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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Please Keep Up The Crazy Talk

Almost as if on cue, DailyKos, Steve Benen, Andrew Sullivan, Sam Stein and others are pushing hard on the meme that Republicans are "crazy" and Taliban-like in their ways.

The "crazy" findings are based on a poll commissioned by DailyKos using the same pollster which found, the day before the Massachusetts special election, that the race was a dead heat, when almost every other pollster was predicting a strong Brown win.

Of course, these people did not need a poll to justify their strategy. The "crazy" meme showed itself during the Brown-Coakley campaign, when Benen and others desperately tried to paint Brown as a "Birther."

I wonder if the people pushing the "crazy" meme were part of the 35% of Democrats who, in May 2007, still believed that George Bush was aware of the 9/11 attacks in advance, or the additional 26% who were unsure? It takes one to know one, I guess.

I predicted that "crazy" would be the left-wing and Democratic strategy moving into the 2010 mid-term elections. The left is predictable, if nothing else.

Keep calling the majority of Americans crazy and dangerous and extremists and "teabaggers." Every time you do it we gain votes.

Taking over the House and the Senate is a long shot. We can't do it without your help, as crazy as that sounds.

Update: Bruce McQuain at QandO has a good takedown on this:

Now as I recall, the majority of the left not only wanted Bush impeached, they wanted him frog-marched before a court and tried as a “war criminal”. Most Democrats (I’m borrowing the broad brush that these two are using) believed Bush had been AWOL from his military duty and had stolen the 2000 election. A good plurality of Democrats thought (and still think) 9/11 was an inside job. And it goes without saying that a vast majority of them where convinced Bush was a tyrant, a “Nazi” and a significant number of them thought he’d declare a “national emergency” near the end of his 2nd term in order hold onto power.
I had forgotten about that last one. It was acceptable in left-wing circles to talk seriously about George Bush refusing to leave office. See my prior post from January 20, 2009 (the day of Obama's inauguration), Stupidest Anti-Bush Comment Of The Day, Week, Month, Year, Century, Millennium. Here's the quote I to which I was referring:

I am optimistic because of the simple fact that we are witnessing a transition of power today. Before the 2004 election, people wondered openly whether the Bush crowd would even surrender power were they to lose at the polls. While there is still legitimate doubt about what happened during that election, the outcome in 2004 did not allow us to test whether or not an overtly corrupt administration would allow itself to be replaced and would turn over the power of the government to those with whom it disagrees.
Update No. 2: Charles Lemos at MyDD notes that the sampling behind the DailyKos poll was skewed, Skewed Sample Distorts Kos GOP Poll, with the result that the poll overstates the strength of some views. I think that is interesting, and certainly worth noting, but it is somewhat besides the point.

Only Republicans get tarred and feathered as a group because a minority of the party has a certain view or answers "don't know" to a question.

For eight years we saw the worst venom imaginable spewed at George Bush not only by the Democratic base, but by the Democratic leadership.

That venom lives on in the hearts and minds of the Democratic leadership which regularly engages in name calling, such as when John Kerry and Chuck Schumer called Scott Brown an extremist teabagger, and when Sheldon Whitehouse compared health care protesters to Nazis and warned of an approaching health care Kristillnacht, and when Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi referred to townhall protesters as terrorists. Alan Grayson, who claims that Republicans want people to die, is a rock star in Democratic circles.

And that is the difference.

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  1. There is that "projection" thing again. By that I mean to project your demons onto another. George W. Bush did not cling to power by emergency means. Would our progressive saviors do so? (Mel Blanc voice, please.) Mmmmmmmm, could be!

  2. Drudge is reporting that newly-elected Republican/Taliban "nut" Scott Brown just demanded to be seated IMMEDIATELY. What is it with those crazy people?

  3. Speaking of crazy talk, MA Treasurer Timothy Cahill was interviewed this morning on Bloomberg and he was warning the Congress and the Obama administration that their claims that the economy has bottomed was flat out wrong and that their budget plans would tank his state.

    Look for a Republican governor in MA next time.

    (I'd provide a link but I can't find one. I watched the interview on TV).

  4. Re: the Left wanting Bush "frog-marched" as a war criminal.

    Some of them still do.

    Some of us are hoping that they come try it.

  5. We may be crazy, but Pew released the results of a poll about "public knowledge" last week that showed Republicans scored better than Democrats. Unfortunately, Americans of both parties are not very knowledgeable about public knowledge.


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  7. Don't worry. They will. Til they are all on deathwatch just like their buddy Olbie:


    (Correct link this time.)

  8. It's sad how the same people who followed Sarah Palin's daughters pregnancy like stalkers are the same ones accusing the GOP of being crazy.

    I'm sorry, but trying to legitimize a conspiracy about pregnancy makes you lose pretty much any cred in normal circles. Only on the Left can it make you more famous.

  9. What is totally scary though, and not just about the crazy talk that we come to expect from the total loonies on the left... is that John Kerry is making noises about wanting to amend the Constitution as a result of the outcome of the Citizens United case. Now I am not an American citizen, but that kind of talk makes me shudder, because he wants to interfere with the First Amendment right to free speech.

    I am still looking over the Citizens United judgment. I might have a mediocre degree but I still understand the fundamentals and basically the judgment in Citizens United concerned the fact that there was a penalty imposed if one breached the act. There were other reasons of course, but that reason seems to stand out to me as one very critical reason that Justice Kennedy formed the majority opinion. (I am still reading)

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