There’s a war going on in far right media. For some strange and irrational reason they have anointed Jim DeMint as their standard bearer. It’s a strange anointing promoted by FOX. Then again there would be no tea parties if it weren’t for FOX.
It is strange. One would like to be able to mention that it is “fair and balanced” but there is nothing fair, and almost entirely unbalanced about the likes of Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.
It doesn’t make much sense. On face value, neither does the FOX love-affair with Ron Paul, Rand Paul, and the whole libertarian crowd at FOX Business. We are constantly treated to an onslaught of libertarian anti-government goodness.
Tea Parties are good. They are wholesome, they are wonderful. So is the libertarian concept of no rules and no regulations. Let business be business and celebrate the beauty of it.
There’s nothing wrong with celebrating business. It’s down-right American. It’s gosh-darn American to want to make a profit.
Then The Pink Flamingo noticed that Rupert Murdock chose the time around the World Series and the height of the college football season to shut down several of his power-house stations on various cable channels and on Dish. Murdock is a multi-billionaire. He wants to make money. No problem there.
If you promote the libertarian mind-set where regulations are evil, then you end up taking the pressure off your multi-billion dollar industry. No rules, no problem. Charge what you will!
The once lofty Wall Street Journal with such unimpeachable stalwarts as James Taranto are now prostituting themselves to pander to the libertarian mind-set. It’s not about the country. It’s not about tea parties, it’s about making as much money off the stupid far right libertarian mind-set as possible.
Oh, they don’t agree – why you brain wash ‘em with a steady diet of Glenn Beck. You keep a stable of news celebs who basically live by the old academic publish or parish rule. Only – their books are published by ….. Rupert Murdock.
So, none tea party Republicans like Lindsey are being treated like dirt. The rest of the fawning media and far right, who want to get themselves on FOX or if they can’t go there, go to CNN (like Erick Erickson) do what they must to search and destroy.
It’s a jungle out there.
If you pander, you get more listeners. Rush Limbaugh has lost it. Then again, when one gives in to the Dark Side of the Force, to hate and irrational dislike, one tends to lose all intellectual honesty and objectivity. The little twerps (like Erickson, Malkin, etc) must pander to the big fish. They must hate even more, must must do what ever is necessary to scrape and bow to feed this irrational hate.
It is all about money, power, and ratings.
It is about Sarah Palin and her quest for money.
It is about Jim DeMint and his quest for power.
It is about Glenn Beck and his quest for money.
It is about Rush Limbaugh and his need for ratings.
It is about feeding Ron Paul’s irrational ego.
Then it is about the little twerps like Malkin, Erickson, Odom, and the other tea party panders and far right haters doing what ever it takes to attract the attention of the big dudes so that they may have money, ratings, and power.
It’s sure not about doing what is right for America. If the above were trying to do what were right, they would not be damning those who disagree with the tactics.
It is about doing whatever it takes to promote one’s self and one’s personal agenda. Take Jim DeMint (please). He talks a good game about being an outsider, but is the ultimate insider. Maybe he should give up his plush committee assignments and practice what he preaches.
“…Does DeMint actually mean what he’s saying, or is he simply posturing, trying to establish himself as more contemptuous of bipartisanship than any other member? Well, let’s take a look at his own committee memberships. He’s on the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; the Foreign Relations Committee (perhaps the clubbiest in the entire U.S. Senate); and the Joint Economic Committee. That’s four. I asked Mann: Is four a lot, or a little? “The mean number of standing committee assignments in the Senate is 3.4,” Mann explained. In other words, DeMint sits on slightly more committees than the average senator. If you count subcommittees, Mann added, the mean number of committee assignments is 11.7. DeMint sits on 10 subcommittees—on three of them he’s the ranking member; that is, the Republican most likely to consort with the Democratic enemy—bringing his total up to 14. That’s more than two committees above the average!
We must conclude that either DeMint hates himself for being unable to overcome a debilitating committee-sitting addiction or he’s a hypocrite offering advice that he would never be foolish enough to follow himself….”
