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Megan McArdle, libertarianess, has been doing some Thinkering, and holy fuckballs! Cogitating, she was, about who is really to blame for the rise of Trump and racism in the Republican Party, and she is prettttty sure it is not the Republican Party! Or Fox News. Whose fault is it? The weather’s.

(No, really. It’s the weather. Not even Barack Obama! The weather.)

McArdle does not like racism, or Trump, but she is damned if she is going to let the people under whose standard Trump is the nominee be blamed for it. And then she gets suuuuuuper racist.

Let’s smear some zinc oxide on our noses, and dive into the lakefull of frothing pig shit that is McArdle’s brain place!

Writing at Bloomberg, McArdle begins “Don’t blame the Republican Party for the rise of Trump” with some bullshit boilerplate, as one does when one is noodling around making a thesis.

Until a few early polls started coming out showing Donald Trump pulling ahead of Hillary Clinton, liberals could be forgiven a certain amount of schadenfreude. After 20 years of relentless partisanship and personal attacks, the monster that Republican leaders created had broken free of its chains and was hell bent on destroying its former master.

Or maybe those liberals shouldn’t be forgiven so easily. I’ve been pondering these theories — advanced by everyone from Barack Obama and Harry Reid to Bill Maher — and the thing is, they don’t make a heck of a lot of sense. They seem to posit a Republican electorate that is, on the one hand, so malleable that the GOP leadership could create the emotional conditions for a Trump candidacy — and on the other hand, a Republican electorate so surly and unmanageable that it has ignored the horrified pleading of conservative leaders and intellectuals, in order to rally behind Trump.

McArdle’s logic here is not quite such a gotcha as she thinks. Certainly a group can be “malleable” enough to be whipped into a frenzy and then “surly and unmanageable” enough to ignore Dr. Frankenstein’s pleas to not drown that nice girl in the stream. It’s why we have the idiom “created a monster.” It is a quite well-known idiom!

But this is just dumb, not offensive. Let’s keep going!

Consider the five major planks of the “Everything is the fault of the Republican Party” argument:

1. Talk radio and Fox News made conservatives crazy.
[many paragraphs; Megan McArdle does write long! Anyway …]

2. Blocking president Obama’s legislation.
This theory, as advanced by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, holds that by relentlessly delegitimizing Obama, Republicans somehow paved the way for the rise of Trump and his “no holds barred” style of politics. Now, again, I have been pretty harsh on some of the more theatrical exhibitions of pointless political power over the last eight years. But this explanation for Trump’s rise is absurd. First of all, the leadership was frantically trying to stop those folks, and was unable to because the conservative base elected hard-liners who wouldn’t cooperate.

Nope.

3. Personal attacks on Democrats. This is just — I have no words for what it is. At least, not words that can be printed in a family-friendly column. It is triple-distilled balderdash … high-test twaddle … self-congratulatory swill … nonsense on stilts. It suggests that the Republican leadership could have somehow shut down all such attacks, which would have, at the very least, involved both government censorship and flagrant violation of our nation’s campaign finance laws.

We’ll stop there for a moment to suggest that in fact, the Republican leadership could have refrained from consistently delegitimizing the president and the entire Democratic party with personal attacks, without even once putting a Free Republic poster in Free Speech Jail. But Megan McArdle understands the threat to freedom of expression that is saying “hey county GOP chairs maybe don’t forward that White House watermelon patch email, even though it is OBJECTIVELY HILARIOUS.”

4. Fox News gave him so much air time. C’mon. C’mon. Every time I tuned into MSNBC or CNN, I thought I had mistakenly woken up in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, where television stations were legally required to air hours of the off-the-cuff ramblings of their local strongman.

I don’t much care for Morning Joe either, Ms. McArdle, but he was awfully, genuinely sweet to the Wonkette baby, and I don’t think it’s nice to call him Hugo Chavez.

Okay guys, it is time to strap on a helmet, because shit’s about to blow.

5. The Southern strategy. In this theory, the original sin was the GOP’s Southern strategy, in which they cynically decided to go after the South’s angry white racist vote with a code-word-laden campaign about law and order. Eventually, this culminated in the nomination of an outspoken racist for the party leadership.

I have a somewhat more nuanced view of the Southern strategy.

Oh?

First of all, the idea that law and order concerns were all about appealing to Southern racists is frankly nuts; law and order concerns were mostly about appealing to voters who were appalled by the explosion of violence and disorder from the ’60s to the early ’90s. We can certainly argue about whether the policies enacted in response to that explosion were just, right or effective, but the idea that Republicans somehow invented this to cover up their attempt to reinvent the KKK as a major political party is just shockingly ahistorical.

Is it? Is it shockingly ahistorical, Megan McArdle? Were you … were you THERE?

Lee Atwater was there, we should ask his ghost.

Lee Atwater: As to the whole Southern strategy that Harry Dent and others put together in 1968, opposition to the Voting Rights Act would have been a central part of keeping the South. Now [Reagan] doesn’t have to do that. All you have to do to keep the South is for Reagan to run in place on the issues he’s campaigned on since 1964 . . . and that’s fiscal conservatism, balancing the budget, cut taxes, you know, the whole cluster…

Questioner: But the fact is, isn’t it, that Reagan does get to the Wallace voter and to the racist side of the Wallace voter by doing away with legal services, by cutting down on food stamps?

Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

Shockingly ahistorical indeed, and also go fuck yourself. But wait! Megan McArdle gets worse!

And second of all, to the extent that Republicans were tapping into such sentiments, some of it was simply because with crime and welfare benefits unequally racially distributed, any party that favored tough law enforcement and was skeptical of social spending was going to appeal more to whites than to minorities, and especially to whites who had strong negative feelings about the minorities who committed a disproportionate share of the crimes and collected a disproportionate share of the poverty benefits. This makes the “Southern strategy” look more deliberate than it was; part of what we’re looking at is simply a party realignment away from regional blocs and the old business/labor split and toward ideological size-of-government and culture war fault lines. The fact that small-government policies appealed to racists doesn’t mean that this was the motivation of the folks pushing those policies.

Well OF COURSE Republicans had to be racist! They love law and order and limited government, and black people won’t stop being welfare queens in Cadillacs and also murdering everyone! Megan McArdle, you are “objectively” a bad person. (See what I did there???)

I don’t like the fact that there are virulent racists and anti-Semites in our electorate.

They learned it from YOU Megan. THEY LEARNED IT FROM YOU.

Now that we’ve learned that the Southern strategy just sort of … happened one day, because of course white people hate black people for all of their crimes, let’s go back to the weather.

So whose fault is Trump then, if not the leadership of the Republican Party and the conservative movement?

I tend to think that’s a bad question. It is politics-as-novel, rather than politics-as-system. We are a large, fractious nation full of clashing interest groups and wildly differing opinions, as well as differing levels of engagement with politics. That system will often spit out results that most of us don’t like very much. Trying to ascribe those results to a person, or even a small group, is like blaming the weatherman because it’s raining, or an economist for a recession. You have selected the most visible target, not the most likely one. And, in the case of Democrats who fault Republicans for Trump, a very convenient target as well.

YOUR MOM was a convenient target LAST NIGHT.

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  • Skwerl King

    Her new masters thesis: Global Warming Hoax and the Rise of Trump: A totally rational analysis.

  • Skwerl King

    I also get the impression she loves typing the word, “nigger” in a totally non-racist way of course. *puke*

    • rebecca

      nah, that was me.

      • arglebargle

        Skwerl KING. Rebecca KING.

        Coincidence?

      • SterWonk

        It’s a direct quote in historical context, so it’s cool not morally reprehensible.

  • schmannity

    the monster that Republican leaders created had broken free of its chains and was hell bent on destroying its former master.

    Release the Combover Kraken!

    • limberrat

      Great, now I have Liam Neeson in my head.

      • bozilingus

        The man does have a particular set of skills…

  • Villago Delenda Est

    This is the woman who thinks that you need a kitchen appliance that costs hundreds of dollars to make white sauce.

    • thixotropic jerk

      I believe the correct term is “Caucasian sauce.”

      • Jonny On Maui

        The havoc a “Caucasian Sauce” recipe could whip up.

        I’ll be in the lab…

        • Marion in Savannah

          Will it be made with real Caucasians?

          • Jonny On Maui

            I’m going to go with regional variations too. This may take a bit to finish…

  • limberrat

    So segregation is now “law and order?”

    • Msgr_Moment

      Has been for at least the 48 years I’ve been following politics. I suspect at least twenty years before that as well.

      • yyyaz

        Nixon/Agnew trademarked it before Dick Wolf.

        • Msgr_Moment

          George C. Wallace, Orvall Faubus, Strom Thurmond. All Demoncrats, the Party of racism.

    • SayItWithWookies

      Ask Pik Botha and FW DeKlerk, the last two leaders of apartheid South Africa.

      • limberrat

        Good point. Modern racists would probably claim South Africa wouldn’t have so much crime if apartheid was still around.

