As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Republicans - The Most Condescending Elitists The Country Has Ever Known

I basically agree with TBogg's take on this Obama "bitterness" nonsense, this is the selective outrage of a bunch of self-appointed elites who have decided for the rest of the country that they in fact look down upon what should upset them:

Shorter Everyone Who Is Appalled By Obama's Comments About "Bitter" America:

"I'm here to defend and speak for the stupid fucking rubes who are too fucking stupid to know that they've been insulted by Barrack Obama. Hillary/McCain rulz!"

I mean please. Is there anyone in this country who doesn't believe in the existence of wedge issues? Because that's basically what Obama was describing.

And you don't have to take my word for it. How about Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay deputy Michael Scanlon?

Consider one memo highlighted in a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday that Scanlon, a former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, sent the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana to describe his strategy for protecting the tribe's gambling business. In plain terms, Scanlon confessed the source code of recent Republican electoral victories: target religious conservatives, distract everyone else, and then railroad through complex initiatives.

"The wackos get their information through the Christian right, Christian radio, mail, the internet and telephone trees," Scanlon wrote in the memo, which was read into the public record at a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. "Simply put, we want to bring out the wackos to vote against something and make sure the rest of the public lets the whole thing slip past them." The brilliance of this strategy was twofold: Not only would most voters not know about an initiative to protect Coushatta gambling revenues, but religious "wackos" could be tricked into supporting gambling at the Coushatta casino even as they thought they were opposing it.

The Republican Party has nothing but contempt for their voters, and in the modern age, they always have. They've been targeting "the wackos" openly for many years now. If Obama did anything wrong is was not to read this memo aloud as proof of what he was expressing. Presidents should resist the opportunity to play pundit, but Obama was asked a pundit-like question in a private setting, and he responded with a basic truth.

I'm not a politician, so maybe I can express it a bit more freely. Republicans think you're stupid. They treat you like suckers and distract you with wedge issues that have no material effect on your lives while they bleed you dry economically and engage in endless war and torture in your name. They have no experience with or even interest in the everyday lives of Americans. They get their dander up and scream "class warfare" any time they're challenged on any of this because they don't want anybody peeking behind the curtain and discovering the shadow war on the middle class.

But the truth is that most folks have already figured it out. We have a President hated by almost everybody and a general sense that the country has gone off the rails. We're not idiots and we're going to place the blame squarely where it belongs, media hypemeisters and GOP spinmeisters be damned.

What's most newsworthy about that Scanlon quote, by the way, is that it came out in a hearing investigated by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, which was then chaired by... John McCain. It should also interest you that McCain limited the scope of his investigation and failed to investigate any members of Congress implicated in the scandal, and indeed never got to the bottom of things. He thinks you're stupid, too.

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