Monday, March 29, 2010

GOP believes its own propaganda

This link is bit aged, but it's timeless enough to archive and it makes a point I've been thinking is true as well. The party has gone nutty because the GOP started believing their own hype. Read the whole thing but here's an extended quote:
My hunch is that over the past few months, the right-wing media, along with self-adoring Tea Party members, made the mistake of believing their own hype. They convinced themselves that not only did 2 million people take to the streets of the nation's capital last September to protest Obama (a number that was off by 1.9 million), but that "millions" more had marched coast-to-coast over the past 12 months (a number that was completely fabricated). They fastidiously constructed their own parallel universe and convinced themselves that last summer's mini-mobs at local town hall forums had defeated health care reform. They thought their rowdy show of force, complete with Nazi and Hitler posters, and even some protesters parading around with loaded guns, had changed the debate.

Listening to Limbaugh, they thought they were dictating the agenda. Watching Fox News, they though they reflected the mainstream. And reading right-wing blogs, they thought they had killed health care reform.

Wrong, wrong, and wrong. It was the sudden and rude realization that, instead, they'd spent the past few months trapped inside an echo chamber, I think, that created the volcanic and unhinged response we've seen play out in recent days. It's the kind of childish and hysterical reaction I didn't think we'd ever witness from a major political movement.
As the saying goes, who could have predicted it would ever come to this level of purely mean and completely false goofery by one of our major political parties? Certainly I never expected them to sink quite this low.

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Blogger Ruth said...

Stretched to the extremes, the crazees form the basis for such militia movements as we saw being run in today (Hutaree) before they actually kill some one. Sadly, the self-induced hysteria is inclined to produce this kind of cult atmosphere and leave behind rational behavior as it rejects society.

4:11:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

The cognitive dissonance is alarming at this point. The comment section at DetNews this morning is a study in delusion. Astounded how they relentlessly read what they what me to say, and ignore what I actually did. There's a big movement trying to get me kicked out for the last couple of days.

12:26:00 PM  
Blogger locomotivebreath1901 said...

"...believes its own propaganda?"

You mean like the Obama-maniacs who voted for this fiscal trainwreck in D.C.?

As long as gets the voters to the polls in 2010 & 2012 to vote these parasites out of office , I agree.

Thanks for the inspiration.

7:50:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Yes, the majority of the voters did vote for Obama and in unprecedented numbers - I wonder why, but I suspect it was because of the the fiscal trainwreck, unnecessary wars and unparalleled corruption his predecessor screwed us all with.

Busch is a criminal incompetent and serial scofflaw and as President Cheney was fond of saying -- go fuck yourself, you demented idiot.

5:31:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Fogg, as always, I have nothing to add to that. Well, except that I hear a federal court with a Republican appted judge just ruled that Bush warrantless wiretap program was illegal, as in criminal, but didn't too much on the news about it. You can bet if it was say, Clinton, it would be a top story for three days at least.

8:57:00 AM  

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