Saturday, February 25, 2012

Not So Fine Young Cannibals: The spin-free crazy of the Republican Party or How I learned to stop worrying and love the republican debates

Isn't it grand? The clowns have been sent in for our shock and amusement.
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I was reading a great piece by Matt Taibbi this morning, and he voiced what I have been saying to friends lately, to wit: These debates are revealing just how clown-car crazy the republican party has become. It's all about fear-mongering and hate of some mythical "other" enemy (basically liberals and pretty much anyone who, in general are "not like us, the real Americans.") But the debates reveal more than that--it's a natural progression that's like one gigantic, national billboard for what the new, unstable, radical right  looks and sounds like. And, in a kind of  creepy way, it's fun to watch them engage in mindless cannibalism.

Here's Taibbi:
"Throughout this entire process, the spectacle of these clowns thrashing each other and continually seizing and then fumbling frontrunner status has left me with an oddly reassuring feeling, one that I haven't quite been able to put my finger on. In my younger days I would have just assumed it was regular old Schadenfreude at the sight of people like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich suffering, but this isn’t like that – it's something different than the pleasure of watching A-Rod strike out in the playoffs. 
No, it was while watching the debates last night that it finally hit me: This is justice. What we have here are chickens coming home to roost. It's as if all of the American public's bad habits and perverse obsessions are all coming back to haunt Republican voters in this race: The lack of attention span, the constant demand for instant gratification, the abject hunger for negativity, the utter lack of backbone or constancy (we change our loyalties at the drop of a hat, all it takes is a clever TV ad): these things are all major factors in the spiraling Republican disaster. 
Most importantly, though, the conservative passion for divisive, partisan, bomb-tossing politics is threatening to permanently cripple the Republican party. They long ago became more about pointing fingers than about ideology, and it's finally ruining them. 
Oh, sure, your average conservative will insist his belief system is based upon a passion for the free market and limited government, but that's mostly a cover story. Instead, the vast team-building exercise that has driven the broadcasts of people like Rush and Hannity and the talking heads on Fox for decades now has really been a kind of ongoing Quest for Orthodoxy, in which the team members congregate in front of the TV and the radio and share in the warm feeling of pointing the finger at people who aren't as American as they are, who lack their family values, who don’t share their All-American work ethic. (source: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/arizona-debate-conservative-chickens-come-home-to-roost-20120223#ixzz1nOoh9dgy)" 
Jon Stewart Has Fun with the Cannibalistic Right.
So wrong. Feels so right
This is your Republican Party. This is your Republican Party on presidential campaign drugs. What the republican debates are really doing is revealing the truth of just how completely radicalized the party has become. From people cheering because Ron Paul would let a man die who had no healthcare coverage to Newt "All your base are belong to us" Gingrich, the leaders of the neo-nutball party are showing the uncertain just how kookoo for krazy puffs the party has become. 

At first, I was kinda freaked out about the new TV series known as the republican debates ("It's just like one, long, non-stop commercial for their shameless, misleading soundbites! This is terrible!"). But then I realized something: There's no spin by Fox during the debate. No sugar-coated, pre-scripting to sum up complex policy issues into easy to digest pills of apocryphal nonsense. It's just plain ughly, bizarre, and unfiltered weirdness--kinda like what a pure free market might be--only in this case, it's the deregulated exchange of hard right crazy talk. No-holds barred, verbal cage fighting by people who probably shouldn't be in charge of a co-op board, let alone president. As a result, the moderate middle is increasingly appalled by the extremist right and the latest gaff or bafoonish quote, and the lazy left is increasingly energized by the litany of republican mad hatters and the anti-human rights policies they are trying to push forth. It's like a playground mud brawl...

Enjoying the Game.
...Meanwhile, Back in Washington, some remain abrove the fray. Obama says nothing; he doesn't get involved. He delivers the occasional speech and goes about the business of the executive office. All the while, letting the crazed, hyperactive children of the right make fools of themselves on a national scale. (The debate the other night was brilliantly sent up by the near perfect Daily Show evisceration "Three Men and and Man Baby"). 

And that's good news for Obama, who comes off increasingly the only normal adult in the room. And with headlines like "Dow at Highest Point Since 2008," and "GM Profits Soar to $3.2 Billion in First Quarter," and with unemployment continuing to inch downward and poll numbers showing he's well in the lead, Obama's gotta be liking his chances against a republican clown car careening down a highway of batshit crazy. If I'm Obama, I gotta be thinking, "Man, you just can't buy this kind of campaign advertising."

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to the 20th running of The Dung Beetle Derby - a tedious race where ancient creatures attempt to roll a compacted ball of shit uphill.

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