Friday, February 01, 2008

The meltdown of the talk-ocracy

It's been fascinating to watch the hard right talk radio guys like Rush Limbaugh freak out about the Republican nomination process, and the rise of guys like Mike Huckabee and John McCain. But this clown simply takes the cake. From Human Events, an article by Brett Winterble, who is (not surprisingly) a radio guy. He's claiming that places like Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida are actually liberal bastions, and because they're going first the whole process is being hijacked and those all-powerful liberals are stealing the Republican party from the conservatives who "own" it.

It's full of the ridiculous, breathless hyperbole that defines the lunatic right shout radio. The article starts with referring to Cedar Rapids (IA), Charleston (SC), Derry (NH), and Boca Raton (FL) as a new "Axis of Evil," which is an interesting insight as to the type of demonization clowns like this love to engage in. But even more despicably, it ends with a continuation of the analogy of McCain "hijacking" the Republican party and talks about the conservatives needing to revolt ... like on United 93 on 9/11. It even ends with the phrase "let's roll," referring to what the passengers said on that doomed flight as they went to attack the terrorists.

I can't even begin to encompass how disgusting that is. The hard right in this country has been so used to cloaking themselves in 9/11 as a means to gut the Constitution and re-make America in their own authoritarian image that they now see no problem with invoking 9/11 to complain about a Republican nominee being insufficiently conservative for them. Dear Lord, someone actually allowed his name to be put in print comparing John McCain to an al Qaeda terrorist!

The upside, as I see it, is that the echo chamber of right-wing shout radio has degenerated itself to such a point where positions like this can actually be taken seriously by these clowns. Winterble betrays himself in the article when he says that McCain doesn't speak for himself or anyone else he knowns. Well, of course, if the only people you ever listen to or converse with are people who think just like you do, if all you listen to is Rush Limbaugh and all you watch is FOX News, then you might get a little bit of a skewed view of the world. Much like the current President, it's pretty easy to convince yourself that you're right - and never have to face reality when you're wrong - if you live in an echo chamber.

If this is the state of the "conservative" movement in this country, then those guys are destined for a long, cold winter on the fringes of politics.

It's about damn time.


Who Hijacked the Primaries?
by Brett Winterble (more by this author)
Posted 01/31/2008 ET

With John McCain’s all-too-easy road to the nomination paved through Florida and now nearly complete one thing is clear: The Republican Party has been hijacked. Over the past month a new Axis of Evil has emerged -- not one based in Damascus, Tehran or Pyongyang -- but instead in Cedar Rapids, Charleston, South Carolina, Derry, New Hampshire and Boca Raton, Florida. It is the liberal and “independent” voters in these 4 states that have nearly completed a deed that makes Kim Jong Il envious -- the near crippling of the American Electoral System. These four states have combined their native liberal populism with an imported liberal electorate and have forced the GOP to accept a nominee so distasteful that in more than one poll -- the numbers of voters choosing not to vote and those choosing to vote third party actually exceed those who will hold their nose and vote for Maverick, War Hero, Amnesty Supporter, John McCain.

I can hear you saying, “surely you aren’t saying that South Carolina has gone liberal -- are you?” Are you kidding me? Drive through the Carolinas and count the number of license plates from NJ, NY and Pennsylvania. There is not much Dixie in the Carolinas; it’s more like Trenton and Long Island with fireworks. “But”, you protest, “New Hampshire, is Live Free or Die, it’s been a backbone of conservatism since the 1950’s.” No longer my friends -- NH has become an exurb of Boston, with Boston’s sensibilities and, ugh, their voting tastes. NH hasn’t been reliably conservative since Reagan’s first term. These voters would rather be loved by the Boston Globe, than respected by the Union Leader.

But the evidence continues, you say, “Iowa, that’s America, with small town values and homespun sensibilities.” Wrong again -- Iowa is just a state brimming with farmers on the federal dole, college students and ex hippie professors looking to con, libs in training at Grinnell.

And Florida? As my bubbies would say in Bay Ridge -- puhleeeez. It’s the 6th borough and has been since the mid 1960’s. Liberals have been sliding down the I-95 corridor since Kennedy was elected.

Sadly these 4 states have done more than set the tone for the other 46 -- they’ve dictated terms. Frankly I could extend the analogy to include Nevada, which is down to about 13% native -- but why beat a dead horse.

What we have is the sick and twisted dreams of Pinch Sulzberger, Don Imus, Maureen Dowd, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews come true: the GOP has been forced to choose a nominee designed to cause the base to retch, and thereby not vote. Guaranteeing 4 years of Clinton score settling or Obama socializing entire corporate sectors.

Its time to simultaneously bring back democracy to the GOP and defang the left and her Rockefeller accomplices in the new Axis of Evil. It’s time for the nuclear option -- its time for the GOP to front-load the whole freaking process into one date. Make every state vote on exactly the same day. Make every candidate compete in EVERY state at the exact same time and hold every single GOP primary and caucus on Super Tuesday. When NH and IOWA complain, take a page from the Democrats and refuse to seat their delegates, or better yet, declare renegade states as straw polls.

This would balance our nomination process out. There will be no more “Big Mo”, no more singular precincts in obscure Iowa towns setting the tone for the rest of the country. If liberals from Englewood Cliffs NJ want to vote liberal, it’s going to get cancelled out by conservatives in Chattanooga -- who might actually get to vote for Fred. Its time to let Nebraska count as much as New Hampshire. Let Texas matter as much as South Carolina, let Florida be canceled out by California -- as it should be. The only two groups who have benefit from the current process are the media flacks selling the drama and John McCain establishment hacks. Does anyone think Fred Thompson got a fair hearing? Or Duncan Hunter? John McCain does not speak for me…or frankly for any one else, I know.

Folks, we have let the liberals and RINOS set the agenda. Open Borders, Higher Taxes, and surrender to Kyoto-worshipping technocrats. This is the Republican Party? But hey, the McCainiacs counter, “John McCain is a war hero -- right?” Let me be the first to say it’s not about what you did in the 60’s sir -- it’s about what you will do to America in 2009 and beyond.

This is our party, not John McCain’s or Mel Martinez's, or Lindsay Graham’s. The Republican Party is THE conservative party dammit. Let’s admit it and take it back. RINOS and Liberals have taken the GOP plane hostage, and its time for us passengers to revolt…and do what has to be done -- Let’s Roll.

Brett Winterble is a radio producer and writer living in Los Angeles. Brett is currently completing his Masters Degree in Homeland Security Studies.

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