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Fox News Attacks LL Cool J for Exposing Sarah Palin Show Fraud

Mar 31 2010 Published by under Featured News

I'm going back to Fox News, man I don't think so.

After LL Cool J called Fox News out for trying to sell Sarah Palin’s Real American Stories clip show as new programming, the network responded by claiming that LL does not want to inspire people and took at jab at his acting career. LL’s real motivation was not his concern about inspiration, but the idea that people were going to be fooling into watching a prepackaged best of show hosted by Palin.

Here is the blurb about the show on its website, “What do we share as Americans? A unique history. A love of freedom. An understanding that together we can make a difference. A chance to make our dreams reality. This is a place where people – from all walks of life – can share their personal stories, and talk about what makes this country great. Join us as we celebrate the American Spirit.”

The network made it sound like the show was all new including the celebrity interviews, which included LL Cool J in the first episode. The advertising was designed to lead viewers to believe that LL would be giving an interview to Palin, which as it turns out wasn’t the truth. LL didn’t appreciate being part of the misleading campaign and let the world know how he really felt about it via Twitter, “Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palin’s Show. WOW.”

Fox being Fox, they didn’t apologize once they were caught, but instead they removed Cool J from the show and attacked him. A Fox News spokesperson told TVnewser, “Real American Stories features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith’s interview fit that criteria. However, as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career.”

Of course, the Fox News spokesperson did avoid the real issue, which is the fact that the network tried to mislead viewers into tuning in to a program that would have featured a two year old interview that Sarah Palin had nothing to do with. Before anyone thinks that this is about partisan politics, you should know that LL Cool J is a Republican who has appeared at the Republican National Convention before.

I know that many of the Palin followers will read something racial into this because LL is black, but this has nothing to do with race, and it might come as a surprise to those on the right but skin color does not automatically make someone an Obama supporter. LL Cool J did not want to be a part of the fraud that Fox News was carrying out. It isn’t any kind of big shock that the network would resort to personal attacks. This whole thing would have been avoided, if the network would have said, we don’t trust Sarah to interview a roll of wet paper towels much less LL Cool J so we are going to have her introduce an old interview. That would have been the honest approach and we all know that Fox News doesn’t do honesty.

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According to Bill O’Reilly MSNBC Not Fox Traffics in Hate Speech

Mar 31 2010 Published by under Featured News

Bill-O is back in his MSNBC conspiracy theory land.

Fox News keeps trying to spin itself away from Tea Party violence. The latest example came tonight on The O’Reilly Factor as host Bill O’Reilly made the claim that MSNBC engages in hate speech and promotes violence. O’Reilly said, “You’re talking about MSNBC and they traffic in hate speech from sign on to sign off.”

Here is the video from Media Matters:

O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham were talking about how the media ignores how the left incites violence, which led to this nugget. Ingraham brought up the hateful things said about people in the conservative movement on another network, which led Bill-O to say, “Look you’re talking about MSNBC, and they traffic in hatred from sign on to sign off. We know that takes place.” In the delusions of Bill-O it is the left that is out there driving people towards violence, not the right.

When in the left 25 years has anyone on the left incited violence the way that the right wing and Fox News has been doing for years? The odd thing about O’Reilly and Ingraham’s claims about the left wing inciting violence in America is that they never give specific examples, because they can’t. It is pathetic that Fox News is trying to justify its stoking the flames of violence with the excuse that the left does it too. The left doesn’t do it, but the Republican Party found a winning combination 30 years ago by scaring people into believing that Democrats were going to destroy their God, guns, and unborn children.

The entire right wing movement is based on fear, suspicion, and objection. MSNBC makes its daily bread by highlighting and condemning the violence on the right. No one at the network has ever acted as irresponsibly as Bill O’Reilly, who gins up the anger of the anti-abortion movement on a regular basis, and Glenn Beck, for whom violent rhetoric is a staple of his shows. Unlike Fox News, MSNBC, except for Olbermann, does not pander to the angry. Until MSNBC sponsors a bus tour for angry white people, as Bill-O’s network has done, I will continue to find it difficult to take their criticisms of other media outlets very seriously.

