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Captain Ed, over at Hot Air, puts up another video attacking Obama (this time for flipping on gun control), and states the following in his title:

“Obama still doesn’t get YouTube, does he?”

Yeah, Ed. They guy who fueled his candidacy with YouTube videos and viral videos and whose campaign has a YouTube page and was notorious for emailing youtube links to the press and who raised closed to 300 million on the internet doesn’t understand YouTube. At least not as good as John McCain, who will talk at length about “a google.” Posts like this from Captain Ed and others make me wonder if the right-wing bloggers lack a complete and total sense of awareness and understanding of reality, or if they really are just Rovian hacks who have completely internalized the concept of attacking your opposition’s strengths.

Or maybe both.






23 replies
  1. 1
    numbskull says:

    I’ve observed this many, many times. Conservatives are not self-aware. They simply aren’t.

  2. 2
    numbskull says:

    Is this like the old saw, “Not all conservatives are stupid, but stupid people are nearly always conservative”?

    “Not all conservatives lack self-awareness, but people who lack self-awareness are nearly always conservative.”

    Fits with my observations.

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    Faux News says:

    Posts like this from Captain Ed and others make me wonder if the right-wing bloggers lack a complete and total sense of awareness and understanding of reality

    The answer is a simple “yes”! Then again Captain Ed and his filthy ilk have been engaging in cognitive dissonance for the past 7 1/2 years so why stop now?

  4. 4
    nightjar says:

    Or maybe both.

    Yup. That and tossing overboard the chairs on the Titanic to make the boat sink a little slower.

  5. 5
    RSA says:

    At least not as good as John McCain, who will talk at length about “a google.”

    And who gives a speech in front of a green screen. What could possibly go wrong with that?

  6. 6
    Redleg says:

    I want to know how “Captain Ed” earned the title “Captain?” Perhaps there is a YouTube video showing him having his captain’s bars pinned to his BDU collar by his battalion commander. Hmmm- probably not.

  7. 7
    rachel says:

    I want to know how “Captain Ed” earned the title “Captain?”

    “Mister” Ed was already taken.

  8. 8
    Keith says:

    Ain’t checklist punditry grand?

  9. 9
    Duros Hussein 62 says:

    “Special” Ed?

  10. 10
    Tzal says:

    It’s Rovian. They try to do it with the flip-flop accusations although there McCain has flipped on at least 48 policy positions in the past two years or so.

    They also tried it with the sad “That’s not change you can believe in” meme. Now they plan on accusing him of being selfish which I suspect is an attack on his Unity message. Do not be surprised if they start accusing him of not being black enough at some point.

  11. 11
    Tzal says:

    Sorry for the screwy phrasing. But you get my point. . .

  12. 12
    bago says:

    They think that he doesn’t understand that youtube is in color, and it will show everyone that Obambi is Black!

  13. 13
    pharniel says:

    they already tried the ‘not black enough’, or rather the fifth colum Nader attack did.

    i see a rise in popularity of the KKK again, which is all well and good if they go out and march. Self Identifying idiots are alot easier to deal with than bathroom stallers

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    slag says:

    I actually agree that Obama shouldn’t have said that he “never said” the ban was Constitutional. The rest of Obama’s point isn’t half-bad, but it gets overshadowed by the lie. McCain has this problem in spades. It seems like almost every day he comes out with a “I never said that” lie. Both candidates would be better off if they just stopped trying to trick us into voting for them. Especially because the only people who hear the “I never said that” remarks are the ones who are going to eventually find out that they did, in fact, say that.

    Nonetheless, your point about Special Ed’s post is right on.

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    lightening_fast_draw says:

    The wingnuts have not changed their rhetoric but the American public’s perception of their authoritarian views have shifted to a point where they lack any sense of credibility and border upon nauseating. It is kind of fun watching these anti-intellectuals drift slowly into the sunset. At times there is an almost fanatic scrambling to re-assertive themselves but the inevitable continues when the overwhelmingly blunders of their golden years smother any sense of resurrection. Their leader, their cause, their beliefs having been totally discredited; they are consistent in choosing to smear those who’ve defeated them instead of accepting their defeat with honor. May we never see them again.

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    Echo without Bunnies or Men says:

    It’s like with wingnut talk radio hosts; they really don’t believe half the crap they spew, but they know their audience is dumb enough and gullible to where they won’t question someone with a presumption of authority. If Special Ed says it, then golly, it must be true.

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    Cernig says:

    Hi John,

    You have to read Ann Althouse taking Ed to the cleaners. Ed got it “flat wrong”, she writes, and there is no contradiction in Obama’s position at different times as shown in the two vid-clips.

    “I think it’s Morrissey who doesn’t get YouTube because he doesn’t realize that bloggers will actually watch those video clips and examine the fit between transcript and your assertions and tell you when you are flat wrong.”

    Regards, C

  18. 18
    Zuzu's Petals says:

    Cernig, I was just about to post that Althouse link too.

    Pretty impressive. And I am not an Althouse fan AT ALL.

  19. 19
    Thomas Jackson says:

    I’ve been impressed by Obama’s consistency recently. He’s held the same position on issues for about 48 hours. This is the change and leadership we need.

  20. 20
    Koz says:

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, to borrow from Joe Louis you can run but you can’t hide.

    The point being is that Barack Obama is a nice guy but a nonentity. And furthermore, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that he’s a nonentity. If the alternative is Barack Obama we might as well amend the Constitution and give George W Bush a third term.

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    Kevin says:

    Cha-ching! Thomas Jackson and Koz, you have each earned a McCain point!

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    An older post (D)Versus McCain and (R), 5/11/08, I took notice of the 2nd and the Primary.

    The most responsible remark regarding this Bill of Rights Civil Liberty was made by Obama who stated that it seemed the 2nd Amendment must be read as an individual right, the problem is that he then moved on to compare it to zoning. Does there exist a Democrat who’d lay such an idea on the 1st Amendment?

    That isn’t exactly inconsistent with the current POV. I still stand by this:

    Both candidates absolutely suck for gun owners. Does that seem harsh? It isn’t.

    train wreck happened for Democrats quite awhile ago and it seems the best efforts to dissuade them have minimal effects. There is a core vote that will absolutely not let this slide. I happen to be willing to elect one of them and have this one out in court. What people seem unable to grasp is that a firearm is a concrete example of a serious right to people who do not have that example in their life otherwise. They can look at or pick up an actual example that the government is not their boss.

    I will say again that this issue is not one of left/right it is a matter of authoritarianism. You are either for the expansion of personal liberty or you’re not and not is by definition authoritarianism. Either you trust law-abiding Americans to be armed or you do not and that is a matter of their standing with their government. Barak gets hung up because he knows what the 2nd says and why but he’s scared of it. So are a lot of people, mostly they ignore that laws work with law-abiding people.

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    […] John Cole does an excellent job of demonstrating the falacy behind an attack on Obama from Ed Morrissey in a post entitled Obama still doesn’t get YouTube, does he? John responds: Yeah, Ed. They guy who fueled his candidacy with YouTube videos and viral videos and whose campaign has a YouTube page and was notorious for emailing youtube links to the press and who raised closed to 300 million on the internet doesn’t understand YouTube. At least not as good as John McCain, who will talk at length about “a google.” Posts like this from Captain Ed and others make me wonder if the right-wing bloggers lack a complete and total sense of awareness and understanding of reality, or if they really are just Rovian hacks who have completely internalized the concept of attacking your opposition’s strengths. […]

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