Today, radical right-wing blog Red State launched “Project Leper,” an attempt to professionally punish McCain staffers whom Red State’s Erick Erickson perceives to have wronged Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK). Erikson told Glenn Beck today, “Palin was the best thing that happened to” the McCain campaign. To which, Beck agreed, saying many conservatives told him they supported McCain in hopes he would die in office:
BECK: I mean, I have to tell you if I heard once, I heard 1,000 times from people, and I never said this, never said this on the air because you just don’t say these things, but I heard a million times from people, “I’m going to vote for John McCain and, you know, I mean, he’s old. Maybe we get Sarah Palin in the first term.” You know what I mean?
If this is true, Beck has shown how truly stupid, ignorant, & partisan Repubs are. Palin is a bigoted, racist, vengeful, stupid, dumb, out-of-touch, vicious, unhinged, incompetent, illiterate, buffoon. But definitely a Repub icon, given all that. When will Repubs realize this sort of smearing liar is of no interest to the American People ?
For years, the right has cultivated and promoted more and more idiotic, anti-reality radio screamers and columnists - Beck, Coulter, Ingrahm, Mark Levin, Savage, Goldberg and on and on and on. Getting the conservative message out took precedence over building party infrastructure, to the point where orthodoxy is valued over all else. The problem now being that the party is organized around patently ridiculous ideas. Tax cuts for the rich raises revenues! Our healthcare system is the best in the world! Global warming is a massive conspiracy! And the craziest of all: The U.S. is a majority conservative nation!
The result is you now have persuadable, not very bright people like Joe the Plumber being held up by the party as emblematic of all that is right and good about conservatism. Look! Joe gets it! Taxes are socialism! Evil! Even though the man was national punchline for the rank hypocrisy of being a tax cheat and growing up on welfare. And they think this is good! You actually need to be incoherent to be a conservative now. Listen to what Erickson says at the very end of the clip: “the McCain campaign seemed to think their strategy was to win with moderates and independents - the mushy middle. You don’t win elections…” I assume he finishes by making the point that McCain wasn’t stridently rightwingish enough. As long as the GOP is lead by the likes of Beck and Erickson, they’re destined for minority status. Sucks for them.