UPDATE: The Nation Editors have won this heat.
So much liberal shit on the internet. So little time.
Is every election year this bad? I think not.
When a political class is tasked with arguing for a president who has done all the things they vehemently hated about the last president while also securing the right to have any of us killed any time anywhere, the only sane response is, well there isn’t a sane response. Hence the liberal establishment is in the throes of a terrifying social psychosis, the main features of which are compulsive lying, waking dreams, glossolalia and retreats into narcissistic fantasies of an idealized self fusing with an idealized president. It’s like Night of the Living dead except the zombies don’t eat people. They just terrorize them with an endless stream of lies, insults, self-congratulation and psychotic drivel.
Zombie case in point, Michael Cohen (@speechboy71 on Twitter), who via a Blogging Heads chat, won Heat 4 in a tight battle against a theretofore undefeated Rebecca Solnit. Cohen might have won Heat 4 more definitively had several voters not recused themselves, claiming that watching a mirthful Michael Cohen chucklingly illuminate the brighter side of racist state murder was just ‘too sickening’ to allow their participation. For the rest, 18 minutes was cited by more than one as the very limit, and it is indeed more than enough with which to make a judgment.
For this heat, I recommend that people watch only enough Michael Cohen to get the full measure of his cringe-making self-regard and childishly inept arguing. After that, give a quick scan of this piece by Zack Beauchamp on Think Progress. Beauchamp, in case you don’t know, is an up-and-coming young conformist, and has helpfully transcribed Michael Cohen’s ‘arguments’ about drones and Obama under his own by line. If he keeps it up, the War Party will give him the talking points directly, as it clearly does for think tanker Cohen.
Competing against Cohen in Heat 5 is the steaming pile of shit served up recently by the inveterately unprincipled, talentless Katrina vanden Heuvel (@katrinanation) and her colleagues at the Nation. I refer to the October 22 issue which, by way of its cover asks ‘Why Obama’ and, by way of its articles, evades and outright lies its way around the question. My Twitter buddy @vastleft has done the heavy lifting of unpacking this mess, by way of his most excellent evisceration of the editorial, ‘Re-Elect the President’.
The whole issue is in contention for this heat, because it is so jam-packed with everything horrible about the liberal establishment. It seemed unfair to leave anyone out. Deepak Bhargava’s ‘Why Obama’, for example, is a stunning combo of shamelessly deceptive rhetoric, fear-mongering and almost insane ideations about Obama’s potentially dreamy second term. Nevertheless, ‘Re-Elect the President’ is a handy distillation of what the issue is and you need only read that to vote. I may be mean but I am not a sadist.
Vote with hashtag #BiggestLiberalAsshole2012
Michael Cohen: “The Good Fight” Bloggingheads discussion with Conor Friedersdorf
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