Friday, February 08, 2008


It's phony outrage time on the right again. On her radio show on Super Tuesday, Randi Rhodes aired a mock ad that took the wingnuts' McCain Derangement Syndrome to an absurdly logical conclusion. The Radio Equalizer, leading the right-wing fainting couch brigade, has both a transcript and audio. An excerpt:

ANNOUNCER: The following is a paid advertisement from Republicans for Mitt Romney, or mass suicide. If John McCain is the Republican Presidential nominee, it will destroy the Republican Party. We're Romney supporters and we know. Cause, if you vote for John McCain, we're going to go on a killing rampage. Hey, better dead then moderate."

REPUBLICAN CHARACTER VOICE: "Look, I for one don't want to die in a hail of gun fire from crazed Mitt Romney supporters, but it's better then nominating a man who opposed the Bush tax cuts...."

SECOND REPUBLICAN CHARACTER VOICE: As a true Republican, I'm prepared to poison my own children if John McCain is the nominee, but I
do wish there was another way."...

It's funny because it's true.

It's not attacking anyone on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. It's not playing on any stereotype whatsoever. Many people on the right really do think a McCain nomination is the Apocalypse. Sorry, kids, we're watching your hysteria level, and this is your logical next step.


At Power Line, Hindrocket sniffs,

More hate speech from Air America. It's entertaining to contemplate what would happen if conservative talk radio engaged in the same kind of "humor" about Barack Obama. Of course, that would never happen. Conservatives just don't know how to hate like liberals.

The same kind of humor about Obama? What would that be -- a scenario in which Obama wins the nomination and Team Clinton goes on a killing rampage? Well, how different is that from Peggy Noonan's latest column?

If Hillary Clinton loses, does she know how to lose? What will that be, if she loses? Will she just say, "I concede" and go on vacation at a friend's house on an island, and then go back to the Senate and wait?

... a woman obsessed with how tough she is just may be lethal....

Deep down journalists think she's a political Rasputin who will not be dispatched....

And that is a grim and over-the-top analogy, which I must withdraw. What I really mean is they see her as the Glenn Close character in "Fatal Attraction": "I won't be ignored, Dan!" ...

Oh, sorry. That's just Hitlery. It's OK to call her a psycho killer.


UPDATE: And as FeralLiberal reminds me in comments, it's perfectly OK for Jonah "Liberal Fascism" Goldberg to suggest that there'll be chaos in the streets if Obama loses:

I think it's worth imagining a certain scenario. Imagine the Democrats do rally around Obama. Imagine the media invests as heavily in him as I think we all know they will if he's the nominee -- and then imagine he loses. I seriously think certain segments of American political life will become completely unhinged. I can imagine the fear of this social unraveling actually aiding Obama enormously in 2008.... Obama has a rendezvous with destiny, or so we will be told. And if he's denied it, teeth shall be gnashed, clothes rent and prices paid.

Well, "certain segments" do have more melanin, of course, so you can say anything you want about them, as long as you use codewords like "certain segments."

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