In case anyone has not noticed, you can always tell what the rabid Right is actually doing by paying attention to the accusations they hurl at Democrats. Today provides a couple good examples. Right-wing hack Jennifer Rubin has been calling the Obama administration racists for not pursuing the ridiculous trumped-up allegations of voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party – Bipartisan agreement: Fox-hyped New Black Panthers case is a phony scandal. Even if the NBP had unnerved a few voters on that one day that does not make it worthy of a federal level inquiry and prosecution by the Department of Justice. Local law enforcement is perfectly capable of handling isolated local incidents. Rubin and the right-wing obsession with the NBP, who I agree are jerks, is besides racist in its own right, ironic in its call for big government involvement. Rubin has been jawboning her obsession and hurling these bizarre accusations for some time. A few days ago Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz remarked that Republicans ( several governors) were supporting voting restrictions comparable to Jim Crow. Wasserman-Shultz did apologize and while the analogy was a couple of degrees over the line, it is a fact that the voting restrictions which Republicans are pushing create undo hardships for minorities, students and senior voters. Wasserman Schultz And The GOP War On Voting
But while the analogy was inappropriate, Wasserman-Schultz was absolutely right that Republicans have used their new majorities in statehouses to erect institutional barriers to voting that are more likely to disadvantage Democratic-leaning constituencies, minorities in particular. Recent Republican proposals have or would put in place onerous voter ID requirements, curtail early voting, and prevent students from casting ballots where they go to school. These proposals are costly and could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands if not millions of voters, but most of those affected are more likely to vote for Democrats. Republicans have invoked the specter of voter fraud to justify the restrictions, but the type of voter fraud these laws are designed to address are extremely rare — the Bush administration, despite pursuing the issue vigorously, never produced more than a handful of voter fraud prosecutions.
There’s also something rich about Republicans lecturing Wasserman-Shultz on historical perspective. After all, they’ve spent the last several years building an absurd narrative of white racial grievance, sometimes drawing explicit comparisons between America under Obama and Jim Crow. Nowhere has this manifested more absurdly than in association with the New Black Panther Voter intimidation case, which conservatives used to allege a conspiracy between the White House and a black separatist group. Jennifer Rubin, who was at the forefront of publishing such innuendo and has spent the last two years tossing outrageous accusations of racism at the Obama administration, now insists that Wasserman-Schultz didn’t go far enough in retracting her analogy, writing that restating the “Republicans are racists” line in less flashy terms “is still a slur.” This is coming from the same person who suggested Attorney General Eric Holder was guilty of racism when he pointed out, accurately, that the New Black Panther case was not at all comparable to what black people faced in the South prior to the 1960s. Rubin really doesn’t have much room to lecture Wasserman-Schultz on historical perspective — or even on tossing around frivolous accusations of racism.
It’s important to remember that Jim Crow wasn’t about having to fill out an extra form to cast a ballot, the entire system was underpinned by violence, real and threatened. Wasserman-Schultz’s analogy was inaccurate, but at least she was describing an actual systemic problem. The voting restrictions supported by the GOP will affect millions of people; Republicans couldn’t find a single voter intimidated by the NBPP in Philadelphia in 2008. Nevertheless, they attacked Attorney General Eric Holder for pointing out that comparing the NBPP incident to the Jim Crow South was offensive.
Rubins charges of racism are like a neon sign on a dark road warning that a warped spin is taking place. As Republican pump up the faux outrage they themselves are engaging in both racism and agism. While this kind of preemptive mud-slinging has a long conservative tradition, it is also right out of the Unka Karl playbook. Democrats are the egalitarian party, the truly big tent. Rove’s solution to the well substantiated extremist tendencies of the conservative movement was to accuse Democrats of things that would counter their strengths in the public view. I have not seen anything in the last ten years to suggest this tactic has been effective. The Right are not all racists, but racism, misogyny, agism and Antisemitism continue to be a big part of conservatism.
