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Frank Rich on Fox’s Shepard Smith

In his New York Times column this morning, Frank Rich writes about the how the right wing crazies are calling for the head of Shepard Smith at Fox News. Smith, who dared to take seriously the Fox News motto of “we report, you decide”, crossed the right wing nut jobs when he essentially called them that. Watch.

In my view, Rich nails it when he writes of the paranoid chapter of the right wing nut jobs:

What is this fury about? In his scant 145 days in office, the new president has not remotely matched the Bush record in deficit creation. Nor has he repealed the right to bear arms or exacerbated the wars he inherited. He has tried more than his predecessor ever did to reach across the aisle. But none of that seems to matter. A sizable minority of Americans is irrationally fearful of the fast-moving generational, cultural and racial turnover Obama embodies — indeed, of the 21st century itself. That minority is now getting angrier in inverse relationship to his popularity with the vast majority of the country. Change can be frightening and traumatic, especially if it’s not change you can believe in.

What I want to know is when are the Republican elected officials of this country going to denounce this kind of scary demogogery from its right wing. From what I can tell, the Republicans I watch most closely — those here in Virginia — are silent. Or worse, they endorse it in their own party chairman, Pat Mullins. (Exhibit A: Bob McDonnell, GOP nominee for Governor of Virginia.)

In my view, that’s a failure on their part. A failure to lead. Why am I not surprised?

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Virginia’s Chapter of the Paranoid Caucus

You know how when you’re walking through the woods in the summer and you lift up a rock, remember what happens? The bugs underneath the rock run from the daylight. I feel like that’s what happened on April 15 with these AstroTurf Tea Party tax protests, except this time, the bugs didn’t run away, when America lifted up the rock. Continue reading

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Who will rescue the GOP from Pirates?

I’m watching the news that Navy Seals have rescued Captain Richard Phillips from the Somali pirates who took over Phillips’ cargo ship  and I’m especially enjoying the reaction from the right wing on Twitter and Fox News.

While they are happy that the pirates were killed and all the Americans survived, no one is giving ANY credit to President Obama or Defense Secretary Gates. Instead, the TV chatter and the #tcot Tweets seems to be focused on the need to arm these cargo ships so they can defend themselves against future attacks. They also are demanding the U.S. defy resolutions from the U.N.

Now imagine if this naval operation had not gone as planned. What if a Navy Seal had been killed or what if Captain Phillips was killed. Can you imagine the outrage and attacks which would be aimed at President Obama and his administration? Continue reading

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