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Has America grown weary of conservative tantrum-throwing?

The Wrong Guy 2012/03/06 23:48:13
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The death of Andrew Breitbart and the impending doom of Rush
Limbaugh's career may have prefigured something about the future of
right-wing extremism.






March 5, 2012 |





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Even before we saw the below clip of Andrew Breitbart screaming
“BeHAAAVE yourself! BeHAAAVE yourself!” at Occupy protestors outside the
CPAC conference last month, that’s how many of us saw Andrew Breitbart:
red-faced, veins popping, eyes like pinwheels as he leans forward (and
not in the MSNBC sense) to spew barely coherent rants like, “You’re
freaks and animals!” “Stop raping people! Stop raping people!” “You
freaks! You filthy freaks! You filthy, filthy, filthy raping, murdering
freaks!”


True, he wasn’t all exclamation points all the time, but Breitbart,
the conservative blogger/impressario who died Thursday at age 43, had
come to represent the tantrum at the heart of the right wing.


That tantrum will not die with him, but his death—coming within hours
of Rush Limbaugh’s “slut” tantrum that he later (and barely) apologized
for—may have prefigured something about the future of hyperventilating
right-wing extremism.



This is not to dance on Breitbart’s grave, as many on the right have
been attacking the left for doing (and I say that not just because I
don’t want to go through what Matt Taibbi is right now). It doesn’t really matter that Breitbart himself danced on
Ted Kennedy’s grave within minutes of his passing, either. No, I
actually found Breitbart’s death shocking and strangely resonant. And I
wonder if the hysteria you can see in his eyes in that clip doesn’t come
from righteous anger alone but also from a sense of impending doom—and
if something similar doesn’t explain the ugly, self-destructive rage
that’s been bursting out on the right ever since the election of Barack
Obama.


After all, in the coming months, Breitbart was facing a lawsuit from
former USDA official Shirley Sherrod that he well might have lost.
Sherrod was fired from her job after Breitbart posted a heavily edited
tape of her speaking to the NAACP that made it seem as if she had
treated white farmers with “reverse racism,” when in fact the rest of
the speech proved she was actually urging her audience to overcome such
feelings. The suit was sure to win exhaustive coverage and, whatever its
outcome, would almost certainly have left Breitbart’s reputation (such
as it was) in tatters and his wallet lighter.


If he had lost the suit and had to pay damages to a civil rights
figure for defamation, he would have found his tweets less trusted and
his websites less believed. For many people, a conviction would have
also shown how dishonest the ACORN videotapes, made by his protégé James
O’Keefe had been all along. The destruction of ACORN is still
Breitbart’s greatest media victory (if you don’t count destroying
Anthony Weiner, who was headed that way anyhow and just happened to use
Breitbart as his weapon of accidental, career suicide). And in that
atmosphere, who would take seriously the mystery videos that Breitbartannounced at CPAC would prove that Obama’s presidency was “plotted” long ago in the “salon” of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn?


Breitbart’s death doesn’t shut down the Sherrod lawsuit; it is likely to continue against
his estate and his aide Larry O’Connor (also named as a defendant),
unless Sherrod drops it. Sherrod hasn’t said what she’ll do, but she
did issue a
graceful if brief statement on Breitbart’s death: “My prayers go out to
Mr. Breitbart’s family as they cope during this very difficult time. I
do not intend to make any further comments.”


Obviously, Breitbart was under a lot of pressure, considerably more
pressure than being a slave to “this twittering, unending bloghorreic
chatter,” as Andrew Sullivan put it.
(Sullivan went on to call Breitbart “our first new-media culture-war
fatality.”) Maybe it’s a bit like the pressure of running in the
Republican primaries. That seems to drive people into crazy talk, too.


And maybe it’s like living under the ever-increasing demographic and
cultural pressure of simply being a twenty-first-century, severely
conservative Republican. Obama’s very presence in the White House
reminds them of their impending extinction; that he attends to their
every outburst of hysteria with unflappable calm makes them even more
desperately sure that he’s their mortician.


Breitbart died less than twelve hours after Rush Limbaugh called
Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a
“prostitute” for testifying before Congresss about the need for health
insurance to cover birth control. The next day, Limbaugh amped the
attack, saying,
“If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to
have sex, we want something for it, and I’ll tell you what it is. We
want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”


On Friday, with some advertisers abandoning his show, Limbaugh tried
to double down again, but he seemed confused, even wheezy with dread. By
Saturday, much of the GOP backing was away from him, however meekly,
and he was, for one of the few times outside of his OxyContin bust, apologizing—well, non-apology apologizing, referring three times to his “choice of words,” without mentioning his intent.


