Sunday, March 04, 2007

So Many Fun Items To Comment Upon ~ So Little Time

Your personal Demon hardly knoweth where to begin, but she'll start with Ann Coulter's idea of an apology for the nasty, unwarranted slur of John Edwards the other day, as reported in the New York Times. Apparently the GOP wanna-be-Prez candidates felt they had to rebuke her after a firestorm of commentary, especially in the liberal blogosphere (score one for the forces of light).

May as well dignify the announcement with a subtitle, hence:

We love to hate her: America's favorite right-wing anexoric unmarried bitchy bitch remains unrepentant, continues to drag political discourse down to record low levels with unfounded schoolyard slurs & taunts

"Ms. Coulter, asked for a reaction to the Republican criticism, said in an e-mail message: 'C’mon, it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean.'”

And this would be a good a time as any to ponder the right-wing's general tendency to cry & whine whenever they're treated to their own tactics ~ I'm speaking of course, of the outrage on the right when so many liberals remarked unkindly on Dick's forced stay in an Afghanistan bomb shelter, we assume to lament that the radical suicide bomber didn't actually succeed. (I didn't say that, of course ~ other bloggers did.) I just thought it was "somewhat entertaining, considering."

Still, I'm very interested in the psychological workings of that reflexive function & why on earth grown adults think it's not transparently obvious to the rest of us: the need to project one's own bad behavior onto others & then try to punish them for it.

We are indeed living in koo-koo world with the Bush Administration, I grant you that, but here, it's what's become the routine attempt to stifle dissent that only really works when an authoritarian can legitimately claim the high moral ground.

The GOP is long since past the point of no return on that score, & all the disingenous maneuvers to get around it (such as claiming the pious religious social conservatives in the fractured & not-so-morally pure far-right flanks) no longer play with the rest of the still-sane population out here in ordinary-people land.

Grow up. This is still a democracy & plenty of us are willing to fight for it. And on your infantile schoolyard taunt terms, if that's what you insist upon dragging American political discourse into.



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