Er, Coulter? Ann Coulter? Oh. Yeah. We remember Ann Coulter.
Ann’s wardrobe consists entirely of black cocktail dresses from ”Skanks ‘R Us.” You
know, the title of her book reminds me of that pretentious Calvin
Klein perfume ad from the ’80’s with the slogan, “If obsession is a
sin, let me be guilty.” In Ann’s case, I guess the line would be, “If
an obsession with demonizing half the country is a sin, let me be
guilty, and then send me to Gitmo for the rest of my life.” Ah,
Coulter, the smell of it. Smells like tobacco breath, stale gin, and
Basically it appears that Prager thinks that individual members of
minority groups should apologize for the bad things that other members
of that group did which forced the majority to enact discriminatory
laws against the entire minority group and then feel vaguely guilty
years later for doing so....
Here's "the washed-up old terrorist," as McCain called him, speaking for himself but also with strange prescience. Highlights:
Asked about his reaction to Palin's "palling around with terrorists
remark, Ayers said: "I thought it was outrageous and profoundly
dishonest, and I chose not to react to it at the time."
Ayers added, "I was on a board with President-Elect Obama, we did live
in the same neighborhood, but the dishonesty of the narrative is that
if you can place two people in the same room or prove that they took a
bus downtown together, that they're somehow responsible for one
anothers politics, policies, outlook, and behavior, and that seems to
me to be patently absurd."
Peggy Noonan hasn't seen any sign yet of this "recession" thing everyone keeps banging on about---her corner of the world looks pretty comfy and business-as-usual and full of affluent Christmas shoppers to her---and she and her ilk are feeling a bit nervous because now that Bush is going, some menace or threat might saw off the branch on which their designed-by-Hermes silk cocoons are suspended and crush their way of life under its collective heel.
Nutshell version: Bush could perform a real service to me and other discredited neocons by (1) lying some more; and (2) pardoning the worst offenses of his minions so that no one connected with his administration can discredit us further.
by Blue Stockings | I don't think so. But it's a meme that's emerging since the Lieberman thing and the media are running it for all it's worth. Here's a piece by James Kirchick in The New York Daily News to prove it, all "Obama isn't afraid of the raging, impotent netroots because Joe Lieberman blah blah netroots furious rah rah blah dee blah blee." Read it yourself.
by Damozel | ....wielding Jonah Goldberg's hilarious, oxymoronic diatribe as her personal weapon of choice. As chronicled by Gavin M. of Sadly, No!, this tale is (partly, though only partly) the tale "of her New York rampage, baying through the streets with book
Ms. Palin directed most of her media criticism at liberal bloggers,
whom she twice called, “those bloggers in their parents’ basement just
After reeling off a list the credentials of liberalism's most formidable, Hamsher asks:
How would Sarah feel if someone called her an ignorant, freeloading bubble headed piece of trailer park trash whose daddy told the AP she spent the weekend scrambling to return her stolen clothes to the RNC?
Less than a week after she and John McCain lost their bid for the White House, a combative Sarah Palin on Monday night launched a full-scale media blitz that strongly suggests she's already on to Plan B...
If you were worried the Republicans might finally wake up after two
straight ass-kickings, and realize the right-wing schtick isn't working
anymore, rest easy.
The House Republicans have just selected their new leadership team.
John Boehner (R-Oompa Loompa) will stay in charge of the dwindling
Republican minority, but the second and third in commands will now be
Eric Cantor and Mike Pence, two congressmen whose loyalty to the far
right is only rivaled by their own stupidity.
by The Puppet Mistress |Blue Texan points out that the right wingers have suddenly raised the bar for what constitutes a mandate. All things considered, Obama's historic win was...historic.
I think a "landslide" probably should be reserved for any EV count over 400. By that measure, it wasn't a landslide. But...
Obama received the most votes of any presidential candidate in history -- over 63M, besting W's 62M in 2004.
received a higher percentage of votes (53%) than George W. Bush in '04
or '00, than Clinton in '96 or '92, and more than St. Reagan in 1980
(50%). He matches George HW Bush's mark in '88 -- and posted the
highest percentage by a Democrat since LBJ's 61% in 1964.
received more electoral votes (364) than George W. Bush in '04 (286)
and '00 (271), more than Carter in '76, and more than Nixon in '68,
Kennedy in '60, and Truman in '48.
Obama brought with him
increased gains in the Democratic Senate and House -- the first time
Democrats have extended their majorities in back-to-back elections
since the 1930s.
Bottom line: the size of Obama's win crushes
either of W's, who posted two anemic, 1-state wins, and lost the
popular vote in 2000. And this is the guy who they chriped for years
about having a "mandate" and was going to remake the country with
permanent majorities for the GOP and Peggy Noonan was savoring.
by Blue Stockings | Sadly, No! has published what might be the definitive post on wingnut rage, fear, and screeching.
