Saturday, October 03, 2009

"Republican Gomorrah"

Roy Edroso's thoughts on Max Blumenthal's new book are worth a look. I'm sorry to say that Roy's take confirms the immediate suspicion I had when I first heard about this book -- he thinks it goes a little far in trying to make the case that (1) the fundies have completely taken over the Republican Party, (2) wrecked it, and (3) are all certifiable.

Certainly we would like to believe these things, since even those of us who proudly proclaim our membership in the reality-based community are ever susceptible to simple explanations. Plus, given the chance, there is always the temptation to fill up on the chocolate chip cookies at hand when the other option means walking to the store, washing, chopping, cooking, and cleaning up.

But, Roy also says that there is some worth there -- he says the argument for the first idea is pretty good, and says that the narratives are useful, even if you've previously read news reports on the doings of the dramatis personae.

Also, you can read a couple of excerpts from the book at the book's site.

P.S. And while you're at Roy's place, don't miss the next post, "The Millenarianist Makeover." Because, you know, Max Blumenthal isn't completely wrong.

P.P.S. Also, via the above, we see further evidence that wingnuts are amazed (and furious) that anyone could master a basic skill necessary to success in one's chosen profession. Yes, it really is possible for the denizens of Wingnuttia to hate Obama for anything. (Gotta admit, the short vid is pretty funny.)

P.P.P.S. Another delicious cookie.

P.P.P.P.S. In conclusion, it appears that I (and Roy, maybe) would like to pass along many, many, many individual anecdotes and allow you (hope that you) reach the … shit, I just used conclusion, didn't I? … conclusion Max Blumenthal states explicitly. This is what we mean by "plausible deniability."

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