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Faux outrage watch: It's time for Chris and Joan to go!

Posted by Hyuuga Cutezz On 7:38 AM
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012

The spread of the brave new bullroar: It’s pitiful to watch the brave new bullroar spread—the scripted new bullroar from our tribe, the kind that dumbs our side down.

On Monday evening, Joan Walsh pretended to be outraged by Romney and Romney’s terribly vile choice of words (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 4/17/12). In this morning’s New York Times, Maureen Dowd is faux furious too:
DOWD (4/18/12): When the Romneys got married and moved to Boston in 1971 so Mitt could attend Harvard, they set up house in a suburb, befriended other young Mormon couples and kept to their cloistered, conservative, privileged, traditional, white, heterosexual circle.
They kept hanging out with heterosexuals! Go ahead—laugh out loud! (Needless to say, Lady Dowd worked in the Mormon thing too. Dowd's an instinctive bigot.)

Dowd’s full column today is a classic. Last night, though, Chris Matthews echoed Walsh’s specific complaints from the night before. Here’s the way this ridiculous person started his closing rant:
MATTHEWS (4/17/12): Let me finish tonight with this:

What sort of person do you think would tell the president of the United States, elected by the American people, to “start packing?” Is this some middleweight boxer mouthing off about his title shot, some trash-talking tackler out to sack the opposing quarterback? Sorry, Mitt. It’s nothing of the sort. And this jive is beneath a major party candidate for president.
Matthews was very upset by what he termed Romney’s “trash talk.” How dare this person tell the president of the United States, elected by the American people, to “start packing?” Nor was Matthews the only cable actor willing to feign such a state of aggrievement. Earlier in the program, Michelle Bernard and Ron Reagan agreed to recite the script too:
MATTHEWS: This entitlement, it’s—I’m not going to the verb, the adjectives. It just strikes me as entitlement.

BERNARD: It looks like entitlement by every stretch of the imagination.

[...]

MATTHEWS: How do you think this is going to help his likability rating now that he's decided it’s time for the president of the United States to pack up?

REAGAN: Not at all.
Entitlement! That's what Walsh said the night before! To observe this full dollop of bullroar, click this, though your IQ may drop several points.

All the children agreed to pretend that they shared Walsh’s faux outrage. As you may recall, Bernard was a leading black conservative through the summer of 2008, when she was allowed to flip on this ridiculous show in response to Obama’s nomination.

It’s sad to see the liberal world dumbed down in this manner. And yes, this faux outrage is dumb to the core. Matthews kept feigning outrage last night at the thought that someone would speak this way to a sitting president. Did he remember the 1992 Democratic convention address by Bill Clinton’s newly-selected running-mate, VP Candidate Gore?
GORE (7/16/92): No, the American spirit isn't gone. But we vow here tonight that in November George Bush and Dan Quayle will be history.

I'm not saying that they are bad people, but their approach to governing this country has badly failed. They have taxed the many to enrich the few. And it is time for them to go.

They have given us false choices, bad choices, and no choice. And it is time for them to go!

They have ignored the suffering of those who are victims—of AIDS, of crime, of poverty, of ignorance, of hatred and harassment. It is time for them to go.

CROWD: Time for them to go!

GORE: They have nourished and appeased tyrannies and endangered America's deepest interests while betraying our cherished ideals. It is time for them to go.

CROWD: Time for them to go!

GORE: They have mortgaged our children's future to avoid the decisions they lack the courage to make. It is time for them to go.

CROWD: Time for them to go!

GORE: They embarrassed our nation when the whole world was asking for American leadership in confronting the environmental crisis. It is time for them to go.

CROWD: Time for them to go!

GORE: They have demeaned our democracy with the politics of distraction, denial and despair. What time is it?

CROWD: It's time for them to go!

GORE: What time is it?

CROWD: It's time for them to go!

GORE: What time is it?

CROWD: It's time for them to go!

GORE: The American people—the American people are disgusted with excuses and tired of blame. They know that, throughout American history, each generation has passed on leadership to the next. That time has come again—the time for a new generation of leadership for the United States of America to take over from George Bush and Dan Quayle. And you know what that means for them. It's time for them to go.

CROWD: It's time for them to go!
Within the context of American politics, Gore was speaking in normal ways. But then, so did Romney this week.

Romney was responding to a typically stupid question from Diane Sawyer, one of the biggest embarrassments in the American upper-class pantheon. But what he said is completely normal, except in the brave new world where hustlers and clowns like Matthews and Walsh drag your IQ to the floor.

They stick big bucks in their pants as they clown. Your IQ is brought very low.

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