Please understand that those of us who disagree with the tea parties are NOT disagreeing with saving money, attempting to balance an out of control budget, limiting the growth and stretch of government, and stop spending so durn much money. I think that is a good 80% of the agenda, right?
Why then, must sides be drawn and battles be engaged unless there were additional agendas? What is this need for the far right to create heroes with feet of clay and destroy anyone who disagrees with them even when our political goals for the nation are at least 80% the same?
What is the absurd and ultimately destructive need to destroy Republicans who disagree with the Tea Party tactics, methods, some of their candidates, and their damnation of anyone who disagrees? The great irony is the fact that the far right and the tea parties talk a good game about promoting the “Constitution”, when evidently they don’t grasp the irony of the very amendments they embrace. They don’t quite comprehend the fact that EVERYONE has a right to say what the want and to believe what they so desire.
York Van Nixon III wrote:
“…In the minds of many Republicans, ultra-right candidates helped on the district level to give the GOP its resounding take over of the House. But the same novelty was not shared for extremists at the state level. Republicans failure to regain a majority in the Senate is directly attributable to core conservatives and many independents being uncomfortable with a movement known more for xenophobes and bullies than quiet adherence to the status quo. A one-night stand is more than enough for a party not known for enjoying highly seasoned food and creative avenues of human interactions….”
They don’t quite comprehend the fact that the GOP celebrates the Constitution and Freedom of Speech. The right to free speech and thought gives Lindsey Graham just as much of a right to exist and say what he thinks, and be in the United States Senate as it does Jim DeMint, Rand Paul, or even Harry Reid.
If “we” think that the tea parties cost us the Senate, then “we” have a right to make that statement and not be damned for it the way those little twerps like Erickson, etc. are doing. It is childish, undignified, and it shows how narrow-minded these people are.
“…Leading senators from the pragmatic wing of the party, backed by aides and consultants in Washington, said Mrs Palin, the self-appointed queen of the Tea Party movement, and Senator Jim DeMint, the most conservative member of the Senate, had overreached by backing Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware. Their objections signalled tensions that could plague the party’s efforts to set the agenda in Congress.
Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina, said: “Candidates matter. It was a good night for Republicans but it could have been a better one.”
Trent Lott, the former Senate majority leader, said: “We did not nominate our strongest candidates.”
Mr Graham also expressed his relief that though several Tea Party candidates did win Senate seats, so too did “problem solvers” that would form part of the expanded Republican presence in the Senate.
“Hard-right politicians in purple [swing] states didn’t turn out very well,” he told Politico. “Candidates who embraced centre-right politics in purple states did very well.”
Conservatives meanwhile fired back at the Republican campaign committee in the Senate for spending heavily in vain on the long-shot campaign of Carly Fiorina in California, a heavily Democratic state. They argued that the money could have been better spent in Nevada, Delaware and Colorado, where Tea Party candidate Ken Buck lost narrowly.
Sen DeMint was unrepentant. Known as a maverick with a habit of blocking bills even his own side supports, he wrote in the Wall Street Journal: “Tea Party Republicans were elected to go to Washington and save the country – not be co-opted by the club. So put on your boxing gloves. The fight begins today.”…”
What is this need for the far right and now for the tea parties to destroy anyone who does not pander to their agenda 110% of the time? It is irrational, counter-productive. They don’t quite comprehend the idea that a narrow-minded adherence to any agenda is ultimately corrupting and just plain old downright dangerous. The greatest irony is men like Rush Limbaugh who love to wax poetic about freedom and the rights of the Constitution, damn anyone who disagrees with them. Look what they are now doing to Karl Rove?
Not only do they diminish themselves, but they diminish their movement. They turn their cause into theater of the absurd. They ultimately become those who are laughed at and pitied, but not before they destroy that which they ultimately cherish.
The worst of it, is that multi-billionaires like Rupert Murdock sit back and enjoy the fight. He’s making money, tones of it, while good men and women and reputations are being destroyed. His minions are promoting a movement that is extremely small. If it weren’t for FOX news the movement would not exist.
Right on cue, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin and their followers race in to take up the mantle, promoting the fight.
It isn’t about the Senate.
It is about making money, ratings, and power.