Oh, it’s on. Like, all the way on.
Apropos of this, Obama 2012 brings you this:
Apropos of this, Obama 2012 brings you this:
If there has ever been a better example of someone being given a national platform who has no business being in the role, it is Sarah Palin. Watch this clip, if you can, or read the partial transcript (after the jump) courtesy of Steve M. at Booman’s Tribune.
Back in the last days of the presidential election of aught-eight, John Cole, the proprietor of Balloon Juice, penned a post proposing that we were nearing the end of Peak Wingnut because surely the right would simmah down naow once Obama was elected. Surely. He opined:
As I look around the blogosphere, (sic) and view memorandum, it occurred to me that we may have hit and passed Peak Wingnut. Don’t get me wrong, this election is still not over and is by no means in the bag, but as I read things, the hey day (sic) of modern wingnuttia may have passed.
Sure, there is still lots going on – the Obama smears have been fast and furious, and there are lots of current attempts to mainstream nonsense…but it all seems so yesterday. These days, there seem to be more than enough outlets to rebut the bullshit, the media is tired of being treated like morons, and the Democrats for once seem ready and itching for a fight….
…(but) it really does feel like we’ve reached and surpassed Peak Wingnut.
How long did Cole’s theory of Peak Wingnut last? Not even for the duration of the life of that post. He added an update:
Ignore all my questions from above – wingnut is a renewable resource. Peak Wingnut was the shortest lived (sic) “theory” ever.
This was before I even started reading Balloon Juice. The only reason I know about it is because it became an inside joke among Balloon Juice readers. “Have we reached Peak Wingnut yet?” Invariably, someone would ask, “Huh?”, and a link to the aforementioned post would be given as a response. Cole was so sweet and naïve back then!
To the blog’s credit, Tim F wrote a post the very same day (indeed, it’s the very next post) that thoroughly dismantled the idea that we had reached Peak Wingnut. He rightly predicted the schisms in the left as well as how nutty the right would get. In fact, he looks goddamn prescient right about now (the funk soul brother. Sorry. Those two phrases are inextricably linked in my mind) with all his, “the right hasn’t begun to wingnut yet; the left will fracture” keening. He was a goddamn Cassandra of his time, and has he been thanked for it? NO!
While Democrats waste time talking about whether Weiner should resign or go to “Asshat Rehab” or whatthecrapever, there’s a giant misogynist/sexual predator/asshat sitting on the Supreme Court, having a good laugh at the Democrats’ utter stupidity, while his Teabilly wife cackles with glee and collects another Heritage Foundation paycheck.
With every passing day that that Democrats ignore Clarence Thomas’s conflict of interest in favor of yet another round of handwringing over some dude’s penis, the more difficult it becomes for me to view the political landscape as anything but a farce.
And what better example of this political theater of the absurd than a mock debate between Libertarian wet dream, Gary Johnson, and a Barack Obama look-alike? Because debating a guy who “looks” like Obama is an accurate measure of what it would be like to debate the real “Obama.” You know — because we’re all the same:
Yet more evidence of the embarrassment that is Fox News.
For those who have been trapped under something heavy, or have been transfixed by Anthony Weiner’s weiner, you may have missed an attempt by Palinistas to revise history to comport with Sarah Palin’s stupid recounting of Paul Revere’s midnight ride:
Since Ms. Palin described the ride last week while she was visiting Boston, Wikipedia’s Paul Revere article page has been the site of a mini “edit war.” And the page has gone from a little-visited one — 2,000 or so page views a day — to a more heavily trafficked one, with54,000 on Saturday when Ms. Palin’s comments were gaining the most news attention.
Over the course of the weekend, people added sentences to the Revere article that repeated Ms. Palin’s claims. It can be hard to discern motives for changes on Wikipedia, and in some cases people appeared to be attributing the claims to Ms. Palin in order to mock her.
One editor, Tomwsulcer, added the following sentence: “Accounts differ regarding the method of alerting the colonists; the generally accepted position is that the warnings were verbal in nature, although one disputed account suggested that Revere rang bells during his ride.”
When the discussion board for the Revere article was ringing with complaints that this was a lie, Tomwsulcer replied that it should be included as a theory because a prominent American politician, that is, Sarah Palin, had said it. “If you follow Wikipedia’s rules,” he wrote, “we must maintain a neutral position, representing the mainstream position as well as disputed versions.”
