It’s Not Your Dad’s Oldsmobile GOP

The Death of the Media

Trumpenstein Monster from K-N-K

Every blogger in Left Bloggistan worth his ration of rum has been saying for years that the GOP created a monster with the Southern Strategy (thanks St. Ronnie!). Sure we’ve said it in different ways, but it always comes back to chickens coming home to roost, the monster always destroys the maker, you gotta dance with them whut brung you, etc.

We’ve said for a long while that the story of our times is that the New Confederacy has gone bonkers and that our elite media refuses to acknowledge that the Republicans are one fork shy of a place setting.

Instead we get Both Sides, and each time it is more ludicrous than the previous. At some point I hope that the media moguls get a scorecard for how their stooges are doing with their predictions:

  • Halperin—F
  • Todd—F
  • Brooks—F+

Since the 2016 Goat Rodeo began in earnest we’ve been waiting for someone, anyone, everyone in the Village to stop with these Coleridge-like, smoke-induced stories about how the Republicans were going to quit their summer-fling with fascism and candidates who would make Pol Pot blush and just say it: Trump is the Republican Party, Bennie-the-Blade is the Republican Party; the support for those two candidates alone is the vast majority of the base. No one else comes close.

¡JEB! and his ilk of establishment Republicans have lost control of the monster, and the monster is coming for them.

In just the last few days Trump has called for all Muslims to be in a database and in some way be marked for identification; Carson has said every American should be tracked in a database; and pseudo-establishment candidate Marco Rubio has upped the game even from there: not only should Mosques be shut down, anyplace where Muslims gather should be, too. Boring John Kasich actually has said out loud, in public, that he wants to create an office to proselytize Christianity to the rest of the world. Make no mistake about it: that is a call for a Crusade.

You, the MSM, please tell me what the candidates on the Left have said that is the equivalent? You cannot because nothing like that exists. So don’t tell me that there is some sort of mystical, mythical middle in this Goat Rodeo. It is quite literally Republican candidates who should be eating soft food in an institution somewhere quiet vs. sane people who want nothing more than for the government to work on solutions to our many, many problems (thanks to Chimpy et al).

There is no both sides. The media and their pundits have failed us spectacularly, and somewhere Rupert Murdoch is smiling.

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Presented by D’vorce D’spousa, documentarian fabulist, convicted felon, fired Y’all Qaeda business school dean, and would-be bigamist:

Very post-racial of D’Souza. Surely he won’t pass up a chance to call Obama a bigot, will he?

It’s sort of pathological with D’Vorce D’Spousa, innit?

But what about his other favorite punch-line?

Phew! I’d hate for a straight guy who went to prison to miss a chance to punch his dance card, so to speak. Ben Carson is smiling somewhere

As Miss Janet Jackson Once Sang…

Both Sides Redux

Jonah Doughy Pantload surreal

“…what have you done for me lately?”

Every good liberal worth their salt knew the moment that Steve Scalise’s (Republikkkan – LA) friendship with David Duke and other white supremacists was brought to the nation’s attention, that Wingnuttia was going to immediately bring up that late Democratic Senator Robert Byrd once belonged to the KKK, and that The Kenyan Usurper belonged to Rev. Wright’s church (“Reverse Racism!,” they screamed) and of course, Al Sharpton, whom The Confederacy thinks is Nat Turner reincarnated.

So it comes as little surprise that noted white power scandal sheet The National Review would put their favorite legacy hire and the best son in the world Jonah Goldberg onto the job of proclaiming false equivalency. And boy-howdy! does Doughy Pantload deliver the goods!

…Countless conservatives want to know: Why the double standard? Barack Obama was friends with a domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers. His spiritual mentor was a vitriolic racist, Jeremiah Wright. One of his administration’s closest advisers and allies is Al Sharpton, a man who has inspired enough racial violence to make a grand dragon’s white sheets turn green with envy.

Meanwhile, the Democratic party venerated the late senator Robert Byrd, a former Klansman himself. He was one of 19 senators (all Democrats) to sign the Southern Manifesto opposing integration. One of his co-signers was William Fulbright, Bill Clinton’s mentor.

And so it goes. Wingnuttia is as predictable as it is dense on the subject of race. We can go performa here and cite that the GOP was founded by Lincoln and that they fought for, and signed on to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but then it always goes silent, and Miss Jackson is warming up. So what have you done for Rick Santorum’s friends, the Blahs, lately?

We can start from Nixon-Reagan Southern Strategy and work our way forward, but I don’t think we need to. The Republicans have reformulated, regrouped, and rebranded. They now are the Confederacy reborn, they are working at rewriting our history to say (dog whistle ahead) that the Civil War was about States Rights, African Americans were better off as slaves (because generational poverty brought on by lack of opportunity is The New Slavery), and of course the Curse of Ham always subtly mentioned by Y’all Qaeda thrown in for good measure.

These are the people who would be delighted to tell Oliver Twist that he cannot have more soup.

UPDATE, and here’s a headline that’s gonna leave a mark: Much of David Duke’s ’91 Campaign Is Now in Louisiana Mainstream

Get off the cross, we need the wood (part infinity)

Here we go again.

