This Week in Crazy: Blaming Libertarians, Rand Paul’s ‘Meltdown,’ and Bad Fat Jokes
“Blame Libertarians!” and Other Assorted Idiocy
Republican Ken Cuccinelli lost the Virginia gubernatorial race. That made lots of conservatives mad — especially when they noticed that Libertarian Party candidate Robert Sarvis garnered 7% of the vote. Neoconservative commentator John Podhoretz threw a tantrum, calling Sarvis voters “idiots.” Breitbart’s Kurt Schlichter and others set out on a path to re-define “real” libertarianism as basically “Voting for the GOP because otherwise you hate freedom.” Radio host Derek Hunter claimed libertarians are irrelevant, ill-defined, and love to revel in GOP losses because they are “smug” and just want to “bang hookers.” I responded here.
Of course, what none of these people realize is that it is mathematically impossible for Sarvis to have spoiled the election for Cuccinelli. Take your sore-loser-blame-game-fest somewhere else, guys. Or maybe look inward and think about why you continually put up terrible candidates who don’t win?
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Rob Ford Is the King of Political Buffoons
Let’s just crown him already: Rob Ford is the undisputed King of Political Buffoons. This week it was revealed that while on the job, the Toronto mayor has been in many “drunken stupors,” gone on intoxicant-addled rants about killing “motherfuckers” who’ve crossed his family, and has smoked crack cocaine on videotape. Safe to say it’s been a helluva week for the newly-resigned Toronto mayor.
Oh, what’s that? He didn’t resign? He’s still mayor? And now he’s running for re-election in 2014? What the…
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Time Magazine Pisses Everyone Off with Christie ‘Elephant’ Cover
Time magazine trolled its way into the headlines this week by featuring a silhouette of newly-reelected NJ Gov. Chris Christie with the caption: “The elephant in the room.” Get it?!?! Because he’s fat and his re-elections says inconvenient things about the GOP’s future.
Way to shoot yourself in the foot, Time.
Yes, Christie has a self-acknowledged struggle with weight; yes, nearly everyone has made a comment about his weight; and yes, he is obviously a very big man. But that’s not sufficient excuse to throw that sort of trollish headline on the cover of your esteemed magazine.
Oh, wait. That is their excuse. In an interview with MSNBC, Time editor Michael Duffy dropped this pun-laden response: “Well, he’s obviously a big guy. He’s obviously a big Republican. But he’s also done a really huge thing here this week. He stood astride the Republican Party and said, ‘Stop. We don’t have to make our whole appeal about narrow base issues.’”
Rand Paul Reacts Poorly to Plagiarism Charges
It’s no secret that I am somewhat of a fan of Sen. Rand Paul, especially when it comes to civil liberties issues like the NDAA, Patriot Act, drone strikes, etc., but his handling of this plagiarism mess has been baffling, to say the least. My conservative colleague Noah Rothman had the best take on the scandal, essentially saying: Yes, there are political motivations behind the accusations, and yes the Wikipedia charges were a tad petty, but you need to conduct yourself with professionalism when caught doing something wrong.
The Battle of Words: “Kenyan” President vs. “Taliban” Tea Party
Here’s an idea for both sides of the aisle: Can we all agree to stop invoking birther nonsense (even if it’s just a goofy “joke”) or likening the tea party movement to the Taliban?
For conservatives, talking about the president being “from Kenya” is poisonous no matter how you dice it. The left will seize upon it, and you end up looking like Donald Trump‘s minion.
And for the left, calling the tea party the “American Taliban” is tiresome for a variety of reasons. And doing so just makes you look like a bomb-thrower, not a serious politician.
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