Category Archives: Wingnut Week in Review

Wingnut Week In Review: Return of the Late Night TV Wars

More than a decade after Leno and Letterman slugged it out to succeed Carson, and four years after the Leno/O’Brien feud, the late night TV wars are back. This time right-wingers are bringing the hostility and hilarity.

Late night television is experiencing a changing of the guards with a host of fresh, new (white, male) faces giving America a few laughs before bedtime. Jimmy Fallon took the helm of “The Tonight Show,” after Jay Leno’s retirement. Seth Meyers left “Saturday Night Live” to fill Fallon’s old spot on “Late Night.”

Everything was humming along nicely, until CBS announced that Stephen Colbert, of “The Colbert Report,” will host “The Late Show” following David Letterman’s retirement. Right-wingers promptly lost their minds.

Rush Limbaugh and Ben Shapiro weren’t the only ones. Naturally, Bill O’Reilly had to weigh in, since Colbert has spent years masterfully skewering O’Reilly’s television persona. True to form, O’Reilly lashed out, calling Colbert an “ideological fanatic” for mocking O’Reilly’s latest ridiculous pontificating on inequality.

Colbert responded with the kind of wit that shows whyhe got the “Late Night” job.


Progressives suffered giggling fits in 2006, when Colbert’s performance at the 2006 White House Correspondents dinner left conservatives scratching their heads, because it was clear that conservatives didn’t get the joke — that Colbert’s whole act was a satire of right-wing ideology. A 2011 survey showed that conservatives were more likely to think Colbert only pretended to be joking, and generally meant what he said.

It took them long enough, but right-wingers finally get the joke. Here’s the rest of the best of the worst in wingnuttia this week.

Wingnut Week In Review: The Obamacare Truthers

This was a make or break week for Obamacare, with the enrollment deadline looming and a major goal hanging in the balance. Obamacare made good on the goal of 7 million sign-ups, and broke right-wingers tenuous grip with reality.

There should be a new rule for political debate, along the lines of  Godwin’s Law and its corollaries. It should go something like this: The arrive of “truthers” effectively ends the debate, and the side that resorts to “trutherism” first loses.

Like a puss-filled boil, “truthers” exploded onto the scene in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. United by their rejection of the official version of the attacks, and the belief that 9/11 was an “inside job” covered up by the U.S. government, they were the cultural heirs of previous conspiracy theorists, who believed that the moon landings were filmed on a Hollywood backlot, and that water fluoridation was part of the New World Order’s plan for world domination.

The 9/11 truthers’ movement produced books and movies. The offshoots that grew from its spores include the “citizenship truthers” or “birthers,” and more conspiracy theories concerning Barack Obama than any other human being ever — with the possible exception of Elvis.

Now, finally, the “Obamacare truthers” have arrived. The passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding ACA, and Obama’s 2012 re-election, were bad enough. The news that over seven million Americans had signed up for Obamacare as of this week proved too much for right-wingers. They snapped.

Rather than face the reality of another success for Obamacare, conservatives fled to the warm embrace of unreality. But no one could top Glenn Beck’s full-body freakout, which began with Beck raging against “rat bastards” in the media and ended with a classic Beck meltdown.

Apparently, the 7.1 million people who got covered, along with the 9.5 million already covered through Obamacare, get in the way of Glenn Beck’s pursuit of happiness.

The rest are included in the best of the worst in wingnuttery this week:

Wingnut Week In Review: Obamacare Derangement Syndrome

This week, they didn’t come any nuttier than Americans For Prosperity’s Jennifer Stefano, who clashed with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. There was more than enough good news for Obamacare to drive right-wingers around the bend. Stephano didn’t hold back.

After Hayes’ detailed description of “Obamacare derangement” syndrome, Stefano came out of the gate in full “Gish Gallop,”spewing more inaccuracies than even Hayes could hope to address during the interview. Fortunately, Ari Melber and NOW president  Jennifer O’Neil stepped in to fact check Stefano.

What could have driven Stefano off the deep end?

It’s anybody’s guess, really. Here’s the best of the worst from wingnuttia this week.

Wingnut Week In Review: March Madness

March Madness is upon us, in more ways than one. We know that right-wingers will howl with outrage over anything President Obama does — from using Air Force One to encouraging students to stay in school, and vacationing in Hawaii in stead of Pigeon Forge. So it’s no surprise that conservatives are losing it over President Obama’s March Madness picks.

