Rush Limbaugh is having an existential crisis

“I was trying to think if ever in my life, I could remember any major political party being so irrelevant. I have never seen it. I have never seen a major political party simply occupy placeholders, as the Republican party has been doing. There has not been any serious opposition…against what’s happening in this country. The Republicans have done everything they can to try to make everyone like them and what they’ve ended up doing is creating one of the greatest political disasters I’ve ever seen in my lifetime…I was pondering if I could ever remember…a time when a political party just made a decision not to exist, for all intents and purposes.”

Rush Limbaugh, lamenting the GOP’s surrender on the shutdown and the debt ceiling.

Bill Maher explains why Sarah Palin is about to make a lot of money

“Survival seeds. Also known as… seeds.”

Bill Maher explains why Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh do so well financially – and why it’s that conservative business model which Palin will undoubtedly cash in on as well:

“They don’t care about winning elections; they care about separating rubes from their money. They discovered that there’s a fortune to be made by keeping a small portion of America under the illusion that they are always under attack, from Mexicans or 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 that there’s a ‘War on Christmas’ and the Socialist policies of our Kenyan President have been so disastrous that the end of the world is coming.

[...] Glenn Beck has only 300,000 subscribers, so they’ll never be a majority. But it doesn’t matter. Maybe they can only vote once every two years, but they can buy the same book every three weeks… the exact same book, over and over and over again.

I don’t know why being a Republican means needing to have your faith recharged five times a day like Dick Cheney’s heart. Because there’s no comparable industry on the left devoted to separating liberals from their cash. I mean, unless you count Whole Foods.”

Colbert mocks Limbaugh and Doocy over Obama’s gun reform proposals

Colbert mocks Rush Limbaugh, Steve Doocy’s criticism about Obama’s gun reform proposals: Limbaugh barked on his radio show about how sickening he found Obama’s display. “He brings these kids, supposedly who wrote letters to the White House after Newtown … to paint a picture of support [mocking voice] among the children!” Limbaugh said. He continued in a falsely sympathetic tone, “They don’t want to die. How can you not listen to them?” And Colbert dished it right back, adopting a similar voice. “Boo hoo! I want a pony, I want to go to Disneyland, I want to wake to see another day. Boo hoo!” After all, why would kids be terrified of accident-prone weaponry?


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(Limbaugh caricature above: DonkeyHotey)

Selections from the annals of ‘Republicans are terrible people’

They really are just awful…

“MSNBC just aired an audio clip of Rush Limbaugh mawkishly sobbing in a toddler’s tone, “I don’t want to die,” in what Limbaugh, uh, humorously charged was a White House child-prop tactic to sell sensible gun control on Capitol Hill. This was, without a doubt, the most contemptible thing this jackass of a fascist fathead has ever slobbered on-air.” — Rush Limbaugh, and the last straw (via)

Louisiana Republican Governor Suggests Eliminating Corporate Tax, Paid For By Taxing The Poor: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (Republican) wants to eliminate both his state’s income tax and its corporate income tax, giving a big gift to the richest Louisianians and the state’s businesses. And he may pay for it by hiking the state’s sales tax, which will disproportionately hurt Louisiana’s poorest residents.

Gun Appreciation Day is Sponsored by a White Nationalist Party: Following the publication of this story, Gun Appreciation Day removed American Third Position from its sponsors. A3P describes itself as representing “the unique political interests of white Americans.”

Fox 5 Anchor Announces The “N*gger Inaugural”There’s a list of words that TV reporters should never say, and it must be racing through their heads whenever the camera’s on. Don’t say it. Don’t say it. Well, Fox 5’s Holly Morris said it. In a morning broadcast yesterday on extravagant inauguration deals, Morris fell over herself and declared the Willard Hotel the spot for the “n*gger inaugural.”

“Quite frankly it’s going to be difficult going back and working with people you sit next to and whenever they were in need, we responded immediately. Not one member of Congress ever voted against or said one word in opposition to aid going to other states when the money was needed. We were going around like third world beggars. At least they put us in that position.” — Rep. Peter King (R-NY), on his fellow House Republicans’ behavior on disaster relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy in NY and NJ.

GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway told House Republicans at their retreat that they need to stop talking about rape, Politico reports.