Why are they so afraid all the time? What are they so afraid of? Is chronic craven fear really the trait that distinguishes the crazy-asses of the Republican base from normal people?
So it seems. I've finally worked out the answer to the question: Why, oh why do they hate us liberals so?
They hate us for our fearlessness.
They're in a perpetual state of bug-eyed rage and panic, alternating with fear and fury. How it must gall them that liberals don't share their fear of the monsters under the bed; that we have, in fact, put away childish things and moved on.
observes that the cry of "he must govern from the middle" is already
going up. But these people don't know where the middle is. The
government owns a majority interest in several heretofore private
banks, is embroiled in foreign adventures for which it cannot pay, and,
from the looks of the various referenda results, is riven with
significant cultural divisions. It looks more like Lord North's Britain
than what we usually think of as America. The new President is better
advised to seek solutions rather than some mythical center line to toe.
Have a look at the prominent conservative thinkers (I know, I know) who are working on a conservative "game plan",
trimming like little Clintons in search of the Joe the Plumber vote
that brought John McCain all the way to 163 electoral votes. They're
looking for the middle because they have nothing else to do. It's a
fittingly harmless occupation for people who are not going to be making
policy anytime soon.
The fact is, the dialogue of conservatives moved so far to the right under Bush---driven by various blowhards and nutjobs, while the more tempered conservatives kept opportunistically quiet as long as they got tax cuts for this silence---that what these people think of as "The Center" remains far to the right of even a moderate Democrat---or even some moderate Republicans. They've lost any sense of where the true center lies. On the wingnut continuum, Andrew Sullivan is a wild-eyed liberal.
I expect that everything that the (according to Paul Krugman and me) far-from-far-left Obama does while in office will cause them to fume and rage impotently. Obama wasn't my first choice---I admit I initially preferred John Edwards and then Hillary---but now I've seen more of him, I'm all for Obama. I would like for his to be a popular administration. But here's the thing: he's never going to be able to please the wingnut base and I hope he won't bother to try.
It must be difficult not being able to draw continuities between DARK
TIME and LIGHT TIME, such that when the sun unexpectedly goes down in
the evening it’s EATED BY THE SUN-EAT SERPENT, and when it startlingly
comes up in the morning it’s MIRACLE HOORAY LIGHT. And then ONO! IT’S
EATED BY THE EAT SERPENT, and then O HAI, IT’S MIRACLE HOORAY LIGHT,
and on and on throughout your whole gaping lessoff existence — a
‘lessoff’ being like a moron except not even one.
We can be thankful that for most of us, here in the most advanced
civilization the world has ever known, with unparalleled opportunities
for self-refinement and the pursuit of practical reason, when something
weird and unexpected arises — such as an election poll that gives a
result unreflected by any other such poll — we go “Dude, that’s
actually weird,” and are like, “You know, maybe there’s a reason.”
At this point a prediction is in order, and we feel that we can give
it with some confidence. Barack Obama may win the presidential
election, or else not win. We predict that this will depend on two
things: cause and also effect — and that it will not be the result of
building an airstrip out of palm fronds and sitting in a wicker control
tower wearing a set of headphones made out of two halves of a coconut
shell, willing the planes to come and deliver a bounty of cargo.
The last thing the McCain campaign needs on election day is demoralized
Republicans. Hence this memo, which recapitulates what Davis and co.
said on a conference call with reporters this morning.
I will tell you something that I probably shouldn't. It irritates my co-bloggers.
I for one wouldn't care that much whether Obama wins or loses if the times were even slightly less desperate. He's got plenty of presidential bids left in him.
McCain and Palin and the GOP deserve to have to unscramble the mess that Bush has made. If I thought there was a chance either one of them could fix even one of the problems without making it even worse, I'd be all for it. The best we can hope for is a president who can steer a steady course through a typhoon of Bush-related consequences. Whatever he does, whichever ticket occupies the Oval Office and environs is going to be damned if they do and if they don't.
by The Puppet Mistress | I'm going to agree with Thers:
Pretty much all you need to know about why the GOP is losing this election is to be found in the high-fiving among "conservatives" about this interview
where a ridiculous local TV host from Orlando asks Joe Biden completely
asinine leading wingnut questions about why Barack Obama is just like
Karl Marx. Biden came across like a grownup; the interviewer looked
like, well, someone from the Onion News Network, only not funny and all too real.
The only part where I disagree is this: the self-satirizing interviewer was funny. I doubt it did Biden any harm with non-Republicans.