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  •  I respectfully disagree (2+ / 0-)
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    JosephK74, OldDragon
    You can't go from zero to batshit with most people without the months and years of desensitizing required to get there.
    I don't if it's case of desensitizing.  I think it 's just a case of there being a niche market for batshit crazy and Fox/RW media filled that niche.

    Batshit crazy flocked to those places because it reinforced what they already knew to be true.  

    An immigration bill won't fix it. Saying kind (condescending) words to women won't fix it. They are the right-wing noise machine now, whether they like it or not, and that network, because of its need to fuel hatred, to poke the bear with every diatribe, moves inexorably further from acceptable conversation.
    Here's the problem with the RW and the GOP in general:

    * If they see an AA, they immediately think of "welfare queen.

    * If they see a Hispanic, they immediately think of illegal immigration

    * If they see a woman, they immediately think of birth control/abortion

    All they see is the caricature.  The real problem with the RW/GOP is their governing philosophy is based on a cartoon.  

    If the American mainstream, that vast LEFT-of-center group, stays engaged, soon after 2016, we may finally be able to look at people like Murdoch and Ailes and Hannity and say with complete confidence, "Good riddance."
    I'm not even sure it's question of being engaged.  It is who the country is.  It's not just issues.  It's a tidal wave of change in the demographics and how the changing demographics sees the relationship between government and the people.  

    We've moved on from the WASP.  

    And damned right I want stuff from my government.  I pay for it and I want the services I pay for.   If that rich entitled mofo Mitt Romney and his wife can get a $77,000 tax credit for their dancing horse, damned right I want my share.  

    There, I've said it.  

    •  But that's the point... (6+ / 0-)

      they chased it into the land of niche. Increment by increment, they have made their own propaganda unwatchable to anyone who hasn't already been indoctrinated.

      •  Remember Obama's speech at the republican dinner? (7+ / 0-)

        January 29, 2010 transcript from wapo

        Read the whole thing and be amazed. The pertinent part is right here:

        Now, you may not agree with Bob Dole and Howard Baker and Tom -- and certainly you don't agree with Tom Daschle on much...

        (LAUGHTER)

        ... but that's not a radical bunch. But if you were to listen to the debate, and, frankly, how some of you went after this bill, you'd think that this thing was some Bolshevik plot.

        (LAUGHTER)

        No, I mean, that's how you guys -- that's how you guys presented it.

        (APPLAUSE)

        And so I'm thinking to myself, "Well, how is it that a plan that is pretty centrist..."

        (LAUGHTER)

        No, look, I mean, I'm just saying -- I know you guys disagree, but if you look at the facts of this bill, most independent observers would say this is actually what many Republicans -- it -- it's similar to what many Republicans proposed to Bill Clinton when he was doing his debate on health care.

        So all I'm saying is we've got to close the gap a little bit between the rhetoric and the reality.

        I'm not suggesting that we're going to agree on everything, whether it's on health care or energy or what have you, but if the way these issues are being presented by the Republicans is that this is some wild-eyed plot to impose huge government in every aspect of our lives, what happens is you guys then don't have a lot of room to negotiate with me.

        I mean, the fact of the matter is is that many of you, if you voted with the administration on something, are politically vulnerable in your own base, in your own party. You've given yourselves very little room to work in a bipartisan fashion because what you've been telling your constituents is, "This guy's doing all kinds of crazy stuff that's going to destroy America."

        OBAMA: And I -- I would just say that we have to think about tone.

        It's not just on your side, by the way. It's -- it's on our side as well. This is part of what's happened in our politics, where we demonize the other side so much that when it comes to actually getting things done, it becomes tough to do.

        He warned them that the more outrageous they got, the more vulnerable they would become.

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