You Meet the Nicest PeopleOn a Honda at a GOP Debate

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…if your definition of “nicest” are people who think the answer towhat else floats besides wood is “very small rocks.” I’m sure you’ve seen this week’s version ofCan a GOP Debate Audience Be Even More Callous?, the assembled crowd loudly agreeing with Herman Cain that the poor and unemployed have only themselves to blame in an ailing economy with official 9 percent unemployment. How Christian of them.

At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if a wingnut audience cheered on the first candidate to endorse kicking puppies. Really, really hard.

5 thoughts on “You Meet the Nicest PeopleOn a Honda at a GOP Debate

  1. Jay in Oregon says:

    At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if a wingnut audience cheered on the first candidate to endorse kicking puppies. Really, really hard.
    Well, it depends — do the puppies have granite countertops?
    Wingnuts have always been fans of blaming victims.

  2. ...now I try to be amused says:

    I’d say victim-blaming is an essential part of the wingnut mindset.

  3. MapleStreet says:

    Being in a tri-corner hat makes him the captain and he does look like Captain Kangaroo.
    My problem is that knowing what the right has worn to town halls, I’m not sure if that picture is totally real or if it was altered – and if so, how much was altered.

  4. MichaelF says:

    Not that I do much checking MapleStreet, but if I remember right, I downloaded it from CNN and assume it was a still photo from debate CNN branded as sponsored or co-sponsored by the Tea Party.
    Of course, the “Burn Her, She’s a Witch” addition was my interpretation. I thought it blended in fairly well, especially after I did some color balance adjustments, and it certainly blends in on an emotional/mind-set factor, at least in my opinion.

  5. Jay in Oregon says:

    …now I try to be amused:
    Actually, it’s better than that. You get to blame victims (when they’re not part of the tribe) AND claim victim status (when the people wronged are part of the tribe).
    I keepthis article bookmarked because I feel it hits the mark, especially this section:

    Victim identity carries a retaliation impulse that eventually rises to the level of revenge, enacted either passively (negative attributions and sabotage) or dramatically. All abusers and violent criminals suffer from victim identity, which, in their minds, justifies their abuse and crimes. [Emphasis mine]The retaliation motive of victim identity is so great that you can reliably use the following as a guideline: If you feel chronically like a victim, you are most likely abusive in some way.

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