The more I listen to Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele talk, the more I wonder about his true mission. Perhaps Chairman Steele secretly is an operative placed in the Republican Party to speak foolishly, create controversy and in general undermine the efforts of the GOP to rebound from what has been a disastrous time, politically speaking. As Steele’s mistakes continue to pile up, maybe Republicans should pause and wonder if he is in fact a Democratic operative who has taken over the Republican Party and risen to the rank of chairman.
Archive for March 16, 2009
Conservative haters like Laura Ingraham typically display little conscience when it comes to personal attacks of people. Then, when called out on it, they try to claim it’s “satire.” Generally speaking, satire is supposed to be funny. On that count, Laura Ingraham strikes out without even so much as taking the bat off her shoulders. Laura Ingraham, a frequent contributor on Fox News, is a lot of things, but funny simply is not one of them. Ingraham became angry when Meghan McCain had some criticisms of Ann Coulter (even more of a hater than Laura Ingraham). Ingraham injected herself into the mix and resorted to middle school-caliber jokes about Meghan McCain’s body type (a body type that apparently does not fit Ingraham’s narrow-minded perception of how women are supposed to look). Think Progress had a couple of comments from McCain that were particularly interesting.
McCAIN: What do young women think when I speak my mind about politics and I want to have a political discussion about the ideological future of the Republican party, and the answer is, “She’s fat, she shouldn’t have an opinion. What kind of message are we sending young women? … It infuriates me. I’m a political writer on a blog, and all of a sudden I’m too fat to write?
In Laura Ingraham’s world, if you’re fat you are not allowed to have an opinion. And, if you’re upset for being called fat, then you just need to learn to “chill” and not be so sensitive. In addition to the negative message it sends to young women, it just stinks of childish behavior. But, McCain was not finished as she continued to call out Ingraham for her kindergarten-caliber insult.
McCAIN: When Tyra Banks went on her show in her bathing suit and said, “Kiss my fat ass.” That’s what I feel right now. I’m like “Kiss my fat ass!”
I applaud Meghan McCain for standing up for herself and against people like Laura Ingraham who have little else to bring to the table beyond low-caliber insults. Here is Ingraham’s response.
INGRAHAM: But look the bottom line is it’s rough and tumble out there. You wanna put yourself out there as someone who’s going to redirect the future of the Republican party, and you’re going to have to deal with satire. You’re gonna have to deal with people teasing. You’re gonna have to deal with, you know, sometimes the kitchen gets a little hot! …. You gotta just take a chill pill. … Can I say lighten up or is that offensive too?
Perhaps if Laura Ingraham would have taken the chill pill in the beginning, and kept her nose out of it, then maybe she would not feel the need to have to defend herself from her own stupidity. Sure, you’re always going to have to deal with people teasing, but you have expectations that elementary school-level teasing is left in … well … elementary school. I am not sure it’s an accurate statement to say that Meghan McCain put herself “out there as someone who’s going to redirect the future of the Republican Party.” Based on the close-minded attitude of the Republican Party, the future is looking bleak as the United States of America becomes increasingly multicultural and the GOP looks less diverse by the election.
Meghan McCain is discovering just how vicious conservatives within the Republican Party can truly be to one of their own (when an individual is perceived to have stepped out of line). Hopefully this is Meghan’s wake-up call about the party she is involved with … the party of people like hardcore right-winger Laura Ingraham who make fun of McCain’s weight and body type. This is the same party that threw Meghan’s father under the bus after he lost the presidential election and blamed him for everything – including Sarah Palin’s self-inflicted mistakes. John still doesn’t get that he was thrown under the bus, but that is another story. Check out this article to see how some conservatives continue to hammer away at Meghan McCain like a gang of political thugs.
Like so many Republicans, Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley is quick to point the finger of blame at new President Barack Obama. He is quick to criticize his large budget and the financial bailouts. He is slow, however, to offer any positive solutions other than “tightening the national belt.” Imagine if someone at a news conference asked the president what he was going to do to fix this crisis built up during the last seven years and his answer was: “We’re going to be tightening the national belt.” And, then he left the podium and offered no other solution. You think the media would enthusiastically embrace such a vague and solution-resistant answer? Finley, drinking GOP talking points-flavored Kool-Aid, feeds all the tired Republican stereotypes of Americans becoming lazy welfare-type recipients looking for little more than a handout. Finley does not see this as a way of sparking the economy, getting people to work or beginning to rebuild the infrastructure of communities. No, Finley sees it as Americans becoming some sort of government junkie. In other words, he sees the glass as half empty rather than half full. George W. Bush gets basically a free pass for doing little to get control of a horrific situation until it was pretty much too late. Finley’s columnis all doom all the time with virtually no optimism and razor thin of solutions. “Tightening the national belt” is not as easy as balancing your budget at home. Considering the Detroit News gave a strong endorsement of Sen. John McCain in the presidential election of 2008, we should hardly be surprised by yet another solution-free attack on President Obama while granting a free pass to Republican former president Bush and the GOP in general.