Andrew Breitbart’s death resonates because it happened now, just as
the right’s artillery of outrage seems to blowing up in their faces. And
that may be his real legacy.

Read More: http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/154422/why_the_er...

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  • lurx: the soda jerk 2012/03/07 00:01:04
    Yes
    lurx: the soda jerk
    +18
    ...although I do find it endlessly amusing that conservatives feel compelled to portray career muckrakers such as Limbaugh and Breitbart as "victims".

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  • A Lionheart 2012/03/28 05:00:11
    Yes
    A Lionheart
    +1
    Absolutely!
  • gfreeman BN-0 2012/03/08 18:58:30
    Yes
    gfreeman BN-0
    +1
    I'm tired of it.
  • Helmholtz 2012/03/08 16:32:54
    Yes
    Helmholtz
    +1
    I sure have.
  • middlesex1957 2012/03/08 06:00:29
    Yes
    middlesex1957
    +1
    I am sick to death of everything about the radical right. The endless, viscious, violent hate. The bloodthirstiness, the prudery, the love of violence and hate of sex.... tiresome. The battering neuroticness of it all.... yuck It's no surprise to see morbid obesity, drug and alchohol addiction, rampant divorce and cheating, and stress diseases including just dropping dead of heart attack a stroke. They are soooo unhappy. I just turn it off nowadays.
  • rand 2012/03/07 21:11:16
    Yes
    rand
    +2
    As an old Goldwater Republican I've been increasingly saddened by my party's loss of its status as the "party of reason", something which began with Reagan. It's been a long slog.
  • Biggitybay 2012/03/07 15:58:52
    No
    Biggitybay
    Tantrums??? Really? Breitbart scorns the OWS "movement" and this nothing website calls it a tantrum? Were there not rapes at OWS events? Were their tent cities not filthy and hazardous? Rush calls out an activist for lying, $3,000 for contraception...please, and it's a tantrum. What I'm sick of is liberals throwing tantrums when people drop the PC crap and call a spade a spade.

    The OWS movement can be summed up as a Tantrum.
    The overreaction to Rush's comment can be described a tantrum (as they ignore when their side does it).
    Saying the "Tea Party can go straight to hell" is a tantrum.
    Crying "Women's rights" when it has nothing to do with the subject, is a tantrum.
    Crying "Racist, Sexist, Homophobic" just because you're losing an argument, is a tantrum.

    There are hundreds more examples but I'll leave it at that. The hypocrisy and sheer audacity of the left shine through in articles such as this.
  • Eddie_DOMA_is_dead 2012/03/07 15:07:38
  • Maynard 2012/03/07 13:25:23
    No
    Maynard
    THE ONLY WHINING IS FROM THE LEFT.