      • blondeiq

        I upvote you for knowing Botha’s nickname. His other name was “die groot krokodil.”

  • Msgr_Moment

    After 20 years of relentless partisanship and personal attacks, the monster that Republican leaders created had broken free of its chains and was hell bent on destroying its former master.

    Ima have to stop you right there. THIS is the problem. If people can’t NAME this monster, they ignore the problem. Xenophobia, racism, blind hatred. Oh, and this is the majority of the GOP’s base. And THAT is why nobody has the balls to say, ‘Hey, we’ve been courting the bigots and haters and potential lone-gunmen. Maybe that isn’t such a good idea.’

    And why DON’T they? Because they would be insulting the very same swill of humanity who are the party’s only hope for continued power.

    BTW, I have no idea who this McArdle person is, but all my comments above apply to the spineless wonders who jerked off Alladin’s lamp to produce this “monster”.

  • DoILookAmused2u ?

    Libertarians live in imaginary worlds like Communists do.

    There is no explaining real life to either group. And the explanation for why their ideals fail is always “We didn’t go far enough”.

    • tomamitai

      Libertarians live in imaginary worlds like Communists do.
      There is no explaining real life to either group.

      Only because there’s never been a real example of either form of society for the utopianismical magic to do its work!

      • DoILookAmused2u ?

        Well, communism works on a small scale for the Amish :)

        And maybe there is a tiny village somewhere filled with Libertarians who do not try to exploit monopolistic advantages and such nastiness.

  • calliecallie

    “Trying to ascribe those results to a person, or even a small group, is like blaming the weatherman because it’s raining, or an economist for a recession….”
    Kill the messenger. With votes.

  • Oneofthebobs

    The weather is an elaborate hoax!

  • Paperless Tiger

    He’s rich so they all wanna kiss his ass.

  • yyyaz

    Too bad she doesn’t use her thinking apparatus for non-fiction.

  • Indiepalin

    Hunter Thompson shot himself and he still makes more sense than this piece of work.,

  • Vecciojohn LLC

    Yo mama so stupid they call her Megan McArdle.

  • Msgr_Moment

    I don’t much care for Morning Joe either, Ms. McArdle, but he was awfully, genuinely sweet to the Wonkette baby, and I don’t think it’s nice to call him taint Hugo Chavez’ memory thusly.

    FTFY

  • The Wanderer

    I think “high-test twaddle” best describes these ardent scribblings from Ms. McArdle.

  • limberrat

    Is this another clumsy attempt at saying Conservatives are too freedom loving to be racist and Democrats and Liberals are the real racists for saying that conservatives are racist?

  • therblig

    “I don’t like the fact that there are virulent racists and anti-Semites in our electorate.”

    the subtle racists and anti-semites are so much more effective.

    • thixotropic jerk

      “But you know what? Racists and Anti-Sems gotta vote too so they may as well vote Pachyderm!”

  • yyyaz

    Did her brain smoke a cigarette after rubbing that one out?

    • Whale Chowder

      Ew.

  • Beaumarchais?

    The exact same logic explains why Hitler and the Nazis were no one’s fault, either.

  • Paul MacDonald

    Business end of a 2×4, etc. Whew, I need a cigarette.

  • tehbaddr

    Wow, coming from the party of personal responsibility.

  • Astraea

    Did no one in the GOP ever wonder if fomenting anti-government sentiment would lead to people not trusting even GOP politicians? Ever??

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The short term (the next election cycle) is all these sad motherfuckers have thought about, since the time of Nixon.

      • tomamitai

        Unfortunately that’s not true, or they wouldn’t have strangleholds on enough state legislatures to Gerrymander their way to control of the House. They’ve been planning and working on that for decades.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          True, but the long term consequences of cultivating the base they have has eluded them. They’ve got this angry, racist bunch of yahoos that would, inevitably, turn on the elites who thought they had control over it. German industrialists made the same mistake with Hitler.

        • Aquaria

          This actually isn’t a GOP idea. It was a religious Reich idea that happened to pay off for the GOP getting in political bed with them.

  • schmannity

    And Willie Horton was about law and order. That he was Black was mere coincidence.

    • thixotropic jerk

      Wait, weren’t he the one that joy-rided around in that tank that one time?

      • H0mer0

        that’s the way Lee would have wanted it.

  • SayItWithWookies

    And the constant invocation of states’ rights — which the Republican Party asserts supersede civil rights — that means nothing, Ms. McCardle? When a black man, or a gay couple, or a poor person or just anyone trying to vote has different rights from state to state, that doesn’t reek of the unending compromises that kept the South from seceding until 1861? I know — ancient history and everything — until you see the guys on Main Street parading around with the CSA battle flag and open-carrying, which happens every weekend in my town.

    • yyyaz

      Yeah, well, she can’t see your town. The clouds obscure the view from her sky castle.

  • Scooby

    See, when you get into power promising to get rid of the Mexicans and screw the blacks over and 35 years later here are still Mexicans around and EBT cards are still being used for lobster feasts, the base thinks it may have misheard those dog whistles. With Trump there can be no doubt.

  • ManchuCandidate

    The Party of Personal Irresponsibility especially when things go Sideways.

  • Michael Smith

    If she’s saying that, regardless of political leadership, people are always angry about their problems, then, well yeah, of course.

    But the question is whether the political elites try to solve those problems, or whether they use lies to exploit that anger to the elites’ exclusive benefit.

    • yyyaz

      But the question is whether the political elites try to solve those
      problems, or whether they use lies to exploit that anger to the elites’
      exclusive benefit.

      And then, when the leets can’t deliver on the issues that really matter to their base, like dictating who can get marriage licenses, where certain people have to pee and just generally stomping the shit out of rights of the people they don’t like, the rabble gets roused.

  • anwisok
  • Msgr_Moment

    I have a somewhat more nuanced view of the Southern strategy.

    Okrah is to blame. That and chitlins’.

    • SterWonk

      I have no idea what “Okrah” is, but okra — when prepared correctly! — is delicious. I agree with you 100% about chitlins though.

  • schmannity

    I liked her better in the original Annie.

  • FauxAntocles

    That’s either the dumbest or most disingenuous thing I’ve ever read.

    • jmhm

      It could easily be both, especially if you’re new to her oeuvre.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    Or maybe those liberals shouldn’t be forgiven so easily. I’ve been pondering these theories — advanced by everyone from Barack Obama and Harry Reid to Bill Maher — and the thing is, they don’t make a heck of a lot of sense. They seem to posit a Republican electorate that is, on the one hand, so malleable that the GOP leadership could create the emotional conditions for a Trump candidacy — and on the other hand, a Republican electorate so surly and unmanageable that it has ignored the horrified pleading of conservative leaders and intellectuals, in order to rally behind Trump

    …it doesn’t happen very often when I can only get through the 3rd paragraph of a post before I’m so enraged that I skip all the way down to comment on the comments section. Congratulations Rebecca!!! Secondly this rancid shart refuses to recognize that the GOP has not only been systematically DUMBING down its party for the last 26 years but also creating bullshit rage straw men for them to attack!!! This has absolutely nothing to do with “liberals” you wet jizz rag!!! Go talk to these throwbacks, they all repeat your fucking stupid talking point not ours. Congratulations, you now have a party of Neanderthals asshole!!!

    • Msgr_Moment

      Neanderthals? Homo nonelectus, I hope.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        This is one time when I feel ok saying “No Homo.”

      • yyyaz

        Mobile homus hateilis

      • Aquaria

        Neanderthals were way smarter than this piece of shit.

  • MrBlobfish

    Pure applesauce.

    • tehbaddr

      Jiggery Pokery even, also too!

      • Nounverb911

        Argle, bargle?

        • Msgr_Moment

          Malarkey!

          • thixotropic jerk

            Just another Nattering Nabob of Negativism…

            …Or should I say Naboob?

          • Marion in Savannah

            Effing William Safire… No way Spiro Agnew could have come up with that on his own.

          • OddMan

            Good old Bill S.
            I liked “They have formed their own 4-H club — the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.”

        • H0mer0

          McArdle argle bargle.

          Oh, ‘scuse me! must have been the onions.

      • arundel

        Horsefeathers, balderdash and buncombe!

    • Vecciojohn LLC

      Fiddlesticks!

    • Tallmutha

      Hoss toids.

      • yyyaz

        Indeed: road-apple sauce.

  • Spotts1701

    Holy hell, that’s a lot of words to basically say “Trump is not MY fault, it’s YOUR fault for being [insert minority]”.
    Go back to using your $1600 mixer to make crappy bread, Megan. At least then the only ones suffering will be you and your husband.

    • Msgr_Moment

      Readers’ Digest version: “You’re the real racists.”

  • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

    The reason they’re all twisting themselves into pretzels to blame Democrats and liberals for the rise of overt, code-free, in-your-face Republican fascism is simple: most of these people are not only going to vote for Trump and for the most retrograde Republican candidates for every other office on the ballot, they’re going to use up a lot of ink and airtime urging everybody else to do so as well.

