Friday, June 17, 2005

Oh, Bill.

From the "we can dish it out but we can't take it" department:

Bill O'Reilly sez:
"Only I get to be angry and shrill!!"


You heard the man! Extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeme!

This week, a bunch of newspapers in places like Cincinnati and Pittsburgh tried to rally support for the beleaguered Howard Dean, and I am with them -- well, somewhat.

"A bunch of newspapers in Cincinnati and Pittsburg," wow, way to nail down your sources, Billy. Could you put a few more qualifiers in that paragraph? In fact, I think the above statement is about as ambivalent as it gets.

The thing you've got to love about Howard Dean is that he is sincere in his hate. No phony he, Dean despises Republicans, and everything for which they stand. If it were up to Dean, those white, Christian layabouts would be shunned, scorned and mocked. Come to think of it, it is up to Dean. As the DNC chief, he is launching personal attacks against Republicans all over the place.

Yeah, we have the House, the Senate, the White House and soon the judiciary, but Dean keep launching those mean old personal attacks! All over the place! Wah!

Honestly, where would Howard Dean be without hate? Last year, it made him the darling of the far-left Internet crowd, who poured millions into his presidential campaign. Dean's loathing of the GOP sent the self-described "Deaniacs" into ecstasy. The more Dean poured on the vitriol, the more money came rolling in. Dean embraced abhorrence with a vengeance Joseph McCarthy would have admired.

Yeah, and we all know how little the Right likes to use hate in their campaigns. Like when *someone* accidentally left all those fliers around that church saying that McCain had an illegitimate black child and was a little crazy. And like when all those T-shirts came out in '04 linking Kerry supporters to terrorists.

Oh, that's not hate, that's just good-natured ribbin'!

But that was then, and this is now. Some Democrats like John Edwards and Sen. Joseph Biden have recently criticized Dean's personal attacks, but that's akin to ordering salmon for dinner and then, when it arrives, complaining that you don't like fish. Democrats knew Dean was a character assassin when they elected him chairman of the Democratic National Committee. This is like the scene in "Casablanca" when Claude Rains announces he's "shocked" there is gambling going on in Rick's Place.

Yeah, if you aren't a Republicrat wussy, then you're just a hatemonger.

The truth is that hate has been very good to Howard Dean. Without his animus, he'd probably be running a bed and breakfast in Bennington, Vt. Dean broke away from the bland political crowd by being a mean guy. He relished calling people names and surrounded himself with media smear merchants. Can you imagine a responsible politician saying publicly that he "hates" Republicans? That's alienating about half the country with one sentence. So much for Dean's insistence that the Democrats are the party of "inclusion."

Uh, first of all . . . is Bill O'Reilly really admonishing Howard Dean for namecalling and surrounding himself with media smear merchants? Wouldn't that kinda be like Cher calling out Wayne Newton for getting too much plastic surgery?

Second of all, can you imagine a responsible politician telling someone to fuck off?

I can't.

To be fair, at the height of the Clinton bashing hysteria there were Republican politicians throwing defamation bombs all over the place. But they were very specific. Clinton was the devil. The GOP did not expand its hatred to include Sally and Joe, who voted for the man. They kept their fire concentrated on Bill Clinton and pretty much left the civilians alone.

Yep, comparing Clinton to the Devil, a mythical embodiment of all evil, is better than calling out Republicans as a predominatley white, Christian, wealthy party because it is more "specific." Uh huh.

Fair-minded Americans know trafficking in hate is foolish and destructive. Howard Dean's anger may be amusing, but the unintended consequence is it has made him a joke. Dean can command a forum of true believers now, but America has always fismissed haters over time. And that's what will happen with Dean and anyone else who deals in character assassination.

Uh . . . Bill? YOU deal in character assassination.

I know some readers will disagree with that assessment because the hate industry can be very profitable. But there's a price to pay for blood money. Let's look at two examples -- one from each side. Ultra-right-wing radio talk show host Michael Savage was recently ignored by most media when he attempted to hawk his new book, a kindly tome in which he says liberalism is a "mental disorder." Savage couldn't get booked anywhere in the national media. His use of personal attacks has made him radioactive.