How [Republicans in] Congress Wrecked a Smart Debt-Ceiling Fix: in 1979, Dick Gephardt, “who would later become House Democratic leader and twice run for president, devised a simple fix that met the absurd requirement of a two-step process. With help from the House parliamentarian, he established the Gephardt Rule, which decreed that when Congress adopted a budget resolution (the first step) it was automatically ‘deemed to have passed’ a commensurate increase in the debt limit (the second step). Presto. Problem solved. The Gephardt Rule held for a decade and a half, during which there were no fights over raising the debt ceiling. But when Republicans took control of the House in 1995, they killed it… Gingrich thought the second vote was a good pressure tactic to limit spending. Yet the threat of debt default didn’t work because nobody took it seriously. What’s different now is that many Republicans seem willing to follow through. Even Gingrich is worried.”

DailyKos:  For unintended hilarity, you can’t beat the planned panel discussion [during the Republicans three-day retreat] on how to talk to women and minorities without pissing them off.

The panel, entitled Discussion on Successful Communication with Minorities and Women, suffered an image problem from the get-go: Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., who heads Republicans’ campaign efforts, deflected a question regarding the irony of a panel trying to help the GOP woo minorities happening in a room named after a slave-owning family’s plantation. “I don’t pick the rooms we meet in,” Walden said. “I know the Democrats have held their retreats here too and I assume you’ll go and figure out if they ever held meetings in that same room.”

Fair enough, but having a panel on minorities and women that seemed to be well-stocked with white guys proved perhaps even more awkward: But then why, a final reporter prodded, did this panel on communicating with women and minorities include three white men: Representatives Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Scott Rigell and Frank R. Wolf, both of Virginia? Mr. Walden, who was not responsible for putting together the event, pointed out that the panel also included several women: “a woman from CNN” (Ana Navarro) and “Sean Duffy’s wife” (Rachel Campos-Duffy). Mr. Duffy is a congressman from Wisconsin; his wife is a television personality. Also on the list was Ms. Herrera Beutler. But, unfortunately, her name was misspelled.

Florida Business Leaders Vow To Block Paid Sick Day Laws During Worst Flu Season In A Decade: The U.S. is currently experiencing its worst flu season in a decade, but many workers can’t heed the advice of public health experts to stay home when they’re sick due to a lack of paid sick days. And Florida business leaders are looking to keep it that way: The Florida Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday that one of its top legislative priorities this year would be blocking local governments from adopting paid sick-time measures such as the one pending in Orange County. At a news conference in Tallahassee, Chamber President Mark Wilson said his powerful business group wants a law that would ban cities and counties from creating varying paid-sick-leave rules across the state. The passage of local sick-time laws would, Wilson said, “make pockets of Florida very uncompetitive.”

West Point study on ‘violent far right’ shows ‘dramatic rise’ in attacks: Some conservatives object to the report. The Washington Times, The National Review, and World Net Daily all report on critical reactions from the right, according to the Atlantic Wire, with blogger Pamela Geller calling it an “appalling attempt to demonize loyal Americans and whitewash the Islamic threat.”

Josh Marshall: GOP memo brags: We gerrymandered so well we won the House even though we got fewer votes!!!

Is low testosterone causing some of the problems in Washington?

Get off my lawn! Why some older men are so grouchy

The look: A scowling face, a wagging finger, and a shaking head. The targets: The economy. Teenagers. Windmills. Some informally dub it “grumpy old man complex.” British author Carol Wyer labels it “irritable male syndrome,” a spike in the outward crankiness of guys of a certain age. As more baby boomers hit 60 — the age when male grumpiness seems to kick in — be ready for a growing chorus of grouchy flare-ups, like a Donald Trumprant set to explode.[...]

Testosterone levels generally fall as men age, according to the Mayo Clinic. Such hormone drops are known to dampen male moods, says Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh, head of the International Society of Men’s Health and a urologist in New York City. “Testosterone is a hormone that grows muscles, reduces fat in the body, affects energy, and improves sexual desire,” Shabsigh says. “However, it also has neural-psycho effects. And in some men we encounter in our practice, those affects can be mostly visible: low mood and irritability.”


This Modern World: Election Aftermath

Real life Karma: Bain Capital acquired Clear Channel and loaded it with massive debt

Is there one person who voted for Mitt Romney who could honestly say they’d welcome the thought of Bain Capital “acquiring” their employer? One person? No? BUT YOU VOTED FOR HIM ANYWAY?