    This means they are voluntarily and noisily going to be supporting Trumpism and the Trumpistas, a clown show made less amusing by the fact that it is overwhelmingly racist, staggeringly anti-Semitic, and potentially not just violent but a teensy-tinesy tad genocidal.

    This is potentially a bit rough on the vestigial conservative organ of conscience–a throwback with no real function in the right-wing body politic, but one that nevertheless flares up briefly every little once in a while.

    How do you justify endorsing Trump while washing your lily-white little libertarian hands of Trumpism? Do what the right has always done: blame the liberals for all the bad stuff. They’re the ones who made you stand in that giant square chanting “Heil.” It’s not your fault: they made you do it. You’ll show them.

    • JVisconti

      She made these statements under duress as a hippie held a pair of birkenstocks to her head.

      • artem1s

        endorse the Drumpf or we start the drum circle!

  • OneYieldRegular

    It’s all McArdle-Bargle to me.

    • Vecciojohn LLC

      McArdle stop beating if all this punning doesn’t stop.

      • Msgr_Moment

        McArdle carry on.

        • jmhm

          The Galt of you.

  • nightmoth

    Hey, McCurdle—re:#5—I was THERE, addlepate, I lived it, and it was all about LYNCH ‘law and order” you stupid piece of moldy white bread. You’re not pondering, you’re pandering! Go back to your kennel.

    • Msgr_Moment

      Ten thousand upfists for “addlepate”. BTW, in ’68, I was the lone person in my gradeschool classroom who was “for” Wallace. Why? Because my cool older brother was. Why? Because a cranky but lovable distant uncle of ours was. Our teacher was horrified. Why would you be supporting Wallace? Well, he’s for law and order, right? What could be so objectionable about that?

      See, I was stupid enough to fall for it, but I was going on nine. The adults knew what the dog whistles meant.

      • coozledad

        My brother was for Wallace, too. Also mining Haiphong harbor and bombing Cambodia.

        I don’t know if he’s even alive anymore.

  • Toomush_Infer

    So…..let’s not fault Republicans for endorsing a Trump candidacy…………W…..T……F…….???????

  • TeeRaak

    Republican electorate so surly and unmanageable that it has ignored the horrified pleading of Smart People.

    Fixed.

    • Spotts1701

      horrified pleading of the so-called “Smart People”

      Fixed even more better

      • jmhm

        horrified pleading of the self-labeled “Smart People”

        Fixederest.

  • jmhm

    Aw, jest look at little Janey Elflady Galt, all growed up and wearing long pants and everything.

    Just, no. The woman started out as a troll, went through five minutes of being all pundity and shit while she made Ezra Klein mac and cheese and went right back to being a troll. She has no standing, and she has no case. But she got someone to remember she exists, so win, I guess.

  • Ilgattomorte

    Short Megan McArdle:

    “Oh well, Trump happens …”

  • AngryBlakGuy

    2. Blocking president Obama’s legislation.
    This theory, as advanced by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, holds that by relentlessly delegitimizing Obama, Republicans somehow paved the way for the rise of Trump and his “no holds barred” style of politics

    YES, YOU USELESS FUKK WEASEL!!! That is why all the abhorrent racist and deeply closeted racist are now dry humping Trumpensteins leg like a horny labradoodle that has accidentally eaten a discarded viagra that he found behind the trash can!!!. Wake the FUKK up!!! The term “southern strategy” didn’t come from liberals it came from fucking NIXON

    • yyyaz

      “Horny labradoodle on viagra” heh, heh, heh.
      Edit: Best description of Drumpfiends yet.

    • nightmoth

      And even before the method was termed the Southern strategy, it was USED by Goldwater against Johnson in the South.

  • JVisconti

    So when Reagan announced in that media mecca of Philadelphia, MS he actually thought he was going to Philly, PA?

    • Aquaria

      He never was the sharpest tool in the shed.

      • AlasAnAss

        Yeah, if only that had been a bug, not a feature of his ’80 campaign.

        Hell can never be hot enough for Lee Awater, et al.

  • Relativicus

    Today, The Federalist put up an article stating that “anti-white rhetoric” is fuel for White Nationalism. Or, as I took it, another riff on the conservative excuse of “you make me act this way.” In an incongruent response to my post, some joker explained that racism is about honoring our forebears:

    “If you see anyone still loyal to their grandfathers or their grandchildren as a ‘white supremacist’, the only other option is being a traitor to our grandfathers or grandchildren. No thanks…”

    Racism isn’t about hate. Racism is about love and respect.

    • jmhm

      I loved my grandfather very much. I think he shouldn’t have voted for George Wallace. See how that works?

      • The Witch of Endor

        I didn’t know my great great grandparents so I have no particular love for them. It didn’t help that one was a traitor (fought for the south) and the other went off to California to be a racist fuck to Chinese people. Succeeding generations slowly improved.

        • jmhm

          Weirdly enough, one of mine fought for the south, but he wasn’t a traitor. The Confederacy impressed him off the boat from Italy and sent him to patrol the TX border. He ran back to Italy like the hounds of hell were at his heels as soon as they let him go.

          Grandpa’s family, on the other hand, fought for the Union. He was always very kind to me, but he had some ideas which made it clear he was born in the 1890s.

          • The Witch of Endor

            My maternal grandmother was really cool. She snarked, but you were never *sure* that she snarked so you couldn’t actually call her on it. But she also had her blindspots and had to be told by my oldest sister that some of the language she used for POC was unacceptable enough that she, my middle sister, and I would not interact with her unless she got with the program. Love my big sis.

      • chazmanr

        I loved my grandfather very much, but as an Italian immigrant who suffered the same type of bigotry at the beginning of the 20th century he was an incredible hypocrite. He was notoriously racist.

        • jmhm

          Oh, my neighbor when I lived in Queens (not that I loved her) was actually in a nazi camp in Greece during WW2 and was one of the most viciously racist women I’ve ever met.

          I think people have just forgotten, if they ever knew, how very narrow the definition of ‘white’ was back in the day. Alito, for instance, joining that group of heritage enthusiasts at Princeton who wanted to keep all the dusky people out like they useta, as though an Alito would have been welcome outside the kitchen back then.

      • Aquaria

        I love my grandparents. They used the N word way too much, but even they thought George Wallace was crazier than a bag of loons.

        They were FDR New Deal Dems from 1932 until they both died.

        My grandfather used to say that Republicans were so crooked that if they swallowed a nail, they’d spit out a corkscrew. And the only time I ever heard my grandmother use a curse word was when the Watergate trials were on, and she muttered, “I knew those goddamned Republicans were all a bunch of crooks and liars, but this takes the cake.”

        • jmhm

          Grandpa was a rockribbed conservative yankee (from Vermont, of all fashionable things :)) and passed on some stuff I wish he hadn’t. On the other hand, around the beginning of the war he was offered a job which paid significantly better than the one he had, and he stayed because his company kept him working through the depression. So at least as far as that goes he walked the personal responsibility walk, which Republicans don’t seem to be even pretending is one of their values any more.

    • UnsaltedSinner

      “Why do you make me hit you? You’re breaking my heart, you know!”

  • goonemeritus

    Were there no correlation between the rhetoric of the Parties leaders and the mood of the electorate it would be very strange indeed. But if you really want to make the butterfly effect argument for a plurality of Republican primary voters being hate filled racists go nuts. It doesn’t change the fact that the Republican Party is now openly and enthusiastically supporting the most racist candidate since Wallace.

    • jmhm

      Well, it’s kind of axiomatic that Republicans running for national office are hampered by their primary voters pushing them way too far to the right, and that racism, xenophobia and misogyny are now popularly considered right-wing positions. They’re a pretty self-selected group in the primaries, and none of the responsible adults got to the polls to outvote them.

      • goonemeritus

        When the General comes you will see well north of 40% of the voting public vote for Trump. Trump’s abhorrent views have been document to such an extent that only a comatose person could credibly plead ignorance. I maintain that supporting a racist does infact define you as a racist.

        • thixotropic jerk

          Not if you made them racists first by noticing how racist they were in the first place!

          • goonemeritus

            Your reproach is warranted, I see now that racism is infact all my fault.

          • thixotropic jerk

            FINALLY!11!1! I hope you continue to express your remorse transparently by voting for all the biggest racists you can find remembering that they are the real victims of being labeled racists– by the racist-labeling racist labelers.

            WHEW! Fresh pretzel logics, anyone?

          • tomamitai

            You asked for it…
            https://youtu.be/jy9BXuy5_FA

          • thixotropic jerk

            I was so hoping! Your response time is eggsalad!

        • jmhm

          I genuinely hope it’s not as high a percentage as that. I always thought the irreducible minimum is in the thirties somewhere.

