Lots of craziness what with King-Burwell and HRC email story. But just going to note a couple of items from a short while back. Both ostensibly taking conservatives (Guiliani and O’Reilly) to task, but actually stunning demonstrations of cluelessness.
1) Eric Wemple after someone explains how much Williams’ (who is in fact a prevaricating asshole) sins are worse:
Agreed. Williams appears to have laid down exaggerations and embellishments no matter the topic. O’Reilly, by contrast, appears to have an Argentina problem.
Now this was in fact before several other specific bits of BS “came to light” (or got some coverage anyway). But get a clue. The soft bigotry of low expectations strikes again.
2. Chris Cilliza (who apparently has a serious case of Clinton Derangement Syndrome) takes Rudy to “task” for his black president doesn’t love America (… or me … or you) remarks. But in doing os he uncorks a howler of world historical proportions.
Making the “Obama isn’t really like you and me” argument in that setting plays into a corrosive racial narrative that Republicans have worked very hard to steer away from — and smartly so — during the Obama presidency.
Or why Joan Walsh was fucking right and the neolib wonky fanboys wrong on the admittedly crappy healthcare.gov launch. First, I will simply note that the Rude Pundit himself calmly chimes in with a piece describing the Medicare Part D rollout challenges. Soft bigotry of low expectations: Republicans judged on winning elections. Democrats judged on governing well, fixing Republican screw-ups, and winning elections. And now I found I am all worn out on this topic. If anyone even cares, they can go read my various comments on this Unfogged thread.
Or just contemplate this chart. Or read this paper from a Georgetown academic from June of this year comparing and contrasting the challenges of ACA with Medicare Part D.
[Update 2/21: Any question as to why I included “Dean” Broder in this parade of the wankers, can be dispelled by reading Glenn Greenwald’s two excellent recent posts on Broder and his role in propping up the administration. Here and especially here.]
Watching the piteous national political media at play in so many different fields of the Lord this past week (bloggers, planes, leaks, and my fave: Gosh, there was corruption early in the occupation of Iraq! Why weren’t we told?) brought to mind a somewhat tangential (but apocalyptic!) diary I had posted at DailyKos a few months back.
The Four Postmen of the Apocalypse
First, after Grantland Rice ( the “Dean of American Sportswriters”, back when being the Dean meant having a clue.)
Outlined against the troubles of a nation, the Four Writers wrote again. In Internet lore they are known as arrogance, pomposity, cluelessness and idiocy. These are only aliases. Their real names are: Broder, Woodward, Howell and Hiatt. They formed the crest of the cyclone before which the reputation of the Washington Post was swept over the precipice these past ten years as a million readers peered at the bewildering panorama spread out on their breakfast tables and computer screens.
And thence on to more Ancient Sources