We're hearing a lot from conservatives about how Rush Limbaugh's attack on Sandra Fluke, offensive though it may be, occasions a second look at all the offensive things liberals get away with saying. "Liberals" is defined pretty broadly in this instance to include rappers (I guess because they're usually black).
Paul Ryan appeared on the Laura Ingraham show, and for my sins I listened. Obviously, the whole interview was pitched at a rock-bottom intellectual level, but this bit of doggerel especially stood out: We're not gonna go down this path of taxing people. Look, if we thought tax increases would have worked, which we don't, then we'd be growing our economy already. Raising taxes on anybody in a weak economy like this number one, it doesn't work.
Yesterday I somewhat cynically suggested that Republicans were not interested in actually altering the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
The politics of an abortion deal are tricky. Here's how it would work. Pro-life Democrats would vote for health care reform, and then they'd take a subsequent vote sometime later this year to codify the Henry Hyde language ensuring that federal money does not subsidize abortion. Republicans, naturally, want to make that very difficult. So they're putting out word that they would never vote for such a measure. I have two points to make. First of all, once the health care bill has passed, what incentive do they have to vote against abortion restrictions?
Michelle is on deadline, so in my role as loyal helpmeet I thought I'd say what needs saying regarding Laura Ingraham's latest volley in the GOP blonde wars. For those of you just joining us, Meghan McCain took a swipe at Ann Coulter, which led Laura Ingraham to call McCain "plus-sized," which led to McCain appearing on "The View" to invite Ingraham to "Kiss my fat ass," which led to this: "Let the record show: I never called Meghan McCain fat! She isn't!" Ingraham said [on Fox News]. "And as I have repeatedly said on my radio show and on Fox, she is an attractive young woman.
Wow. How in the hell did I miss this latest development in the ongoing feline smack-down among conservative pundettes? I saw, of course, the Meghan McCain slap at Ann Coulter. But then on Thursday, Laura Ingraham apparently fired back on behalf of skinny, right-wing demagogues everywhere, taking direct aim at McCain's thighs. First Ingraham, in her best Meghan-McCain-Valley-Girl impression, offered up this catty "self-analysis": Ok, I was really hoping that I was going to get that role in the "Real World", but then I realized that, well, they don't like plus-sized models.
I was at that same pro-life event Mike mentioned earlier. I should thank Laura Ingraham, who spoke a little before Gary Bauer, for really distilling the case for Palin for me. It basically comes down to the intersection of two grievances: The attack on Palin because she's a woman, and the attack on Palin because she's a social conservative and ordinary American (which social conservatives see as synonymous). As Ingraham put it: "All these journalists are ... all for equal rights for women... for women succeeding in a men's profession. Oh really? Then why are you treating this woman like dirt?
The thing I find so fascinating about the conservative reaction to the McCain story is what it reveals about how conservatives see the media. We knew they thought the media was liberal, partisan, and dishonest--that it regularly distorts reality.