Laura Ingraham is the latest wingnut welfare queen to fuck up her perfectly good grift by taking on a Parkland kid. Here’s the full story if you haven’t heard it already. The short version is that she made fun of Parkland student David Hogg because he didn’t get into some colleges where he had applied, and she later apologized after she started losing advertisers. At this moment, Ingraham is down
7 8 advertisers and counting.
Here’s the problem Ingraham and her ilk: they have nothing, not a god damned thing, to counter the fairly modest proposals made by the Parkland students. Normally, when these assholes have zip diddly, they simply launch into whatever low-grade, unfunny ad hominem they can dream up. But with the MSD group, ad hominems are a third rail – after all, these kids had friends and family gunned down, and one of them who spoke last Saturday still carries shrapnel from the attack in her face. So, really, the only choice that someone like Ingraham has is to argue her case without ad hominems. But, for her, that’s like baking a cake without an oven or driving a car without wheels. It simply can’t be done.
I don’t think she’s going to be the last wingnut to fall into this trap, and I sure hope she isn’t, because it’s so much fun to watch, especially the groveling followed by faux outrage when the obviously disingenuous apology is ignored. The other thing that’s fun to watch is the disproportionate amount of effort put in by each side. David Hogg dug up a list of her advertisers and tweeted it out, a few of his classmates dunked on Ingraham and supported the boycott, and then they all went on promoting their cause. Ingraham, meanwhile, is in as close to mortal peril as a wingnut TV personality can be, so she’s all-in on fixing her self-inflicted wound. It’s something we haven’t seen around these parts for a long, long time, if ever.