24 November 2009

Matt Taibbi wrote a letter to the teabaggers!

Oh yes, he did. It's actually a long piece responding to all the bitching and moaning from the teabagging set about how everybody is being so mean to Our Sarah of Perpetual Word Salad, and putting it in the greater context of a lesson on just how the inside-the-Beltway press actually works. Conservatives whine about the "lib'rul media," because they can't stand to hear anything but their own shitty beliefs repeated back to them all day, every day. Liberals tend to refer more to "The Village," the inbred culture of the insiders and the corporate media and Tweety and Let's Beatify Tim Russert, who really never was all that good to begin with.


The press corps that is bashing her skull in right now is the same one that hyped that WMD horseshit for like four solid years and pom-pommed America to war with Iraq over the screeching objections of the entire planet. It’s the same press corps that rolled out the red carpet for someone very nearly as abjectly stupid as Sarah Palin to win not one but two terms in the White House. If there was any kind of consensus support for Palin inside the beltway, the criticism of her, bet on it, would be almost totally confined to chortling east coast smartasses like me and Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Sullivan.
What the people who are flipping out about the treatment of Palin should be asking themselves is what it means when it’s not just jerks like us but everybody piling on against Palin. For those of you who can’t connect the dots, I’ll tell you what it means. It means she’s been cut loose. It means that all five of the families have given the okay to this hit job, including even the mainstream Republican leaders. You teabaggers are in the process of being marginalized by your own ostensible party leaders in exactly the same way the anti-war crowd was abandoned by the Democratic party elders in the earlier part of this decade. Like the antiwar left, you have been deemed a threat to your own party’s “winnability.”

And do you know what that means? That means that just as the antiwar crowd spent years being painted by the national press as weepy, unpatriotic pussies whose enthusiastic support is toxic to any serious presidential aspirant, so too will all of you afternoon-radio ignoramuses who seem bent on spending the next three years kicking and screaming your way up the eternal asshole of white resentment now find yourself and your political champions painted as knee-jerk loonies whose rabid irrationality is undeserving of the political center. And yes, that’s me saying that, but I’ve always been saying that, not just about Palin but about George Bush and all your other moron-heroes.

Heh. Seriously, do read the entire thing.

In this one instance, the press corps is correct, but for the wrong reasons. They should not let it go to their heads and start thinking they suck any fewer bags of dicks.


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