For a moment, I thought Richard Cohen had given up, turned in his Smith-Corona, and hung up his Fedora, but then like Man’o'War he suddenly comes round the bend on the inside all hooves and dust and no one saw it coming!
“We have all become political hacks. We are all engaged in the back and forth of politics, the jot or tittle of the process, the meaningless cable chatter of it all, the sameness of it all, be it conservative or liberal, so we lose sight of principle and of right and wrong. This is how we hardly noticed that basically all of American politics acquiesced in the demonization of gays and lesbians.
“This occurred to me last week when the New York Times published …”
And that’s his lede.
I think maybe he shouldn’t try to keep up with Noonington at the Pundit Club’s Bar; she’s a trained professional.
Frozen teevee dinner heir and vanity publishing impresario Tucker Carlson says that immigrants are welfare-addicted gang-bangers who harm american workers.
McArdle on Marriage Equality:
At this point, it’s just a matter of time. In some sense, the sexual revolution is over . . . and the forces of bourgeois repression have won.
It seems her thesis is that by winning marriage rights, teh gays will be assimilated and actually lose.
That’s right, I said it: this is a landmark victory for the forces of staid, bourgeois sexual morality. Once gays can marry, they’ll be expected to marry. And to buy sensible, boring cars that are good for car seats. I believe we’re witnessing the high water mark for “People should be able to do whatever they want, and it’s none of my business.” You thought the fifties were conformist?
Wait until all those fabulous “confirmed bachelors” and maiden schoolteachers are expected to ditch their cute little one-bedrooms and join the rest of America in whining about crab grass, HOA restrictions, and the outrageous fees that schools want to charge for overnight soccer trips.
McArdle seems to be arguing some sort of an sexual inverse version of “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet,” but I suppose for gay people who are always being told that they are the Devil Incarnate, having the right to whine about crabgrass at the neighborhood 4th of July Party might seem like paradise.
Which also makes me wonder if ol’ Meg isn’t having a cris de coeur about her own bourgeois repression? Maybe she wants to walk a mile in the footless guy’s shoes or something?
Anyway, it is a hot mess. Read it at your own peril.
The Death of the Media
Luke Russert is exhibit A for the reason nepotism needs to be routed out in all of its forms; some J-school graduate was deprived of his rightful career for Timmeh’s foof son to opine on the networks. L’il Luke might also be the best proof yet that there is no guarantee that Evolution progresses.
I am laughing at Falafel Bill’s bad daddy impersonation and Monica Crowley’s middle child impersonation. So when does Alan colmes Mom impersonation offer dessert?
I hope someone remembers to play this clip at Bill’s funeral wake. This is solid gold.
OK, I lied: Really? “Illegals” and “Chiefs and Indians”? Sweet Jeebus, who says stuff like that?! On the other hand, Faux Noise’s new contributor, fire-crotch E2 seems to fit right in with casual racism.
…Earl Schieb will perform any surgery for $99.99?
“This is a huge moral question for the country, because I agree with George, that right now, most Americans do not see price in deciding whether to use health care. You see price in toasters, you see price in cars and homes, everything else. In health care, you don’t see price. And therefore, I have to believe, and I think your piece eluded to this, that when people go on Medicare, they really don’t see price, they tend to consume more than they otherwise would.”
“26 percent of all Medicare spending is last year of life. We don’t know how much of that is really efficacious spending. These are really tough moral questions for the country. But we’re going to have to deal with them if we’re really going to get health care under control.”
Because, you know, you’re dying, so why not shop around for a better deal?
What an assrocket.
The ever-polite Ezra Klein ever-politely rips a new hole into David Brooks for his latest preposterous column in the NYTimes. Here’s my favorite exchange:
DB: In my ideal world, the Obama administration would do something Clintonesque: They’d govern from the center; they’d have a budget policy that looked a lot more like what Robert Rubin would describe, and if the Republicans rejected that, moderates like me would say that’s awful, the White House really did come out with a centrist plan.
EK: But I’ve read Robert Rubin’s tax plan. He wants $1.8 trillion in new revenues. The White House, these days, is down to $1.2 trillion. I’m with Rubin on this one, but given our two political parties, the White House’s offer seems more centrist. And you see this a lot. People say the White House should do something centrist like Simpson-Bowles, even though their plan has less in tax hikes and less in defense cuts. So it often seems like a no-win for them.
DB: My first reaction is I’m not a huge fan of Simpson-Bowles anymore; I used to be…
…which is about as ham-handed a way to change the subject as I’ve ever seen. But it was either that or admit that he is a pontificating poltroon who doesn’t know what he is talking about.
Let the facts lead you to a conclusion as Bill Moyers used to say. And the fact is thus submitted into evidence: David Brooks doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The conclusion of course is that the paper of record just got swatted on the nose, and they need to get rid of Bobo sooner rather than later.
Why Brooks agreed to talk to Klein will remain a mystery of the ages.
NEW YORK (AP) — David Gregory has re-upped as host of “Meet the Press.”
NBC News shared no details, but described the new deal as “a long-term commitment.”
“What a great vote of confidence from NBC,” a pleased-looking Gregory said Thursday. He said his first four years in the moderator’s chair have passed quickly.
“In some ways, it feels like we’re just getting started,” he said. [Ed. Sweet Jeebus!]
But was Grandpa Walnuts’ contract renewed, too?
Famous Reagan-era UN diplomat and former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations who ran as a candidate in three Republican Party presidential primaries, Alan Keyes is in the news again for saying something stupid about the possibility that the Boy Scouts might stop discriminating against gay kids.
‘The Boy Scouts of America may imminently abandon the organization’s commitment to true Christian morals, allowing homosexuals into the ranks and leadership of its troops,’ Keyes wrote.
‘All Christian churches should immediately and spontaneously withdraw from their cooperation with the BSA’s corporate entity which would, from that point on, be usurping the name and reputation of the Scouting movement. The thunderous impression of their withdrawal would alert and warn all believers of the pitfall any association with the usurpers must henceforward entail.’
‘It will speedily become evident that what masquerades as tolerance is actually indoctrination, seeking to mould boys according to the standard the BSA trustees will have raised above God’s standard.’
‘On many campuses now, refusal to experiment with homosexuality is frowned upon as a sign of bigotry, so henceforth in Scouting braking down this prejudice would be recognized as a meritorious activity,’ Keyes claimed.
‘Though camouflaged in different words there will be a merit badge for this experimentation as part of the regime of homosexual indoctrination.’
Yes, you read that right: Merit Badges for gay sex. I suppose it will even out the program with the Knot Tying Merit Badge for bondage, though. And let’s forget the Animal Husbandry one entirely. This is, after all, a family blog.
(Gay Star News)