Daily Kos Week in Review: Barking Up the Wrong Tree

The left often accuses the right of dog-whistle politics, but likening actual conservatives to actual dogs? Two Kossacks went there this past week. That plus the ongoing Herman Cain sexual-harassment tale and the new statue of Ronald Reagan at National Airport are among the grist for this edition of DKWIR.

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

chaunceydevega: Black conservatives = lapdogs
 
...The Right, who (re)discovered white victimology and grievance politics with the election of President Obama, and racism with their embrace of Herman Cain, have now deployed the "high tech lynching" oeuvre [sic]...
 
The history of African Americans is a plaything for the Right and black conservatives. They pretend that Dr. King would have supported them, that the Democratic Party is a plantation, and black people are zombies and brainwashed fools...Thus, the use of the phrase high tech lynching by conservatives, and their black lapdogs, is in no way a surprise...

Empty Vessel: Cain's now a martyr for self-pitying tea-partiers

...Let's start with the basics of teabaggers.

1. Their mother's milk is the sense of persecution.  They really believe they are the persecuted minority--with the persecution mostly by LGBT folks, feminazis, and minorities who have been given "preferential treatment."

2. They firmly believe that they are not racists, sexists, etc., but rather the victims of of those things.

3. It is an unquestioned belief that Clarence Thomas received a "high tech lynching" in the whole Anita Hill accusations.

4. So...they will believe Herman Cain has been railroaded by "Barry Nobama"...

...For the first time, the teabaggers will view him as the same persecuted person they all feel they are. Cain just leaped into the Bachman and Palin level of teabag martyr...just at the moment when Bachman and Palin have fallen...

Something the Dog Said: The GOP is dumb and getting dumber

...This is a party that has gone out of its way to make intelligence and education negative factors to their base. The whole “who would you like to have a beer with?” question has been taken to its logical yet absurd extreme...

What is most amusing...is that even if the GOP crashes and burns this cycle they will not be able to escape the Curse of Palin. You see it is all based on being a believer who does not re-evaluate based on new evidence.

For those who suffer from the Curse there is only one path available, do the same thing only harder and more so. This will quickly lead the Republicans to the place where they really will be looking for a modern day Jethro Bodine to be their standard barer [sic]. Gods greater and lesser save the United States when we get to that point...

Mark E Andersen: Tear down this statue
 
...My family was not the only one who suffered at the hands of Ronald Reagan. Our country is littered with the figurative corpses of a dying labor movement. All of it was kicked off by Ronald Reagan; he is who the finger of blame should be pointed when we look at the gap between the wealthiest 1 percent and the rest of us. He gave us the despicable economic sleight of hand called trickle down economics...
 
Instead of building shrines for the cult of Reagan to worship we should be tearing monuments in his image and his name down because of the devastation he wrought across this once great nation.

MacDaffy: My dog, the Republican

...His favorite trick is "The External Threat." He'll raise the alarm bark, get the other two dogs riled up, scramble halfway toward the front door, and return to clean up whatever bones or chew toys might happen to be laying around and were previously being enjoyed by the others; it's like he learned it at George W. Bush's knee. No matter the day or the hour: Twig is always looking out for Number One. Just like your whole stinking, corrupt, degenerate, horror movie of a party...

There's a big difference between your party and Twig, though: Twig doesn't know any better. He may be a greedy, self-centered little asshole with no impulse control, but he plays his part in the pack 24/7 and he does it without malice and without injuring anyone...

Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson
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