Paper Moons

It’s only a paper moon, hanging over a cardboard sea, but it wouldn’t be make believe if you believed in me.

While it’s probably somewhat redundant at this point to pile on poor Michael Steele for his brand new but flabbergastingly idiotic “What Up (!) ?” web site, I still feel a need to do so, because such an epic and public failure is, as it has ever been, something they frankly don’t give a damn about.  They obviously know by now that no minorities, young people, or anyone with the scantest degree of tech savvy will ever vote Republican…  The whole idea behind this hilarious debacle was just another misbegotten but ostentatious gesture on top of the million other misbegotten but ostentatious gestures that preceded it, to convince people too stupid to know better that the GOP is, well, “all that.”  (And more, I’m sure.)  You see, Steele’s very elevation to his purportedly vaunted position in itself is a slap in the face to actually qualified African Americans, and his perpetually embarrassing presence is widely understood to be a stunt to convince the “base” that supposedly normal people can be made to think the party has a future in an inexorably more diverse America, whether or not it actually does.

On some level, the GOP now plainly accepts the fact that to those outside the Fox/Limbaugh vortex, such lame and shoddy horseshit as, say, declaring Jackie Robinson a posthumous admirer of Boner and McConnell isn’t going to fly with the sentient, but since it’s sure to fool such simpletons as David Gregory and Cokie Roberts, why not?  Alberto Gonzales “proved” they loved teh Mexican, Harriet Miers “proved” they loved teh broad, and Mary Cheney “proved” they loved teh gay; It’s true because Bill O’Reilly said so…  or was it Hannity?   Maybe it was feminist icon Sarah Palin that set everybody straight.  (No pun intended, but that family could use a well-timed shift to less procreative sexual activities…)  At any rate, when the GOP pulls a stunt like this, it shows that there’s only one class of Americans that really support them, teh stoopid.  And without that bunch, they’d be getting poll numbers that would make Dick Cheney look like Pope John Paul II.

As the teabaggers thus encouraged start to go native and begin harassing and denouncing such leftist commies as Lindsey Graham, Arlen Specter, and Charlie Crist, you really have to wonder where this is all leading… do these guys even care that anyone with a functioning brain is laughing uproariously at the spectacle?  Alas, I think not.  They may not have the people, but they’ve got a “news” channel, all of talk radio, and a hell of a lot of corporate moolah (Abramoff’s term, but so perfect I had to use it…) behind them.

Good luck with that.


  1. rmp says:

    On those rare occasions since the Iraq invasion when I was forced to watch Junior, my soul salve was turning it into a thank you for your stupidity and ineptness because our nation will wake up and throw you and your thugs out. My mantra was and is OWE (Own Worst Enemies). So it was not at all surprising for the Refuckuplicans to select Slimy Steele. Their crowning achievement overshadowing Dubya was princess Palin.

    For these obscenely talented forever idiots, they keep letting talented leaders like Limbaugh, Beck and Liz Cheney keep the record intact.

    Lindsey Graham is not one of this group. I suspect that the sane members of the Repugs have realized the insanity and are starting to try and take the party back. You see signs of this with Snowe and Collins and an attempt to get beyond the PON (Party Of No) Their problem is the base they count on is now as crazy as Steele.

    Here’s another indication of the TBM (Take Back Movement). Not to be confused with the (TheRefuckuplicans Bowell Movement).

    Time for the GOP Women

    • Karen M says:

      Too bad. I predict that the GOP men will neither read nor care what Kathleen Parker has written. They still feel that strong sense of white, male entitlement, and they are not going to give it up willingly. Just sayin…

  2. cocktailhag says:

    The things the GOP says have one beneficial effect, anyway; it keeps my poops on schedule. It’s hard to think of anything else valuable that they do.

    • rmp says:

      If that’s your soul salve, so be it. Everyone needs an individual search for what drops their load.

  3. nailheadtom says:

    So you should be elated, the Republicans keep doing dumb things, they’ll never get back in office, the socialist super state triumphs. Why are you complaining? In fact, whenever possible, utopians give advice to Republicans on how to raise their poll numbers, select candidates, and win elections. Why? Don’t they want the Republicans to lose?

    • cocktailhag says:

      No. As a born and raised Republican myself, I would like and welcome a party that has legitimate arguments to bring to the table. That’s what democracy, last time I checked, was supposed to be about. A party that is nothing more than corporate-sponsored and destructive flim-flam has considerably less to contribute to our national conversation. My Republican family supported Republicans like Tom McCall, Mark Hatfield, and yes, Bob Packwood, who had some gray matter between their ears. They stopped that years ago. That’s as much of a loss for America as it is for the Right.

      • rmp says:

        Absolutely. The more brains/ideas you have to solve a problem, the better. Unfortunately, our congress critters no longer see their top tasks as solving problems and helping people. It’s getting reelected and feathering your nest.

      • nailheadtom says:

        But they tell the Republicans to do Democrat things. Won’t they all just be some kind of limp Democrats? And the Dems don’t want those people, they kicked out Lieberman over a little difference of opinion. The Dem tent has room for SOME of the clowns, the gay ascendents, the climate hysterics and the second amendment nullifiers, for instance, but not for normal circus freaks.