Example two, class warfare. Republicans are always accusing Democrats of engaging in class warfare. This is short for blue-collar, the working class, median income households, the middle-class and the working poor are just envious of the wealthy. The class warfare accusations also contain was of the most popular myths of our time: wealth is created by the top 1%. Or everyone should be grateful for the plutocracy. Not a few Democrats have also bought into this raft of pure BS. Workers create wealth as a product of their labor and by way of demand for products and services. One could open a business – say making yachts – that depends solely on millionaires for customers. Note there are very few yacht makers. Republicans, as part of movement conservatism philosophy and the cultist worship of supply-side economics, declared class warfare decades ago. That war continues as they try to gut Medicare. Selling said radical agenda as the kind of tough adult decisions that have to be made. For rational human being there is nothing tough or adult about giving America’s seniors and children the shaft. We’re in our current deficit and debt straights because of four things: two wars, the Bush tax cuts (How The Bush Tax Cuts Blew Up The Deficit And Debt) and the Great Recession. The latter largely due to conservative economic policies( yes some Democrats played a role by embracing those policies). The latest front in class warfare comes Tim Pawlenty, sounding a lot like Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, Who is really waging “class warfare”? Tim Pawlenty says Obama is stoking anger against the wealthy. His plan? Bigger and better tax cuts — for the rich!
At the conclusion of a speech delivered on Tuesday outlining his goals for the U.S. economy, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said some hurtful things about Barack Obama.
Regrettably, President Obama is a champion practitioner of class warfare. Elected with a call for unity and hope. He’s spent three years dividing our nation. And fanning the flames of class envy and resentment. To deflect attention from his own failures. And the economic hardship they have visited on America.
But class warfare is not who we are.
From the left side of the political aisle, the proclamation that Barack Obama has practiced class warfare is likely to be met with a sarcastic “if only.” Heck, if there’s one thing Tea Partyers and progressives agree on, it’s that Obama’s administration has been too solicitous of Wall Street, at the expense of Main Street.
Tim Pawlenty went on to pull some future tax brackets out of that part of his anatomy where the sun never shines. Matt Yglesias points out that Pawlenty’s math is fuzzy at best. Also via Andrew Leonard,Jon Chait points out, it’s the same “basic supply-side pixie dust”. And an analysis of pixie dust from the Economic Policy Institute
… the tax cuts for the wealthy never trickled down to middle-class families: Inflation-adjusted median weekly earnings fell by 2.3 percent during the economic expansion from 2001Q4 to 2007Q4. While real wages fell for most Americans, the top 1 percent of earners captured a whopping 65 percent of all income gains, leaving just 13 percent for the bottom 90 percent…
What concerns Democrats, a point that the Right just walks or talks its way past, is that of the value, the capital created by the economy, the vast majority of Americans are not being fairly compensated for their work. That compensation can come in two ways. It can come from indirect compensation such as public universities, a well-trained and equipped fire department, bridges and highways in good repair and the social safety net among other things. The other kind of compensation is plain wages.
Charles Koch, the CEO of Koch Industries who is worth a reported $22 billion, likes to call his business an example of something he describes as the “Science of Liberty.” In reality, his company’s deregulation crusade has contributed to rolling blackouts, consolidation and monopolies in financial markets, and economy-wrecking oil price spikes. In comments to the CFTC, the reform-minded nonprofit Better Markets noted that, “the history of these markets is a history of anti-competitive, self-interested, predatory conduct that serves the interest of the exclusive few at the expense of the many and the system as a whole.”
If these conservative-libertarians ever had to really compete without the benefit of market manipulation, an army of lobbyist and directly buying influence, one has to wonder if they would survive a month.
What Glenn said, The joys of repressed voyeuristic titillation
There are few things more sickening — or revealing — to behold than a D.C. sex scandal. Huge numbers of people prance around flamboyantly condemning behavior in which they themselves routinely engage. Media stars contrive all sorts of high-minded justifications for luxuriating in every last dirty detail, when nothing is more obvious than that their only real interest is vicarious titillation. Reporters who would never dare challenge powerful political figures who torture, illegally eavesdrop, wage illegal wars or feed at the trough of sleazy legalized bribery suddenly walk upright — like proud peacocks with their feathers extended — pretending to be hard-core adversarial journalists as they collectively kick a sexually humiliated figure stripped of all importance. The ritual is as nauseating as it is predictable.
Glenn is mostly referencing the MSM, but the same is true of the right-wing media ( blogs and pundits like Andrew Breitbart and Fox). Republicans have been up to their eyeballs in serious scandals for a long time. Sure you have to sign the pledge to be an unrepentant hypocrite to be a conservative, but the self-righteous hypocrisy has reached new lows in the Rep. Weiner scandal.