Thursday, April 07, 2005

Lying Liars and the Lying Lies They Tell... 

Courtesy of Digby at Hullabaloo, this rather fascinating example of wingnut denial:
Earlier today, Rush's little galpal Daryn Kagan was questioning the CNN congressional correspondent about the Martinez memo. She said something to the effect of "aren't people in this town a little too sensitive? What's wrong with this memo, anyway?" The guy was a little taken aback (probably because he didn't realize he now works for FOXNews) and patiently explained that it was a big deal because the Republicans had denied writing or seeing the memo and that they had insisted that the Schiavo case was a matter of conscience not politics.
And once again, when caught lying, the Repugs try to play the "it's no big deal" card -- forgetting, of course, that the entire time they were persecuting Bill Clinton, their mantra was, "It's not the sex. It's the lying."

Oh, if only our whoremedia were as up in arms about the lying thing now as they were circa 1999. There wouldn't be a Republican "elected" official left in power. They'd all have been impeached, recalled or jailed.

Of course, Clinton did allegedly lie about a blowjob. Far, far worse than lying about your motives in exploiting a braindead woman, or lying about the progress of the War in Iraq, or lying us into that war in the first place.

The more I see of their behavior, the more I realize that these morons are nothing but never-grown-up frat boys, still acting the way they did in college and thinking they can get away with it because, of course, the only people around to point out their behavior are other frat boys. But how else do you explain it? They mock and denigrate anyone who isn't a rich, white, straight male (while many of them seem to be denizens of DuPont Circle and/or customers of certain gay male hustlers); when they don't like the way the game is going for them, they change the rules; they're the first ones to scream "victim" and call any criticism "partisan attacks", yet they themselves are the first to make unfounded charges and politicize everything; when they get caught lying or cheating or stealing, instead of taking responsibility, they try to claim that what you're seeing isn't what you thought you saw and, failing that strategy, try the "everyone does it" line.

The biggest fratboy of them all is in charge. If you don't believe me, next time W makes a speech, watch it and keep this image in mind: the Sophmore frat boy who's just been caught cheating on a test, and is desperately trying to talk his way out of guilt by bullshitting the Dean.

But, I do digress. The simple story here is this. During le cause Schiavo, which the Repugs claimed was not politically motivated, someone leaked a Republican talking points memo that said, in essence, here's how we can use this case to energize our base and gain politically. They couldn't deny the existence of the memo, though they tried. They tried to claim it was a forgery, going so far as to try to get away with the lie that they couldn't find a single Republican senator who had written it. When the author of the memo was uncovered -- legal counsel to a Republican Senator who accidentally gave the memo to a Democratic Senator -- they resorted to the "B-b-b-b-but it's not a big deal" defense.

To his credit, the author of the memo resigned -- although I really don't think there was reason for him to do so. Still, it'd be nice if all the other elected Republicans involved had the common decency to do the same.

They don't and they won't, but it's a nice dream...

Nah, sorry. It is a big deal.

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