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Wed Aug 12, 2015, 06:37 PM

Great article in Rolling Stone: "Inside the GOP Clown Car"

Here are some highlights from the hilarious and insightful article:

Twenty years from now, when we're all living like prehistory hominids and hunting rats with sticks, we'll probably look back at this moment as the beginning of the end.... Take a combustible mix of the most depraved and filterless half-wits, scam artists and asylum Napoleons America has to offer, give them all piles of money and tell them to run for president.

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The orangutan-haired real estate magnate entered the race in mid-June and immediately blew up cable and Twitter by denouncing Mexicans as rapists and ripping 2008 nominee John McCain for having been captured in war. .... amid the strange Republican leadership void of 2016, the furor only gave Trump further saturation among the brainless nativists in his party and inexplicably vaulted him to front-runner status.... Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry ... decried Trump himself as a "barking carnival act" and a "cancer" that the party should "excise" for its own sake and, one supposes, for Rick Perry's....The irony is that this was supposed to be the year when the Republicans opened the tent up, made a sincere play for the Hispanic vote, and perhaps softened up a bit on gays and other vermin. But then the lights went on in the race and voters flocked to a guy whose main policy plank was the construction of a giant Game of Thrones-style wall to keep rape-happy ethnics off our lawns. So much for inclusion!

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The irony, of course, is that when America finally wrested control of the political process from the backroom oligarchs, the very first place where we spent our newfound freedom and power was on the campaign of the world's most unapologetic asshole. ...America is ceasing to be a nation, and turning into a giant television show. And this Republican race is our first and most brutal casting call.



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Attorney in Texas Aug 2015 OP
immoderate Aug 2015 #1
rocktivity Aug 2015 #2
immoderate Aug 2015 #3
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2015 #4
Nay Aug 2015 #10
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2015 #14
7wo7rees Aug 2015 #5
underthematrix Aug 2015 #6
summerschild Aug 2015 #7
pampango Aug 2015 #8
longship Aug 2015 #9
GusBob Aug 2015 #11
tblue37 Aug 2015 #12
Attorney in Texas Aug 2015 #13
Contrary1 Aug 2015 #15
tclambert Aug 2015 #16
Attorney in Texas Aug 2015 #17
smirkymonkey Aug 2015 #18
kimbutgar Aug 2015 #19
LiberalLovinLug Aug 2015 #20

Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 06:50 PM

1. It's like, "If a RW radio person ran for president..."

 



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Response to immoderate (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 07:05 PM

2. "IF" A RW radio person ran for president?


rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 07:18 PM

3. I stand simplified.

 



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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 07:21 PM

4. "It's like watching 17 platypuses try to mount the queen of England.

You can't tear your eyes away from it."

God, I love taibbi.


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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 08:28 AM

10. I love the guy, too. His writing is reminiscent of Hunter S. Thompson, but is in a

category of its own. I mean, who can forget the phrase "great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money" used to describe the banks? He's phenomenal. I laughed and cried when I read this newest essay.

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Response to Nay (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 12:22 PM

14. I actually broke down and got his books.

Not only for the great articles, but for history.

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 07:48 PM

5. Matt is masterful in this take down! Everyone should read!

I laughed and I cried.

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 08:25 PM

6. Excellent article

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 04:26 AM

7. Must read!


Taibbi at his "terrific-est"!

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 05:33 AM

8. "the brainless nativists in his party", a "wall to keep rape-happy ethnics off our lawns".

"Wisconsin's Walker, who is probably the only person in the race naturally meaner than Trump. "If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world."

Like Trump's Mexican remarks, Walker's gambit comparing American union workers to head-chopping Islamic terrorists seemed like a bridge too far even for many Republicans. He was criticized by the National Review and future opponent Perry, among others. But instead of plummeting in the polls, Walker, like Trump, gained ground.

The irony is that this was supposed to be the year when the Republicans opened the tent up, made a sincere play for the Hispanic vote, and perhaps softened up a bit on gays and other vermin. But then the lights went on in the race and voters flocked to a guy whose main policy plank was the construction of a giant Game of Thrones-style wall to keep rape-happy ethnics off our lawns. So much for inclusion!

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 07:45 AM

9. A great tag line.

America is ceasing to be a nation, and turning into a giant television show. And this Republican race is our first and most brutal casting call.

As always, Taibbi nails it down.

R&

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 09:10 AM

11. Awesome article. Thanks for posting

Must read.

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 10:37 AM

12. My favorite line from the article:

Dressed in jeans, a blue oxford and a face so pious that Christ would be proud to eat a burrito off it <emphasis added>, Santorum rushed through a speech explaining that it is in fact he who is the hardest-working man in politics.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #12)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 11:02 AM

13. great description!

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 02:31 PM

15. Rick Perry = "the same gaffe-spewing yutz he was four years ago...

only dressed in preposterous "smart" glasses, a deadly error in a fight with a natural schoolyard bully like Donald Trump.

"He put glasses on so people will think he's smart," Trump croaked. "And it just doesn't work!"

Perry was so grateful to even be mentioned by Trump that he refocused his campaign apparatus on an epic response, apparently in an attempt to draw the Donald into a Drake/Meek Mill-style diss war. He tossed off a 3,000-word speech denouncing "Trumpism" as the modern incarnation of the Know-Nothing movement (one could almost hear Trump scoffing, "What the fuck is a Know-Nothing?". He decried Trump himself as a "barking carnival act" and a "cancer" that the party should "excise" for its own sake and, one supposes, for Rick Perry's.

Trump, too busy being front-runner to notice Perry's desperate volleys, basically blew the Texan off. A week later, Perry was in a tie for 10th place in the polls. Asked if his campaign was finished if he didn't make the debate cut, Perry replied, in characteristically malaprop fashion, that making the debate was "not a one-shot pony." He ended up missing his shot, or his pony, or whatever, and was squeezed out of the debate...."

Sadly, for the American voters, this entire article is spot on. Thanks for posting.


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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 04:58 PM

16. Can we sue the Republican Party for malpractice?

The definition of malpractice is an "instance of negligence or incompetence on the part of a professional." Given that definition, could we sue George W. Bush? I'm thinking the damages could run into the trillions of dollars.

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Response to tclambert (Reply #16)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 05:37 PM

17. Unfortunately not. George W. Bush was an amateur (at best).

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 06:52 PM

18. K&R

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 12:24 PM

19. If Trump is elected President then the movie Idiocracy will have come true.

Trump is the President Camacho is the movie.

I am scared our media will be pushing the a$$hole on us and because 1/3 of our population is insane and the other 1/3 is apolitical only tuning in during Presidential years there could (god forbid) be President Trump. Just saying it makes me want to throw up in my mouth.

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 03:14 PM

20. Some great lines

King had apparently been told on good authority by a lawyer friend that Obergefell v. Hodges meant that only one party in a marriage had to be a human being. "What that means," he said, "is you can now marry my lawn mower."

A reporter next to me leaned over. "King's lawn mower is gay?"



Brilliant piece. And the usual band of morans commenting angry jibberish below.

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