Why is anyone, anywhere even pretending to feign --
– Chuck Todd: “Rush Limbaugh I think lives in South Florida. … Very large Haitian community in South Florida. You would assume he’d have a little more compassion about all of this.”
– Joe Scarborough: “The insensitivity is stunning, the words are deplorable. … [It's] indefensible.”
– Pat Buchanan: “They’re deeply insensitive, no doubt about it. I think the President of the U.S. speaks for the country when he stands up there. … I think Rush’s comments were cynical.”
-- shock anymore (Andrew Sullivan) --
...-- when a long-time Conservative stalwart like Rush Limbaugh sets up a shop in the middle of a global tragedy to picnic on the misery and horror of the dead, the dying, the maimed and the dispossessed?
The man who race-baits on a regular basis responds to a woman caller by telling her she has tampons in her ears. Now remember that Limbaugh is one of the de facto leaders of Roger Ailes' Republican party. An enthusiastic supporter of torture and of the abuse and murder of innocent prisoners at Abu Ghraib, he is nonetheless worshiped by a theocon like Kathryn Jean Lopez.
How dare anyone pretend that any of this is new. How fucking dare anyone pretend that any of this is surprising.
Long ago Conservatism dropped even the most vestigial pretext of being anything other than a race to the bottom of a sewer that has has no bottom, and for over 20 years Rush Limbaugh has been the pace car in that race. He has never been anything other than a perfectly constant bigot, a reliable liar, a relentless fear-monger and generally a giant, moral dumpster fire that has been the illuminating beacon of the entire Conservative movement.
Rush's vision of Heaven is heaps of suffering and dying brown people stretching off in every direction as far as the eye can see.
Rush's vision of his place in that Heaven is sitting on top of a mountain of gold, smirking, as Republican politicians lick his ass and 30 million Pig People applaud his every utterance.
Rush lives every day in that Heaven, which is why his vision of Hell is someone, somewhere daring to lift a compassionate finger to stop it.
Conservatism is a disease that comes in only four, mix-and-match flavors: moral cowardice, outright depravity, self-righteous ignorance, and opportunistic parasitism.
America is a land where Conservatives like Limbaugh get rich selling hate to imbeciles, and where teevee clowns renew their Serious Media credentials by feigning shock over it once a year.
And as long as this remains the American status quo, we're screwed.