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GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham: Obama Is a Role Model Not a Socialist

Mar 28 2010 Published by under Featured News

Graham is certain to earn more Tea Party wrath for defending Obama.

Sen. Lindsey Graham was on NBC’s Meet The Press today where he maintained his conservative stance on health care, but he took a moment to criticize the right wing rhetoric on Obama and racism of the Tea Party. Graham said, “When you use the N word and when you question somebody’s patriotism, you’re off base. President Obama is a fine man. He’s a good father. He’s a good role model.”

Here is the video from NBC:

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Sen. Graham made it clear that he is a conservative and opposed to health care reform, but he sees no place for the personal attacks being carried out by the Tea Party and the right. Graham said, “Well, in my view, I think attacking this bill in terms of expanding government beyond anybody’s imagination, where 80 percent of the country at the end of the day will be covered by a healthcare bill that is not paid for, that can never be paid for, is a legitimate debate. But when you use the N word and when you question somebody’s patriotism, you’re off base.”

He took it one step further and defended the president’s character, “President Obama is a fine man. He’s a good father. He’s a good role model. He’s an American liberal. The reason I don’t say he’s a socialist, because most people associate that with being un-American. He is an American just as much as anybody else. The idea that he’s very liberal I think is pretty clear to the American people. He ran as a centrist, he’s governing from the left ditch, that’s his big problem. And we don’t need to call each other names.”

I think Sen. Graham’s position is fair. It is fine for someone to disagree with a policy, without have to resort to racial slurs, and the questioning of patriotism. We can debate endless what I personally feel is Graham’s inaccurate belief that Obama is a liberal, but Graham is basing his criticism on policy, not smearing the president’s character. Sen. Graham has his problems with the right wing and the Tea Party because he supports the climate change bill, and he is working with fellow Meet The Press guest Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on a bi-partisan immigration reform bill. Graham has been recently critical of Obama, because he doesn’t think that the president has shown a deep enough commitment to immigration reform, but his willingness to work together on these two issues has earned him the wrath of Glenn Beck and the Tea Party.

The easy thing politically for him to do would be to agree with the right wing that Obama is a socialist, and a totalitarian fascist, as most of his fellow Republicans already have. He didn’t have to go to the degree that he did to defend Obama as a person. Many people may remember Graham as being on John McCain’s right hand men during the 2008 campaign, but unlike McCain who has completely sold his soul to keep his seat, Graham is at least willing to separate the person from the politics, which is a sorely missed attitude in our country today.

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According to Fox News the Left Invented Violent Dissent

Mar 27 2010 Published by under Featured News

In the eyes of Fox News the left invented violent dissent.

In a desperate attempt to explain away the violent actions of the Tea Party, Fox News contributor Liz Trotta claimed the left wing invented violent dissent. No, really, Trotta said, “You know the left wing virtually invented violent dissent during the 1960’s.” In the bizzaro world of Fox News people like Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy invented violent dissent.

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

Trotta was trotted out to blame the media for exaggerating the Tea Party violence, but first she started off with this doozey, “Well, you know, the left wing virtually invented violent dissent going back to the 1960s, so to hear everybody wildly exaggerate and embroidering everything that has happened in Washington is really laughable, and the media has been suckered into it.”
According to Fox News the fact that African American members of Congress were spit on, and had racial slurs hurled at them is an exaggeration perpetuated by the foolish media because we all know that angry white people would never do.

There is no historical precedent for that at all:

It is not like the left was led in the 1960s by a man who preached non violence:

Once again, Fox News tried to whitewash history in order to cover up for the deplorable behavior of their angry white mob. The media has not exaggerated these stories, and by trying to explain them away Fox is not only condoning the violence, but also setting the stage for more to occur. Even if it was possible for the left wing to have invented violent dissent, it still would not justify the recent actions of certain members of the Tea Party. Fox News and the GOP have tapped into the worst elements on the right, and they have no amount of revisionist history can erase their responsibility for enabling hate.

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Media Employee Sarah Palin Blames the Media for Her Violent Rhetoric

Mar 27 2010 Published by under Featured News

As she cashed her Fox News paycheck, Sarah Palin attacked the media.