Uh, actually, the fact that Michael Savage is a bile-spewing assclown with all the writing ability of a ritalin-addled third-grader with a chip on his shoulder has made him radioactive. But if you want to boil it down to hate, I guess that's OK, too.

Far-left guttersnipe Al Franken, whose defamation skills dwarf those of Savage, still has access to some media (which says something about industry bias), but in the last presidential campaign, John Kerry's handlers kept their candidate far away from Franken. Jimmy Carter took major heat for sitting close to Michael Moore at the Democratic Convention, and Kerry's advisors took note. Extremist associations are not good for any candidate.

O'Reilly goes all Yosemite Sam upon the mention of Franken's name. Oooooh! I hates that varmint!

But really,I don't think that extremist associations have been bad for Bush. I mean, he keeps Savage and Coulter and Limbaugh at arm's length, but he doesn't go out of his way to actively dissassociate himself from what they stand for- or the audiences they get. He barely did so with the actual character assassination that went on during the swift boat ads. He's done nothing to denounce the foaming accusations from people like this who believe that anyone with a natural tan darker than Jenna's are a threat to life, liberty and the Christo-American way. Bush may not actively engage in hate- at least not in public, in front of the cameras- but be sure that he profits from it and he stands with those who do, time and time again.

Which is why Howard Dean's conduct is so strange. Do you think Hillary Clinton or any other Democratic candidate for president in 2008 will want Howard campaigning for them? I can just hear it now: "I hate Republicans, and so does Hillary! Hooorah!"

OK, so Howard said "I hate Republicans and all they stand for," (but if you read this, it will show that it is a bit more nuanced than that). Whatever. But let's have a looky at what little buddy Tom Delay said:

Howard Dean is a cruel and extremist demagogue. And Howard Dean is as ignorant on John Ashcroft as he is on national security. If this cruel, loudmouth extremist is the cream of the Democrat crop, next November's going to make the 1984 election look like a squeaker.

-Tom DeLay

Huh. Sounds like a duel at 20 paces is in order, no? Nah, we'll leave that kind of talk to Old Man Zell.

Despite the absurdity of Dean's demeanor and the chorus of fellow Democrats who want him to button it, the governor remains unrepentant and seemingly untroubled with his tactics. Many in the left-wing press are solidly behind him, and the guy continues to talk the trash talk.

I just love it when people talk about the "left wing press." Do you need some help down from that cross, Bill? Oh, poor Bill, the only scion of balance in the vast, leftist dogma-machine that is the American Media. Please.

And do two democrats really a "chorus" make? It seems that Deano still has plenty of support from the party.

He does this because ol' Howard Dean knows something that many of us do not know: Hate means never having to say you're sorry.

Way to turn a phrase, Bill.

I just don't even know what else to say. Here we have a man who has made a career on inflammatory, slanderous and idiotic remarks that pander to the lowest common denominator of TV audiences (and that's pretty low) and he's calling someone else out on their supposed "hate."

He's compared the ACLU to a terrorist organization, he's told gays that the best way to live- for society as well as themselves- is in the closet, he's said that black people need to "avoid the pack mentality" of drugs and booze.

I realize that Bill is not a politician, but he uses hate to promote an agenda and that's what he's accusing Howard Dean of doing. It'd be funny to watch him do this if I didn't know that he is 100 percent serious when he does.


  1. Yes. Yes! Yes!! Yes!!! Yes!!!!
    I think I just had an intellectual orgasm of righteous affirmation. You're my new heroine. Go on with your bad self.

  2. I'm thinking a pie might be in order. And as I approach him with pie held high to catch his attention, I fake the throw and kick him square in the scrote. Then I pie the back of his head as he gasps on the ground. Eh. Nice fantasy, but I'm not into violence against the mentally handicapped.

    If we're talking Stossel, however...

  3. Great post, but I especially liked this:

    Without his animus, he'd probably be running a bed and breakfast in Bennington, Vt.

    Or, you know, practicing medicine.