"This is your captain speaking.
There is no need for panic...do not rush for the lifeboats ...
Women, children, Red Indians, spacemen
and a sort of idealized version of a gay Republican
expatriate Libertarianish papist Renaissance Man
(but definitely not a Liberal) first!"
Now that the Republican Party is fully out and proud as the rootin' tootin' batshit racist shit-show Liberals have always said it was, many of it's most prominent enablers are scrambling for space on the same Both Siderist Lifeboat.
Here is a small sample of that vast scrum of unscrupulous professional Conservative havers-of-opinions from just the last few days.
Max Boot, infamous Iraq War Pimp:
Why I’m not becoming a Democrat. Medicare for All will finish what Trump and GOP started: the bankrupting of America. https://t.co/P4VyAjeAyf— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) February 23, 2018
Joe Scarborough, life-long Republican stooge and Trump waterboy
Ditto. If someone could save the Democrats from driving this political train off a cliff, Medicare is ALREADY going bankrupt. Entitlement growth is unsustainable. As reckless as Trump has been driving up massive deficits and debt, Democrats somehow managed to one-up him. https://t.co/v4rv13C9KP— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 23, 2018
David French, proud employee of America's White Supremacist Journal of Record:
The Gun-Control Debate Could Break AmericaAnd Andrew Sullivan, America's most famous Gay Catholic Tory True Conservative:
February 22, 2018 3:27 PM
A rage more personal than political exists on both sides, and poses real danger to the ties that bind us as a nation...
Trump has turned the right into a foul, spit-flecked froth of racist reactionism, and he has evoked a radical response on the left that, while completely understandable, alienates me and many others more profoundly with every passing day.Sure, Andrew. One possible theory is that the rank and file of your Conservative movement were all choir boys who spent their days singing Ave Marie and their nights meditating on Burke before Donald Trump showed up and used his Orange Lantern Powers --
to convert them all into foul, spit-flecked froth of racist reactionaries overnight.
Another possible theory -- one based more on "history" and less on a nine-hour weed-and-self-pity bender is that Donald Trump is just one more lump of racist carcinoma to manifest itself out of a political party which has been a shithole of bigots and imbeciles since before Mr. Sullivan came to America and began making his living writing self-flattering soft-core political porn about a Republican Party and a Conservative Movement of Ave Maria-singin', Burke-musin' heroes which never existed anywhere outside of the tiny, well-funded wingnut welfare bubble where Mr. Sullivan lives.
And now that the Left has been proven to have been 100% right about the Right all along -- now that the real Republican Party and the real Conservative movement have Hulksmashed his delusions hard enough to launch them into orbit -- so, like so many of his species, Mr. Sullivan has no place left to go and no alternative but to try to squeeze his ass onto the same Both Siderist Lifeboat between Max Boot and Joe Scarborough.
Continuing with Mr. Sullivan, I can tell you that it is going to come as a huge fucking shock to the adult Sunday school class that Bluegal and I help facilitate, and the faith-directed writing classes that we co-teach, and to all the nice people at the church where I usher every Sunday to learn that --
The left has denounced religion as insane...But of course, Andrew Sullivan absolutely must lie about Liberals like me and my wife in this way so he can get his Both Siderist Lifeboat Boarding Pass stamped like so:
The left has denounced religion as insane; the right has redefined it into another twist on identity politics.And like so:
The only antidote to Trump and the politics he has forged and intensified is this kind of self-doubt and self-knowledge. It refutes him while never empowering him. It opens up the possibility, if we let it, that the insanities of today’s right and left will not inevitably ratchet themselves into an ever tighter spiral of vengeance and mutual incomprehensionThen, a little gratuitous, drive-by Hillary-bashing because Mr. Sullivan is an incredibly bitter little man whose movement is in ashes --
I will vote for a Democrat this fall and encourage everyone else to do so, because it is our only hope against accelerating authoritarianism. But I’ll do so with the same kind of nausea that led me to support Hillary Clinton in 2016...-- and he can call it a day.
So how do we know Mr. Sullivan is lying?
Because the alert reader will notice that the graphic at the top of this post is from a remarkably similar piece I wrote about Andrew Sullivan nearly a decade ago. In other words, years before Donald Trump glided down the Escalator of Doom and magically...
...turned the right into a foul, spit-flecked froth of racist reactionismYes, Andrew has been making a living slinging this same Both Siderist bullshit for a very long time now. Because he has to. Otherwise, as I noted all the way back in 2009...
...he would instantly lose his place in the food-chain, wouldn’t he? Because like that microscopic number of self-loathing black Conservatives who make their daily bread by serving the interests of the Southern Bigot Party, more than any other single factor, it was always the sheer gawking, oddballness of the brazen self-delusion inherent in being the gay champion of the Christopath Homophobe Party that put Mr. Sullivan in the spotlight.Same bullshit.
That was what gave him his unique and lucrative cache.
And some of us have the receipts.
Behold, a Tip Jar!