During her speech at the Tea Party Express rally in Searchlight, NV today, Fox News employee Sarah Palin blamed the media for her target list and her violent rhetoric. Palin said, “It’s a bunch of bunk what the media is trying to feed you. Don’t let them distract you from the debate.” Media criticisms aren’t nearly effective when they come from someone who makes their living on cable news.

Here is the video from MSNBC:

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Palin said, “Now when we talk about fighting for our country, let’s clear the air right now on what it is we are talking about. We’re not inciting violence. Don’t get sucked in to the lamestream media’s lies about conservative America’s standing up for freedom as inciting violence. Violence isn’t the answer. It’s a bunch of bunk what the media is trying to feed you. Don’t let them divert attention from the debate. Media, you guys ginning up an issue like that making it sound like it is a crowd like this of patriotic Americans who are inciting violence. It’s not true. It’s a bunch of bunk and we ask for some fair and some balanced reporting coming from you please. When we talk about fighting for our country, we’re talking about our vote. Our vote is our arms.”

While we are clearing the air, I think it is important to note that the media wasn’t criticizing the whole tea party movement or that very white crowd in attendance today, as much as they were criticizing Sarah Palin and her target list. Sarah, they aren’t criticizing, “us.” They are criticizing, “you.” It is impossible to take her media criticism seriously now that she works for the most popular cable news network and the second most popular cable network on all of television. Fox News is the mainstream media. If the media is so bad, then why is Palin working for it?

Palin was in rare form as she spoke from a lectern, and told the crowd that they don’t need a president who lectures them from a lectern. The main themes of this speech were a rerun of yesterday’s stump speech for McCain. Palin continues to rely on the same 2008 campaign talking points, even if she does look like a hypocrite while saying them as a Fox News employee at a Fox News promoted event. Palin can change the outside with plastic surgery and wigs, but she still lacks the depth and substance needed to be anything more than the Paris Hilton of politics.

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Sarah Palin’s Approval Rating Hits a New All Time Low

Mar 27 2010 Published by under Featured News

America has made up its mind on Sarah Palin

As Sarah Palin basks in both the cash of, and the love from the Tea Party, a new Washington Post poll reveals that her political popularity among the nation as a whole has never been lower. Conservative Republicans give her a 71% approval rating and tea partiers put her at 60%, but the nation as a whole gives her only a 37% approval rating, and a 55% disapproval rating.

The most striking number from the Washington Post poll was that only 17% of all Americans surveyed said that they held a strongly favorable view of the former Alaska governor. In contrast, 41% of respondents strongly disapproved of her. Palin’s rating with Independents mirrors her overall 37%-55% approval/disapproval rating. Her favorability rating gains one point with Independents to 38%, while her disapproval rating holds steady at 55%.

Palin is popular with the Tea Party crowd, as she has a 60% approval rating with them, but the Tea Party as a whole is more popular than Palin herself. With all adults surveyed the Tea Party has a 41% approval rating. Although the gap is small, it is possible that Palin’s lack of personal popularity could end up damaging the Tea Party movement in the eyes of the nation at large. The Tea Party movement, even with its recent run of negative publicity, remains more popular than Sarah Palin.

Palin’s approval ratings have remained in steady decline since October of 2008. Her book didn’t help. Her gig at Fox News has not helped, and it is safe to say that a reality show on the Discovery Channel is not going to revive the flat lined national political perception of her. America has made up its mind about Sarah Palin, and has all but closed the door on any White House ambitions that she might hold. Even the nationally polarizing Hillary Clinton was able to have an overall approval rating around 50% during the 2008 campaign. By the numbers, Palin is even more polarizing than Mrs. Clinton was.

The half a term governor of Alaska is a niche brand whose appeal is limited to Republicans. It would be a disaster for the Republican Party if Sarah Palin was their presidential nominee in 2012. A Palin nomination would virtually ensure not only an Obama reelection, but also an expansion of the Democratic majorities in Congress. Never in modern American electoral history has there been a less popular politician as seriously discussed as a presidential candidate. Palin may have no chance of winning but that might not stop the GOP from nominating her.

