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Memo to Michelle Trant, Peter Kinder, and Dick Cheney: YOU ARE DUMB.
A common insult in politics is "you've drunk the Kool-Aid", implying that your devotion to your ideology approaches that of the Jonestown cult. And while it is certainly a trite and easy insult to fling, it's also true in at least 67% of this week's IDIOTS SAY THE DAMNDEST THINGS!
"And she said 'Like a firefighter? He's a hero!” - Michelle Trant, New Hampshire resident, mother, and apparent Republican nutjob.
You may have heard about the latest in what I can only assume is Ted Cruz' long-form art installation, a piece called Lapses In Judgment. In this latest performance, in New Hampshire, he was giving his stump speech and told the crowd, as he do, that "the world is on fire". Julia Trant, age 3, was in the audience and responded as if she were the smartest person in the room, basically asking Cruz if he was fucking serious.
And Cruz turned to a three-year-old girl and said, yes, the world is on fire, then adding a bit more specificity with "Your world is on fire" because why the fuck not? It's not like anyone's going to hold him responsible. Not when the kid's mom is going to defend Cruz by telling her daughter Cruz is going to put the fire out. No, really. She did that. Hope she home-schools her kid to make sure she doesn't end up indoctrinated.
"There is more racism in the Justice Department than there is in anywhere I see in the St. Louis area.” - Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, helping us all.
One of the quickest ways to know that you can safely stop listening to someone is when they espouse an opinion that you know they didn't so much think up as regurgitate from the echo chamber. It shows that they are a drone, a worthless shitheel, a disciple of the Limbaugh and the Hannity, and all you can do with them is hopefully minimize the damage they can do if they're in power.
And so it is with Missouri's lieutenant governor and his assertion that Eric Holder's Justice Department is way more racist than a bunch of white cops involved in a decades-long institutional shakedown of the black community who by the way also got caught e-mailing each other wingnut racist comparisons of black people to dogs. We know where that talking point came from and it wasn't what passes for Peter Kinder's brain.
"I think they’re playing the race card, in my view. Certainly we haven’t given up—nor should we give up—the right to criticize an administration and public officials. To say that we criticize, or that I criticize, Barack Obama or Eric Holder because of race, I just think it’s obviously not true." - Dick Cheney, not dead yet.
Nobody says Dick Cheney criticizes Obama because of race. I've never heard anyone actually suggest that Cheney's criticisms are rooted in racism. They're clearly rooted in his raging sociopathy and the whole thing where bunker-buster bombs are the only way he can get hard anymore and anything that interferes with All War All The Time must be stopped.
But let's face it, Dick Cheney is an outlier in many ways - vice presidential effectiveness, ability to get away with shooting old men in the face, basic humanity. He's an outlier here as well. You can't extrapolate Cheney's very specific hatred for Obama because he's not bombing ENOUGH brown people with the more general Republican feeling that the presidency doesn't have ENOUGH white people.