        • cocktailhag says:

          First of all, Lieberman lost, fair and square, the Democrat (IC!) primary because he turned into a Bush fellator. And he’s only gotten worse. Why would Republicans who actually believe in saving the environment and women’s rights even vaguely compare with such a transparent MIC sellout? I guess you don’t know the difference.

    • Karen M says:

      You’re either young or have a very short political memory.

      Richard Nixon? If he could make a comeback, anyone can, even a degraded GOP.

  4. nailheadtom says:

    What is it about corporations that drives you geeks crazy? After all, they’re just like sole proprietorships, only we can buy their stock! And, in the end, the tax hit is bigger. Just the same, corporations are simply a means of limiting liability in financing business operations. You act like they’re some kind of satanic activity. They’re run by folks just like us. Without them we’d be a more temperate Biafra.

    • Karen M says:

      The are considered persons before the law, even though they are not… thus giving them the right to throw billions of dollars at “their” problems: regulations, consumer advocacy, rules to protect the environment, etc.

      None of us have a similar set of “rights,” as far as I know. Nor are we allowed similar tax breaks, in particular for moving our revenue centers overseas.

      I could go on, but why bother…

      • nailheadtom says:

        You mean that you could go on making things up?

        • cocktailhag says:

          Just because you’re hearing these plain facts for the first time does not mean they’re made up. I just means you don’t know them. As I’ve said before, it would help if you read a book once in a while.

          • Karen M says:

            Which is why I said “Why bother…”

            I hate to waste my time. Yet, I also dislike allowing bare-faced statements like that one to stand unchallenged.

            I’m becoming a minimalist.

          • nailheadtom says:

            It really is a noteworthy feature of modern American society that someone with the reasoning processes of “Karen M.” can survive and perhaps even flourish, at least to the extent of having access to a PC, when not very long ago she would have been lucky to obtain employment as a scullery maid.

          • dirigo says:

            Nail in the Head, there’s no doubt about it, you are an asshole and a knuckle-dragger.


          • Karen M says:

            In fact, I would be singularly unqualified to work as a scullery maid, now, or in the not so distant past.

  5. Jim White says:

    Probably the funniest part of the vapid website was their attempt to claim that Jackie Robinson was Republican. He had indeed made a couple of campaign appearances for a Republican–Nelson Rockefeller, who would not recognize nor have anything to do with the current party. It did not take long for folks to find things like this letter from Robinson to Barry Goldwater:

    What are you going to say about extremism now? You called for it and the answer came in the thudding feet and the crashing store windows and the Molotov cocktails and the crack of police bullets and the clubbing of heads and the hate and the violence and the fear which electrified Harlem and Rochester and Jersey. I am solidly committed to the peaceful, non-violent mass action of the Negro people in pursuit of long-overdue justice. But I am as much opposed to the extremism of Negro rioters and Negro hoodlums as I am to the sheeted Klan, to the sinister Birchers and to the insidious citizens’ Councils.

    Robinson was smart enough to know that Goldwater wanted to use him just as the RNC is using Steele. Steele, entertainingly, falls far short of understanding.

  6. sysprog says:

    Silly socialists!

    The GOP is playing chess in ways you can’t even imagine.

    Aired March 25, 2009 – 17:00 ET

    BLITZER: I’m Wolf Blitzer.
    BLITZER: The new chairman, Michael Steele, talked one-on-one with CNN’s Don Lemon earlier today.


    MICHAEL STEELE, RNC CHAIRMAN: [...] So if I do something, there’s a reason for it, even — it may look like a mistake, a gaffe. There is a rationale, there’s a logic behind it. [...] I want to see what the landscape looks like. I want to see who yells the loudest. [...] It helps me understand my position on the chess board. It helps me understand, you know, where the enemy camp is and where those who are inside the tent are. [...] It’s all strategic.



    MADDOW: See, on the landscape, there‘s the yelling into the chess board upon which is a tent for the enemy camp. Master plan.
    - – “The Rachel Maddow Show” / March 26, 2009

  7. meremark says:

    The thought occurs to recognize the Republicans stand for nothing. There is no principle, and none vote for Republicans as an act of endorsing the (non-existent) principle. Except rich persons and there’s damn few of them.

    I have been quartered lately with a die hard Republican voter, another one in a long list I’ve ‘debated.’ So I asked the person, Why does he vote Republican? And he said, the Democrats are so awful he hates them. (Or equivalently, in nailhead’s terms, “you geeks crazy.”)

    So there it is. Democratic voters aim for something in their candidates — pick any: unity, Justice, general Welfare, domestic tranquility, blessings of Liberty … did I mention Justice?

    Republican voters aim for not-a-Democrat. Scratch the skin of a Republican and every time there pours out a story of what’s wrong with Democrats and why to hate Democrats (and so, to vote anti-Democratic opposing ‘crazy geekiness’). Challenge or ask a Republican on some particular point and the immediate response is, ‘not like Democrats,’ ‘as opposed to Democrats,’ ‘Clinton did/didn’t it,’ in some or another manner of speaking. Never never never has a Republican voter voted for something, a tenet, a principle.

    Of course, to remain anti-Democratic one must remain ignorant of their principles.