Clear Channel quietly pruning scores of staff because of the massive debt it owes to Bain Capital – Toledo Blade

“Clear Channel, the largest radio station operator in the country, is partially owned by Bain Capital, which is the company founded and previously run by former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Debt-ridden Clear Channel, headquartered in San Antonio, has been quietly pruning its corporate structure since late 2011.

On-air talent and behind-the-scenes employees have been shown the door or programming has been eliminated in markets that include Los Angeles, Boston, Tampa, San Diego, Madison, Wis., Springfield, Mo., Oklahoma City, Nashville, and, most recently, Toledo.

Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners, two private-equity firms, finalized their $26.7 billion purchase of Clear Channel in July, 2008, loading the company with debt. According to Clear Channel’s Nov. 2 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company had $16.4 billion in debt.

The company’s debt must be repaid throughout the decade and comes due as soon as 2014. The 2008 sale was the catalyst for thousands of layoffs as Clear Channel restructured.”

No wonder Romney was so shell-shocked the night of Nov 6. They threw money at everything in sight: commercials, state governors, voting machines, and even far-right Clear Channel – the home of the largest sack of shit with its own radio show in America.

And Mitt Romney still lost!

Truth through sarcasm…

“…I’m the primary reason the Republican Party lost. And I am, by the way, the primary reason the Republican Party will keep losing, until I am denounced by the Republican Party.” Rush Limbaugh, 11/13/12

It’s not just you, Rush. It’s Fox too.

Tom Tomorrow: Their own reality

“Conservative media lies to its audience because much of its audience wants to be lied to.” — Adam Serwer

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via: azspot • Tom Tomorrow: Their own reality

Is Fox “news” hurting the Republican Party? Has Fox played itself out?

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MMFA has many, many comments and examples on these questions. Here are two:

The Atlantic‘s Friedersdorf: Misinformation From Fox And Conservative Media Cost Romney The Election. Conor Friedersdorf wrote for The Atlantic that “right-leaning outlets like Fox News and Rush Limbaugh’s show are far more intellectually closed than CNN or public radio. If you’re a rank-and-file conservative, you’re probably ready to acknowledge that ideologically friendly media didn’t accurately inform you about Election 2012.” Friedersdorf continued:

How many hours of Glenn Beck conspiracy theories did Fox News broadcast to its viewers? How many hours of transparently mindless Sean Hannity content is still broadcast daily? Why don’t Americans trust Republicans on foreign policy as they once did? In part because conservatism hasn’t grappled with the foreign-policy failures of George W. Bush. A conspiracy of silence surrounds the subject. Romney could neither run on the man’s record nor repudiate it. [The Atlantic11/7/12]

SF Chronicle Columnist Carroll: “Could It Be That The Fox Model Has Played Out?” In a November 9 column, the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Jon Carroll described watching Fox, MSNBC, and PBS on Election Night. He wrote:

You had to wonder about Fox. This is the third presidential election in which Fox has been a major player, and the Democrats have won two of them. A combination of big money and big propaganda was supposed to carry the day for Romney and the Republicans, but it didn’t.

Could it be that the Fox model has played out? Could it be that the lack of civility and grace, the embrace of the most extreme candidates as long as they were Republicans, indeed, the whole idea behind Roger Ailes’ brainchild — a pimping station for the far right — may be politically bankrupt?  [San Francisco Chronicle11/9/12]

The same questions could be asked about “leader of the GOP” Rush Limbaugh:

“…every time a new Republican president is elected, Limbaugh gets invited to the White House. Conservative think tanks lavish him with awards. Republican politicians are eager to appear on his show, where they talk to him like an old friend. And among rank-and-file conservatives, Limbaugh is easily the most popular voice in America. Given all that, how can it possibly surprise anyone that lots of black people perceive the conservative movement as a hostile entity?” — The GOP Must Choose: Rush Limbaugh or Minority Voters

The GOP has so many problems it needs to address at this point, if it hopes to ever rebuild itself into a viable choice in a healthy two-party system. Republicans have to see that Fox (and Limbaugh, et al.) have done nothing but drag their entire party into the fringe of rightwing extremism. The Republican Party is currently inhabiting a place where great wealth is protected with pure psych-ops on its non-wealthy base, where facts are politically harmful, racism gets people excited, and stupidity is a badge of honor. What direction the GOP will go from here is anyone’s guess.

