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UPDATE: Paul Ryan as Romney VP running-mate pick guarantees Mitt Romney a win with the coveted voter demographic of total fucking morons…
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.
The People To Avoid On Facebook…
Today’s Fair and Balanced Definition of the Republican Party…
1. The Republican Party;
A white-collar crime organization; a pack of criminally insane political prostitutes without consciences, who have buried their faces in the public pie as though it were a feeding trough, and done nothing but loot the treasury for six long years. Only a fool or a whore would consider the current Republican Party a conservative party. Insofar as fiscal restraint and limited government are the defining features of the conservative position, the Republicriminal Party couldn’t be any fucking farther from Conservative.
White Hot Republican Race Down To Idiots, Clowns, Fools, Jackasses, Douchebags, and Mentally Disturbed People….
The Republican presidential primary race has become a joke: The Cain Train has been derailed by a series of accusations, Newt Gingrich has so many skeletons in his closet that they have spilled out and are raiding his fridge at night, Ron Paul is doing his best to earn a spot in the remake of Grumpy Old Men, Rick Perry acts like he has suffered a recent head injury and most of the rest of the pack couldn’t get elected to state auditor in their own state…..Are these knuckle-dragging nit-wits really the best that the Republicans can scrounge up?
Who is the Bigger Mean Girl Idiot? Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann or Elisabeth Hasselbeck?
The smirk, the sideways glance, the sarcasm, the condescending touch of the shoulder, the painted on smile, the passive aggressive insults, the thin skin; these are the trademarks of a mean girl. Most people are familiar with mean girls from high school. They are the perky, pretty, well dressed girls who compliment you with their mouths and deride your Target clothes with their eyes. They are the girls who, with one flick of their acerbic tongues, can fill even the most accomplished students with shame. Mean girls strive for superficiality. Intelligence is a liability in their world.
One of the great things about graduating high school is that you get to leave the mean girls behind. It’s not that they disappear, it’s that as an adult, you aren’t trapped inside a school with them for eight hours a day. Well, I thought I’d left them behind. Then came the feminization of the Republican party. Republican women weren’t exactly a new phenomenon. In the 70s, the Republicans had mean women like Anita Bryant (a former beauty queen) and Phyllis Schlafly. But for the most part, the public face of the Republican party was middle-aged and older white men.
It started, I suppose, with Fox News. All news channels hire pretty women, but Fox News is famous for their own brand of pretty women, blondes who sell lies and propaganda from behind their perfectly white smiles and super short skirts. It’s clear that the goal of Fox News isn’t to inform, it’s to attract a certain *ahem* demographic, one who prefers to get their news while giving the cerebral cortex a rest. While most of their “newscasters” and “reporters” aren’t overtly mean, they have a stable of correspondents to cross that line. They have mean girls like Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham. Not all Republican women are mean girls, but it seems that all mean girls are Republican.
Mean girls became a topic of national discourse during the 2008 Presidential elections when Sarah Palin entered the scene with her nasally voice and snarky comments aimed at anyone with an IQ above 80. She even seemed to treat her own base with the type of contempt that is only visible to people experienced with mean girls. It didn’t work. The McCain/Palin ticket lost badly, especially with women, and Sarah Palin is all but off the radar.
Now, the Republican party is awash with mean girls. There is perhaps none so obvious as The View’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck. While Ingraham/Coulter/Malkin, and arguably Palin, only sort of attempt to hide their meanness, Hasselbeck is perhaps the worst kind of mean girl. She attempts a veneer of the sweet girl next door, but underneath is pure meanness and pure narcissism, coupled with a very thin skin, which couldn’t have been more apparent on Tuesday’s show with guest Bill Maher.
I’m not always a fan of Maher. I do find his kind of old school ‘edginess’ to sometimes border on sexism, homophobia and racism, but he is a comedian and he is famous for being “politically incorrect.” Unlike a mean girl, Bill Maher doesn’t pretend to be something he’s not. He does offend, and like countless comedians before him, he’s proud of that fact.
At issue was a comment Maher made on his February 4th episode of HBO’s Real Time. The show was right after CBS’s Lara Logan was arrested and detained during the Egyptian protests in Tahrir Square: “New rule: now that Hosni Mubarak has released Lara Logan, he must put her intrepid hotness on a plane immediately. In exchange, we will send Elisabeth Hasselbeck.”
Several days after this joke, Bill Maher and the world learned that Logan was brutally raped.
For Hasselbeck, it was personal. Maher was asked about the Penn State scandal and essentially said that when you have a bunch of men together, they tend to do bad things and that women are a moderating influence. Hasselbeck, wearing a mean girl uniform super short skirt, took this as a moment to awkwardly dominate the interview by talking about the Lara Logan joke.
After reading the joke, the audience laughed. Hasselbeck responded that, ”That’s fine if you want to laugh, but I sit with the best comedians … you can’t tell me I’m wrong when I say that wasn’t that funny.” Apparently, knowing comedians makes her the judge of all that is funny.
Maher responded that he is a comedian and that his show attracts a different audience. He also said, “You are a public figure. It was not aimed at you personally, but when you are a public figure you are out there and you are fodder for comedians to make comments.”
What Hasselbeck and most Republicans fail to understand is that a joke about a person who happens to be a woman, is not anti-woman. On the other hand, holding back on pointing out someone’s absurdity because they are a woman is sexist. Hasselbeck is a public figure. She needs to develop a thick skin and embrace even negative publicity.
Even Barbara Walters found Hasselbeck annoying, ”I went through years of Baba Wawa and I survived,” she quipped.
Walters tried to get the interview back on track by talking about Herman Cain:
WALTERS: Okay. Herman Cain, you saw him this morning. You see the political candidates. Give me your overall view of him particular, and in general as a candidate?
MAHER: Well, first of all, I think it’s great that the scandal on Herman Cain has moved away from sex to the fact that he’s an idiot where it belongs. I misjudged the Republicans – they will vote for a black man if he’s a complete imbecile. I didn’t realize that.
WALTERS: How many people have we just offended? Okay, go ahead.
JOY BEHAR: He doesn’t care.
MAHER: I don’t care. But it’s true. I mean, you saw that tape. You know, I mean, it’s only a few days removed from the Rick Perry where he was the idiot of the week. I mean, you have to realize that the Republican Party doesn’t care about knowledge or knowing things.
HASSELBECK (bringing it back to her): That’s untrue, Bill. You know, because you’re so brilliant. Wow, I actually feel smarter sitting next to you.
MAHER: Really? I feel like I’m in high school sitting next to you.
HASSELBECK: How long ago was that?
Really, an age joke? The interview finally got back on track at about the five-minute mark, but even then, it’s worth watching the video if for nothing else, Hasselbeck’s facial expressions. Like Bill Maher, I felt like I was back in high school.
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