    Tissue?
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/03/07 10:19:38
    Yes
    Lady Whitewolf
    +2
    Yup.... and if the conservatives / GOP keep up with the nonsense of trying everything they can to reduce womens rights and NOT FOCUS ON THE ISSUES, they're in for a real brusing come November.
  • MR. 2012/03/07 09:54:38 (edited)
    Yes
    MR.
    EVERY DROP IN THE OCEAN COUNTS. (YOKO ONO) [AMERICA'S FED UP WITH BOTH SIDES TANTRUMS, NO ONE IS EXCUSED! GO TO YOUR ROOM UNTIL YOUR DONE POUTING, AND THEN YOU CAN COME OUT AND JOIN THE REST OF US!] (AHHH' MOM!)
  • redhorse29 2012/03/07 08:28:07
    No
    redhorse29
    +2
    America is tired of wealthy liberal progressive elitist lies, debts and endless burden of government intrusion. No we are all tires of an insensitive and greedy government.
  • Jay Theyme 2012/03/07 07:18:39
    No
    Jay Theyme
    +2
    I figure 'prostitute' is a good way to describe Fluke and the sick stuff she is part of,
    however,
    Breitbart and Rush have given more wind in the sails of the building conservative movement. It's just the beginning liberals. Just the beginning. Of your end.
  • middles... Jay Theyme 2012/03/08 06:11:22
    middlesex1957
    +2
    Miss Fluke was there as the only woman to testify in front of an all male panel who were discussing making women's birth control illegal. Talk about intrusive government. She wasn't there to talk about birth control though. She was there representing college women who needed to take the pill for health reasons, not contraceptive reasons and yet were still denied access to it. It's expensive and with it not being covered they could not afford to pay full price. The result for one woman was that she lost an ovary as a result. She suffered from cystic ovarian syndrome and the pill is the only treatment for that. As a result of not being able to get the pill she lost her fertility forever. The truth is that 40% of women take hormonal birth control for gynecological disease. This is what Fluke wanted to testify to. She wasn't and isn't into anything sick. What Rush said was, as usual a complete lie. Furthermore he thought that taking the pill is like taking viagara - that you have to take it every time you have sex. Women have to take the pill everyday whether they have sex or not. He didn't even know how it works, he didn't even know why Fluke was there and he lied about it. Rush is no hero. He's an obese old man who's burned through 4 wives and is a heart attack or stroke aw...
    Miss Fluke was there as the only woman to testify in front of an all male panel who were discussing making women's birth control illegal. Talk about intrusive government. She wasn't there to talk about birth control though. She was there representing college women who needed to take the pill for health reasons, not contraceptive reasons and yet were still denied access to it. It's expensive and with it not being covered they could not afford to pay full price. The result for one woman was that she lost an ovary as a result. She suffered from cystic ovarian syndrome and the pill is the only treatment for that. As a result of not being able to get the pill she lost her fertility forever. The truth is that 40% of women take hormonal birth control for gynecological disease. This is what Fluke wanted to testify to. She wasn't and isn't into anything sick. What Rush said was, as usual a complete lie. Furthermore he thought that taking the pill is like taking viagara - that you have to take it every time you have sex. Women have to take the pill everyday whether they have sex or not. He didn't even know how it works, he didn't even know why Fluke was there and he lied about it. Rush is no hero. He's an obese old man who's burned through 4 wives and is a heart attack or stroke away from his coffin while living in chronic back pain and all his money doesn't buy him any release from any of it. The vitriol he makes his living off of is killing him. Those who listen to him swallow the same poison that's killing him. It's sad, it's ugly and it's certainly nothing to be proud of.
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  • Jay Theyme middles... 2012/03/08 06:23:55
    Jay Theyme
    No, the idea of using contraceptives as 'not contraceptives' isn't the point and purpose. It's a pretense and is legal game playing in order to force Roman Catholics to believe they are 'stopping life'.

    You know that. I know that. That is what is happening here. If you don't know this you need to understand how lawyers and these left-wing political-legal groups work.



    That you support such a thing is disturbing. You and I may not believe contraception is 'stopping a human life' however you are sick and actually quite disturbing to want to enjoy forcing them to do that. (in their mind paying to stop lives).



    But for some reason you and Fluke supporters are talking like 'cats who ate the canary' and bitch slapping some laughs how you got something. Uh no. Now you are going to get a 'backlash' I suspect will surprise you. It might even be Santorum as VP and and it might be time when the RC's and other Christians decide it's time we start asking if you think payback just might be a bitch?
  • aneed2know 2012/03/07 06:42:34
    Maybe
    aneed2know
    +1
    let us all hope this is true.
  • maggiemay 2012/03/07 06:30:19
    No
    maggiemay
    +3
    I'm sick of all you liberals, and your double standards. Definition of a Liberal "HYPOCRITE."
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/03/07 06:20:58
    Maybe
    themadhare ~IJM
  • hari 2012/03/07 06:16:26
    Yes
    hari
    +1
    Ask them to import some Magician from Africa whose knows better Tantrum
  • aneed2know hari 2012/03/07 06:43:25
    aneed2know
    +1
    better than some idiot ignorant fool from Texas now isnt it?
  • hari aneed2know 2012/03/07 06:49:11
    hari
    hahah lol yes its fine
  • Dave 2012/03/07 05:22:33
    Yes
    Dave
    +5
    I hope so - just today I had to deal with two people that said Fluke was a whore because she was set up by the Obama admministration. Geez!

