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Yeah, okay.  It seems that the BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award's hiatus was shorter than I said it might be last week.  Thing is, when there is this much idiocy flying around, I can't simply ignore it, can I?  Of course, most of you told me this would happen.  You were right.

So where do we begin?  For the sake of continuity, let's start basically where we left off.  You know the Guest from Hell?  The person you invite to your house for a party who never stops talking, who monopolizes every conversation, who never figures out when it's time to leave?  Well, Sarah Palin has become the Candidate from Hell.  The woman is everywhere!  She's giving interviews right and left, mostly about mooseburgers and her plans for the future (though she has managed to repeat some of her more ridiculous campaign claims about Barack Obama, while at the same time giving lip service to "national unity" and "supporting the new Administration").  She gave a press conference at the national convention of the Republican Governors Association that was so short as to be a joke.  Except that her fellow GOP governors weren't laughing.  They were ticked because they were put in the position of having to play the Dwarves to her Snow White.  As to that question of Palin's future?  A recent poll (yes they're already polling on the 2012 Presidential race) asked Republican voters to rank their top choices for President in 2012.  Palin came in third behind Romney and Huckabee.  Not a good omen for the Republican Party's biggest rock star.

There was an article in my local paper today -- an AP feed -- noting that death threats against President-elect Obama are at a higher level than the Secret Service has ever seen for any President-elect.  Sadly, this doesn't surprise me at all.  But some of the things people are doing are so stupid, so obscene, so dangerous as to defy logic.  A sign posted on a tree in Idaho offered Obama a "free public hanging."  Racist and threatening graffiti directed at Obama was found on the campus of North Carolina State University.  And a sign in a Maine convenience store encouraged customers to join a $1 betting pool -- "The Osama Obama Shotgun Pool" -- the winner of which would be the person coming closest to predicting the date when Obama will be assassinated.  "Let's hope we have a winner," the sign said.

I'm sorry, but that's not funny.  Not even a little.  Barack Obama will be our first African-American President, and as such he's already a target.  We've already seen with the white supremicists here in Tennessee that sick people are quite serious about wanting to see him killed.  We don't need these lame attempts at humor.  And if they're not jokes, then these people need to be put in jail.  It is a Federal crime to make threats against the President or a Presidential candidate (and, by extension, the President-elect).  These people have broken the law.  And if any of you think I'm taking this stuff too seriously, just think for a moment about Michelle Obama and those two bright, beautiful little girls of theirs.  Do you believe they would think any of this was funny?

But our winners this week (and yes, there's a tie) come from the right-wing establishment.  First we have Congressman Paul Broun (Wing-Nut, Georgia) who likened Obama to Adolph Hitler and said that he (Obama)was intent on establishing a national security force that would be similar to the gestapo.  Here's the quote:

"It may sound a bit crazy and off base [Ya think?], but the thing is, he’s the one who proposed this national security force. I’m just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may — may not, I hope not — but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism. That’s exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it’s exactly what the Soviet Union did. When he’s proposing to have a national security force that’s answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he’s showing me signs of being Marxist.”

The proposal Broun refers to came from an Obama speech in July, in which then candidate Obama said:  "We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

Yeah, that sounds like Hitler to me.  And of course, as Jon Stewart and John Oliver pointed out the other night on "The Daily Show," when you take away the military aggesssion and the genocide Obama and Hitler have so much in common....  What is it with Republican Congressmen from Georgia (see Westmoreland, Lynn -- the wing-nut who said that Michelle and Barack Obama were "Uppity")?  Do they try to be idiots, or is it something in the water?

But not to be outdone, Right-Wing zealots Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have taken the ridiculous to the level of the sublime.  Both men have spent the last week, basically since election day, calling our current economic mess "the Obama Recession."  Yes, that's right.  Our current economic problems are not the fault of the current Administration, which has overseen our economy for the past seven years, ten months; they're not the fault of Wall Street greed or regulatory failure.  They are the fault of Barack Obama who has been President for exactly....Oh wait, he's not President yet.  So how does this work?  Don't fear, gentle reader, Messrs. Limbaugh and Hannity won't allow silly things like facts or logic get in the way of their argument.  You see, the stock market is down since election day, so all of our economic problems must be Barack Obama's fault.  He's proposing MASSIVE tax increases (though only on the top 5% of the income scale) and SOCIALIST policies (though not really).  Wall Street is TERRIFIED (true, but not of Obama).  Limbaugh put it this way on November 6:  "His ideas are killing Wall Street."

Right.  Except that none of this is true.  First of all, Obama's victory was anticipated by voters, the media, and Wall Street for more than a week prior to the election.  During that period the market actually went up 17%.  Here's what the Wall Street Journal's MarketBeat Blog (hardly a left-leaning source) had to say about this:  "Following the brief pre-election euphoria that brought stocks up 17% in a six-day period, stocks have been sluggish since as investors focused, once again, on the lame economic data and the drumbeat of bailouts, potential bailouts, and worries about other bailouts."

None of this will convince Limbaugh or Hannity of course.  In fact, Fox Business News analysts -- people from Hannity's own network -- have also stated that they don't seen any link between the market's recent decline and Obama's election victory.  But Hannity and Limbaugh have their fingers in their ears and are shouting "Not listening!  Not listening!"

Rest assured, you'll continue to hear ideological hacks like Limbaugh and Hannity talk about the Obama Recession for the next eight years.  Fortunately, American voters have proven themselves capable of rejecting such tripe.  The Bush Presidency isn't over yet.  To the extent that this recession belongs to anyone (and I'm not sure it does), it's his. 

