...which are, of course, in completely different coloring books. Meanwhile, the Left just laughs the bitter laughter of adults who have seen it all before because OF COURSE everyone knew it was coming, even though it is all so stupid, so stupid and transparent, so stupid and transparent and bogus, and yet full of wingnutty media-fuelled portentousness and pomposity.
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."
But the fall of the Illinois Democrat---while pleasing to those of us who like our government corruption free--does its part to wilt the petals in our winner's bouquet and we haven't even had the inaugural ball yet.
by Damozel | Like Nora Ephron, I am practically in love with Chris Matthews despite
his many, many flaws and excesses. Watching him when he isn't talking but listening causes a thrill to go up my leg. So I am trying to decide how I feel
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 Damozel | I normally wouldn't draw our daily dose of snark from the same blog two days running, but TBogg is a master, and this---like yesterday's---is masterly, both in its ruthless efficiency and accuracy in identifying and lancing the latest unattractive inflammatory groundswell and its peerless use of pop culture references as the instrument of choice. Yesterday, it was Galaxy Quest. Today: one of my top five all-time films, Life of Brian.
Obama got elected three days ago and the wingers are all depressed, which they consider to be proof that they are also now, and destined in the future to be, oppressed. They're always mad, but now they're even madder---as well as in a panicky tailspin---and so the leading lights of the right are busily organizing a Republican Resistance movement.
Sadly, their defeat has forced them to confront how much they actually hate one another. None of them can agree even on the fundamentals of how to build a better GOP.
TBogg considers the struggle of the emergent warring sects to find some common ground, and their ensuing abject failure:
Divided we stand"...no...wait...um... "united we flail" ...no, that's
not it. Crap, I think I wrote it down on a Wendy's napkin. Look in the
back seat of my car.... Oh, here we go....
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.
CLAIM - Marc Ambinder Claims He Has Written a Haiku
FACT - A Haiku is 5-7-5, Ambinder dangerously misleads the American people by writing a "Haiku" that is 6-7-5.
- "With only five days until the election this misuse of Japanese
poetry could unravel the very fabric of American democracy. We
immediately demand that the first line be amended to "Joe's with us
today" to comply with the use of syllables that the American people deserve
and expect from The Atlantic."
by Teh Nutroots & The Puppet Mistress | Today we implement what we hope will be a regular feature: a round-up of bloggers who hate teh stupid as much as we do.
At Balloon Juice, John Cole:
Wise People Suck. At Saddleback, John McCain named John Lewis as one of the "wise men" on whom he'd rely during his Administration. Now this wise man has a few wise words about the tactics being used by McCain & Palin, speaking "as one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement."
The Bride to Nowhere. McCain's chief of staff would rather he suffer "an honorable defeat" than be disgraced by Palin's continuing antics. John Cole laconically sums up how McCain and their neocon "helpers" created this unruly monster. "Pitbulls don’t know when to stop biting," the piece begins....
Deb has always wondered that the GOP's Plan A was to lose this election. If not, it's clear they've got a Plan B. See John Cole's piece, The Fall Guy.
by The Puppet Mistress | Schaffer's provisional "J'Accuse!" is printed in The Baltimore Sun. In it, Schaeffer refers darkly to what many of us are beginning to fear: that McCain and Palin are helping to incite people who might be all too inclined to feel justified in resorting to violence. It's happened before, "my friends."
In pertinent part, it says:
John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama
with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as
"not one of us," I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged
elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of
potentially instigating violence....
John McCain: In 2000, as a lifelong Republican, I worked to get you elected instead of George W. Bush.
In return, you wrote an endorsement of one of my books about military
service. You seemed to be a man who put principle ahead of mere
You have changed. You have a choice: Go down in history as a decent
senator and an honorable military man with many successes, or go down
in history as the latest abettor of right-wing extremist hate....
Stop! Think! Your rallies are beginning to look, sound, feel and smell like lynch mobs.
McCain, you're walking a perilous line. If you do not stand up for all
that is good in America and declare that Senator Obama is a patriot,
fit for office, and denounce your hate-filled supporters when they
scream out "Terrorist" or "Kill him," history will hold you responsible
for all that follows.
John McCain and Sarah Palin, you are
playing with fire, and you know it. You are unleashing the monster of
American hatred and prejudice, to the peril of all of us. You are doing
this in wartime. You are doing this as our economy collapses. You are
doing this in a country with a history of assassinations.
[S]top stirring up the lunatic fringe of haters, or risk suffering the
judgment of history and the loathing of the American people - forever.
by The Puppet Mistress | I'll post the speech when it's available. For now, here's a list of reviews. As a former Clinton supporter, I can't help loving the kudos she's getting. I just hope this speech will remind the people who have forgotten or who are too young to remember: Real Dems love Hillary. Politically, this might have been the best thing that could have happened to her. It was a shining moment---a redemption from the point of view of her detractors and a confirmation for her supporters. Love it.