In which the ghost of Vince Foster's and John McCain's "illegitimate black baby" debate whether political bloodsporting has gone too far.
Note to Chuck Todd: Things were too far gone the day the GOP handed the keys to Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh because what the country really needed was a never ending tidal wave of Liberal-bashing, witch-hunts and scandal-mongering capped off with an impeachment.
Things were too far gone when a human dumpster fire like Karl Rove felt free to say things like this --
Rove Criticizes Liberals on 9/11By PATRICK D. HEALYPublished: June 23, 2005Karl Rove came to the heart of Manhattan last night to rhapsodize about the decline of liberalism in politics, saying Democrats responded weakly to Sept. 11 and had placed American troops in greater danger by criticizing their actions."Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers," Mr. Rove, the senior political adviser to President Bush, said at a fund-raiser in Midtown for the Conservative Party of New York State....
-- because he knew that, rather than taking him and the rest of the Bush crime family apart molecule by molecule, the American media had decided they'd rather get drunk, go fishing and generally sit out the Bush years.
It was all too far gone, Chuck, when you decided we needed to hear from unreconstructed and unindicted frauds and war mongers like Paul Wolfowitz again.
It was all too far gone when you, Chuck, made it the explicit policy of NBC news to wave away every Republican atrocity with Magyk Both Siders Conjure Words, and to never press Republicans who "piss in your face and call it Evian" too hard because they might not come back on your shitty show and then where would you be?
It was all too far gone when it became clear that nothing short of burning the GOP To. The. Fucking. Ground. and salting the Earth was going to save our system. Too far gone when it became painfully obvious that pointing out this simple, home truth on network teevee was the last remaining taboo.
It was too far gone when no one at 30 Rock fell out of their chair larfing at the thought of pairing a story about toxic politics with giving Lindsay Graham the stage yet again to weep and wail about how the Kenyan Usurper has dooooomed us all!
TODD: But right now, is Iraq our ally? And if Iraq's our ally, Iraq considers Iran an ally, do they not?GRAHAM: Whose our enemy? ISIL's our enemy. Iran is our enemy. The senior leaders...TODD: Straight forward. Iran is our enemy.GRAHAM: Yes. Iran is our enemy. They're a cold blooded cruel regime that killed American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. They're the leading state sponsor of terrorism. They destabilized the region. They're building ICBMs. They've tried to create a nuclear program, not a peaceful nuclear power plant. They're the enemy of us. They're an evil regime. The president and the foreign minister are moderates masquerading as, trying to be moderates when they're not. This is not a moderate regime. If they get more money, Chuck, from sanction relief, what would they do with it? Build schools and hospitals? No, they would advance their religious cause. They're the root cause of this problem in the Mid-East as much as ISIL. I fear them more than I fear ISIL.
But the thing is, however horribly people like Chuck Todd fail in their most basic duties as journalists and however comically obvious the network's corporate agenda may be, ultimately watching Lindsay Graham roll around yet another stage floor with his 12,383rd consecutive case of wailing fantods over that dah-staad-ly Obama is just...boring.
Because the Clown Car Luke Russert's dad built and David Gregory tricked out and Chuck Todd treats like a Tiffany glass reliquary for the Beltways most fragile and hilariously overpaid derelicts
has long since stopped remotely resembling public interest programming designed to bring people and issues of vital public interest before a table of informed and engaging experts for discussion.
Now, week after week, it play like a forced march through the world's shittiest carnival fun house. With stale, patched-together pop-up monsters and sound effects designed sometime around 1983 to scare 4-year-olds. A dilapidated mess of groaning gears and ancient mannequins all but abandoned and slowly collapsing into rust and ruin because people like Chuck Todd do not have the intellect firepower or the professional integrity to do anything else with the enormous gifts they have been handed.
In fact, other than the Selma events, the only story on the air this weekend that should be of vital interest to anyone was over at CNN (H/t the irreplaceable Crooks and Liars for the video) in which the former media reporter for Fox News tells everyone what they already know, in blunt, unsparing language. That, yes, the propaganda arm of the America Fascist Party is a cult which lies to its large, paranoid and often racist audience, knowingly and constantly and as a matter of de facto policy.
And the Pig People love them for it:
And because this story explicitly calls out the Conservative side of the spectrum as being exactly the kind of reprogrammable golem we Liberals have been saying they are all along (from me, a long, long time ago) --
...But of course I forgot to factor in the fact that the core of the GOP is now almost entirely composed of the reprogrammable golem of the 27%.And the 27% are congenitally incapable of even entertaining the idea that their dogma can possibly fail. Dogma trumps blood. Trumps the Constitution. Trumps causality. Trumps truth. Trumps Reality itself, because like the Stalinists they so eerily resemble, burned onto their motherboards is the ineradicably fanatical belief that Conservatism cannot Fail; Conservatism can only Be Failed.These are junk citizens. Democracy’s Left Behindmost, and if you tell ‘em Dubya is the Second Coming of Reagan on Monday, they’ll cheer until their throats burst.Then turn right around on Tuesday and tell ‘em he is a Sekrit Liberal, and they’ll boo just as loudly.Tell ‘em on Wednesday that Dubya never existed and that Democrats are somehow magically to blame for Iraq and they’ll spaz out in wingnut ecstasy, jizz their Underoos, and start speaking in tongues.Tell ‘em on Thursday that we are at war with Eastasia -- that we have always been at war with Eastasia – and they will march this country into the sea singing “Let The Eagle Soar”....
-- you can absolutely count on this story to vanish from the Beltway radar in a cloud of emails and Benghaaaazi, never to be heard from again.