All day yesterday, it was WHY WON’T OBAMA SAY THE WORDS, and then last night at the Democratic debate, three people who have an infinitely better chance of being president than any Republican ever were challenged to SAY THE WORDS GOD DAMN IT.
What were the words?
Dickerson presses Clinton on “radical Islam,” Clinton says “We are at war with jihadists…We are at war with violent extremism.” #DemDebate
— DJ Judd (@juddzeez) November 15, 2015
Apparently if you say “radical Islam” the war is instantly won! ISIS then is all “oh shit they are on to us” and they all hang up their balaclavas or whatever the hell, and nobody ever terrorists again. Wingnuts have been tweeting about this since before Obama was elected, like every time there is a terrorist attack they demand he burn a plate of baklava and yell CURSE YOU ALL MOORS AND SARACENS.
When he does not, because that is dumb, they point to it as proof of his appeasement or something and say this is why Putin doesn’t want to have buttsex with America anymore.
So during Saturday night’s debate, the Democratic candidates were all made to address the prophecy about the Dark Lord, because this is how we live now.
It’s weird. None of the candidates think the answer to defeating terrorism is to say the magic words “radical Islam.” #DemDebate
— Wonkette (@Wonkette) November 15, 2015
Because they didn’t (see again DUMB) this will be the only thing we will be talking about. Not the people of Paris and Beirut and Ankara, not the people who are being blamed for the attacks, not the refugees who are bearing the brunt of the backlash.
We will be talking about how, in the face of the halfbrights screeching SAY IT like some kind of deranged Dora the Explorer, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley were like sweetheart, you need to take a goddamn nap.
Democrats always have to answer for whatever the Republicans put out. They always have to address whatever Republicans say is the dominant point of the day. They always have to rule out that Planned Parenthood is selling baby parts, that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the US, that Michelle Obama put crack pipes on the Christmas tree, that John Kerry shot himself in the leg so he could run for president 50 years later.
They always have to react to the Drudge siren, to the Politico playbook, to the story Republicans want to be told, and hey, the people making these made-for-Newsmax narratives the foremost topics of discussion are just doing their jobs, after all. This is what is “out there.”
And what makes me crazy is that it makes no difference. If Hillary and Bernie and O’Malley stood up last night and said you know what, Marco Rubio the Poor Man’s Ventriloquist’s Dummy is totally right and we are at war with radical Islam and let’s deport every single Muslim in the US and then invade Europe and fuck up, I don’t know, Denmark just to prove that we CAN, Republicans would still go out tomorrow and make out like they tried to hump Osama bin Laden’s corpse.
There’s no point to this pantomime anymore.