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The Conservative Woodstock Involves Heckler Beat Downs

Mar 27 2010 Published by under Featured News, Republican Party

Leave it to the tea party to turn the original intent of Woodstock, peace, love, and music into an excuse to beat down dissent. According to MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer the tea partiers in Mesa, NV got rough with hecklers, as one heckler was drug out by the arm, and another by the hair, because nothing says freedom like beating down dissent.

Here is some video of a heckler being mistreated in Mesa courtesy of Mediaite:

MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer has posted to her Facebook page these updates, “Mesa crowd getting rough with hecklers: one guy grabbed the heckler by the hair.” Brewer also posted, Sarah Palin to heckler: Young man, stick around. Maybe you’ll learn something. Then other citizens dragged him out by his arms.” Nothing says real America to the tea party like physically beating down any voices of dissent in the room.

The radical right is now displaying its full colors. They aren’t protesting taxes, the size of government or health care. What we have here is a small group of angry conspiracy theorists, homophobes, and racists, who can’t accept the fact that the United States of America elected a black Democratic president in 2008. These fringe elements of our political discourse could only hide the true sources of their rage for so long.

They are not a silent majority. They are an ugly angry minority which has corrupted the concept of libertarian freedoms in order to bash non-whites, gays, and anyone else who disagrees with them. Instead of embracing it, Republicans should be ashamed of such behavior. The tea partiers are the fascists that they claim Obama and the Democrats to be. This version of the tea party is not a movement for America’s future, but an ugly return to its dark past.

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Fox News and Dan Quayle Embrace the Tea Party Violence

Mar 27 2010 Published by under Featured News

The Brain Trust of the Tea Party

Fox News is spending the day, amping up the tea party rage for the protest in Senate Majority leader Harry Reid’s hometown. Host Neal Cavuto spoke to former vice president Dan Quayle who said, “God bless these folks,” and he proclaimed them a, “not so silent majority.” When a movement’s intellectual leaders are Dan Quayle and Sarah Palin, it has some really big problems.

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

When Cavuto asked Quayle about the rally in Nevada, he said, “What’s going on in the country and I think it is reflective with the people at the rally is that there is a lot of angst. There’s a lot of anxiety. There’s no jobs, the Obama administration has not focused on the economy. There’s been a radical expansion of government, and God bless these folks, they’re trying to take things into their own hands, and they’re making a difference. They’re being heard, and that’s important but there’s a lot of people, Neal, around the country that are just very upset, and instead of sitting on the sidelines, and being a part of Richard Nixon used to call that silent majority, they’re silent no more.”

Cavuto asked Quayle if the tea party will divide the GOP. Quayle brought up an interesting point that most of the tea partiers are inclined to support the Republican Party, but that right now they are a movement, and not a party. He said he will become concerned about splitting the GOP if the tea party breaks away from the GOP. His comments provide some insight into the notion in mainstream Republican circles that the tea party can be harvested and exploited for Republican gain.

It is important to point out here that there are actually two tea parties. The original tea partiers started with the 2008 Ron Paul campaign and consist of Libertarians. The other tea party is an attempt by the Republican Party to exploit the original movement for their own gain. The real tea party will not automatically support Republicans, while the Astroturfers are Republicans pretending to be Independents.

The tea party is already splitting the GOP because there is an ideological war taking place over the future direction of the party. I think that Quayle’s notion that the GOP can exploit the true tea party is wishful thinking at best. However, it is a symbol of the desperation of the right that they are embracing such an extremist movement. Quayle’s statement that God should bless a radical movement based on homophobia and racism was either naïve or desperate, but either way, when a movement’s intellectual champions are Dan Quayle and Sarah Palin, I would not count on it having intellectual weight, mass appeal, or a very bright future.

