Right Wing Terrorism Under The Bridge

'The banality of the banality of evil ' Oil on oil on canvas. Banksy: Better Out Than In, 2013

‘The banality of the banality of evil ‘ Oil on oil on canvas. Banksy: Better Out Than In, 2013

The News Chief Political Correspondent of Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network(CBN), David Brody, indirectly lays out the logic behind the media narrative currently saturating the airwaves, and, as White luck would have it– it totally vindicates Republican party acts of treason, just in time to manipulate public opinion and steal some elections. Sorry for all the billions they’ve squandered while simultaneously attacking poor peoples’ food rations and access to healthcare, but it was all worth it:

President Obama and the Democrats love to bash the Tea Party and those pesky, unruly constitutional conservatives. They are fond of saying how the Tea Party will be responsible for the Republican Party’s demise.

However, in a cruel twist of fate, thanks to the disaster that is Obamacare, it looks like the Tea Party may actually be responsible for massive gains by the GOP in the 2014 Midterm Elections.

Why? Have you read the headlines about Obamacare since it rolled out? This is exactly what Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Tim Huelskamp and dozens of others predicted would happen. It looks like those “Wacko Birds” are going to be proven right.

And when that happens, two things happen: the Tea Party movement gets another serious injection of credibility and that very well may translate into electoral success in November 2014. Meanwhile, President Obama has egg on his face after these Obamacare debacles. This is all setting up very nicely for the Tea Party.

Say it! Say it was worth it, Media! And nobody gets hurt!:

Because Health.gov rolled out during a years-long government shutdown with some glitches, and the G.O.P.’s ubiquitous flak machine is demanding to know why health insurance corporations could be dropping people from their coverage(Well, I never!), Steve Benen recognizes that a pattern has emerged:

Someone will claim to be a victim of the Affordable Care Act; their story will be amplified by major news organizations; the public will be given a new reason to dislike the law; and then the entire story will be debunked – though the truth will receive far less attention.

Writing for The L.A. Times, Michael Hiltzik writes:

Obamacare critics are going to town on the cancellation letters millions of Americans are receiving from their health insurers, informing them that their health plans won’t conform to the new federal standards for health coverage as of Jan. 1.

We’re supposed to be scandalized by this, since President Obama himself assured everyone that if they liked their insurance they’d be able to keep it. And people just love plans that in some cases cost just $50 a month. At that price, what’s not to love?

Back in March, Consumer Reports published a study of many of these plans and placed them in a special category: “junk health insurance.” Some plans, the magazine declared, may be worse than none at all.

I have no idea why Right wing conservatives would care about insurance companies dropping people to try to grandfather them into more expensive plans without better explaining their options and new protections. They all seem like such honorable industries working hand in hand to make as much money as possible for health insurance CEOs, which we can all agree is the most trustworthy model we’ve ever known, according to terrible people everywhere.

But because both Democrats and Republicans are equally guilty of denying people healthcare coverage, the media wants you to know that the Republican party was just trying to crash the economy to prevent Obamacare from denying you your right to rescision and ‘junk insurance’ policies because they care.

It all makes perfect sense if you have chronic punch-me-facey-itis, which we’re just now starting to realize Obamacare might not cover. Because it’s a failure.

(H/T Right Wing Watch)

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  • muselet

    Have you read the headlines about Obamacare since it rolled out? This is exactly what Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Tim Huelskamp and dozens of others predicted would happen.

    Really? People are dying in the streets because no doctor will treat them for the measly amount that nasty socialistical Obamacare *turn around three times, spit* would pay? The elderly are being put on ice floes to die? Mandatory gay abortions are a thing now?

    Right. And I’m king of all Londinium and wear a shiny hat.

    A website doesn’t work well (which, as Kevin Drum points out, would not have been a problem if it hadn’t been for the Supremes deciding to make Medicaid expansion optional and Righty states refusing to expand Medicaid) and the whole Right goes stark staring bonkers, insisting the underlying program is a disaster!!!11111!! even before the program is fully implemented. One might be tempted to think the weeping and wailing were somehow disingenuous.

    This is all setting up very nicely for the Tea Party.

    And if the TPers get their arses handed to them in 2014, will David Brody be intellectually honest enough to admit he blew the call?

    All together now: HA!

    –alopecia

    • feloniousgrammar

      … if it hadn’t been for the Supremes deciding to make Medicaid expansion optional and Righty states refusing to expand Medicaid…

      Ooooh. I had not heard this. I have seen, on Reuters comment boards, ‘ha, so he had to resort to getting the private sector to fix it!’ To which I said that it was a private sector company that built it in the first place— CGI. What do these idiots think? That there’s a federal website agency?

      I was just at one my regular haunts— a website by a psychiatrist who challenges the bio-bio-bio model. Today he had a guest writer who linked to a story about a woman whose mother was paranoid 24/7 about the government and so was starving herself while on Social Security because the money was tainted by the government (in her mind). It’s a problem with some psychiatric survivors that they dismiss florid psychosis as a reality that requires intervention. I commented that it’s hard to draw a line, for instance, between the person who believes that Obama is a Manchurian candidate from Kenya who wants to install communism and Sharia law to destroy democracy, and a person arming themselves to kill a police officer, fireman, or TSA agent.

      I do believe that madness can be induced and that it is being induced by right wing con men like Jones and Beck. These books are an extension of that madness.

      • muselet

        “Well, my cousin has a blog on WordPress and she didn’t have no problems.”

        That, I fear, is as deeply as anyone on the Right has thought about the website bugs. What makes it particularly irritating is that if their states had decided to set up their own insurance exchanges rather than making the ooh hated incompetent federal gummint! do it, none of these people would need to come anywhere near the federal website.

        And I think you’re right: it is possible to induce delusions in people who are susceptible to them. I’m just not sure it’s possible—or desirable, given the potential for political/ideological mischief—to hold the Limbaughs and Becks and Joneses of the world responsible for their effects on others.

        –alopecia

        • feloniousgrammar

          I wouldn’t go as far as to hold Limbaugh, Beck, and Jones responsible for them, but I do think it’s important for a field that defines what is and is not mentally ill to acknowledge crazy programming and its effects. When a patient is depressed over the New World Order, it should be considered the duty of professionals to tell their patient that what they’re thinking is bunk.

    • feloniousgrammar

      WHOA! These people were lied to by the people they bank with?! If I’m not mistaken, banks have federal protection— there really ought to be a law against them lying to customers about why they can’t give them a loan. Blaming it on Frank-Dodd after they threw the entire human race into a tailspin because of their fraudulence and greed, is despicable.

    • drspittle

      “A website doesn’t work well (which, as Kevin Drum points out, would not have been a problem if it hadn’t been for the Supremes deciding to make Medicaid expansion optional and Righty states refusing to expand Medicaid)”

      You nailed it. But the broadcast media are too important to sully their beautiful minds with information about factors that affect system implementation (last minute changes in requirements, for example). After all, such investigation and analysis would interfere with their handball games and cocktail weenie trolling time.

  • fojap

    Gosh, there’s always something disorienting about seeing David’s name in these contexts. We played together as little kids.