It seems that all the Sunday Talkies were committing ritual seppuku in honor of Baby Jeebus leaving the cave to look for better housing, but This Week with a Greek Dwarf really sank about as low as you can get with infamous grifters and more infamous fetus-fondling god-botherers. Anyway, I think that they were trying for some Jeebus is Risen perspective and instead, they got this:
You know you are in for some really nutty talk when there are three religious whack jobs (including Franklin Graham, the dim son of the original Elmer Gantry) and Cokie “But the Democrats…” Roberts are on a panel. Our old pal the boyishly glabrous grifter Ralph Reed takes one pointy-toed kick to the nuts from Cokie and folds like a cheap suit.
Anytime Ralphie gets on the ropes, he turns to social science, which is always funny because his entire career is an exercise in denying that there is any social science. The Silent Majority, the Christian Coalition (from which he fled only moments before the Feds got there) to the warm embrace of Casino lobbying Jack Abramoff (and his gentle ministration fleecing native people) was all premised upon the Xristian Xrazies not being represented in surveys, legislation, and the media, you know, Social Science.
As always, C&L does us the great favor of listing who will be lying to us this week.
The always-terrific Nicole Belle in her head notes this week talks a little bit about accountability and what it would mean if applied to everyone. And she links to our pal Driftglass, which is always a good thing to do.
Crooks and Liars has the complete rundown of who is on the Talkies this week. Nicole Belle also tells us about vlogger RJ Eskow, who doesn’t suffer fools gladly:
As always, Nicole Belle has a really interesting introduction to the post. Today’s topic is the Progressive Caucus Budget and how it was ignored by the media.
(Crooks and Liars)
As always, Nicole Belle has the rundown, and once again her head notes to the post are required reading.
Today Nicole takes on Maddow’s recent claim that “we” were all fooled by the bad intelligence that led us into the Iraq War, etc. But especially she takes on the claim that the media was fooled.
Bravo, and well done Nicole!
The only thing I would add is to carefully look at Face the Nation’s discussion of Ukraine: there is not one single person who is not a hawk or a neocon. It is really shocking that the breadth of opinion is from A to B and back again.
McCain Least Popular Senator in Country
I read recently that Walnuts prefers the green rooms where they serve cupcakes, and I’m not making that up. Anyway, on to the numbers:
-PPP’s newest Arizona poll finds that John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country. Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove. There isn’t much variability in his numbers by party- he’s at 35/55 with Republicans, 29/53 with Democrats, and 25/55 with independents, suggesting he could be vulnerable to challenges in both the primary and general elections the next time he’s up.
Given that he is perpetually either the most frequent guest or in the top two of all the Sunday Talkies, this leads one to conclude that the more we see of Walnuts, the less we like him. Of course, I also think some of this must be the fall-out (and I mean that as close to literally as I can) from elevating the Narcissus Borealis as his running mate in the 2008 Goat Rodeo.
(Public Policy Polling)
“Can I say one of the problems is that the establishment, if you will, of the Republican Party, including, say, its consulting class nationally and its presidential candidates, what they’re trying to do is hit the target of what they imagine in their imaginations is the feelings and impulses of the base. They’re not good at that anymore. They’re not in touch with — with the ground in America anymore in a way that they used to be. And that’s part of the problem. They’re not aiming at a specific target, they’re aiming at a target they can’t fully see.”
I wonder what Peggington imagines in her imagination when she’s in touch with the ground–At peace with the floor–usually around closing time. Is she aiming at a target she cannot fully see, or a target that only she can see (or sees double)?
I love that Congressman Lynch will not let the GOP forget that they cut funding for the Embassies.
But isn’t it remarkable that Chris Wallace thinks that fact is getting off-track?
Death of the Media
…on the Sunday Talkies, I always get the impression that she just woke up from a three-day Mai Tai binge and just starts rambling to the pink elephant:
Now, when it is so obvious that she is contradicting herself within minutes that freakin’ Chuck Todd notices it, how can it be that she will have a dinner invite with all the other pontificating poltroons before the week is out?
It just boggles the mind.
(Also/too: what the hell is up with her hair?)