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The Right’s George Costanza Problem

As the sirens of the right go out in a howl of fury and defensiveness, it's becoming clear that the likes of Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck have a more self-destructive streak than that for which we've given them credit. In a weird way, it's starting to remind me of the nine-season saga of "Seinfeld"'s George Costanza.  

George, early in pretty much every episode, would get caught in some sort of lie, mistake, exaggeration, or otherwise embarrassing situation.  But that wasn't really the problem. The problem was that he would inevitably double down on his nonsense, invest in it as if it were a blue-chip stock, and carry it to the bitter end until it all blew up in his face.

We seem to be nearing the end of the movement about nothing that is the story of Palin and her ensemble cast. And like George - as usual - they are doubling down on their mistakes and thereby making them that much worse.  You can tell the episode is going to be over soon when the joke starts to be on them.

Yes, Sarah and company would be wise to duck their heads for a while, mutter some words of calm and condolence and talk peacefully about something else, anything really.  But no.  For these folks, now's the time to circle the wagons, escalate the attack, inflame the rhetoric to the "towering inferno" setting.

Krugman: Climate of Hate

When you heard the terrible news from Arizona, were you completely surprised? Or were you, at some level, expecting something like this atrocity to happen?

Put me in the latter category. I've had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach ever since the final stages of the 2008 campaign.

So begins Nobel Laureate Economist Paul Krugman in his op ed this morning, Climate of Hate

Why mention his award? Because as an economist he is used to examining the data and seeing the patterns. And on this the patterns are crystal clear.

Read his column.  It is as well written as usual, which makes it hard to excerpt.

I will explore aspects of it, and offer thoughts of my own.

Blatant Bill O’Reilly Bigotry Triggers “View” Walkoff


Well, at least O'Reilly's honest about his bigotry, I'll hand him that! "The Muslims killed us on 9/11?" "The Muslims," as in what, all 1 billion Muslims and not a handful of fanatics?  What amazes me isn't that someone can have such s*** for brains and be so hateful, it's that he can have a TV show on a major U.S. network, it's that he can have millions of people watching him and nodding their heads, and it's that so many (mainly Republican) politicians are willing to pander to this unAmerican garbage.  The answer should be for all of us to "walk off," literally and figuratively, whenever we hear this stuff. Also, vote for the other candidate, every time, and whether the bigotry is anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-gay, anti-Hispanic, anti-African American, anti-woman, whatever.  It's really not that complicated.

Chicken Hawks and Chicken Littles Converge

The fusion of entertainment and information meets the no spin zone in Norfolk tonight. The residual chicken sh*t will not be the kind Terry McAuliffe champions. It is all about fertilizing an audience; an audience that pads the entertainers' pockets by buying their schtick, their sponsors' products, and their memorabilia.

This is a rescheduled Bold and Fresh Tour appearance. The first cancelled by a January blizzard that shut down Hampton Roads and continues to serve as a superficial proof source for the counter-climate change mob. These are the same science challenged minions who buy the "non-hybrid seeds, stored above the Arctic Circle" that Beck proffers.

Beck and O'Reilly saw an opportunity to double down on the local market for unsupported and base assertions by offering a 3PM matinee appearance today. They claimed the evening show was "sold out." The good news is that there was no market for the additional show. Beck vigorously worked to hype the appearance to no avail, despite oodles of money spent on local advertising (a drop in the bucket for Beck but a windfall for local radio). They tried arranging appearances on local talk shows. His marketing crew couldn't pull it off despite telling every area radio station's sales manager that he or she was the best they'd dealt with anywhere. Good news: it seems it is a fiercely loyal but definitely finite market being strung along. But when the matinee was cancelled, the spin began. Suddenly it was a scheduling conflict that prevented the appearance. spin?

Michael Savage refers to this as the Bald and Fat tour. You can be sure who the losers are in this P.T. Barnum goat rope. You can also be sure who the shameless clowns are. The good news if you have a bridge to sell is that the ball caps, tote bags, and travel mugs mark your prey. Tickets still remain for this evening's show.