          • goonemeritus

            I heard Cokie Roberts say that non college educated white males were breaking 86% for Trump. On know it’s early but I can’t spin that as anything but heartbreaking.

          • Squirrel_t_robot

            I see them driving in their monster trucks, flying the Trump flag.

            Fugly stuff.

          • jmhm

            I’ve generally found that in her post-NPR career, pretty much anything Cokie Roberts has had to say which was at all susceptible to opinion or selection error is wrong. In this case, since the matchup she’s talking about clearly doesn’t have Sanders as a factor, I’m going to go with dicey poll.

          • J.Bo

            Fuck those “non college educated white males”… I mean us “non college educated white males”… we suck! Seriously, we are way over-rated.

    • DemmeFatale
  • MrBlobfish

    PPP poll 9/1/2015

    Our new poll finds that Trump is benefiting from a GOP electorate that thinks Barack Obama is a Muslim and was born in another country, and that immigrant children should be deported. 66% of Trump’s supporters believe that Obama is a Muslim to just 12% that grant he’s a Christian. 61% think Obama was not born in the United States to only 21% who accept that he was. And 63% want to amend the Constitution to eliminate birthright citizenship, to only 20% who want to keep things the way they are.

  • Joshua Norton

    Trump is a racist and incites violence at his rallies. Thanks, Obama.

  • Tallmutha

    I’m surprised Trump doesn’t appeal to
    McMegan. After all, he’s leading the Smart Movement.

    • jmhm

      Are you sure he doesn’t?

  • AngryBlakGuy

    First of all, the idea that law and order concerns were all about appealing to Southern racists is frankly nuts; law and order concerns were mostly about appealing to voters who were appalled by the explosion of violence and disorder from the ’60s to the early ’90s. We can certainly argue about whether the policies enacted in response to that explosion were just, right or effective, but the idea that Republicans somehow invented this to cover up their attempt to reinvent the KKK as a major political party is just shockingly ahistorical.

    TRANSLATION: the fucking CIVILS RIGHT MOVEMENT!!!! Just funny how the racist shit stains in the south were “appalled” at the violence during the 60’s? You mean violence like this?

    • Squirrel_t_robot

      I suspect Southern whites totally freaked the fuck out the first time they saw a Black Panther with a firearm.

      • h4rr4r

        Fun fact gun control in the USA in the modern age was basically created by Reagan in California to deal with just that “issue”.

        • Squirrel_t_robot

          Add to it virtually every ‘race riot’ happened due to police brutality in the neighborhood.

          Seems families never enjoyed seeing their kids get shot by police for little reason. Weird!

      • rebecca

        yeah, but at least Black Panthers in California meant Governor Ronald Reagan signed gun control …

        • Squirrel_t_robot

          And Reagan announced his candidacy for POTUS in Philadelphia, MS where three civil rights workers were murdered.

          • AngryBlakGuy

            …thanks for reminding of that. I sincerely wish I could unleash a patriotic stream of urine soaked votes onto his grave

          • Squirrel_t_robot

            I do, as well.

    • DemmeFatale

      ABG:
      Did you see the LBJ thing on HBO?
      If so, what did you think of it?

      • AngryBlakGuy

        …actually no, was it worth watching?

        • DemmeFatale

          It was worth it for the portrayal of LBJ alone.
          Bryan Cranston captured the cliches, (standing intimidatingly close to people, the pants thing, the wonderful crudeness), and the ruthlessness required of a politician. He wore him like a suit.
          I think Anthony Mackie was miscast as MLK, (and I LOVE A.M.). His presence wasn’t big enough, (but maybe no one’s is).
          It was interesting to see LBJ yank the South into modern life, and the price that was paid. One character says: “for 100 years, the South has been Democratic.”
          Ha, ha, ha!

  • chascates

    Television should never have been invented. Also talk radio.

    • Anarchy Pony

      We’d have been better off if we never came down out of the trees.

      • tomamitai

        But what about the digital watches, don’t they make it all worthwhile?

        • Anarchy Pony

          Pro: digital watches
          Con: hydrogen bombs.

  • The Witch of Endor

    She needs to go back and reprise her role in Annie.

    Good god, I thought *I* was overly wordy.

  • Msgr_Moment

    That system will often spit out results that most of us don’t like very much. Trying to ascribe those results to a person, or even a small group, is like blaming the weatherman because it’s raining, or an economist for a recession.

    Or blaming climate scientists for making up global climate change.

    • Squirrel_t_robot

      Thry just want that sweet, sweet grant coin!

    • jmhm

      What about if the economist provides the intellectual underpinnings of the decisions which cause the recession? Say, on a cocktail napkin?

      • Anarchy Pony

        There’s a reason economics is the “dismal” science.

      • bobbert

        It is to laugh.

  • Joshua Norton

    It’s really all Obama’s fault. He won’t stop going out of his way to be a black guy.

  • SK

    This is one of the best castrations I have ever seen. Yes, I know that Megan McArdle has no balls.

    Now.

    • tomamitai

      Which bathroom does she have to use?

      • Squirrel_t_robot

        All of them, Katie.

  • Nockular cavity

    Oh, sure. Next, you’re going to tell me that the Jews didn’t start WWII.

    (/s, and yes, the Nazis actually claimed “they made us do it!”)

    • Squirrel_t_robot

      In fact, I was friendly with a woman from the Sudetenland who did precisely that.

      She would bitch – for good reason, no doubt she was raped – about being in the gutter while Russian tanks ran through her village, compliment the German army for invading her town, then turn all her hate – and she had lots of it – on the Jews.

      • DemmeFatale

        There was an old lady like that across the street from me in Roch. NY.
        She used to bring over plants and cuttings.
        One day, in her inimitable German accent, she said “Why do you think Hitler did what he did to the Jews?”
        Then she went off on some anti-semitic diatribe.
        I just thought, “finish my damn gardening, and get outta here!”
        Never talked to her again.

  • Jen_Baker_VA

    We are not blaming an individual or a small group. We are blaming the motherfucking GOP which is like a really big group full of individuals.
    So there is that.

  • Marion in Savannah

    OT… Apparently the GOP in VA has decided that it’s just fine to let children work in the tobacco fields. Who cares if they get nicotine poisoning? As always, love ’em when they’re zygotes, fuck ’em once they’ve been born.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2016/05/va-gop-defeats-bill-end-use-child-labor

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Siggghhh. Between this and the next post here on Wonkette, I may have to switch my letters for a time.

      • Marion in Savannah

        Nah — we know it’s not your fault!

        • Jen_Baker_VA

          *shifty eyes* yes…… Yes, it is not my fault.

          • Marion in Savannah

            Wait … You’re not a Republican legislator are you??!!111!!

      • GDleftyPart2

        Could be worse, you could be in my avatar of a state…
        Ditat Deus, except you brown folks over there.

    • thixotropic jerk

      Hope they at least get paid in cartons…Okay, filtered cartons, jeez! I care about their little lungs, really I do!

  • Walter Wellstone

    I’ve come to the conclusion that I find Drumpf’s supporters to be more disgusting than he is.

  • Iron Monkey

    Dear Megan McArdle,

    The Republican base loves Trump because they are a bunch of assholes. I would say that you are one as well but you make that so clear there is no point in doing so.

    All the best,

    Your biggest fan

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    Wasn’t she in “Annie” when she was younger?

  • thixotropic jerk

    “And second of all, to the extent that Republicans were tapping into such sentiments, some of it was simply because with crime and welfare benefits unequally racially distributed,”

    Unequally distributed amongst white folks, you mean, Dear Megan?

    • jmhm

      It’s not just that more white people were getting welfare, it’s that their crimes paid better.

      • thixotropic jerk

        It’s not called “Caucasian Collar” crime for nothin’, amirite?

        • jmhm

          Just saying. If all those kids they have packing for-profit prisons had just spent their teenage years program trading worthless mortgage securities instead of selling dime bags retail it would be a whole different story.

          • thixotropic jerk

            Who was it that said “A rising tide of rich criminals raises all felonious boats?”

            Srsly tho, Mrs. Thix and I regularly comment on the amazing business sense of many prisoners who unfortunately chose something illegal to try and make a living from.

          • jmhm

            Seriously. If only some movement or other hadn’t crippled society’s willingness to teach the children of the poor to read.

          • thixotropic jerk

            That’s what makes the rethuglican message so tragic – nope, sorry, we can’t all be rich, no matter how often you vote against yourself! Now, we could all have a decent standard of living, low crime, and our health, but why vote for that?

    • Squirrel_t_robot

      How about the unequal distribution of opportunity, Megs?

      You know, like how mortgage companies and buildings colluded to keep minorities from home ownership, and out of specific neighborhoods.

  • coozledad

    It is triple-distilled balderdash … high-test twaddle … self-congratulatory swill … nonsense on stilts.

    No-writing dumbass.

  • UnsaltedSinner

    That system will often spit out results that most of us don’t like very much.