Scarborough: “Everybody lied” to GOP donors (except the Democrats)

“I’ll tell you, if I were a donor, my biggest problem would be that I was lied to. I was lied to by the, as David Frum said, the conservative entertainment establishment. I mean, the conservative media establishment. They lied to the donors, they lied to the base. They lied to everybody about how Romney was ahead and things were looking good in the Senate. The pollsters lied. Everybody lied. And so guys keep writing checks and find out the reason they went to Minnesota and Pennsylvania is because all of these people that were saying Romney was going to win Ohio, they knew he was not going to win Ohio. They knew all along.”

— Joe Scarborough: ‘Everybody Lied’ To GOP Donors | Mediaite

The GOP donors (hell, the GOP base) ought to begin wondering what else they’re lied to about by the conservative entertainment industry (Fox, Rush, etc.). I wonder if the donors / base are noting that the non-conservative media industry, and the Democratic Party itself, weren’t lying to anyone about their polls and projections.

The fact of the matter is that conservatives don’t want to hear anything outside of their safe bubble of tribal knowledge. They’re right and everyone else is wrong, and if anyone disagrees: TALK LOUDER. That’s what we’ve had to deal with for at least a couple decades. They lied to themselves.

What happened to our country? Hurricane Sandy and fanatical rightwing extremists

Fanatical, extremist, pseudo-Christian, racist, rightwing nutjobs happened to our country — and we’ve suffered ever since. The simplest and most immediate answer to this problem is to not allow politicians who stand for those values to be elected or re-elected. Take away their voice and their power.

via: con-tem-plate (Photo: REUTERS/Larry Downing)

“Heckuva Job Brownie” criticizes Obama for responding to Hurricane Sandy “so quickly.”: “One thing he’s gonna be asked is, why did he jump on [the hurricane] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in…Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?” Brown says. “Why was this so quick?… At some point, somebody’s going to ask that question…. This is like the inverse of Benghazi.”

Rush Limbaugh on Chris Christie meeting with President Obama: “He’s fat and a fool. Don’t listen to Governor Christie. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” But Limbaugh clinched the quote with his reasoning for being so vicious: “He makes fun of me all the time.”

Wonkette: “Yes, what a fat fool, how dare Chris Christie not support the guy who wanted to privatize FEMA and then didn’t really know what he wanted to do with FEMA and then decided that only a crazy person would privatize FEMA? “

Dan Amira: “You’re not hearing a lot of complaints about FEMA these days. As ABC News points out, the agency is “basking in unaccustomed glory” from the likes of New Jersey governor Chris Christie, New York senator Chuck Schumer, and others. One reason is money: FEMA, often cash-strapped in recent history, is flush with enough funds to cover its Sandy relief efforts, and has thus been able to keep mayors and governors happy by providing whatever aid they need to help with the recovery effort. FEMA seems to also have planned well and acted quickly. It distributed emergency supplies, including 400 generators, before the storm hit. In Atlantic City today, President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that 2,000 FEMA members were already on the ground.”

Kevin Drum: “Why has Chris Christie suddenly embraced President Obama as a long-lost brother in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy? This joins many other great questions of the universe. Who is John Galt? Who promoted Perez? Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? What did he know and when did he know it? What is the meaning of life? [...] I sort of give Christie the benefit of the doubt here. Partly this is because he does seem to be a genuinely emotional guy and may simply be reacting to the moment. But the other reason is that I find it hard to believe that Christie truly thinks he has a chance of winning the Republican nomination in 2016 regardless of what he does.”