After all, this president loves basketball the way George W. Bush loved clearing brush. He makes his March Madness picks every year. And right-wingers freak out over it every year.

This year, Rush Limbaugh led the chorus of complaint.

Limbaugh was joined by Fox News’ “The Five.”

Brietbart’s Daniel Flynn added, “Pieces of Ukraine are falling apart and the health care plan’s a mess. But we finally have a president who really knows basketball, and for the next three weeks that’s all that matters. Thank goodness for distractions.” Never mind that George W. Bush didn’t let his own war get in the way of his golf game.

Here’s the rest of this week’s “March Madness,” from some of your favorite right-wingers.

Wingnut Week In Review: Living for the “Inner City”

This week Rep. Paul Ryan took the cake. After debuting his embarrassing copy-and-paste job on the war on poverty last week, only to get his knuckles rapped by the very scholars whose work he cribbed, Ryan outdid himself with a clumsy bit of dog whistle politics blaming black “inner city culture” for poverty.

This isn’t the first time Ryan has choked on his dog whistle. On the campaign trail he told a reporter that the solution to America’s “crime problem” was to go into inner cities and “teach people good discipline, good character. Later, he blamed “urban voters” for the GOP’s loss in 2012.

Here’s the rest of the worst from the right wing this week:

Benghazi on the Brain

This week, the world watched as Ukrainians threw out their Russian-puppet president, and Russian president Vladimir Putin prepared to invade. Conservatives, naturally, have decided that it’s all President Obama’s fault.

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R, SC) summed it all up with a tweet:

Former V.P. candidate Paul Ryan (R,WI) claimed during a CNN interview that the Obama administration “invited aggression” in the Ukraine by “projecting weakness” with Benghazi. and even claimed that the XL Keystone pipeline will solve the Ukraine crisis.

To be fair, not all conservatives blamed Benghazi for the Ukraine crisis. Sen. John McCain (R, AZ) said President Obama’s 1983 college essay proves it’s all his fault, or rather Obama’s essay as interpreted by Jonah Goldberg. The Obama essay wasn’t exactly a revelation. Conservatives leapt upon it on the eve of Obama’s first inauguration, as “evidence” that Obama was “anti-American” and oblivious to the threat of the Soviet Union.

Meanwhile, American Family Association radio host Kevin McCullough said Russian president Vladimir Putin was emboldened to seize the Crimean peninsula because of a drag show fundraiseron a U.S. Military base in Okinawa, and “the sissification of our military.” McCullough imagined that Putin probably said, “Yeah, I’m not going to do anything Obama says because number one, he can’t keep his word, and number two, your military is now having drag shows on its bases.”

And since CPAC is in town, it deserves its own list.


The Rise And Fall of Gay Jim Crow

When the week began, Arizona governor Jan Brewer thought she had all the time in the world to decide whether to veto Arizona’s “Gay Jim Crow” bill. By the middle of the week, Brewer  learned differently. Conservatives lost it.

SB 1062, Arizona’s bill that would allow business to discriminate by refusing service to customers based on the business owner’s religious belief, followed close on the heels of a nearly identical bill in Kansas, was doomed from the start. The Kansas bill had focused public attention, so there was no way SB 1062 could fly under the radar. And unlike the Kansas bill, which the state Senate quashed before it ever reached the governor’s desk, SB 1062 cleared all the hurdles between tit and the governor’s desk.

Jobs, money, and the next Super Bowl were on the line. So when Brewer had to choose between placating the far-right, and vetoing a bill that would give Arizona a black-eye to match the one it got for its anti-immigrant laws, she made the only sane call.

The first signs of the freak out to come was the difference between responses from big media.

Here’s the Washignton Post’s response.

Here’s the Wall Street Journal’s Response.

It only got worse from there.

Former Rep. Joe Walsh said tweeted that the LGBT community has become “nothing more than a bunch of constitutional fascists.”

Walsh also scolded the rest of us to stop saying Brewer vetoed an anti-gay bill, warned that Christians will be forced to perform gay weddings, Catholics to hand out contraception.

There’s more.

Wingnut reactions to Brewer’s veto that make up most of the worst from the right-wing this week.

Nobody had more to say about SB 1062 than Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh claimed that Brewer was being “bullied” by the “homosexual lobby,” and blamed Brewer’s veto on “ajbect fear of minorities.” (Because of course the world was so much better when everyone was afraid of white men.)

Tea Party Nation president Judson Phillips said Brewer’s veto imposed “slavery” and mandated “penis cakes” for gay weddings.