    “Why did Democrats nominate a black guy to be president? Why did Republicans nominate a racist bully? Who can say? The electoral process is completely random, like a hurricane roaming the land. It’s just chaos. It’s impossible to draw any conclusions from such outcomes. We can’t blame anyone. Certainly not the people in the party that nominated Trump.”

    The Zen of McMegan

    • Whale Chowder

      The racists come in, the racists don’t go out. You can’t explain it.

  • OddMan

    When a ‘Mommy Blog’ of nasty snarky liberals, and especially the comments section of aforementioned blog, tears your analogy, reasoning and rhetoric a new asshole; you might want to re-think your thinking Ms. McArdle.

    PS That’s also why I like this place, you folks be smart and articulate mo-fo’s.

    • tomamitai

      If we’re so smart then why aren’t we getting paid moneys to do this, as I assume Ms Arglebargle does?

      • thixotropic jerk

        Well, we ar– oh, wait, some of us are, tom, you have to be chosen first. It’s kind of a complicated process and I think I said too much already because damn! Here come the Scoops!!!!

      • Jonny On Maui

        I’m retired…

      • OddMan

        It’s the bosses at Wonkette that make the big bucks, we just do it for love of good snark, and the dick jokes.

    • Marion in Savannah

      “thinking”

      Assumes facts not in evidence. Remember, this is the broad who used to be a “business and economics” writer at The Atlantic and would lose track of her decimal points…

      (The Atlantic has a LOT to feel sorry about, were it capable of shame. They also gave the world Ross “Don’t” Douthat.)

      • Pongo

        I hold Andrew Sullivan personally responsible for both of them. He was ‘apologist in chief’ for her sloppy writing and Douthat’s tortured moralizing while they were writing for The Atlantic.

        And let’s not forget that Ms. McArdle’s degree is in English Lit. which, naturally, qualifies her to be an economics and public policy expert–at least as far as modern American media seems to be concerned.

    • Squirrel_t_robot

      And we swear a bunch, too!

      • OddMan

        Fuckin’-A-Ditty-Bag and I get to let my freak flag fly, within the rules of Wonk, of course.

  • Pongo

    Not for nothing, but any outlet that publishes McArdle rates automatic negative credibility points for me. She is the ultimate embodiment of being too dumb to know what she doesn’t know and dumber still about trying to figure it out. The quintessential example of this was her pontificating about what was really behind our exorbitant healthcare costs in an article in The Atlantic years ago and being off by a factor of ten in her math–something that was quickly pointed out by top economists, amused commenters and your average fourth grader. Her response to being well and truly outed for idiocy was to claim she couldn’t be wrong because she comes from a ‘family of intellectuals,’ as if this makes her genetically immune from responsibility to know what she is talking about. She’s a female Bill Kristol. Whatever she says, you can assume the opposite is true.

    • UnsaltedSinner

      True story: When I cancelled my subscription to The Atlantic back in the day, I couldn’t help adding: “There’s only so much McArdle a man can take.”

    • Hemp Dogbane

      “female Bill Kristol”
      Ouch.

    • jmhm

      We need a gender-neutral word for useless family members of the influential who go into punditing. There are so many of them. “Podhoretzes,” maybe. Or “Tuckers.”

  • Anarchy Pony

    *headdesk* The mental gymnastics these people go through to pretend they aren’t regressive throwbacks…

  • Squirrel_t_robot

    It is amusing to watch right wingers twist themselves into pretzels, wingsplaining how Trump just, like, happened, man.

  • AnOuthouse

    “That system will often spit out results that most of us don’t like very much.”
    Yeah, I heard that about democracy too, from Chinese Communists.

    • Spotts1701

      They’re all about Democracy, as long as you elect the “right” person. When you elect the “wrong” person, they’re okay with violent military coups or overthrowing of that government in favor of more “right” people.

  • AnOuthouse

    Its a straw man to blame the weatherman.

  • Hemp Dogbane

    You don’t need the Weather Channel to know which way the wind…uh, fools me once… shame on you.

  • Iron Monkey

    Trump is a vicious racist who attracts other vicious racists. What is so hard about that.

    • Squirrel_t_robot

      Seems his zombies don’t care for non PC labels.

      • jmhm

        Maybe they can set up a safe zone where they feel safe letting their freak flags fly. Rallies, they can call them.

        • Squirrel_t_robot

          One would think they would be proudly out of the racist closet.

          • jmhm

            One had thought they were.

    • AnOuthouse

      Attracts? Was selected by –

    • Anarchy Pony

      Crude simpletons seek richest crude simpleton for presidency.

  • AnOuthouse

    The party of personal responsibility explains why its not their fault.

    • Squirrel_t_robot

      Nothing ever is.

    • coozledad

      True Scotsmen.

    • The quality of a true psychopath, it’s never your fault.

  • Shibusa

    “nuanced”.
    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means, Meg.

    • tomamitai

      Doesn’t it mean that your uncle just remarried?

  • Mimihaha

    I got into an actual, physical altercation this morning with a woman who wandered into the place I was having breakfast so she should scream at the Latina wait staff member. She yelled about how once Trump was elected, the staff member would be sent back to where she came from. I called 911 so she came over to scream at me and take my phone. I hit her to get her to back off. I didn’t want to, but I also didn’t want her taking my phone. We were both lucky the police officer got there right then.

    This. Is what the USA is going to look like if Trump is elected. And it is 1000% the fault of the GOP.

    • jmhm

      Hey, sounds like übermensch behavior to me.

    • The Witch of Endor

      I don’t see you had a choice. Good for you!

      • Be Gin

        We get the same choices nature equipped us for; fight or flight.

        When possible…run!

        But when cornered in a restaurant…fight!

        (For those of you who have little or no training for this here is a tip: Grab a hold of your attacker wherever you can and HANG ON. Only let go if someone comes to your aid or if you can grab onto something else that will really hurt.But always be looking to run if you can get a chance!)

        • The Witch of Endor

          I’ve found that being the size I am (5′ 3″) and keeping completely relaxed makes it really difficult for bullies to work up the nerve to actually attack a little, more than middle-aged, lady. Not always, but enough that it’s my go to way to handle ignorant assholes. My gramma taught me that one.

          • Be Gin

            Stay safe and keep an eye out.

          • The Witch of Endor

            What I wrote previously is what I do when there are witnesses.

            Mercy, I make it sound like I’m in fights or near-fights everyday. It’s been a while (at least a decade). I think I’ve been in 3 fights in my adult life. Verbal intercession is a bit more my speed. But I’ve also stepped in between 2 people hoping they wouldn’t kick my ass. Got a very sore shoulder and deep apologies from both men and I count this as one of the 3.

    • tomamitai

      Well, you apparently didn’t end up in the hoosegow, but what about the Trumpster?

      • Mimihaha

        The nice police officer was giving her a stern talking to outside the last I saw of her.

    • Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice.

      Good for you mimi.

    • Squirrel_t_robot

      No one ever said the white patriarchy was gonna go gentle into that good night.

      I suspect lots of ugly down the road.

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    • Mimihaha

      Oddly enough, I would guess from the staff person’s accent that if she were to be sent back, it would be to Puerto Rico. Which makes her as American as the lunatic Trump supporter.

      • Squirrel_t_robot

        I doubt even Trump knows that Puerto Ricans are US citizens.

        • aureolaborealis

          First thing we do, is send all these Puerto Ricans back to Mexico. Let them show some respect for U.S. law and the Constitution by applying for Green Cards and getting to the back of the line!

    • GDleftyPart2

      I’ve seen that happen here only to have the server say, “I was born in St Joes Hospital and am actually from Phoenix, unlike you” in perfect english….
      Ya gotta be careful in an open carry state who you decide to yell at was my advice before they stormed out.

      • I thought an armed society was supposed to be a more politer society.

        • Anarchy Pony

          Nope because everybody thinks that they’re quicker on the draw.

          • Yep.

            Maybe they mean “after all the assholes shoot each other”.

    • thixotropic jerk

      Maybe next time get your breakfast burrito (or Trump Taco Salad Breakfast Bowl, your choice) to go? Just thinking of your safety…

      • Mimihaha

        It was pancakes. There’s a pancake house that’s shutting down soon in order to be razed for the next round of luxury condominiums being built here. I like to eat there about once a week to overtip the staff before they’re unemployed.

        • thixotropic jerk

          Signs of the times, sigh. Also, points for “raved” –has a much more party-like connotation to it than what I assumed you meant to say!

          • Mimihaha

            Thanks, I fixed it.

    • OddMan

      Sorry to hear of this Mimihaha. You sound like you did what you had to. You are a good person for sticking up for fellow human against a raging bigot. Stay safe.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Hells yeah! Don’t let those thugs push you around!

    • Redgyal

      Where I work, the Hispanics are the ones making the racist comments against Hispanics and Blacks. It’s like living in the Twilight Zone.

      • Yep.

        Yeah, see that where I work too, but it’s hispanics making racist comments against themselves in some self-deprecating minstrel show and the whites making the comments to their faces. Everyone acts like it’s hilarious.

