Friday, August 13, 2010

Ignorance, Racism and Hatred, aka Wingnut Stew

Digby asks:
Has this know-nothing hostility been out there all along and was just held back by the GOP establishment or is it just plain old racism and xenophobia come to the surface in an environment which welcomes it?
I'm not sure this is an either/or question. Based on what I have been reading for the last 9 years on rightwing blogs such as the now-defunct All Things Conservative, and current offerings at TexasFred and Conservative Dialysis, I would say that, yes, this know-nothing hostility has been out there all along and, yes, it seems to be gaining traction, spurred on perhaps by a combination of the election of a Democratic black president, a rightwing political and media establishment that offers a veneer of respectability and acceptance for such views, and, of course, the internet which makes community-building for even the most odious populations easy.

1 comment:

Mike Thomas said...

I don't think it is new. They are all excited because we have some real nut jobs running for the Senate - Sharron Angle, Rand Paul, Ken Buck, etc. But look at who is already there! Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, Jim Inhofe, Richard Burr, David Vitter, and the guy Paul is trying to replace, Jim Bunning.
Or look at the just the GOP delegation from Texas:
Louie "Terror Babies" Gohmert; Ted "Birther Bill" Poe; Randy "Babykiller!" Neugebaeur; Smoky Joe "I apologize to BP" Barton; Ron "Dr. No" Paul...
We already have a major political party filled with and controlled by rightwing radicals. We should refer to the GOP henceforth as the Republican Tea Party.