Posts Tagged ‘Archie Bunker’

Corn Sugar from the GOP

You always know somebody’s headed for a deeply satisfying fall when they resort to engaging in a loud, sudden, and stunningly counterfactual rebranding of themselves, seemingly overnight.  Actual behavioral changes are never required for this spectacle, though; it’s supposed to be enough to simply rename shit, searchlights blaring, “Shinola” and call it a day.  At [...]

The Party of Chicken Little

For as long as I can remember, Republicans of various stripes have been telling me and the world that the sky was falling, and yet, so far it hasn’t…  Oughtn’t they catch a clue by now that, well, they’ve been so wrong before, and so often, that to believe anything they say requires a suspension [...]

The Most Busted Name in News

When CNN hired the tubby, bigoted know-nothing Erick Erickson from Redstate, I yawned.  After all, the New York Times hired Ross Douthat, the Los Angeles Times hired Jonah Goldberg, and no dying media outlet could be without its beady-eyed, teenage water-carrier for for the “kill ‘em all”  faction of the right.  Notably, Douthat replaced the [...]

Math Class is Tough

Increasingly it seems that Republican candidates are, in the post-Reagan era, chosen solely as spokesmodels; it’s just like choosing an anchorwoman at Fox News, really.  Not much upstairs, but what a staircase…  You’re hired.   This trend has two roots: the first is that Republicans fundamentally believe that intellect, energy, and accomplishment are only found, [...]

The Bigot’s Ball

Back in 2000, before Republicans had ruined the economy, bankrupted the government, lost two wars, let a huge terror attack occur and an American city drown, they could afford to be, well, civilized.  All that fake talk of “Armies of Compassion” and whatnot has long since dropped by the wayside nowadays, and although Hitlerian scapegoating [...]

The New ACORN

When I wrote Thursday’s post I could see this coming a mile away, but I hadn’t spotted this little treasure from The Daily Beast, which definitively proves that the right is looking, pretty much everywhere, for some new ACORNs, and as usual is relying on the stupidity and amnesia of the media to put them [...]

Etta Lives

As longtime Hag readers know, I had a crazy grandmother who, though quite embarrassing  and seemingly anachronistic at the time (she died in 1980…), turned out to be an exact prototype of the American right wing circa 2010.  She berated complete strangers in public for speaking a foreign language, she applauded black people who worked [...]

The New Dale Carnegie Graduates

Bereft as they’ve always been for any policies that might actually benefit working Americans, the Republican Party has instead had a strategy of making friends by finding enemies, and happily, this approach turns out to be just as successful at the real goal, influencing people, but without those nagging obligations friendship can entail.  No one [...]

Crystal Balls

One of the most infuriating things about dealing with a cuckoo person is that they simply don’t have separate mental boxes for “real things” and “imagined things.”  Their anger, fear, and persecution fantasies are based on things that never happened, won’t happen, and certainly aren’t happening now, but if you try to explain this they’ll [...]

Cloudcuckooland

UPDATED BELOW: I continue to be haunted by the right-wing BS I encountered at OregonLive yesterday, and the stunning success it represents in recruiting committed followers to some of the most reprehensible and elitist ideas ever conceived, all in the name of a twisted and yes, Hitlerian “populism.”  Reagan may have been a doddering old [...]