So this week's BOW Award goes to Congressman Paul Broun, for his ludicrous fear-mongering, and to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity for their inability to differentiate between their own bulls#*t and reality.  Take a BOW there guys; you've earned it.  And thanks for rekindling my interest in the BOW Award -- it took some true idiocy to do that....
 

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hedwig_snowy
Nov. 15th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
The 'A' word: "And if they're not jokes, then these people need to be put in jail." Forget the first part. Send them to jail even if they think it's a joke. Morons.

"Wing-Nut, Georgia" Nah, it's not the water, it's genetic...or, if you prefer...inbred.

"The Obama Recession": Had a non-monetary bet with a guy I know on a blog. What is the over/under on one of the RW calling it "The Obama Recession"? I guessed, 3 months after the inauguration. Boy, was I way off. Rush really has no respect for the intelligence of his listeners. Pathetic.

Two other contenders this week (I know you've already given the award... :)):

"A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil."

I guess this was a little too close to skirting the ole tax-exempt status for some as the diocese rebuked him:

"Statement of Monsignor Martin T. Laughlin, Administrator of the Diocese of Charleston

This past week, the Catholic Church’s clear, moral teaching on the evil of abortion has been pulled into the partisan political arena. The recent comments of Father Jay Scott Newman, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, S.C., have diverted the focus from the Church’s clear position against abortion. As Administrator of the Diocese of Charleston, let me state with clarity that Father Newman’s statements do not adequately reflect the Catholic Church’s teachings. Any comments or statements to the contrary are repudiated."

Then, this little tidbit in the waning days of a failed administration, completely separate from their paying back their buddies with relaxation of environmental laws they also want...

"A Department of Health and Human Services rule change would deny federal funds to family planning organizations and clinics that refuse to hire staffers who will not provide birth control to patients upon request. The regulation would also define forms of birth control as abortion, allowing physicians and others a legal basis for declining to provide family planning counseling that includes birth control techniques."

I get all tingly wondering what Bush will do on his last day in office. Or maybe that's just a stroke coming on. Is it Jan 20 yet?

Don't worry...the idiocy won't go away anytime soon... :)


davidbcoe
Nov. 15th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the comments and the post-facto nominations. As a non-Catholic I felt a little weird nominating within the Church. I don't want to offend (besides, my in-laws are devout....) And yeah, the stuff the Bushies are doing in their final days, particularly with respect to the environment, really ticks me off. Maybe next week....
crazywritergirl
Nov. 16th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
I cringe every time one of these politicians from Georgia opens their mouths. Chambliss, Westmoreland, the lot of them. We'll be trying to show Chambliss the door, but this is a Red State and it'll be a tough haul. My husband routinely writes him about issues and gets the usual "I support the president" b.s. back.

So Obama's to blame for the recession, huh? I'm sure Mr. Bush is sincerely relieved to hear that. Contrary to popular opinion, there are $$ to be made on Wall Street. You just have to be very careful and watch the market like a hawk. Right now it's herd mentality, but that will ease eventually. When it does, will it be Obama's fault it all got put right again? Somehow I don't think that will fly with those bozos.
davidbcoe
Nov. 16th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can't imagine that Obama will get any credit when the economy improves. But the idea that he could be blamed in any way for this economy is just laughable.
kmarkhoover
Nov. 16th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
Like I said. We won a major battle on Election Night. But the war rages on....and I'm fine with that.
davidbcoe
Nov. 16th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
The next eight years could be pretty ugly. We'll be fighting the good fight all the way through.
fionagh
Nov. 16th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Knew all this would happen. What I find fascinating is that it's not just a political thing. It's a generational thing too and I think I wasn't taking that into consideration before.

For example, I was researching the Wikipedia entry on baby boomers and then on Generation X today when I found this:

"On election night, November 4, 2008, Chuck Todd on NBC television noted that President-elect Barack Obama was a change of guard from the baby-boomer Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush to the post-boomer generation of Obama. On November 11, 2008 the Toronto Globe and Mail referred to the President Elect who was born in 1961 as a member of Generation X."

You've got a lot of terrified, aging baby boomers out there. Terrified of what the long-repressed Gen Xers are about to do to their world. You can hear the terror in its most extreme form in nutjobs like Limbaugh and Hannity. Misplacing responsibility, thinking of themselves, fear-mongering -- it's all classic boomer mentality.

They've held a vice grip on the way things are run in this country and it's all about to change. The Gen Xers (and our cohorts in crime the up-and-blooming Gen Yers) are going to come in and make it all about something other than baby boomers for a change. And lord help 'em then. For the first time since 1945 they're gonna have to learn to grow up. S'about time I say.
davidbcoe
Nov. 16th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the comment, Fi. The generational angle hasn't been talked about enough -- you're right. What's interesting, though, is that Clinton was the first Boomer President, and Limbaugh's attacks on him from the very beginning were every bit as vicious and unfounded as these attacks on Obama. I think Rush just can't stand the idea of someone smarter and more liberal than him in the White House.
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davidbcoe
Nov. 16th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
I agree entirely, Alis. From what I've heard, the only reason we never had a President Colin Powell was that his wife was afraid of what might happen to him if he ran. Barack and Michelle Obama are literally putting everything at risk for their country, and I respect them enormously for it.
markwise
Nov. 17th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Hah! I knew your hiatus would not last long. You have politics in your blood. Now if we can only get you to come to the conservative side of it.... *grin*

PS - Yeah, the BOW award is deserved this week. While I dislike Obama, I don't look for armed guards in the streets.... yet.

I think so far, Sarah Palin is the best choice for the conservatives for 2012. I just hope she plays her cards right.
davidbcoe
Nov. 17th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the comments, Mark. Yeah, I jut couldn't keep away.
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