I’d like to know who was the genius that suggested “The evil, fascist Republicans who want to destroy democracy caused the violent attack by a whack-job on Nancy Pelosi’s husband with their hateful rhetoric must be stopped by any means necessary” would be a smart and persuasive argument to turn the Red Tide and pull off an upset on November 8. Then I’d like to have those among the “resistance,” Democrats, and mainstream media—that’s the Ethics Alarms Axis of Unethical Conduct—- who reacted with, “Hey! That’s brilliant!” explain their reasoning before checking themselves into a hospital, because they’re the ones who are acting like they have been hit in the skull with a hammer.
Can they really not detect the obvious hypocrisy and self-contradictory reasoning of this strategy? Apparently not. Yet it was Democratic Senate Majority Leader who pointed the way to an eventual assassination attempt on Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh by shouting, “I want to tell you, Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch, you have unleashed a whirlwind, and you will pay the price.You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions!” Then just this month, Nancy Pelosi told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that she would have attacked President Trump on January 6, 2021 if he had come to the Capitol “I would have punched him out. I said I would have punched him out. I would have gone to jail. And I would have been happy to do so.”
Because Republicans, and especially Trump, are evil and dangerous, you see. And they engage in hateful rhetoric that incites their supporters (of which Paul Pelosi’s attacker was not one by all indications) to take violent action! As Olsen Johnson so wisely observed,
Here are some recent examples of the commentary arising from that parallel universe:
- The Nation’s now thoroughly deranged Elie Mystal (he went to Harvard Law School!) tweeted regarding the Pail Pelosi attack: “This is the future the Republicans want. It’s the future they’ve literally been calling for on television. This is why they are so excited about the new overlord of Twitter. This, the violence, has always been their endgame. And if they win they will only get worse.” Note the slap at Elon Musk: a Twiiter in which conservative opinions, Republican arguments and Democratic critics like the former President are censored is threatening. “Squad” rabble-rouser Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York immediately retweeted Mystal’s sentiment.
- Naturally ramping up racial division and hatred is a key part of any progressive strategy, so the New York Times congressional correspondent Jonathan Weisman wrote a “report” headlined, “Democrats Say Racism Is the Real Messaging in Republican Crime Ads.” (The “real messaging” of GOP crime ads is that crime is out of control and surging under Democratic policies, mayors and district attorneys, which is a fact.)
- On last night’s Saturday Night Live, which concentrated on mocking Republican candidates (though mildly suggesting that John Fetterman agreeing to debate was a mistake), portrayed GOP Arizona Governor candidate Kari Lake as saying, “I’m a fighter. In my life, I’ve sent back over 2,000 salads and I’m not afraid to do the same thing with democracy,” an amusing exaggeration it it wasn’t an official Axis talking point.
- Ryan Cooper, MSNBC opinion columnist, actually wrote, “A vote for Republicans might just be the last one you ever cast.” Who would have guessed two years ago that the bunch of morons who rioted in the Capitol would still be used today to justify a conspiracy theory that Republicans want to overthrow the Constitution? But then, who would have guessed that national affairs under Democratic leadership would be going so terribly that this would seem like the best argument for keeping pwoer that the party could muster?
- Joy Reid, the MSNBC host for whom such hysterical observations are routine, tweeted, “It’s terrifying how many Americans will choose literal fascism, female serfdom, climate collapse, and the reversal of everything from Social Security and Medicare to student loan relief [because] they think giving Republicans the power to investigate Hunter Biden will bring down gas prices.” Actually, that’s funnier than the Saturday Night Live skits.
- Matthew Dowd, the MSNBC contributor who was once used as a “conservative” on network Sunday talkshows until he became Trump-Deranged, said, “I’m not going to say that the GOP are Nazis at this point or whatever, but it certainly sounds very familiar to what happened in Germany, which is a bunch of citizens, Adolf Hitler gets a third of the vote. Nobody thought it could happen there. They kind of went along because they said he would solve the economy and fix inflation.” Translation: “I’m not going to say that Republicans are Nazis like the monsters who gassed the Jews and killed millions, but they’re Nazis.”
- Washington Post columnist Max Boot, another Trump Derangement victim: “I think a lot of voters are missing the point. These elections are actually a referendum on whether you favor the continuation of democracy in America—and Ukraine.”
And it’s going to get worse. Just wait.