Rush and Beck and Rubes and Their Money

The Con Artists - Limbaugh, Beck, Palin, Coulter - Bill Maher quote  :   http://mariopiperni.com

The more complete Maher quote:

“And con men, like Rush and Beck, are one reason the Republicans are in such dire straits today because they don’t care about winning elections, they care about separating rubes from their money. They’ve discovered there is a fortune to be made by keeping a small portion of America under the illusion that they are always under attack from Mexicans, ACORN, or Planned Parenthood, or gays, or takers, global warming hoaxers. It doesn’t matter. They don’t want a majority, they want a mailing list. A list of the kind of gullible Honey Boo Boos out there who think there is a war on Christmas and that the socialist policies of our Kenyan president have been so disastrous that the end of the world is coming.”

If you missed Maher’s New Rules last week, take a listen. This one is a classic.

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Innocence Lost – A Conservative Is Finally Done With Sarah Palin

There is something sadly revealing in this post by staunch conservative, Brad Schaeffer.

I used to be a fan of Sarah Palin, but even I can see that the best thing for her to do now is to step aside.

When Sarah Palin first exploded on the scene at the 2008 Republican convention as John McCain’s running-mate, I was enthralled.  Yes, I admit, I thought she was terrific.  Here was this attractive, confident governor from a state as far away from the Washington D.C. beltway as one could hope for.

She came to breathe new life into what was already a tired campaign. Finally, we had a vibrant GOP candidate who was not of the older white male variety to balance the ticket with the older white male.  [...]  She presented herself as a happily married woman who had welcomed into her world with open arms a Downs Syndrome baby while her son was being shipped off to war to serve his country.

What a story!

But that was then.  They say familiarity breeds contempt, and for me it has been a long and reluctant decline from genuine enthusiasm for this (if I may) ‘rogue’ breed of Republican to dismay, and then irritation.

Why so, Mr. Schaeffer?

I noticed that she often answered serious questions by reciting what sounded like hollow and rehearsed platitudes.

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…sound-bite answers to substantive questions have been her forte since 2008. I was patient at first since, in all fairness, she was a relatively unknown governor from the hinterland suddenly thrust front and center into the bewildering arena of a national election and thus she had to get her political sea legs.  But she’s been in said arena for over three years now. This is ample time for her to demonstrate that she can put forth coherent arguments that do not sound like they’re ripped from a handbook of pithy Tea Party slogans.  After so much time, my patience with fluff answers from someone demanding to be taken seriously as a potential occupant of the highest office in the land has run out.

Oh please. The only sad thing here is that it took Schaeffer three long years to come to the realization that Palin was, and is, a shallow, self-serving, know-nothing, moronic fraud who has ridden a pretty face and an uncanny ability to not feel shame or embarrassment all the way to fame and fortune.  Most of us understood who Palin was after the first three weeks. And if not then, then certainly after she quit her job as governor of Alaska in search of more riches.

What took conservatives like Schaeffer so long? Here’s a smart little analysis I found in the Comments section.

And now we get to the fundamental problem with emotions of allegiance to today’s Republican Party.

In the wake of Medicare Part D, the Bush deficits, the misleadingly sold and incompetently prosecuted invasion of Iraq, plus NCLB, Raich, etc., there’s no philosophical or ideological reason to be a Republican.

Instead, being a Republican is an emotional choice, like choosing to root for the Philadelphia Eagles. Like Eagles fans, Republicans are characterized by deep hostility toward other groups.

So when someone who’s not a member of the Republican tribe says, “gosh, Gov. Palin doesn’t seem to have done much as governor but violate government transparency laws, campaign for the “Bridge to Nowhere,” and raise taxes on oil companies; and she doesn’t seem to be all that insightful or well-prepared for interviews … ”

What a Republican/Eagles fan hears is: “COWBOYS RULE!!!!”

And the Republican responds in turn with, “E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!!”

Schaeffer’s deeply felt allegiance to his tribe and hostility to (mostly imaginary, but let’s leave that aside) other groups (“femi-Nazis hate her!”) led him to disable his brain’s critical thinking capacity about Gov. Palin until the interests of the Party permitted him to reactivate it.

But just wait– tomorrow, we’ll see a column from this guy about how Rick Perry’s comments about Ben Bernanke reflect a well-considered Burkean suspicion of government power.

Because that’s what it is to be a Republican, in their current, post-policy phase– you just have to be perceived to irritate liberals, and you’re good to go.

Exactly. I envision a column by Mr. Schaeffer a couple of years down the road, writing about a broken, hopeless and totally fragmented Republican party, lamenting the fact that the Tea Party was not the “rousing, feisty, roll-up-your sleeve” populist, grassroots entity he once believed them to be. How sad, he’ll tell us, to discover that the Tea Party was anything but a spontaneous uprising of angry, concerned citizens and was instead a carefully crafted idea fabricated in the smoky backrooms of millionaire, GOP operatives.

Pardon us, Mr. Schaeffer, if none of us shed a tear over your tragic loss of innocence, be it for Palin, the Tea Party or your beloved Republican party.

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The Midnight Ride of Sarah Palin

I might be wrong but I’m thinking that Andrew Sullivan over at the DailyDish does not hold a high opinion of Sarah Palin.

One of the most pernicious and dangerous features of Palin is her clinical refusal to understand reality, to accept error, to acknowledge when the facts she has cited are not actually facts, but delusions. And her vanity and pathologies are so deep she will insist that black is white until her minions actually find a source to prove it.

She’s dangerous; she’s shrewd; she’s an exhibitionist. But she is also, we must keep reminding ourselves, a farce. What worries me about this political leader incapable of telling fantasy apart from fact is that, in a long and deep recession, someone who can lie that readily and manipulate religious and cultural resentment as well as she does is a danger. Not just to America, but to the world.

My thoughts concerning Palin have less to do with her and more to do with her followers.  Palin is a grifter who lacks the awareness skills and intellect to understand that she’s an idiot. I get that part, no problem. What is more troublesome, I think, is that there are literally millions of Americans who adore this cartoon character and who would go to no end to defend her against all criticism. What is wrong with these people?  Can there be that many fools in the country?

I imagine so.

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Jon Stewart Schools Donald Trump on Pizza

As a man of Italian ancestry who has spent a ton of time in New York City, I can attest to everything Stewart says here about both the city and the proper way to eat a pizza slice. If you didn’t catch the Daily Show last night, you’re in for a treat. It’s Stewart at his best. Canadians can view the clip here.
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The Fire In Sarah’s Belly

This stuff writes itself.

Fox stooge: “Do you have that fire in the belly [to run for president], do you have it?”

Sarah Palin: “I think my problem is that I do have the fire in my belly. I am so adamantly supportive of the good traditional things about America and our free enterprise system and I want to make sure that America is put back on the right track and we only do that by defeating Obama in 2012. I have that fire in my belly.”

“That’s kind of my problem is that it’s such a roaring fire in my belly to preserve and restore all that’s good about America that I struggle with that every single day.”

It would seem to me that Palin’s concern should be less about a fire roaring away in her belly and more about finding that brain she must surely have misplaced at some point in her illustrious life.  But hey, she’s a Fox News Analyst.  No prerequisite for a brain at that gig.

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