Monday, April 11, 2016

Sunday Morning Comin' Down



The Student came upon the Sage drinking in his garden.

"Wise One, the heavens are full of signs that portend many strange things," the Student said. "But how shall one know for sure that the Media is well and truly dead?"

The Sage squinted up at the Student with his one, good eye, and tapped the two baskets sitting in front of him.  One was marked "Answers" and contained loose change and airplane bottles of adequate scotch.  The other was marked "Correct Answers" and contained gold coins and bottles of 16 year old Lagavulin.   The Student slipped a bottle of the master of malt into the second basket.

The Sage sighed.

"Ye shall know that the Media is near death when the nation's most famous purveyor of crackpot conspiracy theories and racist gibbering is invited as an honored guest onto the nation's flagship Very Serious Public Affairs program,"  the Sage said, uncorking the Lagavulin and pulling to glasses from the capacious pockets of his robe.  "And ye shall know that the Media is actually dead when the nation's most famous purveyor of crackpot conspiracy theories and racist gibbering is allowed to get away with quoting Martin Luther King about the importance of not playing to people's hatred while appearing on the nation's flagship Very Serious Public Affairs program."

The Student shuddered and flopped to the ground.

"There is something you need to see," he said, opening his laptop and firing up his video from Crooks & Liars... (emphasis added):



...
CHUCK TODD: So you think if Paul Ryan is somehow plucked as the Republican nominee, that it would be the end of the G.O.P. --

GLENN BECK: -- I think it would be very bad. You can't disenfranchise people. We've all gone out. We've been passionate about it. We've all been going back and forth and voted on the people that we believe. I really think it has to be one of the two frontrunners. I just think people would feel very betrayed, and that's why, quite honestly, that's why people like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are doing well, because people feel very, very disenfranchised and they are angry. And that's something we don't want to add fuel to.

When Roger Stone was calling and saying he was going to put out the hotel room numbers and encouraged people to go to the delegates' hotel rooms, and called for the Days of Rage which we all remember in 1968, that's really not a good thing. We don't want to play into the anger and the hatred and vitriol. We are in this together. Martin Luther King said we either going to live like brothers together, or we are going to perish together like fools.
[...]
CHUCK TODD: You were pretty aggressively on the "Never Trump" bandwagon. But under this circumstance, it sounds like you would prefer a Trump nomination if it's not Cruz over anybody else?

GLENN BECK: No, no, no. I think a Trump nomination would be, I am a "Never Trump" guy.

CHUCK TODD: Okay.

GLENN BECK: I think a Trump nomination would be disastrous. With that being said, you can't disenfranchise people. If Trump wins the 1,237 or wins in the first, second, third ballot, it must go to him. And it can't go to dirty politics. You can't continue to disenfranchise people. I will never vote for Donald Trump. But if he's the guy that is picked with fair play, that's fine. But you have Reince Priebus saying that it will be somebody who is running right now. Okay, let's take the G.O.P. chair at his word. It's got to be somebody who's running.
...
The Sage shrugged and handed the Student a glass of the good stuff.

"Been a long time coming," sighed the Sage. "I think you're gonna need this more than me."



5 comments:

bowtiejack said...

"And ye shall know that the Media is actually dead when the nation's most famous purveyor of crackpot conspiracy theories and racist gibbering is allowed to get away with quoting Martin Luther King about the importance of not playing to people's hatred while appearing on the nation's flagship Very Serious Public Affairs program."

I know you would rather have cash than yet another encomium, but Well done, sir! Well done!

Jimbo said...

"With that being said, you can't disenfranchise people." What Glenn Beck actually means to say is "...you can't disenfranchise Republican voters." He's fine with every GOP governor and legislature in the country disenfranchising Democratic voters however.

Paul Donahue said...

What Jimbo said. How high are the village walls that Todd cannot see over them to pose the most screamingly obvious follow-up question of the weekend?

RUKidding said...

Well well. Glenn BeckiBeckiBeckistan gibbers out something that actually makes sense, discounting temporarily his extemporizing on something something MLK. And yes, agreed, BeckiBeckiBeckistan is quite happily satisfied to witness D voters - especially the dreaded dusky hued ones - getting disenfranchised whenever and wherever possible. But somehow somewhere along the line, this gibbering loon has figured out that it's not cricket to disenfranchise the brown shirted Nazi's sieg heiling outside the door.

Well done, BeckiBeckiBeckistan bc it's due in no small measure to YOU that this has happened. Well much as I hate loathe and detest admitting it, I supposed I'll have to give this ratbag at least a half point of credit for stepping up and saying that the rubes should have their say... FINALLY. Of course, Beck has been handsomely rewarded for turning these nutbars into the rightwing white supremacist lunatics that we presently witness... all of them probably polishing their guns before packing their bags to head to Cleveland.

And possibly Beck gets it that the rabble won't be tamed by some weird back room deal, which the pundits have been vapidly offering as if it is a moral imperative, as well as something that Just Has to Happen and is really really a Good Thing.

Color me amazed that Beck is that much in touch with some sort of reality that he is "getting it," at least in this context.

I won't hold my breath, however, that the GOP is imploding and going away. They have TOO MUCH power in this country. This is one contest, frankly, and as important as it is, the D Team has permitted the Rs to gain huge power and control across the states, the local govts, the school boards and so on. So, No, I don't see the GOP going away.

So BeckiBeckiBeckistan is still gibbering out some nonsense. Phew!

Donald Walsh said...

In the luxurious offices of a billionaire hedgefund manager, the secretary meekly steps in. "Sir your wife called. Your ______ is broken. She wants to know what to do." "Tell her to buy a new one." "She says it'll be expensive." "OK, tell her to spend whatever it takes. Find the best one. We can't go without it."

The conversation is the same if the blank contains "flat screen TV" or "political party" or "news media empire." Have no fear, the owners will have a shiny new one up and running in no time. And they have people, the best people. They'll build it better than before.