        (actual quote)–“Hey, [redacted Hispanic-sounding name], nice knowin’ ya, but now that Trump’s the nominee, he’s gonna send you home.”

        (adlibbed response from the water cooler dudes)–‘Hahahaha that’s so funny and we’re all actually going to vote for him because we’re all horrible people.’

    • Panika MCD

      thanks for being awesome. I think if I ever encounter this, I’ll ask them where all of Trump’s wives will be sent.

      • jmhm

        I think #2 was from the internal Georgia, but I’m sure California would be tickled if you sent her back.

    • Panika MCD

      p.s. wouldn’t it be awesome if we started organizing flash mobs to bust into places and tell everyone “YOU’RE ALL GETTING HEALTHCARE!” or “WELCOME TO PRAGMATISM!”? in song of course.

    • ArgieBargie

      Kick her ass, Seabass!

      Goodness, are you OK?

      • Mimihaha

        I’m fine. I was a little shook up earlier. It was too early in the AM for the bullshit.

    • SecludedCompound

      Good for you for standing up to her. It’s going to take a lot of this to make them realize their fever dreams of racial superiority are not only nonsense, but dangerous to their own well-being.

    • lroom

      Good job!

    • Be Gin

      Don’t go apologizing’…don’t go changing.

      I love you just the way you are and that racist fuckwit can go piss in the wind.

    • TheBidenator

      Is not…clearly if that Latina hadn’t come into this country that woman wouldn’t have felt the need to scream at her. Clearly this is the fault of liberals and the weatherman.
      – Megan McArdle

    • CJTX

      Wow…thanks for fightin’ the good fight. It’s getting scary out there.

    • Snopes Shop

      My hero

    • phoenix00
  • Tony Alexander

    distortion field of complete and utter bullshit!

    on the other hand, i’ll take a hit of whatever the fuck she was on when she gave birth to this turd of a screed!

  • WeaselPoo

    So whose fault is Trump then, if not the leadership of the Republican Party and the conservative movement?

    Yes, who other than the Republican Party is to blame for a current majority of registered Republicans supporting a Republican candidate that ‘establishment’ Republicans don’t want even though he’s espousing 95% of the policy positions that the GOP has consistently broadcast for the last 50 years?

    I tend to think that’s a bad question.

    Because the answer would be bad for this article

    We are a large, fractious nation full of clashing interest groups and wildly differing opinions, as well as differing levels of engagement with politics.

    Made up of four groups: those that don’t vote (effectively clashing with no one and having no opinions) the idealist voters (who clash with everyone but whose opinions don’t count in the end), and Democrats and Republicans who clash with each other all the time
    on the same set of issues—-so Megan is being utterly Bill Kristolian

    Trying to ascribe those results to a person, or even a small group, is like blaming the weatherman because it’s raining, or an economist for a recession.

    Right, and no one is blaming a person or a small group or a small person even—the blame goes to an influential group (the GOP)encouraging, developing and promoting the most intellectually
    challenged, reactionary and belligerent voters they could find, resulting in a candidate that embodies every damn thing they have promoted for 50 years as superior and ideal, that being the GOP candidate that the majority of Republicans think is the yoogest classiest bestest America-greating American in America—Donald Trump.

    Megan McGarble should give it up like a common Ted Cruz.

    • Panika MCD

      to be fair to Republicans, it’s not a majority, but a plurality. excuse me while I go drink a bottle of Listerine now.

    • ibwilliamsi

      Comment’s aren’t allowed.

    • BeachBum

      Is she ‘splainin’ to us that the “small groups” are just isolationists, protectionists, nativists, the Klan, neo-nazis, misogynists, racists, and other gun – toten’ bullies, who by some weird weather on GOP primary days, just HAPPENED to vote for Trump ? We need to provide free weather channel tee vee so they don’t have any more “accidents.”

  • I can’t decide if this person — who is she anyway? — is either deliberately obtuse or genuinely fatuous. Does she not remember Reagan?

    Does she not realize that relentless exposure to disparagement humor of target groups, discriminatory practices, and prejudicial phrasing just makes it all normal and therefore acceptable?

    • jmhm

      She’s a member of the glibertarian right-wing blogger class of the early oughts, pundette division (the ability of female thinkers in Bushworld to pull off showing their thighs was a thing back then, because right wing and boys).

    • BeachBum

      The GOP has recreated an image of Reagan different from history. One that did not raise taxes for social security and medicare, did not negotiate with the Soviets, did not give amnesty for 6.5 million immigrants, and whose economic policies did not end in recession. That river in Egypt. Again.

  • btwbfdimho

    So whose fault is Trump then…

    Speaking of which, have you heard Arianna Huffington promoting her new book “Sleep” (wow, neuroscientist?) and repeating again and again that Donald acts weird because he’s sleep deprived? Really? Really?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/arianna-huffington-bill-maher-show_us_5711e947e4b06f35cb6fbde0

    • thixotropic jerk

      More like “soul-deprived” (“depraved”?)

    • jmhm

      Sleep deprivation can lead to brain waves consistent with psychosis, but so can psychosis.

      • vivian

        If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, and
        wears a duck on it’s head, it is psychotic.

        • jmhm

          …so the bartender said “We don’t serve your kind here,” and the duck said “It’s the orange guy stuck to my ass, isn’t it.”

        • Jamoche

          “What duck?”

  • Yep.

    Megan would totally not be racist if blahs weren’t so likely to exhibit the cultural effects of being marginalized through 500 years of policy that codified them as subhuman tools.

  • beatbort

    Is the GOP paying these “pundits” under the table to whitewash their destruction of our national political landscape?
    I have heard farts on crowded elevators that are more eloquent and sensible than this heap of navel lint.

  • TeeRaak

    Shorter Jane Austen: Don’t listen to me and just marry the farmer already.

    • jmhm

      Aw, Emma reference ftw.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Farmers need love too.

    • Candy Apple

      Needs more zombies.

  • DemmeFatale

    Ha, ha, ha!
    Their party is crumbling, and I love it!
    No one can save it! (Not Kontrite Klassy Ken or Nasty ol’ Megan.)
    Pass the popcorn!

  • Mark Schmidt

    Jesus fucking christ…I hate it when they “think”…

  • JustPixelz

    “triple-distilled balderdash … high-test twaddle … self-congratulatory swill … nonsense on stilts”

    THUD! Damn. Someone moved my fainting chair. Again.

    • AlasAnAss

      Put down Noonan’s Thesaurus, Mags.

  • Panika MCD

    never over estimate the average person’s understanding of idioms. and of course she doesn’t *like* racists and anti-Semites, she fucking LOVES them.

  • Panika MCD

    does being a super racist come with a cape?

    • vivian

      Only in Cape Town

      • Panika MCD

        nah, in Cape Town it comes with a Coca Cola.

  • WONKETTE FINALLY TACKLED MEGAN MCARDLE!!!! I’ve been waiting so long for this day. Now that it’s here I’m going to celebrate by sprinkling some pink salt on my dinner.

    • SeeTrain65

      TBogg’s been busy lately.

  • kaw143

    Well, wow. It’s Racism Tuesday here at the Wonkettes. Huzzah?

  • whitroth

    Please. Obama wouldn’t do it, even though O’Reilly, Limberger and their ilk said he would, so maybe if we elect SOCIALIST!!! Bernie (we’ll ignore that he’s really an FDR Democrat), we can round up these assholes an put them in a reeducation camps, and make them have self-criticism meetings, and they’ll break down, crying, and maybe, in one or two of them, they might have to be helped out, that they discover they’re human, not the caplitalist droids they thought they were….

    Alternatively, where’s my lions, I got food for them….

  • edith prickly

    How does Megan McArdle stay employed? Randroioids look out for each other, I guess.

  • AlasAnAss

    Government benefits *are* distributed in a racially inequitable ways. More whites receive “social welfare” benefits than blacks, at least in absolute numbers. And government benefits that benefit the economically advantaged (tax breaks, etc.) overwhelmingly benefit whites, both in absolute terms and proportionally.

    I don’t think that’s what McCurdle is talking about, though.

    • “Let me prove racism isn’t a factor by illustrating ways in which racism is a major factor.” Megan McArdle’s writings really should be used in Logic 101 classes.

    • bubbuhh

      Corporations and old folks get most of the benefits. They the aristos of the welfare system.

  • elpinche

    I read Megan’s “article,” and here’s my review:
    http://thumbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Funniest-Fail-GIFs-6.gif

  • bubbuhh

    I suffered some serious shrinkage reading the McCardle pish. I need to seek some serious therapy from my woman as soon as she can fit me in.

  • GRH

    Another McCardle article?…thanks Obama

  • The euphoria of seeing Wonkette go after Megan McArdle has now given way to the realization that while I can barely scrape together a living as a freelance editor and writer, much less a bona fide career, Megan McArdle is very well-off and considered a “professional.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUcJFYQAyvI

    • Sheepshagger

      Hey every time they bring up klayman I feel the same. Fucken wing nut welfare.

