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October 14, 2008

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I just wandered over here from reading Jonah Goldberg in the LA times explaining that the fact that Republicans *always* insist that their enemies are unamerican, terroristic, horrible, evil people who should be killed and who can't be trusted to run the country is proof positive that there is nothing unusually evil about their campaign against Obama. "Unusually evil" here must be read as "merely racist" since everything else is, apparently, just for laffs and all between friends. Remember, too, that the imaginary "abort Sarah Palin" bumper sticker of anonymous *libertarians* is identical to the shouts of "kill him!" from Sarah Palin's own campaign followers as they are whipped into a call and response of "who is he?" "terrorist."

I just despair--not because there are people so misguided they think Republican policies could be good in a time of crisis. But because this is the best the Republican party can do--we are haters, and we always have been, but our hatred is virulent but not racist? That's it? That's the big idea of the election?

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anti-antiterror lobby

That sounds double-plus ungood.

Let us continue to remind Barack Hussein Obama and his drooling fans that real Americans will cling bitterly to their religion and their guns, and will not shirk from using them in defense of our great nation from all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC!

Am I to understand that you intend to use guns on Obama and his supporters?

Curious...

Thus Lincoln “saved the Union,” when in reality he destroyed the Union and replaced it with something else

What is it with conservatives and antebellum nostalgia?

I'm not talking about racism, or a nostalgia for the Confederacy, which is a different kettle of nuttiness, and which I don't see in Larison's work.

I'm wondering what Larison is about in this quote.

Let us continue to remind Barack Hussein Obama and his drooling fans that real Americans will cling bitterly to their religion and their guns, and will not shirk from using them in defense of our great nation from all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC!

Listen....

The children of the night are singing!

Thanks -

The Wall Street Journal came out against giving asylum to (innocent) victims of Chinese repression. How interesting.

In fact, Republicans have a long and sorry history of support for terrorists, as long as they terrorized the "right" victims: RENAMO in Mozambique (favourites of Senator McCain, by all accounts), the "Contra" mercenary terrorists in Nicaragua, the anti-Cuba terrorists and the Afghan resistance, which included the people who later made up the Taliban and (oops) al Qaeda.

But those terrorists served the "right" interests, just as helping out Chinese repression serves the "right" interests in this case.

I'm wondering what Larison is about in this quote.

My guess is that Larison is referring to the fact that the federal government became much more powerful compared with the state governments as a result of the Civil War.

Small point: Kennan won the Cold War, not Reagan.

The children of the night are singing!

Really? I thought the sun on the meadow was summery warm...

I guess maybe the Obama team now has the perfect talisman to ward off any Bill Ayers nonsense tomorrow night:

"William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime."

"The two lobbyists who Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein's government."

No "talisman" will ward off the smears about Dr. Ayers, because references to the supposed relationship between Dr. Ayers and Senator Obama have nothing to do with terrorism. References to Dr. Ayers, like dog whistles, act as code for a fear that Senator Obama will lead a government that may make real social change. That, in turn, plays to the fear that marginal "white" workers feel that if they lose the privileges that people identified as "white" have traditionally enjoyed, they will fall, or get kicked, into the underclass.

Senator Obama can't address that fear directly, but he can project competence, fairness, and confidence. His message, which he must also pitch in code, goes like this: you know the people who will make the economic choices in a McCain government don't care about you. You had eight years of Reagan, four years of Bush, and eight years of Bush II, and you work harder than ever, and it really hasn't gotten any better for you. And if things get tough, they will throw you under a bus. John McCain won't stop them, Sarah Palin won't stop them, but I will.

He pretty much came right out and said that at the Democratic convention. "You're on your own," etc.

Communism sucking won the cold war. You'd think people who chicken little when tax top marningal rates go to 30% would realize that.

I think he's dead right on the palin/reagan old/new leader myth. it helps explain some of the resistance to seeing her (and him) in a mor enuanced light.

i need to read this guy more often.

I read Larison regularly. I disagree with him about a lot of things, but he's the most intellectually honest conservative I've come across. His views aren't subject to daily change based on the shifting positions of the Republican party or what's most convenient for attacking a Democrat.

n.a.b.a.l.z.b.b.f.r is a resident RW troll of several blogs of ill repute (from the right's POV) like e.g. Glenn Greenwald. One of the most rabid ones in the group without severe language deficiencies (i.e. the only ones that go lower would drive any spellchecker to suicide too). Not feeding is unfortunately useless.

I'm wondering what Larison is about in this quote.

In addition to what Turbo said, one can argue that there was a voluntary union of states prior to the civil war, and then one that was enforced by the federal government. So the old "union" was destroyed, and a new more singular entity was born.

Said troll also has the tendency to copy and paste the same exact comment to a number of different blogs, with little regard to relevance.

What is it with conservatives and antebellum nostalgia?

I'm not talking about racism, or a nostalgia for the Confederacy, which is a different kettle of nuttiness, and which I don't see in Larison's work.

I'm wondering what Larison is about in this quote.

Though I too read him regularly and respect him, Larison is a Confederate nostalgist, a member of the neo-Confederate League of the South.

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