Charles Johnson: “the conservative base responded to Christie with an overwhelming deluge of hatred, insults, and conspiracy theories. The hate is all over the right wing blogs today, and LGF reader Silvio Breckman collected some of the vile tweets they’re sending out on Twitter…”

Some examples of the deep-thinkers who support Mitt Romney:

ABC reports: “78 percent rate Obama’s response to the hurricane positively (as excellent or good), while just 8 percent see it negatively. Romney, who naturally has had a far less prominent role in this issue, is rated positively for his response to the hurricane by 44 percent, negatively by 21 percent, with many more, 35 percent, expressing no opinion.” Even 63 percent of Republicans approve of Obama’s disaster leadership…”

Bob Cesca: “Christie’s embrace of Obama as a management partner during the hurricane required integrity and toughness, especially given the shitstorm from the fire-eaters on the right he was surely due to receive as a consequence. That said, there are probably quite a few Republican voters right now who wish that Christie was their presidential nominee and not Mitt Romney. The contrast couldn’t be more striking. Again, I don’t expect Romney to swoop in and personally organize bucket brigades to drain the subway tubes in Manhattan, but the actual Republican presidential candidate appears to have been barely phased by the fact that there was a national emergency.”

Alex Pareene: “But my favorite explanation comes from genius political analyst Joel Pollack at Big Government… Christie is praising Obama because Mitt Romney is so far ahead that it doesn’t matter: ‘But the truth about Christie’s outreach to Obama is blindingly obvious: Mitt Romney is now running away with this election, freeing Christie to praise the president without fear that doing so will tip the scales.‘”

And finally, THIS:

Andrew Sullivan: “Christie is coping with a disaster. To have the president checking in at midnight and providing all the assistance he has must feel like a burden shared and lessened a touch. Christie’s a blowhard, but in so far as I have been able to see any coverage, struck me as completely genuine.”

TPM: President Obama, center, and Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) administrator Craig Fugate, left, watch as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, second from left, meets with local residents at Brigantine Beach Community Center, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Brigantine, (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Shield your mind, right wing citizen!

It’s not Orwellian (or self-serving) at all for conservative media to urge supporters to only listen to conservative media.

David Frum: “This is pretty funny. The conservative Media Research Center has posted a public letter urging supporters not to listen to non-conservative media.

“Exposure to diverging views: no telling where that might lead. The risk is high and real that listeners may well find the New York Times more credible than Fox News.

“But that’s not the funny part. The funny part is that MRC is announcing with pride that their letter urging conservatives to forswear non-conservative sources of information has been signed by Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin. Of course it has! If you’re selling high-fructose soda, you hate to see your customers wasting stomach space on milk and orange juice.

It’s no wonder that some people in America are completely insane: a steady diet from the “fever swamp of crazed conspiracy theories and shockingly offensive rhetoric…[of] obscure right-wing websites and viral e-mail chains,” supplemented daily with Fox “news” and AM hate-radio. And now self-censorship.

The base rubes on the far right are living in a kind of Twilight Zone state of pleasurable self-hypnosis. Instead of becoming even a little bit alarmed when their preferred media (propaganda outlet) tells them to censor the information they receive, they just lean back and slowly nod their heads… listening with half-closed eyes.

Defending Willard Romney: The Cream of the Rightwing Extremist Crop

John Cassidy | The New Yorker: So far, just about the only statements of support Romney has managed to elicit have come from discredited neocons (Bill Kristol, Liz Cheney), paleo-cons (Donald Rumsfeld, John Bolton), and nutty-cons (Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint). Meanwhile, John McCain and Condoleezza Rice, arguably the G.O.P.’s two most influential voices on foreign policy, have conspicuously failed to criticize Obama, while paying tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens, the longtime foreign-service officer who was killed.

Kaili Joy Gray | DKos: That giant catastrophe of a statement from Mitt Romney about the attack in Libya? And his follow-up catastrophe of a public statement that just made it worse? Yeah, well, you might think it demonstrated just how not-ready-to-be-president Mitt Romney is, but you’d be wrong. Because the real leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, says so:

Mitt Romney, who is the only guy that looked presidential in all of this, who had the guts to go out and characterize this statement from the embassy accurately.  And the media is now saying that Romney jumped the gun, launched a political attack before the facts of the embassy violence were known, and then issues a vague foreign policy vision.

Sure, Rush. It is interesting to note what Rush was saying about his presidential-looking candidate on Monday, 9/10, though:

…I hate to tell you this. I mentioned this on the air some time ago. Romney, the best thing he can do is remember this election isn’t about him. He may as well be Elmer Fudd as far as we’re concerned. We’re voting against Obama. I don’t care who they put on the ticket, we’re voting against Obama. That has not changed, and there are more people now than in 2010 who are gonna vote against Obama. — Media Running Campaign To Dispirit You | RealClearPolitics

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