    • jmk

      The ex used to feel something similar back in the 90s when he would count the takings from his band’s latest gig and bitterly remind everyone that Aaron Carter had a record contract.

    • yyyaz

      Good news: Only about 1 in 3 registered voters in Merka is a Replican’t.
      Bad news: 50 million Merkins are registered Replican’ts.
      Good news: They have a herd mentality and are loyal to the party to a far higher degree than Dems, meaning they are easy marks if you want to sell them something that reinforces their prejudices.
      Bad news: If you have so few scruples that you would willingly exploit their prejudices to make a buck, you are already one of them.

  • Ruffle Puffle

    Oh God . . . the schadenfreude. I have to confess to an almost creepy level of glee. As long as my mildly liberal grandmother Hilldog wins this one, this will be the absolute greatest election I have ever seen in my life. If Trump wins, I’m moving to Venezuala. At the least the strongman’s tan is for realz there.

    • thixotropic jerk

      Strongman Tan is going to be the new name for my working-class spa

    • phoenix00

      You’re Chelsea’s kid? You grow up so fast….

  • TheBidenator

    Megan is in deep, deep denial….deep, self negating denial. In this analogy Megan McArdle is Michele Bachmann and she just once again caught the GOP aka Marcus buttfucking a male prostitute. Only instead of admitting that reparative therapy fails and maybe much of her belief system is bullshit she runs under denial. A white sheet of self delusion, if you will and spends her time arguing how Marcus isn’t at fault for getting balls deep into another guy and that it’s silly to blame him or her beliefs.

    • Jonny On Maui

      You know Marcus is a bottom, right?

      • J.Bo

        I was just thinking that! Not a “power bottom” either.

        • Jonny On Maui

          That is correct!

  • Incoming Ham

    On her way to write this she grabbed the bottle of vodka and left her meds untouched.

    • harryeagar

      Somebody’s gotta fill the aching void left by the abduction of Peggy Noonan by aliens (space or Messican, who knows). Or has Noonan continued to utter nonsense without my noticing?

      • NellCote71

        Any given Sunday, she can be found prattling on the morning shows. I figure she stops in before serious Sunday brunch drinking begins. And I understand Manuel has Sunday mornings off, so no one to fetch the gin.

      • CATMAN

        She pollutes the Op-Ed page of the Wall Street Journal every Saturday with her turgid prose, choppy sentences, and booze-soaked* rambling
        *I’m giving her the benefit of doubt here–it could be senile dementia

  • TheBidenator

    Yes Megan, tell them ignore all the Confederate flags and white sheets littering the floor…those are just props for a historical re-enactment.
    – the GOP

  • TheBidenator

    Megan McArdle took inspiration from this scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJoM7V54T-c

  • Angela Ruzzo

    Translation of “malleable electorate” = gerrymandering of voting districts and voter ID laws that disenfranchise millions, not to mention shutting down precincts in poor or non-white neighborhoods.

  • Blanche Beecham

    My only surprise is she didn’t blame Al Gore for inventing the internet where the esteamed vetted members of the Republican constituency gather in back webtubes and private forum flop houses to sweat and pipe in the deep dank theories of Kenyan birfs and other nonsense.

    • jmhm

      lately.

  • I Only Like Cats

    As I just listened to in a Miku Hatsune song, “It’s not my fault! It’s your fault! It’s their fault! And while we’re at it, screw the weather!”

  • TheGrandWaz00

    I’m going to demand a refund from the University of Circular Reasoning and Writing for the courses I took. They never prepared me for stuff like this.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Stockholm journalism. Blame the victim and not the perp.

  • harryeagar

    I read McArdle a bit when she first blew into town, but quickly learned she never let a fact get in the way of an ideology.

    You ask, was you dere, Sharlie, when the Southern Strategy was nailed together? I was, as it happens. Among other diagnostic events, my Bircher uncles, racist to the core, suddenly realized they were Republicans, which fitted nicely with their belief that Martin Luther King was a commie.

    The Southern Strategy wasn’t just a way to scoop up racist Democrats, it also made sure McCarthyites stayed with the GOP despite Ike and National Review throwing them out.

    See, you can have a complex and nuanced view of the Southern Strategy that still leaves Megan McArdle looking like an apologist for 21st c. American fascism.

  • But social systems, unlike the weather, are human constructs. It is perfectly reasonable to blame their human architects and operators and components for the results they “spit out”.

    Not doing so – that would be some balderdash and nonsense on stilts!

    (Also, is “nonsense on stilts” a common phrase? And if so, why? Are things somehow *more* nonsensical if they are on stilts? I know a lot of random phrases don’t make much sense but…)

    • Jill122

      Makes it seem clownish — as if we needed a reminder that the Klown Kar wasn’t funny enough. Another tasty gem from a very important Bloomberg writer.

  • SlickTrixie

    “McArdle’s logic here is not quite such a gotcha as she thinks. Certainly a group can be “malleable” enough to be whipped into a frenzy and then “surly and unmanageable” enough to ignore Dr. Frankenstein’s pleas to not drown that nice girl in the stream”

    Ask the Rolling Stones about Altamont.

  • Poly_Ester

    Megan can’t even construct a strawman, she should look to Jonas, the whale for guidance.

  • H0mer0

    “The term “southern strategy” didn’t come from liberals it came from fucking NIXON”

    I thought Julie Eisenhower came from fucking Nixon.

    • Erik Lonnrot

      I really doubt that she did.

    • bobbert

      Nicely put.

  • Walter Wellstone

    Speaking of coded language, McArdle resorts to a not-so-subtle abstraction of her own. When she says that “…it was simply because with crime and welfare benefits unequally racially distributed, any party that favored tough law enforcement and was skeptical of social spending was going to appeal more to whites than to minorities,” she makes no mention of the soul-crushing circle of poverty that defines life in many communities of color nor she acknowledges that poverty leads to crime and that poor people need welfare to survive. She seems to assume crime happens just because and that being on welfare is like being on vacation all the time. What is she trying to do here? She wants to look smart and bold but she fails at that. This is nothing but a rant.

    • TheBidenator

      Hilariously she just validated Rebecca’s Lee Atwater citation in which Lee explains HOW they managed to turn crime and the safety net into racist pejoratives. It’s like tall Megan is so stupid she doesn’t even bother to check out the basis for and definition of the Southern strategy before denying the cynical reasoning behind it.

    • Jukesgrrl

      She wants to sound smart and bold but reasons like a college freshman.

    • Axomamma

      She’s simply repeating the same shit, framed with exasperation thay anyone could disagree that minorities are born lazy criminals.

    • Helene Logan

      Exactly! And like most/nearly all/ALL the Libertarians I know, she’s a coded-word racist of the first order.

  • CJTX

    Wow – there’s so many strawmen in there you could build an army, “like the terra cotta warriors of ancient china.”

    I love, love, love (meaning I hate), how it’s NEVER the republicans’ fault. Nothing is…ever. Terrorist attack on the country, not the republican president’s fault, fault of the president who served before and after the attack. Same with the economy, crime, and now their crazy rabid base. Does she not REMEMBER the tea party?

    Jeebus…this is just…yeah, I need a minute.
    EDIT: I mean she says we always blame the republicans, while she’s continuing to always blame the Democrats…Wonkette, you are killing me.

    • Jill122

      Luv this! Wow – there’s so many strawmen in there you could build an army, “like the terra cotta warriors of ancient china.”

      Am stealing it with your permission.

      • CJTX

        Heh, sadly I stole it myself (hence the quotes), so help yourself! I’ll see if I can find the original and post it for you.

      • CJTX

        I finally remembered what episode it is – but I can’t find a good youtube clip of it…it’s Teddy from Bob’s Burgers, Season 2, Episode 1. Should be on Netflix and/or Hulu.

    • Astraea

      I miss when we called them teabaggers.

      • CJTX

        I miss when they called themselves teabaggers.

      • Be Gin

        I never miss that cuz I NEVER stopped nor will I ever.

        Tea baggers! I loved that! And best of all…they named themselves!

        • Astraea

          Sadly, right wingers are against accuracy so once they learned what it meant they had to distance themselves from the truth.

      • JohnC44

        Yes, sadly “neighbors” is infinitely more depressing.

    • jmk

      She is, after all, a fan of the Party of Personal Responsibility, so of course it’s not their fault.

  • Screw you, Hugo Chávez was great.

  • bubbuhh

    “Excuse me while I whip this out”

    • Helene Logan

      Ahhh, back when being a racist asshole got you mocked. For a short time, I thought we were finally evolving!

  • Peak McMegan!: “I have no words for what it is” framed with thousands of words.

    Holy FUCK, lady – listicles are supposed to ENLIVEN articles. Hell, readers’d settle for listicles to SHORTEN yours.

