I had to laugh at this hysterical post at Huffpo by Gabriel London, before Massa's disastrous(for Beck) interview happened. In light of how it turned out, which was to reveal Beck to be nothing more than a ridiculous amateur, I wonder how dumb London feels for verbally wetting himself over this. But it's typical of the Huffpo to whip up hysteria among liberals over nothing. It increases their traffic.
No, London, they are silly. They are laughable. No more any real threat than a circus clown. What they've been doing is no different than what a frightened animal does when cornered: puff itself up to look bigger and more scary.
The truth? The Republicans have done all they can do and it'll just be repetition from here. But we've heard all the birther stuff,all the Nazi Socialist Communist blather, all of it. And what has it gotten them? Little if anything; Scott Brown has already shown himself more concerned with his constituents--largely liberal--than the RNC, so that was no real victory despite the hype.
And that's what the cringing, self-doubting Democrats have been buying into, and the GOP know that doubt is their weak spot. I think the time has come to stop pretending we play this game on their board.
And they've already played all their worst invective out, and everyone is sick of it. We know to expect it by now and so it falls flat. They might as well be the Spice Girls for all the effectiveness and currency their attacks have now. All they have is that and a propensity to bring the government to a halt. That can't get you very far. They've made a lot of noise, but don't buy into the illusion that it has ultimately made any real difference, except among people who were already on their side. This is "entertaining the children," i.e. the base, and that's all it is. It's a sideshow. Nobody who matters gives a damn. This really is the best they've got and they've used it all.
The Republicans are not scary. They want you to think that because they know the weakness in Democrats is their doubt reflex. They want you to think of this entirely within parameters they define. The truth is they have no real power, they are laughable, and all their attacks are based upon a fantasy world. Stop thinking of all this on their terms.
I repeat this: they are not scary and, like Eric Cartman, you get one good zetz back at them and they cave, like any blowhard or bully. Don't believe the hype. That's the only moment they do have any power. Go around them. Go past them. Go over them. It's not actually that hard. Obama seems to finally be waking up to that, though pretty damn late in the game for my liking.
They know if they lose this--the GOP--they're destroyed. It's THEM that are scared and panicking. Let them. If they're ignored, they will burn themselves out.
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson