Saturday, July 30, 2005

The hypocrisy is simply overwhelming.

Normally these days, I wouldn't just point readers over to Eschaton but, really, this is just too freakin' precious to ignore. Atrios posts this excerpt from an interview with Ohio Republican Congressional Candidate Jean Schmidt, who has something quite remarkable to say about her opponent, Democrat and Iraq military veteran Paul Hackett:

[Interviewer] NOVOTNY: His opponent, Republican frontrunner Jean Schmidt, a former state representative who is not convinced that time served in battle can compare to experience at home.

JEAN SCHMIDT, OHIO REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: Everything’s local. Of course, it’s more important here. The issues that the people have are more important to those individuals than anything outside of that region.

Yes, this is apparently the new Republican talking point. Having answered the call to enlist and risk their lives by serving overseas, these veterans (well, OK, just the Democratic ones) can now have their military service denigrated as not being as important as having stayed home.

Rejoice, members of the 101st Fighting Keyboarders! Apparently, you were the real patriots all along. Who knew?


Lynne said...

No surprise. Remember the nastiness they directed at Georgia Senator Max Cleland? If not, read about it at

Meaghan Champion said...


I just made this observation and link suggestion over at Ianism... but you might want to talk a look at it as well.

Arthur Silber has a devestatingly wonderful article up today about "Paranoia, Masquerading as Political Commentary".

It's long... but it's well worth the read. As Arthur points out, this kind of behavior is actually worse than hypocricy. It's a form of actual psychosis. If somebody is a hypocrit, then you can reach them by pointing to the contradictions between their behavior and their words or vice versa..

In this instance, and many others however... there is NOTHING to point them to, because their words aren't connected to anything real.

They just make up "reality" as they go along... and they assume that if they just say the words enough times, that will make it true.

Here's the money quote:

"The problem not only with fundamentalist Christians but with Republicans in general is not that they act on blind faith, without thinking. The problem is that they are incorrigible doubters with an insatiable appetite for Evidence. What they get off on is not Believing, but in having their beliefs tested. That’s why their conversations and their media are so completely dominated by implacable bogeymen: marrying gays, liberals, the ACLU, Sean Penn, Europeans and so on. Their faith both in God and in their political convictions is too weak to survive without an unceasing string of real and imaginary confrontations with those people—and for those confrontations, they are constantly assembling evidence and facts to make their case.

But here’s the twist. They are not looking for facts with which to defeat opponents. They are looking for facts that ensure them an ever-expanding roster of opponents. They can be correct facts, incorrect facts, irrelevant facts, it doesn’t matter. The point is not to win the argument, the point is to make sure the argument never stops. Permanent war isn’t a policy imposed from above; it’s an emotional imperative that rises from the bottom."

/end quote

I am not joking when I suggest that there are a number of far-right wing bloggers who have turned border-line personality disorder into a succesful blogging style, and indeed, there are even more, who have turned complete psychological projection onto others into an art form.

I can't tell you the number of times that I have been accused of being a leftist, a left-wing moon-bat, an America hater, a hippy... you name it... despite the fact that I regularly make comments extemely critical of left-of-center thinking.
I'm not from the left at all. That's what's truly amazing. I am not in any way shape or form, a left-winger.

What frightens me is that these days, even though I disagree with the left... the leftist even whom I strongly disagree with are more "reality based" than their counter-parts on the right.

It's pretty damn scary CC.
And there doesn't seem to be a damn thing that can be done about it.

If you criticize them (the jingoistic pro-war crowd) at all... and especially if your criticize them well, by using their own philosophy, or ideology as basis of the criticism, it sends them screaming and twitching into some strange alternate reality... where thur a twit-filter that they (and they alone use) now see the world thru, anybody who dares to object must must must be demonized, attacked and destroyed.

Scary stuff.

Ahistoricality said...

There's a gray area between garden variety hypocrisy and full-bore, bald-faced, sociopathy, and I think it's been crossed...

dAVE said...

You know, sanity can be defined as the way the majority of the people think. So, if they get most of the people as crazy as they are, then crazy will be the new sane and rationality will be the new insane.

I think the rampant use of methamphetamine in the red states has a lot to do with it.