Friday, July 24, 2015

All Roads From The Party Of Hate Lead Straight To Trumpville.



Somebody gets it (almost) right.

And gets it into the NYTimes.

From Timothy Egan's OpEd:

The adults patrolling the playpen of Republican politics are appalled that we’ve become a society where it’s O.K. to make fun of veterans, to call anyone who isn’t rich a loser, to cast an entire group of newly arrived strivers as rapists and shiftless criminals...


...They say he’s trashing the Republic brand. They say he’s “stirring up the crazies,” in the words of Senator John McCain. But Trump is the brand, to a sizable degree. And the crazies have long flourished in the Republican media wing, where any amount of gaseous buffoonery goes unchallenged.

And now that the party can’t control him, Trump threatens to destroy its chances if he doesn’t get his way, running as an independent with unlimited wealth — a political suicide bomb.

Trump is a byproduct of all the toxic elements Republicans have thrown into their brew over the last decade or so — from birtherism to race-based hatred of immigrants, from nihilists who shut down government to elected officials who shout “You lie!” at their commander in chief...


...Consider Trump’s swipe against McCain’s military service, and by extension all veterans who have been involved in the fog of combat. Republicans were apoplectic at Trump’s claim that McCain was no war hero...


...“All of our veterans, particularly P.O.W.s, deserve our respect and admiration,” said Jeb Bush. The Republican National Committee was quick to lay down a similar principle, saying, “There is no place in our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably.”

No place except a presidential campaign, that being the 2004 attempt to destroy the honorable Vietnam service of candidate John Kerry. Where was Bush’s “respect and admiration” when his brother was benefiting from a multimillion-dollar smear of a Navy veteran with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart?...


...Now, the only way to trump Trump is to act like a fool in public. So Senator Rand Paul, formerly seen raising good questions about national issues, fired up a chain saw and took it to the tax code a few days ago — a pathetic stunt. And there was Senator Lindsey Graham, flummoxed by Trump’s exposing him as sycophant to a plutocrat, destroying his cellphone in a blender. It only made us long for the real thing: Dan Aykroyd’s Bass-O-Matic...



Given all that, why the comment about Mr. Egan 'almost' getting it right?

Because, as Driftglass notes, this hasn't been going on for 10 years, but instead for more than 40.

Case in point, Mr. Egan goes back to the 2004 Swiftboating of John Kerry but he doesn't mention the black baby smearing (and more) of John McCain in 2000. And he certainly doesn't mention Willie Horton and all the black murderers and rapists that voted for Dukakis in 1988 or the start of the rodentia-based copulalatory Segretti-ization of everything in 1971.

The question is.

If the Party of Hate (Northern Branch Plant edition) gets another round in Canada, who will emerge as our good Mr. Trump?

Think that question is over the top?


Never forget that the Segretti-zation of the Great White North has been going on for awhile now.




Anonymous said...


Interesting refresher. I am stumped; the Chief Divider and Power-Hoarder, who co-conjured The Big Tent, has found himself with a pup-tent and seemingly no apparent takers.

Mulcair, on the other hand, seems to get that you gotta play nice with the other kids: "Mulcair also took concrete steps to support his leadership rivals. He helped them raise funds to clear debts. He reappointed MP Libby Davies, who supported Topp, as deputy leader. He made Cullen house leader, and reappointed Dewar foreign affairs critic.
"It was remarkable," recalls Cullen. "One of the criticisms was that he was going to be divisive or take names and remember. And the immediate steps that he took were to reach out to the candidates."

RossK said...


It's the difference between the fauxian and the real...What do they call it again?