    Peak (Zombie) Ayn Rand: I think you should STFU, Megan.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    “They seem to posit a Republican electorate that is, on the one hand, so
    “malleable that the GOP leadership could create the emotional conditions
    for a Trump candidacy — and on the other hand, a Republican electorate
    so surly and unmanageable that it has ignored the horrified pleading of
    conservative leaders and intellectuals, in order to rally behind Trump.”

    Yes! That is EXACTLY what happened. I don’t see what’s so hard to understand here?

    “The Southern strategy. In this theory, the original sin was the GOP’s
    Southern strategy, in which they cynically decided to go after the
    South’s angry white racist vote with a code-word-laden campaign about
    law and order. Eventually, this culminated in the nomination of an
    outspoken racist for the party leadership.

    I have a somewhat more nuanced view of the Southern strategy.”

    …in which she completely fails to understand that code words, are, in fact, code words.

    Her whole article is complete bollocks from start to finish. What the fuck is wrong with her? Does she believe this garbage or is she just trying to think through what Rand Paul might say about it all?

  • Enfant Terrible

    If entitled nillwit Megan McArdle had stuck some fresh horse apples in her $1400 food processor, the result would have been hardly more appalling.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2015-03-12/your-kitchen-needs-a-1-400-thermomix?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=55020f3315bb3b7f10000001&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

    • JohnC44

      My word! (clutches pearls)

    • Jonny On Maui

      I actually like KitchenAid as the tools I’ve gotten from them I haven’t managed to break yet.

      But that thing both captivates and horrifies me.

  • JustDon’tSayDittos

    People who start sentences with, “I tend to think,” don’t.

    • Astraea

      I tend to think of those people as kind of stupid.

      • yyyaz

        You’re too kind.

  • Peripatetic Poltroon

    Jesus, is that what passes for writing at Bloomberg? I’m not talking about content, just sentence structure. It’s better than Sarah’s word salad, but it’s word salad nevertheless.

    • Jukesgrrl

      I used to teach composition at a state university. I had students who wrote like this. It was impossible to tell them they weren’t good writers because they had SO MANY DEEP THOUGHTS to express and they invariably had parents who told them they were geniuses. But good luck to me trying to explain to them that these thoughts were not clearly conveyed and if I was ever capable of understanding where they were going with their ideas, it was to somewhere BAD.

    • YourNameHere

      I’ll be honest, a lot of the stuff that Wonkette quotes is so badly written, I frequently have no idea what it says. If Dok or whoever didn’t explain it, I’d just be smiling and nodding a lot.

  • Why, it’s almost like it’s easier to create an angry mob than it is to calm one down.

  • If one is so malleable as to be influenced by Fox News, we could bake such people into cups of bone-head china with which to use to catch our tears of rage.

    • Helene Logan

      That’s positively poetic. And a fabulous idea.

  • CATMAN

    So what idiocy is the right-wing punditry going to come up with next to explain the rise of Trump other than the racism, xenophobia, resentment and paranoia that has been the unifying force of the GOP base since the 1950’s and which calmer heads in the party previously swept under the rug with code words

    • J.Bo

      Well, obviously it’s all Obama’s fault.

  • Last Hussar

    Do you know what DOES appear to cut crime?

    Removing lead from petrol.

    In every country lead has been removed from auto fuel crime starts to drop 15 years or so later by the largest it ever has.

    Now I know correlationcausation, but this is a difficult experiment to run ethically. However it happens in every country as it deleads. As babies are born lead free, they appear to stop committing crime as often.

    So if you really want lower crime vote AGAINST business,vote pollution free

    • Jeff in the desert

      But what explains the rise of the insanity in the last few years? Notice the fanatics are coming out of the woodwork. Like cockroaches.

      • Jonny On Maui

        They’ve always been there. Until the internet, they were a local phenomena.

        • Jill122

          They found a spokesmodel. They’ve been there all along, quietly talking to themselves and/or their likeminded brethern. Once their spokesmodel appeared and PROclaimed that PC was for sissies, they were given permission to say everything they’ve been feeling since 2000. It’s not like the whispering wasn’t getting louder by the day — beginning when that blah guy and his family moved into their whi hoose.

          When we questioned the legitimacy of Bush’s selection, they decided that turnabout was fair play, cause they’re so good with false equivalence.

          • Jonny On Maui

            At least the ones you have to deal with on a day to day basis now self identify. There’s no need for a scarlet ‘A’. They wear their ignorance proudly.

      • phoenix00

        Rolling Coal. Only correlation I can see.

      • tex7

        They are white working class people who have noticed that the US is not so white any more at the same time as their economic prospects have declined.

        • careful_driver

          As a working class white, I still can’t figure out why that is supposed to scary.

      • NoMoNeNe

        Sarah Palin. Several of those insane people are in her very own family.

      • Rickyphoo

        I guess we can blame Obama for that. Electing the first African-American to the White House was like shining a very bright light into the dark corners of this country. The cockroaches were always there but now we can see them scurrying about.

      • Axomamma

        They insist on eating paint chips because they were told not to,

        • Helene Logan

          THE MAN CAN’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO (munch munch munch) !!1!11!!!!1!

    • tex7

      That has been my theory. Lead causes cognitive deficits and we poisoned all these children and youth living in high traffic environments with a neurotoxin and then blamed them when they suffered the intellectual/behavioral consequences.

  • baconzgood

    So I see now. It’s not the Republicans fault that Donald Trump one the nomination…its….SQUIRREL!

    • kaydenpat

      Nothing is ever their fault.

      • J.Bo

        Assuming that having no self-awareness whatsoever equals innocence, then they really can’t do anything wrong… kinda like the toddler who shoots his family because drunk Dad left his gun in the playpen.

    • Trump happens.

  • Jeff in the desert

    I tried to read this. And I just guess it either a) scrambled my brain like a mess of eggs or b) I am too damn stupid. But either way I loves my Wonkette.

    • Jonny On Maui

      Jeff in the desert you’re doin’ just fine. Thank you for the shot record, everything’s current and you shouldn’t catch anything nastier than a brain STD or two. It’s okay, there’s a treatment.

      Let’s talk about pacing. When I first got here I dived right in after lurking for a while. The sudden change from lurk to non-comment can overwhelm a system and cause the symptoms you’re feeling.

      The fix is easy. Cut back by an article or two for a day or so. Your system will acclimate and you’ll feel much better. As always, YMMV.

    • phoenix00

      For me, it was 3 parts a) and 1/2 part b).

  • Vegan and Tiara

    “First of all, the idea that law and order concerns were all about appealing to Southern racists is frankly nuts; law and order concerns were mostly about appealing to voters who were appalled by the explosion of violence and disorder from the ’60s to the early ’90s.”
    Yeah, when violence started to drop off in the early 1990s it was because of safe and legal abortion. So let’s get rid of that and unleash some crime.
    Also, too, EVERYONE knows what the “southern strategy” was. Hell, it’s right there in the name!

  • kaydenpat

    Trump is running as a Republican because the Republican electorate voted for him despite his bigotry and glaring shortcomings. Who the hell should we blame for that except Republicans?!!

    • Vegan and Tiara

      You’re the REAL racist!!!!
      ~Trump supporter’s answer

      • iceweasels

        Too sane. I’ve had them literally tell me it’s my fault because I’m allowing the white genocide.

        • Vegan and Tiara

          Well, ARE you allowing the white genocide, you RACIST????
          //just kidding :-)

          • iceweasels

            Of course I am. I absolutely refuse to promise to kill all mixed couples to save the white race in the upcoming glorious race war, soooo…

  • Ricky Gay

    She is a credit to her generation

  • bobbert

    What a bunch of McTwaddle. Don’t try to punditsplain away the Southern Strategy to those who fucking lived through it.

    I blame Andrew Sullivan.

  • J.Bo

    Groan and double groan. Whenever a GOP apologist claims to have a “more nuanced view” of something (anything) ya better put on yer wading boots cause the shit’s gonna get deep, fast!

  • Dear Repubs,
    Two words – Tea Party. How did that work out for you? It didn’t. But you and Fox News won’t admit that. So now you have Trump aka the unifier for crazy.

  • MyLovelyNose

    Pile those words on! Throw that spaghetti at the wall, something’s sure to stick!

  • fawkedifiknow

    “Party of Personal Responsibility” Libel!!!!

  • ThatGuy

    I think Megan McArdle should go back to starring in that one Dr. Seuss book that I vaguely remember.

  • Cool_North

    She wraps herself around denial so nimbly, she could be the headliner in the Cirque du Soleil of bullshi**ery (I know I could probably spell it out, I just like the double stars).

  • bbayliss

    jeeeeeeeeeezus.

  • Lancelot Link

    Megan McArdle’s father was lobbying for Trump decades ago, in the totally not corrupt world of New York property development.

  • PaulInFville

    My God, but Wonkette is a full-on imbecile in this piece. Seriously, what a deluded fountain of logorrhea.

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