August 11, 2010

Somebody has to go to Washington and knock the hell out of the place

comments

  1. Carole Corlew on August 11th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Nervously hoping this “message” is not taken literally. Ahem.

  2. Deron Bauman on August 11th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    second amendment options.

  3. Deron Bauman on August 11th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    has the stupidity always been this stupid?

  4. Cindy Scroggins on August 11th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    That’s what I keep wondering, Deron. It seems to me that stupid people used to have some idea that they were stupid. But Karl Rove made stupid people see that smart people are bad, and that the “common sense” of stupid people is what matters most. So now they’re proud of being stupid.

  5. Deron Bauman on August 11th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    seems pretty dangerous.

  6. Sheila Ryan on August 11th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I look back at the appeal of such figures as Father Coughlin or say, at the contumely directed at Adlai Stevenson for being a pointy-headed intellectual, and I don’t know how much worse it is today. Coughlin, for instance, was hugely popular.

    Americans don’t like smarty britches.

  7. Deron Bauman on August 11th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    my first experience with it was Reagan.

  8. Sheila Ryan on August 11th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I’ve never read Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-intellectualism in American Life (1963), but I imagine it would be both illuminating and depressing.

  9. Daryl Scroggins on August 11th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Randy Taylor: “Just look at that pussy CEO sittin up there in his office drawing a big paycheck. I could do his damn job in a second. How hard can it be to just take a look and say yes or no?”

  10. Daryl Scroggins on August 11th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    This guy looks like the sort who would always have the slapping around done for him by his friends.

  11. Cindy Scroggins on August 11th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Anti-intellectualism has deep roots in this country (and elsewhere), but I believe we’re seeing a different phenomenon lately. It isn’t so much anti-intellectual as it is pro-stupid. Aggressive stupidity, I like to call it. Conversations that once were held in private for fear of being shot down by the big-worded smart guys now take place with great pride on the open airwaves.

    Can anyone imagine Sharon Angle being taken seriously even 15 years ago?

  12. Deron Bauman on August 11th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    in my positive moments I think this is because the republican brand is so tarnished all the intelligent conservatives and moderates shifted independent and democrat, leaving nothing but this to fill the space. but it’s hard to imagine where that gets us.

  13. Andrew Simone on August 11th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I think it gets us a lot of independents and democrats uncomfortably voting for Republicans. that’s what I’ve seen, anyway.

  14. Deron Bauman on August 11th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I’m not sure I understand.

  15. Deron Bauman on August 11th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    independents and republicans uncomfortably voting for democrats?

  16. Andrew Simone on August 11th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    no, I meant Republicans. They don’t want the name, but aren’t entirely willing to take the plunge into the other ideology.

  17. Deron Bauman on August 11th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I’m completely lost now :)

    Democrats and Independents are voting for Republicans because they are uncomfortable with what ideology?

  18. Andrew Simone on August 11th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    the moderates and conservatives that have switched sides (to democrats and independents) are still largely voting republican is what I am getting at.

  19. Andrew Simone on August 11th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I only have anecdotal evidence for this, mind you.

  20. Deron Bauman on August 11th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    ah, got it.

  21. Daryl Scroggins on August 11th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I saw a headline today that noted inexperience in politics is the new cred for…working in politics. It’s the American faith in simple solutions for all problems that brilliant people find daunting. We are doomed.

  22. Carole Corlew on August 11th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    George Wallace had that message down.

  23. Aaron Winslow on August 11th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I really hate how nearly everyone (who makes such things) has to say the “and I approved this message” closing with a tone that suggest that he or she is some kind of badass. And, in particular, I hate it when they themselves say it on camera (like in this one).

    Stupidity has definitely gotten more stupid.

    And liberals have gotten more conservative.

    Further, my vagina hurts and milk gives me swamp gas.

  24. Daryl Scroggins on August 11th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I wonder if Quale realizes that winning would mean actually having to back out of the driveway some mornings.