Tuesday, September 01, 2015

They Know But They Do Not Say, Ctd.

Another in an irregular series in which some prominent individual deep within the Beltway power structure fucks up by letting it slip that they damn well knew that the fucking Liberals were right all along, but nobody said nuttin' because David Brooks would freak out and write mean editorials about them.

Or something.

This week's edition features trusted Clinton adviser and the wingnut's newest favorite Sinister Insider Cabal chew toy, Sidney Blumenthal, who wrote the following back in August of 2010 in an email to Hillary Clinton which was never intended to be made public.  From (shakes head.  sighs.) The Blaze:
Sid Blumenthal Unloaded on Tea Party in ‘Confidential’ Three-Page Memo to Hillary Clinton

The August 2010 memo from the trusted Clinton adviser, revealed Monday night after the State Department released a new batch of Clinton emails, provided the then-secretary of state with “some language on extremism and the Republican Party.”

“The Republican Party today is a captive party. It is captive to the swamp fevers of the extreme right,” Blumenthal wrote at the outset of the memo. “It is captive to its out-of-power desperation for political power—willing to do and say anything to grab it—willing to use extremists to help climb back to power—willing to give the extremists power. No one is speaking up for responsible conservatism within the Republican Party.”

“If the Republicans don’t have the nerve to speak up for their own best heritage, then someone has to do it. The Republican Party is in a state of political disorder. Into the midst of its chaos a Trojan Horse has been thrust in the form of a self-proclaimed Tea Party as though the extremists behind it have something to do with the American Revolution and are not a stealth takeover operation of a confused political party funded by the same people who paid for the extremist movements against President Eisenhower and President Kennedy,” he continued.

Blumenthal blasted the John Birch Society that is “praised today by Glenn Beck.”

In another paragraph, Blumenthal accused the Tea Party of trying to drive America apart.

“The Republican Party is being purged of moderates, responsible conservatives, anyone who has a thought they don’t like. It’s divide and conquer. Divide the Republican Party. Divide the nation. Region against region, South against North, West against East, rural America against cities, state governments against the federal government, religion against religion, and soon, before you know it, it won’t look or feel like America. Out of loud declarations of love of country, they will break this country apart,” he argued.
So almost from the start, the most influential people in Washington damn well knew what the Tea Party was (ed note:  There.  Is.  No.  Tea.  Party.) and spoke the truth among themselves, but only within the safe inner sancta of power.

You know who else was speaking the plain and easily observable truth about the Tea Party back them?


Nobody...but a the same ragged band of disreputable Liberals bloggers who could not and still can't get within a hundred miles of a national microphone.
They knew.  

Of course they knew.  

They knew all along, but they dared not say, because as always, the grotesque truth about the Right directly contradicts the Both Siderist fairy tales from which our Beltway media derives their wealth and leverage.  As a case in point, some of you longtime readers might remember what happened in September of 2011 when, far too late, President Barack Obama dared to stray outside of the established borders of the Villager narrative and suggest that, just maybe, the GOP was the tiniest bit, uh, dangerously unhinged.

Here is America's Moral Thought-Leader, David Fucking Brooks, getting absolutely hysterical in the pages of the New York Times:
Yes, I’m a sap. I believed Obama when he said he wanted to move beyond the stale ideological debates that have paralyzed this country. I always believe that Obama is on the verge of breaking out of the conventional categories and embracing one of the many bipartisan reform packages that are floating around.

So the White House has moved away from the Reasonable Man approach or the centrist Clinton approach.

It has gone back, as an appreciative Ezra Klein of The Washington Post conceded, to politics as usual. The president is sounding like the Al Gore for President campaign, but without the earth tones. Tax increases for the rich! Protect entitlements! People versus the powerful!
There is no lesson here except a reminder that being right has nothing whatsoever to do with winning the argument.  And there is not surer way to get yourself shunned and ridiculed than to tell an ugly and obvious truth which those in power are deeply invested in not hearing. 


dinthebeast said...

"one of the many bipartisan reform packages that are floating around."
...like smelly turds in a punchbowl...

-Doug in Oakland

Unknown said...

The thing i don't understand is why the Village kowtows to this BothSiderism - how profitable can it be? Do they get paid to go to parties, like Paris Hilton? What is the effect of Truthsayer Shunning? WHY IS IT SO TERRIBLE TO ADMIT THE TRUTH?

Greg Mulka said...

Because if they admit the truth they don't get to go to the good cocktail parties and it doesn't matter for the beltway media who's in power as long as they still get to go to the good cocktail parties.

Greg Mulka said...

Because if they tell the truth they won't get to go to the good cocktail parties and it doesn't matter who's in power the only thing that matters is going to the good cocktail parties.

wibble said...

to Unknown @ 3:48pm -

...because to admit the truth, even =once=, would mean having to admit that =every single thing= they have believed, every decision they have made according to that belief, was WRONG. To admit that the lives and careers that have been crafted around these beliefs are built on counterfeit currency, and so are worth not even fart-gas.

This Cannot Be Allowed.

Ed Crotty said...

Tax increases for the rich! Protect entitlements! People versus the powerful!

Yes, please.

Ivory Bill Woodpecker said...

It's simpler than that, folks.

If they told the truth, they'd lose their jobs, and the very comfortable incomes which accompany those jobs.

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it."--Upton Sinclair

MedicineMan55 said...

I have to agree with the Ivory Bill Woodpecker. I think he just cut this sucker with Occam's Razor.

Jimbo said...

I think we also need to remember that there are pundits, fake journalists (Faux News, Politico, Newsmax, Drudge, etc.) and real journalists. I have two brothers both of whom are Pullitzer Prize winners. One works for a paper (Dallas News) the other for a news agency (Reuters Thomson). They are serious reporters using facts as well as interview information to develop usually long form reports and, nowadays, also stand-up stuff as well as radio. Point is so much of the garbage vomited up by the right wing "news" outlets and the Beltway pundits has no basis in reality ("...we create our own reality...") and is simply unrelenting propaganda. The fact that many journalists are privately Liberals is precisely due to an embrace of the real world rather than a rigid, ideological fantasy.

Unknown said...

I don't see this as Blumenthal trying to keep this within the safe inner sancta of power. This is Blumenthal -- who as the guy who wrote ``The Rise of the Counter Establishment'' in 1986 certainly did not just tumble to the wretchedness taking over the Republican Party in 2010 -- trying to slap some sense into the Democratic Party leadership, to convince them that those bile-drenched town hall meetings weren't just some random nutballs who'd disappear if we just ignored them. This memo reads as a summary of well-made observations and an aggressive wake-up call. Blumenthal's message did indeed die in the inner sancta of the accommodating Obama administration and the ball-less DNC.