Defend Michele Bachmann Against Kenyan Satanist Islamist Attack!

Who should turn up in my inbox today but my “friend” Michele Bachmann…  She wants my money to help defend her against “crude attacks from the Left,” including the “shocking, profanity-laced attack” shown below.   Please, sit down or pull over to the side of the road before viewing. Come to think of it, those of you who are not Bachmann supporters might want to update your wills and be sure your affairs are in order -- any DNR requests readily to hand for your next of kin, just in case the YouTube in question causes brain death, yet doesn’t manage to still your beating heart:

I felt no need to warn the Bachmann supporters:  They are presumably (at least MB so presumes) already brain-dead, or freely hallucinating anyway, or trusting as babes and so unlikely to check whether Michele or her husband Marcus (whose own letter is part of the fundraising pitch) is making sense or coming within range of it.

Or consider Bachmann’s fellow Minnesotan Ed Morrissey.  This next one isn’t a big deal either -- just another typical moment tripping along the borderline between inanity and insanity.  The HotAir headline:

Bloomberg poll shows 4 in 10 Obama supporters now opposing him

The actual report says:  “More than 4 of 10 likely voters who say they once considered themselves Obama backers now are either less supportive or say they no longer support him at all.”  In Morrissey’s universe, in which cheer-leading for the Right is apparently much more important than informing one’s readers, “less supportive or say they no longer support” = “oppose.”  It’s not that the figures represent great news for O.  So why spin -- that is, lie -- that is demonstrate that you’re toadly fullo *&()*^#?  (One commenter out of 90+, did happen to notice what Ed was doing -- an old opponent of mine whom I now fear was probably more right than I was way back when, a year ago, even if I “won” every argument. )

What reason is there for anyone to believe that a party or movement prevaricating its way into office will wake up the day after reborn as truth-tellers?

All indications seem to be that the Republican wave of Tea is fully on schedule for November, but a movement whose leaders feel the need to lie so blatantly, or who are too pathological or dim to know they’re lying, or who know that their supporters are too distracted or stupid or both to tell the difference… that’s a movement moving toward some very unhappy collisions with reality.

Apologies for the profanity-laced post.

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  1. She was against TARP, which was the lifeline to Wall Street, she has opposed the stimulus, which seems to be targeted toward makework
    jobs and dead people and convicts, she first surfaced the critique of the FCCER that became the Death Panel, what’s the problem again

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TV pundits and op-ed writers of every major newspaper epitomize how the Democratic establishment has already reached a consensus: the 2020 nominee must be a centrist, a Joe Biden, Cory Booker or Kamala Harris–type, preferably. They say that Joe Biden should "run because [his] populist image fits the Democrats’ most successful political strategy of the past generation" (David Leonhardt, New York Times), and though Biden "would be far from an ideal president," he "looks most like the person who could beat Trump" (David Ignatius, Washington Post). Likewise, the same elite pundit class is working overtime to torpedo left-Democratic candidates like Sanders.

For someone who was not acquainted with Piketty's paper, the argument for a centrist Democrat might sound compelling. If the country has tilted to the right, should we elect a candidate closer to the middle than the fringe? If the electorate resembles a left-to-right line, and each voter has a bracketed range of acceptability in which they vote, this would make perfect sense. The only problem is that it doesn't work like that, as Piketty shows.

The reason is that nominating centrist Democrats who don't speak to class issues will result in a great swathe of voters simply not voting. Conversely, right-wing candidates who speak to class issues, but who do so by harnessing a false consciousness — i.e. blaming immigrants and minorities for capitalism's ills, rather than capitalists — will win those same voters who would have voted for a more class-conscious left candidate. Piketty calls this a "bifurcated" voting situation, meaning many voters will connect either with far-right xenophobic nationalists or left-egalitarian internationalists, but perhaps nothing in-between.

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Understanding Trump’s charisma offers important clues to understanding the problems that the Democrats need to address. Most important, the Democratic candidate must convey a sense that he or she will fulfil the promise of 2008: not piecemeal reform but a genuine, full-scale change in America’s way of thinking. It’s also crucial to recognise that, like Britain, America is at a turning point and must go in one direction or another. Finally, the candidate must speak to Americans’ sense of self-respect linked to social justice and inclusion. While Weber’s analysis of charisma arose from the German situation, it has special relevance to the United States of America, the first mass democracy, whose Constitution invented the institution of the presidency as a recognition of the indispensable role that unique individuals play in history.

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