Daily Caller Editor Tucker Carlson said it’s “fascism” for businesses to have to treat gay customers equally.

Pat Buchanan used the occasion to declare that it’s “time to move on” form civil rights, and even to repeal all civil rights laws.

Pat Robertson called for the impeachment of Attorney General for “elevating sodomy” above the constitution, when Holder said he believed attorneys general could simply refuse to enforce anti-gay laws.

Fox News commentator Erick Erickson said businesses were “aiding and abetting” the “sin” of homosexuality” by serving same-sex couples.

Another One Bites The Dust

It’s been another rough week on the right. A high-profile GOP governor, and potential 2016 presidential contender, could be brought low by a trove of scandalous emails. And it’s not Chris Christie.

 Photo Credit: DonkeyHotey via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: DonkeyHotey via Compfight cc

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is up for reelection this year, and he’s got a big problem. It’s not Wisconsin’s dismal jobs numbers. Sure, under normal circumstances being ranked 40th in job creation would spell trouble for a guy who rode into office promising to create 250,000 jobs in his first term, but ending up losing over 50,000 jobs. But these are not normal circumstances.

A Wisconsin court released thousands of emails written by one of Walker’s former aides. The emails, over 25,000 pages of them, are part of an  investigation into illegal campaign activity by members of Walker’s staff when he was a county executive. The investigation ended, and found no wrongdoing on Walker’s part, but it still has the potential to trip him up as he steps on the national stage.

On the surface, the emails show that Walker presided over an office where aides used personal computers to hide that they were mixing government and campaign business, leading to criminal convictions for two of Walkers’ aides.

Aside from illegal campaign activity, the emails — which were obviously never meant for public consumption — are pretty embarrassing.

Just before the emails were released, Walker said he was sure they contained no surprises. That’s kind of true. The emails offer a detailed look at Scott Walker, and the picture they paint isn’t surprising — but confirms the suspicions about Walker and his closest aides. After all, you can tell a lot about a guy by the company he keeps.

Here’s the rest of the worst in wingnuttery this week.

Valentine’s Day Edition

It’s Valentine’s Day, but there’s not a lot of love on the right, even for some of their own. There’s no love even for millions of schoolchildren, who will get valentines from their classmates today.

At the beginning of the week, our sons came home with lists of all the children in their classes, and an assignment: address a valentine to everyone on those lists. They worked on them all week, until every child in their classes had a valentine with his or her name on it.

The completed valentines now sit on the kitchen counter, waiting to be delivered (on the next school day that isn’t also a snow day). But according to Fox News guest Elizabeth Esther, we didn’t do it right — because we made valentines for every kid in the class.

First of all, it’s not “one New Jersey teacher.” It’s every teacher in our school district, and then some. In fact, I’m pretty sure we gave valentines to everyone in the class when I was in school. It falls under the “If You Didn’t Bring Enough For Everyone” rule.

The two Elizabeths (Esther and Hasselbeck) needn’t worry. Kids will still experience all the heartlessness and cruelty the world has to offer. They won’t have to wait until adulthood. It’s called middle school.

By the time kids finish high school, whatever they learned about kindness and empathy since kindergarten will have been beaten out of them. With their innocence in tatters, and their spirits sufficiently broken, they will be more than prepared for the “real world.”

That’s not all, of course. Here’s the rest of the worst in wingnuttia this week:

We, Too, Sing America

You knew it was coming. The moment you saw Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl commercial, you knew the reaction from the right was coming.

The ad featured “America, The Beautiful,” sung in various languages, including English, while images of Americans of every race, creed, color, religion and orientation played across the television screen. You probably heard the distant popping sounds of wing-nuts’ heads exploding before the ad was over.

Twitter was immediately ablaze with tweets from right-wing tweeters who were outraged to  “America, the Beautiful” sung in any language other than English, seemed to think English is our official language (or that “American” is a language), and lacked a basic command of the English language themselves.

And then there was the response from right-wing media.

 Atlanta news anchor Brenda Woods’ response to the right-wing nonsense pretty much said it all.

The great irony is that “America, the Beautiful” was written by a radical, Christian socialist  lesbian named Katharine Lee Bates.

To borrow a phrase from the great Langston Hughes, “We, too, sing America.” We sing it in the varied tones of our many cultures. We sing it with accents both regional and international, and in every language we know — even if it drives right-wingers crazy.

Here’s the best of the worse in wing-nuttery this week: