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The harpies are still harping

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Someone please inform these two peas in a pod that the Democrats now control Washington because the American voters have rejected the Repugnican Party.

Talk about timing.

Repugnican Sarah Palin-Quayle — um, didn’t she just lose an election? Doesn’t that mean that she goes the fuck away now? — is whining again that she’s a victim of the media. Reports The Associated Press today:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is going on the offensive against news organizations and bloggers she says are perpetuating malicious gossip about her and her children. But political observers say the former Republican vice presidential candidate can’t have it both ways: trotting out the children to showcase her family values, then trying to shield them from scrutiny.

Palin’s criticism also raises questions about her motivations because she has said she is open to a presidential run in 2012.

“I think she’s positioning herself. She’s attacking the media as a way to generate support among a base she hopes will support her,” said Leonard Steinhorn, a professor of communications at American University in Washington and an expert on the presidency.

Palin shied away from interviews during the campaign, although her children often accompanied her on her travels, including her oldest daughter, Bristol, who was pregnant at the time.

But in recent weeks, she has personally reached out to media outlets such as People magazine and The Associated Press to complain about information she claimed is wrong.

She slammed reports that 18-year-old Bristol Palin and the teen’s fiance are high school dropouts. The governor insists the two are not dropouts because they enrolled in correspondence courses.

The couple last month had a son — the governor’s first grandchild.

The governor said she is speaking out to set the record straight, not because of any political aspirations.

“It’s all about the family,” she said. “I’m wired in a way that I can take the criticism. I can take the shots. But any mother would want to protect their children from lies and scandalous reporting.” …

[Palin’s] decision to strike back at news organizations seems to contradict the governor’s earlier statements on how politicians should respond to media coverage.

Months before she was named John McCain‘s running mate, Palin attended a leadership forum in Los Angeles and was asked her opinion on then-Sen. Hillary Clinton‘s allegations that she was being unfairly treated by the media during the primaries.

Palin said Clinton did herself a disservice to even mention it. The governor said it bothered her to hear Clinton “bring that attention to herself on that level.” …

Gee, what a fucking shock that Palin-Quayle essentially called Billary Clinton a whiner but then whines about supposed mistreatment by the media herself.

I personally could give a fuck about Palin-Quayle’s family, and I haven’t heard all of these alleged rumors about her family members because I don’t think that the vast majority of my fellow Americans really give a fuck about Palin-Quayle’s family any more than I do(n’t).

My problem with Palin-Quayle is that she is a dumbfuck wingnut and that should John Fossil Fool McCainosaurus have keeled over while president, she would have been president.

It’s pretty clear that Palin-Quayle is trying to position herself for another run for high political office.

She’s trying to divert the attention from her own staggering incompetence to supposed attacks on her family.

And she’s trying to get support by first getting dumbfucks, most of them in the red states, to identify with her, to make them believe that she’s one of them, and then, by extension, make her dumbfuck supporters believe that supposed attacks upon her and/or her family members are actually attacks upon them.

Actual attacks are great, but, a la 1984, attacks will be fabricated in order to try to stir up the base if there have been no actual attacks. 

Palin-Quayle is, in two words, playing victim.

So now we also have wingnut Ann Cunter out with a new book (its cover is shown above) whose central thesis, apparently, is the claim that liberals always claim to be the victims.

This is the wingnuts’ surreal new tactic (although I guess it really isn’t new for them): to claim that they are the true victims while claiming that their opponents falsely claim to be victims.*

And claiming victimhood is bad, you see — except when the wingnuts do it.

Of course, when you think about it, it’s rather heartening to see that the Repugnican Party has been reduced to having Ann Cunter and Sarah Palin-Quayle as its spokescunts.

*The proponents of the Proposition 8, which stripped same-sex California couples of their equal civil and human rights that the California Supreme Court had ruled belong to same-sex couples, have claimed victimhood because we gay men and lesbians have fought back. We were supposed to just take it, you see, like “good” little faggots and dykes “should.”

The pro-Prop 8 fascists struck first at us gay men and lesbians, who only want to enjoy the same life, liberty and pursuit of happiness that are the unalienable rights of all Americans, yet, they maintain, they aren’t the victimizers; we gay men and lesbians are the “victimizers” simply because we are fighting back to protect our equal human and civil rights.

Orwellian. 

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I do solemnly swear — take two

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U.S. President Barack Obama (pictured above in Washington today) tonight had to take the presidential oath of office again because he didn’t recite it perfectly yesterday. The Associated Press notes that two other previous presidents, Calvin Coolidge and Chester A. Arthur, also had to repeat the oath “because of similar issues.”  

It’s sad that President Barack Obama had to take the oath of office again tonight because Repugnican Chief Justice John Roberts fucked it up yesterday.*

It’s enough for me that on Nov. 4 Obama won the popular vote by 53 percent to Repugnican John McCainosaurus’ 46 percent and won 365 electoral votes to McCain’s 173.

But plenty of wingnuts would have asserted that because Obama — because of Roberts — did not perfectly recite the 35 words of the presidential oath of office as contained in the U.S. Constitution, his presidency is not legitimate.

The U.S. Constitution, you see, must be followed to the letterwhen it suits the wingnuts.

Of course, these same wingnuts who would declare Obama’s presidency null and void on a tiny technicality had no problem whatsofuckingever with the fact that George W. Bush — who lost the popular vote to Democrat Al Gore in November 2000 (it was Gore, 48.4 percent, to Bush, 47.9 percent) — was installed in the White House after the five U.S. Supreme Court “justices” who had been appointed by Repugnican presidents stopped the recount in the state of Florida, which was delivered to George W. Bush by then-Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a Repugnican who also had sat on Florida’s committee to elect George W. Bush as president, by an official count of fewer than 550 votes. (And, of course, Bush’s brother Jeb was governor of Florida at the time. It really helps to have friends in high places.)

Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig (whose parents are/were real comedians for having named him that) released this statement regarding the do-over tonight: “We believe the oath of office was administered effectively and that the president was sworn in appropriately yesterday. Yet the oath appears in the Constitution itself. And out of the abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath a second time.”

That’s just a diplomatic way of saying that the wingnuts, who have no intention of honoring the national vote on Nov. 4 — because they believe in democracy only when they win elections (and hell, they don’t even have to win elections; they’ll gladly steal elections) — are going to try to trip Obama up every step of the fucking way.

Which means that we’ll just have to bitch-slap them down every step of the way.

*News accounts of what happened seem to indicate to me that while both Roberts and Obama had a part in screwing it up, it was mainly Roberts’ fault. And he was the one who was administering the oath. You decide.

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