Saturday, November 19, 2016


So this happened last night:
Vice-president elect Mike Pence went to see the hip-hop musical “Hamilton” on Broadway Friday night, and the performance was disrupted when the audience wouldn’t stop booing him....

Upon arrival at the Richard Rodgers Theater, he was loudly booed — although some audience members also cheered him on....

Rod Dreher is beside himself:
This makes me angrier than it should....

The man was elected vice president of the United States, and this is how they treat him.

Don’t think people outside your cultural bubble aren’t noticing all this, taking note, and learning. You think your emotions and your passion entitles you to crap on everybody else, and not even to show them basic respect. You people saw about ten days ago where that gets you, but you won’t stop and can’t stop politicizing everything, filling it with your spite, even a night out at the theater.

You are taking America to the brink.
Funny, I don't recall Dreher reacting this way two months ago:
With the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks coinciding with the first Sunday of the NFL season, the league commemorated the day with pregame ceremonies involving field-size flags and a non-partisan video tribute featuring Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama....

Several social media users who attended NFL games across the country on Sunday reported hearing boos when the video started playing. According to someone who attended Sunday’s Jets game at MetLife Stadium, the scattered boos intensified when Obama appeared on the big screen.
Or in November 2013:
The mention of the U.S. president elicited booing during a halftime ceremony at the Missouri-Tennessee game.

During halftime, new members of the Missouri National Guard were being sworn in on the field of Memorial Stadium, said team spokesman Chad Moller.

Part of the oath the service members took reads, "I will obey the orders of the president of the United States." During a pause after that line was read, members of the crowd could clearly be heard booing and jeering, said LeMari Porter, an MU student present at the game.

MU student Julia Bosley was sitting in the general admission section on the hill during the game. She said she thinks the man standing behind her, who appeared to be a Missouri fan was the first to boo.

"He started booing, and then it just sort of spread around the stadium," Bosley said. "I was sitting with my boyfriend's family, and we all just turned around and looked at him in disbelief."

Bosley said no one said anything to stop the man, and several people nearby joined in.
Or in October 2012:
The president of Clemson University reprimanded the school's football fans Tuesday for booing President Barack Obama during a military ceremony last weekend, saying there is only one president, "and he is president of us all."

The display came as students were taking their oath upon being inducted into the university's Reserve Officer Training Corps on Military Appreciation Day during Clemson's 38-17 victory over Virginia Tech at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. The booing began as the members recited their pledge to "obey the orders of the president of the United States."
Or in November 2011:
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's wife, were booed by some NASCAR fans as they served as the grand marshals for the racing circuit's final event Sunday.

Obama and Biden were at the Homestead-Miami Speedway to promote Joining Forces, an organization that promotes the hiring and training of veterans. They were joined by Army Sgt. Andrew Barry, a veteran of the Afghan and Iraqi wars who now volunteers at an Orlando, Fla., veterans center, and his family. The clip shows that people cheer for the soldier, but boo when the two women's names are announced.
Or in March 2012:

Or in June 2009:
On a charm offensive in support of his health care reform efforts, Obama addressed the American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician lobby. The doctors in the audience booed him for revealing that he didn’t support the group’s pet cause—caps on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.
I'm not even going to mention "You lie!"

Here's an interesting theory about why Pence attended:

My favorite Twitter responses? This:

And this:

Rod Dreher was also upset about this:
At the end of the show, the cast addressed his presence, with Brandon Victor Dixon saying “Vice President Elect Pence, welcome. Thank you for joining us at Hamilton-An American Musical. We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. We hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of ALL of us.”
But imagine if President-Elect Hillary Clinton or Vice President-Elect Tim Kaine had gone into a white working-class neighborhood this week and heard a lecture like this from one of the locals -- a lecture saying, "You must pay attention to us." Commentators across the spectrum -- from Sandersites on the left to centrist pundits to the entire conservative movement -- would agree that Attention Must Be Paid. And any boos would be deemed more Clinton or Kaine's fault than the booers'.


Victor said...

Dense got boo'd?
Oh, the poor, poor special snowflake!

Fucking let me know when we libtards start sending e-mails of him with a bone through his nose, or his wife in a gorilla costume holding up fried chicken and watermelon!

Or, more likely from us liberals, with Dense fashioning a noose for Jeff Sessions to use, and Dense's wife going into a Planned Parenthood clinic with a few semi-automatic weapons. *


*But we ALL know THAT ain't gonna happen.

Victor said...

I have an idea!

How about a fake picture of Dense sitting around a campfire with nekkid Cub Scouts, wearing ass-and-crotch-less chaps, with nipple-rings?

That might begin to be comparable to what the Reich-Wingers put the Obama's through!

Yeah, Steve, I know you won't let this one appear!
I understand...

Unknown said...

Somehow it wasn't rude when Pence walked out when he was being addressed at the curtain call by that cast member, though.

The New York Crank said...

Rod Who?

Yours very crankily,
The New York Crank

rclz said...


Unknown said...

We should give Trump and Pence the respect they deserve, which is very little.

Kathy said...

And Trump sends out a couple of whiny tweets demanding an apology. Yep, the cast of Hamilton should apologize for speaking truth to power as soon as Trump apologizes for his years of birther lies.

Grung_e_Gene said...

A sitting Congressman yelled "You Lie" at the President during the State of the Union...

Pointing out right-wing hypocrisy is a losing proposition and a weak counterpunch. A better jab is to call them weak, ineffectual and pussies for their 'demands for an apology. And to tell them to pound sand...

Feud Turgidson said...

Look at the names Dump is nominating for AG and NSA. DHS & SoS will be the same; they ALL will be.

If it looks like a coup, if it behaves like a coup, it's a coup. Blogging on a dictatorship being boo'd at an entertainment is, with respect, picayune.

This democracy is gone. The Razis have effective control of the entire election process, 33 states now, the federal government, the armed forces, the police, the CIA, the FBI, the NSA.

The few nice nice things Dump and others are saying are sops, because Dump's not yet sworn in. Once he is, forget the nice nice.

In two months time, a white supremacist soviet will be running everything in this entire country that government affects, which is everything, including this blog, the internet, the police, the prosecutors, the prisons.

"Democratic action" can't work against all that, because democracy has already been utterly subverted to this white supremacist autocracy.

Nick said...

Doesn't he have a transition to manage?

Jen S said...

Apparently it's because he was on "personal time" and that's why it's harassment. I don't understand conservatives either.

Arjay said...

After 9/11 there was a concert for first responders in NYC. Jimmy Fallon did some stand-up. Bill Clinton spoke. When Hillary spoke, as senator from NY, she got booed. Just sayin'.

Arjay said...

After 9/11 there was a concert for first responders in NYC. Jimmy Fallon did some stand-up. Bill Clinton spoke. When Hillary spoke, as senator from NY, she got booed. Just sayin'.

Jimbo said...

Republicans consider all criticism and really any political speech to be illegal unless it conforms to their ideology. That's been the case really since the Nixon Administration. We're in a very long war and we should recognize that. The Establishment Democratic Party has never actually understood that, which is why their messaging is so poor.