Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fair and Balanced

Jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville:

Let’s try an experiment: Next time a progressive blogger gets on TV opposite, say, Andrew Sullivan and/or GOP Chairman Michael Steele, try making race-based, homophobic remarks. Call Sullivan a “faggot” and Steele a “nigger.” Yell and scream on top of them when they try to make their points. Lace your diatribes with patently untrue propaganda. Demand that Sen. John McCain produce his birth certificate from the Panama Canal. Bring the American flag to the sound stage and crow about the North beating the South in the civil war and the virtues of Socialist ideology.

Now, see how long it’ll be before you’re invited back on that show or on any nationally televised program. You personally would lose credibility and the progressive movement as a whole would lose a lot of credibility as a result.


Yet if we were to engage in the same tactics such as calling an African American Republican member of Congress (not that there’s any such thing) a “nigger”, continually get our facts wrong and talking about an emerging Socialist state that simply doesn’t exist (the compromised and corporate-friendly HCR bill that will further concentrate wealth in the upper economic strata, in fact, is the exact opposite), we would’ve been discredited in a heartbeat on conservative blogs and on Fox “News” and laughed off one sound stage after another. We would’ve been treated like the passing fad that we would have been.

So how come the same rules don’t apply to the Tea Baggers, a rabid, ignorant faction that, whether or not they intend to, seems bound and determined to catapult us back to the pre-Civil Rights days when African Americans were forced to sit in the back of the bus and were kept from voting?

The answer is pretty straightforward: the GOP does not have anything else to offer. They have conceded their leadership and party direction to a mob that boasts that they do not have a leader and has no problem shouting racist and homophobic threats, not to mention openly advocating the assassination of the president. The bookers on chat shows have to choose between the likes of Liz Cheney, Sarah Palin, John McCain, Michael Steele, and Karl Rove, all of whom represent the epic failures of the past. Even their prospective candidate for the next election, Mitt Romney, is doomed because he’s going to run against a healthcare bill that was largely modeled on the one he championed and signed when he was the governor of Massachusetts. So as the Democrats found when they were in the wilderness between 1968 and 1976, the direction of the party falls to the ones who make the most noise.