The bakery in Oregon was on trial, not Xristian Xrazies. The law that the bakery broke was the public accommodations aspect of their non-discrimination law. If the bakery had refused to sell a cake to a Xristian Xrazie couple (or more likely, a Muslim couple) they would have been found guilty of the same discrimination. It’s part of having a business license and having a store front in the public square.

Gotta admit, though, I’m flattered that they would play Mock, Paper, Scissors to make their invalid point! We’ve gone from unknown to merely obscure!

(Think Progress)

The Afternoon Quote

“In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians,” Bayne wrote in the email. “What Parks did was courageous.”

Bayne added in the email that “what Robertson did was courageous too.”

–Ian Bayne, who is running in the Republican primary to challenge Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) in the 11th District of Illinois. (Livewire)

Does that make Bennie-the-Rat the Catholic Church’s Dubya?

The Death of the Media

From Faux News:

Pope Francis is the Catholic Church’s Obama – God help us

Jeebus, people. *Pounds head on desk*

Both Sides Don’t

Regular readers know that our sometimes mantra, “Both Sides Don’t” is generally ignored; the pontificating poltroons in our courtesan press continue to belch up false equivalences to try to appear non-biased.

Our pal Driftglass has long said that the punditry lie of Both Sides Do It is the essential lie that lets all the other pundit lies exist, and we agree. It doesn’t matter what the topic is, any criticism of the Right immediately triggers a reflexive, “yes, but the Democrats…” and the topic shifts. The thing is that they are never equivalents and usually not even related. It’s like trying to pay your bar tab by handing over your dry-cleaning ticket. But I digress.

Kevin Drum at Mother Jones asks us, “Has the mainstream media finally had enough?,” and he postulates that maybe they have, reluctantly and bitterly started to reach the conclusion that the GOP is both rudderless and off the rails:

“It seems to me that something has happened over the past three months: the nonpartisan media has finally started to internalize the idea that the modern Republican Party has gone off the rails. Their leaders can’t control their backbenchers. They throw pointless temper tantrums about everything President Obama proposes. They have no serious ideas of their own aside from wanting to keep taxes low on the rich. They’re serially obsessed with a few hobby horses — Fast & Furious! Obamacare! Benghazi! — that no one else cares about. Their fundraising is controlled by scam artists. They’re rudderless and consumed with infighting. They’re demographically doomed.”

OK, that is sort of the conventional wisdom of Lefty Blogostan, what else have you got?

Recently, though, my sense is that this has shifted a bit. The framing of even straight new reports feels just a little bit jaded, as if veteran reporters just can’t bring themselves to pretend one more time that climate change is a hoax, Benghazi is a scandal, and federal spending is spiraling out of control. It’s getting harder and harder to pretend that the same old shrieking over the same old issues is really newsworthy.

Question: Am I just imagining this? Or has there really been a small but noticeable shift in the tone of recent reporting?

It’s a worthy question: are Drum’s Spidey-senses tingling?

My sense is that the MSM print media is just sort of sticking its metaphorical toe in the water of actually reporting, but I suspect that it won’t last. The electronic media (Dancing with the Gregory, This Week with a Greek Dwarf, etc.) have not even tried to break the surface of Villager foolishness.

I mean, just look at the top 3 Sunday Talkies line-up:

-NBC’s “Meet the Press”: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); husband to former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) and retired Space Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly; roundtable with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA), former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

–ABC’s “This Week”: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; roundtable with ABC News’ George Will, Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-TX), former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus, former Romney 2012 campaign senior strategist Stuart Stevens; “Sunday Spotlight” segment with author and Johns Hopkins Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery Dr. Ben Carson (“America the Beautiful”)

–CBS’s “Face the Nation”: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; former Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) and Mayor Cory Booker (D-Newark); Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl; defense and foreign policy roundtable with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, Foreign Policy Magazine’s Tom Ricks and CBS News’ Margaret Brennan; political roundtable with Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter and CBS News’ John Dickerson

It’s not encouraging that so many pundits who have been proven demonstrably wrong continue to bloviate their conventional (incorrect) wisdom, week after week, month after month, year after year. There is no consequence for these people to be wrong on issue after issue. Next week, Walnuts will be on another Sunday Talkie.

In related news, a comet exploded over Russia indicating the end of the dinosaur era. Let’s hope Grandpa Walnuts gets the message.

(Mother Jones)

They poured about a gallon of coffee into Noonan

…good thing she already had the whiskey to make Irish coffee:

Why is this person on my electronic teevee machine?

Honestly, Nooners, both sides are not at fault here. And remember this entire situation was engineered by the GOP. And if you want to get technical, so was the debt that they are now fainting about.

The Five’s Festival of False Equivalency

The best worst-comment has to come from Chimpy’s former press secretary and exhibit A for banning Botox, Dana Perino: women need to make better choices.

Which certainly is cold comfort to the family and friends of every woman who has suffered from domestic violence.

(Raw Story)

The Afternoon Quote

“The only difference between the Klan and Planned Parenthood is that Planned Parenthood’s a lot slicker, a lot more polished. They’ve got a very Madison Avenue-type approach to their eugenics, but the goal is the same. The Ku Klux Klan could never have dreamed of having the success that Planned Parenthood’s having, and on top of that getting a million dollars a day in federal tax dollars.”

–Mark Crutcher, white dude of Xristian Xrazie organization Life Dynamics

(One News Now)