Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Return of the Fearness Doctrine

I've noted a couple of times in the past the bugaboo that the Fairness Doctrine represents among the denizens of Wingnuttia. Panties have been at full twist since late November 4th -- when the mouthbreathers aren't running out to buy more guns and ammo before President-for-Life B Hussein X wipes out the Second Amendment and surrenders to Castro, they're fretting in their online echo chambers about the horrific possibility that, as Blue Texan hilariously observes, Rush Limbaugh will be silenced!!1!

I have to say, I still can't take seriously the idea that the leaders of the Right actually believe that there's any chance at all that the Fairness Doctrine will be reinstated. I am inclined to think it's a prod for them to use on their cattle, in this case, to get out the vote for Saxby Chambliss, and in general, to sustain the levels of paranoia among those who self-identify -- with pride -- as "dittoheads."

Schumer evil grin Still, I do like to imagine Chuck Schumer (and look at all those trackbacks!) and Nancy Pelosi sitting in a dark Washington bar, cackling with delight, toasting each other, plotting when next to let slip on camera that this is "an idea worth considering."

As far as I'm concerned, the longer the wingnuts obsess over shiny objects like this, the better off we'll be. It's fashionable to say that we need a healthy opposition party lest the Democrats go off the rails, and in the long run I agree, but for the next few years, I'm happy to have the hyperactive children distracted while the grownups clean up the mess.

[Added] Looks like the PUMArhoids are dropping all pretense that they're just disgruntled Democrats.

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