyone would be a blood oath swearing keep his bibble spigot closed from now until the end of the age.

And speaking of "And now why is this clown on my teevee?", Chuck Todd scoured the known world and could find no one better to consult as an expert on whether or not race or religion has something to do with something than "Boss Hogg" Barbour:


They did respond, full disclosure here, that after this story appeared and there was a little dust-up last night, his office put out a response that said this, "Of course the governor thinks the president is a Christian. He thinks these kinds of gotcha questions distract from what he's doing as governor of Wisconsin and make sure the state is better, make life better for the people in the state." But I guess you've got to be nimble if you're running for president. Do you not?


Well, it's about how you can match up the opportunities. And I remember Jeremiah Wright, who is very unpopular among the people who would be voting in the Republican primary. Now, if someone were asking me about that question, that's the way, if wanted to be political, I wanted to take the question.

I think Scott Walker's probably just being truthful, you know. He is a son of a preacher. He is a Christian. And he may have taken that question the way I did the first time I heard about it, do you believe he's really a Christian, or do you believe he just professes to be a Christian? But I don't know the answer to that, either.


Well, what does that mean?


A lot of people say, "I'm a Christian," but deep down inside they're not. That's what I thought the question was. You think he really is--



I understand that. But this is how it comes across to some folks when suddenly there's a debate about this, which is why is it Barack Obama, the first African-American president, has had questions about his religion pop up in the political conversation? It didn't happen to Bill Clinton. It didn't happen to George W. Bush. A lot of his supporters hear that and think this has some racial overtone. What do you say to that?


I don't know that race has anything to do with it. I would bet a higher percentage of African Americans in the United States are Christians than of whites. I mean, of course, I've come from a place where I'm very familiar with that. Religious leaders are very powerful leaders in the black community in my state. And they're good Christians. So, I don't get the race question about Christianity.
You might remember that Governor Barbour, has always had a little trouble telling the difference between the past as it actually happened and shit he just made up because Freedumb!

I guess in in former Mississippi governor's mind, all versions of history are separate but equal.  

Meanwhile, Matt Taibbi has probably located the right emotions for l'affaire Ghouliani -- pity and pride:
I feel sorry for Rudy that he can't love this country the way it is. I love America even with assholes like him living in it. In fact, I'm immensely proud of our assholes; I think America has the best assholes in the world. I defy the Belgians or the Japanese to produce something like a Donald Trump. If that makes me an exceptionalist, I plead guilty.

In all seriousness, the Rudy story is a bummer. It's not easy to love America and hate half the people who live there. It requires that you spend a lot of time closing your eyes and wishing history had happened differently, which, at least in my limited experience, doesn't work very well.

And that's not something to gloat about, either. A lot of people in this country think like Rudy, and if our present doesn't work for them, the future won't work for any of us. We're all going to end up miserable together, and that sucks.
Here in this country, the what little is left of "Liberal" teevee is being put up on blocks and stripped for parts --

-- while in a far, far better place, a newsreader is taken in for questioning:


Neo Tuxedo said...

Matt's piece, as usual, is on fire. The comments, on the other hand -- let me quote the coment that was at the top when I read it:

If Taibbi loves Russia so much he is free to go back.

The problem with Russia was that it was a Marxist psychopathic state, and it died of psychopathic corruption and incompetence. Obama is a Marxist psychopath in domestic matters (socialist healthcare) and a militant Islamist psychopath in foreign affairs (negotiating with the Mullahs so they can retain their nuclear program. That is why the country is so screwed up, race relations are getting worse, and we are rapidly reaching the point where the national will overwhelm us. Obama is utterly corrupt and incompetent.

When Brother Charles says these are the f[uc]king mole people, he's insulting mole people, people with moles, people in general, and moles in general.

Cliff said...

[Fournier] said this, "Ask any parent. Our culture is coarsening. Civility is eroding.... The internet easily reinforces and amplifies hateful language."

Well, sure, but on the other hand Fournier is a real piece of shit.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

do you believe he's really a Christian, or do you believe he just professes to be a Christian?

Was it not written that "by their works shall you know them"?

Scott Walker has defiled the land of Wisconsin, he has refused the Medicaid expansion that would have provided aid and support to the least among us, he has divided us and diminished us. He has spent the wealth of the land in redistribution to the wealthy, and is plain ing to allow them to defile and destroy the land that they also profess to believe God gave us. He has ignored the outcries of his fellow Wisconsinites, in favor of his rich benefactors, the nowadays moneychangers. He has lied about his intent and his history and the effects of his actions.

He dodged and prevaricate when asked about evolution and his opinion about Giuliani's reprehenisble, racist comment.

Yeah, he is a preacher's son. But given the above, there really shouldn't be any question about whether he is a Christian, unless you figure it is one of the money-grubbing, TV preacher sort of Christian.

He's a mendacious, lying, self-aggrandizing piece of shit. EVERY atheist I know is a better, more moral person than this shitbag.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Ask any parent. Our culture is coarsening. Civility is eroding

I am a parent, and I disagree.

I see civility eroding, but only on ONE side of the political divide. Let's talk about the shit that has been thrown at President Obama, shall we?

DeistPaladin said...

Ah, where have I heard this before.

"Damn, we got our asses kicked. Obviously, it means we were too liberal. We need to rip out even larger sections of our spine, water ourselves down with more bipartisan compromises and give the public more milquetoasty goodness. That should sell."

As went the Democrats, so goes MSNBC.

When will they ever learn?

Neo Tuxedo said...

As went the Democrats, so goes MSNBC.

When will they ever learn?

I've given my answer to that question before, and I'll give it again: when everyone who lived through the Cold War has either died or retired from politics, and calling your political opponent a Communist, or any synonym thereof, carries less relevance or other sting than calling him a Ghibelline.

driftglass said...

Typical Albigensian!

Ivory Bill Woodpecker said...

Girondists and Mensheviks, the lot of you! :P

I just saw some good nicknames for Ghouliani:

Il Douche (or Il Douchebag)


Mike Lumish said...

Some of us still care about the Albigenians, and the Cathars, and the Bogomils, and consider that idiot university at Toulouse to be less an institute of higher learning than an enemy watchtower set up to keep the locals in line. Same as with Lund, after Skaane was stolen away from Denmark.