Browsing the blog archivesfor the day Sunday, February 6th, 2011.

Paranoid-Messianic Rodeo Clowns

Obama Administration

The heads of state of the industrialized democracies — once known as the “free world” — seem to have converged on the consensus that the Egyptian revolution must be carefully managed, but not halted, and that Hosni Mubarak must be eased out of power gradually so as not to leave a sudden power vacuum in Egypt. They seem to want a transition to democracy as well as political stability. Good luck with that.

Whether this is really the best course, and whether the industrialized democracies have any real say in what’s going on in Egypt, are other matters. It appears the bulk of the teabagger-social conservative Right has fallen in line behind the belief that Islamic terrorists are behind the revolution, and any outcome that allows the Muslim Brotherhood a voice in the government cannot be tolerated.

Writing for the Guardian, Sadhbh Walsh points out some, um, reactions on the Right —

Laura Ingraham was nonplussed by what she felt was a wimpish response from President Obama to the uprising, and was wistful for bygone days when America knew her place in the world (listen to clip here). …

… To demonstrate how things could be if we only had the right kind of president, she played a clip from a speech given by former President Ronald Reagan offering his unequivocal support to the Polish solidarity movement during their struggle for independence from Russia. …

… But lest you think, as I briefly did, that Ingraham was going out on a limb as the lone conservative voice urging more American support for the courageous protesters on the streets of Egypt, who are risking their lives in the hope of a better one, know that it was only the style of Reagan’s message that she wished Obama would emulate (that is, “America is in charge”) and not the substance (“America supports your cries for freedom”).

Of course, Mubarak does have support on the Right, just not the teabag Right. Dick the Dick crawled out from under his rock to tell the world that Mubarak is a good friend and ally to the U.S. On the other hand, Moosewoman blames President Obama because she doesn’t know what the bleep is going on in Egypt. Bizarre.

Joe Klein often is wrong, but I hope he’s right about this

Today, (hat tip/Ben Smith), we have Bill Kristol sticking with the demonstrators and calling out free-range lunatic Glenn Beck, for his hilarious commie-muslim caliphate delusions. This is not unimportant. Kristol lies very close to the throbbing heart of the Fox News sensibility. And I’ve heard, from more than a couple of conservative sources, that prominent Republicans have approached Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes about the potential embarrassment that the paranoid-messianic rodeo clown may bring upon their brand. The speculation is that Beck is on thin ice. His ratings are dropping, too–which, in the end, is a good part of what this is all about. But I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a mirror-Olbermann situation soon.

I would be surprised if Rupert cuts Beck loose. Beck is an embarrassment to our species, but he’s very good at keeping the teabaggers whipped into a frenzy to support whatever it is the Koch Brothers want supported.

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