Steve Benen had a post up today where he stated:
I get the sense the right is lacking in a sense of limits.
That is obvious to anybody paying attention, but what caused Steve to pen those lines was the news that the wingnuts are threatening to rape and/or attack the young high school student who challenged Michell Bachmann to a debate about the US Constitution.
Perhaps it is only 27% of these fucks who respond to any moment of cognitive dissonance with threats of violence. I think it may be most of of them, but lets go with 27% of TeaBaggers who make up 27% of Republicans, who are 27% of American voters. Sure it is a small and loud group, but it is still way too many folks dedicated to violence as their first option in any political discussion.
And yet, no outrage. IOKIYAR is a fact and not an acronym of the internets. I would think that threatening to rape a child might generate a little blow back, but it seems that threats of violence–including threats to rape children–really are OK if you are a Republican. As the kids say: WTF!!
I will stand by this statement of Republican condemnation until until a Republican of some note decides to condemn Backmann’s defenders. It would be nice if it was the Congresswomen, but I do not think she has the sand to do so.
Violence First was always the guiding star of the Confederacy. And so it is not really surprising that a high schooler challenging a Tea Bagger Icon would get threats of violence. And while it is not a surprise, it is still sick behaviour.
This is what we are up against. Challenge the magical thinking of these folks and violence is always their first, second and last idea. Asshole is really way too generous a term to describe these fucktards.
And now with that rant in the can, let’s go to the Open Thread.