Photo: Liberal Values Blog

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Alaskans Adamantly Rebuke Palin’s Denial of Stoking Violence

Mar 26 2010 Published by under Featured News, Republican Party, U.S. Senate

Alaskans Adamantly Rebuke Palin’s Denial of Stoking Violence

Palin Aims at Democrats, denies responsibility for her own words

Palin’s target map with the cross-hairs on vulnerable Democrats raised a fuss in the liberal media, but even Elizabeth Hasselbeck called Palin out yesterday. Meanwhile, John McCain is still defending Palin, since he needs her to campaign for him against the Tea Party candidate in his home state. But Alaskans know the Real Sarah, and they say this kind of rhetoric is par for the course for Sarah Palin.

Even the Anchorage Daily News, the conservative paper that is often confused as the Palin fan club came out a swingin’.The ADN starts off with, “”RELOAD!” Sarah Palin shouted at right-wing supporters via Twitter on Tuesday after President Obama signed the House health care bill. On her Facebook page, she posted a U.S. map with crosshair targets in states where she’s planning to campaign against moderate Democrats who voted in favor of the health insurance overhaul. “We’ll aim for these races,” she wrote, in the “first salvo” leading up to the midterm elections.”

Palin’s pr team issued a fearful statement of denial (kudos to her new team who did not find it appropriate to call Americans “asinine” as Palin has in her press releases in the past) claiming Palin had nothing to do with this. CNN reports: Palin “has been vocal about condemning violence.”

But back in Alaska, those who know her best beg to differ. The ADN collected a series of damning quotes:

“I would not find it surprising if someone from the Department of Justice rang [Palin] up to advise her that what she is doing is inciting violence – which is a federal offense. As if it weren’t bad enough that people were spitting on legislators, yelling epithets and wearing sidearms into Starbucks, here comes Sarah Palin using the language of guns … and this in a country that has seen political assassinations in our lifetime. Hate speech, anyone? I would suggest to McCain’s Mistake that she, well, think before she speaks. Or better yet, just stop talking.”

And Linda Kellen Biegel, a former federal employee and Alaskan blogger, came out with a compelling vblog taking the viewer through Palin’s history of aggression against her own constituents in Alaska. You really must watch this to understand Palin’s tactics of intimidation and threats. She was, after all, dubbed “the Rabid One” in junior high. This only endears her to the angry white supremacists claiming to be Christians who are her base. Because powerless impotent people who fail to take responsibility for their own lives love to worship a bully who will sadistically punish others for them.

Former Alaskan family lobbyist Leah Burton wrote:

“More people are starting to see why we have felt this way from the beginning and have maintained our stance in the face of opposition and ridicule, mocking us like we are the misguided. These posts being written for her at Facebook is evidence of why we have felt this way all along….It is aggressive, militaristic and combative. Palin may not be the sharpest harpoon in the whaling shack…but she knows damn well that an enormous segment of her followers are paranoid as hell that the government wants to take away their guns, freedoms and liberty. This dangerous rhetoric plays on those fears and endangers the rest of us in the process.”

Huffington Post blogger and Mudflats blog owner called it out:

“I propose that instead of asking domestic terrorists to “channel their anger” into voter registration, that maybe it would be a better idea to arrest them. And instead of defending people who use these incitement techniques for political purposes, perhaps it’s time for some condemnation from the Republican Party. Just an idea.”

Alaskans are more than familiar with Palin’s violent rhetoric and incendiary remarks. Even Republicans in the state, her former allies, have come out to accuse Palin of being a “snake in the grass”, a “sociopath”, and a “narcissist”. She has been accused of behaving as if she were coronated instead of elected ever since she got herself elected as mayor of Wasilla with 600 votes. Palin has always been power-loving tyrant who refused to deal within the law, announcing cheerfully that she “would do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can’t.”

Geoffrey Dunne, who is writing a book on Palin’s lies, reported on the underbelly of Palin politics in Alaska: “An editorial in the Wasilla Frontiersman once opined that Palin had “little understanding or little regard for the city’s own laws.” Or apparently the State of Alaska’s, either. In 1993, while she was a member of the Wasilla city council, Palin was busted for using a drift gillnet to harvest salmon in Bristol Bay without an annual permit. She was also charged with fishing without a photo ID. According to Alaska Criminal History Records, she plead guilty to the criminal negligence charges (it was originally recorded as a felony), while the charges for fishing without the proper ID were dropped.

