Consider this madness from The Daily Bust, written by Rick Perlstein:
Political scientists are going crazy crunching the numbers to uncover the skeleton key to understanding the Republican victory last Tuesday.
Actually, none of the poli-sci types I read is having any trouble whatsoever understanding the CONSERVATIVE rout of the Deemocrats (my use of that sobriquet might give the rest of the poli-sci guys a hint...). Perlstein must be referring to those OTHER poli-sci guys who have been assuring the Collective it could not happen, that America loves Collectivism and their Mad King.
But wait! Stop all that number-crunching! Our boy Perlstein has the unified field theory explaining the Collectivist rout--
But the only number that matters is the one demonstrating that by a two-to-one margin likely voters thought their taxes had gone up, when, for almost all of them, they had actually gone down. Republican politicians, and conservative commentators, told them Barack Obama was a tax-mad lunatic. They lied. The mainstream media did not do their job and correct them. The White House was too polite—"civil," just like Obama promised—to say much. So people believed the lie. From this all else follows.
And it was all too predictable.Well, the madness at the root of that BS is certainly understandable, and the proffer of that "theory" is all too predicable. Here's how it goes...
A-Obama is really doing exactly what he said he would. He's a race-transcending, divide-uniting, truth-telling, change-to-Washington-bringing, tax-cutting razor who only spends Federal dollars on fine projects to protect THE PEOPLE, like earth-quake monitoring or volcano-control or something...oh, yeah...who works hard.
B-Rush Limbaugh is a big, fat liar who lies...but he is the big, fat head of the GOP who everyone fears and hates...and he has listeners who listen, but never think about what they hear, see, smell or taste going on around them.
C-But Obama, ever the uniter and LIGHT BRINGER, is tragically flawed. See, he's too classy to call Rush and his lying hoards liars. NO. REALLY!!!
What if the White House had in those months in early 2009 put in the rhetorical forefront a story about Rush's tens of millions of listeners, and all politicians who refused to denounce Rush, were effectively saying anything the Chief Constitutional Officer of the United States said was a priori a diabolical lie?
But Obama didn't. That would be the "old politics of division." Not Obama's bag.To which one attached to reality can only say...WTF?!?!?
Umm...been there, done that. Where were you? For the first time in my six decades, a President Of The United States personally attacked a national media personality...and an entire news organization that was uniquely not firmly behind his zipper. The Obami have actually done it in cycles, and rather recently as well as early on. In what universe is this Perlstein cat?
The White House would have been telling ANOTHER lie if they tried Perlstein's meme. Obama DOES lie; one of the characteristics I find remarkable is that he will say things that contradict themselves in virtually every paragraph he utters. You can try this at home, kiddies.
I think Tueday's results rather soundly repudiate that, Mr. Perlstein. But what does it tell us about you and the Collective that such putrid drivel is used to salve your wounds of rejection by the American people?When one side breaks the social contract, and the other side makes a virtue of never calling them out on it, the liar always wins.