He lost the argument, but others have been searching history books to find evidence to support Ms. Palin’s claims.
[I'm back-posting this because Allan's post on #CokeCanClarenceGate is the big story of the day.1 This is real life, people! -ABL]
Sarah Palin was in Boston today, and she said Some More Unintelligible Things, Mowgli-style:
The deadpan look on the the reporter’s face is priceless! It looks like she’s mind-yelling: “ENGLISH, MOTHERFUCKER! DO YOU SPEAK IT?!” à la Sam Jackson:
Unless you’ve been trapped under something heavy for the past few days (or are sensible and have given up trying to follow the goings-on of Our Lady of Meese Hunting), you are likely aware that the “Rootin’ Tootin’ I Can See Putin” Sarah Palin Commemorative Family Vacation Slash Bus Tour is underway — and to hilarious effect.
But before we keep on bussin’, y’all, let’s get one thing clear: Sarah Palin is not running for President. I repeat: Sarah Palin is not running for President.
She’s smart enough to know how stupid she is. She’s smart enough to know that Obama would figuratively wipe the debate floor with her ass.
She’s also smart enough to know that she does not have the intellectual wherewithal to spend the time required to be able to answer such hard-hitting questions as: “Which newspapers do you read?”
(Click here for more Winktabulous Stupid)
In a stunning display of Teabilly slacktivism, Palinites are planning to block traffic for an hour in order to – to – well what the fuck do I know what they’re doing it for:1
Sarah Palin called the Obama Administration’s actions as [sic] the “Road to Ruin”! [Uh, no. The Road to Ruin broke ground when you were born. Heyo!] Like most of the USA now, we at Stand Up America think it is a great way to express yourself and learn what is really happening to our country , so what can we do? [Let me get this straight: You think that pulling one’s car over to the side of the road is a great way to learn what is really happening to our country? Like, seriously? Are you planning on reading a history book while you sit there blocking traffic? Besides, I doubt you can find five Teabillies who think that sitting on the side of the road on a Sunday afternoon is a great way to express themselves. I suppose we should be thankful -- it's less frightening than the traditional Teabilly method, which is to show up to a rally armed to the teeth with guns and misspelled signs. So thanks for deciding simply to pull your cars over to the side of the road and just sit there pretending to make phone calls as opposed to, I don’t know, blowing cars up on the side of the road. (P.S., if you’re doing that last thing I mentioned, call me! I’ve always wanted to blow up a car for freedom.)]
Well, it seems the normal methods do not work because of entrenched political machinery, moneyed interests, power seeking for power’s sake, and a media that is just plan [sic] in the tank. [Toilet or fish?]
In the past, petitions were signed, marches on Washington and elsewhere were held [I remember the great civil rights March on Washington and Elsewhere -- those were heady times], Tea Parties were created [by the Kochsuckers], letters were written [in broken Teabilly English], calls were made [using tin cans and string], new representatives were elected, yet, the road to ruin is still there [where, exactly?], and the Obama Administration has the pedal to the floor, the speedometer is pegged, and there are no brakes. [Talk about metaphor salad. Crikey. "The Obama Administration is on the road to ruin, leading a gift horse to water, looking in its mouth, and making it drink soshulism!] All our efforts have for the most part FAILED! [Oh no, you’re wrong there – they have ENTIRELY failed.]
So how do we make our voices known? [There are known voices and unknown voices, and you will hear us by the trail of dead.] How do we finally succeed? [Never gonna happen.] How do we send a clear message that cannot be twisted by the media, misinterpreted by politicians, or co-opted by Obama apologists? [Hey, you can have this one. We Obots have better shit to do than pull our fancy elitist arugula-fueled cars over to the side of the road and just sit there.] Well, we have come up with one interesting new way. [You're overselling it.] Are you game? It won’t cost you any money short of a gallon of gas. It won’t take much of your time, only about an hour. It won’t mean travel to distant cities. It won’t mean crowds to wade through, and it won’t interfere with your life too much. [Shorter: It won’t mean DOING ANYTHING OF VALUE and you'll be home in time for Leno.]2
What it will be is FUN [and by "FUN" we mean "ASININE"], and a great way to vent your frustration [also a great way to vent carbon monoxide into your car ::crosses fingers::], without being labeled [jackass], or maligned [descended from a clan of jackasses]!
Here is what is planned: (If you don’t value your brain cells, click to continue)