This blog hasn’t dabbled much in political news or current events all that much in the past month or so. I think I needed time to decompress after the election, much like George Costanza needed to do when he found himself smack dab in “The Summer of George.” I haven’t commented on the (new) stimulus plan, the (new) Israel-Palestine conflict or the failed Obama appointments. I have, however, posted a video of a little kid on drugs and pictures of Michael Phelps smoking weed. Don’t tell me my journalistic integrity isn’t still intact. So when I read every day (and I mean EVERY DAY) about how Rush Limbaugh is the new unofficial leader of the Republican Party, I simply begin to feel the itch. The kind of itch that burrows its way into your brain until you reach such a profound level of disbelief that it begins to drive you insane. It’s the itch that you feel when PAUL BLART: MALL COP is the #1 film in America for 3 weeks in a row.
The Republican Party has its wheels stuck in the mud after 8 years of bad Bush times and having the unfortunate duty of standing on the tracks when the Obama train ran through town. They not only had to answer for 8 years of bad decisions and fuck ups, but they had to weather the storm of an outright political phenom bursting onto the scene. Even still, the elephants only lost 52-45%. And that’s pretty impressive considering they ran Old Man River and Marge Gunderson on their ticket.
I just don’t see the need for the desperation it would take to make Rush Limbaugh the de-facto leader of their party. I’m not going to get into the reasons why it would be a mistake for both the Republicans AND America to throw their weight behind this absolute ass-wipe. I’ll let Rush tell you why:
-“Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.” – in response to a black caller.
-“They’re 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?” – regarding black people.
-“I’m going to tell you, what’s good for al-Qaeda is good for the Democratic Party in this country today.”
-“We’re not sexists, we’re chauvinists — we’re male chauvinist pigs, and we’re happy to be because we think that’s what men were destined to be. We think that’s what women want.”
-“This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation, and we’re going to ruin people’s lives over it, and we’re going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day. I’m talking about people having a good time, these people.” – in response to prisoner abuse at Abu Grahib.
-“They oughtta change Black History Month to Black Progress Month and start measuring it.”
-“He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act… This is really shameless of Michael J Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting.” – in response to Michael J Fox’s having Parkinson’s Disease.
-“Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream.”
-“The difference between Los Angeles and yogurt is that yogurt comes with less fruit.”
–“The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”
-“Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”
-“Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”
-“You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King]. We miss you, James. Godspeed.”
-“I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.”
-“Some of these babes, I’m telling you, like the sexual harassment crowd: They’re out there protesting what they actually wish would happen to them sometimes.”
-“When a gay person turns his back on you, it’s anything but an insult–it’s an invitation.”
If the elephants want to follow that person into the future then I wish them luck. They’ll need it.