[UPDATE] It’s Greg Gutfeld, sorry. Shout-out to Little Miss Attila for the correction; hit her tip jar, and all that.
I am almost going to miss MSNBC, once it goes away. Which I suspect that it will: ‘white guys screaming incoherently’ is less demographic gold than you’d think, unless you’re Greg Gutfeld and mocking it savagely.
Via The Other McCain. Seeing as I only watch MSNBC when somebody catches them doing something dumb – OK, I guess that that does mean that I watch MSNBC, then – anyway, I’ve never seen this Dylan Ratigan guy before, I think. Presumably, I won’t have the opportunity for too much longer, either. Unless they score a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, of course. Contra Reason (and via Instapundit), we’re always going to have the NEA around anyway, if only because the Left would whine so about cutting it; and at this point subsidizing MSNBC as performance art almost makes a crazy kind of sense…
Just a quick focus on this one sentence in this one paragraph in an article by Greg Gutfield:
The White House is focusing on Fox News because there is no one else around to mess with. I mean, aside from Rush, and perhaps a reunited version of April Wine – they got nobody. The Republicans are hanging back, somewhere, waiting for their moment, which may never come. The Dems, however, have everything – the Houses, the President, the media, the international community of dimwitted Norwegians- but they can’t get their crap together.
This isn’t ‘hanging back’ as much as it is ‘waiting.’ The ruling party has made it clear that the GOP’s input is not wanted; the role that they envisioned for our legislators was to meekly sign off on whatever damfool notion the Democrats came up with. If they did that, the Democrats might deign occasionally to throw Republican lawmakers a bone – to be shared with every Blue Dog Democrat in the pack, of course. Might. After all, there are ever so many Democratic allies to assuage. And the Democrats consider this to be a compromise. After all, their base would prefer to skip ahead to the place where the GOP all died in fires.
So one can hardly blame Republicans for declining to read the lines that the Other Side has written for them. Particularly since this state of affairs will only last until January 2011 anyway.
PS: “Party of No?” “We need to give our own ideas?” Bless your heart, the Democrats didn’t need any actual ideas in 2006 or 2008 to win. They ran on a platform of Look At The Horrible Republicans both times – and are now proceeding to demonstrate the difference between ‘bad’ and definitely worse, which makes our work a lot easier, honestly. For that matter, the people now running for office – and the people who will be winning in 13 months – have their own views on how to run a country, and they don’t need or want input from the party’s central leadership. In fact, many of them don’t need or want my input, either. I only pass for a populist in a place like DC.
Here’s how my very simple theory works: the common 9/11 truthers are – as a rule – unemployed, living at home, and nutritionally deficient due to a vigorously vegan diet. This gave them the free time, as well the depressed hostility (due to lack of animal protein) needed to plan the attacks. After the attacks, they were initially pleased that America mistakenly blamed bin Laden. But they also knew that, given time, after realizing the innocence of these young Islamic entrepreneurs, the scent of guilt would lead only to them.