Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mommy, make the stupid STOP now, please.

I can't even watch:

Is this a great country, or what? Even though Alabama's Jeff Sessions was blocked from a federal judgeship because of kooky statements about the NAACP and the Ku Klux Klan, he could still go on to become a U.S. senator, and lead a racially tinged charge against the first Latina Supreme Court nominee. Equal opportunity, indeed!

I thought that Sessions' bullying and blundering in the first two days of the Sonia Sotomayor hearings might get the GOP to ask him to hide his light under a bushel for a bit, but there he was on Wednesday, holding a quick press conference in the hearing break to announce he continues to be "troubled" by Sotomayor's views on race, as if there was any doubt about that.

Not to be outdone by Sessions, though, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn shamed himself with an unbelievable reference to Desi Arnaz's ancient Cuban stereotype, Ricky Ricardo, husband of Lucille Ball on "I Love Lucy." During a surreal exchange on gun rights, in which the theoretical example was what might happen to Sotomayor if she (wrongly, illegally, but maybe understandably) got a gun and shot Coburn, the right-wing senator told her, "You'd have a lot of 'splainin' to do," referring to Arnaz's refrain when Lucy got in trouble with one of her crazy schemes.

It should be shocking that in 2009, a U.S. senator would be inspired to relate to an eminent jurist who happens to be Puerto Rican with half-century-old Latino stereotypes (as well as a sort of sexist comparison to wacky Lucy) but after these last few days, it isn't shocking. The way Republicans have shellacked Sotomayor over her "wise Latina" remarks shows they really, really want to be the party of aggrieved white men. No others need apply.

Seriously; it's like instead of going up on a bell tower, they just dragged out their total meltdown over the airwaves and Senate floor and so on. For, how many years has it been? And, they just keep getting worse. I mean, Michelle Bachmann still has a job. Her lips, they keep moving.

I suppose something like Autotune the News has the best response in some ways:

Just make a fucking musical. Puppets. Origami. Topiary. I mean...I realize there's some elemental physics law that you can't actually get -rid- of the stupid, just transmute it into something. But godDAM. That's a lot of stupid.

ETA: Go git 'em Maddow.


Comrade PhysioProf said...

These motherfuckers are digging their own political grave, so let 'em keep at it. Demographics is gonna do them in no matter how hard they hammer their racist, misogynist, theocratic agenda. There just aren't any more fucked-up white racist, misogynist, theocrats left for them to attract.

Kristen said...

Crazy shit. Do they realize that the only thing they are "confirming" is that they are complete racists.

belledame222 said...

No. Maybe the theory is if they keep melting down like this, they'll all split in two and regenerate, like worms, and thus double their numbers. -I- don't know.

CrackerLilo said...

My work husband--a white, straight, Southern man--kinda hit the nail on the head when he said, "It's like she's on trial just for being a Hispanic woman!" (Of course, he's married to a Hispanic woman who is getting *very* angry at this point.) I too am just amazed at how she's been questioned. They are proving exactly why diversity is needed on the bench--95 percent of the country should know better than to trust Sessions, Coburn, et al to give them a fair break.

littlem said...

"There just aren't any more fucked-up white racist, misogynist, theocrats left for them to attract."

They keep birthin' 'em, though.

The bad part about being American is that the stupid and evil people get to talk too.

And because Ailes and Cheyney, though arguably evil, are not fools, and also because of vertical integration (thank you President Clinton and your 1996 Telecomm Act from back when my mother swore you walked on water), some of them also get airtime.


P.S. bd222 and CPP, did you all get those last notes I left you on the other thread?

belledame222 said...

hey littlem, sure: drop me a note at belledame222 AT

Eye-rate said...

Dud we really expect any more than a circus? You have hit every nail squarely on the head in all your recent posts. Sadly, for every one of us that can see the nonsense, there is one who can't or refuses to step out of the pill box.
It is not a case of conservatives versus liberals but one of the ill-informed refusing to look at data or to hold congressional members accountable for their own histories.
Really it is all so very depressing.


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