    Limbaugh isn't going anywhere because stations HAVE to carry him if they are Clear Channel stations. He's the voice of the corporatists and they won't let him go anywhere except to the grave.
  • middles... Dave 2012/03/08 06:12:36
    middlesex1957
    +1
    I couldn't agree with you more, well said.
  • sjalan 2012/03/07 05:21:54
    Yes
    sjalan
    +6
    And they are going to pay dearly in November.
  • Lady Wh... sjalan 2012/03/07 10:16:58
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    agreed
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/03/07 05:05:40
    Maybe
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +2
    I hope so. But I'm afraid they will "always walk among us," even if they're muzzled.
  • jakep51 2012/03/07 04:39:22
    No
    jakep51
    +6
    Ah the old liberal double standard rears it's ugly head yet once again. You know what I'm tired of? OWSers looking for a free ride. Liberals who are too lazy to do for themselves who want the taxpayers to foot the bills for them. Liberals who want to skewer any conservative who speaks their mind but thinks it's ok for a liberal to say any damn thing they want.
    Boil it down and I guess it comes to this: I'm tired of you.
  • Dave jakep51 2012/03/07 05:23:38
    Dave
    +4
    Read your response and see if you can recognize where you got all your sound bites.
  • jakep51 Dave 2012/03/08 02:45:13 (edited)
    jakep51
    Welcome to my inner sanctum.Checked again and yep I'm still tired of free ride gimee something good liberals.
  • Herb 2012/03/07 04:36:31
    No
    Herb
    +5
    rush is going nowhere and carbonite is down 12% because they took off rush program.
    people can boycott those folks lol. there was nothing rush said was wrong any woman that wants sex that much and needs constaceptives is a slut true. SLUTS
  • Dave Herb 2012/03/07 05:25:29
    Dave
    +6
    Wants sex that much? Why don't you review her testimony and then listen to Limbaugh again. Really - your response if just ignorant of the issue.
  • Herb Dave 2012/03/07 05:39:59
    Herb
    +1
    she said women do it so many time and tha would aveage 3 times a day (slut)
    What Fluke is arguing, then, is that her fellow law students have a ... Fortunately, in the case of contraception, women can make lifestyle .... It doesn't matter how many sexual encounters they have each day, ... but concluding that these women are having sex three times a day erroneously frames the issue.
    ... all the women she was speaking for were having sex three times a day ...
    Apparently, four out of every ten co-eds are having so much sex that it's hard ... can cost a woman over $3000 during law school," Fluke told the hearing. ... that could translate into having sex nearly three times a day for three ...
  • Dave Herb 2012/03/08 04:55:37
    Dave
    +1
    I think you got Fluke's testimony mixed up with one of your porn channels. What are you even talking about?
  • Herb Dave 2012/03/08 07:29:58
    Herb
    thats the quotes from hers.
  • Dave Herb 2012/03/08 08:01:29 (edited)
    Dave
    +1
    What is your problem? Are you in an institution of some sort? Quotes from her? Those are quotes out of your asterick. Where'd you hear such idiocy?
  • Herb Dave 2012/03/08 18:31:39
    Herb
    her quote break this down over three years you get sex 3 times a day.
    so mmmmm.

    Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy (Georgetown student insurance not covering contraception), Fluke reported.

    It costs a female student $3,000 to have protected sex over the course of her three-year stint in law school, according to her calculations.

    “Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school,” Fluke told the hearing.

    $3,000 for birth control in three years? That’s a thousand dollars a year of sex – and, she wants us to pay for it.
  • middles... Herb 2012/03/08 06:21:50
    middlesex1957
    +2
    No she didn't say any of that stuff. That's what Rush said she said. The Republicans didn't let her testify at all. They kicked out the one woman there to talk about women's birth control. The Democrats asked her to give them her testimony, which she did. It turns out she was there to talk about how hormonal birth control is not always used for contraception. Many women (40%) use it to treat disease conditions that it can cure by modulating their hormones. The friend she used as an example could not afford it on her own and because her employer did not cover it she was left without it. As a result she was denied badly needed treatment for cystic ovarian syndrome and lost one of her ovaries. As a result she will struggle to make enough of her own hormones and may never be able to have a baby. That was her testimony, you can google it. If you persist in getting your news from liars, sensationalists and fools you'll end up being one too. Rush Limbaugh is a shock jock who is paid to be a court jester. You're not suposed to believe anything he says let alone everything he says. If you're smart you won't bother to listen to him at all. Put on some nice music. It's better for you.
  • Dave middles... 2012/03/08 08:02:40
    Dave
    +1
    Thank you! You were much more calmer than I could ever be!
  • Latti I... middles... 2012/03/08 14:33:27
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    Amen.
  • Pm Dave 2012/03/07 09:16:07
    Pm
    the issue is religious freedom. Obamacare's unconstitutionality..Not women's rights, like the left is trying to trick you into believing.
  • Dave Pm 2012/03/08 05:00:43 (edited)
    Dave
    +1
    Here's a couple points about religious freedom. Catholic hospitals take $45 billion in tax payer's money yearly, these hospitals perform vastecomies and hand out Viagra. No one is forcing anyone to take birth control - that shoots down the religious agrument.

    I'm sorry I don't think ObamaCare is anything more than a capitalist ploy to get people health care. I'd rather it was free to everyone - that would be considered a christian concept.

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