This sense that she was above the law followed her to the state house in Juneau. According to the Associated Press, Palin accepted “dozens of gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars since taking office [as governor], including two free trips last year that she failed to report on disclosure forms, despite criticizing state legislators for the gifts they take.” ”

Even a court warning Palin to cease and desist abusing her sister’s children by consistently and relentlessly disparaging their father to them was not enough to stop her. No, that was years before Troopergate ever happened. So, the courts don’t really stop Her Holy Self either. After all, God has anointed her, so our laws don’t really apply to her.

In fact, even the secret service warning that she was to blame for the spike in death threats against Obama and his family (including his children) failed to move Palin into toning down her rhetoric. Newsweek reported:

‘The attacks provoked a near lynch mob atmosphere at her rallies, with supporters yelling “terrorist” and “kill him” until the McCain campaign ordered her to tone down the rhetoric.”

The Obama campaign was provided with reports from the Secret Service showing a sharp and disturbing increase in threats to Obama in September and early October, at the same time that many crowds at Palin rallies became more frenzied. Michelle Obama was shaken by the vituperative crowds and the hot rhetoric from the GOP candidates. “Why would they try to make people hate us?” Michelle asked a top campaign aide.”

Sarah Palin’s ties with the AIP (which itself has strong ties with white supremacists groups, the same groups the Secret Service blamed for the death threats against candidate Obama) should have been a warning about what kind of person she was, but the media were charmed by her folksy mom image. And while Americans finally decided she was unqualified to be Vice President, they never got a glimpse of the real Sarah.

The real Sarah is a dangerous extremist. And she has the past to prove it.

Edited 11:44 PM to correct “Alaska Daily News” to “Anchorage Daily News”

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Sill Hurting Over Health Care Glenn Beck Declares That Liberals Are Brainless

Mar 26 2010 Published by under Featured News

Brainless liberals destroy Glenn Beck and health care tea bagging dream

While fear mongering about health care on his radio show with Noel Sheppard from Newsbusters, Glenn Beck said, “I don’t believe liberals have hearts. No, no, no, they have hearts. They have no brains.” Interestingly enough, liberals were smart enough to beat Beck and his mindless followers on health care, so if liberals lack brains, what does that make him?

Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:

Sheppard said, “Obamacare goes through, Dick Cheney won’t have all of these heart attacks because we’ll rip his heart out we’ll give him a new one.” Beck added, “And you know what let me tell you something, those are the kind of doctors we are going to get too, that will just go, I’ll fix it. I’ll rip his heart out then I’ll jam another one in.” Sheppard said, “But I think that what’s going to happen at that point, Glenn is that everybody’s going to be given a liberal heart, and just imagine what the world will be then.” Beck tried to help the winger self esteem, “I don’t believe liberals have hearts. No, no, no, they have hearts. They have no brains.”

Unbelievably, Beck then tried to sell Newsbusters as a straight news organization that doesn’t take things out of context. Newsbusters, like Beck, takes everything out of context in order to push the agenda of the right. Notice Beck’s scare tactic that the same doctor that you see today is somehow going to become a blithering idiot because of the health care reform bill. Beck is still doing his part to try to fuel tea party rage for November.

The reality that people like Glenn Beck can’t comprehend is that they were completely outsmarted by the proponents of health care reform. In politics, fear has a limited shelf life, but Beck doesn’t know how to do anything but spread confusion and fear. His efforts on health care reform were doomed to fail, because the right’s anti-reform message never matured and evolved. Saying no is not the same as offering a valid alternative.

Glenn Beck may believe that liberals have no brains, but they were smart enough to defeat him and the conservative geniuses that he holds so dear. If conservatives are smarter than liberals, then why do they keep losing to them? Beck was spewing the same line of self delusion that allows conservatives to think that Obama is a weak president, or that he really isn’t that smart, so they continue to try to engage the president in hostile interviews and Q & As only to find them dominated again, but still believing that they are the smarter party. It is a sad cycle of self denial that has gripped the conservative movement in America.

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